- Depart the US: Thursday, March 27th, 2014
- Arrive in Prague: Friday, March 28th, 2014
- Depart Prague: Friday, June 6th, 2014
What is Included in the Program?
- Housing in multi-bedded rooms in city center apartments, with typically 4-5 students sharing kitchen/living area. Bed linens but not towels will be included.
- Travel pass for use on buses, trams and underground trains for the duration of the program.
- An orientation meeting with AIFS staff, where students receive a student information packet including student handbook, security and medical information. There will also be follow up sessions on cultural differences and travel and a welcome cruise on the Vlatka River.
- A guided walking tour of Prague with the services of a professional English-speaking guide, including entrance to Prague Castle.
- A Czech “survival” language course for one hour per day, Monday – Thursday, for the first 4 weeks of the program.
- Access to wireless Internet within the Study Center.
- A programme of weekly free and subsidized cultural activities such as walking tours, musical concerts, sporting events, a jazz night and a brewery tour.
- A full-day excursion to Konopiste with entrance to the Castle of Franz Ferdinand.
- A full-day guided excursion to the UNESCO world heritage town of Kutna Hora. This trip includes round-trip train transfers and entrance to the cathedral, bone church and silver mine.
- A weekly lecture program on topics related to Czech Life and Culturetaught by a local academic. Topics such as architecture, Czech cuisine, sport, media and politics will be supported by 4 related field trips
- The services of local AIFS staff for the duration of the program to assist faculty and students with all elements of the program.
- 24 hour emergency cell phone service.
- $50 non-refundable application fee
- Student medical and program fee refund insurance policies
- An optional transportation package consisting of roundtrip airport transfers in Prague and airfare between Seattle and Prague for a supplemental fee of $575 plus taxes and fuel charges estimated at $690. (Please note these charges will be billed separately and are subject to change up until ticketing).
A minimum of 12 people is required for the group transportation package to be offered.
Kenny Rich received his MFA in Creative Writing from Sarah Lawrence College, where he won a Fellowship with the Teachers College of Columbia University in the Reading & Writing Project. He currently teaches writing at Edmonds Community College, and is teaching a Fiction Workshop at the 2013 Writing on the Sound Conference. He has taught writing workshops for all ages. As an undergraduate, he designed and wrote his own Interdisciplinary Studies Curriculum at the University of Washington, where his culminating project was a play produced at the Ethnic Cultural Theater in Seattle. Kenny’s work is represented by BJ Robbins Literary Agency. His short fiction was selected for the Emergency Reading Series at KGB Bar in NYC, and his nonfiction has appeared in SLC Magazine. He has also worked in film as a ghostwriter and Second Camera Director. Kenny visited Prague in 2012, and is eager to share the unique magic of this city. He will show students how magic and reality merge to create a sense of place and time, and has an uncanny knack for discovering hidden mysteries. Both knowledge and adventure await!
Composition ii – The Research Essay
Theme: Magical Realism
Students will explore the genre of Magical Realism. Often thought of as a Latin tradition of literature and storytelling, the term Magical Realism originated in Europe to describe a visual art movement following WWI. We will begin our discussion with the origins of the term, study Franz Kafka (famous
son of Prague), and Surrealism. We will expand topics to include the famous Clay Golem narrative involving a 16th Century Rabbi in Prague, as well as countless other topics derived from experiencing this enchanted city (visual art, literature, film, and more).
Students will be able to examine the specific history and region that spawned the term Magical Realism before moving on to research and discover its contemporary forms – both in Prague and across the globe. We will hit the streets and visit the local sites, participating in both experiential and academic research, while discovering where magic and reality collide.
Creative Nonfiction Writing on PLACE
Students traveling abroad gain a distinct feel for and experience with the concept of place. In this class, students will study the art of creative nonfiction and examine the work of master essayists – including Václav Havel, the last President of Czechoslovakia and the first President of the Czech Republic, who was an essayist, playwright, poet, and political activist. We will look in particular at the specifics of place as seen in the artwork of children who lived in Terezin (Theresienstadt was the German name), a concentration camp north of Prague. These children created artwork often focused on the idea of place: the place they were, the place they were forced to leave, and the places they dreamed of going. Students in this course will immerse themselves in and write about their own experience with place. We will write a series of essays on how place intersects with the experience of traveling, living, and studying abroad: reflections on ‘home’ from far away; reflections on the magical place we find ourselves in now; and reflections on being displaced or out of place in a foreign land. Conducted in a workshop format, students will read and critique work weekly. Writing exercises will take us to myriad places in the city to inspire and create. We will publish a collection of our work.
Czech Life and Culture (5 credits)
The Czech Life and Culture (SALC) course is designed to give you an insight into the Czech Republic, its people and its culture. The course consists of 9 lectures on Czech Life and Culture and field trips which are designed to bring the course “to life”. Subjects such as history, politics, media, sport, food and architecture will be used to help you understand some of the cultural differences you see and encounter during your time in Prague.
Czech “survival” language course
Each student will take one hour of introductory Czech language for 4 days a week for the first 4 weeks of the program. This is designed to help you with things such as ordering food in restaurants and being able understand basic conversation with people you might meet.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
Gilman Study Abroad Scholarships
The Gilman program, aims to support students who are traditionally underrepresented in study abroad, including ANY of these categories:
- Students with high financial need
- Community college students
- Students in underrepresented fields such as the sciences and engineering
- Students with diverse ethnic backgrounds
- Students with disabilities
The application process is free. The program seeks to assist students from a diverse range and type of two-year and four-year public and private institutions from all 50 states. Visit: www.iie.org//programs/gilman.
How to Apply & Who to Contact
Please contact Ivan Breen, Bellevue College’s Study Abroad Coordinator, for further information and program pricing.