“IFSA allowed us to have so much independence and flexibility, which allowed us to engage with the local culture and explore the city right from the start.”
- DATES AND FEES
Examine a Europe in transition to understand the future of business, computer science, technology, media, and Fine arts in Europe and in the world. Diversify your resume with an internship in a local or international company or NGO. Maximize your experience by connecting with IFSA's local network of academics, entrepreneurs, legal experts, Czech- and foreign-owned businesses, hacker spaces, and foreign-owned businesses.
Looking for specific classes? Explore CHART, our exclusive class database — if the Reimagining Europe in Prague Program is pre-approved at your institution, you’ll find classes recently taken by other IFSA students.
Build your own curriculum with a combination of IFSA and Prague classes. IFSA's program classes allow you to better understand your surroundings, while three electives of your choice provide an opportunity to dive deep into your academic area of interest.
Essential Czech (1 U.S. semester credit hour)This 15-hour course takes place intensively during the first weeks of your program. By introducing key words and phrases in the classroom — and venturing out into the city to practice them — this class also provides insights into local customs and daily life. Right from the start, you'll gain essential skills to communicate effectively and navigate in a new culture.
Reimagining Europe (4 U.S. semester credit hours) This course introduce the historical, socio-cultural and political context of Prague as a European city before moving on to explore how current issues and the changing dynamics of European itnegration are challenging the notion of solidarity within the European Union. Through case studies, in-class discussions, guest lectures, site visits, and e-portfolios, students will consider the question: "What are the possible options available for reimagining Europe?" and ultimately demonstrate an increasingly nuanced awareness of Europe and themselves
Introduction to Czech Language (4 U.S. semester credit hours)
This course is aimed at students who wish to develop a level of competence in contemporary Czech language sufficient for basic communication and comprehension
Internship and Methodology Seminar (3 U.S. semester credit hours) Individually tailored internships are supported by a group seminar that prepares students to understand expectations, set personal objectives, identify and strengthen specific skills, critically reflect on their progress, share experiences, and learn from one another throughout the summer. A focus on the application of theory to practice supports students as they develop a deeper understanding of themselves and their goals, their professional areas, as well as Czech work culture. In this seminar, students gain real work experience while developing intercultural agility-skills and experiences which are critically important to personal, academic and professional success.
Exploring Community & Culture in a Global Context (3 U.S. semester credit hours) Through a creative asynchronous online format, this course facilitates active engagement with your host community, exploration of cultural identity and examination of diversity in the context of political, economic and sociocultural structures. This course is ideal for students seeking transferable skills and specific competencies for success in the global marketplace. Depending on your chosen IFSA program, this course may be taken as a part of or in addition to your full credit load. Home institution approval is required for enrollment.
Boost your resume through an individually tailored internship in Prague. An elective class, your internship is paired with a seminar that helps you reflect on your workplace experiences in a way that deepens your intercultural savvy. We identify placements with local and international small- to mid-size companies, and NGOs in areas such as social media, communications, photography, graphic design, event organization and software development based on your
personal background and goals.
After you return to the U.S., IFSA will send an official Butler University transcript to your home university with your coursework converted to the U.S. credit system. You will also have access to an unofficial transcript in your IFSA Student Portal. The transcript reflects courses taken, credits attempted, and grades earned during your term abroad. This service is included in your study abroad program at no additional cost.
Program activities are designed to enhance your intercultural competence by developing your understanding of the local culture and people. They are optional, but they are included in your total program fee. Activities vary each term based on availability, but previous events have included opera performances, tour castles, take art walks, join food tours, and experience local hackathons.
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What Our Students Say
“The biggest thing I learned is the value of immersing oneself in a culture unlike that which you come from. Even though Australia speaks English, the culture has taught me to relax and take everything one step at a time.”
“I enjoyed the academic and personal freedom of my IFSA program. Being able to take whatever classes I wanted/needed in order to satisfy my requirements for major and what happened to interest me set the foundation for my study abroad experience.”
Student, New Zealand
“For two years, I have tried to manage and exist with depression and anxiety. Coming to New Zealand enlivened me and gave me the tools to function and create the life I want and need. I was able to live somewhere for the first time away from family and friends and thrive in it. It allowed me to realize my potential and ability.”
“I’ve learned about the culture my family comes from, more about the world in general, and the different ways there are to simply live. Above all, I think I’ve learned a lot about myself and my behavior—how I tend to act and react in situations. I’ve also become more assertive, courageous, and confident through this experience.”
“My IFSA program was amazing. They really do a great job making sure you adjust well and are well equipped for your time abroad.”
“Through IFSA, I learned to enjoy the small things in life, was able to better understand a culture different from mine, developed intellectually through independent study, and improved my Spanish.”
“The connections I made during my time in Scotland was the most enjoyable aspect of my IFSA study abroad abroad experience. I was able to connect with peers on the program, IFSA staff, and the local culture. Being part of the St. Andrews basketball team really facilitated my relationship with the campus and its students.”
“Through my IFSA program, I volunteered at a travel startup where I initiated and developed a six-month lesson plan for the first English teaching program in a Mayan community, created a cost plan for program volunteers, and translated itineraries.”
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