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.


Professor Josef Zaruba
(Czech and European Art and Architecture)
lectures at a local museum in Prague.

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.

Course Load

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.

Course Schedule

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 Policy

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.

Course Descriptions

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.

Course List

Below is a comprehensive list of ECES courses. The final course schedule is subject to change.



CUFA LIT 339Romanticism and National Identity in Central Europe
CUFA LIT 326American and Czech Literature from European Perspectives: Identity and Role Play
CUFA LIT 346Great European Writers: The Life and Work of Karel Capek
CUFA LIT 315Czech Ballads in Comparative Perspective: Between Print and Oral Tradition
CUFA LIT 340Imagining America, Imagining Europe
CUFA LIT 31020th Century Prague Literature in International Context
CUFA LIT 351From Page to Screen: 20th-Century Czech Fiction on Film
CUFA LIT 320German-Jewish Literature in Prague

Art and Culture

CUFA ART 330Czech Culture and Society, Past and Present
CUFA ART 309Czech Cultural Studies: Official and Unofficial Czech Cultures in the 2nd half of the 20th century
CUFA F 365Surrealism and Eastern and Central European Cinema- Department
CUFA HIST/POL/ART303Czech Culture and Civilization Course: A Field Trip into the Czech Psyche
CUFA F 368Czech and Slovak Cinema from the 1950's to Present: Politics, Visuality, and Experimentation - Department
CUFA ART 321Art Photography and Genius Loci
CUFA ART 301Czech and European Art and Architecture- Section II
CUFA F 340The Cinema of Central Europe: Eroticism, Power, and Fate
CUFA ART 301Czech and European Art and Architecture- Section I


CUFA HIST 330A Failed State? Czechoslovakia 1918-1993
CUFA HIST 312The Peoples of Europe: Their Origins, Histories, Contacts- Department
CUFA HIST 318Czech and Central European History
CUFA HIST 311Cold War and the Soviet Block: Impacts for Eastern Europe and World
CUFA HIST 340Conflicting Identities: The Influence of “Germany” Over Central Europe (from the Middle Ages to 1945)
CUFA HIST 302Jewish History in Central and Eastern Europe

Sociology and Psychology

PSY 321Language, Culture and Social Cognition
CUFA PSY 349Introduction to Philosophy of Psychiatry
CUFA PSY 321Language, Culture, and Social Cognition
CUFA PSY 355Selected Topics of Social Psychology: Soft Skills
CUFA SOC 345Contemporary Czech Art, Culture, and Literature: Urban Semiotics
CUFA SOC 300Sociology of Food
CUFA SOC 354Social Changes after 1989 - Department
CUFA PSY 349Introduction to Philosophy of Psychiatry
CUFA SOC 353Landscape and Sociology: Understanding of Czech and European Landscapes- Department
CUFA PSY 355Selected Topics of Social Psychology: Soft Skills

Economics and Politics

CUFA ECON 303Transition Process of the Czech Republic and European Union
CUFA ECON 305Global Economy and Crises
CUFA POL 315Comparative Politics: Transformation of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic
CUFA POL 337Czechoslovakian Dissent under Communist Rule


CUFA CZE 102Czech Language for Everyday Use Level I.


CUFA SOC 345Contemporary Czech Art, Culture, Music and Literature: Urban Semiotics
CUFA ART 321Art Photography and Genius Loci
CUFA CZE 102Czech Language for Everyday Use I.
CUFA ART 301Czech and European Art and Architecture
CUFA ECON 310Economic Affairs: European Union and Asia
CUFA POL/ECON 308International Affairs: European Union and Asia
CUFA ART 305Jewish Art and Architecture
CUFA F 380Jewish Images in Central European Cinema
CUFA LIT 324Literature of Central European Cafés
CUFA POL 316Modern Czech Politics across Various Political Regimes: Never-ending Transformation
CUFA F 370Picturing the Nation: National Filmmaking and Visual Culture in 20th Century Central Europe
CUFA LIT 314Reading Prague: Literature, Architecture, and Cultural History
CUFA SOC 355Selected Topics in Social Psychology: Soft Skills
CUFA HIST 205Shaping Central Europe - The historical forces which defined Central European History
POL 306Central Europe 25 Years After: Heading for another Fundamental Change?


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