Harvard Summer Program in Prague, Czech Republic

3/23/20: In light of the significant and prolonged uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, Harvard Summer School is suspending the operation of our 2020 study abroad programs. For further travel resources, please visit the Harvard Global Support Services website and Harvard’s coronavirus website which is frequently updated – and contains the latest announcements, guidance and resources.

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Dates: 
May 31, 2020 to July 25, 2020
Apply by: 
January 30, 2020
Cost: 
$9,000
Housing: 
Apartments

Immerse yourself in the Czech language and culture in the heart of Europe. 

This program is situated in Prague, Czech Republic, one of the world’s most beautiful cities that for centuries benefitted from its position at the crossroads of cultures and languages. You will learn the Czech language in class, through immersive exploration of the city, its rich history and vibrant present, and interactions with the locals. You will broaden your global perspectives on politics, philosophy, and history, and expand your knowledge of Central Europe. 

Program Structure

Introductory language instruction is combined with a cultural examination of the complex cultural, religious, and political forces that have shaped Czech society. A particular emphasis is placed on studying the local richly layered architecture and urbanism. You participate in walking tours of Prague, visiting churches, castles, synagogues, museums, and monasteries, as well as other towns in Bohemia and Moravia.

Please note: While this program is organized around a language course for beginners, those who have already completed a year of Czech language may also participate. Please contact the program director for information about alternative tracks of study.

Courses

CZEC S-Aab counts as one full-year course (8 credits) of degree credit, and can also count as 8 credits toward the foreign language requirement.

Prerequisites: none.

CZEC S-BAB Study Abroad in Prague, Czech Republic: Intermediate Czech Language and Culture (32648)

8 credits
UN, GR Limited enrollment.

This course provides students with an intermediate level of Czech language instruction integrated with Czech literature, history, and culture. Intensive language study (equivalent to one year of intermediate university Czech) in the mornings is combined with walking tours of Prague's monuments and museums, as well as visits to theaters, concerts, and cafes. Our readings and lectures in Czech culture trace some of the major themes of Czech history and literature, paying special attention to the interaction between politics, aesthetics, and national identity—whether at the medieval court of Charles IV, amidst the religious turmoil of the fifteenth-century Hussite wars, during the nineteenth-century "National Awakening," or under Nazi occupation and Communist rule in the twentieth century. Readings (in English and Czech) include works by Kundera, Havel, Hrabal, and Kafka.

CZEC S-CAB Study Abroad in Prague, Czech Republic: Advanced Czech Language and Culture (32649)

8 credits
UN, GR Limited enrollment.

This course provides students with an advanced level of Czech language instruction integrated with Czech literature, history, and culture. Intensive language study (equivalent to one year of advanced university Czech) in the mornings is combined with walking tours of Prague's monuments and museums, as well as visits to theaters, concerts, and cafes. Our readings and lectures in Czech culture trace some of the major themes of Czech history and literature, paying special attention to the interaction between politics, aesthetics, and national identity—whether at the medieval court of Charles IV, amidst the religious turmoil of the fifteenth-century Hussite wars, during the nineteenth-century "National Awakening," or under Nazi occupation and Communist rule in the twentieth century. Readings (in English and Czech) include works by Kundera, Havel, Hrabal, and Kafka.

CZEC S-AAB Study Abroad in Prague, Czech Republic: Czech Language and Culture (32306)

Veronika Tuckerova
8 credits
UN, GR Limited enrollment.

This intensive course provides a comprehensive introduction to modern Czech language and culture for those who would like to speak Czech or use the language for reading and research. Designed for students without any previous knowledge of Czech, the course stresses all four major communicative skills (speaking, listening comprehension, reading, and writing). Students are introduced to Czech culture through readings, screenings, and class discussions. This course prepares students to continue in Czech at the intermediate level or for study or travel abroad in the Czech Republic.

Where You Live and Study

Prague is one of the most well-preserved historical cities in the world. It is also the setting of striking social, cultural, political, and economic transformation. While based in Prague, you will also have the opportunity to travel to various Czech and Moravian towns, as well as explore other parts of Central Europe. 

Accommodations

You stay in centrally located apartments with kitchen, bathroom, and laundry facilities. The apartments are in a neighborhood with parks, museums, shops, and restaurants. They are a short tram ride from our classroom, which is in the recently renovated Thurn und Taxis Palace in one of Prague's oldest neighborhoods.

Application

Early application is strongly encouraged. Each program has unique requirements included in the online application. Beginning your application early is the best way to ensure that you have sufficient time to review and complete the application requirements by the deadline. 

You may apply to no more than two programs; if applying to two programs, you will be asked to rank your two applications in order of preference (first and second choice). Any applications submitted in excess of the maximum of two will be automatically withdrawn. You will be notified of your admissions status in each program by late February. 

A complete online application includes:

  • Basic personal information
  • A statement of interest
  • Your most recent transcript
  • Program-specific requirements (if applicable; may include letters of recommendation, audio or video submissions, etc.)

Interviews may be requested at the discretion of the program.

The summer 2020 application deadline has passed. Harvard College students applying for funding from the Office of Career Services (OCS): Please note that the OCS funding application is separate. OCS funding awards are tied to a specific program, and cannot be transferred to another program.

If you have questions about the application, please contact the Harvard Summer School Study Abroad Office by email at summerabroad@summer.harvard.edu, or by telephone at (617) 998-9602.

Cost & Expenses

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Accommodations
  • Scheduled program activities
  • Some meals (the program will provide further details)

You will also need to budget for a number of expenses not covered by the program fee. The amounts listed below for these out-of-pocket expenses are approximate, and you may incur additional expenses not noted here. Your actual expenses will depend on a number of factors, including personal spending habits and currency exchange rates.

  • International airfare ($1,300 - $1,600)
  • Ground transportation ($100)
  • Meals ($1,000)
  • Personal expenditures, communications, course materials, and miscellaneous ($400)

If you have specific questions about personal budgeting, please contact the program directly.

See Funding and Payment for information on how to submit payments and funding options.

Additional Information