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Central European Studies at Charles University

  • Prague
  • Fall, Winter, Summer
  • Sophomore and above
  • Minimum 2.5 GPA overall
  • Homestay, Dormitory, Apartments,
    Residence Hall
  • No language prerequisites
  • Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
    students only


Because of its innumerable characteristic steeples, Prague is called the "City of a Hundred Spires" and is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. This European Union member, and UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a perfect example of the steady development of a society that recently transitioned from its communist past. 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 residents of Prague. Prague also offers a unique symbiosis of carefully preserved monuments of all periods and styles.

The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Study Center in Prague offers courses in multiple disciplines. Students on this program can also enroll and take courses at Charles University, where Einstein taught or at the Prague Film and Television School at the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU) take course. CIEE places students into Prague’s intellectual and performing arts communities so you get a taste of the city’s fascinating past, present, and future.

Earn 16 Michigan in-residence credits per term on the Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies (CIEE), partnered with Charles University and the Prague Film and Television School at the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU). This program for undergraduates offers a wide range of courses in the humanities and social sciences, taught in English. Students select four courses. Students can select the optional Czech language course.

Subject areas include: Communication, Creative Writing, Economics,  Film Studies, Foreign Languages, History, International Studies, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. For a list of specific course options at the CIEE Study Center and details (including syllabi), please visit the CIEE Study Center website. Courses at Charles University and the Film and TV School (FAMU) courses at please see bottom of the below CIEE Program webpage.

Instruction is in English with optional Czech language course.

Excursions and Student Life
The program includes visits to sites of historical and cultural importance in Prague such as Prague Castle, Old Town, the historical halls of Charles University, the National Theater, or the State 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 and a greater understanding of studied academic topics and Czech culture. You can also join optional guided field trips to Krakow, Vienna, or Berlin at an additional cost.