ECES offers courses in six different academic fields: literature, art and culture, history, sociology and psychology, economics and politics, and languages. In addition to ECES courses, students may also take Faculty of Arts departmental courses.
ECES courses are worth 3 U.S. credits or 6 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) credits.
Students are encouraged to take four to six courses a semester plus the intensive Czech course for a maximum of 21 credits. Students may take up to four courses in the summer term. Courses are taught in English.
Courses are taught Monday through Thursday and meet either once (180 minutes) or twice (90 minutes each) a week. Courses are taught between the hours of 9:00am to 9:00pm.
Attendance is mandatory for all courses and counts toward the final grade. Each student is allowed to miss 180 minutes, or three hours, worth of class time per course. Absences may be excused if a medical note is provided. For each additional unexcused absence, the final grade will be reduced automatically (eg. A to A - or A to B).
Grading is based on the letter grade system from A to F. Grades are based on course attendance, participation, and additional factors according to the professor and course. Completing the final test or paper is also a required component. Failure to submit the final test or paper according to the deadline will result in a letter grade F for the entire course. Except for the pre-semester Introductory Czech Language and Culture Course, ECES does not provide courses with pass/fail or withdrawal grades. Grades are available on the ECES website two weeks after the end of the semester.
Pre-Semester Czech Language and Culture Course (mandatory)
The Czech Language course meets for ten days before the semester begins for five hours a day, in morning or afternoon sessions. The course is a combination of Czech language instruction, cultural activities, and short excursions throughout Prague. Students will be evaluated in the same manner for both courses and it will consist of the following: midterm test, final exam, homework, and participation. It is worth three U.S. credits. Students may choose either Czech language course:
1. Intensive Czech for Everyday Life (Credit only)
This course focuses on oral communication skills, daily conversation, and the ability to read and write basic texts. This course is only offered on a pass/fail basis.
2. Intensive Czech Language (grades)
This course offers a more in-depth study of the Czech language focusing on written and oral communication. This is a prerequisite for students interested in taking the semester-long Czech language course.
Below is a comprehensive list of ECES courses. The final course schedule is subject to change.
Art and Culture
|CUFA HIST 318||Czech and Central European History|
|CUFA HIST 302||Jewish History in Central and Eastern Europe|
|CUFA HIST 312||The Peoples of Europe – Their Origins, Histories, Contacts - Department|
Sociology and Psychology
Economics and Politics
|CUFA CZE 102||Czech Language for Everyday Use Level I.|