Did you Know?

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.

Did you Know?

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.

Did you Know?

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.

Semester Program

Students with a WWII survivor
at the Lidice Memorial during orientation week.

Studying abroad for a semester allows students to become immersed in a new culture, while earning up to 21 U.S. credits. Students may choose to spend one or two semesters in Prague.


View the semester calendar.

Program Includes

  • Courses (earn up to 21 credits)
  • Ten-day intensive Czech Language and Culture immersion course and textbook
  • Airport assistance and transport (to the Komenského dormitory only) on the official arrival day
  • 24-hour telephone emergency assistance provided by the ECES staff
  • Permanent dormitory assistance provided by the Residential and Cultural Coordinator
  • University student ID card with access to university facilities and local discounts
  • Welcome and closing ceremony
  • University and dormitory orientation
  • Field trips and museum visits included in the class syllabi
  • Two excursions during orientation week (includes transport, guide, and entrance fees)
  • Option to participate in ECES weekend and day excursions (reduced cost)
  • Two walking tours around Prague
  • Access to computer labs
  • Access to the university library
  • One official transcript sent by priority mail

Pre-Departure Assistance

ECES provides remote pre-departure assistance. All students will receive a pre-departure guide and visa instructions. The ECES staff are available by phone (420) 221 619 839 or by e-mail, eces@ff.cuni.cz.

Official Arrival Day

Students will receive complimentary airport pick-up on the official arrival day to the Komenského dormitory. An ECES staff member will provide on-site check-in assistance at the dorm. The residential and cultural coordinator will provide a dormitory orientation and a guided tour of the surrounding area.

Orientation Week

Orientation is designed to equip students with the necessary tools for studying abroad. Each activity is carefully planned to ensure that students will have a comfortable and enriching stay abroad. Orientation is mandatory for all ECES students.

Welcome Meeting: Students attend the official ECES welcome meeting. They will meet the Charles University staff and learn about the administrative and academic policies. Students will also obtain their student ID cards and will have the option to take a guided city tour of Prague.

Orientation Excursions: As part of their cultural experience, students are required to participate in two excursions outside of Prague. These excursions are led by experienced Charles University's staff and provide the students a unique experience in the beginning of the semester. Some excursions offered are listed below:

  • Kutna Hora – UNESCO heritage town
  • Lidice Memorial – Village destroyed by the Nazis
  • Pilsen – Famous town liberated by U.S. troops
  • Přibram and Vojna Memorial – Communist labor camp
  • Mělnik – Palace tour
  • Terezín – Former Nazi concentration camp

Intensive Czech Course

Following the orientation meeting, all students are required to take a pre-semester Czech language and culture course. This three-credit course is meant to prepare students for their semester in Prague. The course is a combination of Czech language instruction, cultural activities, and short excursions throughout Prague. Students can choose between Introductory or Intensive Czech Language and Culture. Introductory Czech is for credit only, whereas Intensive Czech is for a grade and a prerequisite for the semester-long Czech course. Both courses are taught for five hours a day, in morning or afternoon sessions. Read more about students’ experiences in the intensive Czech immersion course!


Students may choose up to six courses each worth three U.S. credits. The courses are taught by Charles University academic faculty members or instructors appointed by the ECES Academic Board. In addition to ECES courses, students may choose courses from other departments at the Faculty of Arts. These courses range from one to three U.S. credits. Courses are taught in English.


Grades for ECES courses are given on an A-F scale, much like is done in the American university system.  If a student does not attend a course that he or she is registered for after the end of the add/drop period, the student will receive an "FX" grade on his or her transcript, indicating that the student failed the class because it was not attended.


ECES offers numerous activities throughout the semester. These activities include: volunteering, film screenings, optional day and weekend trips, city tours, cultural events, and a jewelry making class. Please refer to the Student Life section of the website for more details.


View the current program fees.

How to Apply

To apply to the program, click here.


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