Study Abroad Programs in Central Europe

Study abroad programs are another possibility for students interested in living in Eastern Europe. Living the life of a student while considering all the other possibilities of living and working in Eastern Europe may be just the ticket for those who are a little daunted by the idea of up and leaving for foreign destinations without the benefit of a planned itinerary. Study abroad programs send individuals and groups overseas for a quarter, a semester, or a year. Intensive language programs often precede departure. Be sure to do your research and select the program best suited to your needs and interests.

AIFS: Prague – Charles University

Program Location: Prague, Czech Republic
American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS)
1 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT 06905

Phone: 866 906 2437

Description: Spend a semester, summer or academic year in the picturesque city of Prague with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 18 credits through a variety of courses studying at Charles University. Courses are taught in English or Czech. No previous Czech language study is required.

Live in a student residence hall well connected to the rest of the city. Students have a double room and access to a shared bathroom and kitchen. The residence hall provides internet access and 24-hour reception.

You’ll enjoy cultural and social activities such as guided city walks, visits to museums and cultural sites, opera, theater and ballet performances, sporting events and language events to meet and practice the language with Czech students. A 2-day trip to Moravia, the beautiful eastern part of the Czech Republic, is included in the program. Optional excursions include a 3-day trip to Krakow and Auschwitz-Birkenau, a 3-day trip to Berlin, a 3-day visit to Southern Bohemia and Salzburg, and a trip to Vienna for fall semester students and trip to Budapest for spring semester students.

UPCES – Study Abroad in Prague (CERGE-EI, Charles University)

Program Location: Prague, Czech Republic
Politickych veznu 7
110 00 Praha 1 Czech Republic

Phone:(+420) 224 005 201

Description: Study abroad with UPCES in Prague and experience a semester of intellectual and cultural discovery in one of Europe’s most remarkable cities. UPCES is located in a historic palace in Prague’s city center. An UPCES semester includes 16 academic credits, day and weekend trips, dozens of cultural excursions/activities, optional internships, and international classrooms.
UPCES classrooms offer an opportunity to interact with students from around the globe. A typical UPCES course includes 10-15 students of several nationalities and provides a truly multicultural environment for learning.
Prominent scholars from Charles University teach UPCES courses in English. Course subjects include economics, international relations, sociology, history, political science, film, literature, philosophy, and Czech language. Students from a wide variety of majors and interests will greatly benefit from the UPCES academic experience.

European Study Center: Heidelberg – Study Abroad in the EU

Program Location: Heidelberg, GermanyContact:

European Study Center
Bergstrasse 106
69121 Heidelberg

Phone: +49 (0) 6221 – 91 59 612

Description:The European Study Center in Heidelberg, Germany features semester-long study abroad programs (which can be combined to result in year-long programs) with courses taught in English either at the local SRH University or by US faculty and local adjunct faculty at the center. Students live and study in a beautiful villa and have many field trips built into the semester allowing them to experience European culture to the highest degree.

CET Academic Programs: CET Prague

Program Location:Prague, Czech Republic

1155 Connecticut Ave NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20036

Phone: 800.225.4262

Description:Looking to study in a magically captivating city that is also historic and inexpensive? Seeking a great jumping off point for exploring other cities in Europe? CET Prague is hosted in a thriving, modern city where history and politics are visible on every street corner. Select a concentration – Central European Studies, Jewish Studies or Internship – to anchor your experience by examining a topic in detail. Each concentration includes a core course plus a traveling seminar or an internship placement. Elective courses are available in fields ranging from history and political science to film, psychology and literature. Czech roommates and a host of activities shine a light on local culture. This program is a good fit for academically serious students of all majors

Northwestern College: Romania Semester

Program Location:Lupeni, Romania
Northwestern College
101 7th Street SW
Orange City, Iowa 51041

Phone: 712-707-7055

Description: Communism fell in Romania in 1989, but the Eastern European country still struggles with civic and moral apathy, corruption and hopelessness. New Horizons Foundation (NHF) aims to change that through youth clubs and camps that teach self-confidence, teamwork and trust. Northwestern’s Transylvania Semester enables NWC students to participate in NHF’s unique experiential education mission by interacting with Romanian youth while learning about post-communist Eastern Europe.

Location: Lupeni, Romania
Participants live and study in Lupeni in the Jiu Valley, an economically depressed coal-mining region that is breathtakingly beautiful. They also backpack in the Retezat Mountains and National Park and have other opportunities to travel, including to Bucharest and Transylvania—origin of the legend of Dracula.

USAC: Luneburg – German Language and European Studies at Luneburg University

Program Location: Luneburg, Germany

University Studies Abroad Consortium
Virginia Street Gym #5
1664 N. Virginia Street, MS 0323
Reno, NV 89557-0323

Phone: 1.775.784.6569

Description: The Lüneburg program is ideal for students interested in learning the German language and focusing on European Studies—specifically Germany’s role within the European Union. Through formal coursework and personal interaction with the host culture, you will greatly expand your language skills and knowledge of German society. Lüneburg offers students the quality of life of a smaller community without sacrificing the cultural resources and activities of a large metropolitan city. Lüneburg is also only 30 minutes away from the former East Germany, providing a unique vantage point from which to study the dynamics of reunification. The program offers three diverse academic areas: German Language, European Studies, and Engineering. The intensive language approach allows you to complete up to two years of university language requirements in one semester. Additional courses in economics, history, culture, art history, literature, intercultural communication, politics, and engineering are taught in German or English to provide a well-rounded curriculum. You may choose to stay for one semester, a full year, or choose do partake in a summer session. However, the academic courses are only a part of the intended value of a program abroad. Participation in cultural activities, festivals, and field trips to Hamburg, Celle, Bremen and an optional tour to Berlin also form an integral part of the program.

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