Intensive Czech in Pittsburgh and Prague


This unique program offers students the opportunity to learn Czech at Pitt’s renowned Summer Language Institute in Pittsburgh and abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. After 6 weeks of language and culture study at Pitt’s Oakland campus, students depart for a 4-week abroad program in Prague at Charles University. In Prague, students will continue their intensive language classes and engage in an excursion program to a variety of points of interest in and around the magnificent city of Prague. This Pittsburgh-Prague program is open to students of Czech at the beginning level. Students of Czech at the intermediate or advanced levels may apply to SLI’s abroad-only program in Prague. All applicants to SLI’s Czech programs are eligible to apply for an SLI Scholarship.

What You'll Accomplish: 
  • The equivalent of 1 academic year of Czech language training
  • Rapid gain in proficiency in speaking, reading, listening, and writing in Czech
  • Deep understanding of Czech culture through hands-on activities centering on film, music, art, movement, and cuisine of Central Europe
  • Understanding of cross-cultural communication gleaned through the challenges and rewards of the international living experience


Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic and a city of astonishing beauty, traces its history to ancient times. Among its many well-preserved treasures are the Medieval animated Astronomical Clock in the Old Town Square, the pedestrian Charles Bridge, the Jewish Quarter, and multitudes of colorful baroque buildings and Gothic churches, museums, and theaters. While Prague’s history and beauty never cease to amaze, the city is also a cosmopolitan economic and cultural center with much diversity and modern conveniences. As a cultural hub, Prague offers endless learning opportunities and plenty of chances to experience the Czech language in action as you explore the historical sites and theatrical traditions or simply make friends with local Czechs, famous for their uniquely Czech sense of humor, in the friendly atmosphere of modern-day Prague.

Where You'll Live: 

Students will live in a dormitory or hostels. The cost of housing abroad is included in the program cost.

What You'll Study: 

You’ll earn a total of 10 credits during your study of Czech in an intensive and immersive environment. The language learning you achieve will be equivalent to or greater than a full academic year’s worth of foreign language study. You will rapidly improve proficiency in all four language modes: speaking, listening, reading and writing.  

Your Pitt Study Abroad Contacts: 

Oksana Stalczynski

Privet! I'm Oksana Stalczynski and I'm an Assistant Director of Study Abroad at the Global Experiences Office. I was born and raised in St. Petersburg, Russia, was an exchange student and Russian Language Scholar at Reed College in Portland, OR and did a summer language program in Dresden, Germany. Global experiences broaden your horizon, grow your circle of friends and improve your career opportunities. That’s why I think everyone should do one!

Feel free to contact me to find out more about global experiences programs at Pitt, and/or to learn/practice some Russian.


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SLI programs charge in-state tuition rates to all participants regardless of residency.

Items Billed by Pitt

Tuition $8,230  
Program Fee $1,000  
Study Abroad Fee $300  
Total Billed by Pitt $9,530  


Estimated Additional Out-of-Pocket Costs

Airfare $1,000 - $1,200
Personal Expenses and Meals $1,000


Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.


What's Included: 

As a part of your program fee, the following are included

  • Tuition for ten credits
  • Housing during the abroad portion of the program
  • International travel health insurance
  • Excursion program abroad
  • Weekly ethnic picnics and extracurricular activities in Pittsburgh
  • Bus pass and access to student facilities (gyms, libraries, etc.) in Pittsburgh