Collegium Hieronymi Pragensis provides a study abroad experience to students from leading American Institutions of higher learning and to students of comparable academic standards. CHP is a European Studies program. It focuses on humanities and social sciences.
CHP offers semester (spring, fall) and summer programs. A full academic year (fall, spring) study is also available. Semester students enroll in five courses, one of which is Czech language. Summer students enroll in two courses. CHP program adhere to American academic calendar. Instruction is conducted in English. Students are issued an official transcript. Grading follows the usual American letter grade system.
CHP academic program complies with the academic standards of its sending schools and is supervised by the American Advisory Board. AAB consists of representatives of CHP sending schools. These schools are among the CHP sending schools: (in alphabetical order) Bowdoin College, Brown University, Bryn Mawr College, Columbia College, Haverford College, Claremont McKenna College, Northwestern University, Pomona College, Scripps College, Swarthmore College, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, etc. CHP has had students also from other schools of comparable standards, for example (in alphabetical order) Colgate University, Colorado College, Vassar College, Washington and Lee University, Wesleyan University, Yale University, etc.
- CHP provides a rich curriculum in the humanities and social sciences.
- CHP upholds the high academic standards of its sending schools.
- CHP is programmatically small, averaging 35-40 students per semester and 26 students in the summer. CHP classes are small, e.g. a 4-student class is no exception.
- An integral part of the curriculum is the extensive Reach-out program which includes an extensive program-sponsored field trip series.
- An integral part of the Reach-out program are immersion projects CHP organizes for its students.
- CHP faculty consists of the top Czech specialists in their respective fields. They are drawn mostly from the Charles University, the Czech Academy of Sciences, Prague School of Economics, and the Prague Technical University.
- CHP provides personal attention to students’ academic and personal needs.
- The CHP program facilities, i.e. the study center and dorm, are centrally located.
CHP History and Name
Collegium Hieronymi Pragensis was founded in 1997. Its first academic year was 1997/98. The College is named after the Czech medieval philosopher, theologian and religious reformer Hieronymus Pragensis (Jeroným Pražský, Jerome of Prague). Jerome of Prague was Professor of universities in Paris, Prague, Heidelberg and Köln am Rhein. He was the first to bring the writings of John Wycliffe from Oxford to Prague in 1409. Jerome of Prague was persecuted for his views, sentenced to death by the Council of Constance, and finally burned at the stake, one year after Jan Hus, in Constance in 1416.