Prague Field School

Photo Credit: Leyenda Pettit (alum 2016)

Information Sessions

Students are encouraged to attend an information session. Students will have an opportunity to meet the Field School Director and learn additional details about the destination and program.

Vancouver Campus: Thursday, November 15th 2018 at 5:30pm (Harbour Centre 2250), students can sign-up here:

Burnaby Campus: Friday, January 4th 2019 at 1:30pm (Global Student Centre, AQ2013.1), students can sign-up here:

Please email for more information.

Program Overview

"Prague stands at the crossroads of the most important historical, cultural, artistic, religious, and political developments in all of Europe."

The Field School provides around an eight week, in-depth study of European society and culture, history, literature, art, film and contemporary politics seen through the window of the Czech Republic. The program includes courses in language, film and art history, and political science, which are intended to enrich the three core field school courses.

Field School Director: Dr. Samir Gandesha,

Application Status: Open

Application Deadline: Wednesday, February 6th, 2019


Level of Study (at SFU): Undergraduate
Program Eligibility: Prague Humanities applicants must meet the following requirements to participate:

  • Must be 19 years of age or older prior to departure.
  • Have completed a minimum of 45 units of university courses.
  • Have a minimum 2.5 CGPA.
  • Consent of the Field School Director.
  • Recommended that students should have completed at least one course that meets the "W" requirement.

Please note, students from departments outside of Humanities are encouraged to apply. Please contact the Field School Director at, if you have questions about course content or academic requirements.

How to apply as a non-SFU student
Qualified students from institutions other than SFU are eligible to participate, but must first gain admission into SFU as visiting students. Visiting students must arrange for transfer credit with their home institution. Please contact International Services for Students at to inquire about the application procedure for visiting students.

Field School Program Information


The program consists of three courses totalling 11 SFU units. Arrangements can be made for students who have taken one or more of these courses to receive credit for other suitable courses. All instruction will be in English.

HUM 240-3: Studies in European Cultures
This course (taught by Charles University faculty) covers topics such as the cultural foundations of the Czech peoples then and now as well as Czech architecture and landscape. The class will take five one-day field trips into the outlying regions of Bohemia, as well as a four-night stay in southern Bohemia. Visits include pre-historical, Romanesque, Medieval, Renaissance, and Baroque historical sites on which churches, cathedrals and museums are located. This course also includes Czech language units.

HUM 340-4: Great Cities in their Time and Place
This course (taught by Charles University faculty) will examine the political and social history of Prague through courses in art and architecture, history, politics, and film. Students will attend weekly lectures and seminars and participate in site visits and excursions.

HUM 350-4: HUM 350-4: Special Topics: Great Figures in the Humanistic Tradition
In this course, taught by SFU faculty, students will study the life and work of Franz Kafka, the 20th century writer world-famous for his enigmatic reflections on the nature of human existence. We will analyze Kafka's work in the context of German-speaking and Jewish Prague and the Austro-Hungarian Empire of the turn of the century. The course will focus on some of Kafka's short stories as well as his novel The Castle. It will pose the question of whether Kafka's writings can best be understood as a sociological response to the increasingly bureaucratic nature of social life (Kafka, himself, was an insurance adjuster), on the one hand, or as an essentially theological commentary on the fallen nature of human existence, on the other. 


February 28th         Acceptance Session
Mid-March               Pre-departure Orientation (mandatory)
Early May                 Sessions at SFU
May 9, 2019             Study in Prague
June 29, 2019          End of Program

*These dates are provided as guidelines and are subject to change.

Cost and Funding

Undergraduate Tuition*: $2,070.86 (11 units)**
Off-Campus Student Activity Fee: $58.60
Program Fees**: Program fees for 2018 can be found here (2019 fees TBC)

*Differential tuition fees are charged for international students.
**The actual program fee will depend on the final number of participants and is subject to change.

Program Fees include:

   Shared Accommodation

   Some Group Meals

   In-Country Transportation

   Pre-Departure Orientation, In-Field/Re-Entry Support

     Field Trips

Possible Field trips in Prague: Museum of Modern Art, Prague Castle, Museum of Communism, Wencelas Square, Old Jewish Cemetery and Synagogue, Galerie Rudolfinum and many more!

Possible field trips outside of Prague: Kutna Hora - Sedlec Ossuary, Cesky Krumlov (UNESCO World Heritage Centre), Lidici - Museum and Art Gallery and many more!


Program fees do not include international airfare, books, vaccinations, most food, communication costs (telephone etc.), mandatory health insurance***, and additional personal travel. Program costs will be quoted in Canadian Dollars and will be approximate subject to changes in exchange rates, travel, and accommodation cost quotations.

Students must pay tuition directly to SFU Student Services by the due date as outlined in the SFU Calendar.

The cost of the program is estimated and subject to change.

Full time students participating in SFU field schools are eligible to apply for student loans. Full time SFU students may also apply for bursaries, scholarships, awards, and International Exchange/Field School Bursaries. Please note full time students are those taking 9 or more SFU units per term. **Students on SFU scholarships must be enrolled in 12 units per term; students who need top up credits to maintain scholarship eligibility during the field school term can contact the Field School Director directly at

***Mandatory health insurance: The SFSS Health Plan will provide you with medical coverage for the duration of the program. Please visit for further details of your coverage. If you have opted out of the SFSS plan or are not an SFU student, please make the necessary arrangements to ensure that you have health insurance coverage while overseas. You will be asked to provide proof of this to International Services for Students.


Other notes:

Note: The Field School Selection Committee reserves the right to conduct intake interviews in addition to reviewing the completed application as part of the application process. The Field School Selection Committee for each Field School program will select qualified participants. Decisions are expected 2-4 weeks after application deadline. All programs require a minimum of 10 students and are subject to cancellation if minimums are not met.

For people with (physical or mental) medical conditions, international travel can present severe challenges. Because SFU field schools take place in international locations where emergency services, and/or mental or physical support services may be limited, or non-existent, some field school placements will not be appropriate for everyone. Please speak with the program's Field School Director for information on specific conditions for this field school.

If you have a medical condition that poses limitations on your ability to function in certain environments, we strongly advise that you register with the SFU Centre for Students with Disabilities (CSD). CSD staff will ask that you provide documentation from a duly-qualified medical specialist, which contains a diagnosis and a treatment plan. Where appropriate, CSD staff will communicate with field school staff with regard to accommodation in the field. (Please note that, while Centre staff indicate to field school staff that a prospective participant requires accommodation for a medical condition, they do not disclose the nature of the medical condition.)

Because overseas arrangements can be complicated, we recommend that you contact the CSD at least three months prior to the commencement of the field school in which you wish to participate. Please note that failure to make proper arrangements in advance of travel could result in termination from the field school with costs and academic credit forfeited.