Location
  • Czech Republic
    • Prague
Term
Fall, Spring
Subject Areas
Art History Arts Creative Writing Design European Studies Film Music Visual Arts

Program Details

Program Type
Provider
Degree Level
Bachelors
Housing
Host Family
Language
Czech

Pricing

Starting Price
16551
What's Included
Accommodation Some Activities Airport Transfers Classes Travel Insurance
What's Not Included
Some Activities Airfare Meals SIM cards Visa
Jan 24, 2022
Aug 29, 2022
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About Program

Study with a dynamic community of visual, performing, and literary artists, where art and creative dissent have played a decisive role in shaping social and political change.

Major topics of study include:
- How the roles of artists and civic leaders have transformed in a new democracy
- Critical challenges associated with liberal democracy and the legacy of communism
- Art in relation to open borders, consumerism, and the free market of post-communist Europe

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Scholarships

SIT Robert Kantor Memorial Scholarship

Each year one student will be granted $10,000 in scholarship aid to study abroad with a SIT program. Funded by individual donors and foundations, the requirements are tight: seeking first-generation college students who've never traveled abroad before, currently attend an HBCU, and demonstrate strong financial need.

Value
$10,000

Program Reviews

5.00 Rating
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  • Academics 4.85
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 5
  • Safety 5
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Ava
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

SIT's study abroad program in Prague was amazing!

My study abroad experience was filled with cultural immersion and experiential learning. I learned how to live independently and interact effectively with people of different cultural backgrounds. I especially enjoyed the opportunity to complete and conduct an independent research project during the last month of my study abroad program. I wish I had known how challenging this process would be; however, it was an amazing opportunity and I learned a lot from this demanding and fulfilling experience.

Pros
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Experiential Learning
Cons
  • Organization
10 people found this review helpful.
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Abby
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

SIT Art and Social Action Prague

This is the best study abroad program! For my semester there were only seven students in the program. This made excursions easy and we all supported and worked well with one another. My host family was a highlight of the program and I feel like I really got to know the culture through the family experiences. We went on many excursions through the program where we met many Czech natives and had thought-provoking discussions that ultimately helped shape our independent projects at the end. The art electives were open ended which I enjoyed because I felt like I could explore the Czech culture and art scene in my own creative ways. If you want to be immersed in a culture and learn about the art scene and social action initiatives involved in a beautiful city, this program is for you.

Pros
  • Host families help immerse you in the culture.
  • Staff and professors were so flexible and allowed you to do independent work.
  • Prague is a beautiful city and felt very safe for the most part.
Cons
  • Only being with the people in your program, not being able to meet local students.
9 people found this review helpful.
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Tricia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

A unique and wonderful semester in Prague!

My semester with SIT was truly amazing and so memorable! I am so glad I chose a small program that focuses on building a strong community between students and encourages cultural engagement. The classes I took were so interesting, especially Czech theater and literature, where our lecturers both had personal ties to the subject matter. We spent a lot of time looking at the arts under communism in the Czech Republic. The school is located in a wonderful part of Prague (Letna) with lots of great coffee shops and a cool art scene. Letna park is right across the street and has a great beer garden with views of the whole city! Going to class each week felt more like an adventure than school, since we got to visit museums and galleries so frequently. Everyone working for the program is so welcoming and I felt supported from the moment I arrived in Prague (our advisor even called us at the airport to check in)! One of the best parts of the program is definitely living with a host family - it is so special. I spent the weekends joining my host family on long walks, visits to local pubs, and watching local theater performances. My host mom even taught me how to bake Czech desserts! I highly recommend this program if you're looking for a semester that is art centric, culturally meaningful, and a fun time all around!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take advantage of all the cool opportunities available through the school! The program gives us tickets to super interesting performances around the city (dance, music, theater) and they were really worthwhile. Even if the event itself wasn't the best, it was a great reason to explore the city and visit unique cultural centers. Also, the public transportation in Prague is so great, so it's really easy to get around, especially since the school gives us a three month transportation pass!
18 people found this review helpful.
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Thea
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing experience!

I was abroad in Prague for the fall 2019 semester, and I have thought about it every day since! It was an incredible experience unlike any other and exceeded all of my expectations. I adored exploring the city and learned so much about Czech history, literature, and culture. I find myself referencing books and facts I learned all of the time—I've turned into that girl who's always starting conversations with "when I was abroad …" I had the loveliest host family; they really made me feel like I was part of their real family, and it was incredible to have the practical experience of cultural norms rather than just learning about them in the classroom. We lived on the northern outskirts of the city, making my commute to school around 45 minutes, but every minute was worth it because I got to explore different districts and see so many cool landmarks that way. The professors were awesome—they all had firsthand experience with the historical events we learned about—and I still keep in touch with my classmates. My favorite part was definitely the independent study project, where I researched underground literature from the communist era and interviewed some really impressive people who helped create and distribute it! Another thing I loved was being there for the thirtieth anniversary of the Velvet Revolution (the fall of communist rule). If you're in search of an adventure in a super cool city where you can learn a lot about art and history, this program is for you!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Explore as much as you can! I spent a lot of time wandering around the city and discovered so much that way. I also traveled to the Bone Church and Terezin on my own, both easy day trips that showed me a different side of Czech culture.
33 people found this review helpful.
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Sarah
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

experiential learning model = best experiences & program

Prague and the greater Czech Republic provided some of the best days of my life, new experiences, adjustments, lessons, friendships, and family. Our schedule was full to the gills, with too many amazing optional performances, gallaries, exhibits, and showcases to attend paid for by my program, so long as we were interested(!!) My commute each morning and night to my host family was a 45-50 minute tram ride, giving my time to read and study czech while weaving through the most beautiful city just outside my windows (though most student had a shorter commute). My host family became my second family and they welcomed me into their routine as if I were her oldest daughter and their older sister. I fell in love with my super small program and we all enjoyed each other's company so much; the size allowed us so much fun flexibility for learning spaces and course direction, and I was so lucky to meet the students I did.

Once we were sent home the online courses were good and it was nice to see everyone virtually, but the experiential learning method can not be replicated online.. so yeah, don't plan to study abroad during a global pandemic. But 100% chose this program if you want a once in a lifetime experience with great people, true cultural exposure, and fun once this pandemic ends. Best program ever - experiential learning means exploring and having a good time out in the city as part of the learning, dream program for me.

What would you improve about this program?
As someone who doesn't eat meat voluntarily, the culture is pretty meat heavy. I was able to find something on the menu at every meal out (main dish as fried cheese and potatoes, a czech classic and often the only meatless dish on the menu..), this isn't something the program could've fixed but just something to note if you don't eat meat you'll have a bit less options! Improvement: either eat meat or love cheese lol
32 people found this review helpful.
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Lydia
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Immersive Cultural Experience Focusing on the Arts

The Arts and Social Change program in Prague is a unique opportunity for students to witness first hand how impactful art is for a culture’s politics, history, and community. Rather than learning about Czech culture from afar, students will become a part of it by participating in different aspects of the arts and living in the community. Because of this learning style, years later I still maintain friendships with my fellow students and feel deep gratitude and connection to Prague and the Czech Republic.

What would you improve about this program?
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32 people found this review helpful.
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Elizabeth
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An immersive, transformative experience

The SIT Czech Arts and Social Change Program truly stands out from every other study abroad program I had considered. The small cohort, supportive program staff, and local professors make the academic courses rigorous and culturally enriching. Each course offered an opportunity for both classroom and experiential learning, taking theory out of the classroom and putting it into practice. There is an immense amount of creative support in the students individual interests.

The SIT Prague Program really encouraged me to ask questions. As a college student, I felt independent and open to everything. However the program pushed me out of my comfort zone. I realized that college is still quite a controlled environment, and that I shouldn’t be afraid to question everything.

My fellow students were amazing, and I still keep in touch with nearly everyone! My host family was also the best I could ask for. I still keep in touch with them as well.

If you want a rigorous academic program, with local professors, amazing regional excursions, opportunities to pursue individual interests, and never feeling like an American tourist, this program is for you. I could not recommend it more highly.

34 people found this review helpful.

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