Comparative Study of Peace, Conflict & Religion

Prague & Vienna

August 1-15, 2019 

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, including United Nations Office



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. Vienna has been voted the world’s most livable city for the last 7 years in a row! Both countries have diverse political and intellectual histories–including communist and Nazi occupation–which provide a complex exploration of leadership and community!
Did you know: After WWII Vienna was divided into four parts and occupied by the United States, France, the United Kingdom and the Soviet Union? Austria regained independence in 1955 with the Austrian State Treaty.


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

  • Communist Museum
  • Terezin
  • United Nations
  • 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 and Vienna offer several meals options, including cooking at the housing or enjoying the many restaurant options.


Transportation. Prague and Vienna are wonderful walkable cities but also have 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. In Vienna you will purchase a 3-day transportation pass (approximately 18 USD).

The cost for the 2 week program is $2,950 USD. This includes tuition (3 US/ 6 ECTS credits), housing, field trips, cultural activities, and transportation between Prague & Vienna. Travel to Prague 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 20th 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:


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