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USAC Studies in the Czech Republic

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Summer, Academic Year

Location:

Prague, Czech Republic

Credit:

Resident

Eligibility:

Minimum eligibility requirements include a 2.5 grade point average (4.0 scale) and permission of the UI Czech Republic study abroad advisor.

Application Due:

Spring: 9/24
Fall & Academic Year: 3/14
Summer: 3/4

Program Cost:

Click the Application tab.

View of Prague

This semester, academic year or summer program offers students the opportunity to enroll in courses in a variety of disciplines related to Czech, Central and Eastern European studies at Charles University. No prior Czech language study is required, and most classes are taught in English.

Academic Program

The program is administered by the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), of which the University of Iowa is a member. UI students earn resident credit.

Students take an intensive two-week beginning Czech langauge course plus longer courses taught in English in a variety of disciplines. An internship may be available to students who have a 3.0 GPA or above and at least junior standing. An optional field study course to Vienna and Budapest is also offered.

Program Dates

Students can study on this program for a semester, academic year or summer session. Check with the Study Abroad office for specific dates for your intended session.

Typical session dates are:

Fall: Late August to mid-December

Spring: Mid-January to mid-May

Summer Session I: Mid-May to mid-June

Summer Session II: Mid-June to mid-July

Charles University

The Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV, decided that Prague would become the capital of Europe in the 14th century and founded Charles University in 1348. USAC students have access to the computer facilities on campus during the week and all student apartments also have wireless internet. The USAC study center is located at the Charles University Institute of Language and Preparatory Studies.

The Czech Republic

Capital: Prague

Language spoken: Czech

Currency: Czech koruna (CZK)

Prague:

Population: 1.3 million

Distance to Berlin: 174 miles

Distance to Paris: 550 miles

Prague is situated in the middle of the Czech Republic, and in just a few hours you could be in Germany, Austria, Slovakia or Poland. Prague is rich in history and features old and new styles not seen anywhere else. With its narrow curved streets, marvelous courtyards and green parks that make up 30% of downtown, Prague is a city for those who love to walk. Prague is an open textbook of modern and traditional literature, art and culture surrounded by the remarkable architecture of its walls, castles and frescoes.

Living Arrangements

USAC students are placed in several apartment buildings located in central Prague. All buildings are located where the Old Town meets the Prague residential neighborhoods of Žižkov and Karlín. Within a few minutes, you can switch from the most prominent tourist sites to areas with real life; you will become a Prague insider quickly by knowing famous historical and artistic wonders of Prague but also being able to shop and live as native dwellers of Prague do.

The Žižkov and Karlín neighborhoods have been the most culturally rich parts of central Prague; centuries-old streets host mostly small apartment buildings, shops, restaurants, music bars, alternative art galleries, and all services an inhabitant of the city may need and enjoy. All means of transportation through these neighborhoods, and it is a matter of minutes to travel to any place in Prague. The long-distance bus and train stations are within a short walk from the housing.

Travel Arrangements

Please consult with your study abroad advisor before purchasing airfare. USAC offers participants the option to book group flights with USAC directly, or students may travel to Prague on their own.

Eligibility

This program is open to all UI students who are in both good academic and also disciplinary standing. Applicants must also meet the minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5.

Students who meet/exceed the GPA requirement must still be in good disciplinary standing in order to be eligible. No exceptions will be made on the disciplinary standing requirement.

Program Cost Sheet

This is the Cost Sheet for Spring 2014 for your reference. We anticipate that Spring 2015 fees will be similar. This document outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. It includes fees charged on students’ U-Bill, as well as out-of-pocket expenses. Actual out-of-pocket expenses will vary from individual to individual. Quoted estimates are conservatively high, yet realistic.

The cost sheet includes the Study Abroad Administrative Fee and Mandatory Iowa Regents CISI Travel Insurance. Please see the respective websites for further details. If the fee is inclusive of UI tuition, it is calculated by Current Tuition. Please contact your study abroad advisor with questions regarding this cost sheet – call 319-335-0353 to schedule an appointment.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

Most financial aid (scholarships, grants, and loans) is applicable to study abroad programs. Please check the Study Abroad website for information on financial aid and how it may be applied to studying abroad. You are also encouraged to speak with someone at the Office of Student Financial Aid to explore financial aid options.

Scholarship Opportunities exist for study abroad participants. Please explore Study Abroad’s websites for UI Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities, and Non-UI External Awards.

Withdrawal policy

After applying for a Study Abroad Program, notice of withdrawal must be made in writing to University of Iowa Study Abroad. The date on which the letter or e-mail message is received is the date by which your costs will be calculated. If for any reason you withdraw after the confirmation deadline and before or during the course of the program, the amount/percentage shown in the following chart represents what you will be required to pay to the University of Iowa.

Date of Withdrawal Student Financial Responsibility
After Confirmation of Participation is signed Administrative fee: $400
Portion of program fee: As determined by the program contract with USAC
After Program Start Date Administrative fee: 100%
Portion of program fee: As determined by the program contract with USAC

Consult with your Study Abroad advisor for any clarification about fees and billing. Note that when you withdraw from a program, any money already paid directly to a program provider and/or a host university will potentially be forfeited. Check with your specific provider/host university for details. Additional penalties for cancellation of airline tickets may also apply. Check with your airline for further details.

How to Apply

Before starting an application for this program, students must meet with their study abroad advisor to discuss their program selection and receive information about supplemental materials that are required for an application. Appointments can be set up in person at 1111 UCC or over the phone at 319-335-0353.

After meeting with your advisor, click here to apply.

Application Deadline

Spring Semester: September 24, Fall Semester and Yearlong: March 14, Summer Sessions: March 4.

Acceptance Packet

Additional information regarding the acceptance packet will be forwarded to you by your study abroad advisor.

The following items should be READ and kept for your records:

PDFPayment and Withdrawal Policy

PDFUI Financial Aid Information

Health Insurance Information