Charles University

Description

Study abroad in Prague, a city that has earned the nickname, "The Jewel in the Heart of Europe"! Charles University was founded in 1348, making it one of the oldest universities in the world. Yet it is also renowned as a modern, dynamic, cosmopolitan, and prestigious institution of higher education. This program allows you to enroll in a variety of relevant arts and social science courses at the oldest university in the Czech Republic, alongside locals and students from around the globe.

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Quick Facts

Partner Program Type - Academic Programs International (API)

API is an organization that UCSC has partnered with to provide students with this opportunity. API stands for Academic Programs International which is an organization that was founded in 1997 to connect U.S. college students to the world. API has staff in the United States and abroad to support students through every step of their journey.

Minimum GPA - 3.0

Eligibility - Good academic and disciplinary standing, Min Age: 18, Open to All Majors, Sophomore, Junior, or Senior Standing by the time of departure



Term Options

Fall Semester: late August - mid-December 

Spring Semester:  late January - mid-May 

  • Students must miss both winter and spring quarters at UCSC to participate in this session

Partner Program deadlines


Cost

  • 2023-2024 Program Budget - Coming Soon

Location

City & University

The Czech Republic (or Czechia, as it has been referred to since 2016), has a rich history as an independent kingdom, an important part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and a democratic republic. Its capital Prague retains one of the best-preserved medieval old towns in Europe, and attracts students and tourists from all over the world. 

Accommodations
Students at Charles University will 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. The residence hall includes in-room kitchenettes (with larger, shared kitchens available), as well as a laundry room, community room, study room, small gym (fee required), wi-fi, housekeeping (on a limited basis), gated entry with student ID access, and breakfast served Monday-Friday (excluding holidays).

Included Excursions 

Included excursions for this program are: 

  • Brno  
  • Český Krumlov 
  • Karlovy Vary   
  • National Park (Cesky Raj) 

Note: excursions vary by term.

If you would like more detailed information about the excursions, please reach out to globallearning@ucsc.edu or studentoutreach@apiabroad.com

Student Support

API teams will support your study abroad journey from application through re-entry. API staff will help guide you through the final phases of the application process after you have been nominated by UCSC, then upon arrival in-country, you will meet the API onsite team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. API staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, cultural, health, and safety questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.

Students with Disabilities

If you need support services abroad, notify your UCSC Disability Resource Center (DRC) Coordinator

Please contact API directly if you have any concerns about disability accommodations abroad at studentoutreach@apiabroad.com.

Identities Abroad and Away

UC Santa Cruz Global Learning is committed to inclusion and equity in our various program options as well as striving to make everyone’s experiences abroad enriching, positive, and safe.

Learn more on our Identities Abroad and Away webpage.


Academics

Host University Courses

As a Charles University exchange student, enroll full-time in courses alongside other local and international students.

  • Students at Charles University can choose from courses in art and culture, economics, film studies, history, literature, music, political science, psychology, sociology, theater, and Czech language. All courses, with the exception of Czech, are offered in English. 
  • All students who have not previously studied Czech language are required to take a 3 semester credit (4.5 quarter credit) language course. This language course is taught for two weeks at the beginning of each semester.

Course Search

  • Please view commonly available courses here
  • Via the link under “Available Courses”, all Fall and Spring Semester courses available are listed. 
  • For syllabi, please click on “+” next to the course name to expand course details. 
  • Syllabi links are available at the bottom of the expanded view as “VIEW SYLLABUS”.
  •  If “VIEW SYLLABUS” is not available, please email studentoutreach@apiabroad.com and request the course syllabus. 
  • Term availability is noted under "Sessions."
  • NOTE: Do not change search parameters, as it will offer locations/terms/programs not approved by UCSC.

Satisfying Requirements
It may be possible to satisfy major, minor, GE, and/or electives on this program.

Learn more about:

Course Load Requirements 

Information Coming Soon

Credit Conversion

Information Coming Soon

Academic Restrictions

Some courses abroad may have enrollment limitations and/or restrictions, such as prerequisites. Review course information provided by API, and work with assigned API program manager, to understand any course limitations and/or restrictions prior to official course enrollment abroad.

If you are unsure about your eligibility to enroll, please contact UCSC Global Learning at globallearning@ucsc.edu before applying to this program.

Academic Calendar

We recommend comparing the host university academic calendar to the UCSC academic calendar to see how the academic calendars, holidays, and breaks differ.