Staggering architecture, rich cultural history, a turbulent past and exciting future – Prague is as fascinating a city as it is beautiful. And with CIEE’s Central European Studies program, you’ll have the opportunity to make it your own.
Enroll in courses at prestigious, local universities, choosing from Czech language, and a host of academic courses exploring the dynamics of the country, its culture and its place in the region.
Study abroad in Prague for access to the city's unusually rich cultural life – festivals, operas, and concerts – meaning in no time you’ll adopt the “Nejak bylo, Nejak bude” (“Somehow it went and somehow it will go”) attitude make use of the city like a native Bohemian.
In Prague you will:
Enroll in courses not only at CIEE, but also at Prague Film and Television School of the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU), one of the most prominent and renowned film schools in Europe, as well as a special group of courses at Charles University
Take advantage of Prague’s central location in order to see the many cultural sites of Czech Republic and other European cities, such as Budapest, Vienna, Krakow, or Berlin which are just a train or bus ride away
Choose from three unique housing options: CIEE-administered apartments, Charles University dormitory, or homestay with a local family
Discover Czech culture and become good friends with your Czech buddy, a local student of Charles University
Give back to the local community by volunteering or interning in a Czech organization
The CIEE Difference
In addition to a Czech language class, choose from a wide selection of courses and subjects on Czech culture and society including History, Media, Art, Religion, Literature and Politics. Intern with a local NGO, or enroll directly in classes at Charles University. Interested in cinema or the performing arts? Take up to four courses from among those offered to international students by FAMU, Central Europe’s preeminent film school.
The study abroad program includes visits to sites of historical and cultural importance in Prague such as Prague Castle, Old Town, the historical halls of Charles University, theater, and opera. In addition, academically coordinated field trips to locations in Bohemia and Moravia are arranged, allowing you to gain a wider perspective of the region and a greater understanding of studied academic topics and Czech culture.
CIEE promotes and encourages cultural exchange between CIEE and CU students through an International Students Club. Many extracurricular activities are organized by ISC to provide opportunities for friendship, understanding, and social interactions. The club organizes activities based on student interest and works with other CU International Clubs to bring Czech and international students together.
Total recommended credit for the semester is 16–18 semester/24–27 quarter hours, and 32–34 semester/48–51 quarter hours for the academic year.
CIEE area studies, CU, and some FAMU courses have 45 contact hours and recommended credit is 3 semester/4.5 quarter hours per course; other FAMU courses have 24 contact hours and recommended credit is 1.5 semester/2.25 quarter hours per course. CIEE language courses have 115 contact hours and recommended credit is 4 semester/6 quarter hours.
Students may choose to take 3 credits or 6 credits at FAMU or Charles University. However, students are not required to take courses at FAMU or Charles University and can take a full credit load of CIEE courses.
Study abroad students are required to take one Czech language course (including two weeks of intensive language training during orientation) and four area studies courses. All area studies courses are taught in English. Students take a minimum of two CIEE courses, and may be able to enroll in up to six credits outside of CIEE courses at FAMU or Charles University courses for international students, taught in English. Students may also take the CIEE Seminar on Living and Learning for extra 2 credits.
Because of its innumerable characteristic steeples, Prague is called the city of a thousand spires. This EU member is a perfect example of the steady development of a society while recently transitioning from its communist past. With a population of only 1.2 million, Prague has an unusually rich cultural life: festivals, operas, concerts, and cultural programs, many accessible on a student budget. Study abroad students experience life similar to that of Czech students and make use of numerous neighborhoods of the city like native Praguers.
Where You’ll Study
CIEE works closely with Charles University, the oldest university in Central Europe, to deliver courses to study abroad students at the CIEE Study Center in Prague. All CIEE courses are held at the CIEE Study Center, located at the historical site of Vyšehrad. Although the CIEE Study Center is not located in a Charles University building, CIEE courses are recognized by Charles University and taught by faculty from various Charles University faculties and institutes. Participants have the opportunity to take some classes outside of CIEE, directly at the Charles University campus and at FAMU, Central Europe’s preeminent film school.
Housing & Meals
Housing is included in the study abroad program fee. Provision of meals depends on the housing option. Students have several housing choices and are asked to select an option prior to departure.
Homestay with a Czech Family—Best option for students looking to fully immerse in the Czech culture. Dinner and breakfast based on the family’s schedule are included as well as a single room. Homestays are typically located in residential areas, so students will have up to a 45 minute commute to the CIEE Study Center.
Charles University Dormitory— This dormitory houses approximately 35 CIEE and local students (CIEE Dorm Buddies). Breakfast is included and students can use the two modest kitchenettes available for other meals. It is located a ten minute walk from CIEE Study Center.
CIEE-Administered Apartments—Each CIEE apartment houses three CIEE students as well as one Charles University student (CIEE Flat Buddy). Apartments consist of two bedrooms with shared areas: fully-equipped kitchen and bathroom. Please note that meals and Internet fees are not included with this option. CIEE apartments are located in various neighborhoods with a maximum of a 35 minute commute from CIEE.
The Central European Studies program offers students a series of specially designed courses in a wide range of academic disciplines taught in English by local faculty. Although there is no language prerequisite for participation in the study abroad program, students are required to take a Czech language course in order to better immerse themselves in local culture. The combination of Czech language and academic courses allows students to explore the dynamics of this Central European nation and its culture.
CIEE courses are taught by professors who are both experienced and experts in their fields of study. Classes are often lecture-based, though professors welcome student-initiated questions and discussion. The lectures go beyond course readings and demand that students tie together their content and the materials independently.
Some instructors use videos, slides, and excursions as teaching aids. Courses meet twice a week for 1.5 hours or once a week for 3 hours. CIEE and Prague Film and Television School of the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU) class sizes range from five to 30 students per course.
Study abroad students experience differences between the U.S. and Czech educational systems. This new academic environment is part of the challenge of studying in Prague and learning about the Czech Republic. Students must be aware that a high degree of self-motivation and self-discipline is required and that independent learning and active participation in class are necessary for achieving a satisfactory academic performance.
Resources such as library holdings in English and Internet access may be limited and students may need to seek these resources outside the CIEE Study Center at public libraries or other CU faculties.