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
Traveling abroad was definitely worthwhile. I learned a lot about myself and was able to gain personal confidence around things like traveling, living alone, being in uncomfortable situations, etc. Coming back from abroad I feel more independent and ready to take on challenges! Emily B - Hobart and William Smith Colleges View Entire Review
I gained a greater understanding of a different culture and got to live in a place that is different than where I have ever lived before Joseph Z - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned many different countries cultures from traveling all over Europe. Extremely worthwhile. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I felt that I learned a lot from my experience studying abroad. The classes were all good, and travelling and living in a foreign country was a very unique experience that will definitely help me in the future. This program is definitely worthwhile! A student - Wesleyan University View Entire Review
At a very basic level, my abroad experience opened my eyes to the fact that there is an entire world of people who exist outside of our American bubble--and they are doing just fine! In fact, they do many things better than Americans do. It was beneficial for me to be the outsider, the guest, for once. It is a very humbling expe... Tim P - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Gained good sociological/historical/cultural understanding of the Czech Republic and its surrounding countries. Developed some good traveling, living, etc. skills. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I loved being right in the heart of Europe. It allowed me to travel easily and learn about a culture I had not previously studied. I got a lot of exposure to the Czech culture by living in the heart of the city and wouldn't have done anything differently. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Through being vastly removed from my comfort zone, I learned how to live an everyday life totally independently. The school itself was not too challenging, but that enhanced the cultural aspect of living in Prague and allowed for more adventures, such as travelling. Jonathan C - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile. To sum it up in one word, I gained perspective. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
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. I learned a lot about my habits and how I live in an apartment in a city with my roommate. Gregory S - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I became more independent and confident in myself. Catie H - The College of New Jersey View Entire Review
So worthwhile. Best experience of my life, and no mistake. Opened my eyes, and inspired me in so many ways, too many indeed to list within the confines of this small box. Learned about European culture, and how to live successfully in a capital city. Can't say enough about it. A student - Willamette University View Entire Review
I gained a new understanding of the different cultures that make up a good portion of the rest of the world. It was 100% worthwhile, might be the highlight of my college career. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned to be self reliant. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
The world is very big and different than I imagined! A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned more about our world outside of America. A student - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how to live autonomously in a city and in new surroundings, as well as how to travel. If I could do it all again I would've taken a language and gone to a country that spoke that language. Luc P - Middlebury College View Entire Review
I learned how to be more independent and responsible living alone in a foreign country. A student - Middlebury College 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
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):
- Russian, Central and East European Studies
- European Studies
- Western European Studies
- Communication and Media Studies
- Liberal Arts, General Studies
- Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
- Czech Language, Literature