Art & Central European Studies: At a Glance

University: Charles University, Prague
Fields of Study: Art, Architecture, History, Jewish Studies, Politics, Central European Studies, Film, Music
Dates: January 15, 2019 to May 17, 2019 - Spring
August 18, 2019 to December 15, 2019 - Fall
August 22, 2019 to May 10, 2020 - Academic Year
Credit: 12-16 - Spring
12-16 - Fall
24-32 - Academic Year
Deadlines: November 30, 2018 - Spring
May 19, 2019 - Fall
May 23, 2019 - Academic Year
Price: $9,900 - Spring
$9,900 - Fall
$19,800 - Academic Year
Housing: Residence Hall
Minimum Age: 18

Program Highlights:

This program is organized by CESTA: Central European Studies, Transitions and Alternatives. It is a division of institute for Language and Preparatory Studies Charles University. The program is called “Prague on the Go” and is designed to explore Prague within the dimensions of identity, change, space, and time.

CESTA is for students who expect:

  • a unique personal experience
  • a truly international immersion
  • a break from the traditional academic setting
  • new learning opportunities in intercultural classrooms
  • a challenge of active learning, and
  • personal academic guidance at the reputable Charles University

The University:

Charles University in Prague was founded in 1348 and is one of the world’s oldest universities. Today it has 17 faculties and over 51,000 students (which is roughly a sixth of all students in the Czech Republic). Charles University is one of the world’s top universities, a fact that has been confirmed repeatedly by the international university rankings. It is a fully accredited Czech university with plenty of courses in English to offer study abroad students in the perfect campus setting.

The City:

Prague is the perfect place to study abroad! It has been often described as one of the jewels of Europe due to its beauty, charm, and rich history. Every visitor falls in love with the city. With over 1.3 million inhabitants it’s is the Czech Republic’s largest city and also its capital. The heart of the city is the Old Town, which once served as the medieval marketplace and now hosts a variety of shops and outdoor cafes. The city is overflowing with culture and history. When you’re enjoying a cappuccino on the Old Town Square you can see a unique blend of Gothic, Baroque, Renaissance and Art Nouveau architecture. From the Charles Bridge on the Vltava River, you can admire the Prague skyline with Hradcany Castle, whose 100 spires sparkle like stars at night. In addition to the breathtaking sights, Prague also offers a variety of cultural attractions such as concerts, museums, theatres, clubs, and restaurants. Since it is home to many of the Czech Republic’s best universities, there will be lots of students for you to meet and socialize with. Prague is a safe, affordable and friendly city, so you’re sure to have the time of your life!

Courses & Descriptions:

Semester Students

The semester program focuses on various areas of Central European Studies: art, politics, history, Jewish studies, film, and more! CESTA classes meet once or twice per week in a seminar setting, are taught at the 200 to 300 level and are worth 4 semester credits. A typical course load is 4 courses and 16 credits. Students generally take the Czech Language course plus 3 other elective courses.

You experience Prague on the Go by touring exhibits and city districts, attending political meetings and the opera, following roads walked for centuries and visiting sites steeped in memories. Then we guide you to integrate what you’ve learned in culminating projects in oral history, documentary, research papers, and others.

Summer Students

The summer program is called “Prague Arts Experience: Music, Arts, and Language.” It is a unique program that interconnects music, theater, history, arts, and architecture into two interdisciplinary courses. During the six weeks you will relive music and theater as performed at the time of Mozart. You will witness the cultural epoch by taking courses in the baroque monastery of Collegium Marianum ensemble and experience the arts in Prague gardens and palaces. There is no better place to appreciate history, architecture, music and theater than Prague!

Courses are worth 4 semester credits. Generally students take 2 courses, for a total of 8 semester credits. Many of the classes are held at the Baroque monastery of Collegium Marianum, exhibit halls, theaters, gardens and palaces of the city, so you have a chance to experience the art and architecture first-hand while studying about it!

Sample Course Listing

CESTA Czech Language on the Go - Credits: 4

CESTA Prague Art and Architecture - Credits: 4

CESTA Cinema of Central Europe - Credits: 4

CESTA From the Periphery to the Centre of Europe: Modern Czech Politics - Credits: 4

CESTA History of Central Europe - Credits: 4

Transfer Credit:

Charles University is a fully accredited university. With prior approval of your advisor, the courses should seamlessly transfer back to your home university. Before applying it’s important to speak with the study abroad advisor at your home institution to obtain pre-approval for your courses and determine how many credits you’ll receive. Every educational institution has different policies about transferring credit, so we encourage you to follow your institution’s regulations.

After completing the program, we’ll send your registrar or study abroad advisor an official transcript with the course titles, credit hours, and grades. Your university will need this transcript to transfer credit.

Financial Aid:

It is possible to transfer your financial aid to pay for some or all of the program costs. The first step is to check with your home institution’s financial aid advisor before applying. Since every home institution has different rules, only your advisor can tell you what kind of aid can transfer. Study Abroad Czech Republic is happy to provide you with a certificate of enrollment or any other documents that your university might require.

There are also many scholarship opportunities available. Learn more on our scholarships page.

Application Deadline(s):

November 30, 2018 - Spring

May 19, 2019 - Fall

May 23, 2019 - Academic Year

Late applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Applying for our programs is simple! Fill out the on-line application form and wait for more information from us.

Why Study Here

Meet a Diverse Student Body

At Charles University there are 6,000 students from around the world, which makes a unique learning experience.

Enjoy the Cosmopolitan City

Prague is a cosmopolitan capital city – overflowing with cultural and social events. It is a perfect setting for a college campus.

Live, Eat, Breathe History

A little bit of history can be uncovered on every one of Prague’s charming cobblestone streets – the city has been well preserved and remains the same as it was during medieval times.

Get a Bang for Your Buck

Prague is an affordable destination – your dollar still goes a long way!

Be in the Center of It All

Located in the heart of Europe, Prague is the perfect home base for your travels to other European cities such as Paris, Rome, Budapest, Berlin, etc.


  • $9,900 - Spring
  • $9,900 - Fall
  • $19,800 - Academic Year

What's Included

Tuition and Fees

The program includes full tuition and fees at Charles University.

Official Transcript

Two months after completing the program, we’ll send your home university an official transcript from Charles University. This allows you to transfer credit back to your university (with prior approval from your advisor). The transcript contains the course title, grade, and credit hours for each course.


Students live in spacious double rooms of the newly refurbished Charles University’s Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies Dormitory at Vratislavova Street near the river. The rooms are furnished with beds, closets, desks, and internet connection, include showers and baths, and large windows that lead into a friendly courtyard.

On-site Program Director

Throughout the program, you’ll receive on-site support from the Program Director. The director will meet you at the airport, lead the orientation session, organize activities, and be available 24-hours a day.

Airport Transfers

In order to make your arrival go smoothly, your Program Director will meet you at Prague International Airport. He/she will take you in a taxi to your housing and help you move in. At the end of the program, the Director will also take you to the airport before departure.

In-country Orientation

You’ll take part in an orientation session at the beginning of the program. The Program Director will provide you with helpful advice and tips for living in Prague, review the schedule of activities for the semester, distribute cell phones, and teach a survival Czech class.

Use of a Pre-Paid Cell Phone

During the orientation session you’ll be provided with a cell phone and a number of initial minutes. You’ll be responsible for recharging your phone with minutes. A cell phone is a great way to keep in touch with your friends and family back home. Also, text messaging is a popular and economical way to communicate with your friends in Prague.

Transportation Pass

To help you travel smoothly around Prague, we’ll provide you with a transportation pass that can be used on all buses, trams, and the subway.

Activities & Excursions

Exciting activities will be organized throughout the program to help you get to know Prague and the Czech culture better. Some sample activities include: a tour of Prague, museum trips, art galleries, bowling, films, concerts, and many more. Semester students will take educational field trips to the Sumava Mountains, Eastern Bohemia, Poland and Germany. Summer students will visit Kuks (the jewel of Czech Baroque art) and Cesky Krumlov (a UNESCO World Heritage Site).

Health Insurance

You’ll be provided with a short-term accident and sickness medical plan that is designed especially for students studying abroad.

International Student Identity Card

All students are issued a complimentary International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which gives you great student discounts on airfare, rail passes, accommodation, sightseeing, food, shopping and more. Over 40,000 discounts are available around the world!

What You'll Need


Meals are not included, but you will have a kitchen available in your residence hall so that you can cook your own meals. Food is very affordable in Prague. Many students also like to eat out. There are small cafes and quaint restaurants close to the university for you to enjoy.

Spending Money

Prague is an affordable European city to live in. You will need to bring spending money for food, personal items, additional travel, and entertainment.

Round-trip Airfare to Prague

Student travel agencies provide great deals on airfare to Prague. The average round-trip ticket costs around $800.


Generally textbooks are much cheaper in the Czech Republic and professors use a lot of readers and photo copies rather than expensive books. You should plan on bringing $100 per term for books.

Pre-paid Phone Cards for Your Cell Phone

At the beginning of the program you will be provided with a Czech cell phone and an initial amount of minutes (ca. $30). During the program you will need to purchase your own phone cards to refill your minutes. Your Program Director will show you where to buy these.