Study and intern abroad at the CEA Center in Prague.
Anglo-American University (AAU), is Prague’s oldest private university. Courses are taught in English; you’ll attend class alongside local Czech and other international students from more than 50 countries. AAU’s stunning campus is located in the 17th century Thurn-Taxis Palace in the central Mala Strana neighborhood, adjacent to the CEA Prague Center and within walking distance of the Charles Bridge and other notable historic sites.
Courses at the CEA Prague Center give you the opportunity to further your academic pursuits in a variety of subjects with Prague as your classroom. The CEA Prague Center is located in the historic Old Town district and within walking distance to Anglo-American University and other Prague landmarks. Earn 12-15 credits.
CEA program fees are comprehensive and include tuition, housing, excursions, activities, 24/7 emergency support, insurance, and more.
Earn 12-15 credits. A minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for study abroad and 2.75 for the internship option. Students must be at least 18 years of age and have completed one year of college. Courses are 3 credits/42-45 contact hours. Classes meet at various times, Monday through Friday. Credits are issued by the University of New Haven and AAU.
Stay in shared apartments conveniently located near local shops and services. Apartments are close to the city center and commuting distance of 20-45 minutes to Anglo-American University and the CEA Prague Center. All housing is self-catered.
CEA provides a variety of activities throughout the program, including a wide range of welcome, orientation, and engagement events and opportunities. Excursions vary by term and may include an overnight to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Český Krumlov, and/or day trips to Karlovy Vary, the Czech Republic’s most famous spa city, and the 18th century fortress of Terezín. CEA also provides pick-up from the airport in conjunction with planned arrival dates.
The internship course is a variable 3-6 credit course. Internships are available in a variety of fields, including Accounting, Advertising, Broadcasting, Business Management, Communication, Economics, Education, Finance, Hospitality, International Relations, Journalism, Marketing, Mathematics, Media Technology, NGO & Development, Nonprofit Administration, Political Science, Publishing, Teaching, Theater, Urban Planning, and Visual & Digital Arts.
CAPA’s partner CEA provides comprehensive support services for students to utilize during their time in Prague. The team is available throughout the duration of the program to assist and support students 24/7 with any emergency situations. Students also have access to various safety, health, and wellness resources during their program.
As a student in our program, you’ll receive medical, travel, and accident insurance.
This course examines and analyzes what constitutes effective leadership, management, and communication in today’s cross-cultural environment of global business, and focuses on the critical role culture plays in devising effective international management strategies and techniques. It aims to highlight those areas of cultural divergence, which always challenge communication, understanding, and meaningful teamwork between people of different cultural backgrounds. It prompts students to identify and challenge their own cultural assumptions, conditioning, and practices which may impede the ability to positively interact with others. The course also seeks to provide practical, down-to-earth knowledge and a mix of basic technical skills needed to avoid the managerial pitfalls of cultural innocence and to employ heightened cultural awareness and sensitivity for effective management and action in cross-cultural settings.
PRAG BUS 330
This course introduces students to Czech culture through focus on Czech food and Bohemia's rich brewing tradition. The course explores the historical evolution of Czech food and brewing practices and the variety of factors that have influenced how food in the Czech Republic is selected, prepared, stored, served, and eaten. The close-up experience will begin with visiting local food markets, well-known restaurants as well as traditional breweries.
PRAG CUL 340
A transition to democracy can be long and full of challenges. This course explores the stages of democratization in the Czech Republic, from the initial cracks in the authoritarian regime, to transition, consolidation, and democratic backsliding. Deconstructing the process of Czech democratization, this course provides an overview of conditions that may foster or impede the democratization process. The course considers i.a. the impact of various historical legacies, institutional choices, mode of economic transition as well as roles played by key political agents, civil society, and external conditionality exerted by the EU. The course draws on foundational literature on democratization as well as area-specific expertise on fourth-wave transitions and Europeanization. Introducing common democracy indexes, the course also puts the quality of Czech democracy into a broader comparative perspective.
PRAG POL 366
The general aim of this course is to explore the ethical challenges involved in the creation and maintenance of sustainable societies. In particular, we will ask what exactly it is that we should seek to sustain, why, how, and who or what should do so. We will consider the sustainability of current political, business, and cultural practices, as well as individual lifestyles. A study of the phenomenon of climate change and of the notion of "the Anthropocene" - this new epoch in which no earthly place, entity, form, process, or system escapes the reach and influence of human activity - will be a particularly weighty element in this course.
You will explore the philosophical foundations of a plausible environmental ethic that may reconcile human responsibilities towards non-human nature and the future to our ongoing quest for meaning in a globalized, highly interconnected, unprecedentedly populated, rapidly urbanizing, ecologically deteriorating world. You will examine the challenges that understanding and living up to these responsibilities pose to our psychology and our ethical and political systems.
PRAG PHL320 / SUS320
This course explores ethnic minorities and ethnic diversity in the Czech Republic. While the present-day Czech Republic may appear relatively ethnically homogenous, this course traces the path toward the present situation and explores how the country has struggled with the multi-ethnic composition of its population. The course provides critical perspectives on various approaches to management of majority-minority relations and ethnic tensions from Austro-Hungarian Empire to Czech Republic’s recent integration into the international community and the European Union. The course covers all major ethnic groups in the Czech Republic and situates them within the broader context of relevant ethnic histories, issues, political approaches, and societal attitudes. The course also addresses recent developments impacting the fate and treatment of ethnic minorities in the Czech Republic, including the external demand to meet established minority protection standards, the consequences of recent immigration, political radicalization, and growth of xenophobia and anti-Semitism.
The course provides essential and specialized knowledge in the many and diverse areas affecting sound and workable international business practices, including the patterns of international trade; the structure and institutions of global finance; the competitive environment of the international marketplace; the cultural, political-economic and legal-labor factors affecting international business; the cross-cultural marketing and management techniques essential for dealing with foreign values, habits and expectations; and the challenges of ethical and economic constraints imposed upon both manufacturing and human resource management in international markets today.
PRAG BUS 320
During this course, you will be invited to reflect weekly on your internship experience within the context of your host culture by comparing and contrasting your experiences with your global internship placement with that of your home culture. By creating an intentional time to reflect on your experiences in your internship, the role you have played in the evolution of your experience in your internship placement and the experiences of your peers in their internship placements, you will develop a greater awareness of your strengths relative to the career readiness competencies, the subtleties and complexities of integrating into a cross-cultural work environment, and how to build and maintain a career search portfolio.
PRAG INT 430
Franz Kafka (1883–1924) has become recognized as one of the leading figures in world literature. Perhaps more than any other major author, Kafka is associated with one geographical location: the city of Prague, where he lived almost his whole life, on and around Old Town Square. In this course, students will discover this special city through the lens of selected stories by Kafka. At the same time, students will discover Kafka by learning about Prague and engaging in guided, direct experiences of the city. Kafka’s lifetime was a particularly complicated time in Prague’s history, when it was at the crossroads of different cultural and social influences: German and Czech, industrialization and the arts, war and peace, Judaism and Christianity, monarchy and democracy, urban and rural, poverty and wealth. In addition to readings, lectures, in-class activities, and discussions, the course will provide active learning experiences to students, using the city, historical sites, and museums as an extension of the classroom.
PRAG CUL 320
This course analyzes the role of sport in contemporary Czech society and the interrelationship between sport, identity, and politics in the Czech Republic from the end of the 19th century to the present day. Contemporary and historical sporting practices and events – including soccer, ice hockey, tennis, track and field, sailing, hiking, or spartakiáda – are analyzed to uncover issues around national identity, politics, gender, and the sport-media-market interface in the Czech context. Drawing on the Czech historical, sociological, and outdoor education studies, the course examines state and civic organization of sport and its political role in both totalitarian and democratic Czechoslovakia and Czech Republic. Students will actively engage in various aspects of the host culture throughout the term through case studies, onsite learning, and field research.
PRAG CUL 351
This course traces the evolution of Prague’s rich architectural and artistic traditions from the past to present and seeks to follow the “dialogue” between art historical traditions and modernity. Delving into the past, this course examines the relationship between legends and architectural facts, Bohemian art and architecture as physical forms of collective memory and political propaganda, and the use of public areas of the city for daily activities. Turning toward the present, the course explores how present-day Prague - once a city of artistic and architectural tradition - is being shaped by global forces and international esthetic synergies. The course examines the works of selected international and local architects and artists such as Frank O. Gehry and David Cerny, who have looked to Prague as a place of modernist artistic experiment and architectural expression and have helped transform the city into a fascinating mix of traditionalism and international modernism.