Prague Study Abroad Program
About Reimagining Europe
- Minimum GPA: 2.5 (4.0 scale)
- Application deadlines: April 15 for fall (Sept-Dec)
October 15 for spring (Jan-June)
- Program advisor: Nikki Bruckmann
New! All spring 2018 Reimagining Europe students will receive a guaranteed $3,000 scholarship
What Reimagining Europe has to offer
- A curriculum that explores a Europe in transition as the region responds to events and pressures ranging from Brexit to migration surges
- A base in the lively city of Prague, a compelling vantage point to explore issues relevant to the Czech Republic, Europe and the world
- Robust local network of academics, entrepreneurs, legal experts, Czech- and foreign-owned businesses, hacker spaces and NGOs offer resources for exploration and discovery
- Opportunities to connect with European students in class and through IFSA-Butler co-curricular activities
- An affiliation with Prague College, a private institution that emphasizes the educational values of creativity, competence, innovation and connectedness
- IFSA-Butler students benefit from Prague College's unique academic community, which attracts highly-qualified faculty and students from over 90 countries
- Partnerships with local businesses offer the opportunity for students to take their learning outside the classroom
- Housing is in centrally-located apartments in Prague
- Coursework in the social sciences and business, as well as field components
- An innovative approach to teaching and learning that focuses on the needs of the individual student
- Small class sizes offer the opportunity to engage directly with Prague College's experienced international lecturers
- Prague College's partnerships with businesses offer the opportunity for students to take their learning outside the classroom through a Professional Development Project
What is the academic structure of Reimagining Europe?
The Reimagining Europe program is divided into five learning communities, each of which offers a curated curriculum of electives in business and the social sciences taught at Prague College. Students in all learning communities take a core course and have the opportunity to take part in a Professional Development Project related to their area of specialization. The five learning communities are:
- Cybersecurity, Cryptography and Financial Crime
- Experiential and Creative Media
- Global Business and Leadership
- Human Resources and Multicultural Organizational Practices
- Information Technology and Innovation
Students on this program take Survival Czech Language, the Reimagining Europe core course (4 U.S. semester credits) and three additional courses through four curriculum options:
Do I take courses only within my learning community?
Students are encouraged to concentrate their electives from within their chosen learning community, but cross-registration between communities is allowed.
Is there a required course?
All students take the Reimagining Europe core course (4 U.S. semester credits) and the Survival Czech Language course. Survival Czech is a 15-hour non-credit course taught intensively during the first weeks of the program. It focuses on essential communication skills, key words and phrases, including the ability to request emergency assistance. There will be role-playing and specific experiential activities, such as using the tram or bus, ordering at a café, etc.
Will I have the opportunity to study the Czech language beyond the Survival Czech course?
Yes. Students who want more in-depth instruction in the Czech language can enroll in an Introduction to Czech Language course.
Is there a required course?
All students will take Reimagining Europe, the core course taught by IFSA-Butler faculty. Students must also enroll in Survival Czech Language, which is taught intensively during the first weeks of the program.
What is a Professional Development Project?
The Professional Development Project is a dynamic field-based learning experience that provides students with the opportunity to learn more about their professional areas of interest through structured application of theory to practice. Through a combination of visits and experiences that will occur as a group, students will actively survey an industry of their Reimagining Europe learning community. The accompanying research project encourages students to pursue individualized lines of inquiry while gaining practical knowledge of their professional areas to provide context to their learning. This combination of research and professional development gives the Professional Development Project its unique flavor.
What is Exploring Community & Culture in a Global Context?
Exploring Community & Culture in a Global Context is an online course taught by IFSA-Butler. You can take this course in lieu of one elective from your learning community. Worth 3 U.S. semester credit hours, this course fosters intercultural dialogue and a greater understanding of local society through a global cohort of IFSA-Butler students worldwide.
How many courses will I take?
Students on this program take Survival Czech Language, the Reimagining Europe core course and three additional courses through four curriculum options:
What if I need to take a required course?
Please be aware that IFSA-Butler cannot guarantee enrollment in particular courses. However, if you need to take a required course, you may indicate that it is required on your course preference form. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor will communicate your needs to the program.
What courses am I eligible to take?
As an IFSA-Butler student, you are entitled to enroll in undergraduate courses for which you are qualified and in which space is available. Syllabi (linked in the Electives subtab) include prerequisites you must fulfill in order to enroll in each course.
Below are the electives available in each learning community. Click on the course title to view a PDF of the syllabus.
Cybersecurity, Cryptography and Financial Crime
Experimental and Creative Media
Global Business and Leadership
Human Resources and Multicultural Organizational Practices
Information Technology and Innovation
Course preference form
Applicants to this program complete a course preference form as part of the application process. The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your host university know which courses you are interested in taking abroad. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Accepted students will receive their provisional schedule shortly after an admissions decision is made. This schedule will be based on the courses listed on the course preference form.
What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses. You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.
Traditional academic calendars in the Czech Republic extend into January. However, IFSA-Butler students will take alternative assessments before the program end date in December, and will not be required to stay in January.
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the grades and credits you earned at Prague College. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.
Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation throughout the semester.
Where will I live?
All students on the Reimagining Europe program live in centrally located, fully furnished flats in Prague. Students have single bedrooms but will share a bathroom. All apartments are located in beautiful historic buildings and include a common dining area and kitchen with a microwave, refrigerator, oven and stovetop.
When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Prague for orientation.
Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
Yes. IFSA-Butler requires a refundable housing deposit of $300 before going abroad. We will return this deposit to you after March 1 for fall programs or September 1 for spring programs, less any fines, damages or outstanding debts in your name.
Can I arrange my own housing?
All students who participate in the Reimagining Europe program must live in IFSA-Butler housing for the duration of the program.
There is no meal plan for this program. Students purchase their meals or cook for themselves.
Population: 1.3 million
Location: West central Czech Republic
- A plethora of architectural wonders: Prague Castle, Wenceslaus Square, Old Town Hall Tower and Astronomical Clock, the Dancing House and Jubilee Synagogue, just to name a few
- Restaurants that feature hearty and delicious Czech and European cuisine: flaky, sweet trdelník pastries (often filled with ice cream!), roasted pork and bread dumplings, potato pancakes, flavorful cheese and fruit-filled dumplings
- A thriving student scene, vibrant nightlife and many festivals
- Hike the Czech Republic's nearly 24,000 miles of color-coded hiking trails
- Go beyond the city to visit a chata, a simple weekend cottage, typically built by Czech families without professional help
- Try the mineral waters in the historic spa town of Karlovy Vary
Lonely Planet Prague
Dates & Fees
- Spring Semester 2018
- Mandatory arrival in Prague: February 7
- Program starts: February 7
- IFSA-Butler orientation: February 7-9
- Move into housing: February 7
- University orientation: February 12-16
- Classes begin: February 12
- Classes end: June 1
- Assessment period: June 4-8
- Program ends: June 9
- Fall Semester 2017
- Mandatory arrival in Prague: September 4
- Program starts: September 4
- Move into housing: September 4
- Pre-session and IFSA-Butler orientation: September 4-22
- Classes begin: September 25
- Classes end: December 15
- Program ends: December 16
Do not make plans for spring break until after you have completed your course registration form on site, confirmed which spring break will apply for you and verified that you do not have any other courses meeting during the week.
- Spring 2018
- Tuition/Services: $14,375
- Housing: $2,600
- Supplemental Charges: none
- Fall 2017
- Tuition/Services: $14,375
- Housing: $2,600
- Supplemental Charges: none
All spring 2018 Reimagining Europe students will receive a guaranteed $3,000 scholarship!
What's included in our Czech Republic program fees
Academic Year and Fall Payments Due: July 1
Spring Payment Due:November 15
Program Fee Bills
IFSA-Butler will send a single bill for tuition, services and housing. Any bills for tuition differentials and/or supplemental housing fees will be sent separately. Students who opt for independent housing will not be charged the housing component of the program fee.
The housing component of our program fee is based on the average cost of local student self-catering accommodation, usually a shared room in a regular dormitory, apartment or house without any extra features.
Personal Cost Estimates
- Fall 2017
- Travel to Prague: $1,000
- Student Visa: $100
- Meals: $1,000
- Personal Misc.: $360
The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad and are estimates based on past students' experiences at the current exchange rate. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad. Rates are current as of December 2016. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.
Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out. If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate. If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.
Student Visa: U.S. citizens studying in the Czech Republic for more than 90 days need to apply for a visa. Detailed instructions regarding Czech visas will be sent to all students upon acceptance.
Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.
Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.
Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team
IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Prague:
Program Advisor Nikki Bruckmann assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Nikki can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, extn. 4257. Nikki studied abroad as an undergrad. Being completely inspired by the personal impact of her experience, Nikki continued to work for the program as a service learning assistant, preparing students for their predeparture and assisting them while abroad. After graduation, Nikki spent a year living and working abroad and returned home to obtain her masters in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Nikki is passionate about higher education, culture and study abroad.
Student Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.
Student & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.
Upon return from your study abroad program, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs Rhonda Hinkle processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record appeals. Rhonda completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Evansville and received her master's degree from Bowling Green State University. She also has taken doctoral courses at Ball State University. For Rhonda, study abroad not only increased her awareness of the world around her but also ignited her passion for travel and education. Rhonda can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4259.
IFSA-Butler also offers a summer option in Prague. Students will explore Europe in transition through coursework, co-curricular activities and partnerships with local businesses. Click here
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