Tours and Field Studies for Prague, Czech Republic
USAC encourages every student to participate in the tour; however, it is optional and has an additional fee. Deepen your academic experience by turning the tour into a one-credit field study by completing additional academic requirements, keeping a journal, and engaging in discussions of the sites visited to better understand their historical and cultural contexts. Destinations may change at the discretion of the Resident Director.
The following are possible destinations, view term calendars for specifics.
Vienna and Budapest Tour/Field Study
On this five-day tour we will stay in three capital cities besides Prague: Vienna (Austria), Budapest (Hungary), and Bratislava (Slovakia). We will travel by bus to the romantic ruins of the medieval castle Divci Kamen and then onto Český Krumlov, listed by UNESCO for its unique Renaissance castle and townhouses, and for its one-of-a-kind baroque theatre. Next we will visit Vienna and see the Schönbrunn Palace and gardens, St. Rupert’s (the oldest church in Vienna, built in the eighth century), Hundertwasser House, collective housing projects from the 1920s, the Sigmund Freud Museum and the University of Vienna where you can meet local students. Next on the agenda is Budapest, one of the capitals of the former Austro-Hungarian Empire. You will visit the Central European University, the Royal Palace, the Parliament building, the Castle and famous hot spring spas. We will then return to Prague with a short stop in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia, and visit the castle ruins of Devin that look out over the confluence of the Danube and Morava rivers.
If you are taking the tour for credit must be registered for the 1-credit course and participate in the following: (1) Research, lectures and discussions on the following topics: Political History of the Central European Region, International Relations in the Region, Literature and Art in Central Europe and Unification of Europe. (2) The trip and fieldwork phase of the course takes place as described above. You will keep a journal while on the trip. (3) Presentation of the project to the instructor will take place within three weeks after the completion of the trip. Grading will be on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis.