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Students in this program have the option of completing a Czech language course or an elective taught in English related to Czech history and culture during the intensive January Term.
API students participate excursions designed to help familiarize them with the culture and surrounding areas of their host city and country. The following is a listing of potential excursions for API Prague programs. API may need to modify the excursions offered in a given term due to travel restrictions or health and safety concerns.
Join us for a tour of Prague Trail for Peace and Non-Violent Resistance. The Prague Peace Trail is devoted to people who, without violence, have defended life and human rights against dehumanizing evil, fear and indifference. Students will visit Milíč House, connected to precious Přemysl Pitter’s, a place where rescue of hundreds of children was organized. Other spots to visit include Náměstí Míru (Peace Square, house of František and Riva Kriegel, Jan Bouchal, Františka Plamínková, Letná Metronome.
Students will go on a guided tour in the historical city followed by an ascent to the dome of Frauen Kirche. This trip also includes free time for Christmas markets and other Dresden attractions such as Zwinger gallery, Porcelaine Museum, and Dresden Castle.
*Please note that this optional trip can be included for an additional fee of $70. Students will have an opportunity to sign up for this trip prior to their arrival on site.
Students will have the opportunity to explore Karlovy Vary, a Bohemian spa town filled with thermal springs. After visiting the Jan Becher Museum and Visitor Centre, students have free town for lunch as well as a guided walk through the architectural and historical city center. Karlovy Vary has been used as the backdrop is several movies included Last Holiday and Casino Royale in addition to the Palace Bristol Hotel serving as a model for the Grand Budapest Hotel.
*Please note that this optional trip can be included for an additional fee of $60. Students will have an opportunity to sign up for this trip prior to their arrival on site.
TOTAL CREDITS - 3 U.S. semester credits available
Established in 1348, Charles University still carries the name and legacy of its founder, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. With more than 600 years of tradition, the university is considered to be one of the most research-intensive and international institutions in the world.
API students at Charles University during the January term can choose from architectural history to Czech language. All courses, with the exception of Czech language courses, are offered in English.
TRANSCRIPTSAPI students will receive a transcript from Charles University upon completion of their program.
Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
Caleb will be your resident director and a resource for you on-site in Prague!
Students will enroll in one course during the January Term. All courses are equivalent to 3 U.S. semester credits. Classes will meet 4 hours per day during the January session.
The course serves as an introduction to the city of Prague as a specific cultural and social milieu, seen through the lens of its artists, architects and their works. It is also intended – particularly through the reading list – to inspire an interest in the unique blend of storytelling and legend that underpins much of the city’s character and history.
The scope of the course includes the major periods of European architectural development: from medieval to modern, as well as aspects specifically reflecting the history and heritage of the Czech nation. In structuring the course according to artistic styles and movements, it is hoped that students will recognize the ways in which artists of widely varying origins and temperaments responded to, influenced, or disrupted the artistic conventions of the day, and how their work continues to reflect the social and political dynamics of the city.
Language of Instruction: English
Recommended US semester credits: 3
The course is designed to teach students the basics of Czech language and at the same time to extend their knowledge of Czech culture and everyday life. The communicative approach and everyday vocabulary are emphasized. Students are supposed to communicate in various situations of everyday life (introducing oneself, asking about direction, shopping, restaurant, daily routine, likes and dislikes). Various linguistic skills should be developed in balance: knowledge of grammar, speaking, listening with comprehension, and writing.
The course serves as an introductory to the modern Czech history. During the so-called age of extremes, there were two major sources of social conflicts in the area of Bohemian Lands – nationalism and dictatorships. Starting with the formation of modern Czech nationalism in the second half of the 19th century, we are going to enter a little bit longer history of the Czech 20th century. Students are going to read most significant and recently published historiographical works and they are going to have an opportunity to consider the crucial reversals of modern Czech history. We are going to debate important themes of modern European history such as nationalism, fascism, and communism but at the same time, we are going to focus on the development of modern Czech society.
API students in Prague will live in university residence halls.
API students at Charles University will usually stay in the Komenského kolej (dormitory) near the Prague Castle, a 10-minute walk to the castle, a 30-minute walk to the main university building, and a twenty-minute tram ride to the historic Old Town. The dormitory offers conveniences that any student would need to live and study abroad. The residence hall includes in-room kitchenettes (with larger, shared kitchens available), as well as a laundry room, community room, study room, small gym (fee required), wi-fi, housekeeping (on a limited basis), gated entry with student ID access, and breakfast served Monday-Friday (excluding holidays).