Life at NC State Prague
Daily life in Prague as an NC State student usually consists of a tram or metro ride into the city center to attend classes. Students may enjoy studying at NC State Prague or in one of the many cafes spread throughout the city. During their free time, students can enjoy many cultural events, exhibits, or activities that are often free or very affordable.
Courses are typically scheduled Mondays through Thursdays, with a few Friday courses to ensure that all NC State contact hours are met. After students are accepted, they will receive a program schedule containing dates of local events, day trips, and overnight excursions required for the program. The schedule includes weekends and breaks, where students are free to explore the Czech Republic or Europe on their own.
While students are in classes with other NC State students at NC State Prague, they are encouraged to actively gain a deeper understanding of Czech people and culture outside of the classroom. Local staff work with students each semester to arrange structured activities designed to engage students with the Czech culture. Cultural excursions and opportunities vary each semester, depending on the local schedule of events, but may include visits to the opera, ballet, theatre, art galleries, etc. Additionally, several non-credit courses are available each semester including Czech Cooking Classes and Fitness. Students sign-up upon arrival in Prague at no additional program cost.
Students are introduced to life at NC State Prague through a required orientation upon arrival in Prague. Program administrators provide an introduction to culture, language, transportation, etc. to help students navigate the new culture.
A walking tour of the city of Prague is also included in orientation, where students gain an overview of getting around Prague and its' many exciting cultural sites and locations they may want to visit later in the semester.