Here's what you get when you study abroad with CEA in Prague:
City-living apartments are a perfect fit for the student who wants to experience Prague like a local. Apartments are fully furnished, offer modern amenities, and are conveniently located near local shops and services. Close to the city center, apartments also offer easy access to Anglo-American University and the CEA Prague Center.
Students may either be placed in a single bedroom within a shared apartment OR in a single bedroom within apartment with only single bedrooms. Each apartment will have an equipped kitchen, living room, and bathroom.
Please note, there is a limited amount of single options apartments. If roommate requests are provided, priority will be given to that request first over the specific housing type request. Please use the comments section of the Housing Preference Form, if there are additional considerations.
While CEA recommends that you choose one of our Prague housing options, you may opt to arrange independent housing. If your ideal housing scenario includes a more independent living situation with specific criteria – such as many roommates, location, décor, size, etc. – then independent housing might be the best option for you. Unfortunately, CEA cannot guarantee housing preferences.
Use the online housing application form to request permission for this option no later than the application closure date. You will receive a rebate for your CEA housing payment if and when your request is approved. Rebates are not granted to students who move out of their CEA housing or who pursue independent living arrangements after the application closure date. Keep in mind, CEA will not provide you with any assistance setting up independent housing.
Get out and explore! Excursions are offered for most semester, year, and summer programs*. Semester students are typically offered three excursions and summer students are typically offered two excursions. You’ll receive a calendar of excursions during orientation; here are a few day and overnight excursions we’ve offered in the past.
*In an effort to offer lower-cost internship options and support you in maximizing your professional development in a condensed timeframe, summer internship programs do not include excursions.
Join us on an overnight trip to Český Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the banks of the Vltava River. One of the most popular destinations in the Czech Republic, Český Krumlov is an outstanding example of a Central European medieval town with an architectural heritage more than 500 years old. It’s easy to see the influence of several different cultures—Czech, Austrian, Bavarian, and Northern Italian—on this charming town near the Austrian border. Encircled by a bend in the river, the town features a 13th-century castle with Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque elements. During this two-day, one-night trip, we also hike through a nearby forest to a ruined castle, forming a contrast with the perfectly maintained, picturesque center of Český Krumlov, and provide you with free time to explore on your own.
On this day trip, you’ll explore Karlovy Vary, the Czech Republic’s largest, most famous spa city. For centuries, Europeans have gone to spas for rehabilitation, usually staying for a month or two in a naturally beautiful location. Doctors today still prescribe spa stays as treatment. Situated in western Bohemia west of Prague, Karlovy Vary offers more than 300 hot springs and the warm-water Teplá river. Legend says that the town’s thermal springs were accidentally discovered in 1370 by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. In the 16th century, the spa enjoyed the favor of many noble families and wealthy townsmen; by the 19th century, it was a popular destination for celebrities like Beethoven and Goethe. Today, the city draws movie stars and fans who gather for the annual summer International Film Festival. You may recognize Karlovy Vary as the location for a number of films, including Casino Royale.
Spend a day exploring Terezín, an 18th-century fortress that was used as a concentration camp by the Germans during World War II. Terezín is a little-known but interesting example of the network of concentration camps in operation during that time. Most famous for its history as a gruesome prison, Terezín was a transit camp for Jews and other prisoners of the Nazis; most of those coming from the Czech lands who died in camps further to the west, such as Auschwitz-Birkenau, came through Terezín. Though the camp was used by the Germans for propaganda during the war—even managing to get the Red Cross to agree that the camps were not inhumane— the vast majority of those who went through Terezín did not survive. Inmates in Terezín are known for keeping cultural and artistic life alive and striving to make life as normal as possible for the children present. The on-site memorial details these efforts and illustrates Terezín’s terrible but enlightening history. Visiting such a site is an important historical and cultural experience during your study abroad stay in Central Europe.
Imagine you’re standing in one of the world’s most important financial centers, a place that sits squarely in the middle of a global trade network and provides an entire region with its common currency of exchange. Where are you? London in 1844? New York in 1964? No, you’re in Kutná Hora in the 14th century. Larger than London at that time, Kutná Hora was the economic and geographic center of a trade network that spanned Europe and reached across the spice routes to the Middle and Far East. The silver deposits mined in Kutná Hora were minted into a currency called groschen (a later currency from the region, the tolar, was the origin of the word “dollar”). On this day trip to Kutná Hora, you’ll explore this beautiful, well-preserved medieval town, now protected as a UNESCO World Heritage site. Don a traditional white miner’s uniform to tour the old silver mines, visit the gothic-style Church of Saint Barbara with its flying buttresses, and see the nearby “bone church,” the 19th century Sedlec Ossuary decorated with elaborate arrangements of the bones of thousands of victims of the Black Death and Hussite religious wars.
Take advantage of the unique flavors of Prague! CEA offers a variety of cultural activities to match your interests. The CEA Prague Staff helps you get involved in local culture, experiencing music, history, sports, and many other themes. To help you plan, you’ll receive a calendar with CEA trips and activities and a booklet with descriptions. Less formal events are announced on the CEA semester Prague Facebook page, so there is always something going on. All activities listed are included in the program fee. For events that require reservations, there is a sign up during your first weeks on site. Below are just a few examples of the activities we offer in Prague.
Hike in Průhonice Botanical Gardens
Explore colorful plants and flowers in this gorgeous natural park, founded in 1885 by Count Silva-Tarouca. While at the gardens, you can also visit the romantic Průhonice Château, a serene setting that’s famous for weddings, receptions, and exhibitions.
Nuclear Bomb Shelter
After World War 2, the ruling communist government re-built a luxurious hotel on Wenceslas Square in the center of Prague. It provided an opportunity to include a bomb shelter in the basement that doubled as a center to spy on those staying in the hotel (comrades and foreigners). Take a guided tour of the equipment, technical machine rooms, and tunnel system that lie beneath the hotel and extends under the square. It’s a great way to get a first-hand glimpse into the historical and political events that shaped the fate of Prague, Czechoslovakia, and the former Eastern bloc.
Opera or Ballet Performance
Prague is well known for the wealth, variety, and quality of its performing arts. Plus, they often take place in beautifully restored historical theaters. Each semester we offer one selected performance for students to dress up and enjoy European high art.
Prague through the Eyes of Homeless People
CEA Prague partners with Pargulic, a not-for-profit organization founded and based in Prague, which helps people who have experienced homelessness in Prague to share their experiences and better understand how Czech society reacts to homelessness. This tour is well known and a popular alternative view of Prague for visitors. CEA Prague arranges our own tour for students to be able to see Prague in a different way.
Walk with Kafka: Tour and Literature
Franz Kafka (1883-1924) is Prague’s most famous literary icon and a giant of world literature. He lived most of his life in the center of Prague. His stories and novels are easy to read but difficult to understand; in this activity get an introduction to Kafka’s fiction and life, including a walking tour to see where he lived and the monuments devoted to Kafka.
Helpful and Caring Staff
Wonderful staff, great locations, fun activities, excursions to other locations, and EXTREMELY helpful and caring!