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Central Europe: Culture + Community
Berlin, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic; Slavonice, Czech Republic; Vienna, Austria (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer
Program Cost Summer
Fact Sheet:
Academic College: Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design Best Fit Majors: Fashion Design and Merchandising
Language of Instruction: English Program Options: Faculty-Led
Credits Earned: 4 Faculty Leader: Elijah Pollard
Program Description:


Central European: Culture & Community
chinaCentral European Culture is a 4 credit, 16 day summer program structured to give experiences in both the cosmopolitan context of the Capitol City Prague and an immersion experience in the culturally and historically rich borderlands between the Czech Republic and Austria.  Students will begin with a private walking tour of Prague, learning of its rich history, as well as its stunning art, architecture & cultural heritage. Students will engage in a variety of discussions & workshops, while visiting artist’s & designer’s studios, museums, castles, cathedrals, concerts, & more. From here, students will arrive to their next residency, Slavonice, a beautiful South Bohemian village with traditional renaissance character, as well as artist’s & designer’s galleries & studios. Situated on the border of Austria, students will also make outings, which will continue to engage them in multidisciplinary workshops, studio & museum visits & more in Austria, Vienna, & Berlin. 

All along the way students will develop & execute new work based on cultural points of interest, & newly learned techniques & creative approaches that resonate with & expand upon their field of study. Participants will finalize, exhibit & document their projects in Prague.  While much of the content of discussions, workshops & outings will focus on various fields of art & design, this program is not limited to artists, art historians, interior, fashion, landscape, or graphic designers. An interdisciplinary approach is encouraged.  All undergrad & grad majors will be considered.


City: Prague

Country: Czech Republic

Population: 1.247 million

Information: Prague, capital of the Czech Republic, is bisected by the Vltava River. Nicknamed “the City of a Hundred Spires,” it's known for its Old Town Square, the heart of its historic core, with colorful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock, with a popular show. Completed in 1402, pedestrian Charles Bridge is lined with 30 statues of saints.

Places of Interest:
Prague Astronomical Clock
Prague Castle


DSGN 493A - Central European Culture - 4 credits


Dr. Eli Pollard


Program Cost: $4,750
 * WVU Tuition
 * Round-trip airfare
 * Lodging and Transportation
 * Programmatic Activities and Excursions
 * Comprehensive Travel and Health Insurance

Billing for the summer 2017 programs will occur upon registration into the courses associated with the Study Abroad program in STAR. The payment deadlines for the program will be the same as WVU Summer Semester Tuition and Fees. Registration will occur in mid-April, students will receive correspondence from the Office of Global Affairs with registration instructions upon acceptance into the program after the application deadline. All payments are due in full before trip departure. Payments can be made through STAR or by contacting the Mountaineer Hub at (304) 293-4006.


Visa Required for US Citizens? No

Useful Links:
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