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CET Prague

Business & Economics.
Jewish Studies.
Central European Studies.

Choose your concentration.
Choose electives.
Choose to intern.
Learn outside the classroom.
  • Traveling Seminar around Central Europe
  • Internship at a company in Prague
  • Electives in many fields 
  • Class excursions around Prague
  • Courses taught in English 
  • Czech language instruction 

Business & Economics

Go on site visits to start-ups and companies like ŠKODA, Brisk, and Pilsner. Hear from US companies investing in Prague. Gain perspectives on Western and Eastern Europe that you can’t get in London or Paris. The Business & Economics concentration will teach you the secret to Prague’s stability and economic success. Your core course, European Economies in Transition, delves into the shift from Communism to a market economy. You’ll learn about the Czech Republic’s integration with the EU and implications of it adopting the euro. Most importantly, you’ll discover for yourself what draws entrepreneurs to Prague.

Jewish Studies

Visit WWII memorials for your Holocaust course. Use the Jewish Museum library for your research needs. Chat with residents at a Jewish Home for the Elderly. When you focus your academics on Jewish Studies, you’ll not only take Modern History of the Jews in East Central Europe, you’ll have access to people, places, and resources you can’t find anywhere else.

Interested in community-based learning? Choose Community-Based Learning as one of your electives, and volunteer regularly at sites like the Terezín Initiative Institute or the Aspen Institute in Prague.

Central European Studies

Visit the Museum of Communism or go on a site visit to Lidice with your politics and history class. Search for Kafka memorials across the city. Go to a film festival with your class on resistance and dissent. Select the Central European Studies concentration and you’ll take Political & Cultural History of East Central Europe in the 20th Century. You’ll also get to choose electives that bring you to the museums and historic sites right at your doorstep.

Outside of class, give back to your local community—teach English or go to the zoo with disadvantaged children. Need credit for your volunteering? Select the program’s Community-Based Learning course to earn credit for your volunteer work and connect it to academic study in the classroom.

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Internships

No matter which concentration you choose, you can pursue an internship and test the waters of an international career. Research trends in renewable energy generation for E.ON. Conduct marketing research for Slevomat (Czech Groupon) or AAA Auto. Or work for a multinational corporation like CitiBank or DHL. We’ll help find a placement that fits your interests. You’ll leave with substantive experience and the adaptability necessary for working in a foreign setting—skills that stand out on a résumé or grad school application.

Traveling Seminar

Frequently cited as the “best part of the program,” the Traveling Seminar takes you to Czech sites outside of Prague and around Central Europe. The Traveling Seminar is about travel: go to Poland, Austria, Hungary. It’s about academics: attend lectures and receive assigned readings that will provide you with the context you need. It’s about places: visit Auschwitz, tour the workers’ quarter at Nowa Huta, explore Jewish Budapest. But most importantly, it’s about people: learn from local leaders, get the insider scoop on the startup scene, chat with Polish university students.

Curriculum & Syllabi

Step 1. Choose a Concentration

Jewish Studies

You take this core course:

JS250 Modern History of the Jews in East Central Europe
3 credits

Central European Studies

Business & Economics

You take this core course:

PR250 European Economies in Transition
3 credits

Step 2. Take Czech Language

You take 20 hours of survival Czech in the first week, and reduced class hours after that.

Most students are Czech language beginners, but if you’ve taken Czech before, we have a class for you, too.

CE100 Beginning Czech Language
3 credits

Faculty Advisory Committee

CET maintains a faculty advisory committee of US-based scholars that provides guidance and expertise, and helps shape program development.

Justin D. Cammy

Smith College

Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Comparative Literature

David Danaher

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Professor, Slavic Languages and Literatures

Sara Dumont

American University

Executive Director, AU Abroad

Hillel J. Kieval

Washington University in St. Louis

Gloria M. Goldstein Professor of Jewish History and Thought

Jacob Ari Labendz

Penn State University

Post-Doctoral Teaching Fellow

Jonathan Larson

Grinnell College

Associate Director of Off-Campus Study and Instructor in Anthropology

Marsha Rozenblit

University of Maryland, College Park

Harvey M. Meyerhoff Professor of Modern Jewish History

Nicholas Sawicki

Lehigh University

Associate Professor of Art History

Shelly Tenenbaum

Clark University

Professor of Sociology and Coordinator of the Undergraduate Program in Holocaust and Genocide Studies

Course Availability

Our goal is to offer every single course every term, but sometimes factors like faculty availability and program enrollment keep us from reaching that goal. If you’re concerned about needing to enroll in any one particular course, please contact us! We’ll try our best to get you the course you need.