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.


Quick Facts

Partner Program Type – Academic Programs International (API)

This program is facilitated by UCSC in collaboration with API. Therefore, program information indicated on the API website may differ from the program details indicated here.

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


Location

City & University

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

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

Learn more about:

Course Load Requirements 

You are required to enroll in a full-time course load while abroad as defined by your host institution:

  • A typical course load is equivalent to 18-24 quarter credits
  • Most courses are 6 ECTS credits and students usually take around 5 courses
  • Students must take 5 courses (each at least 6 ECTS credits) in Spring semester

As a UCSC student, you must also continue to meet UCSC Satisfactory Academic Progress, which requires students to enroll in a minimum of 12 UCSC quarter credits per quarter. At Charles U, you are required to ensure you meet this requirement by enrolling in the equivalent of at least 12 UCSC quarter credits in fall semester and at least 24 UCSC quarter credits in spring semester after conversion (see below).

If you are not enrolled in the minimum number of quarter credits required, then you will fall out of Satisfactory Academic Progress. This could lead to financial aid and academic repercussions

If you are unable to enroll in the minimum number of quarter credits through courses at your host university, you may be able to fill in the gap by enrolling in one remote course through UCSC or UC online.

Credit Conversion

Charles U uses ECTS credits. These will be converted to UCSC quarter credits when added to your UC transcript.

  • 5 ECTS credits = 4 quarter credits at UCSC
  • 10 ECTS credits = 8 quarter credits at UCSC
  • 15 ECTS credits = 12 quarter credits at UCSC
  • 20 ECTS credits = 15 quarter credits at UCSC

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 Differences

Please note that the academic system, such as assignments, exams, course structure, grading system, etc., at your host institution may be different from what you are used to at UCSC. We highly recommend researching the academic system at your host university in advance to best prepare for your experience abroad.

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.