Semester Internship (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).
Gain valuable hands-on skills in an international internship in one of Central Europe's economic and cultural capitals, Prague! Internships in Prague encourage students to immerse into local culture while developing practical skills in fields such as marketing, management, journalism, communication, international relations, and more. Build a professional network while gaining the hands-on international experience that employers value. 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 and intern 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 28, 2018
Fall 2018 Semester: August 28 - December 15, 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 enroll in an internship seminar course that includes an academic seminar and an internship placement, and choose 3-4 elective courses from AAU's full curriculum.
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, 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.
Internships consist of internship placement (8-10 hours per week) and a required internship seminar. The internship seminar meets for 21 seminar hours, and students spend a minimum of 120 placement hours at their internship placement. Students are required to complete seminar assignments, keep a journal, and have a final presentation. Together, the seminar and internship placement are worth 3 credits. Placements are with internationally-orientated organizations or companies in Prague. Internships typically available are in:
Art & Theater Production
Past placements have included: PR & Transition Assistant, Business & Marketing Assistant, Assistant to Director of International Affairs, Commodity Investigator, Real Estate & Investment Researcher, Business Strategy & Analysis Assistant, Production Assistant, Casting Assistant, Editorial Assistant, etc. It is recommended that students apply as soon as possible. Internship positions are selective; students who demonstrate both professionalism and commitment throughout the process are most successful in securing placements. Although not required, ideally internship students have taken 3-4 courses directly related to the internship field of interest or 6 weeks full time work in the field.
Please contact the program advisor for more information on the internship placement process.
Each AAU course is worth 3 credits. Students are required to take at least a full course load of 12 credits (internship + 3 elective courses), but can also enroll in 15 credits (internship + 4 elective 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 which are included in the program cost. Students will receive a calendar of excursions during orientation; past excursions have included a weekend trip to Poland to visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum at the former concentration and extermination camp, an overnight to Ceský Krumlov, and a day trip to Karlovy Vary, the Czech Republic’s largest, most famous spa city. You can read more about the included excursions here.
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.
To learn about the program costs and related expenses, see the cost sheets linked below. Any Binghamton/SUNY student who is accepted to a CEA program that is approved by Binghamton University for a semester will automatically be granted a $1000 reduction in program cost! This reduction is already reflected in the cost sheet below.
CEA Prague Internship Spring 2018 Costs.pdf
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.
**Cost Comparison: Binghamton University estimates the average cost for a full time student one semester on campus to be $13,050 in-state and $20,590 out-of-state.
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 2.75 GPA. Applications from other SUNYs are welcome.
Applications for fall semester are due on March 15 and spring semester are due September 10.
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
- Internship Cover Letter & Resume
- 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 Internship 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.
- Internship Placement
- CEA Internship Specialist will reach out and work with you to finalize your cover letter and resume, and discuss your goals for your internship experience. You will also get connected with the Prague site specialist, have a job placement interview with a study center placement coordinator, and a final interview with the host site supervisor.
CEA Prague Facebook Page
U.S. Department of State Travel & Safety Information for Czech Republic