A garden in Prague.

Across the NYU network, study away programs are tailor-made for specific academic areas. Courses in these programs are designed to keep you on track as you access unique opportunities and get to know another culture. As a music student at the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; the College of Arts and Science; or NYU Abu Dhabi, you will find opportunities for remarkable personal and academic growth when you study away at NYU Prague.

A female-presenting music student sits on a bench in front of a piano. Her right foot is on the pedal.

Access and Cross-Disciplinary Collaboration

NYU Prague students live and study in a dynamic city with a rich musical history (think: Antonín Dvořák) and present. Its contemporary scene boasts venues for electronic music, hip-hop, jazz, and more. In addition, NYU Prague’s academic center is a pedestrian-friendly distance from sites like the Rudolfinum concert hall and National Theatre. Its residence halls, too, have practice spaces with instruments and world-class equipment that are open to all.

“Prague is incredibly accessible and basically has no bad parts,” says Professor Tony Ackerman. He teaches one of the site’s most popular courses, Expressive Culture: Prague Music Field Study. Through this course, students immerse themselves in Prague’s music culture. They attend performances across the city; research a local composer, genre, or performer; and visit major architectural sites and museums. 

CiCi Fader, a junior Piano major from Jericho, New York, explains how the course connected her with the city. “Expressive Culture was unlike any other I’ve taken,” she says. “I felt like I lived in Prague, not just that I was visiting.”

NYU Prague’s tight-knit community means students interact with and learn from each other, regardless of their area of study. “We have a natural environment for sharing ideas,” Ackerman explains. “We often see collaborations like Steinhardt music students creating scores for Film and Television majors from the Tisch School of the Arts.” Karolina Jirelová, music program coordinator, adds, “NYU Prague students have the chance to experience Czech folk music and some instruments they might not be familiar with.”


A male-presenting student working at a desk in their dorm.

Experience in an International Setting

Beyond the classroom, music-minded students take advantage of abundant opportunities to perform, gain practical knowledge, and build an international network. “At NYU Prague, you can really make things happen,” says Antonio Johri. Antonio, a Dallas, Texas, native, is a Music Business major. He attended many inexpensive concerts, visited nearby countries, and gained practical work experience. During his internship at the Bohuslav Martinů Institute, the organization dedicated to the composer’s life and work, Antonio helped expand its marketing and partnerships with projects. For example, he launched new social media accounts and created video tours of its offerings. 

In addition, Antonio collaborated with local students to create an original track and accompanying music video. He presented the video as his final project for the Expressive Culture course. “I want to work in artists and repertoire on the label side,” he explains. “So this experience was great practice. I had to find the artists, get them into the session, and make sure they sounded right on the recording.”

NYU student Daniel Basurto Fojaco stands onstage at the Estates Theatre in his opera costume.

Unique Performance Opportunities

Daniel Basurto Fojaco, a junior from Tijuana, Mexico, studying music at NYU Abu Dhabi, wanted to further develop his two passions: classical voice and live sound production. Having also studied away at NYU’s campus in New York City, he found the opportunities within Prague’s music community to be expansive. “It was eye-opening to realize that if I decide to work in music production, it could be outside the massive studios in Hollywood and New York City,” he explains. 

Through an opportunity recommended by his voice coach, Daniel also attended a summer opera program. It culminated in a performance at the Estates Theatre, the same venue where Mozart debuted the opera he wrote in Prague, Don Giovanni

“The faculty and staff at NYU Prague know your goals,” Daniel remarks. “They are connected and want to help you.”