The NYU Center is situated at Malé Náměstí in two buildings, both steps away from Old Town Square. The main center is in a 15th-century building with painted wooden beams and arched entryways, an ideal place for study and reflection. We also have classrooms, practice rooms and study lounges in the beautiful Richter Palace (Richtruv dum).
Our facilities include an English-language library (access our online catalogue), computer rooms, music rooms, darkrooms, and administrative offices. The director and staff are available to students for informal talks, advising, and recommendations about life in Prague. Here, in the heart of the city, students are close 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 part of daily life.
The City as a Classroom
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.