First Year Inquiry (FYI) in Prague

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FYI in Prague, hosted at the NC State Prague Institute, 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

Course Information

Students will be enrolled in SOC 202: Principles of Sociology (3 credits)
GEP: Social Sciences, Global Knowledge

This course is intended to introduce students to the discipline of sociology. Students will investigate human behavior within its social context in the Czech Republic, learn and practice methods for creating and evaluating knowledge about the social world, and critically reflect on how that knowledge applies to our lives.

Program Overview

July 29 – August 12, 2016
On Campus Reflection Day: August 29

The FYI in Prague program is highly structured and led by two 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 Institute 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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