AIFS Study Abroad in Prague: Semester or Academic Year

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Spend a semester or year in the picturesque city of Prague. Earn up to 18 credits through a variety of courses studying at Charles University.

Students take courses in business and economics, art history, political science, history, literature, film, sociology, psychology, Czech language and more. Courses are taught in English and no previous Czech language study is required.

Live in a student residence hall well connected to the rest of the city. Enjoy cultural and social activities such as visits to museums and cultural sites, opera, theater and ballet performances, sporting events, a trip to Moravia and more. Optional trips include Krakow and Auschwitz, Southern Bohemia and Salzburg, and Vienna or Budapest and more.

AIFS offers non-credit internship opportunities for students interested in enhancing their résumé while abroad. A 2-week intensive Czech language and culture course is also included at the start of the program to help students acclimate to life in Prague.

Highlights
  • 2-day excursion to Moravia
  • Boat cruise on the Vltava River
  • Visit to a Bohemian glass-works factory
  • Czech cooking class

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3.0 or 2.7 on a case by case basis!

Reviews

99%
based on 27 reviews
  • Academics 7.5
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 8.3
  • Housing 9.6
  • Safety 9.5
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Megan
10/10

Time of my life in Praha

My experience studying abroad in Prague far surpassed all of my expectations and I can easily say that those have been the best four months of my life. Prague is truly a magical city that looks like it is straight out of a fairytale. I could not have been happier with my decision to study in Prague through AIFS. The opportunities that AIFS provides you with allow you to fully immerse yourself into the rich culture and history of Prague.

I can’t say enough about how amazing this program is. AIFS offers so much for you to take advantage of during your time abroad. It was the perfect balance of freedom and structure. You could choose what you wanted to participate in, but the program directors were always available for any advice or help when needed. They planned cultural events to ballets and the sympathy, outings to historical cafes, tickets to sporting events, and weekly walks through different neighborhoods in Prague lead by Zdenek – or Z – who knows everything you could ever want to know about every European city. All of these activities were included in the program fee and you could go to as many or as little you want. These options enriched my experience by allowing me to fully appreciate the rich culture in Prague.

AIFS also offers a lot of weekend trips and excursions. There is an option to have AIFS organize your flights to and from Europe, with a stopover in London and Munich before arriving in Prague. This prevented much of the pre-departure stress and was a great way to get to know the people on my program. We also traveled all around the Czech Republic, went to Krakow in Poland, Vienna and Salzburg in Austria, and Berlin in Germany. The program directors came on the weekend trips and organized tours and activities for us. Go on as many of these trips as you can! They are so educational and fun and you’ll get to know the people on your program much faster on these trips.

Thanks to AIFS and the people I met I had the time of my life in Prague. I left a piece of my heart in Prague and I would give anything to go back and relive my experiences there. At the end of the semester I had 30 new best friends and we still keep in touch and have already made trips across the US to visit each other. If you’re at all considering studying abroad, just GO. Studying abroad with AIFS was the best decision I’ve ever made and the experiences I had have shaped me into the person I am today.

Yes, I recommend
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brooklyntree
10/10

Homesick for Prague

I am literally obsessed with Prague. The minute our plane took off to head back to the United States, I knew I was in trouble. It was everything I could do to keep the tears back. I was devastated to leave the city that I had so deeply fallen in love with. To me, it was the most perfect place in the world—its graffitied buildings, the lack of a jar of maple syrup for less than $15, even the placid (sometimes read as unhappy) faces of the local Czech people. Prague is filled with a million paradoxes (Kafka, anyone?) that should make it unbearable but instead you become obsessed with the crooked streets, colored facades and fried cheese sandwiches. You can’t leave—not really, because you go back every hour in your mind. I made friends who (two years later) I still laugh with over Skype, miss the smooth cobblestones, wrote my senior dissertation on a book from one of my classes, and even miss the bitter wind that whips through the underground metro station during winter. DID I MENTION THIS IS THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CITY IN EUROPE?

The AIFS program staff at the Prague are beyond amazing. I came into the office about a month into my time in Prague with tears running down my face, clutching my crashed computer, taking all my photos, memories and means of communication with anyone outside of Prague. I was instantly hugged by Zdenek- or ‘Z’ as we so lovingly refer to him- and he told me to save my tears for a time when I really needed them. I will never forget the kindness the entire office showed me on that day. And as for my computer, Barbora (another amazing program assistant) had her boyfriend RECOVER all my documents, photos and music and reinstall a new hard drive for less than 200 dollars. (I still use the computer to this day).

The weekly city tours, café visits, museum excursions and planned trips to Vienna and Krakow (and Auschwitz) were absolutely unforgettable. I’m pretty sure Z knows everything about every European country, kingdom and royal family ever. I feel confident that I can take my parents back (this summer!) and regurgitate some smidgens of the history I learned from Z.

I can’t say enough how amazing this program is, and how having a supportive staff and office to come home to makes it that much easier to step out of your comfort zone and immerse yourself in all the Prague, and the Czech Republic and Europe has to offer.

This program gets a bazillion out of 10. Please go. You will regret it every single day if you do—I’m off to daydream of my home.

Prague will always be my home.

Yes, I recommend
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Ashley
10/10

A Well-Orchastrated Trip of a Lifetime!

AIFS in Prague was a tremendous experience. The staff were so helpful and supportive--from the minute we got picked up at the London airport to the minute we departed. They made adapting to a new language, new city, and new way of living stress-free.

Prague is the most beautiful city in the world--to walk through its streets is to be walking in the midst of history and beauty. You will have tons of opportunities to explore this city on your own and with the AIFS group. You'll also have the opportunity to explore other cities in neighboring countries--which you should do! One of the perks of studying in Prague is that it is so centralized. You can access so many other places easily. I particularly enjoyed the trips to Poland and Vienna.

For history buffs, studying in Prague is like heaven. Instead of sitting behind a desk, learning from a book--the history courses take you out into the city, to where events actually occurred. It's the best way to learn history, and I'm thankful for the opportunity.

There will be challenges, as there are in any new experiences--but you will learn and grow so much in Prague, as you really step out and engage in adventure. Things will be brand-new for the first month or so, and then you'll be settling into your new routine. Prague finally felt like "home" to me after about two months--I was sitting on the subway with my laundry shoved in my suitcase, on the way to the laundromat. And in that moment, it clicked. I had done it! I had traveled to a new country, adapted to a new way of living, navigated a new public transit system, and managed to live "normally" all at the same time. It was really empowering!

Studying abroad will change your life--and studying in Prague will enable you to change your life in a beautiful, vibrant, cosmopolitan, old-world city.

Yes, I recommend
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kfare
10/10

Just do it. Czech it out.

I knew I always wanted to study abroad when I entered college but where to go and which program to study with were the problems? Then AIFS's program in Prague clicked, with all of the opportunities, its location and offerings. The language barrier was a little frightening upon stepping off of the plane; luckily you learn a few phrases that can get you around and you will be able to recognize your favorite foods on Czech menus. AIFS made studying abroad easy, especially while being abroad. It goes by fast- too fast. But it was one of the absolute best experiences of my life and would not change a thing!

Yes, I recommend
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Laura
9/10

Prague and Me

I loved studying abroad with AIFS in Prague. Classes were offered through Charles University, which included a two-week Czech immersion course before we began our semester classes. It was really helpful to go through the basic vocabulary and grammar structure as soon as we got to the country, but my favorite part about that class? I could see Prague Castle from my window.
Being away from my home university and the pressures of extracurricular activities freed up my time to enjoy the city. One of my favorite things to do, which prompted by an assignment for my literature class to "make a coffeehouse your regular spot," was to order an apple tart and cappuccino at Kavarna Slavia, the cafe across the street from Narodni Divadlo (National Theater). While going to a restaurant by myself in the middle of the day was something I would never do at home, I felt liberated to experience the litany of activities that Prague had to offer.
While the housing offered by AIFS was by no means fit for a king, I was generally satisfied with the building. But due to rumors of the washing machine shredding clothes, I would make a 14-stop tram trek across the city every other Tuesday with my clothes in plastic bags to do my laundry safely. The most difficult part of the living situation was the less-than-adequate "kitchen," which included a mini-fridge, two hot plates, and any kitchen supplies that were left over from other residents. As a vegetarian, I really could have used a better kitchen to prepare my meals, as I found myself reboiling leftover pasta because I couldn't heat it any other way. Otherwise, it was useful living in a building that wasn't totally occupied with students - when my siblings came to visit, they were able to stay in a room on the floor above me.
The staff at AIFS was really friendly and helpful. I loved taking trips with AIFS, especially because they planned trips to places I probably wouldn't have considered traveling to otherwise, like Brno in the Eastern region of the Czech Republic and Krakow, Poland. Our program included a lot of free opportunities for day trips, walking tours, and cultural events in and around the city, though tickets were limited and you had to sign up at the program office before they ran out. They were able to recommend anything from apartment services to restaurants in the city and were so dedicated to getting to know students on a personal level. These things definitely made me appreciate going to a smaller, more personalized program such as AIFS Prague.
I have already recommended this program to several friends and will continue to recommend it. While Prague on its own has so much to offer to students, AIFS only enhanced its amazing opportunities.

Yes, I recommend
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bethk
10/10

Opportunity of a Lifetime

I honestly could not have asked for a better experience studying abroad. I went to Prague with AIFS during the summer of 2010, and the six week program was everything I had hoped for and more. Not only did I have an incredible cultural experience, I came out with lifelong friends and a group of 22 people we all still fondly refer to as our "Prague Family."

During my time there, I took an art history class and a Central European history class. Both classes provided a different look at the city I was living in; history was academically challenging and the professor was phenomenal, while art history utilized an experiential teaching method with tours of museums, galleries, churches, and so forth. However, AIFS is a program that balances work and play perfectly, ensuring that we experienced all of the culture that Prague has to offer. While in the city, we had the opportunity to partake in trips to historical cafes, tours of the city and castles, etc. Zdenek Benes, a.k.a. "Z," who accompanied us on our travel excursions and led our tours, is the most knowledgeable man I may have ever met. He knows all there is to know about Prague and enriched our experience very much!
Honestly, all of the staff at AIFS Prague are incredibly helpful, knowledgable, and friendly. The excursions planned by the staff were exceptional; we met in London, traveled through Moravia (historical Czech wine country), visited Krakow and Auchswitz, and went to Vienna. In each location, our itineraries balanced planned activities with free time to explore, and these trips were unbelievably fun. I think our travel opportunities were very special, as I know many other programs don't provide as many changes to explore Europe.

My advice for anyone considering traveling to Prague through AIFS:
First, go on as many excusions as possible! I was fortunate enough to be able to go on all of them, and am so thankful. These are when the group bonds the most, and you get to experience places that you may never have a chance to visit otherwise. I know that people who missed out on them were disappointed. Second, get to know the staff. (Especially Z and Jana, if they're still there!) They're there to help you in any situation, and you want to be comfortable with them. Take it from someone who had to go to a doctor, who spoke no English, while in Prague- you want the staff as backup when you're in a pickle. Third, learn basic phrases and try to use the language as much as possible. This not only makes it easier to navigate the city and interact with the locals, but the locals really appreciate it. Even if you're terrible, the mere fact that you respect their language and don't assume they speak English is good. Fourth, take public transportation. The metro is fantastic in Prague and AIFS gives you a pass! And finally, eat the goulash. Every day.

Bottom line: Go to Prague with AIFS. It will be the best decision you ever make.

Yes, I recommend
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Andi
10/10

For a cultural, social, and educational experience

The best thing about studying abroad with AIFS is the cultural experience that you get to absorb. AIFS Prague staff are your gateway to the entire city as well as the surrounding areas. All inclusive weekend trips, free theatre tickets to ballets, plays, and all that the theatrical world of Prague has to offer, as well as walking tours only begin to describe this experience. And that is just the AIFS part of the trip. Forget the fact that you will be in one of the most stunning cities in the entire world. You are surrounded by history, culture, a great night scene, and overall a fantastic experience. And AIFS does everything and more to give you a home away from home. People seem to always be waiting for their life to begin. My life felt like it was given soul in Prague. It began to breathe in Prague. Plus, the beer is pretty darn good..

Yes, I recommend
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gduncan
10/10

Fall into Prague

Studying in Prague was an experience of a lifetime. The memories I made will last forever. Being able to immerse yourself in a culture completely different from your own and succeeding is one of the greatest feelings you can have. Everything from the language to the people to the culture to the food was amazing. I now know that I love beef goulash! Spending nights walking through Old Town square are memories I will be telling my own grandchildren about. If given the chance to study abroad, I highly recommend going through AIFS and heading to Prague because the staff are always there to help you with whatever question you may have, and Prague is beautiful. I loved it so much I plan on working in Prague as soon as I graduate!

Yes, I recommend
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maria.salvatori
9/10

Prague Summer 2010

I studied abroad in Prague in the summer of 2010. It was my real first, independent experience. I took two classes over there, Czech Art & Architecture and Eastern European Politics. I had classes 4 times a week. I would wake up, grab a pastry at a local shop or some fruit and yogurt in our cafeteria, and attend class. During my art class we visited many art museums, churches, castles and simply just walked through the city studying the artistic value. After class I would meet friends for lunch and usually explore the city some more, sometimes going to the river beach, the outdoor markets, the outdoor gardens, or exploring Old Town Square. In the evenings I had another night class and then usually would meet up with people to go out and enjoy the night life. The World Cup was going on during that time, and Old Town Square had a huge televised screening of the games! On weekends, we took trips to Moravia, Krakow and Vienna. I saw and learned so much while there. My study abroad in Prague was most definitely my most cherished college experience.

Yes, I recommend
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Megmh09
9/10

Prague

AIFS provided an exceptional program. There was a total balance between work and play, and they were really good about providing cultural experiences that you may not commit to doing on your own. It was great how close all the program participants lived to each other, and they made it easy to make strong bonds with others quickly. The staff was extremely helpful and available to answer questions, and the office was in a convenient location for popping in or printing your travel confirmations for individually planned trips.

Yes, I recommend
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E
10/10

Great program

Prague was awesome, great nightlife, the side trips to Vienna and Krakow and Warsaw were cool as well. The film classes were interesting, saw some crazy Czech movies. Overall a great time

Yes, I recommend
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Mich
10/10

Amazing and Unforgettable Experience

Studying in Prague with the AIFS study abroad experience was everything I wanted and more. Not only did I have an unforgettable and enjoyable experience because the city was so cultural and picturesque but the classroom experience was fun and interesting, with the Charles University professors being great too. The AIFS staff was the best that I could ask for: each staff member was warm, welcoming and friendly so you could talk to them about anything. In general, I was very impressed with AIFS because they organized all the little details of activities so well that you were never bored and always having fun. We went on weekend excursions in Moravia, Austria, and Poland, and you could tell that a lot of thought went into each activity and how the time was spent. Make sure to bring some good walking shoes because you'll walk around EVERYWHERE. Some other random tips are that you must pay for the water in restaurants and if you don't specify non-sparking water, you will get seltzer...which wasn't a very popular choice among our group. Buy big bottles of water (1.5L) in Prague -- they're economical. Also, be sure to go over your map of Prague carefully! The names are intimidating but you WILL get used to them pretty quick. Lastly, take lots of pictures because Prague is beautiful and you'll soon realize that even the pictures you thought you would delete end up as great memories. :)

Yes, I recommend

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