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  • Locations: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Merrimack applicants only
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2019 09/28/2018 10/26/2018 TBA TBA
Fact Sheet:
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Areas of Study: Acting/Performance Art, Architectural History, Art History, Communication, Czech Language & Literature, Film, Journalism, Media Studies, Political Science, Sociology Housing Options: Apartments, Dormitory, Homestay
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.8
Class Standing: 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Program Description:
Semester Program

Program

Prague CommPrague’s rapidly evolving media landscape makes it an ideal place to explore global communication trends while you learn about the city’s complex culture and rich history. At the   Communications, New Media + Journalism program in Prague, Czech Republic, Based at the CIEE Study Center at Vyšehrad, this program allows students to select courses offered by CIEE, tFilm and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU), and prestigious Charles University – the oldest university in central Europe - to further their studies in journalism, media, and communications while they learn about Czech culture.
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INTERNSHIPS: Put your skills and knowledge to work with a three-credit internship placement and earn 7 to 10 hours of experience per week.  Students interview to be selected by sponsors, take a related seminar, and attend biweekly meetings with their instructor to learn about Czech work environments, culture, and career development.  
 

Courses and Credits

The semester begins with a one-and-a-half-week orientation session, which includes an intensive survival language course. For courses at Charles University or FAMU, the Czech educational system requires a high degree of self-motivation, self-discipline and a proactive approach to study. Independent learning and active participation in class are necessary to achieve satisfactory academic performance.

Students take the following courses:
  • INSH 3003 PRAG: Internship - Work Experience and Seminar (a seminar and 7-10 hours of weekly on site work)\
  • At least 4 elective courses, 2 of which must focus on communications, media, or journalism.
  • 2 electives can be from the CIEE Prague CES program history, economics, psychology, international affairs, or architecture.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to take the CIEE Intercultural Communication and Leadership class as one elective.
As this program is in a non-English language speaking country, Merrimack participants are encouraged to continue the language after the intensive course ends.

For course listings and syllabi, go to the Communications, New Media + Journalism program page and scroll to Curriculum (under ACADEMICS) at the bottom.
 
COURSE APPROVAL PROCESS:
If you would like to get a course approved, print off the form NEW GEO Course approval form.pdf. Take the completed form and syllabus to the appropriate department chair. Make sure that you return that course approval form and syllabus to the GEO.

TRANSFERRING OF CREDITS: All credits taken abroad come back as transfer credits. Grades will be reflected on the transcript, but not figured into the student's cumulative GPA. Students must earn a 'C' or above for credits to transfer to Merrimack. Please note carefully that most of the courses taken abroad are only 3-credits rather than 4 as at Merrimack.
 

Housing

HOMESTAY: Homestays provide an excellent opportunity for cultural immersion. Strongly recommended for students who wish to take full advantage of their time in the Czech Republic. A single room and Internet is provided.
MEALS:Homestay Dinner and breakfast, on the family’s schedule, are included.

APARTMENTS: Students share apartments with a flat buddy who is a local Charles University student. The flat buddy is responsible for an apartment maintenance and also helps with Czech immersion while organizing activities for students. Internet is provided.
MEALS: Meals are not included with this option.

RESIDENCES: There are two CIEE Administered Residences. The residence consist of apartments where only CIEE students and Resident Assistants (RA) live.  The RAs are Charles University students and live in separate apartments in the building. Their task is to help during the orientation, organize activities for students and help them with daily issues. Internet is provided.
MEALS: Meals are not included with this option.

Costs

Merrimack students attending a CIEE semester program pay Merrimack's Global Semester costs which cover covers tuition, program costs included, housing, and international insurance for the semester. 2018-2019 Fees include:
  • Global Semester costs: $24,830
  • Additional program fee: $3,300
  • CIEE Fall 2018 scholarship for Merrimack students: $1500
  • Total Fall Fees: $26,630
  • Total Spring Fees: $28,130
CIEE has scholarships and grants for which Merrimack students should apply. See their Scholarships & Grants page.

BILLING: Payments for the semester abroad are made to the Bursar's Office per usual. Students should discuss payment plans with the Bursar's Office. For additional billing questions, please contact the Bursar's Office: Room 12, Austin Hall, billmail@merrimack.edu,  978.837.5310.

 
FINANCIAL AID: Merrimack institutional aid is recalculated for the semester off-campus**. When students return to campus, Merrimack aid returns to the on-campus rate. We encourage you to consult the Financial Aid Office early on to see what this recalculation might mean for you. Office of Financial Aid 15B Austin Hall, financialaid@merrimack.edu, 978.837.5186.

**N.B. NCAA scholarships and Federal Aid are not affected by this recalculation.

 
ESTIMATED ADDITIONAL COSTS:
  • CIEE Application Fee: $50
  • Meals not included in program fee:  $1,850
  • International Airfare:  $1,200
  • Local Transportation: $50
  • Books & Supplies: $100
  • Visa fees: $125
  • Required Czech Insurance: $145
  • Personal: $2,200
 

Applying

Students interested in studying in a GEO program must first apply for permission to study abroad through Merrimack's Office of Global Education (GEO). To qualify Merrimack students must be:
  • Second-semester sophomores and above
  • In good academic standing with a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA
  • In good disciplinary standing 
To apply students must submit the following by Marc 9, 2018:
  • Online application
  • Faculty reference (form included in online application)
  • Student affairs reference (form included in online application)
  • An Interview with GEO staff to be conducted soon after the application has been submitted, or during the week of March 12th.
After students have been approved by the GEO for semester's study abroad, they may proceed with CIEE's online application.

CIEE's Application deadline for Fall 2018: April 1, 2018.