UPCES - Study Abroad in Prague (CERGE-EI, Charles University)
Study abroad with UPCES in Prague and experience a semester of intellectual and cultural discovery in one of Europe's most remarkable cities. UPCES is located in a historic palace in Prague's city center. An UPCES semester includes 16 academic cre... read more
It was a fantastic experience that I wish I could do again. I learned a lot about living independently and making my own choices. I absolutely loved living in a foreign country and trying to figure out ways to communicate despite the obvious language barrier although most Czech people speak English. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I did not want to study abroad, and yet it was the best experience of my life. I really think it will help me in all facets of life. A lot of new perspectives. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Yes, how to live on my own A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Prague was an awesome break from Middlebury. I got to spend four months in an amazing city with an amazing group of friends, and I saw a ton of Europe while I was at it. I also learned how to live independently. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Definitely worthwhile. Learned about all different cultures from living in Prague and traveling around Europe. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about being independent and prioritizing. Although I learned so me of this at Middlebury, living on your own in a foreign country really teaches you how to take care of yourself and manage your time/priorities. It was definitely worthwhile I learned a ton and I wish I could go back! A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Independency - completely worth it! A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained a lot of independence A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
so much about myself and the culture and my friends A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Yes it was totally worthwhile. I think everyone should have the experience to go abroad for at least a semester. I grew as a person and got to explore a whole part of the world I have never been to. I made new friends and got even closer with the ones from Middlebury that I traveled with. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was certainly worthwhile. Aside from developed skills of independence and assimilation in a foreign culture, being abroad in Prague and traveling throughout central Europe opened my eyes to many different cultures, historical landmarks, and different countrys' deep rooted histories. Overall, both culturally and intellectual... A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Not only was my semester in Prague worthwhile, but it was life changing. I learned so much about myself and the others that I spent my semester with, and made lifelong friends. A student - Hobart and William Smith Colleges View Entire Review
I learned a lot about the different places I visited in Europe. I also learned a lot about myself during this time. I have never had an experience like this before and it showed me different qualities about myself and made me grow up in a lot of situations. A student - University of Richmond View Entire Review
I gained the ability to be independent, meet a wide range of people, and experience an entirely new culture. Prague was different enough culturally so that I was definitely out of my comfort zone, but the presence of Americans allowed me to get through the culture shock very easily. After talking to a range of other students com... A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
For me it was so worthwhile because while I was familiar with Western Europe, I knew nothing about eastern Europe. I am also very interested in the transition from communist economies to a free market economy so I learned a great deal into that that I would not have been able to learn at Middlebury. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how to live on my own, interact with people from all over the world and how to have a more global perspective. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I gained a lot of valuable experiences from being abroad such as being able to conquer anything I set my mind to. It was worthwhile despite all the negatives. I always thought that going abroad I would make life-long friends and while I did make some life-long friends, I just felt that other friends who were studying abroad else... Geraldine Q - The College of New Jersey View Entire Review
Learned about Eastern Europe Jack W - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Learned Independene and all about Central and Eastern Europe A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
The program did an amazing job at integrating us within the Czech lifestyle and I learned a tremendous amount about myself and the culture by being a part of Prague for 3 months. Sean C - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned a lot about myself and who I want to be. Additionally, I realized that there are many trivial things I pay too much attention that are not worth my time and energy. Shak M - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Learned about living on my own in an area that I was completely foreign too Tim G - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Yes it was worth while. I learned how to live off of myself (except financially) and definitely grew as a person. miller.steinle - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Learned all about Prague and the Czech Republic, central location allowed me to travel all over. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Learned about and loved a country I previously knew nothing about mimi.scott16 - Hobart and William Smith Colleges View Entire Review
Study abroad with UPCES in Prague and experience a semester of intellectual and cultural discovery in one of Europe's most remarkable cities. UPCES is located in a historic palace in Prague's city center. An UPCES semester includes 16 academic credits, day and weekend trips, dozens of cultural excursions/activities, optional internships, and international classrooms.
UPCES classrooms offer an opportunity to interact with students from around the globe. A typical UPCES course includes 10-15 students of several nationalities and provides a truly multicultural environment for learning.
Prominent scholars from Charles University teach UPCES courses in English. Course subjects include economics, international relations, sociology, history, political science, film, literature, philosophy, and Czech language. Students from a wide variety of majors and interests will greatly benefit from the UPCES academic experience.
UPCES students live in flats of their choosing with other students in the program. Flat choices are offered by the program and are located throughout the center section of Prague. Students do not just interact with the Czech people, but truly live amongst them in real Prague flats.
With UPCES, students explore the cultures of Central Europe. Each semester, UPCES organizes trips to Cesky Krumlov, Litomerice, Dresden/Kutna Hora, and a 3-night trip to Krakow, Poland. UPCES also organizes a series of cultural trips within the immediate area of Prague. Czech and other European students are invited on these trips as well.
UPCES students can apply for a variety of internships related to their major or personal interests through the UPCES Internship Program. Internship opportunities include a prominent legal institute, an international school, a city newspaper, and a media NGO.
UPCES offers unlimited outlets for learning and personal growth, in and out of the classroom. Learn more about UPCES on our website and on Facebook. We hope you will join us for an incredible semester in Prague!
UPCES Quick Facts
* Building: Schebek Palace
* Affiliation: Charles University
* Director: Nicki Norris
* Language of Instruction: English
* Eligibility: minimum 3.0 GPA and Junior-standing
* Cost: 9,650 USD per Semester, 18,300 USD per Year
* Housing: Independent Student Apartments
* Application: Online and Hard-copy
* Trips: Cesky Krumlov, Litomerice, Dresden/Kutna Hora, Krakow * Internships: Teaching, Marketing, Journalism, NGO, Law
1. Students take courses under a prestigious faculty and alongside Czech and other European students.
2. Four weekend trips and dozens of local trips designed to immerse students in Central European culture.
3. Students can apply for a variety of impressive internships through the UPCES Internship Program.
4. Courses are set in a beautiful palace in the historic center of Prague.
5. Students live together in centrally-located flats of their choosing.
As the leading university in the Czech Republic, Charles University boasts high quality teaching, an excellent research record and academics that are leading professionals in their disciplines.
Charles University in Prague was founded in 1348 and is one of the world's oldest universities.
Program Type(s):Study Abroad
- Academic Year
Relevant Study Subject(s):
- Western European Studies
- European Studies
- Russian, Central and East European Studies
- Czech Language, Literature
- Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
- Liberal Arts, General Studies
- Communication and Media Studies