UCF in Czech Republic: Culture, Education, and History
March 10- March 24, 2018
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.
Program Itinerary (subject to amendment)
- Day 1: Arrival in Prague, transfer to accommodation and local tours- Travel to the Farmers Market at Naplávka. Take the funicular to the top of Petrín Hill & visit the Petrín Observation Tower and visit Strahov Monastery. After lunch, visit Church of Our Lady of Victory – Infant Jesus of Prague and Lennon Wall. Walk across the Charles Bridge and visit the Old Town Square. End the evening with a local sporting event.
- Day 2: Visit the Prague City Museum. After lunch visit Old Town Hall Tower, Astronomical Clock, Historical Halls, Underground, Tyn Church, St. Nicolas Church and Jan Hus Monument. Group dinner at U Fleku Restaurant (payment on own). Meals included: breakfast
- Day 3: Travel from Prague to Olomouc via public train (tickets included). Check into accommodations. After lunch enjoy a walking tour of Historic Olomouc and visit a local school, Palacký University. Meals included: breakfast
- Day 4: Travel to Brno via public train (tickets included). After checking into accommodation, enjoy lunch on your own. Walking Tour of Historic Brno – Tour includes Old City Hall, Vegetable Market, Kapucínské námestí, Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul, Denisovy sady, Dominikánské námestí, New City Hall, Námestí Svobody, and Church of St. James. End the day with a tour of Spilberk Castle Casemates and 10-Z Nuclear Fallout Shelter. Meals included: breakfast
- Day 5: Travel to Trebíc via public train (tickets included). Tour of Trebíc Jewish Quarter. Enjoy free time to explore the city on your own! Return to Brno via public train (tickets included). Meals included: breakfast
- Day 6: Travel to Karlštejn via public train (tickets included). After lunch, visit Hrad Karlštejn. Meals included: breakfast
- Day 7: Travel to Plzen via public train (tickets included). Visit Plzen and tour Pilsner Urquell. Return to Karlštejn via public train (tickets included). Meals included: breakfast
- Day 8: Travel from Karlštejn to Tábor via public train (tickets included). After lunch, visit the Hussite Museum. Tour includes the Hussite Exposition, Gothic Chamber, and Medieval Cellars. Next, Town Square and Church of the Transfiguration on Mount Tabor and Kotnov Castle Tower. Meals included: breakfast
- Day 9: Travel to Ceský Krumlov via public train (tickets included). Visit Old Town Ceský Krumlov and Ceský Krumlov Castle. After lunch, travel to travel to Tábor via public train (tickets included). Meals included: breakfast
- Day 10: Visit a local school (Obchodní akademie a Vyšší odborná škola ekonomická). After lunch, travel back to Prague via public train (tickets included).Check out the Havelská Street Market and spend time in Wenceslas Square. Meals included: breakfast
- Day 11: Visit to Prague Castle. Tour includes: Saint Vitus Cathedral, Old Royal Palace, St. George’s Basilicia, Golden Lane and Daliborka Tower. After lunch, visit St. Nicholas Church (Mala Strana). End the day with a walk from Charles Bridge to Old Town. Meals included: breakfast
- Day 12: Day trip to Terezin Conventration Camp & Ghetto. Our guide will show you the area of the concentration camp and you will hear authentic recollections of former inmates. Visits to this place serve as a stark warning to prevent the recurrance of similar horrors in future.
- Day 13: Visit a local school (Gymnazium Boticska). After lunch, visit Vyšehrad. Tour includes St. Peter and Paul Cathedral and National Cemetery. Then visit St. Cyril and St. Methodius Cathedral, Bethlehem Chapel and the Museum of Communism. Meals included: breakfast
- Day 14: Visit a local school (Jaroslav Najbert). Free time in Prague to explore on your own. Meals included: breakfast
- Day 15: Check out of accommodations. Transfer to airport for departure (included). Meals included: breakfast
- 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
Dr. Scott Waring (firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- 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
Program fee: $2,285
Payment 1: $1,000 is due on 17 January
Payment 2: $1,285 is due on 10 February
Inclusions & Exclusions (subject to amendment)
The following services are included as part of the program fee:
- Hotels with double occupancy.
- Please note: if you are arriving early on March 9, 2018 – you must purchase and coordinate your own transportation and accommodation.
- Cultural Experiences / Excursions:
- Entrance fees and reservations are included for: Petrin Hill & Observation Tower, Strahov Monastery, local sporting event, Prague City Museum, Old Town Hall, Tyn Church, St. Nicolas Church, Hrad Karlštejn, Pilsner Urquell, Church of Our Lord's Transfiguration on Mt Tábor, Kotnov Tower, Hussite Museum, Ceský Krumlov Castle, Prague Castles, Vysehrad, Communism Museum and St Cyril and St Methodius Cathedral.
- Admission and guided tours of: Terezin Concentration Camp, historic Brno, Spilberk Castle Casemates, 10-Z Nuclear Fallout Shelter and Trebic Jewish Quarter.
- Meals: Daily breakfast to energize you for the day
- Transportation from and to the airport via private van
- Train tickets for all excursions, as listed on the itinerary
- Monthly Metro Pass for your stay in Prague
- All gratuities and service charges for guides, drivers and servers
- UCF Abroad Administrative Fee ($350)
- UCF Travel Insurance Policy (more details to follow at pre-departure meeting)
The following are not
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- UCF Tuition
- Passport or visa expenses
- Personal or other miscellaneous expenses
- Meals other than those listed
- Currency exchange fees
he program cost does not cover UCF tuition, airfare (unless otherwise noted), 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. Students should NOT
purchase airfare until they have been told to do so by the UCF Abroad Office. UCF will make reasonable efforts to notify students when any significant changes are being made to the program. It is entirely within UCF's discretion as to what changes are considered significant.