Study Abroad in Prague, Czech Republic

Study Abroad in Prague: Academics

Charles University

The Collegium Carolinum (Latin name of Charles University) is the oldest university in Central Europe, founded in 1348 by Charles IV. The author Franz Kafka enrolled at Charles University in 1901 for eight semesters of law school. Today over 50,000 students are enrolled at Charles University.

During the brief lifetime of democratic Czechoslovakia (1918-38), academic life was liberalized. After the period of Nazi occupation, during which all universities were closed, normal university life began again in 1945. After the Velvet Revolution of 1989, the idea of strict planning according to state ideology was abolished and academic freedom and a high degree of autonomy from the state became the goals of the new era. Charles University has hosted international students from its beginnings until today.

Academic Overview & Policies

Faculty of Arts and Philosophy: East and Central European Studies Program (ECES) The ECES program at Charles University offers courses in English designed for international university students. Courses are taught by University faculty. Students have access to libraries, cafeterias and other facilities and activities at the University. The classrooms, offices, libraries and cafeterias are located in the historical center of Prague.

AIFS Office The AIFS Office is situated in one of the oldest parts of Prague right in the heart of the city. School buildings are conveniently located within walking distance. There is a student center and a computer lab in the office, offering desktop computers and free Wi-Fi access for college work or leisure. Free printing is also available, making it ideal for students to print their projects and essays on their way to class. Staff are always there to help with any issues that might arise.

Attendance is required to receive full credit. Students exceeding the permitted number of unexcused absences may lose all or partial credit.

Course Structure The University and AIFS recommend students take one or two courses (3 credits each) for a maximum of 6 credits. However you may select up to 3 courses for a total of 9 credits per session. Students should be advised that this is a very intensive academic schedule and is not recommended. Instruction is in English. A minimum enrollment of 5 students is required for each course offered. Classes are held Monday through Thursday for four weeks.

Credits Each class meets for two academic hours per day. Instruction, excursions and written work total 52 academic hours for each course, equivalent to 3 semester credits per course.

Grades No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a letter grade. Pass/Fail grade options are not available.

Libraries students have access to the libraries at Charles University, plus large and specialist libraries including the State Library and the Library of the Institute of International Relations.

Transcripts are issued by Charles University. One official copy will be sent to the studentís home institution on completion of the program.

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