Anglo-American University Semester in Prague (CEA)
CEA is a study abroad provider who Binghamton University has partnered with to provide Binghamton and SUNY students high-quality study abroad and internship opportunities in Prague, Czech Republic. Students will be working with both a Binghamton education abroad advisor and CEA staff throughout the process (see Application Process below).
Immerse into student life in one of central Europe’s most beautiful cities, Prague! Walk to class past UNESCO World Heritage sites and attend class in a 17th century palace. Prague’s hidden courtyards, winding streets, traditional pubs, and eye-catching architecture are uniquely matched with the city’s very modern business and academic opportunities. With a growing economy, vibrant arts and music scenes, and variety of architectural styles, Prague is an ideal setting in which to explore Czech culture. Study in the city that greats like Mozart, Kundera, Rilke, and Einstein called home and discover the magic of Prague for yourself.
Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic. It is the 14th largest city in the European Union with a population of about 1.3 million people, while its larger urban zone is estimated to have a population of 2.2 million. The city has a temperate climate, with warm summers and chilly winters. The city has more than ten major museums, along with numerous theaters, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits. An extensive modern public transportation system connects the city.
On November 17, 1989, Czechoslovakia had been under communist rule for more than 40 years—and students had had enough. Thanks in large part to peaceful student demonstrations, communist leadership resigned by the end of the year, paving the way for democratic elections and the formation of the Czech Republic. The so-called Velvet Revolution of 1989 sparked unprecedented growth, and today's Czech Republic stands as one of the region’s economic, political, and cultural centers. It’s easy to see why the Czech Republic is such a popular destination; vibrant urban centers, traditional villages, and stunning natural beauty combine to make this central European nation an ideal setting for students who wish to live amidst the juxtaposition of old and new, traditional and modern.
Spring 2018 Semester: January 31 - May 23, 2018
Fall 2018 Semester: late August - mid December 2018
Anglo-American University (AAU) is the oldest private institution of higher education in the Czech Republic with about 1,000 students enrolled. AAU prides itself in having a very multicultural student body with over 70 nationalities including students from the Czech Republic, United States, and Russia, as well as Kazakhstan, Georgia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and Belarus.
Students attend class with local Czech and other international students. Class sizes are typically small with an average of 15-20 students per course. Many courses incorporate an active learning style that takes you out of the classroom and into the city, lending real-world context to lessons learned in class. AAU’s stunning campus is located in the 17th century Thurn-Taxis Palace in the central Mala Strana neighborhood, adjacent to the CEA Prague Office and within walking distance of the Charles Bridge and other notable historic sites.
AAU offers more than 100 courses, all taught in English, across a range of disciplines. For a semester, students enroll in 1 core course—with a local, regional, or national focus—and 3-4 elective courses. Subject areas include:
Business (Management, Marketing, Economics, Finance, Accounting)
Czech Language & Literature
German Language & Literature
Russian Language & Literature
Classes generally meet three hours per week, for 15 weeks. Some AAU courses meet twice a week for 1.5 hours per session. Classes are offered in three time blocks: morning, afternoon, evening. Most courses have final exams after 14 weeks of lectures, but some classes include midterm exams as well.
Full course listing, course descriptions, and syllabi can be found on CEA’s webpage.
Each AAU course is worth 3 credits. Students are required to take at least a full course load of 12 credits (4 courses), but can also enroll in 15 credits (5 courses).
When in Prague, students enjoy city-living apartments as a standard housing option. Fully furnished with modern amenities, apartments are conveniently located near local shops and services. Apartments are close to the city center and offer easy access to Anglo-American University and the CEA Prague Center. Both are within 10-30 minutes by metro and walking.
Meals are not included, but apartments are equipped with a full kitchen. All apartments have internet/Wi-Fi access and a washing machine; all utility expenses and weekly cleaning included.
Standard apartments typically have 2-3 students per room and 3-7 students per apartment. For additional fees, students may either be placed in a single bedroom in a shared apartment with other students OR in a single/1-bedroom apartment with a shared bedroom with one other student. If students choose a non-standard housing option, the additional housing fees would be paid directly to CEA. However, there is a limited amount of single options apartments and housing preferences cannot be guaranteed. Students will indicate any requests on the Housing Preference Form after they have applied. If you are interested in requesting non-standard housing, please meet with the Binghamton program advisor.
Additional housing information can be found on CEA's Prague housing webpage.
Students are typically offered three different excursions throughout the semester. Students will receive a calendar of excursions during orientation; here are a few day and overnight excursions that have been offered in the past:
Poland: Former Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau and Kraków. This is a three-night, four-day excursion to Poland, the Czech Republic’s Central European neighbor to the North-East. The main feature of this trip is a sobering visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum at the former concentration and extermination camp.
Ceský Krumlov. An overnight excursion to Ceský Krumlov, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the banks of the Vltava River. One of the most popular destinations in the Czech Republic, Ceský Krumlov is an outstanding example of a Central European medieval town with an architectural heritage more than 500 years old.
Karlovy Vary. Day trip to Karlovy Vary, the Czech Republic’s largest, most famous spa city. Situated in western Bohemia west of Prague, Karlovy Vary offers more than 300 hot springs and the warm-water Teplá river.
Immerse yourself in the local culture! CEA provides students with a diverse range of activities to participate in such as a CEA-AAU Buddy System, Czech cooking workshops, Strahov Monastery visits, movie nights, hockey games, photo contests, concert nights, and coffee and pastry day. A calendar of activities is provided to students upon arrival and those activities listed are included in program costs.
Study Abroad CEA Prague Spring 2018 Costs.pdf
To learn about the program costs and related expenses, see the cost sheets linked below. Additionally, any Binghamton/SUNY student who is accepted to a CEA program that is approved by Binghamton University for fall or spring semester will automatically be granted a $1,000 reduction in program cost!
Please note: Housing costs are based off of the standard, shared housing option. Additional fees are applicable for students choosing non-standard housing options and those fees would be paid directly to CEA.
Withdrawal Policy: When a student commits to an education abroad program in their Terra Dotta online program application, the Office of International Programs (IEGI) mirrors the Binghamton University Student Accounts refund policy for tuition, tuition differentials, and all program fees.
Students who are eligible for financial aid may apply it to this program. The amount of financial aid that you may be eligible to receive is of an individual nature. All students should print out the Estimate of Costs Sheet, bring it to the Financial Aid office, and consult with a counselor there about what the implications of this cost would be for them individually. Federal and New York State financial aid is generally applicable to study abroad programs. The Binghamton Financial Aid Office is able to consider only the application of students matriculated at Binghamton for degree study.
Binghamton and SUNY Scholarships
Students applying for this program are highly encouraged to apply for the Myers Family Scholarship if eligible. This provides an award of $1,500. For more information about this scholarship, click here.
For more information about scholarships and financial aid in general, click here.
Students participating on a CEA program in Prague are eligible for scholarships through CEA. There are several different scholarships available including merit-based, financial need-based, and diversity related. Students will have access to apply for these scholarships after submitting an application for this program and are encouraged to apply early. More information can be found here.
The Prague program is open to students in all majors, and students should be in their Sophomore, Junior, or Senior year during the time of the application. Students must have at least a 2.7 GPA. Applications from other SUNYs are welcome.
Applications for spring semester are due October 15th. Applying to this program requires completion of the Binghamton University education abroad application and supplemental documents for CEA.
- First, complete an application with Binghamton by clicking the “Apply Now” button at the top of this page. All application materials must be submitted by the Binghamton University application deadline. These items include:
- 2 Academic References
- Official Transcript
- Study Statement
- Do not begin an application with CEA directly.
- Once your application is complete, Binghamton's Office of International Education & Global Initiatives (IEGI) will make an admissions decision. Students will commit to the program and IEGI will inform CEA about all committed students on a rolling basis.
CEA Prague Semester Program Website
- After receiving a list of committed students from IEGI, CEA creates online accounts for each accepted student with access to housing, academic, visa, and other important information.
- CEA emails students their login information so they can complete the required CEA forms.
- For better access to course and housing preferences, CEA encourages you complete the required information as early as possible.
CEA Prague Facebook Page
U.S. Department of State Travel & Safety Information for Czech Republic