AFS Year and Semester High School Abroad in Czech Republic

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The people of the Czech Republic are among some of the most open-minded in central Europe. Their capital city, Prague, is world-renowned for its support of contemporary artists and intellectuals. Outside of Prague, Bohemia is a wonderful countryside full of farms, forests, ponds, fairy-tale villages and rustic hills sheltering castles.

While living with a host family and experiencing the friendly hospitality of a Czech family, you’ll be sure to learn the ins-and-outs of everyday Czech life. Plus, by attending a highly competitive local high school called a “Gymnazium,” you’ll have the opportunity to experience Czech language immersion! The Czech Republic is an ideal place to step outside of your comfort zone, become a cultural insider, and engage in an exciting new adventure.

You will most likely live with a traditional two-parent families, though it could be in a variety of settings. These can include the major urban areas such as Prague and Brno, but the majority of students are placed in smaller villages in the rural areas of both Bohemia and Moravia.

Czech teenagers spend a lot of time hiking, cycling and swimming in the summer and skiing in the winter. Extracurricular activities are common, including sports, drama, and computer sciences. Czech teens will generally not go out later than 8 p.m. and often as early as 6 p.m.

  • Immerse yourself in the Czech language – the best way to become fluent.
  • Make connections and memories you'll never forget with other AFS exchange students from all over the world.
  • Live with a host family to deepen your immersion and connection to Czech culture. If you’re like most AFSers, you won’t want to leave this second family and home.
  • Indulge in the delicious Czech cuisine, which has German, Hungarian, and Polish influences, including lots of dumplings!
  • Become a global citizen. Gain intercultural communication skills. Build your college and career resume. Help create a more peaceful, understanding world.

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Yes, I recommend this program

Precious Time

The Czech Republic was so welcoming and breathtaking. It was easy to adapt to this culture and the people are so nice! The deciding factor for my selection of this location was the security! I spent a lot of time learning and growing and would highly recommend any high school student to participate in one of these programs!

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Interesting Country, Great Volunteers

While the Czech Republic may have changed significantly in the last 9 years, going on AFS was a pivotal moment in my life. This isn't necessarily limited to the country, but to the experience of stepping outside of your comfort zone as a teenager. AFS does their best to provide support in your host and home countries. The Czech Republic had great volunteers who cared deeply about the students. I ran into a few issues when I had host family troubles, but overall it was a positive experience.

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