About the Location
There are many reasons to fall in love with Prague. Its beauty—cobblestone streets and winding alleyways. Its history—former home to Good King Wenceslas and seat of the Holy Roman Empire. Its politics—the city shook off the dust of the communist era to become one of Europe’s fastest-growing free economies.
The CET Prague program is for inquisitive students of all kinds—art lovers, economy watchers, policy wonks, architecture fiends, history buffs. The program’s longstanding connections get students backstage access to every pocket of this incredible city, from its political leaders to its film directors, helping students find their own reason to fall in love with Prague.
CET New Media students take one-of-a-kind courses at the FAMU Center for Audio Visual Studies (CAS), an art school within a film school. Moving-image works take front stage as students complete a project “beyond cinema” in areas like video installation, conceptual artworks, experimental documentary, and expanded-to-database cinema. This program is a good fit for challenge-seeking students who are excited to push artistic boundaries in an intimate program in Prague.
Admission to this program requires an interview with the program director. Students must have prior new media experience and have an idea of a project they wish to pursue while on the program.
General Program Dates
Fall semester – late August to mid-December
Spring semester – late January to mid-May
Costs for study abroad vary program to program and will not be exactly the same as on-campus costs of attendance at Elon.
For cost information for this program, please see the budget sheets:
Need-based scholarships are available for Elon semester programs through the GEC. For additional information on scholarships or other funding for study abroad, see the Funding for Study Abroad page.
If you qualify for a travel grant through any of the fellows or scholars programs, see the appropriate program director for more information on how to apply the grant to your study abroad program. Visit the Deadlines and Events Calendar for travel grant deadlines.
CET Academic Programs awards scholarships for students on their programs. View more information on CET funding.
Students share apartments with other CET students and Czech roommates. Each apartment has a full kitchen. Apartments are centrally located and typically a 20-minute commute to the CET center.
Students must complete the online Elon University Study Abroad Application by the published deadline. See the Deadline and Events Calendar for the most up-to-date deadline information. Applications are generally accepted one semester in advance.
Initial approval is granted by Elon, and final acceptance is granted by CET Academic Programs.
A successful semester abroad is dependent upon adequate preparation. Students will participate in a series of mandatory orientations during the semester prior to studying abroad. These orientations will address issues of academic, cultural, logistical, financial, and personal preparation, as well as health and safety. Failure to participate in the required orientations will result in dismissal from the program. Any financial losses incurred by this dismissal, including program fees and international airfare, are the student's full responsibility.
View the pre-departure orientation schedule for the semester programs.
Diverse Identities in Prague
The Czech Republic, while home to many diverse cultures, is not racially diverse. Most Czechs are Caucasian, but there are communities of Romani, immigrants from Vietnam, and a more recent community from different countries in Africa. Based on this lack of racial diversity, it is not uncommon for black students to report increased attention in Prague. Local Czech people might mistake them for an African immigrant and, in turn, make false assumptions about students of color. Overall, it is safe to say that the reaction can range from benign but potentially hurtful curiosity to acts of violence. However, no CET student in Prague has ever reported that anyone has ever harmed them based on race.
Being Black in Prague from Gabriel Mayers on Vimeo.
CET's diversity and inclusion information contains helpful details for students with accessibility concerns.
The CET diversity and inclusion information also contains some helpful information around gender identity in Prague. A little bit more information can be found through links to Diversity Abroad's country guide as well as the linked article.
CET's diversity and inclusion information contains helpful details for religious students.
Additional Information and Links
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Study Abroad Student Ambassadors (SASAs) are GEC student representatives who have participated in one or more study abroad programs, and have been trained to speak about their experiences. You can be in touch with current SASAs via email, or contact past study abroad participants who have attended your program. They are looking forward to hearing from you!
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