Anglo-American University

Prague, Czech Republic

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About

Anglo-American University, founded in 1990, is the oldest private institution of higher education in the Czech Republic. It prides itself on providing a personalized, distinctive university education in English, stemming from best American and British academic traditions that form future leaders, citizens of the world and high profile individuals ready to get globally engaged in world matters.

Anglo-American University is divided into five schools: School of Business Administration, School of International Relations and Diplomacy, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Journalism and John H. Carey II. School of Law. They offer a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. Located in beautiful baroque palaces in Prague's historic Malá Strana, Anglo-American University has become a center of academic excellence where students from all over the world come to pursue academic study in an environment that encourages intellectual curiosity, leadership, cooperation and respect for cultural and national diversity.

AAU prides itself on having a core international faculty trained at fine universities worldwide, including the Ivy League.

Mission

Graduates of the Anglo-American University are prepared to make a positive difference addressing local, national and international challenges through the analysis and application of current and developing knowledge in the context of a globalized world.

History

Anglo-American University (AAU) is the oldest private university in the Czech Republic. It was founded in 1990, shortly after the collapse of communism, as the Anglo-American College (AAC) by Jansen Raichl with the assistance of Dr. Vlasta Raichlová with the vision to create an educational institution that would combine the best of American and British academic principles with Central European traditions.

During its history AAU has always attracted strong personalities to its academic community, today it prides itself with gifted students from about 60 countries worldwide and renowned international faculty often trained at best universities of the world, including Harvard, Yale, Stanford and others. AAU alumni have always excelled in their professional career and work worldwide in top positions in business, academia, politics, diplomacy and media.

From its beginning AAU was divided into School of Business Administration, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Law. In 2006 and 2010, respectively, School of International Relations and Diplomacy and School of Journalism were established.

AAU has always cooperated with many foreign universities. From 2004 University of Wales is awarding its diplomas to our bachelor students in law, from 2008 Chapman University, home of 2002 Nobel Price winner for Economy Dr. Vernon Smith, is awarding the diplomas to our MBA students. Hundreds of universities, mostly from USA, have been sending students to AAU as study abroad students, exchange students or degree seeking students. Many AAU alumni have continued their studies as graduate students at famous universities like Berkeley or Stanford.

During its first years AAU operated in several different locations, later it moved all of the operations under a single roof, into a large building on the outskirts of Prague. In 1999 AAU established its campus in the breathtaking location in the historical heart of Prague. The campus consists of 2 medieval palaces of Lázenská 2 and Lázenská 4, the site of the historic convent of the Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta, and the palace at the corner of Letenská street.

From 2005 Anglo-American University is enjoying an unprecedented academic and economic growth. It has opened a wide range of graduate programs, has attracted many high caliber professors and substantially broadened its own research activities. Number of students has multiplied without compromising the strict academic requirements on admission and study. Strong economic results have allowed to make significant investments into the stipend funds, campus development and enabled to hire the best professionals for faculty and administration. AAU has become the leading private university in the country and one of the most respected English institutions of higher education based in the non-English speaking country.

Accreditations

General
Undergraduate and graduate degree programs of Anglo-American University are accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic. International (WASC)
Anglo-American University is currently in the first stage of applying for Candidacy Status with the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). AAU applied for eligibility in May 2011. Found eligible, in May 2012 AAU submitted a Letter of Intent to apply for accreditation. WASC has since reviewed the application and determined that AAU is eligible to proceed with an application for Candidacy for Accreditation. Currently, we are expecting the first on-campus visit to review our adherence to WASC standards. A team will visit AAU in early May for a Capacity and Preparatory Review (CPR). To receive Candidacy Status, the standard process requires one additional visit, focused on Educational Effectiveness. The second visit typically occurs within 12-24 months after the CPR visit. AAU is honored to be the first international university undergoing processes leading toward WASC accreditation. A determination of eligibility is not a formal status with the Accrediting Commission, nor does it ensure eventual accreditation; it is a preliminary finding that the institution is potentially accreditable and can proceed within four years of its eligibility to be reviewed for Candidacy status with the Accrediting Commission. Cooperative
The Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree is awarded by Chapman University, California, United States.

Chapman University carries the WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges) institutional accreditation. The MBA program also carries the AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business) professional accreditation.

The LLB degree program has been awarded a validation by the University of London. It has been designed and is under the academic direction of the Law Consortium ensuring students enrolled in the University of London International Programmes are offered a high caliber education and meet the exacting standards expected of all other University of London students. Upon completion of the 3-year study program and after having successfully passed the University of Londons assessments, a student will receive a LLB, Bachelor of Laws, issued by the University of London.

Student life

Accomodation

As AAU doesnt have its own dormitories we can only offer assistance with finding accommodation in cooperation with real estate agencies and dormitories owners. We try to provide more options for our students, depending on their individual needs and preferences, including the cheaper options available - that is sharing rooms and apartments with other students.The accomodation price for a double room has an average of 6,000 CZK (approx. $330, 250) and the average for a single room is 10,000 CZK (approx.: $555, 400). The location of all apartments and dormitories is chosen carefully, taking into consideration its proximity to the University and public transport access. The distance from the University is no more than 15-25 minutes by public transport.

Student Dining

AAU students are entitled to use the students dining hall at the Law Faculty of Charles University (Menza Právnické fakulty Univerzity Karlovy). Located at Námestí Curieových 7, Prague 1, only a short walk from the AAU campus.

In order to participate students should provide their AAU ISIC cards, which can be obtained at the Student Services Center. The Faculty will then issue a Food Card (there is a 150 CZK deposit). The Food Card can then be charged and re-charged for any amount.

Právnická menza is open from Monday to Friday between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., mid- September through mid-June.

Discounted dining for AAU Students

Mount Steak Restaurant - offers student meals from noon to 4 p.m. for 100 CZK, ISIC card needed

Subway sandwiches - offers a 20 % discount for AAU students, ISIC card needed

Le Bistrot Kampa - located in Letenská street, offers a 20% discount for AAU students, ISIC card needed

Other restaurants around AAU Campus with daily menu offers around 100 CZK

Malostranska Beseda - czech quisine with daily menu offers around 100 CZK

Ferdinanda - czech quisine with daily menu offers around 100 CZK

Pizzeria Carmelita - italian/czech quisine with daily menu offers around 100 CZK

Cantina - mexican quisine with daily menu offers around 100 CZK

Medical Care

112 General Emergency Number

112 is the general emergency line throughout the European Union (similar to 911 in the U.S.) It should be used for large-scale emergencies, especially for those who dont speak Czech operators will speak English and German as well as Czech. The number can be dialed from any phone, and the call is free. The call is also traced with Caller ID even mobile phones can be located within a 200 meter radius. The number can be used for urgent help from Police, Fire Brigade, or Emergency Medical Assistance, though these numbers can also be dialed directly:

150 Fire
155 Medical Emergency (Ambulance/First Aid)
156 Prague City Police
158 Police

First Aid and Hospitals

In case of a non-urgent emergency, doctors/hospitals can be contacted directly. The hospital Na Holmolce is the most expat-friendly, with a special clinic for foreigners and numerous English-speakers, but it is a bit far from the centre of town.

Facilities for Special Needs Students

Since AAU campus is located in the historical building in Malá Strana no technical modification of the building are allowed, therefore, AAU is unfortunately not adapted for physically handicapped.

Student Services Center

The Student Services Center offers students and prospective students a variety of information and assistance. The Admissions, Registration, and Payments Specialists can all be found in this office.

The Admissions Specialist offers information and guidance about how to gain admission to any of our university programs.

Our Registration Specialists help students register for new courses, or add or drop courses through out the semester.

The Bursar advises students in regard to all tuition costs or other transactions. Scholarships and payment details can also be discussed with the Bursar.

Learning Facilities

Computer lab

The computer lab at the Malá Strana campus (Lázenská 2) is available for students to use every weekday that the university is open. Students may use the lab for writing assignments, working on homework, or accessing the Internet. The computers provide word processing, spreadsheet, and various computer applications as needed for course assignments. The lab is also used for IT classes. Students need a special login to use the PCs. A printer is also available for student use.

AAU students are also permitted to connect their laptops to AAU wireless Internet.

Library

The AAU library, located in Letenska 1, has over 19,000 books, journals and student theses. The library also subscribes to a variety of periodicals and newspapers. The library specializes predominantly on areas studied at the AAU: Business Administration, Humanities and Social Sciences, International Relations and Diplomacy, Journalism and Legal Studies. The librarys circulating and reference collections offer a well rounded selection of fiction and non-fiction books.
The librarys main circulating book collection is shelved in open stacks.

Sport Facilities

AAU does not have its own facilities for sports activities.
AAU supports collective sport activities or after-school and interest activities organized by students. Up-to-date information is available from the Student Council.


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