Academic Credit

Transferrable Academic Credit

Participants wishing to earn transferable credit may do so through an accredited institution with which the Prague Summer Program is in the process of affiliating. Contact the program director for concrete particulars.

NOTE: Students seeking credit through their home institutions will not have to pay the PSP for that credit.

Academic Credit From One’s Home Institution

Step 1

After applying to the Prague Summer Program and paying the refundable $100 application fee, and after receiving confirmation that s/he has been granted a Vaclav Havel Scholarship, the PSP participant will negotiate independent studies/directed readings with one or more faculty members of his or her program or department.

Step 2

The PSP participant will pass on the contact information of the professor of record to me, the PSP director (credit hours will vary according to whether the PSP participant’s home institution is on the quarter or semester system, and according to department/program conventions).

Step 3

I will contact the professor(s) of record and negotiate the terms of the independent study (or independent studies).

Step 4

I will deliver detailed reports to the professor of record on July 13, 20, and 27. In the final report I will recommend a grade based on attendance, quality of participation, the additional recommendations of the PSP permanent faculty with whom the participant will conduct manuscript conferences, and based also on a minimum 1000-word personal essay the subject of which will be negotiated in-country. The recommended grade will be accompanied by a detailed justification as well as a copy of the personal essay and the portfolio of work the student submitted over the course of the program. It will be up to the professor of record as to whether s/he reports the recommended grade to his or her student. All communications will be by e-mail and e-mail attachment. I will gladly communicate with the professor of record by Skype if s/he desires.

Additional credit may be earned by contracting with me for a directed-reading regime centered on expatriate American writers, modern Czech literature in translation, or continental Jewish literature in translation. The procedures for such a regime would mirror that described above, though with the caveat that there would be only one detailed report delivered on July 27.  Individuals seeking directed-reading credit will meet with me once a week, keep a detailed “reading diary,” and submit a minimum two thousand word personal essay focused on the reading regime. Both the reading diary and the essay will be submitted to the professor of record in the single report that will include the recommended grade.

Richard Katrovas
Founding Director,
Prague Summer Program for Writers