Language and Literature in Prague

Ref: 10003233

Eligibility

Second-year English Language BA (Hons) and English (Literature) BA (Hons) students (including Single Honours, all Joint Honours and ‘with Languages/TESOL’ students) are eligible to apply for this opportunity. Priority will be given to second-year students, but first and final year students, plus MA English and MA English Language Teaching programmes can also apply. The maximum number of places on this opportunity is 30 and the minimum the trip will go ahead with is 10. DMU staff will be accompanying the group.

DMU students are only eligible to receive one academic-led trip bursary per year. Please check our eligibility criteria for further details.

Description

English Language and Literature students have an opportunity to visit the Czech Republic in late March 2020, benefiting from a link we have with the English Language and Literature department at the Faculty of Education at Charles University in Prague (an Erasmus+ exchange partner). Prague also makes an excellent destination due to its rich cultural history including music, theatre and literature.

This trip offers the students the opportunity to attend lectures in English Language, Linguistics, Literature and Critical Studies at Charles University in Prague. Students will be invited to sit in on classes at the University, which may include classes on topics such as English linguistics (e.g. pronunciation, grammar, semantics and teaching English) and literary theories, Modernism and Czech reception of English literature. All teaching is delivered in English. Interested students will also have opportunities to consider the various ways in which Czech literature has been adapted on screen, as well as seeing how the city of Prague has been presented on screen in various film adaptations.

The trip will enhance students’ understanding of English Language and/or English Literature, by giving them the opportunity to experience topics and ideas that are not normally covered on their modules or experience them from a different perspective (e.g. that of a non-native speaker of English). The students will also have opportunities to meet Charles University English Language and Literature students during social activities.

Cultural activities

Prague has a long literary history and it is a UNESCO City of Literature. Students will be able to sample some of that rich variety during the trip. Students will also have the opportunity to learn about the role of different languages and cultural identities in Czech history.

Students will take part in a tour of central Prague guided by English Language and Literature students from Charles University. Other cultural activities could include a literary tour of Prague, visits to the Museum of Communism (£9), Franz Kafka Museum (£6), the National Museum (£6), Prague Castle (£6) and lunch at the literary Cafe Slavia. From these visits students will learn about this region’s turbulent political and social history (as reflected in the works of writers such as Milan Kundera, Václav Havel, Bohumil Hrabal, Karel Čapek and Ladislav Fuks).

Travel and accommodation

Accommodation and travel  will be booked by the faculty for this opportunity, and students will be expected to pay the full amount following confirmation of their place.

Contact details

Visa information

In order to participate in this trip, you are responsible for ensuring that you meet the Czech immigration requirements. EU nationals will not require a visa to travel to another EU country. Non-EU nationals will require a visa to travel to the Czech Republic and are responsible for obtaining a Schengen visa. Further information related to obtaining a visa can be found here.

The #DMUglobal team can provide visa support letters as required, and proof of enrolment can be obtained from the Student Gateway. You must ensure that you apply for your Schengen visa as soon as you have been formally accepted to this opportunity by #DMUglobal. You are responsible for checking processing times and meeting all application requirements in order to ensure that you receive your visa prior to departure. Be aware that immigration decisions are made by individual embassies.

Key Information

  • Departure date: Monday 30 March 2020
  • Return date: Friday 3 April 2020
  • Estimated cost of travel and accommodation: £275
  • Students will also be required to pay for: UK and in-country transfers (£40), cultural activities, city travel card (£11) food and drink, visa (if applicable)
  • #DMUglobal bursary: £150
  • Deadline for application: Monday 4 November 2019 9am