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SIT Study Abroad Czech Republic: Arts and Social Change
Berlin, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
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Program Sponsor: SIT/World Learning 
Restrictions: Gustavus applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2021 09/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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.
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Program Partner:
SIT - School for International Training
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Program Term(s):
Semester only
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Minimum Class Standing:
Junior, Senior, Sophomore
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Minimum GPA:
2.75
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Prerequisites:
No
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Previous Language Study Req?:
No
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Language of Instruction:
English
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Language courses offered:
Czech
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Meet Language Reqt in One Semester?:
No
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Housing Options:
Guest House, Homestay, Hostel/Hotel
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Areas of Study:
Architectural History, Architecture, Art History, Arts, Culture, Czech Language & Literature, Dance, European Studies, Gender Studies, History, Independent Study, International Studies, Music, Peace, Justice and Conflict Studies, Political Science, Social Policy & Administration, Sociology, Studio Art, Theatre/Drama, Women's Studies
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Additional Program Options:
Creative Project(s), Field Study, Research Project
Program Description:
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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IMPORTANT APPLICATION DEADLINE INFORMATION:

SIT programs may be competitive and fill before the application deadline date.

If you are planning to study abroad with SIT in the fall, it is in your best interest to apply for Gustavus approval AS EARLY AS YOU CAN, and well prior to the March 1 deadline, and some SIT programs may be full by then.

SIT Application Opening Dates:
    * January 15 for fall and summer programs
    * April 15 for spring programs.
Applications received prior to the opening date will be reviewed after the opening date has passed. Information on application status will not be available until after the opening date for the term under review. Students, advisors, or faculty are welcome to check on application status after the opening date.

SIT Fall Semester Closing Dates:
    * May 1: For Brazil, Kenya, and Tanzania
    * May 15: For all other programs

SIT Spring Semester Closing Dates:
    * November 1 for all programs

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