The Summer Program and the Winter Session are intensive
liberal arts programs that allow students to live, study, and
travel for three to five weeks in Central Europe.
Students participate in lectures, discussions, and cultural
events that explore the rich history and culture of Central
Europe and the dramatic changes that NATO and European Union
membership have brought to the region.
The Summer Program is offered twice during the summer (early-June and early-July), and the
Winter Session is offered every year beginning in the first week of January.
The programs are based at the Institute’s home in Prague, the breathtaking capital of the Czech
Republic Besides living and studying in Prague, students spend time visiting other cities in
the region that typify the spirit of Central Europe, such as Vienna and Krakow. Students also take a number of day trips
to some of the Czech Republic’s most beautiful cities and towns, such as Cesky Krumlov, Kutna Hora, and Karlovy Vary.
These programs also allow students to pursue their own academic interests while taking the main
course of the program -
Religion, Culture, and Politics of Central Europe. Program participants
are encouraged to supply the Institute with an essay or profile so that we may offer them the
chance to meet individually with professors and artists whose areas of expertise coincide with
that of the student.
While in Prague, students stay in completely furnished apartments in one of Prague’s most charming
and safest neighborhoods – Prague 6, which is 10 - 15 minutes, using public transportation, from
the Institute’s unique home, the Czech National Gallery Museum of Modern Art, and 10 minutes from
the historic city center.
Students take three credits during the three to five-week program. There exists a possibility for extra credits to be taken. If this is desired, write to us and a tutorial can be implemented with the agreement of the student’s home institution.
In addition to their classroom lectures and discussions, students can choose to participate in one of two focus groups. One is usually devoted to literature and culture, the other to politics and economics.
The two focus groups are composed of a series of talks given outside of the classroom by guest speakers.
Students attend regional cultural events and take one-day and weekend study trips to different cities throughout Central Europe, including Krakow and Vienna.