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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, Film Housing Options: Apartments
Language of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.8
Class Standing: 3-Junior, 4-Senior
Program Description:
Semester Program

Program

Prague study abroadAt the Prague, Film Studies program in Prague, you'll be surrounded by the rich film-making tradition that includes Miloš Forman, Agnieszka Holland, Emir Kusturica, and Jan Sverák. Prague is an ideal place to produce a short 16-mm film or dig into a feature-length screenplay. And with magnificent art and architecture from every period at every turn, it’s impossible not to be inspired by these creations – and the stories behind them.

Work with American and international film students at the preeminent Prague Film and Television School of the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU).

Learn to shoot, direct, or write with mentoring from European film professionals.

Be inspired by visits to Prague film studios, and guest lectures by European directors, producers, cinematographers, and screenwriters.
 

Courses and Credits

Students chose one of two tracks:
PRODUCTION TRACK: The production track has eight weeks of instruction, two weeks of guided pre-production, two weeks of production, and two weeks of post-production.***
  • All students enroll in:  Intensive Beginning Czech Language, Topics in Production, and Filmmaking Practicum and Mentorship. 
  • Students choose 2-4 regular FAMU courses worth up to 6 credits. At least one must be a Production Track elective.
SCREENWRITING TRACK: The 14-week screenwriting track follows a more traditional schedule and culminates in the creation of approximately a half feature-length screenplay. Courses are small, and include both theoretical and practical exercises
  • All students enroll in: Intensive Beginning Czech Language, Feature Screenwriting, and Script Analysis.
  • Students choose 2-4 regular FAMU courses worth up to 6 credits. At least one must be a Screenwriting Track 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.
 
***ACADEMIC CULTURE: This intensive program requires both evening and weekend sessions, film screenings, and production work. Because of the intensive production and post-production period, travel outside of Prague in the last seven weeks of the program is not allowed for students in the Production track.

 For course listings and syllabi, go to the Prague, Film Studies 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

APARTMENTS: Housing with Wi-Fi is provided. Students reside in CIEE administrated apartments in the buildings where other tenants/citizens live. Students shre the apartment 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.

Kitchen and bathroom facilities are shared with apartment mates. CIEE apartments are located in various neighborhoods and require a maximum 35-minute commute to CIEE. 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:
  • 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 the Prague Film Studies program must first apply for permission to study abroad through Merrimack's Office of Global Education (GEO). Interested students should read the Eligibility requirements for application to CIEE's Prague Film Studies Program carefully. To qualify to apply through Merrimack:

For the PRODUCTION TRACK Merrimack students must be:
  • Second-semester sophomores and above
  • In an art-related major (preferably film)
  • In good academic standing with a minimum 2.8 cumulative GPA
  • In good disciplinary standing 
For the SCREENWRITING TRACK Merrimack students must be:
  • Second-semester sophomores and above
  • In an art-related major
  • In good academic standing with a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
  • In good disciplinary standing 
To apply students must submit the following by March 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.