Frequently Asked Questions
The FAMU track in Prague offers students a unique opportunity to study their art in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Traveling can be a fun experience, but it also allows students to mature emotionally and intellectually.
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Is the program only for American University School of Communication students?
- The program is open to all AU and non-AU students that meet minimum requirements. The Spring 2007 session, for example, included students from Emory and Washington Universities.
- Lonely Planet lists some of the best sites of Prague here.
- Frommers offers maps of places to see and where to dine in Prague here.
How do students get around Prague?
- Prague has one of the best public transportation systems in the world. The metro has three lines: A (Green), B (Yellow) and C (Red). For a map, click here. The above-ground trams run every 8-10 minutes 24 hours a day, except between 12 a.m. and 12:30 a.m. (there is a longer interval on weekends). Trams 22 and 23 provide a beautiful, informal tour of Prague. Buses run every 10-20 min. (20-30 min. on weekends) except between 12:00 a.m. until 12:30 a.m.
- If arriving in or departing Prague by train, one can take the metro to or from the following train stations Main Station (Hlavní nádraží), Holešovice Station (Nádraží Holešovice), and Smíchov Station (Nádraží Smíchov). To view rates and destinations, please visit Czech Railways Web site.
- It is recommended that students book flights using Statravel, which offers student-discounted flights. The earlier the flight is booked, the less expensive it will be. Prague International Airport’s abbreviated name is PRG.
- There are several transportation options from the airport to the accommodations. Students can use public transportation, shuttles or a taxi. The trip takes roughly 30 minutes, dependent upon traffic. Public transportation costs aprox. 40Kc; shuttles range from 480-600Kc and taxis can cost 500 - 600Kc.
- Note: Taxis in Prague have a reputation for taking advantage of tourists. It is advisable to call for a cab and discuss the rates ahead of time. For taxi contact information, please visit AAA Taxi.
- The CET center is a part of Charles University, located in the center of Prague near historic Wenceslas Square (Václavské námestí). Line A of the metro runs underneath Wenceslas Square, and students can use either the Muzeum or Mustek stations. Click here for a detailed map of Prague.
What’s the weather like in Prague?
- Highs in the spring and summer can fluctuate between 70F and 90F in the day and down to 46F during the night. The period between May and August is the rainiest season. During the winter, temperatures can drop to around 26F, though snow is rare.
Can families visit students in Prague?
- Because students will be busy while clases are in session, it’s better for families and friends to visit students either before the program starts, during a break or after it’s finished.
- For booking a hostel, click here.
- For more unique accommodations (castles, monasteries, country houses), visit Historic Hotels of Europe.
- There are many hotels in Wenceslas Square. Among them are: Hotel Jalta, Prague Inn, Accome Julis, Hotel Melantrich Prague, Hotel Evropa Prague.
- Some hostels near Wenceslas Square include: Hostel Downtown and Hostel Vesta.
What accommodations will be made abroad for students with disabilities?
- Please visit the AU Abroad Web site for more information.
How many credits do students get from SOC for this program?
- Please refer to the AU Abroad Courses and Credits section.
How much will the program cost?
- Please visit the AU Abroad Financial Information Web site for more information.
Is there any financial aid available?
- Please visit the AU Abroad Scholarship Web site for more information.
How do students get a student visa?
- For complete information on obtaining a visa, please visit the Czech Republic embassy of Washington, DC.’s Web site
What are some tips for students who have never traveled abroad?
- Culture shock is often been described in terms of waves: Usually, students initially feel excited in their new environment, then discouraged by its differences from their own culture, then accepting of the differences. Each student goes through these waves differently; some skip phases or never experience some. For more information on culture shock, please visit the WorldWide Classroom.
- To prepare for culture shock, students should to take photos with them of their home, family and friends. Families can use Skype (a free Internet phone service) to keep in contact. It is not unusual for students to want to, or even ask to, come home. However, learning to be independent is a great benefit of studying abroad, much like going to college. Students can prepare for their experience by reading about the history and culture of Prague and the Czech Republic. This knowledge can help students anticipate differences between Prague’s culture and their own. There are many Web sites and travel guides to choose from to help students prepare. Families can help students adjust, while they're there, by sending letters and packages. Many students appreciate having their favorite snacks sent from home!
How safe is Prague?
- Prague is a relatively safe city, although the park around the main train station (Praha hlavní nádraží) is not considered safe at night.
- Pickpockets are fairly prevalent in Prague, particularly in touristy areas. Travelers are advised to to carry a money belt and keep their passport secure at all times. It is also important to make copies of important documents such as passports. There are many ATMs in Prague with English options, therefore making it easier to carry less cash on you.
- Please feel free to view The Center for Global Education’s Safety Abroad Handbook for more information.
Is it safe for women to travel in Prague?
- Women are far safer in Prague than in most large Western cities. The most dangerous area for women, at night, is the park in front of the main train station, Praha hlavní nádraží.
- Many non-touristy pubs tend to be exclusively male territory. Kavárny (coffee shops), vinárny (wine bars), however, are good, relaxed places for drinks and a meal. [More]
Where is the U.S. embassy?
- The Embassy offices are located in Schoenborn Palace in the Mala Strana district of Prague. Visit the embassy’s Web site.
118 01 Praha 1
(+420) 257 022 000
Fax: (+420) 257 022 809
What happens if there’s an emergency?
- The emergency number in the Czech Republic is 112. To contact state police, dial 158 and to dial city police, dial 156.
- In regular, daily activities, our sites know how to contact students locally or when they travel; at each site, students are given 24-hour emergency contact numbers and are informed of emergency procedures. When students travel independently, we ask they keep on-site staff aware of their plans. AU Abroad will modify or cancel planned field trips or other activities when necessary to ensure student safety. Before students leave the US, they receive a general safety orientation. Once on site, students receive more detailed instructions from local professionals. AU Abroad is in regular communication with our site Directors and Coordinators regarding the situation at each program site.
What is the currency of the Czech Republic?
- The Czech Republic, though a member of the European Union, does not use the Euro. Instead, the national currency is the Czech koruny. One koruny (or Kc) is roughly .047 cents (USD). For quick conversions, type in __CZK to USD into google.com.
- To view an unofficial breakdown of meals, accommodations (if you seek accommodations outside the program) and transportation, click here.
- Here are some examples:
- Single room in Prague ½--377.99 (USD) per month
- Milk (1 liter)--0.67 (USD)
- Mobile phone--29.40 (USD) per month Meal for two, mid-range restaurant--25.25 (USD)