Why CET Prague: Maymester?
Maymester students in Prague are looking for a brief but impactful experience that goes beyond learning in a classroom. You take on engaging coursework complemented by activities that immerse you in local culture and have you out and exploring the city.
Curriculum & Syllabi
You choose a track and take one course to meet a total of 3 recommended credits. The track you chooses affects which activities and excursions supplement in-class learning.
Choose one 3-credit course from one of two academic tracks:
Track 1: Economics/politics/history
- PR/CEST 250 Political & Cultural History of East Central Europe in the 20th Century
- PR/IBUS 250 European Economies in Transition
- PR/JWST 250 Modern History of the Jews in East Central Europe
Track 2: Arts-focused
Learn What You Want
Take on a course that fills a requirement at your home institution or try something new and uniquely Czech. Either way, your instructors are knowledgeable, engaging, and ensure your class is an immersive experience.
Prague As Your Classroom
Prague alumni rave about out-of-class learning and activities that help immerse you in and connect to the city. The Maymester curriculum is no different—this condensed program is designed to enhance and maximize your time in the Czech Republic. You might go on a walking seminar around the city, explore local museums and markets, or even attend music and film events as part of your course’s field-based learning components.
Housing & Meals
Share a conveniently located apartment in downtown Prague with CET peers. Experience the incredible architecture and natural beauty of the city during your short commute to class or your internship; Prague is small (for a major European city), and CET provides you with a free pass for public transit (rated one of the best in the world!).
Downtown CET Center
The CET Center is in the heart of Prague. The Center houses classrooms, offices for the program staff, a library, and a small computer lab with wifi access. Modern and up-to-date inside, the building itself has Gothic origins updated with Baroque styles in the 17th century. When you’re not working and learning at your internship, you can study or enjoy your lunch at the open-air patio in the courtyard.
Eating in Prague
For meals, take advantage of the city’s vibrant food scene and try all the local specialties. Svíčková is an option you’ll never try outside the city: beef served in a creamy sauce made from root vegetables, then topped with whipped cream and cranberry sauce. It just works! Feeling like a home-cooked meal? Grab ingredients at the supermarket and have a night in with your roommates.
Life 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. 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
Prague is known for its rich history, beautiful cobblestone lanes, and unique art scene. Get to know your peers and the city during the orientation scavenger hunt. Go on a local food tour and then try your hand at cooking Czech cuisine. Climb the clock tower in Old Town Square or the Klementinum and enjoy panoramic views of the city and its famous red roofs. Each term offers different opportunities to get to know the city and your cohort.
Away From the City
Your program fees include co-curricular activities and excursions that support in-class learning, so what you do depends on what course you choose. You might explore Český Krumlov, a small city in the Iron Curtain border zone, or the medieval silver mines of Kutná Hora. Or maybe you’ll hike in Karlštějn or see the Patton Memorial in Pilsen. And on your own, explore a nearby city on one of your three-day weekends.
Director of Prague Programs
Kevin Johnson, Ph.D.
Academic Director of Prague Programs
Maymester 2022: $4,390
All of your classes and program-related learning are included with your tuition.
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 remember to bring your camera!
Your textbooks and course materials are covered and waiting for you on site.
You 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
- Must be 18 or older at the time of program participation.
- 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, from absolute beginner to advanced
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.