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Prague, Czech Republic


Global Temple Conference

Site visits, excursions, activities and guest lectures 

The Global Good in Prague program will include a variety of co-curricular and extra-curricular site visits, excursions, activities and guest lectures, which may include (and are subject to change): 

  • Guest lectures to complement the academic themes of the program, such as: a local writer from Alchemy and an expert on History of Prague's Architecture
  • A one-hour Essential Czech lesson during orientation
  • Daytrip to Terezin:
    • Visit to the hybrid concentration camp/ghetto established by the SS during WWII.
  • Two-night excursion to Sudetenland and Karlovy Vary:
    • Sudentenland is known for its hiking and provides an interesting point of view of the Czech Republic’s heritage and history, and how WWII has affected the population and economic struggles today.
    • Karlovy Vary is a beautiful spa town located in close proximity to Prague. Activities can include hiking, visit to old factory ruins, lunch at a German border pub, and local produce picking and family farm visit.
    • In Karlovy Vary, IFSA will arrange for students to stay in hotel accommodations. Students will be in shared, single-sex bedrooms, with their own bed.
  • One half-day guided Gothic tour, including:
    • Stops such as Old Town Square, Old Town Hall, Jan Hus Monument, Church of Our Lady before Tyn, Church of St. Francis, Charles Bridge and Prague Castle grounds
    • Entry to Prague Castle
    • Entry to Palace Gardens
    • Entry to St. Vitus Cathedral
  • One full-day guided Art Nouveau and Modernism Tour, including:
    • Stops such as Estates Theater, Black Madonna, Wenceslas Square, Lucerna Palace, Grand Hotel Europa, State Opera, Train Station, National Museum, National Theater, Rudolfinum, and Villa Muller
    • Entry and guided tour of the Municipal House
    • Entry into Villa Muller
  • One-half day guided tour through Jewish Quarter, including:
    • Entry to Jewish Quarter Museum
    • Entry to the Old-New Synagogue
  • One-half day guided Prague under Communism tour, including:
    • Stops such as Cubist houses, Cathedral of St. Cyril and Methodius, Federal Assembly Building, New Stage, Zizkov TV Tower, and Dancing house
    • Entry to the Museum of Communism or Prague WWII Communism Tour
  • Organized Baroque tour including:
    • Entry to Church of St. Nicholas
    • Entry Vrtba Gardens
    • Entry Loreta
    • Entry Strahov Library
  • Habermann Movie Night
  • Guided Franz Kafka Society tour
  • Place as Text activity

All co-curricular activities led by IFSA rely on IFSA’s signature intercultural framework that cultivates self-awareness and transferable skills, as defined through the following learning objectives:   

  • Basic knowledge of contemporary issues facing the Czech Republic in historical context.   
  • Awareness of their cultural perspective and a critical understanding of how that perspective impacts their reaction to and interaction with others.  
  • Understanding of how to navigate cultural complexities in order to more productively and appropriately interact and communicate across cultural differences.  
  • Understanding that the cultural adaptation skills, including intercultural communication and cultural empathy, developed in their study abroad experience with IFSA, can be constructively utilized when engaging with difference of any kind in the future.