|Location||Prague, Czech Republic|
|Academic Term||Autumn Semester / Academic Year|
|Credits||20 - 25 UW credits per semester|
|Eligibility||Junior standing or above by time of departure;
min. 3.0 GPA
|Language||Instruction in English and Czech|
|Program Manager||Mike Renes | email@example.com|
|Priority Application Deadline||Jan. 15 (Autumn Semester and Academic Year) Spring Semester priority deadline|
|May 15 (Final deadline for Spring Semester)|
|General||Founded in 1348, Charles University is one of the oldest universities in the world. Prague is a vibrant and fascinating ancient city. It is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and was once the capital of the Holy Roman Empire. This program is also one of the best values in Europe.|
The City of Prague is considered by many to be the most picturesque in Europe. Nicknamed the "City of 100 hundred spires," some of the buildings in the Prague's Old Town date back as far as the Ninth Century. "New Town", situated adjacent to the Old Town, was constructed by Charles IV in the 14th Century. Located next to the River Vlatva in Central Bohemia, modern Prague is home to more than 1.2 million people and ranks among the cultural gems of the continent. Listed as a UNESCO's World Heritage Site since 1992, the city is full of life with magnificent museums, festivals, and a vibrant and globally renowned film industry.
Prerequisites and Language Requirements
Students participating in this exchange program must be of junior standing or above at the time of departure and must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above.
20 - 25 UW credits per semester
Students attend regular classes at the partner university for a semester or academic year and pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition. Instruction is generally in the language of the host country but a significant number of partner universities now also offer courses in English. Most partner universities operate on the semester system; UW students typically earn 20-24 UW quarter credits per semester. University exchanges are well-suited for students who want access to university courses in a variety of academic disciplines, seek full immersion in the student life and culture of a foreign university and society, and desire a high degree of personal independence in their study abroad opportunity.
The language of instruction for regular university courses is Czech. However, UW students have access to a large variety of coursework available in English through the Eastern and Central European Studies Program, which is part of the Faculty of Arts. You can also take Czech language courses designed for foreigners through the University's Institute of Czech Studies. Courses offered in English include: cinema studies, history, political science, Jewish studies, Slavic literature, art history and architecture among many others.
To find a list of courses available at Charles, please visit online course search
If you’re looking for a record of how courses from this institution have been transferred in the past, visit the credit equivalency database to help you determine what foreign courses might satisfy your academic needs here at the UW.
For more information about receiving credits for your study abroad, visit Earning credits abroad.
Students are responsible for securing and funding their own housing in Prague but are encouraged to apply for accommodations through the International Students Office at Charles University. The university operates several residence halls for students. The office also provides resources and guidance for students who wish to arrange private accommodations.
The UW Study Abroad Office can't officially advise you about visas.
The volume and diversity of students participating, the shifting requirements of foreign governments, and the complexity of these applications make it impossible for us to accurately advise you on immigration policies.
If your program requires a visa, documentation will be provided from your host institution after your acceptance.
As a participant of a university exchange, you pay an exchange fee equivalent to UW tuition (1.5 quarters of UW tuition for semester-long exchanges, and 3 quarters of UW tuition for academic year exchanges). Exchange fees are determined by UW residency status: in-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to in-state tuition, and out-of-state students pay an exchange fee equivalent to out-of-state tuition. The exchange fee and UW Study Abroad Office administrative fee are charged to your UW account and due by the UW tuition deadline for your term(s) of study abroad. In most cases, you pay housing fees directly to the host institution or housing facility. You should also budget for additional expenses such as international airfare & transportation, books & course materials, visa & passport fees, study abroad insurance and personal expenses.
- A large percentage of UW students utilize financial aid to study abroad. Most types of financial aid can be applied to study abroad fees.
- You can submit a revision request to increase the amount of aid for the quarter you are studying abroad. These additional funds are usually awarded in the form of loans. To apply, fill out a revision request form, attach the budget sheet (available via the link at the top of this brochure) and submit these documents to the Office of Student Financial Aid. For more information about this process, consult the Financial Aid section of our website.
- Consult the Financial Aid section of our website for more information on applying for financial aid, special considerations for summer and early fall programs, and budgeting and fundraising tips.
- There are many scholarships designed to fund students studying abroad. The UW administers a study abroad scholarship program and there are national awards available as well.
- Scholarships vary widely in their parameters. Some are need-based, some are location-based, and some are merit-based.
- For UW Study Abroad Scholarships fill out a short questionnaire on your UW Study Abroad program application to be considered. You must apply by the priority application deadline for the program in order to be considered for a scholarship. Click the Overview tab to view application deadlines.
Consult our Scholarships page to learn about UW-based and national scholarships. The Office of Merit Scholarships, Fellowships, and Awards can help you learn about additional opportunities.
We understand that figuring out your finances for study abroad can be complicated and we are here to help. Here are some ways to find additional support:
- Click on the Budget Sheets link at the top of this brochure to view the estimated budget of all expenses for this program.
- Contact the Global Opportunities Adviser at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how to pay for study abroad.
- Attend a Financial Planning Workshop offered by UW Study Abroad – more information is on the Events page of our website.
- Visit the Finances section of our website.
The study abroad application includes a personal statement, three short answer questions, one recommendation from a professor or TA, and electronic signature documents related to UW policies and expectations for study abroad. Following the online application process, you may be contacted by the program director for an in-person interview. Once an admission decision has been made regarding your application, you will be notified by the study abroad system via email.
To be eligible to study abroad, you must complete the mandatory pre-departure orientation facilitated by UW Study Abroad. Visit your study abroad homepage to complete this mandatory orientation. You must also attend any program-specific orientations offered by the program director.
UW Study Abroad Office also offers several optional orientations aimed at preparing you for your study abroad experience. You can visit the Orientation section of our website to view the current schedule and to register for any optional orientation sessions that pique your interest.
Orientation must be completed prior to the enrollment deadline for the quarter that you are studying abroad.
The University of Washington is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, and education for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation for this program, contact Disability Resources for Students at least 8 weeks in advance of your departure date. Contact info at disability.uw.edu.
The $700 UW Study Abroad Fee is non-refundable once the payment contract has been submitted. Students withdrawing from a program may also be responsible for paying a percentage of the program fee depending on the date of withdrawal. More details about the withdrawal policy are included in your payment contract. Note that no part of the program fee is refundable once the program has begun.
The date of withdrawal is considered the business day a withdrawal form is received by UW Study Abroad. Notice of withdrawal from the program must be made in writing by completing the following steps:
- Provide notice in writing to the program director that you will no longer be participating in the program.
- Submit a signed withdrawal form to UW Study Abroad.
Visit the Withdrawals section of our website for more information.