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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)
|Dates / Deadlines:|
|Areas of Study:||Education||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|
UCF in Czech Republic: Culture, Education, and History
March 10- March 24, 2018
The School of Teaching, Learning, and Leadership and the Social Science Education Program have designed a collaborative Study Abroad program to the Czech Republic for both undergraduate and graduate students from UCF.
This program will immerse students within Czech history and culture. 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.
While abroad, the students will be evaluated upon their academic studies, observation, participation, selected readings, and group discussions. Participants will be expected to take knowledge gained and, from that, construct effective and innovative pedagogical methods and techniques for sharing Czech culture and history with K-16 students. 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.
- 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
- Construct effective and innovative pedagogical methods and techniques for sharing Czech culture and history with K-16 students
- Gain insight into what it means to live in a global world
- SSE 4955: Czech Republic Education Study Abroad (3 credits)
- SSE 6958: Czech Republic Education Study Abroad (3 credits)
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)
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.