A West Slavic language spoken by over 10 million people, Czech is the official language of the Czech Republic, a country known for its filmmakers, musicians and writers. In Czech language courses at UCLA, students are immersed in Czech culture and learn to communicate in Czech through the use of film, music and media resources.
Beyond the introductory first-year course, past courses at the intermediate and advanced levels have focused on contemporary Czech literature, the literature of Prague, the politicization of music in Communist Czechoslovakia, the Prague Spring, and twentieth century Czech theater, depending on the individual interests of the students.
In addition to course offerings at UCLA, students can study Czech in a variety of summer programs both in the Czech Republic and in the United States. Students of Czech heritage are also encouraged to apply to the “Czech for Compatriots” summer program run by Charles University, Prague.
For links to Czech resources, see the “Resources for Czech” rubric of the International Association of Teachers of Czech website.