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Central European Studies, Prague

Study Abroad Program Overview

Study abroad in Prague and discover its architectural splendor, rich cultural history, turbulent past, and exciting future. Nicknamed the “City of 100 Spires,” Prague is one of the best-preserved cities in Europe. Specially designed courses on Central European Studies and courses taught in English at prestigious local universities explore the dynamics of the country, its culture, and its place in the region. Class field trips and activities are an integral part of the program, and extracurricular activities will help you integrate into Czech culture. Take advantage of Prague’s central location to visit the many cultural sites of the Czech Republic and other European Cities such as Budapest, Vienna, Krakow, or Berlin, which are just a train ride away.​
This program is offered through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE), a US study abroad provider. Classes are mostly with your fellow US study abroad participants.

Students attend classes with UC and host country students.

Language of Instruction


Language Study

​: language study continues throughout the term


​Go to the Participants section to see current or past calendars.
Fall :  
​late August to mid-December

Spring :  
late January to mid-May

Year :  
​late August to mid-May








​Choose from three housing options—a homestay with a local Czech family, a program-administered apartment, or a Charles University dormitory. More information on housing

Extracurricular Activities

​There is never a boring moment thanks to extracurricular student activities called Interest Groups, which are organized weekly by local students. There are groups on politics, the economy and society, sports, film and theater, music, and art. An International Student Club organized by CIEE promotes and encourages cultural exchange between CIEE and Charles University students—the focus of the club is on cooking, culture and holidays, and local trips. You also have the opportunity to see the cultural and historic sites of the Czech Republic through academic field trips led by CIEE professors and staff.
The program includes visits to sites of historical and cultural importance in Prague such as Prague Castle, Old Town, the historical halls of Ch​arles University, theater, and opera. In addition, academically coordinated field trips to locations in Bohemia and Moravia are arranged, allowing participants to gain a wider perspective of the region. CIEE also organizes optional guided field trips to Berlin, Krakow, and Vienna with CIEE professors at an additional cost.

Volunteer opportunities are available in Prague. You may volunteer in both public and private-sector organizations such as NGOs, film companies, schools, and English language training programs. You can choose from several pre-screened volunteering positions with local, mostly non-governmental organizations, which may be involved in education, organizing international political conferences, local and global human rights issues, or library and administrative work in the field of economics.

On-site Support

​UCEAP students are supported by UC’s network of study abroad offices at every UC campus and partnerships with UCEAP host universities throughout the world. CIEE resident staff abroad help students integrate into the culture and provide assistance with academics, housing, safety, and other issues.

Course Opportunities

The Central European Studies program offers you a series of specially designed area studies courses in a wide range of academic disciplines taught in English by local faculty. You will be in class with other US students. The area studies courses explore Czech culture and society in a variety of subject areas such as history, media, art, religion, literature, psychology, and political science.  You also have the option to take a Czech language course to better immerse yourself in local culture. Courses feature guest lectures by leading Czech political, economic, religious, and social figures. Class field trips and activities are an integral part of the courses, and extracurricular activities will help you integrate into Czech culture. ​
You must take a minimum of three CIEE courses and you may be able to supplement CIEE coursework with courses designed for US students at the Prague Film and Television School at the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU) or Charles University. 
Use the following resources to learn about courses on UCEAP:


​You are required to take a full-time course of study while abroad: 22.5-27 quarter/15-18 semester UC units are required: five-six courses.

Research and Independent Study

​Research and independent study might be possible on this program. You should notify UCEAP prior to departure if you are interested in participating in research.

Central European Studies, Prague

Central European Studies 
The Central European Studies program is run through CIEE, meaning that it is open to UCEAP students as well as students from other universities across the US. You will take courses with a cohort of American students at the CIEE center in Prague, located at the historical site of Vyšehrad. In addition to taking courses at the CIEE center, you have the opportunity to enroll in courses at Charles University through the Central and European Studies department. You may also choose to enroll in courses at Central Europe’s preeminent film school, Prague Film and Television School, at the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU). Both at Charles University and FAMU you will learn alongside local, international, and other American students.
Because of its innumerable characteristic steeples, Prague is called the city of a thousand spires. With a population of only 1.2 million, Prague has an unusually rich cultural life – festivals, operas, concerts, and cultural programs – many of which are accessible on a student budget. Study abroad students experience life similar to that of Czech students and frequent numerous neighborhoods in the city like native Praguers. 

Test Drive Your Future

Internships abroad are a great way to enhance your resume for today’s competitive job market. Stand out from your peers, gain hands-on experience, and develop your global professional network.


  • Education management with an international education program
  • Teaching English to Czech students
  • International relations experience with NGOs and humanitarian organizations
  • Digital advertising experience
  • Editing and publication experience with professional institutes and publishing organizations
  • News writing and reporting with a local newspaper
  • Online magazine journalism experience
  • Film and media experience with film festivals and film studios
  • Visit the CIEE website for more information on internships

Setting Up Your Internship

  • You will receive an email from CIEE prior to departure requesting preliminary information on your internship interests
  • Some pre-departure paperwork is required through CIEE
  • All internships are secured once you are on-site
  • CIEE staff is available to help set up internships

Student Experiences

"Being given the opportunity to work at a film festival like this has been a truly inspirational experience. Not only do I get to see the inner-workings of a film festival, but an international one at that. I learned how to strengthen my professional communication, as well as how to develop and execute a planned event.  The amount of Czech vocabulary I learned helped my everyday experiences outside of school and work. Each work day has been riveting to be in a workplace that possesses strong work ethic and respectability. [My internship] has truly helped me realize the direction I want to take my career within the world of film and film festivals, and has made me truly understand the type of working environment I will strive find for myself"
Destiny Aragon, UCSB, Internship with an International Documentary Film Festival

Participation in UCEAP is a great value! The cost of studying abroad on UCEAP programs is typically less than that of non-UC study abroad programs. The dollar figures listed in the chart below represent an estimate of: 1) the UCEAP fees for the current year, and 2) the additional amount needed to cover your living expenses in this location. Estimates for personal travel, entertainment and Non-Resident (out of state) Fees are not included.
Keep in mind that on UCEAP you take your financial aid with you. The amount of your financial aid package will take into account the total estimated costs of this experience. One advantage of selecting UCEAP for study abroad is that we facilitate the process by working with your UC Financial Aid Office (FAO), informing them of your UCEAP participation and providing them with your UCEAP budget. Just like your UC Campus billing office, we receive your financial aid and scholarships from your FAO, apply it to cover the UCEAP program fees, and disburse any remaining aid on a set schedule.

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These expenses are estimated for 2017-18. Actual amounts will vary due to potential changes to UC fees, exchange rate fluctuation, etc. For a more detailed breakdown of 2017-18 payment information, visit the Participants Portal and select the appropriate program. Estimates do not include non-resident supplemental tuition. If you are subject to out-of-state tuition at your UC campus, you will pay non-resident fees on UCEAP.
Here’s what is included in the estimate:
  • UC fees
  • Tuition at host institution
  • Automatic transfer of credits and grades to your UC transcript
  • On-site orientation and activities
  • Predeparture expenses (student visa, health clearance, etc.)
  • Room and board
  • Books and other incidental expenses
  • Round-trip airfare
  • Local transportation
While on UCEAP, you are covered by UC’s accident and medical insurance, including non-medical benefits, and 24/7 travel assistance anywhere in the world.​


UCEAP scholarships are available. Please visit our scholarships overview page for general information and details regarding eligibility requirements and application deadlines.
Pell Grant recipients may be eligible for a Gilman Scholarship! The Gilman program gives additional funding for students who will study in Russia. Application information can be found at
Study abroad scholarships through the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)
CIEE offers scholarships for students attending CIEE-affiliated UCEAP programs, based on academic merit and/or need-based scholarships. Find out more.

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Application Information and Deadlines

Important: If you are planning to participate in back to back study abroad programs (with UCEAP or any other organization), you must notify your campus study abroad office. There are important things to consider when participating in consecutive programs, such as program dates and visa requirements. Not all program combinations are possible.

Application deadlines and information on the application process are available through your Campus EAP Office. Supplemental pre-departure materials will be required for many programs, including, but not limited to, host institution applications, visa and housing applications, medical clearances, etc.

For participation in the program, you must meet all deadlines and submit complete application materials.

These are minimum requirements. After selection by your UC Campus EAP Office, final admission is determined by CIEE.

Visit your Campus Study Abroad website for program-specific deadlines: