CET Prague study abroad students are looking for a meaningful experience with plenty of experiential learning. Choose between three tracks—Business & Economics, Central European Studies, or Jewish Studies—to guide your semester. Study the basics of Czech language. The rest of your curriculum is up to you.
You choose a concentration with a unique core course, a Czech language course, and three CET electives to meet the recommended 15 total credits. If you choose to complete an internship or choose a direct-enroll elective, you may choose two CET electives instead.
Choose one of these concentrations to guide your semester and determine your 3-credit core course.
Your choice will also influence what activities and excursions you attend during the Traveling Seminars and throughout the semester.
You take 20 hours of intensive Czech in the first week, and reduced class hours after that. You also attend three Czech Language Tables organized by Czech local roommates in order to practice your new skills in a real-life setting.
Most students are Czech language beginners, but if you’ve taken Czech before, we have a course for you, too.
You choose three 3-credit CET electives to meet the recommended 15 total credits.
If you choose to intern while in Prague, you may choose to reduce your course load to two electives instead of three with the permission of your home institution.
You can swap one CET elective for a direct-enroll elective at Charles University and learn alongside Czech and other international undergraduate students. Choose courses from the Faculty of Humanities or Institute of Economic Studies at the Faculty of Social Sciences. Course offerings differ each term and range from 1 to 3 credits each. Courses are taught in English.
CET converts final grades from Charles University to US letter grade equivalents.
Tailor your learning. Your concentration determines your core course and some of your academic-related excursions. Study Business & Economics and learn why companies are investing in Prague. Select Central European Studies and learn about Prague’s history as a hotbed of resistance. Or choose Jewish Studies and get to know the Jewish community in Prague, its history, and its place in contemporary Europe.
Frequently cited as the “best part of the program,” your semester offers two Traveling Seminars that take learning to Czech sites outside of Prague and around Central Europe. During your week-long seminar to Poland, the Czech Republic, and Austria, customized according to your concentration, you might:
You will also take a four-day long weekend Traveling Seminar to Budapest, Hungary where you meet with local professors and students, explore the artist community at Szentendre, and have a guided visit to Jewish Budapest.
Local Roommates. CET-picked Czech students live in your apartment building to help you acclimate to life in a new country. They also organize a regular “Czech Table” so you can practice your language skills around the city. You might visit the Prague Zoo, sample various Czech desserts, or attend an opera. Learn more about living with a local roommate.
Eating in Prague. For meals, take advantage of the exceptional and affordable food scene in Prague. Try out Czech favorites like chlebíčky (open face sandwich with unique ingredients) and smažený sýr (fried cheese with potatoes and tartar sauce). Grab a treat at one of the city’s farmers markets. Ready for a home-cooked meal? Grab ingredients at the grocery store and have a night in with your roommates. Learn more about accommodating your dietary needs in Prague.
Once class is out, Prague is waiting for you. Enjoy the perks of living in “the world’s greenest city” by reading in the park. Roam the streets and find your favorite view. See a world-class play at one of the city’s many beautiful theaters. Museum hop from the National Gallery to the DOX Center for Contemporary Art, then unwind at a cozy café. Prague has a little something for everybody.
Away from the city. Prague’s central location means easy access to the rest of Europe—but with so many CET-arranged excursions, you may not need to bother leaving. All students visit UNESCO World Heritage site Český Krumlov during orientation. See Kutná Hora, famous for its church decorated with bones. Understand the Czechoslovak history of gulags at Jáchymov. Soak in the mineral water springs at Karlovy Vary.
Director of Prague Programs
Kevin Johnson, Ph.D.
Academic Director of Prague Programs
Resident Director, CET Prague
Student Life Coordinator
All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.
We take you around Central Europe on a Traveling Seminar. Just bring a camera and your intellectual curiosity.
From pre-departure to orientation, from on site to re-entry, CET provides you with the support you need every step of the way.
You’re provided with a comprehensive insurance plan through GeoBlue that even includes medical evacuation coverage.
The activities and excursions that we arrange are included in your program fee. All you need to do is remember to bring your camera!
We guide you step-by-step through the visa process. You do the legwork, but we’ll make sure you have the documentation and information you need, when you need it.
Your textbooks and course supplies are covered and waiting for you on site.
You’ll also receive an official transcript jointly issued by CET and Charles University at the end of the term. You also have the option to request a School of Record transcript from the University of Minnesota for an additional fee if necessary.
Local Cost of Living. Relative to the US and other countries in Europe, the cost of living in Prague is considerably more affordable. An average meal typically costs below 10 USD.
Estimated out-of-pocket expenses:
Complete the application through your online CET account. This is a brief form that asks for basic information and has a few short answer questions about why you want to study abroad.
Upload a scan of your passport to your online CET account. This should be a single scan that includes the signed signature page and the photo/personal details page. Don’t have a passport yet? Let us know and we can help advise you.
Use the link in your online account to send a recommendation request to one of your previous instructors.
This is an online form that your study abroad office completes to let us know you meet the requirements to study abroad. To send the electronic form request, simply enter the name and email address of your study abroad advisor in the designated fields of your online account.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
CET reserves the right to increase quoted charges at any time without prior notification, based on increased instruction costs, exchange rate fluctuation or other cost increases beyond CET’s control.
We’ll use our extensive network to find you an internship that matches your skills and interests with the needs of a company. Your projects are determined by your host organization.