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Study Abroad: Yale Summer Session in Prague: In Kafka's Spirit: Film & Fiction (CZEC S243/FILM S143)
Prague, Czech Republic
Program Terms: Summer
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Program Budget: Summer
Quick Facts:
 Type of Activity:
Study Abroad
 Class Standing at Time of Enrollment:
1 first semester freshman, 1.5 second semester freshman, 2 first semester sophomore, 2.5 second semester sophomore, 3 first semester junior, 3.5 second semester junior, 4 first semester senior, 4.5 second semester senior, graduate or professional student, other
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Program Description:

No longer accepting applications for the 2014 summer.

YSS in Prague, Czech Republic
In Kafka's Spirit: Prague Film and Fiction (Group I, Hu)
FILM S143 or CZEC S243


Program Dates: Friday, July 4 -  Saturday, August 9, 2014

Prerequisite: None

Expenses: Participants are responsible for all costs of the program. A breakdown of the program budget can be found by clicking on the "Program Budget" link here or at the top of the page.

Funding: Yale students on financial aid are eligible for the International Summer Award (ISA).
(Please be aware the ISA has a cap of $10,000.) Students from other universities should consult their financial aid offices.

Course Description: Introduction to Prague intellectual culture and Jewish question through contemporary film, fiction, art, and language, plus a 4-day Filmmaking Practicum. Emphasis on Kafka's influence on today's Prague. Works include films by Miloš Forman (Fireman's Ball), Jan Kadár (Shop on the Main Street), Jan Svěrák (Kolya), and Jan Hřebejk (Divided We Fall), and readings by Franz Kafka, Milan Kundera, Bohumil Hrabal, Václav Havel, and Arnošt Lustig. Includes guest lectures by prominent economic and cultural leaders. During the Filmmaking Practicum under the supervision of cinematographers Gary Griffin, Josef Lustig and Alice Arnold students shoot 2 or 3 short films based on their screenplays written in class. A comprehensive introduction to conversational Czech (no language prerequisites required) is an integral cultural part of the course. Students performing exceptionally in Czech language may qualify for placement above L1 during the 2014-15 academic year. Students choose FILM or CZEC credit. 2 Credits

In Kafka's Spirit - Film & Fiction 2014 Syllabus.pdf

Instructor: Karen von Kunes, 

Housing Abroad: Local student residence hall in the center of Prague with single rooms, student club and gymnasium. The classroom will be at the same location. All breakfasts, some lunches and minimum 15 dinners included.  During trips, students will share rooms. Students must leave housing on the last day of the program.

Trips & Activities*:  The 4-day Filmmaking Practicum will take place in or near Prague. To understand cultural history of the former Austro-Hungary Empire (Prague-Vienna-Budapest), students will visit Vienna and Budapest in addition to excursions to Dresden in Germany, and beaches in ancient city of Piran in Slovenia. Within the Czech Republic the program includes visits of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and of a picturesque historic town of Cesky Krumlov (swimming and boating available), a trip to Moravia caves, and day excursions to a Castle, the Ossuary, Terezinstadt, and an evening boat trip on the Vltava river. Independent the Vltava river beach visits are encouraged in hot weather for recreational purposes and for meeting local Czechs. *Subject to change

Application Process: Apply through the Center for International Experience website.
Application fee: $55 Application opens: December 15, 2013 Application deadline: February 15, 2014

Airfare: Students are responsible for booking their own airfare to and from the program location. Group bus transportation from the airport to the program location is possible if students arrive in Prague by noon on Thursday, July 4. If students wish to arrive before the check-in date they will be responsible for their own housing for dates prior to the start of the program. Travel arrangements home should be made for Saturday, August 10.

Passport/Visa: Students are responsible for obtaining a passport and researching if a visa is needed. (U.S. Citizens do not need a visa for this program.) If a student requires a visa and needs supporting documents from the Study Abroad office, they must give the office at least a week's notice in preparing those documents for them.

Pre-departure Orientation: A mandatory pre-departure orientation will be held for this program during the Spring term.

Questions: For course content questions contact instructor:  For general program questions contact the Study Abroad staff:

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