Study in Prague for a Semester!
The Holy Roman Emperor, Charles IV, decided that Prague would become the capital of Europe in the fourteenth century and founded Charles University in 1348. Like many urban, European universities, the campus is integrated into the town itself, with more 100 buildings spread throughout Prague. USAC classes and offices are located in one of these buildings. USAC shares the building with the Charles University Department of Geography, Charles University Institute of Language and Preparatory Studies, and a local primary school. The building also houses a cafeteria and sport facilities. USAC students will have access to campus computer labs during the week and all student apartments have wireless internet.
LocationPrague, rich in history, has existed for more than a millennium. Old and new features of the city form a unity of styles not seen anywhere else. You may see its beauty from the hills around the city, from old bridges and steamer ships on the Vltava River, and even from rowboats. With its narrow curved streets, marvelous courtyards and green parks that make up 30% of downtown, Prague is a city for those who love to walk. Any evening in Prague may turn into a wonderful experience, from a leisurely stroll to taking in one of the many concerts and marionette shows available.
- Fall Semester: Early September to Mid December
- Spring Semester: Mid January to Early May
USAC students are placed in apartment buildings located in central Prague. One building is in a quiet part of the Old Town near the former convent of St. Agnes and the famous Astronomical Clock on the Old Town Square while another is located across the street from the Karlin Musical Theatre and the Prague Main Bus Station Florenc.
Program CostsPaid to Appalachian State
|1USAC Tuition||See USAC||See USAC|
|2OIED Program Development Fee||$200||$200|
2The OIED Program Development Fee will be placed on students’ accounts upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Estimated Additional Costs
|Housing||$1600 - $2100||$3200 - $4200||Included in Program Fee|
|Airfare||$1200 - $1600||$1200 - $1600||$1200 - $1600|
|Meals||$1000 - $1200||$2000 - $2400||$500 - $700|
|1Personal Expenses||$400 - $600||$800 - $1600||$200 - $400|
|Books and Materials||$60 - $70||$120 - $140||$40 - $60|
|Local Transportation||$70 - $140||$140 - $280||$30 - $60|
|Visa (for US Citizens)||$150||$150||NA|
|2Appalachian Student Health Insurance||$1110||$2220||NA|
|3Personal Travel and Spending||$500 - $1000||$1000 - $2000||$200 - $500|
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
USAC offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $1000.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
The USAC Prague program courses are focused on European Politics, Culture, and Art Studies. All students are required to take a two week intensive Czech Conversation and Culture class and may continue their language studies during the semester. In addition students may be able to take courses at Charles University.
USAC helps you explore the historical, cultural, and natural features of the region with carefully planned tours. If taken for credit, added academic requirements (readings, research, written assignments, reports etc.) deepen your experience. This turns a tour into a Field Study which counts as part of your credit load. The optional Vienna, Budapest, and Central Europe Tour can be taken as a Field Study course. For more information about the courses and structure of the program please visit the USAC Prague website.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Students participating on the USAC Prague program will be required to enroll in 12-18 credits per semester. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to ApplyApplications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
Students applying to a USAC program should complete the USAC application while also completing the Appalachian application.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me webpage.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||OIED Approval Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Academic Year||2019-2020||02/15/2019 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Fall Semester||2019||02/15/2019 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Summer||2019||03/15/2019 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
|Spring Semester||2020||09/16/2019 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.