Please note that this program is not currently being reviewed for spring 2021. Please explore the list of spring 2021 programs that UGE is currently reviewing with campus partners and overseas institutions. You should also actively consider back-up options at Columbia. If you are looking for options for fall 2021 or after, applications for this program will be open for those terms later in the fall semester.
The Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies (UPCES) offers you the opportunity to study a variety of topics from the Central European perspective. You will take classes with American and European students. You will live in apartments with other program participants.
The Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies (UPCES) evolved as a joint effort of CERGE-EI and Charles University. It strives to provide a quality undergraduate educational experience focused on integral issues of Central Europe. You will take courses organized specifically for UPCES. Courses are taught to American and European students by international faculty. European students come from Charles University and other ERASMUS institutions. UPCES offers a multi-disciplinary approach to Central European issues with a particular strength in the social sciences. Popular subjects include Architecture, Economics, History, Political Science and Psychology. You will take a required Czech language course plus four other classes. The Czech language course is equal to 4 Columbia points. Other courses are equal to 3 Columbia points each.
You will live in an apartment with other program participants. UPCES offers a wide range of social activities in Prague. They will also plan trips to other regions of the Czech Republic and neighboring countries.
Review eligibility to ensure that you meet all Columbia requirements to study abroad.
Review the external program webpage to understand any additional program prerequisites.
To apply, you must complete the two steps below. Deadlines vary and some applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. Therefore, you should complete the steps below simultaneously:
- To apply for Columbia clearance (approval) to study abroad, click on "Start Your Application" on this webpage. Clearance applications are approved on a rolling basis until the application deadline listed on this webpage.
- To apply for program admission, complete an external application directly on the program webpage. Note that this deadline may be in advance of the Columbia clearance deadline.