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Study Abroad at Charles University (Prague)
Prague, Czech Republic (Outgoing Program)
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Program Dates for 2018

Offical Arrival Date: September 3rd              
Offical Departure Day:
December 15th 

Program Costs

Estimated program Budgets can be found above in the "Budget Sheets" box or by clicking the links below:


Academic Year

Discover Your World at Charles University in Pragueold town

  • Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is a city of over 1.2 million inhabitants, and the cultural and intellectual center of the country. Situated on the river Vltava, it has enjoyed fame as an awe-inspiring and beautiful city, being called "golden," "royal," "hundred-spired," "the town of towns," and "the crown of the world".
  • Prague has grown up over many centuries from a small Slavonic settlement into a magnificent city. The city's Romanesque, gothic renaissance, baroque, and neoclassical buildings have remained undisturbed by modern constructions, creating a unique and beautiful mix of classic and modern Europe.
  • The Czech Republic is centrally located in Europe and is a gateway to other major cities, making it an ideal place to study abroad. Students will be only a short train ride from Vienna (4.5 hours), Berlin (4 hours), or Budapest (6.5 hrs).
  • Charles University, the oldest in Central Europe, was founded in 1348 by emperor Charles IV. The campus occupies extraordinary buildings in the old town, the heart of this wondrous city. The student population is a diverse and active one, taking classes in one of the thirteen different faculties. Here you will encounter people from all over Europe, as well as the world.
  • Students take courses in the East and Central Europeans Studies (ECES) Program within the Faculty of Arts at Charles University.  For more information about the ECES program, see the Charles University ECES website.

Your Classes

  • All students must enroll in a 3-credit Czech language course prior to the start of the semester, during the orientation period.
  • In addition, students choose 3-4 additional 3-credit courses from the selections offered each semester. Each course is completed with a written and/or oral examination.
  • Spring semester: Two weeks of intensive Czech language in early-February. Thirteen weeks of area studies from late February until early May.
  • Winter semester: Two weeks of intensive Czech language in early September. Twelve weeks of area studies from late September until the middle of December.
Language Courses Semester Courses
  • Intensive Czech for Everyday Life (Credit only)
  • Intensive Czech Language (graded)
  • Literature
  • Art and Culture
  • History
  • Sociology and Psychology
  • Economics and Politics  
  • Languages

The official course schedule will not be released until close to the start of each semester. Please see the Charles University, ECES website for a list of commonly taught courses as a reference.

Language of Instruction Credits Qualifications
English 12-15 credits A 3.0 GPA is required (Students with a 2.7 -2.99 may still apply, but must submit a grade explanation along with the application materials).

Your Home Away From Home

  • Students will live in the Kolej Komenského near the Prague Castle, located in Prague 6, the Castle District. It is approximately a 10-15 minute commute to the Main University Building by tram or a 20-25 minute walk.
  • Situated in a residential area, the dormitory is within walking distance to grocery stores, restaurants, mini-markets, and a post office. In close proximity to public transportation, students can easily access the university and other locations throughout Prague.
  • Single and double rooms are available with a shared bathroom and kitchenette for two adjacent rooms. The dorms have a refrigerator and a hot plate to be shared by occupants of the adjoining rooms.
  • Bedding and small towels are provided.
  • Kitchen utensils are not provided. (Please note that the standards you are used to may be different from what is provided at the dorm. You may purchase your own towels, sheets, and utensils upon arrival in Prague)
  • Singles are available on a first come first serve basis for an additional fee of $150. If students decide to stay in a single room, it is his/her responsibility to pay the additional fee directly to Charles University. This fee is due two weeks after arrival and can be paid by debit card or cash.  If the fee is not paid in time, students will be moved to a double room.
  • Laundry: There is a laundry room in the dormitory reserved for only ECES students. Students will be entitled to three loads of laundry per week. Students will reserve times to do their laundry on an online system.
  • Twenty-four-hour assistance is provided by the live-in Residential and Cultural coordinator, Mrs. Zuzana Wienerova.

Please see the Charles University, ECES website for more housing photos.



Internet is available in each dorm room through a cable. Wi-Fi is unavailable in the dorm. There is no computer lab available at the dormitory.

Internet is available at select locations throughout campus (including the Jan Palach library, pictured), as well as at internet cafes in the Prague area. Students should bring their own laptop or students may use the computers at Charles University during the weekdays.


Cultural Activities

The Residential and Cultural coordinator, Mrs. Zuzana Wienerova, organizes weekly cultural activities to many of Prague's numerous theaters, operas, ballets, and music performances. She also organizes guided walks around the city and visits to museums and galleries.

Travel Opportunities

ECES offers numerous opportunities to travel throughout the semester. These trips are also offered to European students studying at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University.

ECES offers two kinds of trips throughout the semester: ECES-organized trips led by professors and student travel agency trips offered by a reputable travel company. These trips are a sample and may or may not be offered during your semester in Prague:

  • Berlin, Germany
  • Budapest, Hungary
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Krakow, Poland, and Auschwitz
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Day trips to UNESCO site, Český Krumlov and Bohemian Paradise, Český Raj

Trips are subject to change. Students may sign up and pay for trips after arriving in Prague.

International Club

Charles University International Club (IC CUNI) is a student club which organizes various social, cultural and sports events for both international and Czech students, and helps international students to handle their stay in Prague. The club offers wonderful opportunities to connect with local students. For more information about the student club, visit the International Club website.

One of the activities that the International Club would like to offer ECES students is the Buddy Program, which connects local Czech students with international students.

Internship/Volunteer Opportunities

If you would like to volunteer or intern during your semester in Prague, ECES has many opportunities available.  Go to the ECES website for more information about the Volunteer Opportunities in Prague.

On-site Support

International student support services are available at Charles University.


You will need a student visa to study in the Czech Republic. We will send you information on how to apply for your student visa during your application process.

Have Questions?

Contact SUNY New Paltz Study Abroad Advisor Bianca Sylvain.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2019 10/01/2018 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.