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.
Life in Prague
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival in Prague, you’ll take part in a comprehensive on-site orientation. We’ll show you around to give you a general lay of the land – and being Prague, you’ll probably want to explore it all! – including how to use public transportation. We’ll also discuss locally relevant topics, such as the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Prague, how to stay safe, top eateries, and where to shop for a variety of needs/wants. After an insightful tour of the city, we’ll likely settle down to enjoy a welcome dinner together. We’ll also help you settle into your accommodations at some point, depending on how the day progresses.
Farewell and Re-entry Program
After your time living the “Bohemian” life, returning home and re-entering your home culture can be shocking to the system. Many of you will have embraced the Czech way of life and as a result, you will have reexamined your values, priorities and what you think of yourself and the United States. This is good! While it might feel daunting, we are here to help you understand the signs of reverse culture shock and provide some tips and guidance for coping with re-entry.
Students will stay in a Charles University kolej (dormitory) near the Prague Castle, a 10-minute walk to the castle, a 30-minute walk to the main university building, and a twenty-minute tram ride to the historic Old Town. Students live in single or double rooms within a suite of 3-4 rooms that share a bathroom and kitchenette. Each suite is equipped with a refrigerator and hot plate.
- Farmers Markets: Visit any one of the numerous farmers markets that take place around the city most weekends in the warmer months. Or venture out to Naplavka, the recently renovated riverbank close to the city center where you’ll find crowds of locals, expats and tourists alike out for a walk, bike ride or shopping. Even if you’re just relaxing with a drink and taking in an open air concert, Naplavka is always great fun.
- Sports events: Take in a hockey or football game by Prague's local team, “Sparta Praha.”
- Escape Room: A popular pastime all over the world, this new trendy game involves working as a team to solve puzzles and decoding hints to escape/exit the room before the hour is up.
- Cooking classes: Learn to cook a traditional three-course Czech meal and then feast on it with your fellow cooks!
- Beer Garden: There is no shortage of these popular “watering holes” both inside and outside Prague. However, arguably, the best beer garden in Prague with views overlooking the city is Letna Beer Gardens. The beer garden offers plentiful seating, picnic tables under the trees and under canopies beside Letenske Zamecek. They have both beer and cider on tap as well as hot food and snacks.
More About Prague
The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is the seat of the Czech parliament and government. Moreover, Prague is among the oldest capitals of Europe and enjoys being a cultural and economic leader for the surrounding area. Its medium size of just over one million residents means there's plenty to explore, but not too much to overwhelm.
Home to historic sites such as Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge, Prague boasts a number of famous cultural attractions. In fact, there are more than ten major museums, along with countless theaters, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits. Amazingly, much of the city survived the violence and destruction of twentieth century Europe. Amble among Gothic buildings, stroll along the Vltava River, and pop into the city's countless restaurants that offer a cozy atmosphere. You will notice several architectural styles that grace the city. Art Noveau, Baroque, Gothic, Renaissance, Roman and 20th-century styles all intermingle to give the city its unique character. With all these great attractions, Prague has become a leading tourist destination over the past few years due to growing interest and affordable travel options.
Immerse yourself in the rich artistic history of Prague. Don't forget that Prague has been home to many musicians, writers, and artists over its long history. Some of the most prominent names are Dvořák, Kafka, Kundera, Mozart, and Smetana.
It may be true that Melbourne, Australia, has the longest tram length in the world. However, Prague's tram network is the biggest by other measures. It runs more trams (900 against 500 in Melbourne), has more routes (33 against 28) and carries more passengers (356 million against 178 million). You’ll never have trouble with transportation and will always have something to do in Prague. More than that, the whole European continent is just a train ride away!
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