Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is an enchanting city, a maze of cobbled alleys lined with opulent palaces, quaint shops, churches, and cafés, all steeped in history. From the Hussite Wars of the early 15th century to the political and economic transformation of the past twenty years, Prague and its citizens have witnessed many of Europe’s most momentous changes. Prague's history dates all the way back to the Paleolithic age and stretches over thousands of years, through dynasties, kings and emperors, to become the tourist hot spot it is today. It also boasts a rich culture of art and nightlife and is the fifth most visited city in Europe, following only Paris, London, Istanbul and Rome. It is an ideal site for studying Czech culture and history as well as the transitional economics and politics of the region.
Things to Do and See:
Old Town Square; Prague Castle; day trip to Cesky Krumlov (3 hours from Prague); Astronomical Clock; Charles Bridge; Old Jewish Quarter and cemetery; St. Vitus Cathedral; John Lennon wall; farmers market on Saturdays; cruise on the river Vltava; Petrin Hill; seasonal Christmas markets; Wenceslas square; Spanish Synagogue.
William and Mary's summer program in Prague will include guided excursions to sites of cultural interest and natural beauty, such as the Sedlec Monastery and Ossuary, the beautiful medieval city of Ceský Krumlov, and the Moravian Karst or limestone caves. In addition, other excursions may include overnight trips to Krakow, Poland, and Vienna, Austria.
Students will live in dormitories while in Prague.
Students will earn 7 credits. There is a mandatory 1 credit conversational Czech language course (MDLL 110), and students may choose two courses from the following Summer 2019 course options:
- BIO XXX: Beer and Genetics: How Czech Plants Changed the World
- GBST 390/GOVT 391: Contemporary Central European Politics
- ARTH 252: Czech & European Art & Architecture
- HIST 299: The Habsburg Empire: A Political and Cultural History
There is a required 1 credit course to be taken in the Spring prior to departure, which you will be registered for following program acceptance. This course is designed specifically for students going on the summer program and is intended to enhance your cross-cultural understanding of Prague and to cover a variety of pre-departure information. The scheduling of this course will be dependent on the class times possible for program participants.
Courses are taught by W&M faculty and faculty at Charles University. Grades will appear on W&M transcript and will be included in GPA calculations.
Arrival date: May 20, 2020
Departure date: June 28, 2020
Application ($75*): February 1
Deposit ($600): March 1
Final payment: April 1
* A $75 application fee applies, to be paid to the Bursar’s Office. Please note that the application and deposit fees are non-refundable.
2019 program fee: $5,550
Students are responsible for airfare, visa fees if applicable and some meals.
Reves Summer Scholarships are available for this program.
***Additional scholarship funds for this program are available through the Tepper Scholarships for Study in Russia and Eastern Europe***
Round trip airport transfer
Some excursion admissions tickets
Some day or weekend excursions depending on the program
On-site support services
W&M credits taught by W&M faculty
Partnership with highly ranked prestigious host university to offer reputable and rigorous academic coursework
Breakfast is included Monday to Friday and as well as some meals on excursions
Periodic check-in meals with Program Director
All College students in good academic standing.
Click to view the Prague Handbook 2019
Click to view the Summer Abroad Handbook 2018.