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Study Abroad in Prague

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Explore Prague, Czech Republic

When you study abroad in Prague, you’ll experience the diverse architecture, historic sites, and lively nightlife of this Central European nation. Rich in history and culture, studying abroad in Prague gives students a firsthand glimpse into the beauty of Prague.

Cobblestone streets, ancient bridges, and a hilltop castle help lend the City of a Hundred Spires its reputation as one of the world’s most beautiful, brimming with architecture from every period and style in its millennial history.

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Study Tours & Cultural Excursions in Prague

Every CIEE semester program has frequent cultural excursions uniquely designed to complement the program’s academics and enhance students’ cultural immersion. In Prague, past excursions have included:

  • Guided tours of the Prague Castle and Pilsner Urquell Brewery
  • Day trips to Karlštejn Castle, Český ráj (Czech Paradise), and Terezín (former Jewish ghetto and Nazi labor camp)
  • Excursions to Brno, Vienna, Krakow, and Dresden
  • Hikes in Divoká Šárka (Wild Šárka)
  • Visits to castles, galleries, festivals, and music performances

If you’re a student looking to experience living in Prague as a student and exploring all the city has to offer, CIEE’s tours and excursions allow you to do just that! Whether you want to learn Czech in Prague, explore places outside of the city, or experience the bustling nightlife of the city, CIEE’s study abroad programs in Prague offer something for everyone.

About the Center

Centrally located in the Vyšehrad neighborhood of the Czech Republic's historic capital, CIEE Prague sits within medieval castle walls atop one of the city's highest hills. The Center boasts 10 classrooms, a student lounge, a student life office, an academic office, a library and study space, a café, an outdoor space, and access to WiFi and printers.

Outside the Center, students will find that CIEE Prague is situated in a beautiful park-like setting only 15 minutes from the city's famous Old Town Square. This historic and significant square features important landmarks, stunning monuments, markets, and buildings of various architectural styles, including Romanesque, Baroque, and Gothic.                                

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Where Students Study

CIEE Prague
CIEE Prague is located at Vyšehrad, at the top of one of Prague’s highest hills, within medieval castle walls.

Charles University
Charles University is the oldest university in Central Europe and was founded in 1348 by King Charles IV of Bohemia.

Architectural Institute in Prague (ARCHIP)
ARCHIP is the only school of architecture in Central Europe offering Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in architecture and urban design taught entirely in English. Students can take up to 6 semester credits at ARCHIP.

The Art & Design Institute (ADI)
ADI was founded in 2014 and offers degree programs in visual arts and art direction in both Czech and English, with the goal of enabling its graduates to earn a living in the art market or in the creative industries. It offers instruction in photography, graphics, intermedia/multimedia, painting, and space/interior design, in addition to coursework in cultural anthropology and art, museum and gallery studies, and the psychology of art.

Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (FAMU)
FAMU is one of the preeminent film schools in Central Europe. It’s one of three schools that make up the Academy of Performing Arts and one of the oldest film schools in Europe.

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Internships & Volunteering

Depending on their program of study and availability, students may be able to participate in an internship or volunteer. Students looking to intern in Prague can gain valuable international work experience with an internship at a business, NGO, or other organization in Prague.

Students interested in volunteering in Prague can volunteer as a teaching assistant at a local preschool or elementary school.

Study Abroad Programs in Prague

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  • Prague, Czech Republic
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Spend J-term in Prague taking a deep-dive into social psychology.

Program Interests
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  • Prague, Czech Republic
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Bring your interest in psychology to one of the most beautiful, cultural, and intellectual capitals in Europe.

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  • Prague, Czech Republic
New for Fall '24
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  • Multi-Location Offering

Make the stunning architecture of this modern yet historic European capital the backdrop of your study abroad adventure!

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  • Ancient City
  • Host Institution
  • Small City
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  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Study Program
  • Full-Time Internship

Spend your summer working with leading organizations

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With a rich filmmaking tradition that includes Miloš Forman

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  • Prague, Czech Republic
New for Fall '23
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  • Part-Time Internship

Explore on foot and on a student budget, the city abounds with festivals, live music, galleries, food markets, cafés and much more.

Program Interests
  • Ancient City
  • Host Institution
  • Small City
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Against the backdrop of Prague’s rich culture and society, students explore Czech art, film, architecture, society, and history.

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  • Prague, Czech Republic
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  • Part-Time Internship

Your trip to Prague will be one you’ll treasure forever

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Pocket Guide to Prague

Currency 
Czech Crowns

Spoken Languages 
Czech, English 
Also significant communities of speakers of Slovak, Vietnamese (per-capita largest Vietnamese community outside Asia), and Ukrainian

Available Transportation 
Tram, metro, train, bus, feet

Famous Local 
Franz Kafka – novelist, playwright, and short-story writer; best known for The Metamorphosis (Die Verwandlung) and The Trial (Der Process)

Climate 
European continental with warm, dry summers (June to August) and cold winters (December to March)

Places to Explore 
Charles Bridge – 600+ year-old medieval bridge lined with haunting baroque statues

Airport 
Václav Havel Airport Prague (PRG)

Social Norms 
Never give an even number of flowers to someone, nor should you give someone 13 – both are considered unlucky

What to Pack 
Comfortable shoes, all-weather jacket, curiosity, and a sense of adventure

Frequently Asked Questions

Prague is a good place to study abroad for students looking to gain valuable experience living and studying in a vibrant cultural and social environment. With a booming start-up scene, complex history, and flourishing media outlets, Prague has much to explore from its millennial history.

Prague is one of the safest cities a student could travel to for a study abroad program in Europe. As with any city, we advise students to stay aware of their surroundings, protect their belongings, and travel in groups when possible.

Prague is famous for its preserved castles, diverse architecture and museums, abundant nightlife, beautiful hikes, and more. Famous monuments within the city of Prague include Prague Castle from the 9th century, Charles Bridge, St. Vitus Cathedral, and Old Town Square.

Prague, Czech Republic, makes for a great study abroad destination because of the following reasons:

  1. Its affordable cost of living
  2. Central location in Europe
  3. Unique historical context

With world-famous writers, historians, and universities calling this city home, Prague makes for an exciting study abroad location for students interested in business, arts, science, journalism, and more!

In order to ensure our students feel welcomed, supported, and empowered while studying abroad, CIEE staff completes comprehensive diversity equity and inclusion (DEI) training. Staff provide students with advice, resources, and ongoing support both before and during their study abroad program in Prague.

For more detailed information on diversity in Prague, visit our Diversity in Prague page.

Study Abroad Scholarships & Grants

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You may be wondering if there are any scholarships to study in Prague. CIEE offers scholarships and grants for study abroad programs in Prague to students with demonstrated financial need, proven academic merit, and for specific CIEE programs. Students can apply for scholarships through 3 simple steps:

  1. Search for and apply to your dream program
  2. Review all available funding opportunities
  3. Complete the Scholarship & Grants portion of your application
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Study Abroad Scholarships

NEED-BASED SCHOLARSHIPS

Based on students' Estimated Family Contribution (EFC) from their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and enrolled institution. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible.

MERIT SCHOLARSHIPS

Based on academic achievement. Complete the Scholarships & Grants portion of your program application, along with an essay, to be considered for all awards to which you are eligible.

OTHER SCHOLARSHIPS

Other scholarship awards are based on program or alumni status.

VIEW OUR SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS

TALK TO A STUDENT WHO'S LIVED IT...

Ask an Ambassador

Reach out to one of our Student Ambassadors to learn what CIEE Study Abroad is really like from alums who've lived it! Address any questions you may have about Prague, from your academic interests and travel planning to housing and cultural differences. 

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Prague Study Abroad Reviews

  • "I would recommend CIEE because I felt that the staff were very organized and I felt prepared to arrive in Prague. I also enjoyed my classes without feeling too overwhelmed so I had time to explore and travel."

    Claire T., Denison University

  • "It was an excellent way to meet people and begin to understand the culture in Prague."

    Alison B., University of Oregon

  • "I had the best time! I really enjoyed my classes that were still manageable to balance along with my travels and exploration of Prague and other countries."

    Kristina H., Tufts University

  • "I think the program itself is really well organized. It takes away a lot of the stress associated with the planning process and allows students to feel well prepared so they can enjoy their time abroad."

    Katherine Z., Indiana University-Bloomington

  • "The CIEE Study Abroad program is very well organized, and all the staff is kind-hearted and knowledgable."

    Cooper N., St Lawrence University