East and Central European Studies (ECES) is an English-taught study abroad program at Charles University, Faculty of Arts in Prague, Czech Republic. The program was founded in 1992, and provides English-taught classes for international students at the Faculty. In addition to courses, ECES provides comprehensive pre-departure and visa advising, on-site orientation, day and weekend trips, 24-hour emergency support, English-speaking staff, and a wide variety of extracurricular activities for ECES students to fully immerse themselves into life at Charles University.
Studying at Charles University, Faculty of Arts through the ECES program for one semester or one academic year allows students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves into Czech culture. ECES provides a comprehensive academic and cultural program that gives students the chance to study as Charles University students in one of the oldest universities in Europe while gaining academic credit for their degree program.
All ECES students are required to participate in a 10-day Czech Language and Culture intensive that is worth 3 U.S. credits. This course includes excursions in Prague, and a Czech language textbook. Learn more about the Intensive Czech Language Course here
Academics & Support
ECES students may take up to 21 credits, including six 3-credit electives plus a mandatory 3-credit Czech language course. The program offers courses in the following six academic fields during the fall, spring, and summer terms: Literature, Art and Culture, History, Sociology and Psychology, Economics and Politics, and Languages. More information about the courses, including course syllabi, can be found here
. Please note that if you take non-academic courses such as a sports class you will not receive academic credit.
The ECES program holds its own classes taught in English for non-degree seeking students at the Faculty. Class sizes remain small in order to accommodate an advantageous learning environment. All ECES courses are worth 3 US credits, and grades are given on an A-F scale in order to make credit transfer for North American students as simple as possible.
Fall Semester: Late August - Mid December
Spring Semester: Late January - Mid May
*Specific information about dates such as exam dates and the farewell party can be found here
Accommodations + Meals
ECES students usually stay in the Komenského kolej (dormitory) near the Prague Castle, a 10-minute walk to the castle, a 30-minute walk to the main university building, and a twenty-minute tram ride to the historic Old Town. The dormitory offers conveniences that any student would need to live and study abroad. Students live in single or double rooms within a suite of 3-4 rooms that share a bathroom and a kitchenette. Each suite is equipped with a refrigerator and a hot plate. Single rooms are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please note that this dormitory is not located in Prague 1 (Old Town), but rather in the district of Prague 6. Students should expect to utilize Prague’s public transit network as most Prague inhabitants do, as well as to walk through Prague’s beautiful streets to get to and from their classes.
Day Trips Outside of Prague: All ECES students participate in two mandatory day trips during their orientation period to better acquaint them with Czech history and culture.
Field Trips in Prague: Many ECES courses feature field trips throughout Prague in order to provide experiential learning. All field trips are noted within our course syllabi.
Optional Day Trips and Activities: ECES organizes day trips and activities to enhance our students’ cultural experience. These trips and activities are provided either for free or for a reduced cost.
More information about these trips and activities can be found here
Arriving in a foreign country can be stressful and intimidating. ECES provides all students with transportation from the Prague airport, train station, or bus station to their accommodation on the official ECES arrival day at the start of each term. In addition, all students are provided with one 3-month transportation pass, offering unlimited access to Prague’s expansive bus, tram, and metro systems.