Fall/Spring Semester – Program Costs
The total cost of participation in the Intercultural Studies honors program depends on the study-abroad policy of a student’s home institution. It is our experience that most universities charge students the same tuition as if they studied at the home campus. Students from such institutions need to proceed according to instructions given to them by their Study-Abroad Office.
Some institutions, however, allow students to interrupt their studies at the home campus and to participate at their cost in a selected study-abroad program at its own rate.
The total cost of the fall/spring semester Intercultural Studies program is US$ 9,590.
It covers tuition, fees, and accommodation.
Program participants receive US$ 800 as a contribution towards their airfare. (the cost of the air ticket ranges between $800 and $1,000).
Breakdown of the cost:
Tuition: US$ 5,730
- up to 20 semester hours of credit from Charles University
- access to approximately 800 courses taught in English. Courses courses taught in other languages than English are available too.
- 10-day Survival Czech Language Course
- comprehensive, 3-week cultural and historical orientation (lectures, 4 tours of Prague, presentations on architectural styles, etc.)
- ongoing, practical orientation on campus (assistance with purchase of discounted local transportation passes, registration for courses, introduction to university facilities, etc.)
- use of all facilities at Charles University
- access to Charles University cafeterias (mensas) with discounted meals
- coursebooks for core (mandatory) courses
- assistance with visa application
- comprehensive and personal care during the entire semester (assistance with planning of personal travel, advice on places to visit, resolution of day-to-day problems, etc.)
Fees: US$ 700
- transportation from the airport
- 3-day local transportation pass (to cover the period before students can buy discounted passes.)
- 5 trips in the Czech Republic – includes transportation, admissions, and accommodation during one overnight trip (for descriptions see Cultural Excursions)
- 4-day trip to Vienna (includes: 3 guided tours, admissions to Schoenbrunn Palace and Imperial Treasury, Vienna transportation pass, round-trip bus ticket. Students arrange their own accommodation to suit their individual needs and means.)
- access to discounted tickets to cultural events
Accommodation: US$ 2,860
- accommodation at the international Komenskeho dormitory, 24-hour receptionist, restricted entrance
- single room in a suite containing 2 single rooms, kitchenette, WC, and shower
- small work-out room
- Ethernet connection in each room
- use of equipment purchased to improve the quality of life at the dorm (microwave, electric kettle, table lamps, memory foam mattrasses, assorted cookware in each suite)
- 24-hour services of the “dorm mother”
Note: The Intercultural Studies Program reserves the right to change the housing fee before the application deadline if the exchange rate fluctuates by more than 10%.
2 months prior to their arrival, students or their institutions pay a non-refundable fee of US$ 700. If a student chooses to drop out of the program after the deadline for paying this fee, the money will not be refunded. If a student does not drop out from the program, this non-refundable fee will be credited towards her/his tution.
There are additional major expenses connected with students’ stay and travel to the Czech Republic. They amount to US$ 2,565 and include:
Meals allowance: US$ 1,500
Local Transportation Pass for the entire semester: US$ 55
Czech Medical Insurance: US$ 110
Round trip Air-ticket
Round-trip Air Ticket to Prague
The program offers US$ 800 contribution towards the cost of the airfare. Students are reimbursed in Czech crowns after they present a receipt for the ticket. The reimbursement is then like a pocket money without exchange charges.
Students pay the rest of the price of the ticket. The cost of a round-trip air ticket to Prague ranges between US$ 800 – 1,000.
Meals Allowance: US$ 1,500
Board is not included in the price of accommodation. Students prepare breakfast in their kitchenettes. They dine at university cafeterias (mensas) for discounted prices or buy food in restaurants and take-out establishments. At the International Dormitory there is a possibility to buy breakfasts but the cost is exhorbitant in comparison with prices for breakfast items at grocery stores.
Semester local transportation pass: US$ 55
Program participants qualify for reduced-cost local transportation passes at a cost equivalent to that for Czech students.. As a result, they are entitled to a significant student discount on transportation valid for all means of transportation within the city of Prague.
Czech Medical Insurance: US$ 110
The easiest way of obtaining an insurance policy that satisfies Czech Immigration authorities’ requirements for a long-term student visa is to purchase a Czech Medical Insurance policy. The reasons are the following: Any document submitted to Czech visa authorities to provide proof of a student’s insurance must be in Czech. It must also state the coverage’s duration (from … to), the amount of coverage, and the coverage’s territorial validity. Just the translation of a statement by an American insurance company costs more than the Czech Medical Insurance itself. In addition, in many cases American insurance companies decline to certify any dates regarding the validity of the insurance policy.
Czech Emergency Medical Care Insurance satisfies these requirements. The additional advantage is that students do not have to pay in cash for any emergency medical treatment in the Czech Republic, as they would (often with the possibility of eventual reimbursement) if they were covered by a U.S. medical insurance policy. More information on the subject is available in the section on Student Visas.