Office of Study Abroad and Study Away Programs

Czech Republic, CET - Jewish Studies in Prague

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Program Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Duration: Fall or Spring
Program Information and Dates

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Program Overview

Courses at the CET Program Center in Prague, while focused on Jewish Studies, also offer a variety of interdisciplinary courses in history, culture, literature, and the arts. With many of the faculty from Charles University Faculty of Humanities, they have developed a curriculum using much of the local highlights, including the Jewish Quarter. In order to gain a more hands-on experience, students will participate in the Jewish community through activities with the Czech Union of Jewish Youth.

The Czech Republic is surrounded by Germany, Slovakia, Austria, and Poland. Prague is the home of one of Europe’s oldest Jewish communities. There are six surviving synagogues, the largest collections of Judaica in the world, and rich history. The program is based at Charles University, founded in 1348 by Emperor Charles IV, with facilities located throughout the city. Students attend classes at the CET center in the heart of Prague.

Students are housed in apartments close to the city center with Czech flat-mates to help get accustomed to the local culture. Lunches and some program meals are included, but students are responsible for their own breakfast and dinner. Students can eat at Prague’s many cafeterias and restaurants or cook for themselves in their kitchens. Kosher and vegetarian options are available in Prague, but not widely outside the city.

The Czech educational system can seem very different to what students in the U.S. are used to. In general, the Czech educational system is focused on lectures and memorization, a distinct difference from the U.S. educational system, which is more interactive and focused on concept orientated learning. Students should expect a more relaxed atmosphere in a Czech classroom, but be prepared to take learning elsewhere, such as a relevant location, café, or restaurant. As part of the program of studies, students will travel for nine days to Poland and Terezin. Additional excursions to Budapest, Hungary, and Ceský Krumlow are also included.

Clark Credit

Participating students receive four Clark units per semester, provided all coursework is completed, all required exams are taken, and final papers are submitted. All courses receive letter grades, which show on the Clark transcript and are factored into the overall GPA. Students will enroll in a total of five courses to be taken at the CET center in the center of Prague. There are two required courses: History of the Jews in East-Central Europe, and an Intensive Czech Language course. Students can select the other three elective courses for which they are qualified, however, some courses may not be offered during certain terms. Please check with the Study Abroad Office to ensure transferability of credit.

Eligibility

All applicants must fulfill Clark University's eligibility requirements. Students must also be prepared to fulfill the CET Prague Jewish Studies program requirements. Applications may be rejected for any number of reasons by the overseas program.

Program Costs

Your student account will be billed for Clark tuition each semester that you are abroad. There is a one-time $1000 study abroad fee that will appear on your Clark tuition bill. Clark will pay your tuition/academic fees to CET. These include activities and excursions organized by CET, cell phone to borrow for duration of program, local transportation pass, emergency medical insurance, visa fees, advising and on-site office expenses. You will be billed by CET directly for your housing, and you will need to provide for your own meals (i.e. cooking or purchasing meals) if not provided by the program. Books (if required), non-academic fees, and travel expenses are your responsibility. You are also responsible for all of your personal expenses and for your pocket money while abroad. Remember that here might be a whole array of fees in Prague for using the gym, clubs, computers, laundry, transportation, books, cell phones, etc. These fees vary from year to year and we recommend that you check the website of your host institution to see if further information is available. Any additional expenses related to individual courses, such as travel, are also your responsibility.

Studying off-campus always generates additional and unexpected expenses. If you are a financial aid recipient, you should continue to receive financial aid. However, be sure to check with the Office of Financial Assistance to see if there will be any changes in your financial aid package. You will not be able to receive Work-Study money while you are abroad. International Scholarships are granted to enrich the Clark campus with international students and cannot be applied to off-campus programs.

You will receive an invoice from Clark's Student Accounts Department, indicating that the tuition payment will be due by mid-July for fall semester and mid-December 17 for spring semester. Failure to satisfy your financial obligation to Clark University by the due date may result in your withdrawal from the program.

Under NO circumstances will Clark University be responsible for independent travel you choose to participate in, which is not an official part of the Clark program. Clark will not assist in any personal travel arrangements.

Approximate additional costs per semester for 2014-15

  • Housing Range - $2600
  • Meals - $2000
  • Visa Fees - $150
  • Personal Expenses - $1500
  • Transportation - $1400
  • Local Transportation - $175
  • Books and Supplies - $200

NOTE: These costs are estimates based on exchange rates at time of publication, and are subject to change.

*Personal expenses are based on student feedback, and vary dramatically based on individual spending habits. Estimated personal expenses include items such as food, personal travel, clothing, etc.

Application Deadline:

Study abroad applicants must schedule an appoint with a study abroad advisor the semester before the application deadline, or two semesters/one year before planning to be abroad. Application information will be provided at this meeting. Incomplete or late applications will not be accepted, and retrospective credit will not be granted.

  • Fall semester application deadline - February 15
  • Spring semester application deadline - September 15

Important Information

For more information about this program, please contact the Study Abroad Office at 508.793.7363.

Any information on this page is subject to change.