Charles University is nestled among Prague’s winding streets, charming red rooftops and sweeping bridges. The campus is in the heart of the city, within walking distance of shops, restaurants, and parks. As a student in our Semester in Prague – Charles University Program, you’ll have access to courses in Literature, Art & Culture, History, Sociology, Psychology, Economics & Politics, and languages. Enjoy the university’s thriving student life and international clubs, and easily be able to travel to other European hotspots – on a budget.
Fall: April 1
- Study at the top-ranked university in the Czech Republic
- Join one of the university's 30+ student organizations
- Easy access to other European countries, especially Hungary, Germany, Austria, and Poland
- Participate in one of several city-wide sports competitions between the city's universities
- Overnight excursion to the Czech countryside
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?
Located in the heart of beautiful Prague, Charles University is one of the oldest universities in the world (founded in 1348) and the top-ranked university in the Czech Republic. Nearly 50,000 students are enrolled in more than 300 accredited degree programmes. Renowned for its commitment to research, Charles University can boast a number of outstanding research teams which are involved in close collaboration with international research institutions. Students can also become involved in the University’s research work at each of the individual faculties.
Outside of the classroom, students can take advantage of the college’s 30+ student associations (including drama and music societies) and participate in several city-wide sports competitions alongside their Czech peers. There’s an annual team marathon, a rowing and an ice hockey competition between the city’s universities, a summer sports program for students with disabilities, and more. For those looking to sit back and relax, check out the Tuesday night film screenings in the Blue Auditorium and get sneak peeks at films before their official release!
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page. Once you’ve decided which courses you want to take, fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
Visit the Charles University course page on their website to view their available courses in a variety of majors.
6+ classes in: Art History, Cultural Studies, Sociology, Psychology, History
Additional classes in: Literature, Economics, Czech Language
All students will be enrolled in a mandatory intensive Czech language course for the first two weeks of the semester. In addition to this, students typically enroll in 3 or 4 elective courses. Each class (including the intensive Czech language course) is worth 3 credits.
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Pilsen and the Pilsner Brewery
The Pilsen Historic District is forever associated with a centuries-old tradition of beer brewing, a beverage the Czechs call their “liquid bread.” This day trip to the birthplace of Czech Republic’s most famous export will also include a short detour to the Ruckl Crystal Factory, where you’ll see artisans at work and have a chance to buy crystal directly from the factory at a discounted price.
Vltava River Cruise
Take a scenic, three-hour dinner or lunch cruise on the Vltava River, where you can view Prague’s most famous landmarks from the comfort of this popular tourist activity and local mode of transportation.
Český Krumlov is a town bistected by the Vltava River known for its Renaissance architecture, preserved castle, maze-like alleyways, and floral gardens. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Your Support Staff
Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.
Travel Tip: Whether ordering from an open air stall or a restaurant, always remember to say good day (dobrý den) and thank you (děkuji). Czechs will welcome your effort and will be more helpful and perhaps even give you a smile.
Travel Tip: Try that strange-looking food. Learn to navigate the city with public transportation. Interact with the locals. Pushing through what can sometimes be uncomfortable situations can be the best way to experience a culture and eventually feel at home in it.
Everyone at CISabroad got back to me with answers for my (many) questions very quickly. This helpfulness continued throughout the entire semester with our amazing site director. She had so many fun events planned, was always there to help, and flat out is just super cool.
Application DeadlineApril 1ArrivalAugust 30OrientationAugust 31 - September 4Classes StartSeptember 9Classes EndDecember 13DepartureDecember 14PRICE$12,190
Application DeadlineOctober 1ArrivalJanuary 23 (Estimated)DepartureMay 17 (Estimated)PRICE$12,190 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Included in your program fees are the following:
- Full-time tuition and fees
- Medical and accident insurance
- CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
- Academic advising
- Financial aid counseling
- Field trips included in many courses
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Predeparture orientation
- Airport pickup
- Charles University orientation
- On-site support
- Charles University official transcript
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program