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.

Burnaby Campus: Thursday, January 9, 2020, 12—1 (Room AQ 5118), drop-in  

Burnaby Campus: Tuesday, January 14, 2020 11:30am—12:30pm (Room WMC 3260), register on Eventbrite

Harbour Centre Campus: Thursday, January 16, 2020, 2—3pm (Room HC 2290), drop-in

Surrey Campus: Thursday, January 23, 2020, 1—2 pm (Room 3120), drop-in

If you would like more information on the Prague Field School, please be in touch with Field School Director, Shuyu Kong. You can email her at shuyu_kong@sfu.ca or drop in during office hours on Tuesdays, 1-2pm in AQ5121.

Please email fieldschools@sfu.ca for more information.

Additional Funding Opportunities

In addition to SFU's regular Field School funding opportunities, there are two additional sources to help you fund your trip to Prague. 

Institute for the Humanities Travel-Study Award

Prague Field School participants are strongly encouraged to apply for the Institute for the Humanities Travel-Study Award of $1,500 if they meet the eligibility criteria.  

Humanities Prague Field School Financial Support

This year, the Department of Humanities is offering $700 in financial support to 5 participants. To be considered for this support, students need to 

  • meet the general eligibility requirements for the Prague Field School
  • submit a 1-page statement describing the relevance of the field school to the student’s academic program and goals   

Please send your statement to the Department Manager, Cristina Serverius, at human@sfu.ca by January 31, 2020

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. Shuyu Kong, office hours Tuesday, 12—2:00pm, AQ 5121, shuyu_kong@sfu.ca

Application Status: Open >>> Field School Application Instructions

Application Deadline: January 31, 2020

Eligibility

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 shuyu_kong@sfu.ca, 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 fieldschools@sfu.ca to inquire about the application procedure for visiting students.


Field School Program Information

Courses:

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 309-4: Literature and Art Across Cultures: Kafka and Contemporary Chinese Fiction            

"Kafka is a perfect example of a writer whose work in translation (as in the original) introduced such a distinctively new way of framing our experience that we have had to give him his own adjective, Kafka-esque, to do it justice. In other words, you can commit an act of violence without leaving blood all over the floor."(Linda Javin)

In this course, taught by SFU faculty, students will examine the work of Franz Kafka and his influence on world literature. Writing in German-speaking and Jewish Prague and the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the early twentieth century, Kafka inspired writers from different cultures and periods to reflect on their own Kafkaesque situation.

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.

Dates*

February 18th - March 11th, 2020       Mandatory Canvas Program
March 12th, 2020                              Pre-departure Orientation (mandatory)
May 7th, 2020                                  Study in Prague
June 27th, 2020                                End of Program

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

Cost and Funding

Undergraduate Tuition*: $2,112.33 (11 units)**
Off-Campus Student Activity Fee: $63.60
Program Fees**: $4,000 - $4,500

*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!

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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.

Funding: Full time students participating in SFU field schools are eligible to apply for student loans. Full time degree-seeking SFU students may also apply for bursaries, scholarships, awards, and International Exchange/Field School Bursaries. Please note full time undergraduate students are those taking 9 or more SFU units per term. Students on SFU undergraduate scholarships must be enrolled in 12 units per term. For more information on funding and costs while studying abroad, please click here.

Suite of Study Abroad Awards (Value: $1000-$2000)
In the Study Abroad (Formal Exchange or Field School) program application, degree seeking SFU students applying for a full-time study abroad program may apply to the Suite of Study Abroad Awards.

students who need top up credits to maintain scholarship eligibility during the field school term can contact the Field School Director directly at shuyu_kong@sfu.ca

***Mandatory health insurance: SFU Students will need to indicate whether or not they will be covered by the SFSS Undergraduate Health/Dental Plan or the GSS Benefit Plan for the duration of the field school. Please visit www.studentcare.ca for further coverage details. If you are a visiting student or an SFU student that has already opted out of the SFSS Undergraduate Health/ Dental or the GSS Benefit Plan within the current academic year (September 1st - August 31st), you will need to print, sign, scan and upload a copy of the Field Schools: Proof of Alternative Travel Medical Coverage Form.

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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.