Spring Break Research

As part of the USC 260: Research as a Profession course, students will travel to Prague during spring break to participate in a hands-on research project while exploring the rich culture and history of the capital of the Czech Republic.

Program Dates: March 7 – 15, 2020

Students will be enrolled in USC 260: Research as a Profession for entire Spring 2020 semester.

Application Deadline: October 15, 2019

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The application may close early if the program fills. Apply early to ensure space is available.

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Scholarship Deadline: September 15, 2019

Students are encouraged to apply for NC State Scholarships through the Study Abroad Office by Sept. 15th.

Research Awards

A $500 Research Award from the Office of Undergraduate Research is available for all students enrolled in this course.

Program Benefits

Gain Hands-On Research Experience

Under the guidance of instructors and local experts, students will use case studies specific to the Czech Republic to enhance materials taught in USC 260.

Explore a New Culture

The program includes tours, excursions, site visits, and workshops to expose students to the rich culture and history of the Czech Republic.


Program Overview

Broadly defined, research is an interconnected and global process that adds new knowledge, creativity, and innovation to any discipline, from the sciences to the arts to the humanities and in between. During the first half of this course, which takes place on the Raleigh campus, students will build a foundation of knowledge in inquiry, research methods, and research governance in a cross-cultural, multi-disciplinary context. Through the use of case studies specific to the Czech Republic, students will analyze past discoveries and innovations that have shaped our current world. This analysis will then become the basis for a research project during our spring break trip to Prague. Upon their return to Raleigh, students will learn to synthesize their findings, draw conclusions, and present their research.

Course – USC 260: Research as a Profession

Students enrolled in this 2-credit hour course will travel to Prague with the faculty during spring break. This course will focus on research as an interdisciplinary, global process. Therefore, undergraduate students in any major will learn key skills in inquiry, research, analysis, and written and oral communication. The main project for the course is self-designed, giving students the option to select what interests them most. While this course is geared toward students with little to no research experience, any level of experience is welcome. Dr. Chris Ashwell, Professor of Poultry Science at NC State and Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, and Annie Carlson Welch, Associate Director of the Office of Undergraduate Research, are co-instructors for the course.


Participants are placed in student housing with their USC 260 peers. All accommodations used by NC State Prague are located in residential areas of Prague that are easily accessible by public transportation. Students are provided with a public transit pass upon arrival and take a 25-30 minute tram or metro ride into the city center to get to classes at NC State Prague. Accommodations are included in the cost and participants receive additional details about housing prior to departure.


As an entity of NC State University, NC State Prague is open to all NC State students who are sophomores or above. To ensure your success abroad as well as the success of others, students must meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply:

  1. GPA Requirement – minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA
  2. Be in good standing with the Office of Student Conduct
  3. Meet the minimum eligibility policy set forth by the NC State Study Abroad Office


For details on what the program cost includes, visit the Cost & Funding page.

Admin Fee (due at time of application): $450
Spring 2020 Program Cost: $2,600

Total: $3,050

  • Accommodations for 8 nights in Prague
  • Round trip airport transportation in Prague
  • City transportation pass
  • Cultural activities, field trips, site visits
  • Some group meals
  • Orientation materials and fees
  • International health insurance

  • Round trip airfare
  • Most meals
  • Textbooks and supplies
  • Personal expenses

Research Award

A $500 Research Award from the Office of Undergraduate Research is available for all students enrolled in this course.


Dr. Chris Ashwell, cmashwel@ncsu.edu
Annie Carlson Welch, awcarlso@ncsu.edu