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Czech Republic: Prague Jewish Studies (CET)
Prague, Czech Republic
Program Terms: Fall,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
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Restrictions: AU- applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Fact Sheet:
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
Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing
 Program Type:
Not Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is this Program Right for You?

Prague bridgeThrough the Jewish Studies Program in Prague, students have the opportunity to study in one of the most dynamic and compelling cities in Europe.  The program is administered by CET Academic Programs, an organization that AU Abroad works with to run the program on-site in Prague.

The Jewish Studies program gives students the opportunity to study the rich history, culture, and literature of Central and Eastern European Jewry through a multidisciplinary curriculum of intensive courses in Prague. The program's location of Prague is one of Europe's most beautiful and enchanting cities, and host to one of the oldest continuous Jewish communities in Europe and one of the richest collections of Judaica in the world.

Academic Information

The Jewish Studies in Prague curriculum was designed by leading U.S. scholars of Jewish History, Czech and Polish Studies, and the Holocaust. The multi-disciplinary curriculum provides an opportunity to examine the history, culture, literature, and the arts of Central and Eastern European Jewry, while at the same time offering a context for exploring the non-Jewish history, politics, and society of the region. CET's emphasis on experiential learning allows you to greet the local culture hands-on.

Prague buildingsAll 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. Individual Hebrew or Yiddish language instruction may be arranged upon request for an additional fee.

Students on the program take five courses for a total of 15 credits for the semester.

Required Courses

All students on the program take the following courses (each are 3 credits):

Czech Language
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.

Modern History of the Jews in East Central Europe
Starting with the reforms launched by Joseph II in the 1780s, this course aspires to cover both the policies of relevant governments regarding their Jewish population(s) as well as the developments and intellectual innovations coming from inside the Jewish communities themselves. This course aims to explain the causes behind the respective governmental policies, highlight the profound changes taking place in Jewish community life during the era under scrutiny, illustrate the complexity of Jewish-Gentile relations and emphasize the importance of migration and demographic changes. Students examine the nature of the Jewish experience in Central Europe by comparing the differences among the individual Habsburg lands (Bohemia, Lower Austria, Galicia, Hungary) in the era prior to WWI. Then, particular attention is devoted to the treatment/status of the Jewish minority by/in the newly created nation-states in Eastern Central Europe after the WWI, both in the era between the world wars, as well as after 1945.

Elective Courses

Along with the required courses, students on the Jewish Studies program 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.  For more information on CET elective courses please see their website.  Click here to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses offered at CET that have not been previously reviewed.  

Student Life

Life in Prague

Prague studentsPrague was first settled by Czechs in the late 9th century and has been the capital of Bohemia ever since. Serving twice as the medieval seat of the Holy Roman Empire, Prague continued to strive as a sister city to Vienna into modern times - always standing at the forefront of culture and industry. Prague's grand intellectual and artistic tradition will inspire you in your studies. Living in Prague today, you'll encounter one of the world's fastest growing economies, and witness its people overcome the challenges of democratization.


Students are housed with other CET program participants in apartments located in neighborhoods close to the center of Prague. Using public transportation, students can commute to the CET Center in about 15 minutes. When available, students share their apartment with Czech students, allowing for cross-cultural exchange and the development of international friendships. Each apartment is fully furnished, with a kitchen and a washing machine. Students are also supplied with bed linens.

Excursions and Activities

Prague villageA 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 as special tours, day-trips, religious and cultural events, Jewish and Czech film screenings, and social activities with Czech students.  CET students are also encouraged to participate in the activities in Prague's Jewish community, including celebrations of the Jewish holidays.

CET students have the chance to meet and hear exclusive lectures from influential people in Prague's Jewish community and the Czech Republic. Lecturers may include the Israeli Ambassador, the President of the Federation of Czech and Moravian Jewish communities, the United States Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Rabbis from the Orthodox, Conservative, and Progressive movements in Prague, and the President of the Prague Jewish community.

Traveling Seminar: Interactions in Central Europe

Each semester CET Prague students travel around Central Europe with expert guides. This weeklong journey is a well-loved part of the study abroad experience.

Overnight Academic Excursions
Twice each semester, students depart Prague and venture on an overnight excursion together.  Past groups have gone to places like Budapest or Cesky Krumlov

Day Trip to Terezin (Theresienstadt)
Students visit a concentration camp for Czechoslovak Jews during World War II. This is a life-changing excursion. But far from a tour of gloom, the trip provides a nuanced look at the camp and seeks an understanding of the modern Jewish community.

Community Service
All students participate in group community service projects. CET urges students to use these projects as a way to create relationships with, and give back to, the Prague Jewish Community.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2014 03/20/2014 
Varies by program 08/28/2014 12/18/2014

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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