The NYU Center is situated at Malé Náměstí in a 15th-century building only steps away from the Old Town square and Prague's historic clock tower. The building has been restored to its original detail with painted wooden beams and arched entryways, an ideal place for study and reflection. We have also recently expanded to another building nearby, to accomodate the size of our ever-growing program!
Students at the NYU Center are invited to use the English-language library, the computer room where the Internet is readily available, and classrooms. A darkroom in the building is available to our students studying photography in Prague. The director and the staff are available to students for informal talks, academic advising, and recommendations about life in Prague. Here, in the heart of the city, students are close to Charles University, to Wenceslas Square — the site of Prague's Velvet Revolution, to the Jewish Quarter with its famed 15th-century cemetery, and to the Charles Bridge.
Restaurants, cafés and galleries are close by, so a pleasant stroll, a cup of coffee, or a peek into an art gallery are some ways students can spend time between classes.
The magical city of Prague is medieval yet modern, and its museums, galleries, castles, synagogues, churches and architecture provide unparalleled opportunities to supplement classroom study. Many of Prague’s most significant historical sites are within walking distance of the NYU Academic Center, and professors make ample use of the city. Students sense the mingling of the past and present that is unique to Prague and Central Europe. With Prague Castle--the center of the national government--located nearby, students are exposed to discussions on current political issues both in the classroom and in local discourse. Questions of European unity, of the role of NATO, minority rights, and of the economics of transition come alive alongside the legacy of the great composers and artists whose impact on Prague remains vibrant even today.
The resident NYU Prague’s Director and Associate Director are available for individual consultation on each student’s course of study during orientation and throughout the semester. Students can discuss course work with their professors during office hours. Students should consult with their advisers in the USA about requirements for their major or to find out if they can take an internship for credit.