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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic
  • Program Terms: Fall Semester, Spring Semester
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  • Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
  • Restrictions: Augsburg applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:
 

SIT Study Abroad Czech Republic: Arts and Social Change

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Explore the Czech Republic’s contemporary art scene and the role of art as a social change agent throughout the country’s history.

 

Program Highlights

  • Study with a dynamic community of visual, performing, and literary artists, where art and creative dissent have played a decisive role in shaping social and political change.
  • Choose to do either an arts-based or field-based research project.
  • Go on excursions to Poland, Slovakia, the former Sudetenland, and Bohemia or Moravia.
  • Explore the new challenges facing artists and communities today as a result of globalization and tourism. 
  • Live in beautiful Prague.
  • Participate in civic initiatives that draw upon the creative legacy of Czech underground culture.
  • Take part in workshops on ceramics, bookmaking, stop-motion animation, traditional crafts, or architecture. 
 

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
 

Key Topics of Study

  • The transformative role of artists and civic leaders in a new democracy
  • Critical challenges associated with liberal democracy and the legacy of communism
  • Art in relation to open borders, consumerism, and the free market of post-communist Europe
  • The relationship between art, politics, and society in the country’s historic and contemporary contexts

Independent Study Project

During the final month of the semester, you will pursue an Independent Study Project (ISP). The ISP gives you a unique opportunity to work directly with professional artists or social innovators to produce a creative project or to critically examine a topic, situation, or community related to the arts or social change in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, or Poland.

Artists, civil society activists, professors, and specialists will help you in the development and implementation of your ISP, which may include daily work with an organization or school or a creative component in visual arts, creative writing, or theater.

Sample topic areas:
 
  • Alternative culture spaces in Prague today
  • Memory and memorials to the 1989 Velvet Revolution
  • Creative alternatives to institutionalized care for citizens with mental disabilities
  • Civic initiatives and the Prague public transport system
  • The socialist-era legacy of community centers for children and youth
  • The impact of education in secret from members of the Czech Underground at Charles University
  • Methods and mechanics of dissent through underground literature
  • Legacy of the Czech Underground music scene today
  • Czech perspectives and reactions to Putin’s warfare tactics in the Ukraine 

Creative projects have included:
  • Sculpture and ceramic vessels inspired by the Celts of Central Europe
  • Drawings and sculptures inspired by interviews with Czech artists on the topic of public/private dichotomies
  • Contemporary dance inspired by Slovak traditional dance
  • A CD of Czech folk songs produced with a Czech musical trio  
  • A theater performance  based on contemporary Czech mime and circus acts
  • A screenplay inspired by Czech absurdist literature
  • A graphic design project inspired by Czech cubist architecture
  • Fashion designs using traditional Slovak weaving traditions

Browse this program’s Independent Study Projects / undergraduate research.

 

Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance

Scholarships:

  • SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

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SIT Study Abroad Czech Republic: Arts and Social Change

Major Topics of Studydrumming

  • How the roles of artists and civic leaders have transformed in a new democracy
  • Critical challenges associated with liberal democracy and the legacy of communism
  • Art in relation to open borders, consumerism, and the free market of post-communist Europe

Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.

Program Structure

There is no "typical day"on an SIT program. Activities may take place on any day of the week and at any time of day to be in accordance with according to local norms and to take advantage of once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunities. Thus, the schedule and structure of the program are likely very different from what students are used to on their home campuses. The semester progresses in phases:

  • The program begins with a thorough orientation.
  • During the first two and a half months of the program, students are engaged in foundational coursework, including:
    • thematic seminars, including education excursions,
    • language instruction focused on improving practical communication skills, and
    • a field research methods and ethics course that prepares students to conduct independent research.
  • For the last month of the program, students conduct an Independent Study Project (ISP) on an approved topic of their choosing. 
  • Finally, students present their project, participate in program evaluations, and prepare to return home.

What Makes SIT Unique

  • SIT Study Abroad offers a field-based, experiential approach to learning.
  • Each program has a small group of students (typically 10–35). 
  • On an SIT program, students gain high levels of access to many different stakeholders and experts relevant to the issues the program is examining. 
  • While some learning will be conducted at the SIT program center, extensive learning is done outside the classroom — in host communities, field stations, NGO headquarters, ecological sites, health clinics, and art studios.
  • Many students go on to use their Independent Study Projects as a basis for senior theses on their home campuses. Others use their undergraduate research and overall study abroad experience to successfully apply for fellowships such as Fulbrights and Watsons.

Money Matters

Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.  

SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:

  • All educational costs, including educational excursions
  • All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
  • Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
  • Health and accident insurance

Scholarships:

  • SIT awards nearly $1.3 million in scholarships and grants annually.
  • All scholarships and grants are need-based.
  • Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.  
  • The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program. 
  • Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.

Contact SIT Study Abroad



Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall Semester 2019 03/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission 08/31/2019 12/14/2019

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.