First Year Inquiry (FYI) in Prague

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Program Dates

July 29 – August 12, 2017
On Campus Reflection Day: TBD

FYI in Prague, hosted at the NC State Prague, is a 2 week program that merges the high impact experiences of a first year inquiry course and study abroad. Students earn 3 GEP credits that count towards their degree before the start of their first semester on campus. Students will be immersed in inquiry-guided learning, utilizing the historic and beautiful city of Prague as their classroom.

  • develop a cohort of friends
  • build strong relationships with faculty
  • gain essential cross-cultural competence

Track Options

Each themed track fulfills a General Education Program (GEP) requirement and are open to all incoming NC State students.

Critical and Creative Decision Making Models
SLC 250 (3 credits)
GEP: Interdisciplinary Perspectives, Global Knowledge

This course is designed for the student who wants to learn to think critically and creatively when making decisions by taking into consideration a variety of decision making models across disciplines. Throughout the course, students will be presented a variety of decision making processes, as well as five models on decision-making across disciplines to consider when addressing different problems. Questions will be asked of students in a way that will foster critical and creative thinking in order to analyze, process, and identify effective ways for approaching a problem or situation. Students will be asked to reflect on how the way the decisions were made may or may not apply to the student’s major.

“[This course], through the use of model implementation and examination, took a select group of NC State freshmen and turned them into thinking machines. By looking at the similarities and differences among decision making models, our class was able to better understand the importance of why each model should be used as well as discover when each model should be used for a given situation. Learning to think critically and creatively also emphasized the importance of reflection upon one’s own past work to determine the best way to improve it. Critical thinking skills can define individuals as leaders and improve teamwork skills in any given situation. The skills gained in this class helped me to grow as a person and attain goals which would have been unattainable by my previous capabilities.”

-Former SLC 250 Student

*This track will be taught within the Textiles discipline context, but is open to all students, no matter their intended major

Introduction to Environment and Behavior: Integration of behavioral and environmental systems related to design
LAR 221 (3 credits)
GEP: Humanities, Global Knowledge

This course focuses on the relationship of humans to the physical environment and how this relationship is expressed in cultural patterns and the form of urban environments. Prague is a city that dates back to approximately 700 AD. It is a major urban center that has has been formed by a variety of religious and political forces. Today it is one of the major centers of Central Europe. This course focuses on reading and understanding the urban environment as an expression of physical and cultural forces. Through a series of field exercises students will explore Prague and develop an understanding how people use this unique urban environment. They will learn how to analyze this use and how to use this analysis to inform the design and management of cities.

*This track will be taught within the Design discipline context, but is open to all students, no matter their intended major

Program Overview

The FYI in Prague program is highly structured and led by a faculty and one staff member from NC State University.

The program starts on-campus with a two day orientation. During these two days, students participate in activities and discussions to develop community, clarify expectations, and introduce the approach to FYI courses.

Students then board a group flight for Prague, Czech Republic. Students spend 10 days in Prague, using the city and the NC State Prague as their classroom. The program utilizes the historical city by visiting numerous museums, national monuments, cultural landmarks, and other significant venues to engage students in their course work-providing first hand experiences that inform critical and creative thinking. While in the Czech Republic, students also take a cultural weekend excursion to Český Krumlov, an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

To conclude the program, students reconvene on campus a week or two after their return to North Carolina for a reflection and debrief. This final day provides the opportunity for students to unpack their experience, encouraging them to reflect on their growth as students, peers, and global citizens.


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