CET Prague students are looking for a meaningful study abroad 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.
CET Responds to COVID-19
CET is continuously monitoring the impacts of COVID-19 in the Czech Republic and around the world. At this time, the CET Prague program will operate with modified dates as listed above and programmatic changes as listed on our Fall 2020 Program Updates page. We are realistic about the challenges of offering programs in these terms, though, and we will we will inform affected students of any changes to the program’s status. For more on CET’s response to COVID-19, please visit our News & Alerts page.
Curriculum & Syllabi
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.
Business & Economics
Central European Studies
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.
Most students are Czech language beginners, but if you’ve taken Czech before, we have a course for you, too.
- PR/LANG 100 Beginning Czech Language (3 credits)
You choose three 3-credit CET electives to meet the recommended 15 total credits. Internship students may choose to reduce their course load to two electives instead of three with the permission of their home institution.
- PR/ARTH 332 Czech Art & Architecture: From the Middle Ages to the 21st Century
- PR/CEST 320 Franz Kafka and Central European Literature
- PR/CEST 354 Berlin, Vienna, Prague, and Budapest. A Political and Cultural History, 1848-1939
- PR/CEST 355 Resistance & Dissent: Punk & Alternative Culture from Nazism to Communism in the Czech Lands
- PR/CEST 360 A Social & Cultural History of Communist Europe Told Through Communist Humor
- PR/CEST 361 Socialist Consumer Culture
- PR/COMM 370 From Propaganda to Post-Truth: A History of Fake News
- PR/ECON 340 World Financial Institutions and Markets
- PR/FILM 215 Central European Film
- PR/IBUS 347 Entrepreneurship in Europe, Case Study: the Czech Republic
- PR/INTR 342 Nationalism, Minorities & Migrations in Europe
- PR/INTR 344 Conflict and Cooperation in International Relations: Case Study — Central and Eastern Europe
- PR/INTS 350 Internship: Bridging Theory and Practice (150 hours. 3 credits.)
- PR/JWST 357 Jews, Anti-Semitism, and Holocaust Memory in Central Europe
- PR/JWST 362 Jewish Life in Contemporary Europe
- PR/LANG 205 Intermediate Hebrew
- PR/LANG 305 Advanced Hebrew
- PR/MGMT 321 International Management
- PR/MKTG 325 International Marketing
- PR/PSYC 252 Cross-Cultural Psychology
- PR/PSYC 365 Social Psychology
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.
Explore direct-enroll courses at Charles University :
- Terms: Winter is the FALL semester; Summer is the SPRING semester
- Students are not permitted to enroll in courses that begin with the codes YMO and YBAU.
- Some CET courses are listed in the catalog under the code YBAC, this is where Charles University students can sign up to take CET-owned courses.
CET converts final grades from Charles University to US letter grade equivalents.
Focus Your Semester
Your concentration determines your core course and what activities and excursions you attend. 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 and artistic experimentation. Or choose Jewish Studies and get to know the Jewish community in Prague, its history, and its place in contemporary Europe.
Traveling Seminar: Learning on the Road
- Visit Krakow, Poland. Meet with Polish entrepreneurs, attend Shabbat service, see Schindler’s Factory, and explore museums.
- Reflect at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Have a guided visit through the camps led by a historian, meet and discuss the experience with Polish students, and attend a film screening.
- Experience Brno. Visit the Museum of Roma Culture and nearby Mikulov.
- Spend time in Vienna. Meet with Jewish community leaders, explore Naschmarkt, and learn about the Austrian economy at the Museum of Economics.
You will also take a four-day long weekend Traveling Seminar to Budapest, Hungary where you will hear from local professors, explore the artist community at Szentendre, and have a guided visit of Jewish Budapest.
Intern in Prague
No matter which concentration you choose, you can pursue an internship placement and course to test the waters of an international career. Study International Relations at the globally respected FORUM2000 Foundation. Conduct marketing research for the British Chamber of Commerce Czech Republic. Map foreign feminist NGOs and study gender equality worldwide with Forum 50%. You’ll also examine work through an academic, professional, and experiential lens in your accompanying internship course.
Share a conveniently located apartment in downtown Prague with CET peers and local Czech students. Take in the beautiful cityscapes during your 15-20 minute commute to class, either walking or taking public transport with your CET-provided pass. Apartments are in different buildings around the city center, but you’ll always have peers nearby; cook dinner together or get help finding the best větrník(cream puff dipped in caramel).
In addition to your peers, CET-picked Czech students also live in your apartment building to help you acclimate to life in a new country. Want to learn about Botas 66, the classic Czech sneakers? Find the best farmer’s market on Saturday morning? Try out one of the many Vietnamese restaurants in Prague? Local roommates are an invaluable resource.
Your Czech roommates also organize “Czech Table” so you can practice your language skills around the city. You might visit the Prague Zoo, sample various Czech desserts, or visit the hometown of one of your roommates.
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). Ready for a home-cooked meal? Grab ingredients at the supermarket and have a night in with your roommates.
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. Go paddle boating in the river on a nice day. 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.
Activities & Excursions
Photograph the stunning Charles Bridge at sunrise. Get to know your peers during board game night at a local café. Stroll down cobblestone streets. Take in a concert by the Czech Symphony in the Senate Gardens. Climb the towers of Prague Castle to see an incredible panoramic view of the city. Each term offers different opportunities to get to know the city and your cohort.
Away from the city
Prague is a centrally located city with easy access to other European capitals – but with so many CET-arranged excursions, you may not need to bother leaving. Here’s a taste of what you might expect to see on offer:
- All students visit Český Krumlov during orientation. The area has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site due the town’s architecture, the castle, and the magnificent Baroque theater contained within the castle.
- See Kutná Hora, famous for its medieval architecture and the church decorated with bones.
- Understand the Czechoslovak history of gulags at Jáchymov. Speak to a survivor of the forced-labor camps, then walk the Memory Trail in the woods.
- Soak in the mineral water springs at Karlovy Vary, a spa town in Bohemia.
- Visit Plzeň to see the highest church tower in the Czech Republic, the second largest synagogue in Europe, and walk through the historic Pilsen Brewery.
Give back to the city that’s hosting you by participating in a weekend of community service. Head outside of the city limits to help further a local NGO’s mission. Working alongside CET students, Czech roommates, and other Czech volunteers, you may help out on an organic farm and education center or help with housing construction projects for those in need. Volunteering is a great way to make local friends and see another side of the Czech Republic.
Director of Prague Programs
Kevin Johnson, Ph.D.
Academic Director of Prague Programs
Resident Director, CET Prague
Resident Director, CET Prague
Spring/Fall 2021: $19,490
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.
If you choose to intern while in Prague, we help you land the internship and make sure you’re prepared. And after you get started, we stay in close touch with your host organization to provide support all semester long.
We arrange for you to live in a centrally located apartment with other CET students. Your program fees go toward rent, furnishing, regular cleaning, and other management costs.
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 get on the bus.
Your textbooks and course materials 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.
- Open to students from any US college or university
- GPA: 3.0 or higher preferred, but admissions decisions are made on a case-by-case basis; lower GPAs still encouraged to apply
- Open to all levels of Czech language speakers
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.
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 fills out 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 of your online account.
Your online CET account has specific instructions for submitting an official transcript.
Price Subject to Change:
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.