City as Text: Prague

City as Text: Prague HNRS 397

May 21 - June 1, 2018

An affordable study abroad experience in one of the world’s most fascinating cities!  HNRS 397 City as Text: Prague! History, Politics, & Literature in the Golden City (3 credits). Instructor: Shelley Read.

Explore Prague, the Golden City! This course begins with three classroom meetings in April introducing Prague’s rich social, political, and literary history. On May 21, the class moves to Prague for nearly two weeks of tours, lectures, museums, and firsthand discovery. Wander Prague’s winding streets admiring over a thousand years of original architecture; stand in Wenceslas Square imagining the passionate political upheavals of 1848, 1918, 1968, and 1989; cross the famous 14th century Charles Bridge for a guided tour of the world’s largest ancient castle; study Kafka, Kundera, Havel and other Czech writers then trace their steps throughout the city. This trip will also be filled with the quirky and unexpected, as only Prague delivers, as well as two opportunities for optional day trips to nearby towns and historical sites.

This course is limited to 12 students/ Non-Honors students are welcome with instructor permission.

Cost and Payment Information

The cost of the program is $1,450.  The cost breakdown is as follows: $1,075 course fee + $375 for the cost of credit for undergraduate credit. The price includes all Prague related costs, lodging, designated excursions, and activities.  Program cost does not include airfare, visa, gear, personal needs, individual travel, or other activities outside the established program schedule.  

A $100 non-refundable deposit is due on or before November 1, 2017.

A second payment of $350 is due on or before December 15, 2017.

Final payment of remaining balance is due on or before April 13, 2018. 

Students: You must be 18 years of age, with a 2.5 GPA prior to departure to participate in this course, and have completed 24 university credits.  Students who earned probationary academic status at the end of the spring term will forfeit the course fee and will not be allowed not participate. Participants must register for 3 credits and must remain on-site May 21 - June 1, 2018.

Applications are available in the Extended Studies Department located at Taylor 303 and can be requested by emailing the Extended Studies Department.

Interested? Contact Shelley at sread@western.edu for more information.