Spring Course Fields:
- Art and Culture
- Sociology and Psychology
- Economics and Politics
- Czech Language for Everyday Use
To check the courses and descriptions please click on the link below: COURSE LIST & DESCRIPTIONS, SPRING 2018
Intensive Czech Course:
Following the orientation meeting, all students are required to take a pre-semester Czech language and culture course. This three-credit course is meant to prepare students for their semester in Prague. The course is a combination of Czech language instruction, cultural activities, and short excursions throughout Prague. Students can choose between Introductory or Intensive Czech Language and Culture. Introductory Czech is for credit only, whereas Intensive Czech is for a grade and a prerequisite for the semester-long Czech course. Both courses are taught for five hours a day, in morning or afternoon sessions.
Courses are taught Monday through Thursday and meet either once (180 minutes) or twice (90 minutes each) a week. Courses are taught between the hours of 9:00am to 9:00pm.
Students attend the official welcome meeting. They will meet the Charles University staff and learn about the administrative and academic policies. Students will also obtain their student ID cards and will have the option to take a guided city tour of Prague.
As part of their cultural experience, students are required to participate in two excursions outside of Prague. These excursions are led by experienced Charles University's staff and provide the students a unique experience in the beginning of the semester.
Some excursions offered are listed below:
- Kutna Hora – UNESCO heritage town
- Lidice Memorial – Village destroyed by the Nazis
- Pilsen – Famous town liberated by U.S. troops
- Přibram and Vojna Memorial – Communist labor camp
- Mělnik – Palace tour
- Terezín – Former Nazi concentration camp
Activities throughout the Semester:
Program offers numerous activities throughout the semester. These activities include: volunteering, film screenings, optional day and weekend trips, city tours, cultural events, and a jewelry making class.
Vienna, Austria: Students will explore the beautiful historical center of the city including Stephansdom and the Hofburg. A tour inside the Schönbrunn, the Habsburgs’ summer residence tops off the excursion.
Berlin, Germany: Students will explore the modern center of Berlin as well as the Brandenburg gate, Jewish Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie and the remains of the Berlin Wall. A tour of the beautiful and historical city of Potsdam completes the excursion.
Krakow, Poland: Students will explore the historical center of Krakow including the old town square and market and tour of the Wawel castle area. Just outside the city, students visit the world famous Salt mine Wieliczka and its beautiful salt carvings. Finally, students will journeyto the infamous former Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz.