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Chateau in Prague

  • This program will not run in Summer 2019, but it will run again in Summer 2020.
  • Live and study in the Czech Republic during Maymester
  • Explore history and geography in the historic city of Prague

  • Deepen your understanding of how political and economic changes and transitions have a diverse impact on social and cultural norms

  • Travel around Prague and engage in experiential learning through field-observations

  • Conduct an independent research project
  • Apply to be the videographer for the program and receive a scholarship if selected!
  • Missed the info session? View the presentation here!

 

Prague, both the largest and the capital city of Czech Republic, is located near the midpoint of Europe and links western and eastern Europe. Today, Prague maintains its historic reputation of being a cultural, economic, and political hub of central Europe. Excursions in and around Prague will facilitate discussions of Czech Republic in the 20th century and the various political, economic and social transitions that have taken place.

 

You will be responsible for making your own travel arrangements to the Czech Republic and back. Prague Airport is located 15 km of the city center. Students will live in shared apartments.

 

Bridge across river in Prague
  • Course: GEOG 3842, Human Geography of Czechia: Political, Economic, and Social Transitions
  • Credits: 3 upper-division credit hours
  • Approved for: A&S Core Contemporary Societies, IAFS Europe Geographic Concentration, or Engineering Humanities/Social Sciences
  • Grading: This is a CU-Boulder course, so you will receive letter grades
  • See Course Description

This program invites exploration of Prague through field based study on historical geographic aspects of Czechia (The Czech Republic’s) economic, political, and social transitions. In examining history, urban geography, mobility and migration, gender, race, and sexuality, students will come to learn the impact these topics have had on contemporary Czechia.

In order to achieve these goals, students will attend lectures, travel on excursions, and participate in hands-on, experiential study in order to truly come to understand the historic geographic aspects of the Czech Republic. Czech Republic is the ideal backdrop for conducting such research as it provides a unique perspective as a central European country that straddles social, economic, and political identities between eastern and western Europe.

 

Professor Jennifer Fluri, Department of Geography, will direct the program. Professor Fluri has extensively traveled and worked in the Czech Republic, including Prague, for several years. In cooperation with CU Education Abroad, she will choose the program participants, lead a pre-program orientation, teach the course, and act as resident director in Prague. She will be available in case of emergency.  

 

This program provides ample opportunities for students to make meaningful connections to their host country. Students will have the opportunity to meet local Czech students, attend site visits in and around Prague, and participate in two overnight excursions to Tábor and Sezimovo Ústí, as well as Ostrava. These extracurricular activities provide students with additional experiential learning that aims to enhance and strengthen the lessons that are taught in lectures.

 

 
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Astronomical Clock in Old Town Prague
 


Program Reviews:
Lauren Hampton, Summer 2018 Participant
The Prague Past and Present Global Seminar was an amazing abroad experience. Being immersed in the culture while learning about it in a small classroom setting helps immensely with both adjusting to the unfamiliar surroundings as well as the history behind them. Prague is a unique city that reflects the significant historical events that it has gone through whether it be the medieval times, the World Wars, communism, etc. Excursions were also a highlight of this education abroad experience with being able to see castles, a glass factory, and even Terezin (a concentration camp from the Holocaust). The timing of this trip also worked well allowing me a chance to study abroad while still taking other summer courses and still graduating on time. I would highly recommend this education abroad opportunity to anyone even remotely thinking about it.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline App Review Begins Start Date End Date
Summer 2020 03-FEB-2020 ** Variable TBA TBA

** Most programs’ applications are reviewed on a rolling basis (starting August 1st for Spring programs and January 15th for Summer and Fall programs). NOTE: Some programs start the admissions process earlier and fill before the deadline, and some programs’ applications aren’t reviewed until after the deadline. Check with Education Abroad staff for details.