UPCES at Charles University
The Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies (UPCES) was created as a joint effort between CERGE-EI, a renowned economics institute, and Charles University. The UPCES curriculum infuses topics relevant to Central Europe into a wide variety of liberal arts courses, all taught by a faculty of distinguished scholars, government figures, and industry specialists. Located in Prague, one of Europe's most enchanting cities, UPCES is based in the beautiful and historic Schebek Palace, one block from Prague's Wenceslas Square and minutes away from such landmarks as the National Museum, the Estates Theatre, and the Powder Tower.
- Minimum GPA: 3.0
- SU required course load: 12-19 credits for undergraduate students
- No language prerequisite
Fall Semester: mid-September to mid-December
Spring Semester: early February to mid-May
UPCES brings together students from colleges and universities in the United States and Canada and also hosts local Czech students from Charles University and exchange students from Europe and around the globe. Taught in English in a small, interactive classroom setting, UPCES courses are available in a wide range of subjects. Students are required to take five courses including Czech language. Courses and grades will be posted to your academic record and factored into your overall GPA at SU.
For a list of courses pre-approved for SU credit, please click on the "Courses Offered" link at the top of this page. There is no guarantee courses on the list will be offered during your semester abroad, so please refer to the World Partner website for the most up-to-date course offerings. If you want to take a course that is not already approved, Syracuse Abroad will assist in obtaining approval from the appropriate SU academic department.
UPCES students pick shared apartments ("flats") in Prague shortly after arrival. Apartment options are recommended by the program and are located throughout the center sections of Prague. You will spend the first few days of the program in a hotel (arranged by UPCES but paid for by you) while you meet other students, tour available apartments, and finally, pick your flat and roomates for the semester.
Students are required to have a student visa for their semester in the Czech Republic. UPCES will provide assistance with the visa application process.
You will pay SU tuition and can apply all SU financial aid except work study. Besides tuition, you are also charged a program fee of approximately $525 that includes: pre-departure meeting, on-site orientation, excursions, program activities, international travel insurance and social events during the semester. For further explanation of estimated costs, please see the financial planning budget here: UPCES Charles U budget 2016-2017.pdf
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Applying to this program requires completion of both the Syracuse Abroad and the UPCES application.
Please note: due to the limited number of spaces in this program, it is possible for a program to reach maximum enrollment before the application due date.
- Complete Syracuse Abroad application.
- All application material must be submitted by the SU Abroad application deadline.
- Complete the UPCES application. Check the UPCES website for the application deadline.
- Follow instructions from UPCES for supplemental documents.
UPCES Study Abroad in Prague
|Term||Year||App Deadline||Decision Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring||2019||10/01/2018 **||Rolling Admission||01/01/2019||06/01/2019|
|NOTE: Specific program date is not available at this time. Contact the Syracuse Abroad office with questions.|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.