The staff at NYU Prague provides information to students about religion and spiritual life resources, opportunities on campus, places of worship and/or meditation space, and related support services.
Religion and/or spiritual life may only be one of the many things you are thinking about in regards to study away. We suggest using this guide, Preparing for Study Away: What Should You Plan Now? to consider other aspects of your life and what will help you best prepare for your time in a new country.
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The staff at NYU Prague is available to help students connect to local religious communities. Similarly, they can arrange worship space and meditation rooms when needed. In the past, students have received invitations to events organized by the local Jewish community: http://www.masortiprague.cz/. The staff has also referred students to the Saint Tomas Catholic Church and International Christian Fellowship in the city.
Because religion plays such a prominent role in Czech history, students will learn more about the topic in the Global Orientations program. Additionally, NYU Prague faculty offer a “Religion, Culture and Politics” course.
Students observing a religious holiday during regularly scheduled class time are entitled to miss class without any penalty to their grade. This is for the holiday only and does not include the days of travel that may come before and/or after the holiday. Information regarding absences due to religious observance must be provided to the professor and Director of Academics at NYU Prague at least seven days before the date(s) in question.
Dietary Considerations: NYU Prague does not offer a meal plan. The staff can address special dietary needs if a student indicates dietary restrictions in their housing application. If a student needs a halal or kosher kitchen, they should email their Study Away Advisor. A kosher or halal kitchen can be set up with advanced notice. In the city, there are many vegan, vegetarian, halal and kosher options close to the Academic Center. Halal and kosher food may be limited around the residence hall. Students are able to note dietary restrictions in their housing application.
We encourage you to research more about religious and spiritual communities in the Czech Republic. Having a background knowledge of the history, demographics and laws will ease your transition into your new country.
Here are a few places to start your research:
You may also want to reflect on the role religion and/or spirituality play in your life now, and what your expectations or needs are for your time away. Questions to consider: