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Situated near the Vltava River, the Dancing House was designed by architects, Frank Gehry and Vlado Milunić (1992-1996) to resemble a couple dancing. This building is unique amidst the traditional architecture in Prague.

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Sigmund Freud, one of the most famous and influential psychologists of the 20th century was actually born in Moravia (May 6, 1856), which is now a part of the Czech Republic.

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According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the Prague Castle is the largest castle complex in the world, with an area of almost 70,000 m².

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The Strahov Library contains more than 200,000 old prints (16th to 18th centuries), 3,000 manuscripts and 1,500 first prints.

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Madeline Albright, a Czech native and born in Prague, was the first female U.S. Secretary of State (1997-2001) appointed by President Clinton.

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There are hundreds of Czech words in common with the English language. For example, taxi, metro, robot, film, and tram are all used in the Czech language.



The program fee for the Fall 2015 semester is $4,720 USD, or $4,340 (see below for details).

Application Deadlines

  Early Decision*
Fall:  April 1 April 15
Spring: September 15 October 15
Summer: n/a April 20



Fall 2016          $4,720 USD*

Spring 2017      $4,720 USD*

Summer 2017   $1,480 USD**


*Early decision applicants will receive an 8% discount on the program fee. A nonrefundable deposit of $500 will be required before the regular application deadline (applies to semester fees only).

**Summer program students must make a full fee payment within 30 days of their acceptance to the program.  Students who receive their program acceptance notification on or after May 1 must make a full fee payment by May 30.  

If the exchange rate between USD and CZK changes more than 10%, ECES reserves the right to adjust housing and tuition fees. 

The program fee includes:

  • Course tuition (up to 7 courses)
  • Airport assistance and transport (to the Komenského dormitory only) on the official arrival day
  • 24-hour telephone emergency assistance provided by ECES staff
  • Permanent dormitory assistance provided by the Residential and Cultural Coordinator
  • Charles University student ID card, which guarantees a discounted price for public transport pass and access to university facilities
  • Welcome and closing ceremony
  • Two excursions during orientation (includes transport, guide, and entrance fees)
  • Czech Intensive course textbook
  • Field trips and museum visits included in the class syllabi
  • Option to participate in faculty-led ECES weekend excursions (reduced cost)
  • University and dormitory orientation
  • Two afternoon or evening walking tours around Prague
  • Access to computer labs
  • Access to the university libraries
  • One official transcript sent by priority mail


Summer 2016  $1,380 USD

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition (up to 4 courses or 12 credits)
  • Survival Czech eight-hour course with textbook
  • Airport assistance and transport (to the Komenského dormitory only) on the official arrival day
  • 30-day public transportation pass
  • Welcome meeting and guided city tour
  • Vltava river cruise
  • Orientation excursion to UNESCO town, Kutna Hora (includes transportation, admissions fees, and guide)
  • Dormitory and university orientation
  • Field trips and museum visits included in the class syllabi
  • Farewell Party
  • 24-hour telephone emergency assistance provided by ECES staff
  • Dormitory assistance
  • Charles University student ID card
  • Access to computer labs
  • Access to the university libraries
  • One official transcript sent by priority mail

Payment Options

The tuition and housing fees are due before the registration period begins. For those studying through an exchange agreement or student education agency, the fees will be due according to the home university or institution. Detailed instructions will be provided upon acceptance to the program.

Cancellations and Reimbursements

Semester Program: The full tuition payment is due prior to the start of course registration.  If a student withdraws for the program after course registration, s/he will receive a 50% refund on the tuition fee.  If the student withdraws from the program within one month of the official arrival day, s/he will receive back 25% of the tuition payment.  There will be no refunds given after the official arrival day.  In the case of tuition refunds due to withdrawal from the program, the student is responsible for paying any bank transfer fees associated with the reimbursement.

Summer Program: If a student cancels their program registration by the end of May, 80% of their fees will be refunded (minus any applicable bank fees).  If a student cancels their program registration in June, but before the official arrival day, 40% of their fees will be refunded (minus any applicable bank fees).

ECES Cultural Immersion Scholarship

The Faculty of Arts will be offering one full tuition scholarship to an ECES student per study cycle (Fall, Spring, and Summer).  Students will undergo a separate application process once they've been accepted to the ECES program in order to be considered for the scholarship.

The ECES scholar should exemplify the ideal ECES student; the scholar should have an excellent academic record, should want to immerse him or herself in Czech culture, and should be interested in deeply engaging with his or her study abroad experience in an effort to reap the benefits that the experience may offer.

The ECES Program Administration will read each application and determine which applicant will receive the scholarship.

Scholarship Recipient Criteria

  • Students must have at least a 3.5 GPA, or equivalent
  • Students will write a 2-3 page essay (1"/2.5 cm margins, 12 pt. standard font, double spaced) addressing one or more of the following questions:
  1. What do you intend to gain from your study abroad experience as it relates to personal development?
  2. How do you believe your study abroad experience will impact your future career?
  3. Do you have any plans to continue international or cross-cultural pursuits after you complete your time abroad in Prague?
  4. What goals do you have for your time abroad in Prague, and how do you intend to achieve those goals?
  • Students are expected to participate as ECES student bloggers while abroad

Scholarship Application Deadlines

Summer- April 25*

Fall- May 1

Spring- November 1

To apply, send application essay to Katherine Ford (katherine.ford@ff.cuni.cz).  Scholarship recipient will be contacted via e-mail if they have been selected.

Value of Scholarship

One student's tuition (Summer 2016: $1,380 USD, Semester/Fall 2016: $4,720 USD).  Scholarship amount will be updated based on updates to the program fee.  Scholarship will be awarded in the form of a fee waiver.

*Summer students who apply for the ECES Cultural Immersion Scholarship are exempt from the 30-day payment due date.  Summer scholarship applicants who do not receive the scholarship will be asked to make their full tuition payment by May 1.


East and Central European Studies
Prague, Czech Republic
An affiliate program at Charles University, Faculty of Arts http://www.ff.cuni.cz
Email eces@ff.cuni.cz