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Prague: Film Studies

Prague, Czech Republic

Prague, Czech Republic

Program sponsor: Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)

Prague Old Town Bridge Tower (right) St. Francis Of Assissi Church
Prague Old Town Bridge Tower (right) St. Francis Of Assissi Church

This competitive program gives serious film students pursuing either the Production Track or the Screenwriting Track an exceptional international opportunity to study with both U.S. and international film students at The Prague Film and Television School of the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU), one of the preeminent film schools in Central Europe. In addition to taking a Czech language class, two CIEE courses with other study abroad students, and FAMU electives with international students, students work directly with film professionals to produce a short 16mm film or develop a feature-length screenplay. Students should only select FAMU elective courses worth at least 2 semester credits and avoid any 1.5-semester credit courses, since they are not eligible for transfer to Northwestern. Participants also have the opportunity to visit local film studios and attend guest lectures by European directors, producers, cinematographers, and screenwriters.

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Program Requirements


Open to students from art-related majors, preferably film, with a minimum 2.5 GPA (3.0 GPA for screenwriting track).


Students must take a Czech language course on the program in order to fulfill Northwestern's study abroad language requirement.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.


Courses worth less than 2 semester credits are not eligible to transfer back to Northwestern; refer to the choosing courses page for more information.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

4 to 6 Northwestern units per semester. Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.


CIEE-administered apartments (self-catered) with other program students. Meals are not included.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $29,100

Billed by Northwestern

Total: $23,250

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Meals: $1,850
  • Airfare: $1,200
  • Local transportation: $50
  • Books & supplies: $100
  • Personal expenses: $2,200
  • Czech visa & insurance: $270
  • GeoBlue: $180

Total: $5,850

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the CIEE website for information about their available scholarships. 
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for the Prague Film School (PFS), and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to the Prague Film School, you may be instructed to pay a 20% deposit to confirm your place in the program. Northwestern students are not required to pay this deposit. If your acceptance packet includes an invoice or instructions for deposit, please forward that information to your study abroad adviser for clarification or further instructions.

Student Visa Financial Certification

In order to obtain your student visa, you may need to provide documentation that you will be supported financially for the duration of your time abroad. This may require bank statements from your parents and/or a financial aid award letter; review your visa application instructions carefully to be sure you are providing the appropriate documentation.

If you primarily fund your education through financial aid and/or loans, you may contact Krista Bethel in the financial aid office to request a letter certifying financial support.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include your PFS tuition and required equipment fee, as well as the NU study abroad administrative fee. Estimates are outlined above; refer to your program's materials for the most current cost information.

Please also note that Northwestern will send your tuition payment to PFS via wire transfer. The exact U.S. Dollar amount you are charged through CAESAR will depend on the exchange rate when the wire transfer is processed.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your NU account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Housing & Other Program Charges

It is your responsibility to pay directly for all other charges abroad, including your housing. Contact PFS directly if you have any questions.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, housing add-ons, field trips or other optional items related to your program. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly.

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