Explore amongst the cobblestone streets as you experience the Czech culture and study the intriguing history and language of Prague.
Prague, a city brimming with historic architecture, is the capital of the Czech Republic. The city is an example of the steadily developing society that is still transitioning from its Communist past. In addition to its picturesque beauty and charm, Prague is a cultural center as seen through their operas, concerts, festivals, and more.
Charles University is Central Europe’s oldest educational institution as it was founded in 138. All courses are taught in English by CU professors at the CIEE Study Center and are recognized by CU. Students have opportunities to take Charles University courses at the institution. For students interested in film, CIEE works with the Prague Film and Television School of the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU). This is one of the most renowned film schools in Central Europe, boasting graduates such as Milos Forman and Agnieszka Holland.
CIEE provides an online pre-departure orientation to prep students for the adventure abroad, and an on-site orientation that includes an intensive language program and gives students the chance to explore the many nooks and crannies of Prague. Lunch sessions and afternoon activities are included during these two weeks. Students will then embark on a journey through Prague as they begin their coursework and are introduced to their Czech buddies.
Students are offered a variety of courses of all different academic backgrounds. A Czech language course is required in order to better immerse in the local culture. At the beginning of the semester during orientation, there is a two week intensive Czech language course. Students are required to take a minimum of two CIEE courses and may enroll in up to six credits outside of CIEE at FAMU or Charles University. Recommended credit is 16 to 17 per semester. Students have the option of doing an internship while abroad. They can choose from positions with local, mostly non-governmental organizations.
Student Life & Co-Curricular
Students can volunteer with NGOs, schools, and orphanage, and English language training programs. Students living in apartments and in the dorms share their residence with Flat Buddies. These flat buddies are local Charles University students who live with the students, sharing day-to-day issues and helping students understand the local culture and norms. The Flat Buddies put together interest groups throughout the semester that integrate students into Prague culture and society. In the past, these have included going to soccer games, cooking traditional Czech cuisine, and visiting a local brewery. The program includes several visits to historical and cultural sites such as Prague Castle, Old Town, and theater and the opera. There are field trips to locations in Bohemia and Moravia that are arranged in accordance with academic courses.
Student are able to choose between three housing options.
- Home Stay: Students have the opportunity to immerse themselves fully into the Czech culture by living with a Czech family. Breakfast and dinner are provided by the family. This is a great option for students who want to enhance their Czech language skills.
- Residence Halls: Students can reside among other CIEE participants as well as a small group of Czech students in the Charles University Dormitory which includes Internet access, and modest kitchenettes.
- Student Apartments: student will share double rooms with other CIEE students and one Czech student (CIEE Flat Buddy). Apartments range in size and location; they are located in various neighborhoods throughout central Prague. Meals and internet fees are not included.
The program fee includes tuition (12-16 credits), accommodation, program orientation, scheduled academic excursions, and international health insurance. The program cost is based on full-time semester tuition and on-campus Marist housing. Students receive a detailed cost sheet once they have been admitted to the Marist Abroad Program.
- Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at the time of application
- Sophomore standing or higher at the time of study abroad
- Academic Advisor approval of program and coursework
How to Apply
Enrollment is limited, and applicants are encouraged to apply early. Click here for more Information on the Marist Abroad application process.