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Between the East and West: Discovering Central Europe

Prague, Czech Republic

Term Offered: 
Prague, Dancing House
Approximate Dates of Instruction: 
March 30, 2015 to June 6, 2015
Application Deadline: 
October 31, 2014

INFO SESSION on Wednesday, October 15th, from 2-3pm in the CHID Lounge.

A medieval cultural capital located in the heart of Europe, yet for decades locked seemingly far away behind the Iron Curtain, Prague has a magical flair like no other. One of the things that makes Prauge special is its contradictions: it's both big as well as cozy, it's rich as well as poor, both "Eastern" and "Western," quiet and wild, old yet unmistakably reconfigured by the communist regime (1948-1989) as well as the capitalist system that replaced it.

The Prague program, which is one of the oldest CHID study abroad programs at UW, is all about immersing yourself in Prague and the other great Central European cities - Vienna, Krakow, Budapest, and Berlin, where we will go on four-day trips each - in order to develop a complex understanding of the dynamic historical, cultural, and political life of Central Europe as a whole. The program itself is strongly anchored in the philosophy of CHID: it combines academically rigorous seminar-style courses, international field trips aimed at provoking personal reflection and exploration, and cultural events that transform our program into a living community. We focus on key issues that resonate well beyond Central Europe: the tragedy of the Holocaust, the nature and impact of the communist system, the hopes and tensions of the European Union, and how coming to terms with the past is reflected in the cultural and art scene we witness today.

For detailed information about this program, please visit

  • CHID 390: Memory and Representation as Part of Knowledge Production (5 credits I&S, VLPA, W)
  • POLSCI 495/CHID 471B: Democracy and its Discontents in Central and Eastern Europe (5 credits I&S)
  • HIST 490/CHID 471A: East European Communism and Everyday Life (5 credits I&S, VLPA)
Fulfills Requirements: 
CHID Cultural and Historical Engagement
CHID Ideas in the World
CHID 390
I&S Credit
VLPA Credit
Total Program Fees: 

*Note that the fees stated above do not include some additional costs, including, but not limited to: airfare, Study Abroad Insurance (about $42/month), and personal spending money. Remember that these costs will differ by program. Be sure to read our Fees, Financing, and Withdrawal information for details about the fee structure and payment schedule.