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Study Abroad in Czech Republic this summer.

Prague Past and Future

June 1 - July 6, 2019

2019 will mark the 30th anniversary of the revolutions that toppled communism and championed democracy in Central and Eastern Europe. There is no better time to take stock of the historical, cultural, and social impacts of these movements and no better place to do it than in Prague, where the peaceful “Velvet Revolution” took hold in 1989. Prague represents both a rich, complex past and an exciting future, and participants in this program will immerse themselves in what the leader of the Velvet Revolution, Vaclav Havel, once called “the spiritual crossroads of Europe.” Prague’s architectural beauty, its haunting memorials and museums, and its free-spirited bohemian temperament will make for an unforgettable journey. While Prague will provide the home base, the program also includes fieldtrips where students will study both the individual revolutions and the wider culture and history of Central and Eastern Europe. In the process, students will take coursework and build independent research projects, exploring topics such as democratization, immigration, nationalism, and many others. 

Program Details


Students take both courses for a total of 2 units for the program.

LLC 397 RHCS 412
The Idea of Central Europe Rhetoric of the 1989 Revolution


$6,350 (approximate)
Costs do not include airfare and are subject to change without notice as a result of fluctuations in currency values and other factors.

What's included?

• Housing in well-managed apartment units in city center
• On-site orientation and constant attention from CERGE staff
• Faculty-led field trips and excursions both within the city and beyond
• 24-hour access with card ID to CERGE computer lab
• On-site supervision by UR faculty leader and a program assistant

Activities & Excursions

Week long excursion to Budapest and other Central European cities in addition to day trips in Prague and the surrounding area.

Not Included

• Roundtrip airfare
• Most meals
• Local cell phone coverage (recommended for texting)
• For some non-US nationals, visa fees for any of the countries visited

  • Timothy Barney, Faculty Leader

    Associate Professor of Rhetoric and Communication Studies

Academic Environment

Students take two courses for a total of two units: one a rhetoric and communication studies course on the historical and cultural implications of the 1989 revolutions in Czechoslovakia, Germany, and Hungary, amongst others; the other would be a modern languages and culture class on the wider history and “idea” of Central Europe. Both courses will be designed to take advantage of the city of Prague itself, with frequent museum, memorial, and architectural excursions throughout.

Both courses involve guided readings and discussion-based, interactive classes, as well as hands-on research assignments that are designed to get you out into the cultural, economic, and social life of the places we visit.
Since both courses focus on historical and contemporary issues in Central and Eastern Europe, we will not spend our entire time in Prague. After two weeks of intensive study and discovery in Prague, we will embark on a field trip to Budapest and other Central European cities. Students will pursue individualized research projects on topics that are most salient in this region: the new orientation towards eco-agriculture and marketing; the layered history of architecture and design in the Balkan region; the legacy of the holocaust; the recent debates over migrants and refugees; the complexity of language(s) and national belonging.

Ready to apply?

Application Deadline: Friday, February 15, 2019

Scholarship: UR students are eligible to apply for the Holt Summer Study Abroad Scholarship. Selected recipients will receive approximately $2,000 toward the cost of an approved UR Summer Study Abroad program.


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