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Academics

Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences

Explore Czech culture and society through courses in history, media, art, religion, literature, psychology, and political science. The program’s primary courses are specially designed for students from the US and taught in English by local faculty. You also have the option to take a Czech language course to fully immerse in local culture. Courses feature guest lectures by leading social figures in Czech politics, business, and religion. Class field trips and activities are an integral part of the courses to help you further integrate into Czech culture. ​

Unique study opportunities

  • Opt to take some courses alongside local Czech and international students at Charles University.
  • Access practical courses in cinema, Czech documentary film-making, or the performing arts at the prestigious FAMU film school.
  • Gain intercultural communication and leadership skills for your career.
  • Get involved locally with political conferences, film festivals, human rights nonprofits, and other sectors of Prague society through an academic internship.
  • Compare cultural psychology from Czech and American perspectives.

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Czech Language Study: Optional

All instruction is in English, but you have the option to take a survival Czech language course to help you navigate grocery shopping, ordering out, reading signs, and talking with locals. Beginning to advanced Czech language courses are available.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Five to six courses for a total of 22.5–27 quarter/15–18 semester UC units.
  • You may take up to 40 percent of your total unit load per term on a pass/no pass basis. For major credit, be sure to check with your department’s policy on the pass/no pass grading option.

Current Program Courses

In this program you can choose courses from three study locations: CIEE center, Charles University, or FAMU. You must take a minimum of three courses at the CIEE center in Prague. If you choose, you can then supplement your coursework with courses at the other locations. At Charles University, you can access courses through the Eastern and Central European Studies department. At FAMU (Prague Film and Television School), you’ll be limited to courses designed for US students. Alternatively, you can take all of your courses at the CIEE center.

Your options include:

  • Elective Czech language course
  • Central European Studies Courses at CIEE (variety of topics across media, art, literature, society, history, etc.)
  • FAMU Cinema Studies Courses (acting studio, dance, film, animation, photo imaging, script writing, production, etc.)
  • Charles University Area Studies Courses for international students (Czech history, culture, politics, film, etc.)

Catalogs and resources

Academic culture

The Central European Studies courses at CIEE are primarily offered to students from the United States; however, they are also open to Charles University students and Erasmus Program students studying in Prague. Classes meet twice a week for 90 minutes, or once a week for three hours, with the class size ranging from five to twenty students.

In addition to taking the Central European Studies courses, you’re encouraged to take classes at Charles University or FAMU. Enrolling in a local school, you’ll get to experience a new learning environment and culture. The Czech educational system requires a high degree of self-motivation, self-discipline, and a proactive approach to study. Independent learning and active participation in class are a key succeeding in your classes.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. UCEAP uses CIEE’s grading rubric when transmitting grades back to your UC campus. The grades on your UC record will appear exactly as they are on your CIEE transcript. UC grades are final.

Fall semester grades are usually reported to your campus in mid March. Spring semester grades are usually reported to your campus in August.