Semester in Prague
Charles University

Best Value
LGBTQIA+ Friendly
Spring 2021

Study at a top-ranked university in the Czech Republic.

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,  access 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.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English, Czech, French, and German
  • Average Courseload: 2-7 classes
  • GPA Requirement: 3.0

Highlights:

  • 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

Program Details

Charles 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!

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Business
  • Economics
  • Marketing

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

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.

Why Life in Prague

The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is the seat of the Czech parliament and government. 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. 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 as of recently 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!

Live La Vida Local

  • 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.

Residence Hall in Prague

Location

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.

Situated in a residential area, the dormitory is within walking distance to restaurants, mini-markets, and a post office. In close proximity to public transportation, students can easily access the university and other locations throughout Prague.

Please note that this dormitory is not located in Prague 1 (Old Town), but rather in the district of Prague 6. Charles University focuses on providing students with as immersive of an experience as possible, and the reality is that most Czech people do not live in Prague 1. Further, neighborhoods outside of Prague 1 tend to be safer for our students to reside during their studies in Prague, which is another benefit to this dormitory’s location. Students should expect to utilize Prague’s public transit network as most Prague inhabitants do, as well as to walk through Prague’s beautiful streets to get to and from their classes.

Meals

A light European-style cold breakfast buffet is included and available on weekdays from 7:30am until 10:00am. The breakfast includes: juice, coffee, milk, cereal, cold meats, cheese, hard boiled eggs, vegetables, fruit, bread, and yogurt.

Each suite is equipped with a refrigerator and hot plate, so you can put your CIS Abroad cooking class skills to the test! Plus the dorm has a community room with living area and full kitchen where you can host your friends for a bigger dinner party.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • 24-hour security
  • CommutePublic TransportationWalking
  • Desk
  • Double Room
  • Kitchenette
  • LaundryOn-site
  • MealsBreakfast
  • Single RoomOptional
  • Study Areas
  • Wi-Fi

Upgrade to a Single Room

For an additional cost, enjoy the privacy of a single room in one of the shared suites described above.

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Field trips included in many courses
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Charles University orientation
  • On-site support
  • Charles University official transcript
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival in Prague, take part in a comprehensive on-site orientation. Your site director will show you around to give you a general lay of the land (being Prague, you’ll probably want to explore it all), including how to use public transportation. 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, settle down to enjoy a welcome dinner together. Your site director will also help you settle into your accommodations to make Prague feel like your new home.

Farewell & 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.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad 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

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

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.

Cesky Krumlov

Cesky Krumlov

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.

Site Director

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:

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.

About:

Leah Takata was born in Toronto, Canada and graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA in Arts Management with a major in Art History. She worked for seven years at the University of Toronto as Cultural Affairs Coordinator organizing arts and cultural events for the students, faculty, staff and surrounding community. During her time at the university she produced and organized four international theatre exchanges with Ypsilonka Theatre and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU) in Prague. This unique project brought together theatre students from Canada, Czech Republic and professional actors from First Nations theatre group “De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group” (Manitoulin Island). Leah is excited to once again work with university students and impart the beauty and spirit of, “The city of a hundred spires.” Leah has lived in Prague since 2007 and spends her free time with her two children, partner, as well as her growing photography and graphic design business.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team
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 text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Michelle Everard
Travel Tip:

Journal, journal, journal! Write down the little things, the strange details & whatever made you laugh. It’s the little things that make a trip amazing and are easily the most forgotten.

Linda Hallbäck
Travel Tip:

Be patient with yourself and kind to those you meet along the way. Show gratitude daily, laugh often, and give thanks for the journey you are on. There will be hard days, but remember, the magic is in the journey and each day makes that journey complete. Smile!

CIS Abroad's COVID-19 Plan

We want you to have the study abroad semester of a lifetime, and also know that Spring 2021 is a unique time to be having this experience. We want to provide useful information to you so you can make the best decision for your finances, academic career, and personal health and safety. 

We are making three commitments to you.

Our Financial Commitment

100% Refund 22 Days Before Your Program Starts

CIS Abroad has worked with international partners to create refund and withdrawal policies that limit the financial impact on students and families should COVID-19 change a student’s plan to travel. 

  • 100% refund of total program costs 22 days prior to the start (arrival) date of the program
  • 80% refund of total program costs 21-15 days prior to the start (arrival) date of the program
  • 50% refund of total program costs 14-8 days prior to the start (arrival) date of the program
  • 20% refund of total program costs 7-1 days prior to the start (arrival) date of the program
  • Academic continuity is guaranteed, see below.

To insure yourself from additional loss, such as the loss of airfare, or any other non-recoverable loss after your program begins, we recommend purchasing trip protection insurance, aka CFAR/IFAR insurance. 

Our Academic Commitment

Course Continuation Guaranteed

CIS Abroad has carefully selected programs where there is zero to minimal academic risk. 

  • If a student cannot travel to the country due to host country COVID-19 restrictions, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e. live or recorded.*
  • If a student arrives in-country and must quarantine or miss classes due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e, live or recorded.
  • If a city or country goes on lockdown due to sickness, remote academics are guaranteed. These may be synchronous or asynchronous, i.e. live or recorded.

*Update 10.6.20: Our Czech Republic programs cannot offer academic continuity if students don’t arrive on-site. So, we are unable to mitigate this risk.  Please proceed with these programs only if that is acceptable to you. 

Our Health & Safety Commitment

COVID Care Package Included

CIS Abroad has developed a site-specific risk management plan for every location so that health and safety protocols are monitored, managed and communicated throughout the semester. 

We have developed a COVID Care Package included in our program fee for all Spring 2021 programming to make traveling and living in a host country easier on students, especially those first few weeks on-site: 

  • COVID-19 compliant airport pick-up and transfer to housing.
  • 14-day Quarantine housing cost, if quarantine is required when entering the country
  • Information and assistance on meal delivery, if quarantine is required when entering the country
  • Welcome packet of masks, hand sanitizer, and cleaning supplies
  • Single rooms in student residences, or apartments.
  • Access to accommodation if isolation is necessary due to positive COVID-19 test or exposure; this housing may incur additional charges. 
  • Access to COVID-19 testing; this testing may be an additional charge.
  • Medical and accident insurance that covers COVID-19-related illness
  • La Vida Local cultural activities and reflection that emphasize safe, local exploration geared to the specific context of being abroad at this special time. 

We recognize not every student, family, or university will allow travel this Spring, despite the risk mitigation outlined above.  We are committed to providing our Virtual Global and Virtual Accelerated Internships so that we can bring international learning & career skills to you.

 

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline: Oct 15
  • Arrival: January 25
  • Departure: May 15
  • Price: $10,790
  • Application Deadline: Oct 15
  • Arrival: January 25
  • Departure: May 15
  • Price: $10,790
Additional Information:

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

CIS Abroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.