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Study Abroad in Czech Republic this summer.

Prague: The Idea of Central Europe

May 23 – June 24, 2022 (Five weeks)

Prague is a spectacular European city that calls itself “the spiritual crossroads of Europe.” For centuries, Prague was home to Europe’s Holy Roman emperors and Austro-Hungarian royalty. During the Cold War, Prague’s complicated fate was was emblematic of the communist era in Soviet-controlled Czechoslovakia. A “Velvet Revolution” in 1989 ended decades of communist rule, and launched a playwright-philosopher with a love of punk rock into the Presidency of a newly independent Czechoslovakia. Today, Prague is one of the most popular destination cities in Europe, for good reason: it dazzles visitors with its architectural splendor, its free-spirited, bohemian temperament, and its distinctly Czech culture of innovation and resilience. While Prague will provide the home base, this program also includes field trips to places tourists never go. Coursework and your own research projects will explore topics such as democratization, immigration, nationalism, and many others.

Program Details

Classes

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

LLC 397 LLC 260 (FSLT)
The Idea of Central Europe Literature & Social Change in Eastern Europe

Cost

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

What's included?

  • Housing in well-managed apartment units in city center
  • On-site oversight by UR faculty leader and program assistant, orientation, 24-hour access to computer lab
  • Faculty-led field trips and excursions both within the city and beyond

Activities & Excursions

Day trips in Prague and the surrounding area as well as longer excursions in the region.

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

APPLICATION OPENS SOON

  • Yvonne Howell, Faculty Leader: Czech Republic

    Professor of Russian and International Studies - Languages, Literatures, and Cultures
    yhowell@richmond.edu

Academic Environment

Students take two courses for a total of two units; LLC 260 is offered for FLST credit. Both courses will be designed to take advantage of the city of Prague itself, with frequent museum, memorial, and architectural excursions throughout. Both courses also 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.

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: February 15, 2022


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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