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  • Locations: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Restrictions: UM applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Current
  • This program is not currently accepting applications.Applications open on January 5th for Summer and Fall term programs, May 15th for Spring term programs, and November 1st for intersession, spring break and summer faculty-led programs.
Description:
 
IMPORTANT NOTICE
Students who were accepted to participate in study abroad programs canceled during the previous academic year will receive priority placement on 2021-2022 programs.
While we will make every effort to accommodate all students on their first choice, there may be limited space on some programs for first-time applicants.
 
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Introduction: 

The University of Miami is proud to offer UPrague, a semester on-location program located in the enchanting city of Prague, often described as one of the most beautiful and picturesque cities in Europe. Spared from the destruction and scars of war suffered by large portions of Europe, Prague’s architectural splendor has remained relatively unscathed, allowing students to experience daily life in a setting of pristine, old world charm. Strolling the narrow lanes and cobblestone streets of Prague, students will experience a magical atmosphere that has been shaped over ten centuries.

In addition to its majestic architecture, students from around the world are drawn to Prague because it is a vibrant and exciting city that has emerged from the communist era to reclaim its position as one of the Europe’s most important – yet still affordable - centers of culture. With countless art galleries, festivals, concerts, musical performances, poetry readings, and museums, as well as a buzzing social scene found in cafés, restaurants and outdoor marketplaces, there is no doubt that this is an exceptionally exciting time to study in Prague.

Students will have the opportunity to spend four months in a city steeped in history and culture while taking core courses designed by the University of Miami to enhance and enrich their experience. The crown jewel in the Fall UPrague program is the Power-A History of Modern Europe course, which takes students to France, Austria, and Germany while in the Spring UPrague program the Classroom Europe course, takes students to Austria, Greece, Germany, and Poland.  

Disclaimer:
Due to the continued impact of COVID-19, applicants should be aware that changes to academic calendars may occur with little or no notice. Students are encouraged to either wait to book travel or book travel that allows for changes with no financial penalty. 
 Applicants should also be aware that processing of visas may be impacted or halted by specific countries. Failure to secure the necessary visa may result in inability to participate in this program. 
 Participants on this program may be required to self-quarantine prior to the start of their program for a specified period of time. Students are responsible for arranging (logistics and financial) their travel appropriately to ensure self-quarantine is completed prior to the start of the program


Program Highlights:
  • Compare and contrast several countries in one program
    • Fall: Czech Republic, Austria, France, and Germany
    • Spring: Czech Republic, Austria, Greece, Germany, and PolandPrague clock2
  • Earn up to 20 credits 
  • Study at the oldest university in Central Europe
  • On-site UPrague coordinator available throughout semester
  • Two excursions within the Czech Republic
  • UM equivalencies pre-approved for several courses
  • Guaranteed housing with 24-hour on-site residential support
  • Program fee of $3,000 which includes:
    • University housing 
    • Breakfast served on weekdays  
Academics:
UPrague’s specially designed courses for students are taught by English-speaking Charles University faculty. Students are required to take the following courses.  
  1. UM Foundations Course REQUIRED
    • Fall semester
      • Nations and Empires - A History of Modern Europe - UM Equivalency of HIS 132 (3 credits) Taught by Dr. Markéta Krížová, this course explores explores the central topic of modern European history – that of nations and nationalism – and at the same time aspirations to global empire, manifested in the history of Europe since the commencement of overseas discoveries and colonization in the 15th century, but with special focus on the second colonial thrust since the end of the 18th century. The problem of imperial ambitions would then be followed to the 20th century, within the context of the Cold War. This class is conceived as a history class but will also borrow from other academic disciplines such as museology, history of art, and political science.
    • Spring semester 
      • Classroom Europe - UM equivalency of HIS 194 (3 credits) Taught by Dr. Jiri Holub, this unique and dynamic class will focus on Central Europe, giving participants an overview of the significant events in recent political history that shaped the modern-day nation states they will be visiting. Framed against this historical backdrop, students will analyze the issues surrounding the expansion of the European Union and the ramifications it will have on Europe’s future. This course is meant for students with different academic backgrounds, but with deep interests in Central European space and the process of European integration. Students will get acquainted with the main turning points of modern political history of Czechoslovakia (including the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic), Poland, Austria, Germany, and Greece. 
  2. Two-week Czech language and culture boot camp (3 credits) REQUIRED
    • Fall and Spring semester
      • This introductory course for beginners is designed to equip students with the necessary Czech language skills in order to communicate in everyday situations. Students will learn basic Czech grammar, vocabulary, and common conversational phrases. Students will also become familiar with Czech cultural norms and practices. The course includes lectures, in-class activities, and local field trips. 
  3. Reflections on Prague journal project (1 credit) REQUIRED
    • Fall and Spring semester
      • Students will submit weekly online journal entries describing how their study abroad experience is affecting their learning. Students will describe their experiences, challenges, and accomplishments as they undertake studies in Prague and through Europe.
  4. Electives (6-9 credits) REQUIRED
    • Charles University offers a wide range of options in several academic disciplines including Economics, Film, Art, Architecture, Psychology, Sociology, History, Literature, Marketing, Politics, and Jewish History, each with a Czech focus within the broader European context. Students sufficiently fluent in a European language may opt to take their elective coursework through Charles University’s language department. All electives are for 3 credits.
    • For a detailed list of elective courses and their syllabi, student can visit the Charles University website: https://eces.ff.cuni.cz/courses-2/
Course Equivalencies: 
Courses taken abroad may be counted towards major, minor, cognate, and general education requirements with appropriate UM department approval(s) and completion of the UM Course Equivalency Form. 
Getting courses approved is an important step in the preparation process and should be taken care of while you are still on campus. It is strongly recommended that you get equivalencies for more courses than you intend to take, so that you have flexibility in choosing your schedule after you arrive at your host university in case a course is canceled or there is a conflict in the schedule. If you do not get equivalencies, the credit will be counted as general elective credit and will apply to the total number of elective credits needed for an undergraduate degree. 

Below is a list of courses with pre-determined UM Equivalency, this list is provided to students as a guide and courses are subject to change. Students needing equivalencies for any UPrague courses should contact the appropriate Academic College or School.
Course UM Equivalency
Art and Culture  
Art and Photography and Genius Loci ARH 180
Czech and European Art and Architecture ARH 385
Czech and Slovak Cinema from the 1950's to Present: Politics, Visuality, and Experimentation CIM 407
Economics*  
*Global Economy and Crises *ECO 498
*EU and Socio-Economic Models of its Members    *ECO 498
History  
Jewish History in Central and Eastern Europe JUS 401
Literature  
Romanticism and National Identity in Central Europe ENG 350
Psychology  
Language, Culture, and Social Cognition PSY 276
Sociology  
Contemporary Czech Art, Culture, and Literature: Urban Semiotics ARH 210
Sociology of Food SOC 291
Marketing*  
*International Marketing Communications *MKT 498
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*Marketing and/or Economics majors and/or minors may only apply one course toward a major and/or minor in Marketing and Economics.   

Following, is a list of courses taken by past University of Miami students at Charles University. This list does not guarantee that a particular course will be offered during a student's study abroad semester, rather it should be used as a reference guide. 
List of UPrague classes taken by past UM students.xlsx

Tentative Dates*: 
Fall: September-December 
Spring: 
January-May
(*Dates subject to change)

Housing: 
UPrague students stay in the Komenského dormitory near the Prague Castle, a 10-minute walk to the castle, a 30-minute walk to the main university building, and a 20-minute tram ride to the historic Old Town Square. Situated in a residential area, the dormitory is within walking distance to restaurants, mini-markets, and a post office. In close proximity to public transportation, students can easily access the university and other locations throughout Prague.

Note that this dormitory is not located in Prague 1 (Old Town), but rather in the district of Prague 6. Charles University focuses on providing students with as immersive of an experience as possible, and the reality is that most Czech people do not live in Prague 1. Students should expect to utilize Prague’s public transit network as most Prague inhabitants do, as well as to walk through Prague’s beautiful streets to get to and from their classes.


StudentsSuite Style Living
Students live in single or double rooms within a suite of 3-4 rooms that share a bathroom and kitchenette. Each suite is equipped with a refrigerator and hot plate. Single rooms are 
assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Students may request to live with  other UM participants, American students or international students.

All rooms have a twin bed, desk, wardrobe, and a nightstand with a lamp. Bedding, pillows, and towels are provided. Kitchen utensils are not provided. Items can be purchased or borrowed from the university dorm (based on availability).

Dorm Amenities
  • 24-Hour residential assistance 
    • Mrs. Zuzana Wienerova, the Resident and Cultural Coordinator, is available to UPrague students for any help that they may need during their stay in the dormitory. She provides support with advice on places to see, and organizes weekly cultural activities. She lives in dorm room 109.
  • Breakfast served on weekdays
    • A light European style cold breakfast buffet is included and is available on weekdays from 7:30am. until 10:00am. The breakfast includes: juice, coffee, milk, cereal, cold meats, cheese, hard boiled eggs, vegetables, fruit, bread, and yogurt.
  • Laundry room with washing machines 
  • Community room with full kitchen and living area
  • Study room
  • Small gym (additional fee)
  • Internet 
    • Wi-Fi internet is available in the dormitory. There is no computer lab available at the dormitory. Students should bring their own laptop or students may use the computers at Charles University during the weekdays. 
  • Secure entry to the building 
    • Entrance to the dorm requires a Dormitory ID and Charles University ID to enter the building. A front desk attendant is available at all times in case a student needs assistance.  All students will receive an ID card within the first week of the program.
  • Limited cleaning service

UPrague Application: 
 All students who submit a complete application by the deadline will be granted an interview. Applicants should note that over the last few of semesters, the UPrague program has experienced an increase in applications. Serious applicants should submit a complete, well-thought out, and comprehensive application and be ready for their interview. Late applications will not be considered. Accepted UPrague students will be required to submit a $500 non-refundable deposit to secure their spot. 

Volunteer and Internship Opportunities: 
Charles University offers University of Miami students the opportunity to participate in a volunteer or internship during their semester abroad. These opportunities are not for credit. Students would be expected to volunteer or intern for several hours each week; areas of volunteering are in education while the internship may cover journalism, media, IT, design, HR, finance, and marketing. 

Czech Visa: 

All US citizens participating on this program will be required to apply for a Czech Republic long term student visa. While our office will assist students in the visa process, it is the student's responsibility to gather and submit all the appropriate documents to the Czech consulate. Non-US citizens will be required to apply for the Czech Republic long term student visa in person. Questions about the Czech Republic long term student visa may be directed to the study abroad office. As part of the visa requirement, all students will submit a document confirming sufficient financial resources to the Czech consulate that shows a corresponding bank checking account statement in their name with a minimum of $3,000 USD.  

Additional Resources: 
 


Testimonial:
Testimonial:
This is a great study abroad program, and the integrated european history class with included trips is a wonderful way to see and learn about Europe.
     — Fall Semester, 2016 Participant

This program is not currently accepting applications.Applications open on January 5th for Summer and Fall term programs, May 15th for Spring term programs, and November 1st for intersession, spring break and summer faculty-led programs.