History, Culture & Politics
Founded in 1348, Charles University is the largest and oldest university in the Czech Republic. The university has numerous buildings throughout Prague, and all ISA courses are held in the Catholic Theological Faculty building located in Prague 6, an area where many local Czech students live and attend classes. ISA works closely with faculty at Charles University to develop coursework exclusively designed for ISA students, including courses in history, cinema, political science, business, Czech language, European studies, and more. You can enjoy small class sizes with fellow ISA students as your classmates.
Academic Year 1 2019
Aug 30, 2019 - May 16, 2020
Apr 10, 2019
360 - 450 Contact Hours
2.50 Minimum GPA*
- This session is in progress and is no longer accepting applications.
Take your pick from a variety of interesting humanities-based courses during your semester or academic year in Prague. ISA works closely with faculty at Charles University to develop coursework that is exclusively designed for ISA students.
Start your program off right by taking a 2-week intensive Czech language course that will help you learn some key phrases to use during your time abroad. Semester-length class options include subjects such as history, art and architecture, cinema, business, European studies, Czech language, political science, and more. All courses are instructed in English, with the exception of the Czech language courses, and are taught by Charles University faculty. Enjoy small class sizes that consist of other students on your ISA program.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.50.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Bridging Cultures Program
Full-Time Resident Staff
On-Site ISA Offices
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
360 - 450
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
24 - 60
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
36 - 45
- Course Availability
- Course availability is based on enrollment numbers. You should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event that your initial course choices are closed due to low enrollment.
- Courses and course hours of instruction are subject to change.
- Course Selection
- You are required to take a 2-week Beginning Czech Intensive Language Course during your fall semester.
- In addition to the Beginning Czech Intensive Language Course, you can choose 3-4 semester-long courses per semester from the list below.
- Requests for sample syllabi can be made to the ISA Prague Site Specialist.
- Alternate Courses
- You are required to select 3 alternate courses in the event of top course choices conflicting on the timetable, course cancellations, or registration issues.
- You should get your alternate courses pre-approved by your academic advisor.
- Course Credit
- ISA recommends 12-15 U.S. semester credits (3 U.S. semester credits per class) be awarded per semester. However, transfer credits earned will be decided entirely by your home university. It is important to be in touch with your university about course approvals and transfer credit pre-departure.
- According to ISA policy and possible visa requirements, you must maintain full-time enrollment status, as determined by your home university.
- Course Level Recommendations
- ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. These ISA recommendations are intended to help with the determination of course equivalencies at U.S. home institutions.
- Transcript Information
- The transcript from Charles University will reflect contact hours, U.S. grade equivalency recommendations, and U.S. semester credit recommendations. Please be in touch with your home university regarding credit transfer for this program.
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Support & Funding
Resident Director, Czech Republic
Assistant Resident Director/Housing Coordinator, Czech Republic
Student Services Coordinator, Czech Republic
Academic and Housing Coordinator, Czech Republic
Student Services Coordinator, Czech Republic
Funding Your ISA Program
As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page.View all Funding Options
Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Czech lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to Prague. Uncovering the uniqueness of your neighborhood and the surrounding areas will help you to feel right at home. Housing is located either within walking distance from campus, or near public transportation (metro, bus, tram) that can take you to class. With an open and adaptable mind, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.
We strive to match your housing requests with our available accommodations, however, housing requests cannot be guaranteed.
Student apartments are fully furnished, and rent and utilities are included in the program price. The apartments are speckled throughout the city of Prague, rather than all in one building, and are either within walking distance of campus or near public transportation lines. Apartments typically house 2-4 ISA students of the same gender, and bedrooms are double occupancy. Apartments are equipped with basic kitchen supplies, a clothes washing machine, and drying racks (no dryers). Meals are not included.
You will pay a $500 refundable security deposit if living in this ISA housing option. ISA may retain some, or all, of this deposit in the event of damage to property, or if utility usage exceeds the allotted monthly amount
You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option, you will receive a discount equal to the housing portion of the program price.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
ISA excursions allow you to explore the unique, enticing, breathtaking landscape of the Czech Republic that you may not have the chance to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on two weekend trips and three day trips to the following destinations.
A UNESCO World Heritage site, south Bohemia's Cesky Krumlov is one of the region's prettiest towns. Made up of elegant Renaissance buildings that house charming cafés, pubs, restaurants, shops, and galleries, Cesky Krumlov is surrounded by picturesque countryside. On this day trip, you will explore the quaint town center, visit the castle, and a walk along the serine Vltava River.
Karlovy Vary (Carlsbad)
Spend the day exploring and relaxing in this peaceful spa town in west Bohemia. This small Czech town is famous for its thermal baths, which are believed to have many healing properties. Take a dip in one of the curative mineral springs and tour the unique spa architecture.
Terezín gained international notoriety after becoming a concentration camp during WWII. The ghetto was used as a holding ground for the overflow of prisoners awaiting transport to Auschwitz and other extermination camps, although about a quarter of the inmates (33,000) perished in Terezín itself due to the awful living conditions.
Vienna is a city dripping in culture. The city is full of museums, galleries, concert halls, and top-notch shopping. Wander through this historic-yet-modern city and discover hidden alleys and shops as street musicians play lovely Mozart tunes. Tour the beautiful gardens of the Schönbrunn Palace, visit the Hofburg Palace, and revel in the many musical and culinary delights of this worldly city.
This major metropolitan city boasts countless art galleries, numerous museums, and architecture to amaze the eyes. Completely devastated at the end of WWII, Berlin has sprung back as a bustling Mecca of young minds and hip culture. Learn lessons from the past at Checkpoint Charlie, view the colorful East Side Gallery painted on the Berlin Wall, and spend time at one of the many top-quality museums around the city.
This UNESCO World Heritage city once competed to be the capital seat of the Czech Republic and is one of the most historically important cities in the country. Visit the "Bone Church," a small chapel decorated with over 40,000 human skeletons. Down the road lies St. Barbara's Church, one of the most famous Gothic churches in Central Europe.