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.

Summer Program

ECES Students in Kutna Hora

The East and Central European Studies Summer Program at Charles University in Prague is ideal for those who would like to earn up to 12 U.S. credits in a short period (four weeks) of time. Located in the historic city of Prague, the program is designed for students who would like to spend their summer abroad experiencing a new culture and taking liberal arts courses in a range of academic fields. In addition to their studies, students will have the opportunity to participate in faculty-led excursions, cultural events, and activities.


View the summer calendar.

Program Includes

  • Courses (earn up to 12 credits)
  • Survival Czech language eight-hour course
  • Airport assistance and transport (to the Komenskeho dormitory only) on the official arrival day
  • 24-hour telephone emergency assistance provided by the ECES staff
  • 30-day public transportation pass
  • Welcome meeting
  • Guided city tour
  • Vltava River cruise
  • Excursion to beautiful UNESCO town (Either Kutna Hora or Cesky Krumlov)
  • Dormitory and university orientation
  • Field trips and museum visits included in the class syllabi
  • Farewell Party
  • Dormitory assistance
  • University student ID card with access to university facilities and local discounts
  • 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 before their arrival. The majority of students (e.g. U.S, Canada, Singapore passport holders) do not need to apply for a short stay visa. The ECES staff are available by phone (420) 221 619 804 or by e-mail, eces@ff.cuni.cz.

Official Arrival Day

Students will receive complimentary airport pick-up on the official arrival day. An ECES staff member will provide on-site check-in assistance at the dorm.


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.

Tentative Schedule:

Day 1

9:30am      Housing Orientation
11:00am      Obtain Charles University ID Cards
12:30-2:00pm      ECES Welcome Meeting
2:15-6:15pm      Survival Czech Course Part 1
TBA      University Tour
6:30-8:00pm      Vltava River Cruise

Day 2

Half of the students will take the Survival Czech Course Part 2, while the other half of the students will go on a guided trip to Kutna Hora

9:00am-5:30pm      Trip to Kutná Hora
11:00am-4:00pm      Survival Czech Course Part 2

Day 3

Half of the students will take the Survival Czech Course Part 2, while the other half of the students will go on a guided trip to Kutna Hora


9:00am-5:30pm      Trip to Kutná Hora
11:00am-4:00pm      Survival Czech Course Part 2


Survival Czech

In order to better prepare students for their stay in Prague, all students will participate in an eight-hour survival Czech course taught by a Charles University professor. This eight-hour course with small class sizes (fewer than 13 students) is meant to equip students with the necessary language skills in order to “survive” in Prague. Students will not only learn the basics, but also go on a field trip with the professor to learn more about the city. A textbook is included.

Excursion to UNESCO town, Kutna Hora

As a part of the ECES experience, students will go on a faculty-led excursion to Kutna Hora, a beautiful UNESCO Heritage town located one hour from Prague. Students will visit the famous “bone church,” the silver mines, and St. Barbara’s Cathedral, a historical cathedral constructed in 1388. The trip includes transportation, entrance fees, and a faculty guide. 


Students may enroll in up to four courses. All courses are worth three U.S. credits and meet three times per week. Courses are offered in the following fields: history, politics, language, art and culture, film, and literature. Courses are taught in English.

Courses that will be offered in Summer 2015:

  1. Czech and European Art and Architecture (art and culture)
  2. Modern Czech Politics (politics)
  3. Shaping Central Europe (history)
  4. Reading Prague: Literature, Architecture, and Cultural History
  5. International Affairs: European Union and Asia (politics, economics, global security)
  6. Art Photography (art and culture)
  7. Contemporary Czech Art, Culture, Music and Literature: Urban Semiotics
  8. Literature of Central European Coffee Houses
  9. Czech Culture and Civilization Course: Summer Field Trip into the Czech Psyche
  10. Czech Language for Every Day Use - Level I

According to the number of students participating, more courses may be offered.  These will be announced later in the spring.


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.

Summer Extension Program

Beginning in 2015, ECES will offer a two-week extension option to enhance our well-established summer program.  This program will be highly selective and limited to 36 students.  Participation in this program will earn students an additional 3 credits, and students will have a choice between two course options in different fields.  These two-week courses will be highly intensive, and will depend on a large amount of independent student research. This extension program will include one additional ECES day excursion, and will give students extra opportunity to explore Prague and neighboring cities and countries.  Information about application to the summer extension program will be given upon acceptance to the regular ECES summer program.


View the current program fees.

How to Apply

To apply to the program, click here.


Students with a valid U.S., Singapore, or European Union member country passport do not need to apply for a Czech visa if they are participating in the ECES summer program.

Citizens of other countries may need to apply for a Schengen (Short-Term) Visa for the Purpose of Study or Scientific Research.  If a student who needs to apply for a visa is accepted into the ECES summer program, they will receive additional information upon acceptance.

For citizens of the People’s Republic of China who attend university in Singapore: Based on a bilateral arrangement, the Embassy of Hungary in Singapore issues short-term Schengen visas on behalf of the Czech Republic.

For more information, please contact ECES staff.


Embassy of Hungary in Singapore

Address: 250 North Bridge Road #29-01/A Raffles City Tower, Singapore 179101

Phone: 6883-0882, 6883-1438

Fax: 6883-0177

E-mail: hunemsin@singnet.com.sg

Office hours: Receipt of visa applications - Mon and Thu: 10.00-14.00

Consulate of the Czech Republic in Beijing

Address: 2 Ritan Lu, Jianguomenwai 100600 Beijing, China

Phone: (+8610) 85329500

Fax: (+8610) 85329590

E-mail: Beijing@embassy.mzv.cz


For passport holders of another country, please contact the ECES staff as soon as possible.


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