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Charles University: East and Central European Studies in Prague, Czech Republic (Direct Enroll)

The Program

Located in Prague, one of Europe’s most beautiful and historic cities, the East and Central European Studies (ECES) Program is ideally suited for UConn students who are interested in East and Central European studies, or in any particular specialization or discipline related to Czech studies, including the history and culture of Prague.  The ECES can also serve as a base for students who wish to conduct independent research in archives or who want to establish contact with academics in Prague, pursue independent studies, etc.

The Academics

You will earn 12-18 graded UConn credits upon completion of this program. Courses are taught in English by academic staff members of Charles University, the most prestigious university in the Czech Republic. The Program includes an obligatory two-week intensive Czech language course followed by semester courses.  Besides the courses offered through the ECES program, students are welcome to participate in lectures and take courses at any of the 48 departments of the Faculty of Arts, with language of instruction being the only limitation. Classes offered include Czech Film, Modern Czech History, Czech Literature Literary Criticism, Contemporary Jewish Religious Thought, European Culture and Religion in Prague, Bohemia and Central Europe, Czech Art and Architecture, Czech Music, Recent Economic Developments, Contemporary Czech Politics, American Literature-European Perspective, Czech Theatre, 20th Century Central European History: A Personal View, Language Architecture, Multi-genre Writing Seminar (Spring semester only), and Readings in Czech/Bohemian Culture.

The pre-semester Intensive Czech Language course is taught in small groups. Students will be able to choose to take this course for a letter grade, or for credit (pass/fail) until the end of the second day of the 10-day course. All students will be awarded a letter grade at the end of the course, but the grade that appears on their transcript will depend on their decision to take the course as graded or pass/fail. The requirement to receive a “pass” on the students’ transcript for this course will be a letter grade of “C” or better in the class.

This list of course equivalents indicates courses that other students have taken in the past. It does not guarantee that they will be available when you participate in the program. If you want to take a course that is not on the list below click on “Academics” to access information on the course accreditation process.General Education course substitution: your school or college will decide if specific study abroad courses can be used to fulfill General Education Requirements. You will need to individually petition your school for the substitution. For exact information, go to “Academics” and “Gen Ed Substitution”.Note: All study abroad courses have to be assigned a UConn course department number by faculty departmental evaluators before they can be posted and later considered for any minor, major, gen ed, or elective credit.

UConn Dept. and # University Course Title Foreign # Foreign Course Credits Accreditation Expiration Date
ARE 4993 Foreign Study 303 Recent Economic Development in the CR 3 6/30/2021
ARE 4993 Foreign Study 305 Global Crises 3 6/30/2021
CLCS 3208 Studies in Film n/a Czech and Slovak Cinema from the 1950’s to Present 3 12/31/2021
CRLP 1193 Foreign Study CZE 100 Intensive Czech for Everyday Life 1 12/31/2021
CRLP 1193 Foreign Study CZE 100 Intensive Czech for Everyday Life (Credit only, pass/fail grades) 2 6/30/2022
CRLP 1193 Foreign Study CUFA CZE 100 Intensive Czech Language (Graded or Pass/Fail option) 2 6/30/2022
DRAM 4193 Foreign Study CUFA F 365 Surrealism and Eastern and Central European Cinema- Department 3 6/30/2022
ECON 2477 Transitional Economies of Eastern Europe CUFA ECON 303 Transition Process of the Czech Republic and European Union 3 6/30/2022
HIST 3993 Foreign Study CUFA HIST/POL/ART303 Czech Culture and Civilization Course: A Field Trip into Czech Psyche 3 12/31/2021
HIST 3993 Foreign Study n/a Romanticism and National Identity in Central Europe 3 12/31/2021
HIST 3993 Foreign Study CUFA SOC 354 Social Changes after 1989 3 12/31/2021
HIST 3993 Foreign Study CUFA LIT 339 Romanticism and National Identity in Central Europe 3 6/30/2022
LING 1793 Foreign Study CUFA SOC 350 Pragmatics and Social Aspects of Speech 3 12/31/2021
POLS 3993 Foreign Study CUFA POL 311 Central European Politics 3 12/31/2021
SOCI 3271 Topics in the SOCIology of Culture CUFA ART 309 Czech Cultural Studies: Official and Unofficial Czech Cultures in the 2nd half of the 20th century 3 6/30/2022
SOCI 3391 Foreign Study ASGV00587 Chapters on Social Deviance 2 6/30/2022

The Experience

The classrooms, offices, libraries, dorms, and cafeterias are located in the historical center of Prague which is situated on both banks of the river Vltava and consists of 6 quarters. Each of these quarters were once independent cities and were united in the 18th century. The quarters are Old Town, Jewish Quarter – Josefov (there is a well preserved part of Old Jewish Town, today part of Old Town), New Town, Little Quarter, Hradcany and Vysehrad. Each quarter is unique and each contains many museums, galleries, and historical buildings to explore and discover. Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1992.

Housing is provided in the Komenskeho dorms which are safe and pleasant and include many small services to make your student life easier and allowing you to focus on your studies.  Pillows, blankets, sheets, etc are supplied and frequently washed by the staff.  Students may eat in University cafeterias at cheap rates.  Breakfasts at Komenskeho are “all you care to eat” and are included in the price.  A washing machine is available for your use at the dorms. Students will have access to libraries, sports facilities, cafeterias and other facilities and activities. In the vicinity you will also find plenty of student bars, clubs and pubs.


Please note that certain fees associated with this program will appear on your UConn fee bill. These fees are required in addition to the costs billed to you directly by the third party program provider. For exact information on these additional costs, please visit this program’s budget sheet by clicking the link below.

This program charges program fees and not tuition. This affects the types of financial aid that can be applied to defray the cost. Contact the UConn Office of Financial Aid Services for information regarding your individual financial aid package.

You may apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: CT Aid for Public College Students Grant, Federal Title IV Funds including Pell Grant, SEOG, Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, Parent Loans, and private scholarships.

You may not apply the following types of financial aid to the cost of this program: Federal Work Study, Tuition Remission Grant, University Grant, Tuition Waiver, and academic scholarships (such as Day of Pride, Nutmeg, Presidential, Leadership and Academic Excellence Scholarship).

Budget Sheets: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
The Details

  • Location: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit

Dates / Deadlines:

Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 10/02/2017 10/09/2017 01/29/2018 05/19/2018
Academic Year 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD
Fall 2018 03/08/2018 03/15/2018 TBD TBD

Fact Sheet:

Class status: 2nd Year, 3rd Year, 4th+ Year Academic area: Humanities, Social Sciences, Arts
Language of instruction: English Prior language study required: None
Open to non-UConn students: No Required GPA: 2.75