East & Central European Studies: Charles University, Prague
94% Rating
(11 Reviews)

East & Central European Studies: Charles University, Prague

The East and Central European Studies program is an English-taught program at the Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague. Students are full-time students at the Faculty of Arts when they participate in the ECES program, and take classes alongside other English-speaking students from all over the world. Classes are taught by highly-esteemed Faculty of Arts professors, and courses are worth 3 US credits each, making credit transfer an easy process for our international students. ECES students also have the option of taking any Faculty of Arts course that is offered outside of the program. The ECES program includes day trips within the Czech Republic, optional cultural events and activities, 24-hour English-speaking support, and many other services to enhance your study abroad experience!

Locations
Europe » Czech Republic » Prague
Europe » Czech Republic
Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Subject Areas
Art History
Cultural Studies
European Studies
Global Studies
International Business
Jewish Studies
Liberal Arts
Philosophy
Russian and Eastern European Studies
Sociology
Degree Level
Bachelors
Timeframe
Academic Year
Fall
Spring
Language
English
Steps
Online Application
Statement of Purpose
Official Transcripts
Letters of Recommendation
Age Requirement
GPA Requirement
Starting Price
$2,000.00
Currency
USD
Price Details
Fees:

Spring 2015: $4,720 USD
Fall 2015: $4,720 USD

*Early decision applicants will receive an 8% discount on the program fee. A nonrefundable deposit of $500 will be required before the regular application deadline (applies to semester fees only).

Questions & Answers

Program Reviews

  • Academics
    73%
  • Support
    90%
  • Fun
    75%
  • Housing
    89%
  • Safety
    100%

Program Reviews (11)

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Emily
Female
23 years old
Miami, FL
University of Miami

A Place to Definitely Czech Off the List

9/10

Charles University's ECES program was everything I had hoped for in a study abroad experience. It was my first time outside of the United States and not only did this program open my eyes to the Czech Republic, it exposed me to almost all of Europe. The classes in this program were interesting and one of them turned out to be my favorite class in college. The professors expectations are clear and more than reasonable. The program staff for ECES were incredibly helpful and never left me hanging when it came to answering questions. What's more, they always kept me informed about major cultural events in Prague in case I wanted to go. I did live with plenty of American students, but there are chances to meet international students by participating in the Czech Language Buddy program, volunteering at the local high school, or even speaking to people in classes.

Two great things about Prague: cost and location. Living in Prague was cheap but good quality and I miss it every day. Prague's location is also unbeatable. I managed to see nine additional countries while in Europe and the longest day of travel was a 2.5 hour plane ride.

As a result of being exposed to so many cultural differences in Europe, I have solidified my goal of having an international component be part of my career. Being in Prague through this program gave me more confidence to push my own boundaries and take ownership of every experience I do in the future. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is even slightly considering Prague or Europe.

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Massi
Female
23 years old
Miami
University of Miami

My Prague Fairytale

9/10

The ECES program was incredible! The support staff was readily available, set up interesting programs, and made it easy to meet everyone early on in the semester. They planned fun trips for nearby cities and even to Poland. Also, connected us to local Czech students and service opportunities. Had the semester of a lifetime traveling every weekend for 3 months and exploring the beautiful city of Prague!

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Deborah
Female
24 years old
Queens, NY

Go Study Abroad

8/10

Prague is a beautiful city, so unique and different than anything we are used to in America. Its cheap, fun and a great city to live in. You will feel safe walking through the cobble stone streets and over the bridges as you stare at the stunning castles.
Living in the Kolej dorms was convenient to get to school, and a great way to make friends on the program.
The professors are knowledgeable, classes are not as challenging as home university, but you feel like you learned something.
Try and take classes within Charles University- not just at the Faculty of Arts, if you are interested. The staff at ECES is helpful and accommodating.

Put aside extra money to travel, because being in Central Europe that is something you will definitely want to take advantage of. Its awesome to be able to take short, interesting trips so often.

How can this program be improved?

more cultural immersion
more opportunities to take classes outside faculty of arts

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stacey
Female
24 years old
New York
Hunter College

Most amazing experience of my life!

10/10

The ECES Study Abroad Program at Charles University was by far the most exciting, educational, and amazing experience of my life. Living and studying in Prague is comparable to a fairytale. The city is absolutely breathtaking. My courses and Professors were very interesting and incorporated many trips. ECES is extremely helpful in any and every aspect of your abroad experience. There were several trips that were coordinated to different cities and countries that I fully recommend taking advantage of. The central location of Prague also makes trips to other countries very convenient and affordable.

Response from Charles University Faculty of Arts

Hi Stacey,

Thanks so much for leaving your comments- I think that living in Prague is like a fairytale, too! I hope that you come back to visit us soon!

-Katie Ford, ECES Program Officer

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Taylor
Female
23 years old
Kalamazoo, Michigan
Western Michigan University

A Diamond in the Rough

10/10

Prague was not the original city I wanted to study in, but I am so glad that I ended up picking this program. Prague is not seen as one of the biggest study abroad destinations, but it really should be. It does have pretty much everything you want in a study abroad destination, culture, history, and a good nightlife.

The university itself is great, and going on as many trips with the program as possible does help you learn about Prague, the Czech Republic, and surrounding countries, while getting to see all the amazing sites each place has to offer.

How can this program be improved?

I would say offer some more opportunities to try and get American students to get to interact with local students and those studying there from other countries. Prague is pretty international within it's student population, but at times it felt like we were all in an American bubble.

Response from Charles University Faculty of Arts

Hi Taylor,

Thank you for your comments, I'm so glad to hear that you had a good experience with us in Prague! We completely understand your comment about the "American bubble", and we've already made some changes to combat that. Starting this semester, we're teaming up with a local school so that our students can participate in a culture tandem- this way it's a little easier to meet locals.

We hope to see you back in Prague again soon!

-Katie Ford, ECES Program Officer

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Gabby
Female
New York
Queens College

So much love for Prague!

10/10

My semester abroad in Prague was incredible. The ECES program worked really well for me in terms of price and classes available. I had a difficult time narrowing down what country/city I wanted to study abroad in, but a friend's recommendation led me to Prague and ECES.

Prague is a wonderful city to study abroad in. It is beautiful, loaded with interesting history, and fun! There are so many things to do. I miss looking out of my window at the Prague Castle.

The Koleg Komenskeho dorms were in a great location. A 5-minute walk to the 22 tram line (which takes you right to the main school building and Old Town Square) in about 15-20 minutes. The dorms are a 10 minute walk to the Prague Castle too!

I loved 2/4 classes. The other two were okay. Overall though, the professors were great. Especially recommend the Art and Architecture class with Prof Zaruba!

ECES staff were always helpful with any questions!

How can this program be improved?

Not much...small dorm issues like the need for more laundry machines would be one thing. Overall, ECES is excellent!

Response from Charles University Faculty of Arts

Hi Gabby,

I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed your semester with us in Prague! I hope that you're having a great summer!

Best wishes,

Katie, ECES Program Officer

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Krystal
Female
24 years old
Portland, Oregon
Hawaii Pacific University

The most amazing semester

10/10

I studied abroad twice and I have to admit this program made my experience 100 times better. I attended the trip to the Dresden Christmas markets offered by the program. It is one of my best memories. Not only do you get to live in a breathtakingly beautiful country but you have countless opportunities to travel and see even more. I have more memories than I can count that I will cherish for the rest of my life.

How can this program be improved?

I studied abroad in Costa Rica as well, there some of the courses included weekend field trips that were educational and allowed students to see areas of the country we otherwise wouldn't have seen. These classes cost us about $100US more but it was worth it as room and board was covered for the trips.

Response from Charles University Faculty of Arts

Hi Krystal,

Thank you for your review, it sounds like you truly enjoyed your semester in Prague. We would love to add additional field trips, but we do already include two day field trips. Perhaps in the future we'll be able to look into adding overnight ones. I hope that you have a great summer!

Best wishes,

Katie
ECES Program Officer

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Bridget
Female
24 years old
Burlington, Vermont
Saint Michael's College

Fairytale Semester Abroad

10/10

If you are looking for a truly European culture for your study abroad, then Prague is the place for you! The city is magical and fairytale like. The location is centrally located which make its easy to travel to other countries. The people, food and language were non-issues. Its is a melting pot of other cultures. English is widely written & spoken. Prague is beautiful beyond any other location in Europe.

How can this program be improved?

The program itself is well communicated and you make it easy for students to be a part of this program. From navigating the paperwork to making sure that every facet of living abroad is communicated and understood. You helped the students get acclimated to the city and not just leave them to figure it out on their own. The only thing I would recommend is that the Transportation pass would last until the end of the semester instead of 2 weeks prior to the end of the semester.

Response from Charles University Faculty of Arts

Hi Bridget,

I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed your semester abroad with ECES! We will definitely look into solving the transportation pass issue, that's an excellent suggestion. I hope that you enjoy the rest of your summer!

Best wishes,

Katie
ECES Program Officer

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Molly
Female
24 years old
New Jersey
University of Miami

Czech This Place Out!

10/10

Studying abroad in Prague was THE best decision I've made in college so far. I had the opportunity to travel to ten different countries during my semester abroad, and Prague was by far my favorite city that I saw in Europe. The city feels like a scene from a fairytale, and walking through the cobblestone streets and staring up at the incredible, centuries-old architecture never gets old. There is so much history and culture in Prague, as well as great night life. You will never run out of things to do. You can paddle-boat on the river, visit several cathedrals and museums, wander through the numerous beautiful parks, try out the hundreds of cafes and restaurants, walk across the Charles Bridge and see the John Lennon Wall, explore Old Town or Wenceslas Square, enjoy a beer at a local pub, and much more. Charles University is also a very prestigious university, and through ECES you can take classes in topics such as psychology, history, art, and more. The ECES staff is always there to support you and is willing to make your experience as amazing as possible! Also, with no classes on Fridays, you have plenty of time to travel, and since Prague is centrally located in Europe, it is easy to get to any city on the continent! Most importantly, you will make lasting friendships with those you meet through ECES, and you will learn from the international people you meet in Prague and throughout your travels. I would give anything to be back in Prague, and I hope you make the decision to study abroad there through ECES!

How can this program be improved?

More washers and dryers in the laundry room in Kolej Komenskeho!

Response from Charles University Faculty of Arts

Hi Molly!

Thanks so much for your comments on the ECES program, I'm glad to hear that you truly enjoyed your experience abroad in Prague. We're always working to improve the laundry situation in Komenského, and we'll certainly be discussing your suggestions. Enjoy your summer holiday!

Best wishes,

Katie
ECES Program Officer

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Cody
Male
24 years old
Maryland
Clemson University

ECES review

10/10

Classes were fair and very interesting! Also the faculty was incredible and made the experience. Prague is an incredible city and the semester was the best of my life! Would highly recommend this program to anyone looking to study abroad and I am jealous of them for having the opportunity to do so!

How can this program be improved?

This program is pretty close to perfect. Only thing better would be maybe more planned trips to different places!

Response from Charles University Faculty of Arts

Hi Cody,

I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed your time with ECES. We wish you all the best with your future pursuits, and we will certainly miss you in Prague!

All the best,

Katie
ECES Program Officer

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anonymous
Female
24 years old
new england
Other

SP2015

7/10

overall, classes were difficult enough, but not so much that it detracts from being able to travel around on the weekends. the classes are either twice a week for 1.5 hours, or once a week for 3 hours. there are two school buildings; the main building, which is right by the river and absolutely beautiful, and there's also a couple of floors in a random building near wenceslas square which is not quite as nice. the most difficulty I encountered was making sure all of my credits would transfer back after I had to switch some classes around.

Response from Charles University Faculty of Arts

Hello! Thank you for your comments about the ECES experience. It's great to know what you think is important to highlight for future students. I hope that you had a great semester with us in Prague, and I wish you all the best for the future!

Katie
ECES Program Officer

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Charles University in Prague was established in 1348, making it the oldest university Central Europe. The Faculty of Arts was established around the same time as the university, and it is one of the most well-respected faculties in the country. The Faculty of Arts houses

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