USC Trojan Transfer plan – Freshman Year in Prague

Welcome to the USC Trojan Transfer plan – Freshman Year in Prague! Despite the ongoing pandemic we are excited to invite you to spend your freshman year in college at AAU in Prague.

The entry of foreign citizens to the Czech Republic is limited due to COVID-19 situation. For the time being, only essential travel is permitted; however, travelling for study purposes is possible and considered essential. We hope that the on-site studies restrictions will be lifted as the vaccination process continues. We are monitoring the situation closely and will provide updates as conditions change.

How to Apply to AAU for the USC Trojan Transfer plan

In order to attend AAU as a full-time visiting student, you can apply by filling in the  online application form. By doing so, you are giving USC permission to share your admission documents with AAU. This way AAU will review your application and inform you of the outcome within two weeks of receiving AAU’s receipt of your application. Once admitted to AAU, you will receive detailed information related to tuition, housing, course registration, and the visa process.

Want to learn more about AAU and the application process? Attend an online information session on April 22, 2021 at 7 PM CEST (10 AM PST).

About the USC Trojan Transfer plan

The Trojan Transfer plan offers you the opportunity to take your freshman year classes at AAU as part of a direct transfer pathway to re-apply to USC for your sophomore year.

AAU recognizes that your priority is to successfully transfer into USC after a year of studying with us in Prague. That’s why we work closely with USC to ensure that we offer the courses you need to meet the Trojan Transfer requirements. 

We also understand that this will be your first year at a university and you should know that you’re not alone in your decision to study in Prague! AAU has many freshmen from the US and other countries around the world who will also be starting college away from home. 

When you live and learn in another country, you gain a deeper understanding of and respect for intercultural differences, learn to adapt to new situations, greater flexibility and adaptability, and develop openness to new ideas. These characteristics are valued by companies, organizations, and universities alike and will help distinguish you from your peers as you move forward in your life and career. 

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my semester at AAU. Even if the semester was moved online, it is clear that AAU has a beautiful campus situated right in the centre of Prague and neighbouring a beautiful park (with many peacocks!). Not only did I find most of my classes interesting, I also took advantage of AAU’s extra-curricular opportunities, joining the soccer club – which immediately became my favourite part of my AAU experience. I also have nothing but praise for AAU students who are both kind and welcoming; I did not have a negative interaction during my entire semester.

Mark Burnham, AAU fall semester 2020, current USC student

While AAU provides you with the freedom to grow intellectually and personally in a different culture, at the same time, you will be surrounded by familiar American academic structures and student services, an environment that you will surely find exciting and refreshing. 

About Anglo-American University in Prague, Czech Republic

Located in the heart of Europe inside the restored XVIII century Thurn-Taxis Palace, AAU provides students a truly international education. Learning alongside students from over 80 different countries in small classes designed for authentic engagement and discussion, AAU prepares students for the global landscape. AAU was founded in 1990 as the first private institution of higher education in the Czech Republic. All programs are taught entirely in English and implement American and British higher education approaches and methodologies. In 2016 AAU became the only higher education institution in the Czech Republic with both Czech and American accreditation by the WASC Senior College and University Commission, thus providing a double guarantee of educational standards. 

Transferring to USC

Admission to the USC requires a high level of success in university-level coursework. USC Admission states that you are likely to be admitted as a transfer student if you:

  • Complete 30 transferable semester credits, earning A’s and B’s. 
  • Earn a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.6 in USC-transferable courses, with no individual grade below C (2.0). 
  • Complete USC’s lower division writing requirement by a successful grade in AAU’s COM 101 and COM 102 
  • Complete MTH 190, Business Math I 
  • Take courses in areas of general education (at least two courses per semester), foreign language (if needed for your major), and any lower division courses needed for your intended major. 

Your AAU academic advisor will assist you in selecting the courses you’ll need to apply to transfer to USC.

Please note, that the Trojan Transfer Plan is a path to USC admission, not a guarantee of acceptance. USC typically finds a space for each student who submits a suitable application, avoids misconduct, and meets the conditions specified above. Those failing to meet all of the above-mentioned conditions will be considered, but there is the possibility of being declined. 

USC cannot guarantee admission to a specific major, particularly in cases where space is limited, or for which an audition or portfolio are required, or lower-division pre-requisites are not yet satisfied. Students who meet these terms are typically offered a space at USC, either in their first- or second-choice major, or in “open/undeclared” status. Students admitted without a declared major – a common situation at USC – will receive academic advisement to help direct them toward a program of study that helps them meet their goals. 

Coursework at AAU

During the Fall Semester at AAU, you will choose from an array of courses across a wide range of subjects. Your AAU courses fulfill USC requirements; thus, enabling credit transfer to USC. A normal semester load consists of 5, 3-credit courses.

Living and studying in Prague

The AAU campus is located in the beautifully restored Thurn-Taxis palace in Prague’s historic Mala Strana district which is also home to famous sites such as the Prague Castle and Charles Bridge. Ranked as the best city in the world to be a university student by AppJobsGlobal, Prague has a long history of education and boasts an array of affordable options for students to dine, enjoy live entertainment, and experience local culture. Thanks to its central location in Europe, Prague also serves as a great home base for travel. Not to mention the cost of living in Prague is significantly lower than other comparable cities, making it a cost-effective option for students.   

AAU offers students the opportunity to live together with their classmates from different countries and cultures right in the heart of Prague. AAU’s housing is within 20 minutes of the AAU Campus located in the Holešovice district which is a lively area full of shopping opportunities, parks, and restaurants. According to the Guardian, Holešovice has been named one of the top 10 coolest neighborhoods in Europe. The building has 24/7 security, WiFi, fully equipped kitchens, bed linen, and laundry. Cleaning services can be provided at an additional cost. Students may choose to live in single or double rooms and have full access to common spaces and amenities.  

The best part of my AAU experience was living in the dorms in Holešovice and being surrounded by my friends. No matter the time of day, there are always people doing things so you never get bored.

Jack Weitman, AAU student 2020-2021, USC transfer bound

An overall estimate of costs of living in AAU housing and attendance fees for the full academic year:

Tuition (30 credits/semester) $7,500  
Application Fee $92 
AAU Administrative fees$400 
Extra-curricular program fee$1,600 
Housing, shared room$3,000 / person 
School supplies$212 
Visa fees, estimated  $111  
Flights home  $1,750  
Health insurance   
[4months of coverage, with student discount]  
Personal and miscellaneous spending money per semester  $750  
Art fees (if applicable)  $40-$100 per course  
*The extra-curricular program fee for students who are not in Prague and study only virtually from abroad is $500. 

Tuition, fees and visas

As a full-time visiting student at Anglo-American University you will be paying AAU tuition and fees. AAU will send you detailed information with regard to the visa process, registration and other tips once you have applied for admissions. See more information about the application process below.   

 Anglo-American University as a home to over 500 international students is well equipped in guiding students through the study visa process. As such, AAU will provide the required documents as well as guidelines to obtain your study visa. Should you need a visa to study in the Czech Republic, we strongly recommend starting the process as soon as possible, as visa appointments book well in advance. European Union citizens do not require a visa to study in the Czech Republic. 

We encourage you to apply for the program and for housing and make all your payments as soon as possible, so all necessary documents (visa/study, housing and insurance confirmation) can be prepared and sent to you in time for your visa appointment!

Entry requirements to the Czech Republic 

  • Students with a valid long term student visa can enter the Czech Republic.  
  • The student visa allows you to stay in the Czech Republic for the entire duration of your program and travel within the Schengen Area.  

In order to receive your visa on time, your visa appointment date should be no later than June 15th, 2021 at a Czech embassy or consulate. The visa processing takes at least 60 days from the day of the appointment; however, due to COVID-19 delays may occur.  

Study Options for the 2021/2022 Academic Year

On-site studies restrictions  

Independently from entry requirements, please note that COVID-19 related restrictions by the Czech government currently ban on-site classes at university campuses in the Czech Republic. While these measures are in place, even if you arrive in the Czech Republic on a student visa, you will be required to take online classes. 

We hope that the on-site studies restrictions will be lifted as the vaccination process continues. We monitor the situation closely and will provide updates as conditions change. 

Study options for Fall Semester 2021  

With regards to the above-mentioned circumstances, you have two options for starting your studies at AAU in the Fall Semester 2021: 

Option 1: If you decide to come to Prague, you need to apply for your student visa and respect the above recommended deadline for your visa appointment. The AAU team will assist you with the necessary processes and documents for your visa application. Once in Prague, it will depend on government regulations, whether on-campus teaching will resume or whether classes will still be taught virtually. It might be possible that you will start your studies virtually even while in Prague and then switch to on-site classes as soon AAU is allowed to re-open its campus. 

Option 2: You can decide to start your studies online, and you will not need to travel to Prague and apply for a visa for the Fall Semester 2021. Please see below for relevant deadlines and fees for the virtual version of the program. In the case that by the beginning or in the due course of the Fall Semester 2021, the on-site study restrictions will be lifted, and onsite teaching will resume at AAU, you will still be able to attend your classes virtually during the Fall Semester 2021. If on-site study restriction will continue to be lifted also for the Spring Semester 2022, you need to apply for your study visa and arrive in Prague, as virtual teaching will then not be offered anymore for the Spring Semester 2022. In this case, you should apply for your study visa for the Spring Semester 2022 by mid-October. The AAU team will keep you informed about changes.

Academic Calendar, Forms and Deadlines

  • Application Portal – to complete your application please create your profile in the AAU Application Portal. Please note that you are required to submit a passport-size photo and a copy of your passport. Other documents (such as recommendation letters) are not required because AAU will get this information directly from USC.   

AAU offers rolling application and admission but the following payment deadlines apply:

  • Housing Application Payment – May 20 (1st installment or full payment), July 20 (2nd installment)
  • Program Application Payment – May 31

Advising and registration for classes will begin once your admission is approved and your tuition payment is received.  

Payment breakdown estimateOnsiteVirtual
Tuition for full academic year$7, 500    $7, 500  
One time application fee$90 $90 
Health Insurance (covers full academic year)$400  N/A 
Extracurricular fees  $800  $500
Tuition (50%) and fees due by May 31, 2021   $5,040 $4,340   
Tuition (50%) and fees due by September 20, 2021 $4,550 $4,250  
Housing for Fall Semester 2021 due by May 20, 2021* $3, 555 N/A
*Total amount or alternatively 1st installment due by May 20, 2nd installment due July 20, 2021. The total is an estimate for a double room per semester, including a refundable deposit of $ 555. The estimate for a single room plus the refundable deposit is $4, 055. The amount and deadline for the Spring Semester 2022 will be announced as soon as confirmed by AAU. 

Student Life and Services for Visiting Students

Studying abroad is a new experience for most students, therefore, we provide resources to make the journey as easy as possible. Before you start your studies, you will get: 

  • Online Information Session – April 22, 2020 at 7 PM CEST (10 AM PST)
  • Assistance with visa and health insurance 
  • Overall support from an AAU Coordinator for visiting students. 
  • Special USC TTP – Freshman Year in Prague program ice-breaker and orientation session 

During your stay you will benefit from a centrally located campus and vibrant student life full of events. You will be able to participate in a range of student clubs, engage with the Student Council, contribute to AAU’s student magazine – the Lennon Wall or student radio – Sound Bricks and last but not least visit famous sites like the Charles Bridge or the Prague Castle all within a few minutes walk from AAU. 

All Trojan Transfer plan students will be able to participate in special events including: 

  • Welcome and farewell meet-and-greet dinner at beginning and end of your program 
  •  2 cultural activities/month (guided tours, theater and museum visits, etc.). Please note that this is optional at extra cost and subject to COVID-19 related restrictions.  
  • 2 excursions to destinations outside Prague/semester – Please note that this is optional at extra cost and subject to COVID-19 related restrictions.  

All Trojan Transfer plan are also entitled to

  • 24/7 support in case of a medical or other emergency 
  • ISIC student card with discounts on public transit, reduced cost phone plans, discounted travel within EU, sport clubs, cultural events and entertainment discounts etc. 
  • Student transcript delivery to USC 
  • Special program coordinator support for the entire duration of the program and more…