About the Program
This program is situated in Prague, Czech Republic, one of the world’s most beautiful cities that for centuries benefitted from its position at the crossroads of cultures and languages. You will learn the Czech language in class, through immersive exploration of the city, its rich history and vibrant present, and interactions with the locals. You will broaden your global perspectives on politics, philosophy, and history, and expand your knowledge of Central Europe.
Language instruction is combined with a cultural examination of the complex cultural, religious, and political forces that have shaped Czech society. A particular emphasis is placed on studying the local richly layered architecture and urbanism. You participate in walking tours of Prague, visiting churches, castles, synagogues, museums, and monasteries, as well as other towns in Bohemia and Moravia. The program also includes visits to theaters, concerts, and cafes.
Our readings and lectures in Czech culture trace some of the major themes of Czech history and literature, paying special attention to the interaction between politics, aesthetics, and national identity—whether at the medieval court of Charles IV, amidst the religious turmoil of the fifteenth-century Hussite wars, during the nineteenth-century “National Awakening,” or under Nazi occupation and Communist rule in the twentieth century. Readings (in English and Czech) include works by Kundera, Havel, Hrabal, and Kafka.
CZEC S-AAB counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit, and can also count as 8 credits toward the foreign language requirement.
CZEC S-AAB Study Abroad in Prague, Czech Republic: Czech Language and Culture
Veronika Tuckerova, PhD, Senior Preceptor in Slavic Languages and Literatures, Harvard University
UN, GR Limited enrollment.
This intensive course provides a comprehensive introduction to modern Czech language and culture for those who would like to speak Czech or use the language for reading and research. Designed for students without any previous knowledge of Czech, the course focuses on all four major communicative skills (speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing). Students are introduced to Czech culture through readings, screenings, and class discussions. This course prepares students to continue in Czech at the intermediate level or for the further study abroad in the Czech Republic.
Where You'll Live and Study
Prague is one of the most well-preserved historical cities in the world. It is also the setting of striking social, cultural, political, and economic transformation. While based in Prague, you will also have the opportunity to travel to various Czech and Moravian towns.
Students will stay in a dorm that is located in a residential neighborhood with parks, museums, shops, and restaurants. Students will stay in double rooms with bathrooms; kitchen and laundry facilities will be shared. The dorm is a short tram ride from our classroom, which is in the recently renovated Thurn und Taxis Palace in one of Prague’s oldest neighborhoods.
To apply, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have completed at least one year of college or be a first-year student
- Be in good academic standing
Students enrolled at any accredited university are welcome to apply. See the How to Apply page for more information.
The Summer 2024 application is now closed. All admissions decisions will be released on March 1.
Each program has unique requirements included in the online application. Beginning your application early is the best way to ensure that you have sufficient time to review and complete the application requirements by the deadline.
You may apply to no more than two programs; if applying to two programs, you will be asked to rank your two applications in order of preference (first and second choice). Any applications submitted in excess of the maximum of two will be automatically withdrawn. You will be notified of your admissions status in each program in early March.
A complete online application includes:
- Basic personal information
- A statement of interest
- Your most recent transcript
- Program-specific requirements (if applicable; may include letters of recommendation, etc.)
Interviews may be requested at the discretion of the program.
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