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UCF in Czech Republic | Culture, Education, and History
Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic; Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic; Karlstejn, Czech Republic; Kutna Hora, Czech Republic; Prague, Czech Republic; Tabor, Czech Republic; Terezin, Czech Republic (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Spring
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Budget Sheets Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
Fact Sheet:
Areas of Study: Anthropology, Architecture, Art, Art History, Business, Communication, Culture, Design, Education, European Studies, Geography, Government, History, Independent Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Relations, International Studies, Liberal Arts, Multi-Discipline, Political Science, Sociology Housing Options: Hotel
Language of Instruction:
English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Minimum Number of Credit Hours: 03 Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Program Type: Short Term
Program Description:

UCF in Czech Republic: Culture, Education, and History 
Spring 2018
March 10- March 24, 2018


Program Description:

This program will immerse students within Czech culture, education, and history. Participants will visit historical locations, as well as excursions, intended to extend the breadth of understanding of Czech history and culture. Lectures and presentations will be facilitated at sites instead of a typical classroom setting. Throughout the program, the participants will be evaluated upon their academic studies, observation, participation, selected readings, and group discussions. While in the Czech Republic, students are expected to remain engaged in the program’s experiences and lectures and work collaboratively with colleagues.

Participants will travel to the Czech Republic for two weeks of cultural, educational, and history classes, with knowledge gained from opportunities to visit diverse locations.  Excursions within Prague include the Petrin tower, Prague Castle, St. Vitus Cathedral, Charles Bridge, Vysehrad, the Astronomical Clock, the Jewish Ghetto, and a general Prague city tour.  Trips outside of Prague include visits to Tabor, Kutna Hora, Terezin, Ceske Budejovice, Beroun, Karlstejn, and Cesky Krumlov.

This program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who, while in the Czech Republic, will be expected to remain engaged in the program’s experiences and try new things.

Students on this program should plan to arrive in Prague, Czech Republic by on the starting day of the program in order to be in country to transfer to the hotel.  To arrive on the starting day of this program, flights must depart the USA the day before the start of the program.  Students should not purchase their flights until they have been advised by Study Abroad to do so. Study Abroad advises that you book your flight directly with the airline.

Sample Program Itinerary (from Spring 2017)
  • Day 1: Arrival in Prague, transfer to accommodation and local tours- farmers market at Naplavka, Petrin Hill, Petrin Observation Tower, Strahov Monastery, Church of Our Lady of Victory, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, local sporting event. 
  • Day 2: Prague City Museum and further city tours- Old Town Hall Tower, Astronomical Clock, Historical Halls, Underground, Tyn Church, St. Nicholas Church, and Jan Hus Monument. 
  • Day 3: Visits to local schools, Vysehrad-including St. Peter and Paul Cathedral and National Cemetery, St. Cyril and St. Methodius Cathedral and Bethlehem Chapel. 
  • Day 4: Visits to Prague Castle and surrounds and St. Nicholas Church followed by free time. 
  • Day 5: Travel via train to Tabor and accommodations check-in. Visit to Hussite Museum, Town Square and Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor, and Kotnov Castle Tower. 
  • Day 6: Visit to local school in Tabor, travel via train to Hluboka, visit to Hluboka Castle and surrounds before return to Tabor. 
  • Day 7: Travel via train from Tabor to Cesky Krumlov, visit Old Town and Cesky Krumlov Castle
  • Day 8: Travel via train to Beroun and accommodations check-in. Visit Hrad Karlstein and enjoy free time. 
  • Day 9: Travel via train from Karlstein to Plzen. Tour Pilsner Urquell. Free time. 
  • Day 10: Travel via train from Karlstein to Prague and accommodations check-in. Visit the Cathedral of St. Barbara, Jesuit College, Czech Museum of Silver, St. James Church, Medieval Street of “Ruthardka”, Knights’ House and Church of St. John, Cemetery Chapel with Ossuary Sedlec. Lunch in Kutna Hora. Afternoon faculty presentation and seminar. 
  • Day 11: Free time Prague. 
  • Day 12: Shuttle to airport and departure to United States. 

Learning Outcomes:
  • Enhance knowledge of Czech culture and history
  • Recognize and describe cultural norms for the Czech Republic
  • Explore cultural and historical differences and similarities between the United States of America and the Czech Republic
  • Articulate the effect of historical forces upon people, culture, and landscapes
  • Describe the differences between pre-travel expectations of the Czech Republic and actual experiences
  • Gain insight into what it means to live in a global world
Program Leader: Dr. Scott Waring (

Dr. Scott Waring

Dr. Scott M. Waring is a Professor and the Program Coordinator for the Social Science Education Program at the University of Central Florida. He earned his B.S. and M.A. in Education from the University of South Florida and his Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in Social Studies Education, with a minor in Instructional Technology. He teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in social science methodology, research, and theory. While at the University of Central Florida, Dr. Waring has won the Award for Excellence in Research, the Excellence in Graduate Teaching Award, the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, the Excellence in Academic Advising Award, and the Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Academic Advising for the University of Central Florida. He is the current Co-Chair for the Teacher Education and Professional Development Committee of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS), Chair for the Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education's (SITE) Social Studies Special Interest Group, and Chair of the Florida College and University Faculty Assembly. Dr. Waring serves as the Editor for Social Studies and the Young Learner, a Co-Editor for Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education – Social Studies, and the Interdisciplinary Feature Editor for Social Studies Research and Practice. He has served as a member of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) House of Delegates and on the Executive Board for the College and University Faculty Assembly (CUFA – the higher education research affiliate of NCSS). He has over 100 conference and workshop presentations and has written or co-written grants totaling over $4 million, including a Teaching with Primary Sources grant from the Library of Congress, a Fulbright-Hays grant (Czech Republic), and three United States Department of Education Teaching American History grants. Dr. Waring has published a book, multiple journal articles, and book chapters focusing on the teaching and learning of history and the utilization of technology in teaching.

Program Courses:
  • SSE 4955: Czech Republic Education Study Abroad (3 credits)
  • SSE 6958: Czech Republic Education Study Abroad (3 credits)
*Please note that all participants must enroll in one of these courses and pay associated tuition to be a part of the program

Course Syllabus:
Pricing (based upon the minimum number of students):

Program fee: TBD for 2018 (2017 cost $2,415) 
For details on what the program fee includes please see program Budget Sheet

Payment 1: TBD
Payment 2: TBD

The following services are included as part of the program fee:
  • Hotel accommodation
  • Day tours
  • Airport transportation
  • Local transportation
  • UCF Abroad administrative fee ($350)
The following are not included:
  • Tuition
  • Flights

Deadline to apply is 11/15/2017
Deadline to commit to the program is 11/22/2017

Program Cost Disclaimer: The program cost does not cover UCF tuition, airfare (unless a program expressly and specifically includes this), independent travel, or personal expenses. Cost is approximate and may fluctuate due to changes in foreign currency or unforeseen circumstances. UCF reserves the right to alter or cancel the program at any time. In such cases, the university shall not be liable for airfare, transportation costs and/or any other costs incurred by the student. The UCF Abroad Office will make reasonable efforts to notify students through reasonable means to inform the students to reserve their flights. Students should consult their travel agent about buying travel insurance to defray unanticipated costs in the event travel plans change. UCF will make reasonable efforts to notify students via Knights email when any significant changes are being made to the program. It is entirely within UCF's discretion as to what changes are considered significant.

This program is currently not accepting applications.