Czech Republic: Prague - Politics, Culture, the Arts

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Study Abroad at Charles University in Prague
Study Abroad at Charles University in Prague
Study abroad with USAC in Prague, Czech Republic
Study abroad with USAC in Prague, Czech Republic

About

USAC has partnered up with Charles University to give students a unique study abroad experience in Prague, Czech Republic. Primary studies at Charles University include Politics, Art and Culture, with all courses taught in English.

Prague is well known as one of the most beautiful cities in all of Europe, and in turn the world. It's central location makes traveling to other parts of Europe quite easy, especially to the neighboring countries of Germany, Austria, Slovakia, or Poland.

Highlights
  • Explore the narrow, curved streets, marvelous courtyards, and green patios that make up 30% of downtown—a lovely city for walking
  • Live in a beautiful medieval city, home to the oldest university in Central and Eastern Europe
  • Join an amazing tour to three European capital cities and cultures (Budapest, Bratislava and Vienna)
  • Enjoy easy, inexpensive, and safe travel to nearby European countries

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USAC awards over $2 million in scholarships and discounts each year to assist students with their study abroad expenses.

Value
$500 - $1,000

Questions & Answers

Reviews

9.59 Rating
based on 29 reviews
  • Academics 7.9
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.5
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 9.6
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Melanie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

best decision-- USAC all the way, prague all the way.

Studying in Prague with USAC was absolutely one of the best decisions of my life. The courses were excellent, super interesting and also fun, we went on so many field trips, and the program itself is too so affordable. Would 100% recommend, Prague is a beautiful city, your support staff are amazing and kind people, and the overall experience is one you'll cherish your whole life. The program gives you so many activities and opportunties to really experience czech culture without spending any additional money, it's a really great program.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I would say don't have expectations that you have to travel the whole of Europe to really experience something. Just living in Prague, and being involved in the community you have at your fingertips there through USAC is a wildly rich experience-- don't let it pass you up while you're spending ridiculous many in Paris. Prague is theee best.
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Jenna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Choose USAC, I'm Serious

I just returned home from studying in Prague and I would go back in a heartbeat. The central location, program advisors, academics and so much more created the best experience possible. I lived in the apartment PB9 and it had and old feel to it but it was very live-able and great location. USAC gives the option to have a single room for just a little extra money and it was great. The advisors set up so many activities and we all really felt like a family. I only had class on Mondays and Tuesdays which allowed me to travel for the 5 days at a time to other countries. You will not be able to find this quality of a program at this low of a price. The program was separate from the local universities so I did not really get to feel like a local in an academic sense but the housing location helped with that. 10/10 USAC is unbeatable

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Appreciate every moment you have abroad!!! Take advantage of every opportunity and cherish your time. It goes by faster than you think!
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Sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

USAC is AWESOME!!

USAC was one of the best experiences of my life! The staff was welcoming and supportive, the location of Prague was incredible, and the opportunities for excursions were endless. We hiked, we toured the city, we went to Vienna and Budapest. I also got to volunteer for an international school, even further enriching my experience. And in class, we took walks through the city to visit the places we learned about in class. I will never forget this experience and I am so grateful to USAC that I was able to study in Prague and have the best semester ever!!

One thing that I will continue to remember about my semester abroad was when we moved my literature class a few hours early and to the Charles Bridge. We watched the sunrise while reading Czech poems. Then we walked to monuments of Czech poets and discussed their lives.

What would you improve about this program?
More interaction with Charles University students.
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Hailey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The People

While in Prague, I met some of my favorite people. The program staff, fellow students and teachers definitely made my experience so great. The program administration became my Prague parents because they actually cared how were were doing. The younger staff whot joined us on our activites made them more fun and added to the experince. The teachers made the classes interesting and put field trips into the curriculum, I hadn't been on a filed trip since second grade!
Last but not least certainly, my fellow students. It's hard to believe that we all signed up for this semester in this place. I couldn't imagine anyone else to experience Prague with. We were very lucky in that regard.
All of these people have changed my life and will forever be apart of it.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I was really saddened going in that I would not get to travel out of the country during the weekends, but this specific program plans such fun things to do within and outside of the city. I wouldn't have gone in with negative thoughts regarding that.
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John
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

GO TO PRAGUE

Studying abroad in Prague was surreal. The city is absolutely beautiful & culturally rich & along with that, almost everything is cheap. Beers are legit $1< for half a liter at grocery stores.
There are three different apartment buildings. Two of them are in prime location right on top of one of the most central metro stations in the city, and the other apartment is about a 15 minute walk uphill from these two apartments. Overall, the apartments are in a great location right in the heart of the city, walking distance from the most popular clubs, bars, restaurants, and attractions. As for the interior of the apartments, they’re hit or miss. Some flats are nice and some are not so nice, but for the most part they are cozy and easily livable. Big rooms and high ceilings, can’t complain about that.
All of the courses take place at one specific building and you will only be taking classes with the people in the program, so class sizes can vary from 3 people to 30. Some might complain that you don’t get to interact with Czech students, but that’s not an issue as long as you’re socially active. The academics in the program are not very challenging to say the least, but are still very educational. If you pick the right classes you will have absolutely no school work & will be able to travel & party all week.
I can’t emphasize how important it is to make friends with a majority of the program & go out frequently together. Not only is nightlife cheap, but it’s fun. You’ll seriously regret it if you shelter yourself the whole semester. The friendships & bonds made will be well worth it.
I tried to sum up the things most are curious about that aren’t talked about or are hard to find info on, so I hope it helps.
Just don’t be a loser. Have fun. You’re young and only in Prague once.

What would you improve about this program?
Not much needs changing cause everything is great for the most part. The only thing that comes to mind is needing permission from the program and landlord for overnight guests, and then having to pay per guest per night (no one actually does). We’re adults, not twelve
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John
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Extremely fun

Studying abroad in Prague was surreal. The city is absolutely beautiful & culturally rich & along with that, almost everything is cheap. Beers are legit $1< for half a liter at grocery stores.

There are three different apartment buildings. Two of them are in a prime location right on top of one of the most central metro stations in the city, and the other apartment is about a 15-minute walk uphill from these two apartments. Overall, the apartments are in a great location right in the heart of the city, walking distance from the most popular clubs, bars, restaurants, and attractions. As for the interior of the apartments, they’re hit or miss. Some flats are nice and some are not so nice, but for the most part, they are cozy and easily livable. Big rooms and high ceilings, can’t complain about that.

All of the courses take place at one specific building and you will only be taking classes with the people in the program, so class sizes can vary from 3 people to 30. Some might complain that you don’t get to interact with Czech students, but that’s not an issue as long as you’re socially active. The academics in the program are not very challenging, to say the least, but are still very educational. If you pick the right classes you will have absolutely no school work & will be able to travel & party all week.
I can’t emphasize how important it is to make friends with a majority of the program & go out frequently together. Not only is nightlife cheap, but it’s fun. You’ll seriously regret it if you shelter yourself the whole semester. The friendships & bonds made will be well worth it.

I tried to sum up the things most are curious about that aren’t talked about or are hard to find info on, so I hope it helps.
Just don’t be a loser. Have fun. You’re young and only in Prague once.

What would you improve about this program?
Not much needs changing cause everything is great for the most part. The only thing that comes to mind is needing permission from the program and landlord for overnight guests, and then having to pay per guest per night (no one actually does). We’re adults, not twelve.
Rodrigo
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

USAC WSU

This program was amazing. Extremely friendly and very helpful. The staff would answer any question appropriately and were very kind. It seemed like they wanted us to learn of course, but to really take in the beautiful culture of the Czech Republic. The trips led by the program were fun. Every weekend there were a variety of trips either day or overnight trips. I signed up for the Vienna Budapest tour and I would highly recommend going to that. The cities are amazing, which you should visit, but going with the program felt good to be going with people who knew where to go and having to see the ‘must see’ sights. I went on day trips to hockey games. I also ran a race in the middle of the program and it was one of the most challenging races I have ever done but if I go back to Prague, I will run it again because it was such a great feeling running through the woods and being in touch with nature. Awesome experience.

What would you improve about this program?
Letting students choose courses with time availability before the program starts.
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Angelique
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life-changing experience!

My time in Prague with USAC was amazing. The food was delicious and affordable, the culture was rich and inviting, and I met so many inspiring people while studying in Prague. USAC had loads of activities to do on the weekends and the program leaders and professors would often come with us, making the program feel like one big happy family. The USAC class sizes were small, which made the courses engaging and conversational.
My time in Prague changed the course of my life. After studying abroad in the spring semester of my freshman year, I switched my major. Living in Prague helped me figure out what I really wanted to do in the future. I highly recommend this beautiful Gothic city to everyone. I miss watching the sunset from a rooftop restaurant or picnics in Petrin Gardens with all of my friends from abroad and I hope anyone who ends up going abroad with USAC to Prague has even more amazing experience.

What would you improve about this program?
The housing situation was a little difficult. My apartment complex was pretty far from the school and the other student apartments.