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Czech Republic: Prague Central European Studies (CET)
Prague, Czech Republic
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|Restrictions:||AU- applicants only|
|Housing:||Shared Apt.||Language Pre-requisite:||none|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Language Courses Offered:||Yes|
|Non-AU Students Accepted:||No||Internship:||No|
|Advisor:||Alison Nagy||Minimum GPA:||3.0|
|Class Level Required for Admission:||Second-semester Sophomore standing||Program Type:||Not Direct Enrollment|
Is this Program Right for You?Delve into Central Europe's rich history and culture! The Central European Studies program in Prague programs bring to life the region's art, architecture and literature, as well as its complex political and economic transitions. AU Abroad works with the organization CET Academic Programs to administer the program on-site. CET takes learning beyond the classroom with its exclusive extracurricular activities and trips. The Prague programs with CET are designed for the academically serious student seeking a challenging experience abroad. Our dynamic local faculty engage students with in-depth lectures and assignments.
Academic InformationStudents earn a full semester of American University (AU) credit. Central European Studies courses are offered in association with the Charles University Faculty of Humanities. While many of the faculty have appointments with Charles University, courses are held in the CET center, a well-equipped building in the center of Prague. The multi-disciplinary curriculum provides an opportunity to examine Central Europe holistically. CET's emphasis on experiential learning allows students to greet the local culture hands-on and to use the entire region as a learning laboratory.
All CET courses are taught specifically for CET students, although in some terms Czech students may be invited to certain CET courses. Some courses may not be offered during certain terms. CET asks all applicants to submit course request forms, which are used to determine the final selection of electives.
Students in the program are required to enroll in a total of five courses, including two required courses. There is no language prerequisite for the program. Central European Studies in Prague students may take up to one of their electives from the Jewish Studies program.
CET may be able to arrange for students to take one elective course at the Humanities Faculty of Charles University. An additional fee may apply for this. Students will receive a final elective course listing once in Prague.
Students on the program take five courses for a total of 15 credits for the semester. All students on the program are required to take the following courses (each are 3 credits):
Students will participate in intensive Czech Language classes at the beginning of the term to introduce them to practical Czech and life in the Prague. Students will continue to study Czech throughout the term, in a course appropriate for their level . Students will be challenged to utilize their new language skills in everyday situations.
Politics and Cultural History of Central Europe in the 20th Century
The course provides an understanding of the important political, social and cultural developments of the region during the 20th century. Students explore the establishment of independent nation states during the interwar period, the Nazi occupation, resistance and collaboration, the Holocaust and the expulsion of the Germans, the nature of the communist system, its final collapse and the post-communist transformation. Throughout the course, emphasis is given to examination of the relationship between the Judeo-Christian tradition and the secular world and how this relationship manifests in the politics and cultural spheres of the region.
Along with the required courses, students take three elective English-taught courses as part of the CET administered program. A range of courses are available to choose from. All courses are taught specifically for students participating in the program.
All courses will meet 3 hours/ week and are worth 3-credits each.
Some courses may not be available in every semester. Course availability will depend on student interest and enrollment. Students will receive a final elective course listing once in Prague.
See the CET website for Academic Course Options and Syllabi.
Life in Prague
A wide variety of activities arranged by CET make Prague come alive. Activities are designed to provide opportunities that students would not normally have on their own. Such activities might come in the form of special tours, cultural events, film screenings, and social activities with Czech students.
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|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring||2013||09/21/2012 **||Varies by program||01/24/2013||05/16/2013|
|NOTE: These are tentatively scheduled dates for Spring 2013 and subject to change. Confirmed dates will be released later in the Fall 2012 semester.|
|Fall||2013||03/28/2013 **||Varies by program||08/22/2013||12/12/2013|
|Spring||2014||09/20/2013**||Varies by program||TBA||TBA|
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