CET Photography at FAMU Study Abroad

CET Photography at FAMU: At-A-Glance

Focus on analog and digital photography
Exhibit your work locally
Electives in all aspects of photography
Lighting Seminar
Share an apartment in downtown Prague
Czech language class





Study abroad for a semester in beautiful Prague steeped in all things photography. As a CET Photography at FAMU student, you develop your analog and digital photography skills while under the mentorship of a seasoned professional, work with both medium and large format, and even get comfortable using a darkroom. And to finish your term abroad, you exhibit your work at a gallery in Prague for your peers, teachers, and local art enthusiasts. You go home creatively and technically equipped for future projects and jobs, long after the program ends. 

Academics in Prague


Curriculum & Syllabi

You take two core courses on photography, one language class, and up to three FAMU electives to meet the recommended total of 12 to 18 credits. Your core courses and Czech language class are taught by CET, while the direct-enroll electives are taught by experienced FAMU faculty active in their fields.

You take two 3-credit core courses that bridge theory and practice in photography. 

*This hands-on class includes regular, one-on-one instruction on using both professional equipment and a darkroom. 

Many electives at FAMU are open to CET students. Take up to three electives to meet the total of 12 to 18 recommended credits. Courses and credits differ each term but past students have taken:

  • Documentary Studio
  • Visual Theory
  • Graphic Design and Photography
  • Photographic Techniques
  • Studio Photography
  • Studio of Classic Photography
  • Postconceptual Studio

Explore more electives at FAMU.

Note for browsing the course catalog at FAMU:
  • Terms: Winter is the FALL semester; Summer is the SPRING semester

You may also substitute one FAMU elective for a CET Prague elective.

You take 20 hours of intensive Czech in the first week, and have reduced class hours after that. Most students are Czech language beginners, but if you’ve taken Czech before, we have a class for you, too. This class is exclusively offered for CET students. 

Photography study abroad student frames a shot

Get real world experience in Prague

Study at FAMU. The program is based at FAMU, the Film and Television School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague, one of Europe’s foremost film academies. Your day-to-day will reflect the fast pace, fluidity, and even unpredictability of industry life. 

A taste of the industry. In your Lighting Seminar, work with professional models and learn about studio lighting. Apply what you learn to your final project. The final weeks of the program are busy—printing selections and overseeing the mounting and framing for display. But it’s all worth it when your exhibit comes to life. 

Your faculty mentor. Your mentor is Štěpánka Stein, an award-winning photographer. Learn from her in your core course, Fine Art Photography & Workshop. Then, take advantage of her expertise as you work with her one-on-one.

Housing and Meals


Living Like a Local

Local Roommates. CET-picked Czech students live in your apartment building to help you acclimate to life in a new country. They also organize a regular “Czech Table” so you can practice your language skills around the city. You might visit the Prague Zoo, sample various Czech desserts, or attend an opera. Learn more about living with a local roommate. 

Eating in Prague. For meals, take advantage of the exceptional and affordable food scene in Prague. Try out Czech favorites like chlebíčky (open face sandwich with unique ingredients) and smažený sýr (fried cheese with potatoes and tartar sauce). Grab a treat at one of the city’s farmers markets. Ready for a home-cooked meal? Grab ingredients at the grocery store and have a night in with your roommates. Learn more about accommodating your dietary needs in Prague.

Prague study abroad students eat Czech food

Life in Prague

Musicians play in Old Town Square in Prague

Once class is out, Prague is waiting for you. Enjoy the perks of living in “the world’s greenest city” by reading in the park. Roam the streets and find your favorite view. See a world-class play at one of the city’s many beautiful theaters. Museum hop from the National Gallery to the DOX Center for Contemporary Art, then unwind at a cozy café. Prague has a little something for everybody.

Experience Central Europe with CET

Around Prague. Take in a concert by the Czech Symphony in the Senate Gardens. Go paddle boating on the river. Climb the towers of Prague Castle. Each term offers different opportunities to get to know the city and your cohort.

Away from the city. Prague’s central location means easy access to the rest of Europe—but with so many CET-arranged excursions, you may not need to bother leaving. All students visit UNESCO World Heritage site Český Krumlov during orientation. Spend a film-focused long weekend in Berlin, Germany. Get a backlot tour of Babelsburg Studio, visit a film museum, and engage with young German filmmakers. And if you study abroad in the fall, join Czech and other international students to visit Ponešice for a 3-day outing at FAMU’s study and training center.

Volunteering Weekend. Give back to the city that’s hosting you with a weekend of community service. You may help out on an organic farm and education center or help with housing construction projects for those in need.


Student Resources

"The Fine Art Photography course taught by Štěpánka Stein was by far my favorite part of the program, and in the end I produced work that I am proud of."
— Rose Bernhard,
Smith College | Spring student
"The photography assignments both within CET and in FAMU courses are pushing me creatively and out of comfort zone, I feel like I've grown since I've been here."
— Taran Sun,
Bowdoin College | Fall student

On-site Staff

Jiri Bukovinsky

Jiří Bukovinský
Director of Prague Programs

Kevin Johnson, Ph.D.
Academic Director of Prague Programs

Program Fees



What's Included

All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.

We arrange your housing in a fully-furnished apartment in a residential neighborhood of Prague. Walk or use your CET-provided public transportation pass to get to class. Your program fees go toward rent, utilities, furnishing, and other management costs.

A budget for your final project is included with your program fee. No crowd-sourcing necessary. 

You’re provided with an unlimited public transportation pass. Use the bus, metro, and tram to your heart’s content.

From pre-departure to orientation, from on site to re-entry, CET provides you with the support you need every step of the way. 

You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue that even includes medical evacuation coverage.

The excursions, workshops, and activities that we arrange are included in your tuition. All you need to do is bring your camera.

We guide you step-by-step through the visa process. You do the legwork, but we’ll make sure you have the documentation and information you need, when you need it.

Your textbooks and course supplies are covered and waiting for you on site.

You receive an official transcript jointly issued by CET and FAMU at the end of the term. You also have the option to request a School of Record transcript from the University of Minnesota for an additional fee if necessary.

More on finances

Four students pose for a photo on the Charles Bridge in Prague in winter
Program Fee Breakdown. Of the total program fee, $19,190 goes to tuition and fees, and $2,800 goes to housing and other student life fees.

Local Cost of Living. Relative to the US and other countries in Europe, the cost of living in Prague is considerably more affordable. An average meal typically costs below 10 USD. 

Estimated out-of-pocket expenses: 

How to Apply

General pre-requisites:
  • •  Previous photography experience required
  • •  Must be 18 or older at the time of program participation
  • •  Open to students from any US college or university
  • •  GPA: 3.0 or higher preferred, but admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis;  lower GPAs still encouraged to apply

Required equipment:
  • •  35mm camera with manually adjustable controls for shutter speed and aperture (F/stop)
  • •  Normal lens (ca 50mm)
  • •  DSLR digital camera
  • •  Optional light meter (TTL, built-in or hand held)
  1. 1. Submit your application by the deadline.
  2. 2. CET and the Faculty Advisory Committee review your application and portfolio.
  3. 3. CET issues admissions decisions approximately 2 to 3 weeks after the application deadline. 

Please note: Regardless of where you are in the application process, your visa application materials must be submitted according to the deadlines in your online account. 

Complete the application through your online CET account. This is a brief form that asks for basic information and has a few short answer questions about why you want to study abroad.

All applicants for the CET at FAMU programs are required to submit a portfolio of visual work that will be reviewed by the Faculty Advisory Committee and factored into the admission decision. Learn more about portfolio requirements and the admissions process. 

Upload a scan of your passport to your online CET account. This should be a single scan that includes the signed signature page and the photo/personal details page. Don’t have a passport yet? Let us know and we can help advise you.

Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your previous instructors.

This is an online form that your study abroad office completes to let us know you meet the requirements to study abroad. To send the electronic form request,  simply enter the name and email address of your study abroad advisor in the designated fields of your online account.

Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.


Fall Semester:

April 1

Spring Semester:

October 1

Staff Photo of Joelle Leinbach

Have a question? Get in touch!

Joelle Leinbach

Student Services Coordinator
[email protected]

Price Subject to Change:

CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control.

ECTS Credit Conversion

CET recommends credits for FAMU elective courses according to the standard 2:1 ECTS conversion ratio that is used at most US colleges and universities. This means that if you enroll in a 3-credit course at FAMU, we will recommend that you earn 1.5 credits. That said, final credit allocations are always ultimately at the discretion of your home institution. Please check with your home institution about credit conversions before you leave the US.

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