UPCES Prague: Undergraduate Program through CERGE/EI

Language of Instruction: Czech, English
Czech Republic
Term: Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Learn a variety of subjects from the Central European perspective in the heart of Prague

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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.

Program Features

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.

Application Instructions

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.

Fact Sheet

Arts and Architecture, Humanities, Social Sciences
Columbia College, Columbia Engineering, Columbia General Studies
Language of Instruction:
Czech Republic
Academic Year, Spring, Fall

Dates & Deadlines

Academic Year
Application Deadline: 
Monday, March 1, 2021
Application Deadline: 
Friday, October 1, 2021