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01/10/2018

FALL 2017 ISSUE III

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Film Studies and Global Architecture and Design semester activities

It might seem that film and architecture are only remotely connected, however, the same cannot be said about students of CIEE Film Studies program, and students of CIEE Global Architecture and Design. Since the very beginning of the program, students have been invited to attend extra-curricular activities that would help them to understand to the Czech culture.

One group of the organized events have been Cultural Workshops. Through these three workshops, students were able to learn how to observe and interpret a new culture and apply this knowledge to the Czech traditions. Furthermore, they have been learning about Czech historical figures and also how to market their experience abroad.

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Students were observing their personal development through the “Czech-in session”, during which they have set their goals and expectations, reviewed them and in the end of the semester evaluated their growth for themselves.

Fun activities included visiting a home hockey game of Sparta, ice-skating, screening of the Czech movies, laser-tagging or events organized by flat buddies. Those have been for example visits of Czech museums, cooking lessons or escape games.

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Extra-curricular activities organized for these two programs are inseparable part of the stay of students. The aim is to help to students to immerse in the Czech culture and feel like home.

10/10/2017

Fall 2017 ISSUE I

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A FRESH START IN PRAGUE!

The last August Monday has started the exciting one-semester-ride for students of the Film Studies and Global Architecture and Design Programs. Coming from great distances, all students were greeted at the airport, accommodated and the first week full of activities could commence! Although each program had its own Orientation week, some of the parts were interconnected between the two programs so that students could get to know each other.

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Besides the usual information on academics, student life and living in Prague, our students were also invited to the Welcome Get Together in the center of Prague. During this event, they had the opportunity to get to know each other better and hear the welcome speecch from the Center Director Jana Čemusová.

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Another fun activity was the weekend trip to the Karlštejn Castle for participants of both programs. A part of this weekend activity was a visit of the historic castle of Karlštejn, which is an important element in Czech history. In addition to that, our students could also taste the authentic Czech food and later on participate in the first Czech-in session in order to set their goals for the semester.

04/06/2017

Spring 2017, Issue I

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Discovering the Czech Republic

Film Studies students not only spend their time in Prague, but also outside of it. During this semester, CIEE organized two academic trips and students had the opportunity to discover places such as Karlštejn, Český Krumlov or Písek.

On one of the Saturdays, Film Studies students together with the Program Coordinator visited the Karlštejn Castle. Located only thirty minutes away from Prague, the Karlštejn gothic Castle is a great part of Czech history as it served as the place for safekeeping the Imperial Regalia. Students had to climb up the hill in order to visit the castle and its surroundings. Even despite the cold weather and the fog, everyone has enjoyed the trip!


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Another trip took place in the middle of March when students travelled to South Bohemia. Besides the historical tour, the visit of the Seidel Photo Studio Museum or the mirror labyrinth, students also had the chance to visit One World Film Festival (human rights film festival). What did students think about the trip?

"For most of our time in the Czech Republic, we stay within the beautiful confines of Prague. That is why, when we travelled to Cesky Krumlov, I felt incredibly happy to explore other regions of the Czech Republic. These were places that we wouldn't have otherwise seen."

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"I loved exploring the city of Cesky Krumlov. We toured and explored the Krumlov Castle, as well as the St. Vitus church.  Musicians played Bohemian melodies on the bridges. Spring was just around the corner, so we even saw the infamous bears, Kateřina and Vok, strolling about the castle’s moat. The coats-of-arms of the lords of Rosenberg, bearing the sign of the five-petalled rose, embellished the sides of the buildings around us."

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"On the second day, we even went to the Seidel Photo Studio Museum. There, we developed our own pictures, and got the chance to recreate an early 20th century photograph of our whole group! There was also an international documentary film festival happening in the town. There, we loved not only watching the films, but afterwards skyping the director! The live-music event at the cinema’s cafe also was a beautiful end to the day. The atmosphere, the people, the food, the history and the sights made this trip one of the best I ever experienced“ wrote Anna, a student from the Film Studies Program.

12/01/2016

FALL 2016, ISSUE II (FILM STUDIES)

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Greetings from Praha!

The second half of the CIEE Film Studies semester at FAMU has started and while our students are busy with developing their screenplays before the pitch (Screenwriting track) and shooting their 16mm feature film projects (Production track), we are back with some updates on their academic trips in Fall 2016.

Screenwriting track's Intensive Czech & Bonding trip

 

As a part of their Intensive Beginning Czech Language course, our Screenwriting track enrollees had a unique opportunity of joining their Czech teacher for a trip to Bohemia (as we mentioned in our first semester newsletter). During their 5 days in the beautiful nature of Stráž nad Nežárkou, they did not only spend 3 hours each day intensively learning Czech, but also bonding with each other and immersing themselves into the local culture (among others by spending time with their peers from Charles University) and the Czech concept of "turistika" (tourism)... they also got their own hands-on production experience! You can enjoy the results here:

Courtesy of Luděk Brouček (CIEE Czech professor), Adam Turkel, Clayton Davis, Joey Lieberman, Max Nelson, Liam Driscoll, and Melissa Heineman.

Academic overnight trip to Bohemia (Písek and Zvíkov)

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For the weekend of October 21-23, Film Studies Resident Director Ivana Skenderija planned an overnight trip to Písek and Zvíkov. The first two days were focused on the academic aspect while day 3 was dedicated to immersion. Since 1996, this beautiful bohemian town with second oldest stone bridge in Central Europe, has been hosting an International Student Film Festival (MFSF) annually and we had the pleasure of attending the 16th round. CIEE's Global Architecture and Design Program Coordinator (Film Studies interim) Olga Pexídrová was born in Písek, so she provided a guided tour of the city (including and old power plant which gave the city public lighting as early as in 1888!). We tasted local dishes and met with local film students (who joined us for dinner and showed our students around). We also visited FAMO film school, so students had a chance to compare the differences between two major film schools in the Czech Republic. Of course that the students were also given a fair share of free time to be able to explore independently. On Sunday, we continued with a short hike to the beautiful castle of Zvíkov with mysterious Hliza tower (connected with many myths and legends). Students took some amazing pictures inside the castle as well as in the gorgeous park/forrest surrounding it. The trip was ended by a guided tour of a small brewery in Zvíkov - the founder and current owner showed us around and students appreciated his passion. 

05/06/2015

Spring 2015, Issue II

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Meet the CIEE Prague Study Center Staff

 Our staff are as diverse as the jobs they do. Read about what position they have at CIEE Prague, what makes their job unique, what they expect of students coming to Prague, and what their hobbies and interests are.

 Amanda Bell

Communications, New Media, and Journalism Program and Summer Program Director, CIEE Prague

 Amanda started working at CIEE Prague in 2009 as the Housing Coordinator. After three years of taking care of apartment, homestays, dorm, and Buddies, Amanda started in a new position, launching the then-new Communications, New Media, and Journalism Program. Along with the coordination of the CNMJ Program, Amanda is responsible for summer programs and internships for credit. In terms of her expectations of students, Amanda hopes that they would like to try new non-American things and get outside of their comfort zone.

Fun fact: Amanda traveled through Armenia in 2007 and is pretty sure that she hung out with the local mafia. They had lots of vodka and food and shiny cars.

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Martina Břeňová

Office Manager, CIEE Prague

 

Martina Břeňová has worked for CIEE since December 2013 as Office Manager. Her main responsibility is to handle inquiries at the front desk and help with the overall administration of the program. Also, she coordinates syllabi submission and is involved in intercultural training and workshops.

Prior to joining CIEE, Martina gained a lot of experience in customer service and staff management as a Hotel Manager. As part of her studies at University, she did her internship in Madrid, where she worked in local non-profit organization in the Department of International Cooperation and Department of Education & Integration. Martina hopes students will learn and explore things when studying abroad in Prague with the same passion that children have with spontaneous play – focused, involved, loving what they do and purely happy about the small things. However, she also hopes they will learn how to stay on their feet and be adults at the same time.

Fun fact: Martina is a proud book sniffer and will most certainly explore your library first before she takes her shoes off in your house. Martina likes diversity in her life and appreciates different cultures. She loves eating paella, but she avoids most seafood. 

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Lucia Klincová

Student Services Assistant, CIEE Prague

 

Lucia has worked at the CIEE Study Center in Prague since June 2014 as Student Services Assistant. Previously, she was a Flat Buddy at CIEE Prague. She is responsible for study center official events planning, the organization and development of immersion opportunities, Guest Lectures, interest groups, tandems, the “Meet Czech Families” program, etc. She expects students to be willing to leave their comfort zone, to live the way the locals do, and to get as immersed as possible in the culture.

Lucia has a great passion for sport. She has been a competitive dancer for more than 10 years. She holds several national titles and the title of European Champion. She also enjoys running and wishes to run a marathon one day. Lucia 3

Lenka Osičková

Housing Assistant, CIEE Prague

 

Lenka works at the CIEE Study Center in Prague as Housing Assistant. Her position comprises housing management and administration, student services, Buddy management, apartment check in and check out, monthly apartment cleanliness control, monthly apartment payments, updating Google accounts, etc. She expects students to experience the new culture's food and beverage specialties because it is one of the most dynamic aspects of traveling and learning more about different cultures. However, she counts on the fact that students will be responsible and tactful.

Lenka loves to keep old traditions, such as wearing traditional folklore costumes during celebrations and traditional dancing and singing. She is from South Moravia where the traditions are kept on a daily basis.

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Alicja Nemoudry

Program Assistant, CIEE Prague

 

Alicja started working at CIEE in January 2014 as Program Assistant.  In her role she assists the Operations Manager in the overall management of the Central European Studies program, day-to-day operations of the CIEE Study Center, program support, Academic Trips, excursions, coordination of the volunteering and non-credit internship programs, as well as administrative and editorial support. 

Alicja is originally from Poland, but moved to Czech Republic with her family when she was 4 years old. Prior to joining CIEE she lived in Scotland for 7 years, where she completed her degree in History of Art and Art and Business. Alicja had a number of rather peculiar jobs prior to working for CIEE; one of them was working for the Scottish prisons and courts as an interpreter.

As Alicja has spent many years living and working abroad, she has a good understanding of the apprehensions and also benefits of travelling overseas. She hopes students coming to Czech Republic will be open minded and will not be afraid to get out of their comfort zone in order to have real immersion into Czech culture.

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Veronika Tobiašová

Housing Manager, CIEE Prague

 

Veronika works for the CIEE Study Center in Prague as a Housing Manager and she is mainly responsible for housing management (dorm, apartments, homestay), solving student issues, student mental issues, and the Buddy Program. She also teaches the Intercultural Communication and Leadership course.

 

Veronika received her Master’s degree in English and American Studies and Spanish Philology at Charles University in Prague, with a specialization in American and Argentinean literature. During high school, she was an exchange student in Madison, Wisconsin for one year. She also studied at Universidad Autónoma de Madrid in Spain for a year. Her previous working experience includes teaching English and Spanish in different language schools and a high school in Prague. She also worked for a trade promotion agency and the Peruvian Embassy. She expects CIEE students to be willing to step outside their comfort zone when living in a new culture. She also hopes they will show the best of themselves and their culture to local people.

 

Veronika is originally from Eastern Slovakia. She loves (almost) everything related to Italy. Her dream is to one day read Dante in the original version and ride a Vespa. She has a love affair with Italian gelato.

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Eva Tomišková

Operations Manager, CIEE Prague

 Eva has worked at the CIEE Study Center in Prague since July 2011 as Operations Manager. Her main responsibilities involve logistical coordination of the CES program including orientation, extracurricular programs, and Academic Trips. She also coordinates Custom and Faculty led programs and the Intercultural Comparative Experience during the summer. Eva expects that students will want to make the most of their experience in the Czech Republic by engaging with locals and learning about the local culture more than just on the surface level. Eva loves reading books, traveling, crocheting, and knitting. She also loves gluten free baking for her family and friends.

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Ivana Skenderija

Film Studies Resident Director, CIEE Prague

 Ivana Skenderija has been working for CIEE Prague since May 2008. As Film Studies program coordinator, she is the main liaison between CIEE and the Prague Film and Television School at the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU). She assists and advises Film Studies students, works on program development and leads cultural workshops and academic excursions. Her responsibilities include site visit planning and CIEE course database testing and development.

 

Ivana has a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts and Humanities from Charles University and a background in drama, education, and film. In 2015, she will be finishing her master’s degree in general anthropology. Ivana appreciates involved, independent, self-driven, and open-minded students who are not afraid to explore. Ivana and her Bosnian husband Boris are raising their 2 year old daughter Johana and a dachshund named Sid Vicious. Aside from ethnographic field research and organizing conferences, Ivana has many other passions which include traveling, skiing, classical box, reading, cooking and eating spicy food. Her dream is to travel to Latin America and to Vietnam.

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Richard Stock

Academic Director, CIEE Prague

 Rick started as Academic Director at CIEE Prague in January 2015. His responsibilities focus on the academic side of the program, setting up courses, managing curriculum, working with faculty, responding to student concerns, etc. At the same time he is the undercover Resident Director of the CES program, which gets him involved in other student issues not directly related to academics. His main field of teaching and research is contemporary American literature and literary theory, although he teaches a course on Franz Kafka at CIEE. Rick has an M.A. from the University of Illinois, another M.A. from the University of Reading, and a Ph.D. from Charles University.

 

Students coming to our program should realize that study abroad is a daunting, but surmountable, time-management challenge, according to Rick. In this way they can get the full academic and social/cultural experience. He also hopes that students realize that this is not the last chance they get in their lives to spend time in Prague or Europe: they can always come back to visit or even reside in Europe. But most likely they will not get the chance again to take courses like CIEE offers.

 

Rick is originally from Chicago and has a Czech wife and three bi-cultural daughters. He has lived in the Czech Republic since 1998. He lives in a village called Hrusice, which is famous among Czechs for being the birthplace of a famous Czech artist and writer from the early 20th century named Josef Lada. This painting is by Lada and depicts a pub just down the hill from Rick’s house:

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Petra Uvírová

Registrar and Global AD Program Coordinator, CIEE Prague

 

Petra Uvírová joined CIEE Study Center in Prague in January 2014 and works as Global AD Coordinator and Registrar. Her primary responsibility is coordinating the Global Architecture and Design program with the two other cities running the Global AD program – Barcelona and Berlin. Petra is also responsible for the entire center´s enrollment, visa processing, class scheduling, and course registration. She recently took over the summer program at CIEE Prague.

 

Petra studied at the Metropolitan University of Prague and graduated with a Masters degree in International Relations and European Studies. Petra brought her experience in international education from the U.S. where she lived for 5 years. Prior to joining CIEE, she gained knowledge and awareness of providing excellent customer service such as university counseling and introducing American culture to international students as International Student Advisor in Boston, Massachusetts.

 

Petra appreciates students who are independent, not afraid to get out of their comfort zone to confront and challenge themselves while studying abroad. She likes students with sense of humor, irony, and ability to self reflect. Petra likes the Czech countryside and certain aspects of Czech culture like great wine, camping anywhere you like, beer spa, cultural diversity of the main three regions (Moravia, Silesia, and Bohemia), and many others. She also loves living in a foreign country, especially by the ocean.

 Fun fact: When Petra was a young child she used to catch hedgehogs and push them in a stroller.  

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Petr “Franky” Zak

Financial and Information Services Coordinator

 

Franky is responsible for IT/Communication innovations and IT support for staff, professors, students and other study centers in Europe (Berlin, Amsterdam). He also provides financial and accounting support. He was the project manager responsible for moving from the old CIEE Prague Study Center to the new one in summer 2013. Last year he implemented and now maintains the Moodle LMS to help professors and students create and participate in online courses with a focus on interaction and collaborative construction of content and its continual evolution.

Franky appreciates independent students willing to do more than what is expected.

 Prior to joining CIEE as a full-time employee, Franky worked in several IT companies (software development, CRM consulting) and financial companies (financial advisor for private clients). Franky received a B.A. in Economics from Charles University and previously worked with CIEE as a Flat Buddy to CIEE students. He now does a research in quantitative finance, especially predicting the exchange rate EUR/CZK. He plays the drums with two Czech bands.

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11/18/2014

Písek Hike

During the weekend of October 17th-19th, 2014, CIEE Film Studies program spent a weekend in Bohemia on an excursion. On Friday, we had a guided tour of the city of Písek followed by a tour of Písek film schools. Local students joined us for dinner and the Opening ceremony of the 14th International Student Film Festival Písek 2014 ended the day. Saturday was dedicated to film projections and on Sunday, students got some fresh air while hiking, geocaching and mushroom picking in Kašperské mountains. Enjoy a video that Aaron Barnett from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington shared with us:

 

 

02/28/2014

Spring 2014, Issue I

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Greetings from Prague, Study Abroad Advisors!

We are back with some information on New Academic Developments of CIEE Study Center in Prague.

Central European Studies (CES)

The Central European Studies Program has grown recently in terms of the number of participating students as well as in a greater variety of offered courses and provision of academics.  The current offer of courses provides a complex understanding of the process and challenges of recreating a democratic government in a former communist country, and brings an insider perspective on its current challenges (including human rights, minority and gender issues, globalization, as well as social, economic, and political challenges connected to the EU). New courses include e.g.: Anthropological Perspective on the Czech and Slovak Roma, Economy of the EU, Journalism in the Facebook Era, 3rd Force Psychology in CE, and many others.

Introduced changes aim also at deep cultural and social immersion within the academic part of the program. All courses offer an in-class part and out-class activities. These include site visits, research projects, and many other activities that allow students to develop their knowledge and academic skills.

Academic MeetingCES and CNMJ students at the “Academic Meeting”: an open house of CIEE courses with professors

At the same time the program keeps its strong thematic accent in art and design, exploring the extraordinary architecture of Prague and other unique sites. Offered courses foster the understanding of the historical context of Central Europe including communism, nazism, the Holocaust and other important periods and figures from Czech and European history.

Last but not least, Eva Janebová, Ph.D., who has been working as the liaison of Charles University in the CIEE Study Center in Prague, has newly become the CES Resident Director overseeing the quality of academics. She provides faculty trainings and individual coaching to the faculty in order to align interactive teaching styles and rigorous academic standards. She has also introduced a new format to the academic meetings and works with individual faculty on responding to the needs of students provided in student feedbacks.

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Eva Janebová, CES Resident Director

Film Studies (FS)

The Film Studies Program in Prague has been offered since Fall 2008. All classes are taught solely at the Film Faculty of the Academy of Performing Arts (FAMU) and core classes are designed specifically for CIEE students so the benefits of mentor-apprentice style of teaching are maintained. FAMU has been awarded the best European (and 7th in the world) film school according to the Hollywood Reporter in 2011. The school, founded in 1946, is one of the oldest in the world (5th).

In 2008, we started with the Production Track in which students develop 5-10 minute-long 16 mm feature film in production groups of 2-3. During the past few semesters, students have occasionally struggled with finding the best way of forming their production teams. The question was whether teams should be formed based on similar perspectives on filmmaking or around specific screenplays. Either way, starting to shape the team within first weeks of classes was rather time consuming. Starting this semester, the FS Academic Advisor Mary Angiolillo and Film Studies Coordinator Ivana Skenderija came up with a new idea. Production students had a couple of meetings during their Czech intensive and pitched their ideas. Students with similar perspectives were matched and the first week of core classes was already dedicated to screenplay development. On Friday, February 28th, they had their official pitch for all the mentors, and they received feedback on their projects. After the pitch, a production meeting on realistic expectations followed.

Pitch students FS students vividly pitching their project proposal

Pitch profsFAMU mentors David Jařab, Jaromír Šofr and Jan Fleischer providing their feedback and tips on improvement

Since Spring 2011, we were able to add the Screenwriting Track to the selection in which students develop a first draft of a half feature-length screenplay  (appx. 60 pages). This track is rather selective as CIEE/FAMU would not accept more than the 6 best applicants. Even though their curriculum strongly emphasizes writing scripts, students from past semesters have been demanding some production experience as well. And since Fall 2013, their requests have been partially fulfilled. Not only are they present at the production pitch and write a reflection with their tips on improvement as a part of their Script Analysis class, but they also partake in the production as actors and crew members. And of course, they will again have their “grand finale” just like the production students have the final screening. Final screenplay presentations are not only just a reading of the script, but also a dialogue presentation by real actors they learn how to direct!

Communication, New Media + Journalism (CNMJ) – New program from Spring 2013!

The Communication, New Media + Journalism (CNMJ) is a new niche program which started in Spring 2013. This program caters to majors of media, journalism, marketing, and communication studies; it focuses on providing students with hands-on experience through media and/or journalism-focused internships and provides students with coursework relevant to their field.

In terms of academics, students are allowed to choose at CIEE from an array of communication, media, and journalism courses taught by local and international media experts and renowned journalists, but they can also choose from specially-selected courses at FAMU and the Institute of Communication and Journalism Studies at Charles University’s Faculty of Social Sciences.

Additionally, with an internship for credit, students polish their professional skills and gain invaluable experience working in a local company or non-profit organization. CIEE helps CNMJ students with the entire process from setting up interviews to placements in prestigious organizations to monitoring students’ progress throughout the semester. Another integral part of the internship program is the internship seminar, where students have a chance to discuss their experiences, to make sense of cultural differences, and to learn how to market these experiences to future employers.

Since this program’s inception in Spring 2013, it has grown significantly. This semester we have 17 participants!

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Spring 2014 CNMJ students getting ready for their orientation walk with their buddy

Global Architecture and Design (GAD) – Brand new program since Spring 2014!

The Global Architecture and Design program connects in its concept three beautiful European cities: Barcelona, Berlin and Prague.

The program concentrates not only on history and culture of the host city, but also explores current and future social, economic, and technological trends. Cities today offer a unique setting for resources, people, opportunities, and ideas to converge and spur new paths of innovation, technology, and thought. The program´s curriculum includes wide range of technologies from BIPV (building integrated photovoltaic) skyscrapers, personalized public transportation systems, sustainable green spaces, to sewage and water treatment and reclamation infrastructure.

The Global Architecture and Design program is focused on “Future Cities” and addresses the emerging discipline of global ”urbaneering” by assembling a faculty of innovators from fields as diverse as architecture, material science, urban design, civil and environmental engineering. Using each city as a laboratory, the program´s goal is to rethink what is salubrious about the city, in both its forms and its life. The Global Architecture and Design program explores the effects of technological interventions that can have profound impacts on the planet as a whole.

It was decided that this youngest program will have a theme unifying all three cities - Water and the City. This focus is apparent throughout the whole semester including academic trips that will take students to the Berlin Summit, Moldau Cascades and other significant sites.

The program gears towards advanced students with at least two to three semesters of design studio and overall GPA at least 2.75. Students enroll directly in courses focusing on architecture and design at ARCHIP, the first international Architectural Institute in the Czech Republic and also have the option of enrolling in courses at CIEE. Students take part in projects and create presentations related to their field of study and incorporate it in the local context.

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Studio space at ARCHIP

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GAD and ARCHIP students visiting Moldau Cascades and its dams