Through seminar courses, language study, and direct enrollment at the most prestigious university in Prague, you will develop a deeper literacy about global communication trends, while analyzing and articulating the complexities of contemporary life in the Czech Republic.
Study abroad in Prague and you will:
•Enroll directly in classes at Charles University – one of the oldest and most prestigious institutions of higher learning in Europe
•Enjoy a weekly guest lecture series featuring local artists, filmmakers, political figures and philosophers discussing contemporary, issues, art and media topics
•Deepen your understanding of the Czech Republic with various historic and cultural excursions around Prague and surrounding area
Staggering architecture, rich cultural history, a turbulent past and exciting future – Prague is as fascinating a city as it is beautiful. A very English-friendly country, the Czech Republic is at the heart of Europe, bordering Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovakia. This EU member is a perfect example of the steady development of a society while recently transitioning from its communist past. With a population of only 1.2 million, Prague has an unusually rich cultural life: festivals, operas, concerts, and cultural programs, many accessible on a student budget. Students experience life similar to that of Czech students and make use of numerous neighborhoods of the city like native Praguers.
The Intercultural Studies Program at Charles University is an honors study abroad program that seeks to introduce students to Europe and the Czech Republic, and its culture. Students take two mandatory core courses that provide an understanding of Central European history, ways of life and thinking, and show how these factors compare to American culture and ideologies. These two courses are titled Imperial Nations and Subject Peoples: Czechs in the Austrian Empire and After
and Race, Ethnicity, and Gender in American History and Literature.
In addition to these, students will take three elective courses, and have a catalog of approximately 300 courses taught in English at Charles University to choose from, for a total of 15 credits.
Students can find course descriptions for both core courses
, as well as information on elective courses
The Spring 2018 Academic Calendar is as follows:
- Arrival Date: January 16, 2018
- Orientation: January 17-26, 2018
- Intensive Czech Language Course: January 29 - February 9, 2018
- Classes Start: February 19, 2018
- Classes End: May 11, 2018
- Final Exams: May 14-18, 2018
- Departure Date: May 19, 2018
The Fall 2018 Academic Calendar is as follows:
- Arrival Date: September 4, 2018 (students should arrive by 6pm for group transportation by Charles University)
- Orientation: September 5-16, 2018 (Cultural Orientation)
- Intensive Czech Language Course: September 17-28, 2018
- Classes Start: October 1, 2018
- Classes End: December 15, 2018
- Final Exams: December 17-21, 2018
- Departure Date: December 22, 2018
Students at Charles University stay in residence halls, which are located no more than 30 minutes from campus. Each suite houses between two and four students, and includes two bedrooms, a kitchenette and bathroom. Rooms are furnished with a desk, a bookshelf, and wardrobe. While the dormitory provides both towels and bed linen. The program supplies additional foam memory mattresses and mattress covers. Students will have either an Ethernet connection or wi-fi available.
Charles University residence halls do not provide meal plans. Students may purchase their meals (using cash) at Charles University student cafeterias at a discounted price, or may prepare their meals in their kitchenette in their residence hall. Each campus building includes a cafeteria. Students will find their daily meal allowance should not exceed $10 if they choose to eat breakfast at the dormitory, buy their lunch at a student cafeteria, and prepare their own dinner. Eating out will require additional expenses, although students will find it costs much less than in the U.S.: a one-course meal with a drink costs approximately $8.00.
Tuition, Room & Board Rates
Students pay Endicott directly for EC Study Abroad tuition, room & board rates. Rate information is provided on the Budget Sheets (see above).
Students are offered the opportunity to participate in clubs and activities while studying in Prague. These include:
- Weekly guest seminars, with lectures given by guest artists, filmmakers, thinkers, political figures, and philosophers.
- International Students Club (ISC)
- Interest groups - Interest groups help smaller groups of students become more integrated into Prague culture and society. These groups include: politics, economy, and society; sport; film and theater; music; and art. All of these groups include Czech students.
- You can find their student life page here
In addition, students can also participate in excursions that include:
- Visits to sites of historical and cultural importance in Prague such as Prague Castle, Old Town, the historical halls of Charles University, theater, and opera.
- Special highlights of this program include visits to media companies, radio stations, and an overnight excursion with a specific focus on communications and the Czech film industry (for students in the media school)
- Optional guided field trips to other countries with Charles University professors
- You can find the cultural life at Charles University here
Health and Safety
All students will travel abroad with GeoBlue international health insurance, which is purchased by the College. Students will receive an electronic and hard copy of their insurance card, and should a doctor's visit (commonly referred to as hospital visit abroad) be necessary, they should reach out to their on-site study abroad coordinator/resident director. Students will be required to contact GeoBlue prior to their appointment, unless of course in the case of an emergency, and should follow the procedures outlined here.
Students are also encouraged to register themselves in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), a free service provided by the U.S. government to U.S. citizens traveling abroad. STEP allows Americans abroad to receive updates from the nearest embassy or consulate and allows the Department of State to better assist you in an emergency.
For additional health and safety tips, please visit our Health & Safety
link on our main page.
Students studying in the Czech Republic must obtain a Student Long Term Visa. With the assistance of the Intercultural Studies Program at Charles University, students will complete the visa application and necessary documents, some of which require responses to be in Czech. Information on the Student Long Term Visa can be found at here
Inquiries on how to begin the visa process can be answered by the Intercultural Studies Program; students may contact them directly, or contact the Office of International Education at Endicott for contact details. Please note:
students should begin the Czech visa process 2 months prior to the start of their program