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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. Get publishing experience with the Central European Journal of International and Security Studies. Work for an internationally respected foundation like Forum 2000. Or conduct marketing research for the British Chamber of Commerce Czech Republic. We’ll help find a placement that fits your interests.

And if you choose to intern, you have the option to take two electives instead of three—leaving you more time to gain substantive experience in a foreign setting. So when you’re plotting your next move, you’ll have those stand-out skills to put on your 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

Are you a CET student from Fall 2018 or prior? You can find your syllabi here.

Step 1. Choose a Concentration

Jewish Studies

Central European Studies

Business & Economics

You take this core course:

PR/IBUS 250 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.

PR/LANG 100 Beginning Czech Language
3 credits

Step 3. Choose Electives

You choose three CET electives to meet the recommended 15 total credits (internship students may choose two electives instead):

Learn about Course Availability

Option: Choose a Direct Enroll Elective

You can swap 1 CET elective for a Direct Enroll Elective.

Choose courses from the Charles University Faculty of Humanities or Institute of Economic Studies. Options change from term to term. Courses are taught in English.

Learn more about direct enroll courses.

Faculty Advisory Committee

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

Melissa Bradley

Georgetown University

Adjunct Professor, McDonough School of Business

John Gould, Ph.D.

Colorado College

Professor of Political Science

Jacob Labendz, Ph.D.

Youngstown State University

Clayman Assistant Professor of Judaic and Holocaust Studies

Jonathan Larson, Ph.D.

Grinnell College

Associate Director of Off-Campus Study; Instructor of Anthropology

Jen Platania, Ph.D.

Elon University

Associate Dean for the Marta and Spencer Love School of Business

Susan Rupp, Ph.D.

Wake Forest University

Associate Professor of History

Nicholas Sawicki, Ph.D.

Lehigh University

Assistant Professor of Art History

Shelley Tenenbaum, Ph.D.

Clark University

Professor, Department of Sociology; Coordinator of Undergraduate Activities, Strassler Family Center for 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.