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Prague Immersion Experience

A 10-day winter break international immersion experience in Prague, Czech Republic, December 27, 2018 – January 6, 2019

This short-term study abroad experience will allow students to learn about active citizenship through a global perspective. The winter experience and follow-up spring course will provide an in-depth understanding of the history, events, and current political climate in Prague in order to gain a better understanding of the root causes of the social issues in the Czech Republic.

Upon completion of the winter experience, students will take a first session spring semester course where they will reflect on their experience and explore ways they can engage with and serve the refugee population in Knoxville. The spring semester course will be held from 1:25-3:20pm. 


More information and applications for this experience will be available through the Vols Abroad Portal. To access the Vols Abroad Portal, follow this link.

Upon completion of the application, you will be prompted to sign up for an interview time. Interviews will be conducted in Dunford Hall room 2238 from October 8th through October 17th.


Highlights of Experience

  • Volunteer with Dignity Restoring Hope a non-governmental organization (NGO) whose sole purpose is to assist displaced people no matter their race, background or religion.
  • City tour of Prague
  • Visit to Terezin concentration camp
  • Meet with individuals who are acting as positive social change agents in their community around issues of refugees, homelessness and human trafficking

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must be a Sophomore or higher
  • Students must be in good standing with the University and have at least a 2.0 GPA

Academic Credit

Students must attend the 10-day winter break experience AND complete the spring first session course upon returning to campus (ELPS 495: Prague Immersion Experience). The course will count as an elective in the Leadership Studies Minor.

Estimated Cost

Program Fee: $2,150.00 (see below for details)
Study Abroad Fee: $175.00
Billable subtotal: $2,325.00

Estimated Roundtrip Transportation from Knoxville: $1,800.00
Passport: $145.00
Estimated Personal Expenses: $50.00
Non-billable estimated subtotal: $1,995.00

Estimated Total: $4,320.00

Program fee includes: Group airport transfers; transportation and entry to program-related activities; international insurance; accommodations; and all meals in-country. Please note that all costs are estimates and subject to change. Estimated personal expenses may vary depending on spending habits.

We will be offering $500 scholarships for this experience. To access the scholarship application, CLICK HERE. This application is due by October 1st at 5pm.