Explore the Czech Republic’s contemporary art scene and the role of art as a social change agent throughout the country’s history.
- Study with a dynamic community of visual, performing, and literary artists, where art and creative dissent have played a decisive role in shaping social and political change.
- Choose to do either an arts-based or field-based research project.
- Go on excursions to Poland, Slovakia, the former Sudetenland, and Bohemia or Moravia.
- Explore the new challenges facing artists and communities today as a result of globalization and tourism.
- Live in beautiful Prague.
- Participate in civic initiatives that draw upon the creative legacy of Czech underground culture.
- Take part in workshops on ceramics, bookmaking, stop-motion animation, traditional crafts, or architecture.
Please visit the SIT Study Abroad website for details on the program courses (including syllabi), educational excursions, and housing.
Key Topics of Study
- The transformative role of artists and civic leaders in a new democracy
- Critical challenges associated with liberal democracy and the legacy of communism
- Art in relation to open borders, consumerism, and the free market of post-communist Europe
- The relationship between art, politics, and society in the country’s historic and contemporary contexts
Independent Study Project
During the final month of the semester, you will pursue an Independent Study Project (ISP). The ISP gives you a unique opportunity to work directly with professional artists or social innovators to produce a creative project or to critically examine a topic, situation, or community related to the arts or social change in the Czech Republic, Slovakia, or Poland.
Artists, civil society activists, professors, and specialists will help you in the development and implementation of your ISP, which may include daily work with an organization or school or a creative component in visual arts, creative writing, or theater.
Sample topic areas:
- Alternative culture spaces in Prague today
- Memory and memorials to the 1989 Velvet Revolution
- Creative alternatives to institutionalized care for citizens with mental disabilities
- Civic initiatives and the Prague public transport system
- The socialist-era legacy of community centers for children and youth
- The impact of education in secret from members of the Czech Underground at Charles University
- Methods and mechanics of dissent through underground literature
- Legacy of the Czech Underground music scene today
- Czech perspectives and reactions to Putin’s warfare tactics in the Ukraine
Creative projects have included:
Browse this program’s Independent Study Projects / undergraduate research.
- Sculpture and ceramic vessels inspired by the Celts of Central Europe
- Drawings and sculptures inspired by interviews with Czech artists on the topic of public/private dichotomies
- Contemporary dance inspired by Slovak traditional dance
- A CD of Czech folk songs produced with a Czech musical trio
- A theater performance based on contemporary Czech mime and circus acts
- A screenplay inspired by Czech absurdist literature
- A graphic design project inspired by Czech cubist architecture
- Fashion designs using traditional Slovak weaving traditions
Be sure to discuss how study abroad costs are handled at your school with your study abroad advisor.
SIT tuition and room and board fees include the following:
- All educational costs, including educational excursions
- All accommodations and meals for the full program duration
- Transportation to and from the airport, and on all educational excursions
- Health and accident insurance
- SIT awards nearly $1.6 million in scholarships and grants annually.
- All scholarships and grants are need-based.
- Awards generally range from $500 to $5,000.
- The SIT Pell Grant Match provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding when it is applied to an SIT Study Abroad semester program.
- Contact the financial aid and/or study abroad office(s) at your college or university to learn if your school’s scholarships and grants and federal and state aid programs can be applied to an SIT Study Abroad program.
Contact SIT Study Abroad
Further information about SIT Czech Republic: Arts and Social Change specific to Wheaton College students
Wheaton College is committed to providing students with opportunities to broaden their understanding and vision beyond the borders of this campus and this country. We work in collaboration with carefully selected partner institutions around the world to support our students as they prepare to study abroad and while they are overseas. Students must apply to Wheaton's Center for Global Education as well as the institution through which they plan to study abroad. The most up-to-date information can be found on the program provider's website above.
Courses & Credits:
Students enroll in four to five courses each semester. 15 to 16 U.S. semester hours will earn 4.0 Wheaton credits. Independent Study Projects and/or Internships must be individually approved for credit at Wheaton. Do not assume your project or internship is automatically approved.
Housing & Meals:
Students spend much of their experience in home-stays; when traveling they will be housed in guesthouses, educational institutions, hostels, or small hotels depending on local conditions and customs. All meals are provided by home-stay families, group meals or stipends.
Students studying abroad will continue to pay Wheaton tuition. Students are not charged Wheaton room and board, or the Wheaton technology, laundry, or student activities fees while on a study abroad program. Wheaton will, in turn, pay the program for all tuition and academic fees. Additionally, Wheaton will cover the cost of the program international insurance or sign students up, and pay, for CISI international insurance for the duration of the study abroad program.
Students will pay housing directly to their study abroad program. Some study abroad programs include meal plans while others do not offer meal plans and students will shop for and prepare their meals independently. Students will book and pay for their own flights.
Fees billed by Wheaton will be charged to students on their regular Wheaton College student account during regular billing cycles (July/December).
Federal, state, Wheaton need-based and merit scholarships will be applied to these charges for Wheaton-approved programs. Students must consult with the Office of Student Financial Services (SFS) for a comprehensive review of their aid. If a student receives aid beyond the cost of Wheaton tuition, they can request a refund through SFS.
Please do your research as housing and meal costs vary greatly from program to program. This Budget Worksheet
can help you estimate the total costs of your program. Refer to your SIT program website for an overview of all anticipated expenses.
SIT Study Abroad provides matching grants to all students receiving Federal Pell Grant funding; this award can be applied to any SIT semester program. SIT also awards scholarships to Posse Scholars. See the SIT website for more available scholarships.
For Wheaton specific questions contact:
Center for Global Education
5 Howard Street
Norton, MA 02766-2322