USC Fall Semester in Prague

Congratulations on your admission to the University of Southern California! Despite the continuing challenges with the pandemic, the USC Fall Semester in Prague will go forward for fall 2021. We are looking forward to welcoming you to Prague and to AAU. 

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 for the USC Fall Semester in Prague Program

In order to participate in the fall semester in Prague as a full-time visiting student, apply by filling in the  online application form. By doing so, you are giving USC permission to share your admission documents with AAU. AAU will review your application and inform you of the outcome within two weeks of receiving 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 the program and application process? Attend an online information session on April 22, 2021 at 7 PM CEST (10 AM PST).

About the USC Fall Semester in Prague Program

Prior to the start of your USC studies in January, you are invited to spend the fall semester abroad at AAU, earning credits that will transfer directly to USC through an exclusive partnership between USC and Anglo-American University in Prague. You will gain both international experience and the chance to get a jump-start on your path to USC. 

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, 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. 

We also understand that this will be your first semester at a university and you should know that you are not alone in your decision to study in Prague! AAU has a very diverse study body with a large portion of first-year students being from the US. It is this diversity that makes AAU so unique in Prague. 

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, you will be surrounded by familiar American academic structures and student services and a caring group of faculty and staff. 

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. 

AAU Courses Transfer to USC 

During the Fall Semester at AAU, you will choose courses across a wide range of subjects. Your AAU courses fulfill USC requirements; thus, enabling credit transfer when you continue at USC beginning in the Spring. A normal semester load consists of 5 3-credit courses so you will earn 15 transferrable credits for Fall Semester. 

You’ll be able to choose from courses that incorporate Czech and European culture into the curriculum across a wide range of disciplines such as international relations, political science, business, art history, and social sciences. In addition, you may choose to build your Czech language skills or choose among other languages offered at AAU. 

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. 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 20 minutes away from 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. 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 one semester:

ExpensePrice
Tuition (15 credits/semester) $3,750  
Application Fee $92 
AAU Administrative fees, per semester $200 
Extra-curricular program fee, per semester $800* 
Housing, shared room, per semester  $3,000 / person 
Dining/meals per semester  $2,250  
School supplies per semester  $125  
Visa fees, estimated  $111  
Flights home  $1,750  
Health insurance   
[4months of coverage, with student discount]  
$180   
  
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 is home to over 500 international students and is well equipped to guide students through the visa process. As such, AAU will provide the required documents as well as guidelines to obtain your study visa. We strongly recommend starting the visa application process as soon as possible, as 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 one of the Czech embassies or consulates. The visa processing takes 60 days from the day of the appointment; however, due to COVID-19 delays may occur.  

Study options for Fall Semester 2021  

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, students are required to attend online classes until further notice.  

We monitor the situation closely and will provide updates as conditions change. 

For the USC Fall Semester in Prague 2021, AAU offers two study options:  

Option 1: You can decide to take AAU classes online from home. You will not need to travel to Prague and apply for a visa. Please see below for relevant deadlines and fees. In the case that by the beginning or during Fall Semester 2021, the on-site study restrictions will be lifted, and on-campus teaching resumes at AAU, you will still be able to attend your classes virtually.  

Option 2: You can choose to come to Prague for all or part of the semester. You will need to apply for your student visa by the recommended deadline of June 15, 2021. The AAU team will assist you with the necessary processes and documents for your visa application. Once in Prague, it will depend on the Czech government regulations whether on-campus teaching will resume or whether classes will still be taught virtually.  

Academic Calendar, Forms and Deadlines

  • 2021/22 Academic Calendar   
  • AAU Housing Application Form 
  • 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.

For the Fall Semester 2021 we offer rolling application and admission; however 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 you are admitted and your tuition payment is received. 

Payment breakdown estimateOnsiteVirtual
Full tuition  $3,750  $3,750  
Application for Admissions fee  $90 $90 
Health Insurance   $180  N/A 
Extracurricular fees  $800  $500
Total tuition and fees due by May 31, 2021  $4,820$4,340 
Housing total*$3, 555 N/A
*Total amount or alternatively 1st installment due by May 20, 2nd installment due July 20, 2021. The total of $ 3,555 is an estimate for a double room plus a refundable deposit sum of $ 555 per semester. The estimate for a single room plus a refundable deposit is $4,055. 

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, 2021 at 7 PM CEST (10 AM PST) 
  • Pre-arrival guides and tips for living in Prague and Studying at AAU 
  • Assistance with visa application and health insurance 
  • Overall support from an AAU Coordinator for visiting students 
  • Special USC Fall Semester 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 USC Fall Semester in Prague students will be able to participate in special events including: 

  • Welcome and farewell meet-and-greet dinner at beginning and end of the semester
  • 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 USC Fall Semester in Prague students also receive:  

  • 24/7 support in case of a medical or other emergency 
  • ISIC student card for 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… 

Contacts 

  • For general questions about the USC Fall Semester in Prague program, please contact coordinator@aauni.edu 
  • For questions related to AAU Housing, please contact housing@aauni.edu 
  • For questions about AAU courses and registration, please contact ana.blackstad@aauni.edu 
  • For questions related to USC and spring admission please contact Jessica Frey Nielsen at freyj@usc.edu