Central European Studies
in Prague, Czech Republic (CIEE)
The Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) Study Center in Prague offers courses in multiple disciplines. Students on this program can also enroll and take courses at Charles University, where Einstein taught or at the Prague Film and Television School at the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU) take course. CIEE places students into Prague’s intellectual and performing arts communities so you get a taste of the city’s fascinating past, present, and future.
Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing by program start date
Minimum 2.5 GPA overall
Good academic standing
No language prerequisites
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 (CIEE), partnered with Charles University and the Prague Film and Television School at the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU). This program for undergraduates offers a wide range of courses in the humanities and social sciences, taught in English. Students select four courses. Students can select the optional Czech language course.
Subject areas include: Communication, Creative Writing, Economics, Film Studies, Foreign Languages, History, International Studies, Literature, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, and Sociology. For a list of specific course options at the CIEE Study Center and details (including syllabi), please visit the CIEE Study Center website. Courses at Charles University and the Film and TV School (FAMU) courses at please see bottom of the below CIEE Program webpage.
Instruction is in English with optional Czech language course.
CIEE Internship Program:
You can choose from several pre-screened internship positions with local, mostly non-governmental organizations, which may be involved in education, organization of international political conferences, local and global human rights issues, film, the library, or administrative work in the field of economics. You'll record your experiences in a journal, which is evaluated weekly during the internship, and complete a final research paper that includes what you learned during your experience at the organization. Students interested in a CIEE internship must complete applications upon admission to the program and get approval from their home institution and CIEE prior to the start of the semester. Internship placements are made following an interview with organizations after arrival in Prague.
CIEE Volunteer Program:
Volunteer options are numerous, from teaching English at a local elementary school to working local non-governmental organization. Students have volunteered at film companies, schools, and English language training programs. You can choose from several pre-screened volunteering positions with local, mostly non-governmental organizations, which may be involved in education, organization of international political conferences, local and global human rights issues, or library and administrative work in the field of economics.
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).
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.
Detailed application instructions for your program will be provided when you begin an application.
1 Academic Recommendation Forms (short questionnaire is sent via the online application to recommender's e-mail, recommender submits online)
Application Questionnaire (short essay questions)
Official Non-U-M Transcripts (if you have attended courses at another institution)
Partner Institution Application (online form)
Statement of Purpose
Course Study Plan
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.
Students have several housing choices and it is mandatory to select an option prior to departure in the housing survey:
Homestay with a Czech Family
This option provides an excellent opportunity for immersion into the local culture, and is strongly recommended for students who wish to take full advantage of their Czech experience. A single room and internet are provided. Dinner and breakfast, on the family’s schedule, are included.
Charles University Dormitory
This dormitory houses CIEE and local students.
Please note that meals are not included with this option. The apartments are located in the buildings where other tenants/citizens live. Students are sharing the apartment with a flat buddy who is a local Charles University student. The flat buddy is responsible for apartment maintenance and also helps with Czech immersion while organizing activities for students. Internet is provided.
CIEE-Administered Residence Hall
Please note that meals are not included with this option. There are two CIEE Administered Residences. The residence consists of apartments where only CIEE students and Resident Assistants (RA) live. The RAs are Charles University students and live in separate apartments in the building. Their task is to help during the orientation, organize activities for students, and help them with daily issues. Internet is provided.
Would you like to hear about this experience from a returnee who participated in this program previously? Consult an e-advisor! E-advisors are part of the CGIS Ambassador cohort, you can reach out to them via e-mail any time and ask questions to a peer who actually knows what it will be like on-site. For this program you can reach out to:
Mallerie Bittner - firstname.lastname@example.org
Need to Know
CGIS provides resources and information on its website to help students understand policies, procedures, and how to navigate the experience from start to finish. Find the CGIS handbook supplement here. Refer to the Students for information related to the topics listed below, and more:
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.