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USAC Studies in the Czech Republic

Fast Facts

Sessions Offered:

Fall, Spring, Summer, Academic Year


Prague, Czech Republic




• Good academic and non-academic standing

• 2.50 minimum GPA

Application Due:

Spring: 9/24
Fall & Academic Year: 2/24
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 optional field study course to Vienna and Budapest is also offered.

Embedded, Credit-Bearing Internships

Qualified students studying for at least one semester may apply for internships designed to complement the academic program. Interns receive a maximum of three credits but no financial compensation. The schedule and number of work hours will be determined by the schedule of USAC courses. The work will be done in an English-speaking environment but some knowledge of Czech language is helpful.

If interested, you will apply for an internship after you have been accepted into the USAC Prague program. Requirements are: minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale and junior standing at time of internship. A refundable fee of $100 is charged and returned upon successful completion of the internship.

More information can be found here: USAC Prague Internships.

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

For More Information

Visit the USAC Czech Republic web site. Before proceeding any further, schedule a meeting with the UI Study Abroad advisor to discuss your interest and receive application instructions.

If you have questions or are ready to apply to this program, please make an appointment with the program advisor by calling the Study Abroad office at 319-335-0353 (M-F, 8-5). The Study Abroad receptionists can help you schedule an advising appointment.

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)


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

USAC offers participants the option to book group flights with USAC directly, or students may travel to Prague on their own. More information will be provided after the student has applied to and been accepted into the program.


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 2.50.

Students are not required to have any Czech language background prior to applying for the program, as most courses on this program are taught in English. However, learning to speak at least some Czech is certainly encouraged.

It is the UI Study Abroad office's policy that all students who study abroad must be in both good academic standing and also good disciplinary standing. Students who, even after being accepted into a program, are put on either academic and/or disciplinary probation for any period of time overlapping with the study abroad program dates are ineligible to study abroad.

In these cases, students must forfeit their acceptance and will NOT be allowed to study abroad. Any student who must forfeit their acceptance and/or attendance on a study abroad program due to a probationary status is wholly responsible for any and all financial expenses incurred.

Program Cost Sheet

Fall, Spring, and Academic Year Cost Sheets

USAC Prague Spring 2016 Cost Sheet - Academic Year 2015-2016 students onlyPDF
USAC Prague Spring 2016 Cost Sheet - Spring 2016 students onlyPDF
USAC Prague Fall 2016 Cost SheetPDF

Summer Cost Sheets

USAC Prague Summer 2015 - Session I only Cost SheetPDF
USAC Prague Summer 2016 - Session I and II Cost SheetPDF

The program cost sheet outlines the total estimated costs associated with participating in this program and can be used for financial aid purposes. Cost sheets include fees charged on students’ U-Bills, 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 web sites 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.

USAC also requires separate enrollment in its own health insurance policy, therefore students are required to have double insurance coverage. This cost is included in the program fees. If you have questions about this please contact your advisor.

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 web sites 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 Application Application Fee: $50
Administrative Fee: $0
Course Fee: $300
After Cancellation Deposit Deadline (varies by program) Administrative Fee: $400
Course Fee: As determined by the program contract with USAC
After Program Start Date Administrative Fee: 100%
Course 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

Steps to Completing Your Application

Before you fill out any applications, please schedule an appointment to meet with the Study Abroad advisor for the Czech Republic by calling 319-335-0353. Your application WILL NOT be approved until you have completed this step.

Fill out the USAC Online Application for Prague. Be sure to submit a personal statement as part of your application or email it to

Submit the $100 non-refundable application fee to USAC.

Do not submit a transcript, this will be done on your behalf by your UI Study Abroad advisor.

Fill out the UI Study Abroad Online Application, you will be charged a $50 non-refundable application fee.

As part of the Iowa Online Application for Study Abroad you will need to upload a copy of your passport and a list of the courses you are proposing to take while abroad.

NOTICE: For the Summer Term, this program has Summer I, Summer II, and Summer I & II options. In the UI online application under “Offering” you will be asked to choose between “Codes” A, B, or AB.

Code A=Summer I

Code B=Summer II

Code AB=Summer I & II

Please be careful to choose the correct session that corresponds to the dates you wish to be abroad. If you need help with this, please consult your study abroad advisor.

Post Acceptance

Acceptance into your chosen study abroad program is made by USAC directly via an email to you, which will refer you to additional documents posted to a USAC Gateway account that will be created for you.

Program Deposit: The USAC application fee and deposit is waived for UI students. However, if you choose to withdraw from the program after you have been accepted by USAC then the University of Iowa will charge your U-Bill for these fees ($300 minimum).

Acceptance Packet

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

Health Insurance Information