Prague is a stunning capital city, crowned with an ancient hilltop castle built in the 9th century. Unlike other European cities that sustained significant damage during World War II, Prague has retained the look and feel of an “old-world” fairytale: cobblestoned streets, gold-tipped spires, centuries-old churches, bridges, and narrow, winding alleyways. Home to world-class opera houses, orchestras, and museums, Prague is also the heart of Central Europe’s thriving youth culture, where alternative and edgy versions of traditional culture can be experienced in the visual and performing arts. Prague attracts students from all over the world for studies and vacation alike, making it easy to become mesmerized by this vibrant, unique mix of old and new.
Zuzana with students at a Viennese café
To help students take advantage of everything that Prague has to offer, residential and cultural coordinator, Zuzana Wienerova, organizes weekly cultural visits to one of Prague‘s numerous theaters, operas, ballets, and musical performances. Students will have the opportunity to enjoy the Prague Symphony Orchestra and experience Mozart’s famous opera, Don Giovanni in the very theater where it premiered in 1787. She also organizes guided walks around the city giving students access to Prague’s best kept secrets.
Prague’s central location is an ideal base for students wishing to explore many European countries during their semester abroad. In addition to the required Classroom Europe trips, UPrague students have visited as many as five other European countries during their free time.
The Czech Republic has one of the most extensive transportation networks in Europe with reasonably priced airfare to popular destinations such as Rome, Amsterdam, and London. Direct rail links connect Prague with more than 20 European cities, including:
Berlin (5 hours)
Budapest (7 hours)
Munich (5 hours)
Paris (10 hours)
Vienna (4 hours 30 minutes)
UPrague student volunteering with children
Students will have the opportunity to volunteer during their study abroad experience in Prague. Volunteer options include: editing accounts of life under Nazism and Communism for the Czech Radio’s human rights project; assisting Charles University professors on various activities such as editing, research, and writing in English; and serving as native speakers for conversational English classes at one of the top high schools in Prague. More information about volunteer opportunities will be provided during orientation week in Prague.