Program Overview

In the Arts and Social Change program you will examine the contemporary arts scene in the Czech Republic and the role of art as a social change agent throughout the country's history. You will study the country's communist past, its post-socialist transition, and the new challenges facing artists and communities today as a result of globalization and tourism. Site visits to artists' studios and theaters, NGO offices, and community centers will expose you to the country's beleaguered arts infrastructure as well as the initiatives in place to protect and promote the arts and social initiatives.

The program consists of three main components: an eight-week homestay in Prague during which students attend courses at the SIT program center, two weeks of educational excursions in the Czech Republic, Poland, and Slovakia, and a final four-week period during which you will focus on your Independent Study Projects. Each facet of the program will expose you to different perspectives on the role and evolution of art throughout Central European history and the impact of post-socialism on the contemporary arts scene.

For further information about the program, including dates and course information, please visit: SIT: Arts and Social Change in Prague

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Application process

If you are interested in applying to the Arts and Social Change program, we require you to meet with an advisor prior to applying.

SIT Study Abroad has rolling admission, which means that applications are reviewed on a rolling basis between the opening and closing dates of the review process. Applications must be complete to be reviewed for admission. Since many programs fill long before the published closing dates, you are strongly advised to apply by the above priority deadline.

Qualified applicants are recommended by a Study Abroad Program Advisor in the Office of International Affairs. The final selection of participants is made by SIT. The SIT admissions committee strives to select students who will be the best possible match for the program. You should submit strong academic references and demonstrate a consistent academic record, clear motivation to study abroad, solid reasoning for their program choice, and an understanding of the program model.

IMPORTANT: Application for a SIT program involves two parts. Both parts of the application are due by the UO application deadline.

  1. Completion of the UO application process.
  2. Completion of the SIT application process.

Please note that the UO deadline supersedes the SIT deadline. An application fee is due at the time of application and is non-refundable under any circumstances.

Dates and Deadlines

Fall Semester20204/15/2020Early SeptemberMid-December
Spring Semester20219/1/2020Early FebruaryLate May

Travel Advisories

For current health, safety, and travel advisory information, search the US Department of State country webpage.

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.