Congratulations on your admission to the University of Southern California beginning the Spring Semester of 2021! Despite the COVID-19 situation, it is USC’s and AAU’s intention to administer The USC Fall Semester in Prague program in Fall 2020. Your inquires and applications will be processed swiftly and efficiently and we are excited to welcome you to the Prague program.

UPDATE ON VISA APPLICATION PROCEDURES, VIRTUAL LEARNING OPTIONS AND OTHER COVID-19 RELATED MEASURES

Visa Application Processes Resumed

In light of COVID-19 related measures being progressively lifted by the Czech Government, visa application processes were now resumed in many countries, including the United States. 

If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, we therefore strongly recommend that you apply for a student visa at the Czech Embassy in one of the following cities: 

  • Chicago

  • Los Angeles

  • New York

  • Washington 

The student visa is not restricted to 90 days and therefore allows you to stay in the Czech Republic/Schengen Area for the entire duration of your program, also with more time on your hands for arrival, departure and travel. 

In order to receive your visa on time, your visa appointment date should not be set later than July 18, 2020 at one of the embassies. 

You may still use the alternative that you arrive without a visa for the compressed Fall 2020 semester and apply for a student visa (for a prolonged stay) once you arrive at the Czech Embassy either in Austria, Germany or Poland. Should you choose this option, please contact us for details.  

If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, please contact us to advise you whether the visa application processes have resumed also in the country of your citizenship. 

Adjusted Fall Semester 2020 Dates

The AAU Fall 2020 Semester will still be compressed to 12 weeks. Classes will run from Monday, September 21st until Wednesday, December 16th, 2020. Therefore, students coming from countries whose citizens are exempt from the visa requirement for travel to the Czech Republic, specifically citizens of countries listed HERE, will not need to apply for a student visa to attend AAU for the Fall 2020 semester.

Virtual Classes for Fall Semester 2020 

For those students who will not be able to enter the Czech Republic regardless of the compressed semester, the resumed visa processes, due to prevailing border or travel restrictions imposed by the respective governments, AAU will ensure that all classes you register for at AAU will be available in a virtual format during Fall Semester 2020.

Students enrolled in virtual classes during the Fall Semester 2020 will not be charged for the medical insurance fee and a discounted extra-curricular fee will apply. ($1,063 USD) The overall reduction of the entire program price will be reimbursed to students at the beginning of the Fall Semester 2020. Therefore, you need to make full payments first. 

We recommend that you monitor AAU updates on government policies and entry regulations and inform your AAU academic advisor if you want to choose online courses for Fall Semester 2020 due to border restrictions. We further recommend researching flexible airfares and travel options which allow you to make your decision between face-to-face or online classes before the semester starts.

The USC Fall Semester in Prague program

Prior to the start of your USC career in January, you are invited to participate in the USC Fall Semester in Prague program, an exclusive partnership with Anglo-American University in Prague. This program is designed to offer you the opportunity to spend the fall semester abroad at AAU, earning credits that will transfer directly to USC. 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 develop a deeper understanding of and respect for intercultural differences, greater flexibility and adaptability, and an 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’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 a bit farther from home.

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.

Anglo-American University in Prague, Czech Republic 

Located in the heart of Europe inside the restored Thurn-Taxis Palace, Anglo-American University 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.

Fall Semester Coursework at AAU That Transfers to USC

During the Fall Semester at AAU, you may choose from an array of courses across a wide range of subjects. Your AAU courses fulfill USC requirements; thus, enabling the transfer for credit when you continue at USC beginning in the Spring. Most AAU classes are 3 credit courses. A normal semester load consists of 5 courses; thus, earning you 15 credits for the Fall Semester.

AAU offers a large selection of courses that fulfill USC transfer recommendations. In the USC Fall Semester in Prague program, you have the unique opportunity to choose from courses that incorporate Czech and European culture into the curriculum across an already wide range of disciplines such as international relations, political science, business, art history, and social sciences for example. 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 USC Fall Semester in Prague program offers a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in Czech culture and language all while relying on American education style and methodologies. 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 is significantly lower than other comparable cities, making it a cost-effective option for students. 

You can see overall costs of living and attendance fees at AAU in Prague for one semester in the table below: 

Undergraduate Costs of Attendance (living in AAU housing)

Fall Semester 2020

Tuition (15 credits/semester) 

$3,750 

Admissions fee, per semester

$90

Administrative fees, per semester

$200

Freshmen Extra-Curricular fee, per semester

$1,251

Housing, shared room, per semester 

$2,900 

Dining/meals per semester 

$2,250 

School supplies per semester 

$106 

Visa fees, estimated 

$111 

Flights home 

$1,750 

Health insurance  
[4months of coverage, with student discount] 

$270  
 

Personal and miscellaneous per semester 

$750 

Art fees (if applicable) 

$40-$100 per course 

AAU is proud to offer its 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 in a lively district full of shopping opportunities, parks, and restaurants in Holešovice, which according to the Guardian.com has been named one of the top 10 coolest neighborhoods in Europe. The residence 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. 

  • Detailed information about AAU Student Housing can be found here. 

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 confirmed your interest in the USC – Freshman Year in Prague program in this online application form (see section below: Academic Calendar, Forms & Deadlines.)

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 to 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.

Applying for the USC Fall Semester in Prague Program 

Once you decide to participate in the fall semester in Prague as a full-time visiting student and confirm your interest to AAU through this simple online application form, AAU will send you detailed information with regard to the registration process. You do not need to submit a separate regular full application to AAU.

By filling out the online application form you are giving USC permission to share your admission documents with AAU. This way AAU will review your admission documents and inform you of your application outcome within two weeks of AAU’s receipt of your application online form. Once approved, you will receive detailed information related to tuition and housing, enrollment, and the visa process.

Academic Calendar, Forms, & Deadlines  


To reflect the dynamically changing situation related to the covid-19 measures, the program application deadlines have been extended, please note the updated dates bellow: 
 

USC Fall Semester in Prague program 

Application Deadline 

Deposit Deadline 

Final Payment Deadline

Program Application 

July 15, 2020 

N/A

July 31, 2020 

Housing Application 

August 7, 2020 

August 21, 2020 

September 2020
  • Registration for classes will start July 1, 2020. 
*The deposit is not refundable unless if on August 21, 2020 or later, the student cannot to participate in the program due to respective government border policies related to the COVID-19 situation. 

Student Life and Services for Visiting Students

Studying abroad is a challenge. Therefore we provide resources to make the journey as easy as possible. Before you start your studies you will get: 

  • Online Information Session about the USC Fall Semester in Prague program: April 19, 2020 at 7 PM CEST (10 AM PST) CLICK HERE TO REGISTER 
  • Pre-arrival guides and tips for living in Prague and Studying at AAU
  • Support from an AAU Coordinator for Visiting First-Year Programs
  • Airport pick-up service upon your arrival in Prague
  • 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 program students will be able to participate in special programming including:

  • Welcome and farewell meet-and-greet dinner at beginning and end of your program in typical Czech restaurant
  • 2 cultural activities/month (guided tours, theater and museum visits, etc.)
  • 2 excursions to destinations outside Prague/semester

All USC Fall Semester in Prague program students also have access to: 

  • Public transportation pass for the duration of the program
  • 24/7 support in case of a medical or other emergency
  • and more…

Contacts

  • For questions related to admission and registration with Anglo-American University in Prague, please contact: [email protected]
  • For all other questions related to The USC Fall Semester in Prague program please contact: Marie Burda at [email protected]
  • For questions related to USC and spring admission please contact Jessica Frey Nielsen at [email protected].