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  • Locations: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Program Terms: Summer
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Fact Sheet:
Class Standing: 1-Freshman, 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior, 6-Non-Degree Seeking Language of Instruction: English
Minimum GPA: 2.00 Field of Study: Anthropology, General Studies, Jewish Studies, Music
Housing Options: Apartment or Flat Program Type: Faculty-Led Program
Program Costs: 3001- 5000
Program Description:
Music and Culture in Prague

Summer 2018 - Application Now Open! 
Course Dates: June 7-July 28, 2018
Dates Abroad: June 7 - June 28, 2018
Price: $3,357

**For upcoming information sessions click here**


In "Music and Cultures" we will examine in detail the music and people who created: klezmer, Roma (Gypsy) and jazz and Rock and Roll particular to what we find in Czech Republic. Through lectures, readings, recordings, live concerts and film the students will become familiar with these different cultures through the study of these people and their folk music. We will also examine how it is being used by some American artists today the mediums of film, dance, theatre, song and instrumental music.


Prague was founded in the later 9th century, and soon became the seat of Bohemian kings, some of whom ruled as emperors of the Holy Roman Empire. The city thrived under the rule of Charles IV, who ordered the building of the New Town. in the 14th century - many of the city's most important attractions date back to that age. The city also went under Habsburg rule and became the capital of a province of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In 1918, after World War I, the city became the capital of Czechoslovakia. After 1989 many foreigners, especially young people, moved to Prague. In 1992, its historic centre was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. In 1993, Czechoslovakia split into two countries and Prague became capital city of the new Czech Republic.


All participants are required register for ONE of the following SDSU courses, offered through the College of Extended Studies (CES):
  • ANTH 422: Music and Culture (3 units) [fulfills upper division GE Explorations area C Humanities requirement; cultural diversity course]
  • GENS 450: Music and Culture (3 units) [fulfills upper division GE Explorations area C Humanities requirement]
  • Welcome dinner
  • Walking tour of Prague with Prague Castle
  • Jewish Museum in Prague
  • Karlstejn via train to visit the castle
  • Day trip to Brno
  • Visit to Lety - Romani Concentration Camp
  • Franz Kafka Museum
  • Walking tour of Jewish Quarter in Prague including synagogues
  • Friday night service at Jubilee/Jerusalem Synagogue
  • Terezin Concentration camp
  • Czech Museum of Musical lnstruments
  • Ethnographic Museum of the National Museum
  • The Museum and Archive of Popular Museum
  • Day trip to Cesky Krumlo
  • Multiple film screenings
  • Farewell lunch

Prof. Yale Strom is one of the leading ethnographers in the world who has studied the culture and history of the Jews and Roma of Central and Eastern Europe for thirty years. His klezmer research was instrumental in helping form the repertoires of his klezmer band, Hot Pstromi. Since he began first band in 1981, Strom has been composing his own New Jewish music, which combines klezmer with Hasidic nigunim , Rom, jazz, classical, Balkan and Sephardic motifs. These compositions range from songs to quartets to a symphony, which premiered with the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He composed original music for Tony Kushner’s “The Dybbuk” presented at the Denver Center and Queens College. He also composed all the New Jewish music for the National Public Radio series Fiddlers, Philosophers & Fools: Jewish Short Stories from the Old World to the New, hosted by Leonard Nimoy, as well as numerous films (A Life Apart) and dance (Malashock Dance Troupe) scores. Strom is also one of the only top composers of Jewish music to carry on the tradition of writing original songs, with Yiddish lyrics, about humanitarian and social issues. His many recordings run the gamut of traditional klezmer to "new" Jewish music and have appeared on Top Ten, Year's Best and critically acclaimed lists across North America. Strom has performed with many world renowned musicians including Andy Statman, Mark Dresser, Marty Ehrlich, Mark O'Connor, Alicia Svigals, Samir Chatterjee, Salman Ahmad, Damian Draghici, Adam del Monte, Lulo Reinhardt, Sunny Jain, Rachel Barton Pine and many other virtuosi.

Strom's research has also resulted in photo documentary books, documentary films, as well as CD recordings. He is the author of The Book of Klezmer: The History, The Music, The Folklore (2002)" is a 400 page history with original photos and sheet music gathered by Strom during his seventy-plus ethnographic trips to Central and Eastern Europe. A Wandering Feast: A Journey Through the Jewish Culture of Eastern Europe written in collaboration with his wife, Elizabeth Schwartz, is part cookbook, part travelogue (2005).

Payment Schedule:
 $612     Deposit due to Extended Studies with application 
 $1,650  Second program payment due to WorldStrides ISA by April 6, 2018
 $1,095  Tuition due with course registration between  April 15-25,2018
 $3,357  Total Program Fee*

* In addition to the program fee, there is a refundable housing deposit of $200, to be paid by students directly to WorldStrides ISA by April 6, 2018.
Included in Program Fee:
  • Housing
  • Tuition
  • Activities as listed above
  • Group airport pickup and dropoff
  • Public transportation pass
  • Emergency medical and repatriation insurance

Not Included in Program Fee:
  • International airfare
  • Most meals
  • Passport/visa fees
  • Personal expenses
Refund Policy:
Program Costs Refund:
  • The application deposit is non-refundable for withdrawals after March 15, 2018.*
  • For the second payment, for withdrawals between March 16, 2018 but before April 6, 2018, there is a 50% cancellation fee.
  • For withdrawals after April 6, 2018, no refund will be issued. 
Course Tuition Refund: 
Refunds for course tuition follow the College of Extended Studies (CES) standard refund policy

* Withdrawals are effective on the date that the CES Faculty-Led Program staff receives written notification from you, the student. Email notification is acceptable.

Funding & Scholarship Information:
Visit the CES Study Abroad website for more information about financial aid, scholarships, military and veterans benefits, and other funding sources.

All students accepted to the Music & Culture program will be eligible to receive a $375 scholarship, generously provided through the Marie Hornik Scholarship for Study Abroad in the Czech Republic. In order for the funds to be disbursed, students will need to submit a thank you note to the donor. Further information regarding this scholarship will be provided once the program closes for applications. 

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  • Open to SDSU students, students at other colleges and universities and the general public
  • SDSU students cannot be on academic probation (less than 2.0 GPA) or disciplinary probation (expulsion, judicial, or suspension) at the time of application and/or at the time of course registration. The standard CES refund policy for study abroad applies if you are found to be on probation after applying to the program.
  • Minimum age to participate is 18
  • After applying and being accepted into the program, all participants must complete BOTH a mandatory pre-departure orientation sponsored by the College of Extended Studies (CES) as well as a program-specific orientation(s) with their faculty leader(s) prior to departure. Details about both will be sent after acceptance into the program.

Summer 2018: Apply by March 15!

NOTE: Programs close once the maximum capacity is reached, so don't wait to apply!
  1. Review the admission and prerequisite requirements and refund policies above. If you apply without meeting the pre-requisites, you will be withdrawn and are still subject to the same refund policies (see above).
  2. Click on the red "Apply Now" button below to access the College of Extended Studies (CES) online application. Make sure to read the instructions and click "Create A New Account" if you have never applied to a CES program. NOTE: Your SDSU WebPortal password will not work for this account.  If you have issues with the log in process, contact the CES Registration office during regular business hours at 619-594-5152.
  3. Follow the instructions to complete the online application.  Pay your program deposit, as listed in "Payment Schedule" above, during the last part of the online application. NOTE: Your spot in the program is only reserved after you successfully submit your payment online.
  4. An advisor in the CES Faculty-led Study Abroad office will then email you with further instructions within about a week at the address that you indicated in your online application, so make sure to check your inbox and spam mail folders!
  • Click HERE for a list of Frequently Asked Questions about College of Extended Studies (CES) study abroad programs.
  • If you would like more information about the application and registration process or have general questions, please contact Amanda Chamberlain, Study Abroad Advisor, in the College of Extended Studies, Faculty-Led Study Abroad office:,  (619) 594-0540.

Dates / Deadlines:

There are currently no active application cycles for this program.