About

The UPCES Office is located on the 4th floor of the CERGE-EI building in Rooms 406, 406a, 406b, and 407. The offices are open from 09:00-18:00 Monday through Friday. Students may contact staff on the UPCES emergency phone after hours and on weekends, when necessary. The UPCES staff is available to students for any questions or assistance before, during, and after the semester.

     Nicki Norris, UPCES and IEF Director

         Office of International Academic Programs
         Room #406
         Tel.: (+420) 224 005 201
         Fax: (+420) 224 005 225
         E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

    Anna Čudová, UPCES Administrative Director

         Office of International Academic Programs
         Room #406b
         Tel.: (+420) 224 005 208
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  Pavlina Venclova, Senior Program Manager

       (works part time only)
       Office of International Academic Programs
       Room #407
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     Světlana Králová, Program Manager

       Office of International Academic Programs
       Room #407
       Tel.: (+420) 224 005 133
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   Veronika Havlištová, Program Manager

       Office of International Academic Programs
       Room #406a     
       Tel.: (+420) 224 005 134     
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Brooke   Brooke Radi, Program Manager

      Office of International Academic Programs
      Room #406a     
      Tel.: (+420) 224 005 260     
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 Adela Kačabová Piatková, Program Manager

         Currently on maternity leave

 

 
 

Admissions Criteria

UPCES seeks undergraduate students, currently enrolled at a university or college, with strong academic abilities. UPCES also values personal experiences outside of college, as well as future aspirations.

UPCES students should have at least four semesters of university-level education completed by the start of their study abroad term. If your home university encourages study abroad before the junior year, you may be considered for admission with a strong recommendation from your home university.

A GPA level of 3.0 is a minimum for admission to the UPCES program. Under certain circumstances, such as strong letters of recommendation, the UPCES admissions committee may decide to accept students with GPAs below the 3.0 minimum.

Online Application

Prospective students will fill out the UPCES Online Application. There is no application fee. Applicants will also submit additional required materials by e-mail or international mail. Follow the step-by-step instructions here.

Hard-copy Application    

If you prefer to submit your application by mail, you can download the hard-copy of the UPCES application, print it, and submit it along with the required materials.
 

Application Deadlines

We encourage students to apply as early as possible. The semester application deadlines are as follows:

- Full Year 2017-18: Apply by June 1st 
(Now Accepting Applications!)

- Fall Semester 2017: Apply by June 1st 
(Now Accepting Applications!)

Meeting the application deadline is determined by the date of arrival of all digital and/or hard-copy application materials at the UPCES office in Prague.

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Dates

The Fall Semester typically runs from early September through mid-December. The Spring Semester typically runs from early February through mid-May, with a one-week semester break. Please check our Academic Calendar for the actual dates of each upcoming semester.

 

 

At UPCES, we want to ensure that your study abroad experience is unparalleled. When studying abroad with UPCES, you'll take classes in the heart of the city, join us on excursions around the Czech Republic and abroad, and experience Prague as the locals do!

UPCES is designed to immerse students in the social and cultural environment of the Czech Republic. Students have innumerable outlets for immersion while studying abroad with UPCES.

  • Czech and other European students from Charles University enroll in UPCES courses and seminars.
  • UPCES organizes frequent cultural activities for students, each of which offers an introduction to a unique side of Czech culture. These activities are included in UPCES tuition.
  • UPCES students live as locals do, in apartments located throughout the city center.
  • Upon arrival in Prague, UPCES students have the opportunity to be matched with Czech students to help them navigate the city and culture.
  • UPCES organizes social gatherings with Czech and Erasmus students to places such as museums, festivals, concerts, quiz nights, and more.
  • UPCES trips always include Czech and other European students.

The UPCES Experience

  • Enrollment at Charles University, Faculty of Humanities
  • 5 courses for a total of 16 academic credits
  • 2-week UPCES Orientation Session
  • Four Program Trips
    • Weekend Trip to Krakow, Poland
    • Day Trip to Litoměřice, Czech Republic
    • Day Trip to Karlovy Vary or Kutna Hora, Czech Republic
    • Day Trip to Český Krumlov, Czech Republic

"Studying abroad was absolutely one of the best times in my life so far. I was able to learn inside and outside the classroom about politics, culture, and language and I traveled all around Europe with some incredible people."

- Samantha Simon, UPCES Alumna


Interested in an upcoming semester?

See our Academic Calendar

View our program pictures on the UPCES Facebook Page

 
 
 

The Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies (UPCES) is one of the world's top study abroad programs located in the heart of Prague, Czech Republic. With our program, you'll experience Europe from a brand new perspective and learn about the Czech Republic's history and culture. 


"I am eternally grateful to UPCES and my abroad semester for the realization that not everybody in the world thinks like I do, and for the ability to connect with people of different cultures."

- Doug Newell, UPCES Alumnus


Why UPCES?

UPCES is the undergraduate study abroad program of Charles University and CERGE-EI in Prague, Czech Republic.

With UPCES, students learn new subjects, study a foreign language, gain wider perspectives, and experience cultural immersion—while living in an incredible European city.

The UPCES curriculum infuses topics relevant to Central Europe into a wide variety of liberal arts courses, all taught by a faculty of distinguished scholars, government figures, and industry specialists.

UPCES classes meet in the Schebek Palace, a historic building in the center of Prague. Courses bring together European and American students in a small and interactive classroom setting.

Outside the classroom, UPCES students explore the cultures of Central Europe firsthand. Program trips, excursions, internships, and immersion activities offer opportunities to discover new places, people, and perspectives.

Crucially, UPCES offers a personalized approach to study abroad. Students receive all the resources essential to a rewarding semester of immersion and discovery.

Program at a Glance

- Location: Prague, Czech Republic

- Building: Schebek Palace

- University: Charles University Faculty of Humanities, CERGE-EI

- Director: Nicki Norris

- Dates: View our Academic Calendar

- Credits: 16 academic credits per semester

- Language of Instruction: All courses taught in English

- Eligibility: 3.0 GPA and four completed college semesters

- Housing: Sponsored Student Apartments

- Application: Online and Hard-copy

- Trips: Karlovy Vary/Kutna Hora, Litomerice, Cesky Krumlov, and Krakow

- Internships: Teaching, Marketing, Journalism, NGO, Pre-Law

 

UPCES Students

Who we are

UPCES welcomes motivated and accomplished students from diverse educational backgrounds. UPCES students should have a strong interest in liberal arts studies and a genuine enthusiasm for cultural immersion in Central Europe.

UPCES students come from colleges and universities in the United States and Canada. UPCES also hosts local Czech students from Charles University and exchange students from dozens of countries in Europe and around the globe. For a full list of the colleges and universities that have sent students to UPCES, please follow the link here.

Mission Statement

The mission of UPCES is to provide undergraduates with an unmatched semester abroad in Prague through dedicated instruction, international integration, and excellent program support.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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