Comparative Study of Peace, Conflict & Religion


August 1-15, 2022 

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. 





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*COVID-19 vaccination required. Effective February 15, 2022, the Czech government will consider the validity of COVID-19 vaccinations to be nine months from the date of the second dose. A booster shot will extend the validity indefinitely. The rule will apply to everyone, including visitors to the Czech Republic.








Highlights of the program include:




  • Explore topics of global importance
  • Develop your cross-cultural knowledge and skills 
  • Earn academic credit: 3-4 credits (6-8 ECTS)
  • Visit Auschwitz in Poland
  • Cultural Activities & Site Visits




F2710 Leadership & Community (3 credits)
Today’s leaders are innovators—people who create innovative solutions to society’s most pressing problems. The successful leader will mobilize members of a community or team to effectively enact change even in times of crisis and uncertainty.  Scholars argue that a robust social capital (sense of trust, norms, and shared values) aids community development and innovation.  This course explores the relationship between leadership and community innovation along with the following questions: How do communities innovate? What is the impact of leadership on community innovation?  How does the culture or social capital of a community affect innovation? How do communities utilize social capital and innovation to navigate times of crisis and uncertainty? Students have the unique opportunity to intermix classroom learning with meetings with real world entrepreneurs and social entrepreneurs who are creating systemic change to business and society.


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; in what ways has religion served a peace-making function in contemporary social and political life; and what is the impact of leaders’ actions/decisions?  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. As we explore the rich history the Czech Republic and surrounding countries, we have the opportunity to explore the real-world consequences of political and religious leaders’ decisions and actions. 


Courses 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. Students are housed in a double-occupancy dorm rooms. Housing is located a short tram ride to the university. COVID-19 vaccination required.

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 $3950 USD. This includes tuition (3-4 US/ 6-8 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.


We strongly suggesting applying early! Applications accepted on a ROLLING ADMISSION basis. 

Next Steps:


  1. Submit yourInterest Form to get the process started.
  2. Submit your Full Application. We strongly suggesting applying early! Applications accepted on a ROLLING ADMISSION basis. 
  3. You may be contacted for a follow-up interview
  4. Spread the word to other high caliber students!



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