Study Abroad
in Czech Republic

Connect to the World
in Prague

During your abroad experience in Czech Republic you will discover a city that is preserved in a medieval setting, full of history, architecture, and art to discover. Imagine walking to class along cobblestone streets that look like they are out of a fairy tale!

Enjoy an authentic Czech lifestyle, plus inspiring courses, one-on-one support, and cultural immersion opportunities. 

  • Duration

    14.5 Weeks

  • Accommodation

    Residence or shared Apartments

  • College Credits

    12-16 Credits from Academic Providers

  • Country

    Czech Republic

  • Cost

    $18,000 USD
    before scholarships & institutional aid

  • Dates

    August 29 – December 10, Fall 2022

    Mid-January – Mid-May, Spring 2023

Start College With Community

Live with other Verto participants and befriend the many local and international students during your abroad experience in Czech Republic. Our staff is on-site to support you and guide you towards a transformative first year abroad.

Take College Courses

The museums, sites, and neighborhoods of Prague become your classroom as you dive into experiential learning courses offered by our Academic Providers.

Explore Czech Republic

Your Student Life Coordinator will set you up with everything you need to confidently explore the city. You can also opt-in to exciting cultural activities and excursions with your Verto cohort—like a day trip to Karlštejn Castle and Koneprusy Caves, a boat ride on the Vltava River, or watching history come to life at fascinating museums!

Sharpen Your Mind

Enjoy small class sizes, energetic and caring instructors, and hands-on learning.
Going to class will actually become the highlight of your day.

Earn College Credit

Earn college credit through a selection of fascinating courses offered by our Academic Providers.

Available Courses for Fall 2022

 

Please note that course availability may vary based on partner college requirements and other factors. All courses and programming are subject to change.

Rhetoric & Research

The purpose of Rhetoric and Research is to prepare you as a writer for college assignments and for the writing demands in your personal, professional, and civic lives. Students will critically read and write in a variety of rhetorical situations and contexts and incorporate college-level research. Specifically, we’ll learn how writing is:

(i) a communicative act that always occurs within a particular context and with a particular purpose;

(ii) a process (rather than a one-time act) in which reading, feedback and revision helps us realize the full potential of our written works; and

(iii) a communal act, for we always write to engage with an audience.Students read and discuss a variety of works from different literary genres, focusing on nonfiction and expository texts, reading 30-60 or more pages per week. The course also emphasizes research skills, including evaluating and documenting sources, using MLA style, practicing academic integrity, and job document preparation for employment. Students write several essays in expository and argumentative prose, including at least one research paper, in response to class reading and outside research, for a total of between 6,000-8,000 words.

Physical Geology

This course explores the processes that are shaping Earth today. It examines the formation of rocks and mineral resources, the volcanic and tectonic activity that accompany release of Earth’s internal heat, and the sculpting of the planet’s surface that occurs as air, water and ice move in response to gravity and energy from the Sun. Lab activities include identification of rocks and minerals, interpretation of topographic and geologic maps, and field studies of regional geologic features.

Social Problems

This compulsory course examines a range of problematic issues facing society. Conflicting perspectives, research findings, theoretical explanations and societal responses will be discussed regarding such issues as: distribution of resources, national security, the environment, race, gender, family, the medical industry and the justice process.

Cultural Anthropology

The study of human behavior from a cross cultural perspective. Emphasis is placed on non Western societies. Areas that may be covered are social organization, belief systems and ritual behavior, socialization, psychological anthropology, economic organization, social stratification, theory, and other selected topics. A goal of the course is to create a greater degree of cross cultural awareness by attempting to promote an understanding of and appreciation for the richness and diversity of human culture.

Art History II

A survey of the major visual arts from the Renaissance through the modern world. Course emphasis on understanding of geographically relevant information, art media, techniques, etc., and the development of an historical understanding based on western history as understood through the study of art.

Digital Literacies

What does it mean to be a reader and writer in the 21st Century? Technology is changing the way we read and write as well as what we read and write. In this class, we investigate blogging, online resumes, social media profiles, websites, wikis, forums, and other platforms. Students will explore concepts related to contemporary writing & media, as well as creating persuasive arguments in digital spaces.

Contemporary Mathematics

A general introduction to random variables, descriptive statistics, sampling theory, estimation theory, tests of hypotheses, regression and correlation.

Introduction to Psychology

This is a basic course introducing psychology as the scientific study of behavior and mental processes through the exploration of major theories and concepts, methods, and research findings. We will examine traditional areas of psychological investigation from a scientific perspective, including scientific methodology, human development, personality, psychological measurement, psychopathology, psychotherapy, motivation, perception, social influences on behavior, cognitive processes, learning, and biological basis of behavior.

Western Civilizations II

This introductory course focuses on the origins and development of civilization in the western world from the 17th century to the present. Topics include European encounters with the new world, the scientific revolution, the age of enlightenment, the development of the state, the French and Industrial Revolutions, their impact on society, the rise of nationalism, the emergence of modern society, imperialism, World War I and II, the Cold War and contemporary Europe.

Discover Yourself

Participants walk away from their time in Prague with much more than incredible memories and transferable credits via our Academic Providers; through one-on-one counseling and mentorship, you’ll build the confidence, self-awareness and clarity to thrive in college and in life.

Set Yourself Up For Success

Work with your personal Academic Success Coordinator and College Counselor to develop your game plan for an impactful college career. You’ll get a head start on how to manage your time, study effectively, and adapt to life on campus.

Find Your Purpose

Get clarity on your future goals as you contemplate what you’ve been learning and the type of impact you want to make on the world. Your Student Life Coordinator will help you reflect on your experiences through group activities and one-on-one check-ins.

Ready to start college in a city straight out of a fairytale book?!

Scholarships & Institutional Aid

Travel is a vital part of every individual’s education, and Verto is committed to increasing equity, access, inclusion, and diversity in study abroad and higher education—regardless of your financial background.

About half of Verto participants receive scholarships, institutional aid, or both. For eligible participants, Verto can reduce the Prague cost by up to 90% through Verto’s Opportunity Grant. You can also apply for institutional aid, external grants, and scholarships to further reduce your abroad cost.

Learn About Scholarships & Institutional Aid

Details About Verto Prague Experience

Accommodation

Vertoans will live in a residence or shared apartment for their abroad experience.

In their accommodations, you will live in double or triple occupancy bedrooms with other Verto participants.  The residence is approximately 15-20 minutes walking distance to the study center.

  • Single beds in double room (which may include bunk beds)
    • 1 wardrobe per student
    • Linen pack provided
    • Fully furnished bedrooms
  • Shared bathrooms
  • Wireless internet access throughout residence
  • Shared kitchen or kitchenette and common space

Meals

Meals are not included. Equipped shared kitchen facilities will be provided.

Travel

Participants are responsible for airfare to/from Prague. Verto staff will meet you at the Prague airport on the designated arrival date, and provide transfer to housing within the specified arrival times. 

Participants have the option for independent travel within the country pending permission from the Verto team.***

Sample activities may include:

  • Walking tours through Old Town Square and the Jewish Quarter
  • Prague Castle + St. Vitus Cathedral, and Petrin Hill Funicular
  • Possible trips may include:
    • Hiking in Cesky Raj
    • Weekend trips to Vienna, Austria or Auschwitz, Poland

As participants will be living in the heart of the city, getting around by foot will become a part of their everyday experience. The City Center of Prague  is quite walkable, exploring this fascinating city by foot is a treat for the eyes while many of the notable attractions and neighborhoods are within walking distance of one another. Prague also has an extensive and very functional public transportation system that includes bus, tram, and subway lines.

Spending a full year with Verto

Choose between spending 2 semesters in Prague, or doing your first semester in Prague and the second in another incredible Verto location!

Budget

Recommend $350- $550 USD /month. Czech Republic currency is the Koruna, and the exchange rate is $1 USD = ~ 22 Czech Koruna. 

 

Your monthly budget should include food, travel, and other personal expenses. 

 

This budget will vary based on your personal spending habits, particularly your budget for independent travel. Talk to your family about expectations for budgeting before you arrive. 

INCLUDED WITH THE COST OF YOUR EXPERIENCE:

  • All accommodation while overseas
  • Airport pick-up on arrival day
  • All scheduled events
  • Books and other course materials
  • Travel Medical insurance

NOT INCLUDED WITH THE COST OF YOUR EXPERIENCE:

  • Internal Airfare or other independent travel
  • Daily Meals and Snacks
  • Souvenirs and gifts
  • Laundry 
  • Visa fees
  • Optional activities and associated equipment
  • Food, travel, and accommodation when traveling to, from, or between abroad locations
  • Airline change fees or new tickets for flights to and from the abroad location

Visa, Passport & Age Requirements

US passport holders will need a student visa to enter the Czech Republic. Participants must be 17-years-old by May 1 for a fall abroad experiences, or by October 1 for a spring abroad experiences.

All passports should be valid for at least 6-12 months beyond the end of the abroad experience. This time frame varies by Czech Consulates. Please check the Czech Consulate’s website for your jurisdiction for up to date information.  If this is not the case, individuals should renew their passport as soon as possible.

Non-US passport holders should check with the local Czech consulate and will need to obtain the proper visa to participate in the Verto experience.*

*Verto Education is not responsible for any individual’s inability to obtain the correct visa for any given abroad experience, and cancellation fees will apply if an individual is denied the proper visa. Verto Education cannot overturn any decision made by any Consular or Embassy official.

Why the Verto Prague abroad experience?

The Prague abroad experience is a great fit for young adults who are excited by…

City Life with Nature All Around 

Prague is a city where medieval meets modern, and city meets nature. If you enjoy exploring city streets and never being bored thanks to the endless museums, art, theater, music, nightlife, and food that a city has to offer– but also need your “green and peace”– Prague is a perfect city for you. Full of large green parks and beautiful lakes, with the Vtlava River running through its middle, and hiking opportunities even within the city limits at Petrin Hill, there’s tons of nature to explore! 

Cafe Culture and Great Eats

Are you a coffee lover?! There’s no shortage of cafes in Prague! As part of the Austro-Hungarian empire, Prague was influenced by the coffee-crazy city of Vienna and has a long cafe culture tradition. Historically cafes were not just places to have coffee and cake – they were the headquarters of culture and society, where actors, poets, writers, politicians, and more gathered together. The gorgeous interiors of Prague’s traditional coffee houses are sure to inspire your next novel! 

The city also has food for everyone, ranging from traditional to modern Czech dishes, international cuisines, and even vegan and vegetarian options. 

Have a sweet tooth?! So do the Czech! Prague is full of traditional Czech pastries and deserts and you’ll be able to find cute bakeries and patisseries all over the city. 

Residence/Apartment Housing

With almost 40 universities, Prague is a major student city and if you put yourself out there, you can befriend local and international students, both in your housing complex or out and about! 

You’ll live in either a residence or shared apartment-style housing, rooming with other Vertoans. There may be other university students living in the building. You can expect to share a bedroom with other Vertoans. You’ll also get to flex (or acquire) your culinary skills as you’ll be responsible for your own meals. Don’t worry – basic kitchen tools are provided! Great for participants who have eating preferences that can be difficult to accommodate in larger group settings. 

Art & Architecture 

Walking around Prague is like jumping into an Architecture textbook. Prague has an eclectic mix of old and new architectural styles and is famous for well-preserved castles, Baroque and Gothic cathedrals, cobblestone streets, medieval squares, dreamy bridges, and a lively arts scene. 

You’ll pass UNESCO World Heritage sites on your walk to class, and enjoy excursions to incredible palaces! 

History & Culture 

Do the names Einstein or Mozart ring a bell?! World-famous artists, writers, historians, and academics have lived in Prague, so there’s no shortage of history and culture to explore! 

The medieval heart of Europe can be felt in Prague’s cobblestone streets, where as early as the Middle Ages, it became one of the leading cultural centres of Christian Europe. That tradition lives on today as Prague is full of lively arts and academics scenes and rich historical sites. 

Prague stands out from other European cities because it experienced relatively less damage during both World Wars. As such, it has even more well-preserved architecture and relics than other places in Europe! 

A More Affordable City in Europe

Prague is a great choice for young adults who want to experience the glamour of Europe on a tighter budget. The public transportation system is excellent, so you can always catch an affordable ride, and prices at grocery stores, shops, and local restaurants often beat those of major cities in the U.S.!

Safety & COVID-19

The health and safety of our participants is always our top priority. We’ve developed stages of planning to address the specific concern of COVID-19.

Review Verto’s COVID-19 Safety Plan

How to Apply

Verto’s application is quick, free, and non-binding!

Fill out Verto’s 10 minute application: vertoeducation.org/apply

After your application is submitted, you will be matched with an admissions counselor who can answer any and all of your questions. Learn more about Verto’s admissions process here: vertoeducation.org/admissions

P.S. Did you know that Vertoans can use their Verto app to apply to our 70+ partner colleges for free?! Learn more here.

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