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Czech Republic: Central European Studies, Prague - Fall and Spring
 
Dear Participants,
 
Thank you for choosing the University of California Education Abroad Program! For this program, UCEAP has partnered with CIEE. As a UCEAP student, the terms of your participation differ from students who are enrolled with CIEE independently or through another university. It is important for you to be aware of these differences and understand your unique responsibilities as a UCEAP student abroad.
 
You will be concurrently enrolled at UC while participating through CIEE in Prague. The grades you earn while in Prague will appear on your UC transcript as direct UC credit rather than transfer credit, and unlike other students you may meet in the program, you will pay your fees to UCEAP rather than directly to CIEE. You will also carry an additional insurance policy that is a part of your UCEAP participation. Finally, you will have additional resources and contacts through UCEAP with whom you need to communicate. The details of these separate and unique “UCEAP elements” of your participation are outlined in this short supplement. Please be familiar with them before departing for Czech Republic.
 
Note that this guide is meant to be a supplement to the CIEE Program Handbook; it is critical that you also read the CIEE Program Handbook, as it contains extensive, critical information about your program, Prague, and life in the Czech Republic.
 
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Contacts

CIEE

Your first point of contact while abroad will be the on-site CIEE Resident Staff in Prague, including:
 
CIEE Resident Director in Prague
Jana Cemusová
T: 011-420-224-923-084
 

YOUR UCEAP NETWORK

While you will stay in close touch with the CIEE staff and the faculty in Prague, you will also need to keep a list of contacts on hand for the UCEAP Systemwide Office. The UCEAP Systemwide Office establishes and operates programs all over the world, and coordinates UCEAP administration for all UC campuses from its headquarters in Goleta, California. As a participant in the Central European Studies, Prague program, you will work closely with the following Systemwide Office staff:
 
 
International Operations Specialist
Kathryn Rich
Phone: (805) 893-4255; E-mail: krich@eap.ucop.edu
 
International Academics Specialist
Lauren Nestler
Phone: (805) 893-4683; E-mail: lnestler@eap.ucop.edu
 
Student Finance Accountant
Svetlana Kovalchuk
Phone: (805) 893-4812; E-mail: studentfinance@eap.ucop.edu
 
Academics & Your UC Registration
Academics
As a UCEAP student in a program administered by CIEE, make sure you understand all of your academic resources, as well as your academic responsibilities. Remember that other students on the program will be bound to different home-university policies. Regardless of CIEE regulations, you must meet UCEAP requirements.
 
Read through the following guides now to know what sort of information is in each, and know how to access them easily when you have questions later:
  • The Academic chapter includes UCEAP academic regulations on unit requirements, information on taking fewer units than the program requirement, instuctions on the MyEAP Study List registration process, changing courses, petitions, grades, and more. 
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  • CIEE Program Handbook (available in your MyCIEE account "Readings" section)
    The Academics section in the CIEE Program Handbook outlines your CIEE academic program. Read this guide closely; you will be held accountable for this information, as well as UCEAP academic policies in the UGSA.
Who Should I Ask About...
  • UCEAP academic regulations/MyEAP Study List: UCEAP (email Laruen Nestler in the Systemwide Office)
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  • CIEE Prague course specifics and concerns: CIEE on-site advisor
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  • UC college or department requirements: your college or department advisor and/or campus EAP advisor
You have the additional resources of UCEAP staff in case of difficulties. The CIEE resident staff should be your first contact for most issues, but remember, if you have significant academic, health, personal, or financial issues that may impact your academic performance, be sure to contact UCEAP staff to discuss options and consequences.
 
Credit and Registration
Because you will be receiving direct UC credit rather than transfer credit, you will be concurrently enrolled with both CIEE and UCEAP. Completing your MyEAP Study List is the only way for your UCEAP courses and grades to appear on your UC transcript. Timely completion of your Study List is also a requirement of the Student Agreement you signed.
 
Registering through CIEE: Signing up for courses
  • You will be required to pre-register for courses before arriving in Prague. Your CIEE Study Abroad Advisor will notify you when details about the course registration process are available on your online CIEE account. Please take this pre-registration seriously and act fast—enrollment is first come-first served.
     
  • Note that you may not change courses after the CIEE add/drop period ends. 
     
  • Take your home UC department advisor’s name and email with you to contact regarding using any new course to satisfy particular department or college requirements. Neither CIEE nor UCEAP staff can assist you with questions about fulfilling home department requirements.
Registering through UCEAP: Entering your courses into your MyEAP Registration Study List
  • Immediately after your arrival, you will receive detailed instructions from the UCEAP Systemwide Office.  It is critical that you read and respond to all e-mails regarding the registration process.
     
  • You will search the MyEAP course catalog to select existing courses taken by previous students in Prague, and enter course information for new course offerings. 
  • Include the correct number of units in UC quarter units (even for semester campus students).
     
  • The Systemwide Office reviews courses (especially subject areas and division) and finalizes Study Lists. Check your final Study List carefully, as it determines how your courses will appear on your transcript.
     
  • If you have concerns about meeting program requirements or other related questions, first consult the relevant sections of the Academic chapter of the UGSA, then contact the Systemwide Office if needed.
Financial Information
Understanding Your Finances
​​Detailed information on handing money abroad can be found in your CIEE Program Handbook.
Your MyEAP Account & Budget
Your MyEAP Student Account is similar to your UC campus financial account. It will be available as soon as you are selected for your program in MyEAP. You can make payments through this account using e-checks or credit cards (MasterCard, American Express, or Discover). The fees that you owe UCEAP will be applied to your account after your program predeparture withdrawal date, which is listed in MyEAP. For the amount due to UCEAP prior to fees being posted on your account, refer to the UCEAP Student Budget Payment Voucher located on the second page of your UCEAP Student Budget. Program fees are subject to change.
 
Handling Money Abroad
Diversity at UCEAP
Insurance
UCEAP Insurance Plan
 
CIEE Insurance
 
Staying Healthy
Local Medical Facilities
Physical Health
 
Mental Health
 
Health Risks
Prescription Medications
Staying Safe
Minimize Risk
 
Crime & Prevention

Detailed information can be found in your CIEE Program Handbook.​
Civil Unrest
​Civil disorder is rare, although strikes and demonstrations do occasionally occur. Public protests are usually non-violent and issue-centered. Demonstrations are usually small and peaceful. Most demonstrations number less than 50 but have been known to exceed 500 participants. There have been incidents of violence involving rowdy fans at sporting events. During these incidents and other demonstrations, the police are generally well prepared and handle the protesters in a professional and competent manner.
Traffic & Transportation Safety
Prague has an extensive and reliable bus and tramway service. Tickets can be bought at tobacconists and any establishment displaying the sign 'Predprodej Jizdenek' (ticket sales.)
 
Buses, trolleybuses and tramways also operate in Brno, Ostrava, Plzen and some other centers. Most of the local services run 0430-0000. All trams and bus stops have the schedules posted.
 
Prague has three metro lines that are easy to use, well-designed and clean. They are the easiest and quickest transport, especially since driving and parking in Prague is very difficult. Metro tickets are bought from machines at the stations. No other city in the Czech republic has a metro/subway.

​Buy a ticket prior to boarding to avoid being fined. The ticket must be validated at the outset of the trip by inserting it into the yellow box found on trams and buses and in the entry halls of Metro stations. In Prague, ticket offices are located in many Metro stations. Tickets can also be purchased at tabak shops, newspaper stands, post offices, and from vending machines at all metro stations and at major tram stops. Those travelers who do not validate their tickets face the possibility of encountering an inspector at any time. The transportation inspectors operate in plain clothes, but should display a small metal badge (emblazoned with the words “Prepravní Kontrola”) when inspecting travelers’ tickets. Fines range from 50 to 950 CZK, but the standard on-the-spot payment for traveling without a valid ticket is 800 CZK. Inspectors should provide a receipt upon payment. Information on the types of tickets and pricing can be found here.

Taxis should be clearly marked (ideally with a permanently installed roof lamp and taxi sign) and must have driver’s information, with registration number, company name, and price list displayed on the front doors. Taxi drivers should use a taxi meter and provide a receipt (from the meter) upon completion of the trip. Taxi drivers are infamous for overcharging foreigners or taking circuitous routes to drive up fares.

The U.S. Embassy is aware of a report involving an individual who hailed a taxi on a street near a popular nightclub; the individual was robbed and sustained minor injuries before being dropped off outside of Prague. More alarmingly, the U.S. Embassy is also aware of sexual assault cases involving taxis.

Get a taxi at one of the "Fair Place" taxi stands regulated by the Prague municipality. The main taxi stand at Prague Ruzyne Airport has proven reputable. Clearly marked taxis from AAA (14-0-14) and Radio Cab 1.1.1 service the stand. Fares from the airport to the city center should run approximately 600CZK.

Bus Services
The Czech Republic's government-run bus network is extensive and covers many areas that are inaccessible by train. The bus service is generally efficient and comfortable. Long-distance buses serve much of Europe and should be booked in advance. On some buses, foreigners are occasionally required to pay higher fares.
 
Eurolines and Eurobus offer bus passes for unlimited travel for a certain period of time within Europe. For information, call Eurolines in Prague at 2-2481-4450 or 2-2481-4821.
LGBT Students

​Prague is one of the most gay-friendly cities in central Europe. There is a comparatively large gay community in the city, centered in the Vinohrady district, with several openly gay venues catering to the local LGBT clientele.

Outside of Prague—particularly in small towns—views are still relatively conservative and open displays of homosexuality are less common. Use discretion when traveling in these areas. 

UCEAP Contingency Planning
 
Fire Safety
 
In An Emergency
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