Summer in Prague
Charles University

Best Value

Spend your summer at the best university in the Czech Republic.

Spend your summer soaking up the culture, history, architecture, and cuisine of Prague. You’ll live in campus dorms near the Prague Castle, with close access to Prague’s top sites, including Old Town. Choose from courses in the arts, social sciences, and humanities, most with a local focus intended to provide fascinating insights into your new home. You’ll study at Charles University, Czech Republic’s largest and highest regarded university, which also happens to be one of the oldest universities in the world.


What to Expect:

  • Language: English, Czech, French, and German
  • Average Courseload: 1-3 courses (3-9 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 3.0

Highlights:

  • A program designed to ground your studies the history and culture of Central Europe
  • Super-engaged Site Director, a professional photographer who likes to lead photo-shoots with her students
  • Live in one of Europe’s most beautiful capital cities
  • Active campus community with 30+ student association and athletics
  • Easy access to other European countries, especially Hungary, Germany, Austria, and Poland

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 that 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 participate in Charles University International Club activities, including the Czech Buddy program, Cafe & Gallery excursions, neighborhood tours, and free screenings of culturally important Czech films. There are also volunteer and internship opportunities to keep busy between studying and exploring.

Areas of study with fewer than 3 classes available

  • Communications
  • Business

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

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Art & Design
  • Humanities

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

Students participating in Session A (7 weeks) can take up to three courses (3 credits each) from each group for a total of 18 credits during the summer. Students participating in Session B or Session C (4 weeks) can take up to three courses in their respective session for a total of 9 credits during the summer. Courses meet for 3 hours per day Monday-Thursday, and most of our students take one or two courses during each summer session. For more information about our summer calendar please visit this page of our website.

You can use the courses from previous terms as a good indication of what to expect for your semester, as they don’t typically vary too much from year to year. Once the new courses have been finalized they will be updated here.

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

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

Students will either be provided a light European-style cold breakfast on weekdays from 7:30am until 10:00am or a meal voucher. Each suite is equipped with a refrigerator and access to a community room with living area and full kitchen.

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

Single rooms are available but limited, granted to students based on need first and then on a first-come, first-served basis.

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
  • Predeparture orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • Orientation
  • On-site support
  • Field trips included in many courses
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Charles University official transcript
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival in Prague, you’ll take part in a comprehensive on-site orientation. We’ll tour the city, giving you a helpful overview and showing you how to use the public transportation. We have a feeling that once you get a taste of Prague you’ll want to see it all! We’ll also cover all that you need to know to get settled in the city and your accommodations. We’ll cover everything from the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Prague, how to stay safe, top eateries, and where to shop for a variety of items that you will want and need during your stay. After an insightful tour of the city, we’ll  settle down to enjoy a welcome dinner together.

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.
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.

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.

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

CIS Abroad Advising & Support
Travel Tip:

You’ll be supported every step of the way!

Global Advising

Our advising team will help match you with a program that fits your academic and personal needs. Once you have selected your program our advisor will help you complete your Online Application.

Program Enrollment

Once you’ve started your application and submitted the $90 deposit, you’ll be assigned a program enrollment coordinator who will guide you through the enrollment process to get you abroad!

COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad.

Learn more about CIS Abroad’s Risk Management Team’s three step process for operating  our programs around the world and important program refund policies.

Read more below for information related to this program:

Program Suspended

This program is currently not available for the Academic Year 2021/22. Please consider other options by exploring our Open Semester Programs in 2022, Open January Programs in 2022, or consider a Virtual Internship.

We monitor international indicators and health standards in the country where we operate and our risk management team makes decisions based on those factors and our own policy. We will reopen programs as we are able.

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: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 15 (Estimated)
  • Departure: August 1 (Estimated)
  • Price: $8,389 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: June 15 (Estimated)
  • Departure: July 11 (Estimated)
  • Price: $4,990 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: Apr 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: July 6 (Estimated)
  • Departure: August 1 (Estimated)
  • Price: $4,990 (Estimated)
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.