Connect to the World
During your study abroad experience in Prague, 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 one-on-one support, cultural immersion opportunities, and inspiring courses delivered by our Academic Provider, the University of New Haven.
Residence or Shared Apartments
12-16 Credits from our Academic Provider, the University of New Haven
Local University Partner
before scholarships & institutional aid
August 28 – December 9, Fall 2023
Late January – Early May, Spring 2024
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 Provider, the University of New Haven.
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
In the classroom, you’ll enjoy small class sizes, energetic and caring professors, and hands-on learning delivered by our Academic Provider, the University of New Haven.
Going to class will actually become the highlight of your day.
Earn College Credit
Earn college credit through a selection of courses offered by our Academic Provider, the University of New Haven.
Participants walk away from their time in Prague with much more than incredible memories and transferable credits via our Academic Provider; 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.
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 significantly reduce the Prague cost through Verto’s Opportunity Grant. You can also apply for external grants and scholarships to further reduce your abroad cost.
Details About Verto Prague Experience
In your accommodations, you will live in double or triple occupancy bedrooms with other Verto participants. However, there may be other students living in the building. 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 are not included. Equipped shared kitchen facilities will be provided.
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.
Examples of Possible Verto Excursions:
- Day trips to Karlstejn Castle, Kutna Hora and Terezín
- Overnight trip to Cesky Raj
- Volunteering at an animal sanctuary
- Czech National Ice Hockey Game
- Circus Theatre Performance
- Street Art Workshop
*Excursions are subject to change based on each abroad experience based on availability.
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
Why choose just one location? Sharpen your comparative lens by learning in two amazing Verto abroad locations. Spend your first semester in Czech Republic and your second semester elsewhere in the world! If your heart is set on spending two semesters in the same city, we won’t blame you! Let us know and we’ll advise you to ensure this is the best option for you. Participants are limited to earning 30 credits in one location.
Fall 2023 Key Dates
Arrival Date: August 28
Discovery Week (Student Orientation): August 29 – September 3
First Day of Classes: September 4
Add/Drop Period: September 4 – 8
Midterm Course Evaluations: October 16 – 20
Midterm Grades Due: October 20
Last Day of Classes: December 8
Program End Date / Student Departure: December 9
Final Grades Due: December 13
Unofficial Transcripts to Partners: December 18 – 19
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
- 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 the date of departure.
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 or acquire their passport as soon as possible.
Follow our step-by-step Passport Guide.
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.
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.
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 a counselor who can answer any and all of your questions. Learn more about Verto’s decision process here: vertoeducation.org/admissions
P.S. Did you know that Verto participants can use their Verto app to apply to many of our 70+ partner colleges for free?! Learn more here.