As part of the continuing series of cities that are great study abroad locations from which to base your faculty-led Custom Program, explore Prague, Czech Republic.
Gothic cathedrals, brick avenues with Old World charm, former monasteries turned hotels, the largest castle in the world, eclectic theater performances, and hippie eateries all combine to create a Bohemian paradise in Prague. Prague offers a magical experience for those who come looking for an adventure. With so much to offer, your custom program in Prague is sure to be a hit!
Let your Custom Program Manager and on-site staff arrange quality visits with local universities, businesses, organizations, and sites of historical and cultural importance that are related to your program’s academic field. Popular academic focuses in Prague include philosophy, economics, history, business, literature, and theater. Chemistry, physics, and engineering are also good program options. Your ISA Custom Program can incorporate lectures and courses with professionals from local and international businesses and faculty from Charles University and University of Economics Prague to enhance your program’s academic content and give different perspectives.
Cultural Activity Highlights
The Czech Republic has an impressive range of cultural sites and activities to explore. If you are developing your Custom Program in Prague, take some of these activities into consideration as either part of your program’s cultural activities or suggest these for students to visit in their free time. Here are some of our recommended things to do in the city:
- Fall back in time exploring the Old Town Square. Located just off the square, you can find the Old Town Hall and Astronomical Clock. This area of town is the jewel and definition of Prague’s old world charm.
- Sample beer from local breweries scattered throughout the city and surrounding region. Not to be missed is the infamous X-Beer 33, the strongest beer in the Czech Republic, at U Medvidku Beer Hall & Restaurant.
- Experience the active nightlife of the buzzing Žižkov district. Here you’ll find hip cafes, novel galleries, dingy pubs, and hints of a darker Prague reminiscent of local literary legend Franz Kafka’s melancholy work.
- Give yourself the royal treatment in the Castle District. The Prague Castle is the largest medieval castle in Europe and was once the seat of the Kings of Bohemia. Vitus Cathedral is also located in the castle area and is not to be missed!
- Visit the Museum of Communism to gain a perspective of life in Communist Czechoslovakia.
What to Eat
Prague offers some delectable Czech cuisine. Frequenting Czech menues are koleno (roast pork knee), pivo (beer), svíčková na smetaně (beef sirloin, gravy, bread dumplings and cranberry sauce), chlebíčky (open faced sandwiches), koláče (czech pastries), párek v rohlíku (hot dogs), kulajda (dill soup), guláš (stew), and medovník (layered cake).