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  • Locations: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Winter
  • Restrictions: UM applicants only
  • Dates / Deadlines
Program Description:

Central European Studies
at Charles University
in Prague, Czech Republic (UPCES)


boat in Prague

In 2001, the CERGE Economic Institute partnered with Charles University's Faculty of Humanities to create UPCES, the Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies. The mission of UPCES is to bring excellent university students to Prague to study under a prestigious faculty of scholars and industry leaders in topics related to Central European Studies. UPCES is also designed to give students real exposure to the cultures of Central Europe.

Please note: this program will begin accepting applications approximately three months in advance of the deadline


  • Junior or Senior standing by program start date
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA overall
  • Good academic standing
  • Open to University of Michigan-Ann Arbor students only


Earn 16 Michigan in-residence credits per term on the Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies (UPCES) sponsored by Charles University's Center for Economic Research and Graduate Education (CERGE). This program for undergraduates offers a wide range of courses in the humanities and social sciences, taught in English. Students select four courses in addition to the required Czech language course.
Subject areas include: Anthropology, Art History, Cultural Studies, Economics, Environmental Studies, Film and Video Studies, History, International Relations, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies and Sociology. For a list of specific course options and details (including syllabi), please visit the UPCES website.

Instruction is in English with required Czech language course.

UPCES Internship Program:

UPCES offers students the opportunity to participate in a variety of internships in Prague relevant to their studies or personal interests. The internship partners include a language school, a non-profit legal institute, an events company, a prominent newspaper, and media development NGO. The internships are considered extra-curricular, are unpaid, and do not receive academic credit. More information is available on their website.

LSA Students: All grades earned abroad will factor into the cumulative GPA.

Non-LSA Students should check with their home school or college to determine whether the grades will be calculated into their cumulative GPA, and what type of credit they will receive for the program (in-residence credit or transfer credit).


Winter 2020 Budget 

Scholarships and Funding

LSA Study Abroad Scholarship: Students should apply for the LSA Study Abroad Scholarship at the same time they apply for the program. Scholarships are granted based on financial need.

Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowships

Sources for Funding Global Study

Students paying for their university experience via a Michigan Educational Trust (MET) plan may use this plan towards a CGIS study abroad program.

Program costs vary greatly among all CGIS programs and the CGIS staff recommends that you carefully review the most recent budget sheet for any program you may be interested in to see what fees/costs are involved. Please note that the itemized budget sheets are per term estimates accurate at the time of publication and are subject to change. Please check back regularly to see the most recent term costs available. If you have any questions about the costs involved for a program or how to read the budget sheet or interpret the notes, please contact the appropriate CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor for more details and information.

The Center for Global and Intercultural Study encourages all students to share this information with people in your life who help you make decisions (parents, guardians, family members, etc.).

Passport and Visa

Prior to departure, it is each student's responsibility to research and obtain entry/exit requirements. The consulate or embassy of your country of destination determines the visa requirements and application process for each type of visa. You can locate consular information and read about entry/exit requirements on the U.S. Department of State website.

When determining your exit/entry requirements, be sure to check each country in your travel itinerary, even if you will only be visiting for a short period. Requirements, visa types, and application fees can vary greatly based on your citizenship and individual travel plans. Please note that most consulates will require a passport to be submitted as part of the visa application. The amount of time required can also vary greatly. We recommend beginning your research early and being aware that independent travel plans may be affected by the process.

For more information on travel documents and pre-departure preparation, visit Students Abroad, a website created by the Department of State just for students, or contact your CGIS Intercultural Programs Advisor.

Application Procedures

Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.

Application Requirements include:

  • Attendance at a session of First Step
  • 2 Academic Recommendation Forms (short questionnaire is sent via the online application to recommender's e-mail, recommender submits online)
  • U-M Transcript
  • Passport Photocopy
  • Application Questionnaire (short essay questions)
  • Records Release
  • Disciplinary Disclosure 
  • Official Non-U-M Transcripts (if you have attended courses at another institution)
  • Partner Institution Application (online form)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Course Study Plan
  • Passport Photos
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
Throughout the remainder of the semester and when you return, you will be required to submit additional documents and attend CGIS program events.


Residence hotel or shared apartment

The apartments vary in rental price and size, but most include 2-3 bedrooms, a living room, a full kitchen, a full bathroom, and a half bathroom. All apartments are fully furnished and include internet connection, kitchenware, bedding, towels, and household appliances. They are all tastefully decorated in styles ranging from classic European to modern.


Need to Know

Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies (UPCES)
UPCES-CGIS Program Supplement

CGIS provides resources and information on its website to help students understand policies, procedures, and how to navigate the experience from start to finish. Refer to the Students for information related to the topics listed below, and more:

  • Preparing to Travel (passports, visas, air travel, culture shock, financial planning)
  • Financial Aid and Scholarships (program affordability, university financial aid packages, scholarships)
  • Health and Safety (travel health insurance, vaccinations/medications, self-disclosure of health information, mental health, social identities, emergencies abroad)
  • Policies (grades and credit, registration, billing, withdrawals)
  • Diversity and Access Abroad (helpful resources, LGBTQ identities abroad, racial and ethnic identities abroad, disabilities and accommodations)
  • Information for families of students participating in CGIS programs

Contact Information

Center for Global and Intercultural Study
Suite 200
Weiser Hall
500 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Note: The decision date listed is not necessarily reflective of when you will hear back about admission. After acceptance, students will have one week to commit to a program. Upon commitment, your participation will be considered financially and legally binding. Deadlines will not be extended for students waiting on decisions for multiple applications.

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Academic Year 2020-2021 02/01/2020 03/15/2020 TBA TBA
Fall 2020 02/01/2020 03/15/2020 TBA TBA