When is my application due?
Applications must be completed by the Study Abroad Office’s Application Deadline. In order for an application to be considered, all materials must be completed and application charge and program deposit paid.
When will I know if I have been accepted or not?
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. We attempt to inform students of their application decision as quickly as possible; however, it may take a couple months for a decision to be reached. Once a decision has been made, students will receive an automated email that states their status has been changed. In the mean time, we encourage students to ensure they have a valid passport and begin researching Prague.
I am a non-NC State student, can I still apply?
Absolutely! Non-NC State students can apply to both semester and summer programs at the NC State Prague Institute. Non-NC State students will be required to complete some additional materials as part of their application. These materials are automatically a part of their application; however, they can also be found on the NC State Study Abroad website.
I’ve been accepted, now what?
Congratulations, you are one step closer to studying at the Prague Institute! The first thing you need to do is log into your PackAbroad account and ‘commit’ to the program. After you have officially committed, please review the Post-decision materials in your application and review the Steps After Commitment page.
I want to buy my plane ticket, when should I arrive in/depart from Prague?
The first day listed of the program dates is your arrival date and the last date is your departure date. For example, if the date of your program are May 15 – June 30, you should book you plain ticket so you arrive in Prague on May 15 and leave Prague on June 30
Does the Prague Institute reserve a flight or have a recommended flight?
No. We want to make sure that you are able to find the best flight for you, giving you the flexibility to create your own travel itinerary. Some students choose to arrive early or stay later or want a layover in a specific location. Your flight itinerary is completely up to you-just ensure that you arrive in Prague on the first day of the program and depart on the last day of the program.
I want to spend more than 90 days in Europe, how do I get a visa?
Students wishing to extend their stay beyond the 90 day study abroad program will need to independently apply for an extended visa through the Czech Embassy. It is crucial that students follow all of the instruction as written and turn in all materials on time. Timelines can be tight and it may take up to 90 days for the Czech Embassy to process a visa. More information can be found on the Visa Information page.
How do I register for classes at the Institute?
Students register for classes similarly to how they do for on-campus courses, using the Student Center in MyPack. More specific instructions will be sent to you after acceptance.
How many credits can I take at the NC State Prague Institute?
Semester students must be registered as full time students to participate in a study abroad program: Undergraduate-12 credits and Graduates-9 credits. During the semester program, students typically enroll for 12-15 credits. During the summer, students usually enroll in 6 credits.
Do I need to get any vaccinations before I leave for the Czech Republic?
Students should contact the NC State Student Health Center Travel Clinic for comprehensive and personalized recommendations.
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that all travelers to the Czech Republic should maintain their routine vaccinations. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
During the Program
Can I switch and/or drop a courses once I am in Prague?
Careful consideration is taken by the Prague Institute when creating each student’s course schedule. Many courses have limited seats to ensure quality instruction. Although not encouraged, if a students wishes to switch courses, they can only do so with approval from the Prague Institute staff. Students can not switch their studio class.
Can I travel to other countries while participating in a program?
Absolutely! In fact, we encourage you to get out and explore other Czech cities and surrounding European countries. The Prague Institute does not have classes on Friday, providing students with three-day weekends-a perfect opportunity to travel and explore!
If my friends/family want to send me a package, what address should they use?
It is best if all packages are mailed to the NC State Prague Institute address:
Please make sure that any mailed package is valued under $30USD, otherwise it may be held up in customs.
Returning to the USA
Do I have to do anything to get my Prague courses to appear on my transcript?
NC State students do not have to do any additional steps once they return to campus to receive credits they took while abroad at the Prague Institute.
Non-NC State students will have an official NC State transcript sent to their home institute a couple months after the completion of the program. It is the responsibility of the Non-NC State student to ensure that arrangements were made prior to participation in a program to ensure credits will transfer back to their home institution.
I really enjoyed my study abroad experience, how can I stay involved?
There are numerous opportunities for you to stay involved globally while back on NC State’s campus. Please visit the Study Abroad’s Getting Involved Globally to find out which opportunities work best for you.