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Prague

Dates

June 30 – July 29, 2023

Cost

$3,950 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Art History, History, Holocaust Studies, Cold War Studies

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 1: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The KIIS Prague program is located in one of the most popular spots of Europe. Prague–a UNESCO World Heritage site–is justly seen as one of the most spectacular world capitals noted for its arts, music, literature, and theater. The Prague program includes a three-day trip to southern Bohemia and a one-day excursion to the Nazi concentration camp in Terezin as well as visits to various sites in Prague. Located in the “heart of Europe,” Prague provides an ideal location for further explorations. 

Note: Studying abroad likely is more physically strenuous than you are used to at home. KIIS study abroad programs typically involve approx. 5-10 miles of walking (approx. 10,000-20,000 steps) or the like in a day, including the possibility of walking, hiking, and climbing stairs in heat and humidity, over elevations at higher altitudes, and over rocky terrain. See Health & Wellness for more information.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Hostel/Hotel style, 2-4 students per room

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 15, 2023, in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. Zbynek Smetana  

Courses

Courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

ART 106 History of Art Since 1300

Dr. Zbynek Smetana

A selective chronological study of the major visual arts from Gothic through modern times. Taught exclusively on sites (churches, museums, galleries, etc.), the course surveys art of the Western tradition. Emphasis is placed on understanding art within a particular historical and social context, giving students a sense of the history of ideas as well as their visual expression.

ART 491 Special Studies in Art History

Dr. Zbynek Smetana

Independent course work done on an individual basis under the guidance of a selected faculty member. Students are expected to propose a specific topic related to the sites, monuments (works of art), or artists available for a study in Prague.

HIST 490-1 Topics: Memory and Cityscape in Eastern Europe

Dr. Karen Petrone

This course explores how multi-ethnic Eastern European societies memorialize twentieth and twenty-first century political events – and especially their wars. A society’s memorials define national and civic identity, affect future military mobilization, and provide solace to the families of the fallen. This course will examine issues of political transition, war, death, and memorialization in Eastern Europe generally, and in Prague and the Czech Republic in particular.

HIST 490-2 Topics: Prague during World War II and the Cold War

Dr. Kenneth Slepyan

This course explores the history of Prague and the Czech lands during the tumultuous periods of World War II and the Cold War. The Czechoslovak state was among the first victims of Nazi expansion and Prague remained under occupation until 1945 culminating with an uprising in the war’s last days. The Holocaust also devastated the Czech Jewish community. After World War II Prague became one of the most central sites of the Cold War in Europe.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Historic Center & Prague Castle

The first organized cultural experience is a walking tour through the historic center of Prague introducing all of the essential sites. This walking tour culminates with a welcome dinner. The following day, the group visits the Prague Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a complex dating back to the 9th century.

National Theatre

The group will have the opportunity to attend an opera performance at the historic National Theatre. Dating from 1868, the theatre is a monument to the rich, artistic tradition of Czech history and art.

Old Jewish Quarter

Students will have the opportunity as a group to visit the world-famous Jewish Quarter in Prague. This is one of the best preserved collections of synagogues, historical buildings, and monuments in the whole of Europe, documenting the history of Jews in central Europe before the Holocaust.

What's Included

Program Cost: $3,950 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Prague

Accommodations

Daily Breakfast and some common meals

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for obtaining a passport ($165), two meals per day + personal expenses (approx. $500-$1000 depending on your food tastes/spending habits/optional independent travel preferences), any class readings/materials, and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,600 – $1,700

The KIIS Prague program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Prague, Czech Republic with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your individual flight.

The flight to Prague is overnight arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Prague to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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Description

Dates

June 30 – July 29, 2023

Cost

$3,950 + airfare
Scholarships & Financial Aid

Subjects

Art History, History, Holocaust Studies, Cold War Studies

Deadlines

Dec. 1: Apply Early & Save $100
Feb. 1: Regular Deadline 

Program Overview

The KIIS Prague program is located in one of the most popular spots of Europe. Prague–a UNESCO World Heritage site–is justly seen as one of the most spectacular world capitals noted for its arts, music, literature, and theater. The Prague program includes a three-day trip to southern Bohemia and a one-day excursion to the Nazi concentration camp in Terezin as well as visits to various sites in Prague. Located in the “heart of Europe,” Prague provides an ideal location for further explorations. 

Note: Studying abroad likely is more physically strenuous than you are used to at home. KIIS study abroad programs typically involve approx. 5-10 miles of walking (approx. 10,000-20,000 steps) or the like in a day, including the possibility of walking, hiking, and climbing stairs in heat and humidity, over elevations at higher altitudes, and over rocky terrain. See Health & Wellness for more information.

Language Requirement: None. All courses are taught in English. 

Accommodations: Hostel/Hotel style, 2-4 students per room

OrientationMandatory orientation on Saturday, April 15, 2023, in Bowling Green, KY. See Orientation for more information.

Director: Dr. Zbynek Smetana  

Courses

Courses are taught in English and are 3 credit hours. You may enroll in 1-2 courses.

ART 106 History of Art Since 1300

Dr. Zbynek Smetana

A selective chronological study of the major visual arts from Gothic through modern times. Taught exclusively on sites (churches, museums, galleries, etc.), the course surveys art of the Western tradition. Emphasis is placed on understanding art within a particular historical and social context, giving students a sense of the history of ideas as well as their visual expression.

ART 491 Special Studies in Art History

Dr. Zbynek Smetana

Independent course work done on an individual basis under the guidance of a selected faculty member. Students are expected to propose a specific topic related to the sites, monuments (works of art), or artists available for a study in Prague.

HIST 490-1 Topics: Memory and Cityscape in Eastern Europe

Dr. Karen Petrone

This course explores how multi-ethnic Eastern European societies memorialize twentieth and twenty-first century political events – and especially their wars. A society’s memorials define national and civic identity, affect future military mobilization, and provide solace to the families of the fallen. This course will examine issues of political transition, war, death, and memorialization in Eastern Europe generally, and in Prague and the Czech Republic in particular.

HIST 490-2 Topics: Prague during World War II and the Cold War

Dr. Kenneth Slepyan

This course explores the history of Prague and the Czech lands during the tumultuous periods of World War II and the Cold War. The Czechoslovak state was among the first victims of Nazi expansion and Prague remained under occupation until 1945 culminating with an uprising in the war’s last days. The Holocaust also devastated the Czech Jewish community. After World War II Prague became one of the most central sites of the Cold War in Europe.

All KIIS course credit is awarded by Western Kentucky University. Prior to your KIIS program, please speak with your home campus academic advisor and/or study abroad office to determine course equivalencies. Grades will be transferred to your home institution in mid-August after the completion of the program. Course offerings are subject to change according to enrollment. For more information, visit Transcripts & Grades.

Program Excursions

Historic Center & Prague Castle

The first organized cultural experience is a walking tour through the historic center of Prague introducing all of the essential sites. This walking tour culminates with a welcome dinner. The following day, the group visits the Prague Castle, a UNESCO World Heritage site and a complex dating back to the 9th century.

National Theatre

The group will have the opportunity to attend an opera performance at the historic National Theatre. Dating from 1868, the theatre is a monument to the rich, artistic tradition of Czech history and art.

Old Jewish Quarter

Students will have the opportunity as a group to visit the world-famous Jewish Quarter in Prague. This is one of the best preserved collections of synagogues, historical buildings, and monuments in the whole of Europe, documenting the history of Jews in central Europe before the Holocaust.

What's Included

Program Cost: $3,950 + airfare

Earn up to 6 Credit Hours

Group Flight (Optional)

Airport Transfers in Prague

Accommodations

Daily Breakfast and some common meals

Groups Excursions & Transport

Security Evacuation Protection

Medical Insurance

Program Director & Faculty
on-site 24/7

To help you budget, keep in mind that you are responsible for obtaining a passport ($165), two meals per day + personal expenses (approx. $500-$1000 depending on your food tastes/spending habits/optional independent travel preferences), any class readings/materials, and any fees from your college/university.

Although KIIS tries to foresee all possible expenses in formulating program fees, please note that dramatic fluctuations in foreign currency valuations and/or airline surcharges may affect the total cost of the program.

Group Flight

Estimated Cost: $1,600 – $1,700

The KIIS Prague program offers a group flight option where you can travel to/from Prague, Czech Republic with other students and faculty. If you choose this option, KIIS will purchase a round-trip flight ticket for you. The flight cost will be added to your final program fee on April 1. The group flight will depart from Cincinnati or Louisville.

If not selecting the group flight, you are responsible to purchase your individual flight.

The flight to Prague is overnight arriving the following morning. On the return, the flight from Prague to the USA departs and arrives on the same day. Visit Flights and Passports & Visas for more information.

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