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Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies at Charles University (UPCES)
Prague, Czech Republic (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Fall Semester,
Spring Semester
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Dept Offering Program: Study Abroad OIP Program Type: Study Abroad (semester)
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: NO
Program Features: Academic Study Degree Level: 3 - Sophomore, 4 - Junior, 5 - Senior
Time Away: Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester Housing options: Apartment
Program Group: Study Abroad OIP Program Adviser: Jordan Zilla
Program Description:
Program Description:
Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies (UPCES)

Please be reminded that you need to meet different deadlines when applying to this program:
  • Princeton application deadline: October 16, 2020
  • UPCES application deadline: October 9, 2020

UPCES offers study abroad students a wide-range of liberal arts courses with a focus on Central and Eastern Europe, and students will have the chance to explore the cultures of Central Europe while living in one of the most beautiful European cities: Prague. Students can enroll in courses in history, politics, sociology, anthropology, Czech language, and more, and take advantage of the program excursions and immersion activities through UPCES.

The University

UPCES is the undergraduate study abroad program of Charles University Faculty of Humanities and CERGE-EI in Prague, Czech Republic. Charles University was foundd in 1348 and was known historically as the University of Prague, the oldest and largest university in the country. CERGE-EI stands for the Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education-Economics Institute, specializing in economics. 

The Setting

Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic along the banks for the Vltava River. It is known for its Old Town Square, Astronomical Clock, and many gothic churches around the city. Nicknamed "the City of Hundred Spires," Prague is a majestic, historic destination filled with a vibrant nightlife and many cultural activities. 



Students are required to enroll in a total of 16 credits per semester, which is the equivalent of four Princeton credits. This typically equates to five courses. Students are required to take an elementary Czech language course, in addition to electives from the areas of Architecture, Literature, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Economics, and more. More information about academics can be found on the UPCES website.


For Princeton approval, participants must have at least a 3.0/ B average for the fall and spring semesters prior to the semester of study abroad.

Grading & Credits:

For information regarding credits, grading, and other academic policies, read the Academic Policies on the Study Abroad website.

Academic Calendar

Fall Semester: early September to mid December 
Spring Semester: late February to mid May

Please refer to the UPCES website for updated calendars


Students will share an apartment with other UPCES students. Typical apartments include 3-4 bedrooms, a living room, a full kitchen, a full bathroom, and a half bathroom. All apartments are fully furnished, and students will pay their housing costs directly to their landlords via credit/debit card or a direct bank transfer. Housing costs for a full semester are typically around $2,900 per student, although prices can vary. If you receive financial aid at Princeton, your housing costs will be covered. For more information about housing, please visit the UPCES website.

Student Life

UPCES organizes excursions and different cultural activities around Prague free of charge. There are many activities students can partake in, such as sports, theater, art museums, outdoor markets, festivals and more. To read more about student life in Prague, visit the UPCES website.

Money Matters

Students who receive financial aid at Princeton continue to receive Princeton financial aid for the approved costs of study abroad programs during the academic year. For detailed information about financial aid, program fees, and billing for study abroad, please visit the Money Matters section of the Study Abroad website.

Passport and Visa

Students are responsible for ensuring that their passports are valid for their entire stay. For further information on renewing or obtaining a U.S. passport, please consult the U.S. State Department passport website.

The Czech requires non-EU students to obtain a student visa if the program is longer than 90 days. More information about how to obtain a student visa can be found on the UPCES website.

Application Process

Students interested in applying to this program must complete two separate processes:
  1. Apply directly to the program by their deadline. Visit UPCES directly for application instructions and deadlines. Please note that program application deadlines are often earlier than Princeton approval deadlines.
  2. Complete the Princeton approval process. You may download the course approval form and instructions from your GPS application. Click “apply now” on this brochure to access these items. Check GPS for Princeton’s approval deadlines.


Start planning your study abroad experience!

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Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring Semester 2021 10/16/2020 10/20/2020 02/07/2021 05/21/2021
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