Comparative Study of Peace, Conflict & Religion


August 1-15, 2020 

Make the world your classroom! Expand your cross-cultural skills and explore the vitally important question of the role of religion in contemporary world affairs in two of Europe’s most vibrant cities. 


“I want to thank you again for an incredible experience. You provided me with a trip that I will remember for the rest of my life, one that I’m sure I will tell my kids about. I am forever grateful of your dedication to educating the youth.” Chris Antich, Washington College

Highlights of the program include:

  • Explore topics of global importance
  • Develop your cross-cultural knowledge and skills 
  • Earn academic credit: 4 credits
  • Cultural Activities & Site Visits

This course explores the vitally important question of the role of religion in contemporary world affairs. We shall place special focus on the comparative assessment of religion’s impact both on conflict creation and conflict resolution. In what ways has religious faith engendered economic, political, and military conflict; and in what ways has religion served a peace-making function in contemporary social and political life? We live, as one noted commentator remarks, in a world awash with the claims of religious truth. We shall assess in an objective manner, free both from any proselytizing and from a presumptive cynicism about religious faith, critically important questions for the global community today.

The course introduces you to key concepts and theories complemented by engaging site visits and guest speakers.

This course is open to all majors.

This course is taught in English and fully accredited and earns 4 US/ 8 ECTS university credits . Transcripts are issued by Charles University, the oldest university in Eastern Europe. Most students are able to transfer credit from the program as long as arrangements are made in advance with their home university. Please consult your home university prior to attending the program for specific details on transferring credit

Prague is ranked as one of the best cities for international students due to its affordability, diversity, and friendliness. The Czech Republic has a diverse political and intellectual history–including communist and Nazi occupation–which provide a complex exploration of leadership and community!

Explore these vibrant cities through visits to important historical and cultural sites:

  • Communist Museum
  • Terezin
  • Kutna Hora
  • The renowned Czech cinema

​And many, many other things you can explore on your own. Skvělý! (Awesome!)

Housing. Depending upon the program, students are housed in a double-occupancy dorm room or double/triple occupancy shared flats. Housing is located a short tram ride to the university.

Meals are not included in the price of the program. Prague offers several meals options, including cooking at the housing or enjoying the many restaurant options.

Transportation. Prague is a wonderful walkable city with excellent public transportation systems.  You will purchase a transportation pass in Prague (approximately 25USD or 35USD for students over 26) that covers all of your tram, bus, and metro travel.

The cost for the 2 week program is $3050 USD. This includes tuition (4 US/ 8 ECTS credits), housing, field trips, and cultural activities. Travel to Prague, transportation pass, and meals are not included. A non-refundable deposit is required to secure a spot in program. Payment plans can be arranged.  Travel to the program is not included, but you can book plane tickets through STA Travel, the world’s largest student travel company.


We understand that study abroad is an important investment in your intellectual and personal growth. We offer a limited number of partial tuition scholarships. Scholarships are primarily reserved for students from Eastern Europe and developing countries.  Check with your school, too. Your study abroad, student activities, honors and/or financial aid office may have resources. Many of our students receive assistance from their universities or community. We will even give you a letter to help you out!

​Krásné! (Magnificent!)

Next Steps:

  1. Submit yourInterest Form to get the process started.
  2. Submit your Full Application. (Don’t forget applications are ROLLING ADMISSION.  This is our 21st Annual Program and we are getting an early start on the admission process. We strongly encourage people to apply early!
  3. You may be contacted for a follow-up interview
  4. Spread the word to other high caliber students!

Can I attend multiple programs?  

Yes! Each program has unique courses and allows you to continue your leadership journey. Our current record holder, Virginia Campo, has attended 5 programs!  When you pair a 4-week with a 2-week program, you earn a discounted tuition rate and you earn a significant portion of the credits needed for the Sullivan Social Entrepreneurship Certificate.  Choose from:

After 21 years of catalyzing the next generation of global leaders and change agents, we can’t help but celebrate!

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