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Fact Sheet:
Housing: Shared Apt. Language Pre-requisite: none
Language of Instruction: English Language Courses Offered: Yes
Non-AU Students Accepted by AU:
No Internship: Yes
Advisor: Sarah Beumer Harlow Minimum GPA: 3
Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing
Program Type:
Not Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is this Program Right for You?

View of Prague from aboveDelve into Central Europe's rich history and culture! The CET Prague programs bring to life the region's history, art, architecture and literature, as well as its complex political and economic transitions. AU Abroad works with the organization CET Academic Programs to administer themed tracks on-site. CET takes learning beyond the classroom with its exclusive extracurricular activities and trips.  The Prague programs with CET are designed for the academically serious student seeking a challenging experience abroad. Their dynamic local faculty engage students with in-depth lectures and assignments.


Academic Information

Street performerStudents earn a full semester of American University (AU) credit. Students choose one of three tracks, during the application process, to focus their studies while in Prague: Central European Studies, Jewish Studies or International Management & Internship. For each track students will be required to take a core course and beginning Czech language. They will supplement the required courses with a pool of electives focused on history, political science, European and Jewish studies. The multi-disciplinary curriculum provides an opportunity to examine Central Europe holistically. CET's emphasis on experiential learning allows students to greet the local culture hands-on and to use the entire region as a learning laboratory. The tracks and their requirements are outlined below.

Central European Studies

  • Beginning Czech Language (3 credits)
  • Political & Cultural History of East Central Europe in the 20th Century (3 credits) with traveling seminar (1 credit)
  • Three elective courses (3 credits each)

Jewish Studies

  • Beginning Czech Language (3 credits)
  • Modern History of the Jews in East Central Europe (3 credits) with traveling seminar (1 credit)
  • Three elective courses (3 credits each)

Business and Economics

  • Beginning Czech Language (3 credits)
  • European Economies in Transition (3 credits)
  • Three elective courses (3 credits each)

Prague bridgeAll CET courses are taught specifically for CET students, although in some terms Czech students may be invited to certain CET courses. Some courses may not be offered during certain terms. CET asks all applicants to submit course request forms, which are used to determine the final selection of electives. Students will receive a final elective course listing once in Prague.

See more information about academics and syllabi on the CET website. View the Course Equivalency Database to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Students will need to request equivalencies for courses offered at CET that have not been previously reviewed.

Student Life

Life in Prague

Students in the city centerGoethe proclaimed Prague to be "the most precious stone in the crown of the world." Prague stands at the crossroads of Europe, where east meets west and history meets today's post-communist era. Rivaling Paris as one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Prague will invite you to wander through its fairytale-like cobblestone streets and take in a thousand years of architectural and artistic history.

Prague was first settled by Czechs in the late 9th century and has been the capital of Bohemia ever since. Serving twice as the medieval seat of the Holy Roman Empire, Prague continued to strive as a sister city to Vienna into modern times - always standing at the forefront of culture and industry. Prague's grand intellectual and artistic tradition will inspire you in your studies. Living in Prague today, you'll encounter one of the world's fastest growing economies, and witness its people overcome the challenges of democratization.


Students take classes at the CET Center while in Prague. The CET center is located in the center of Prague just steps off of historic Wenceslas Square, and contains classrooms, a small computer lab and a library. The entire center is equipped with Wi-Fi Internet access.

Students are housed with other CET program participants in apartments located in neighborhoods close to the center of Prague. Using public transportation, students can commute to the CET Center in about 15 minutes. When available, students share their apartment with Czech students, allowing for cross-cultural exchange and the development of international friendships. Each apartment is fully furnished, with a kitchen and a washing machine. Students are also supplied with bed linens.

Excursions and Activities

View over village near PragueA wide variety of activities arranged by CET make Prague come alive. Activities are designed to provide opportunities that students would not normally have on their own. Such activities might come in the form of special tours, cultural events, film screenings, and social activities with Czech students.

CET students have the chance to meet and hear exclusive lectures from influential Czechs and visitors to Prague. Lecturers may include members of Czech government and civil society, notable artists, authors and thinkers, as well as representatives from the American Embassy in Prague.

Traveling Seminar: Interactions in Central Europe

The Traveling Seminar is a two-part trip—a week in Poland and Vienna, plus four days Budapest later in the semester.The Traveling Seminar is for students who choose to focus their academics on Jewish Studies or Central European Studies. While the two groups travel together for many parts of the journey, some segments are split between the concentrations—Jewish Studies students might head to Warsaw while Central European Studies students visit Austria.

Overnight to a Castle Town

Students depart Prague and venture on an overnight excursion together to a beautiful, medieval castle town.  Past groups have gone to places like Cesky Krumlov.

Day Trip

Traveling to local towns brings history lessons to life and expose students to life outside the capital of Prague. Past trips have included Plzen, Kutna Hora, or Lidice.

For more information about excursions and activities please see the CET website.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 09/27/2016
Varies by program 01/19/2017 05/12/2017
NOTE: Program dates are estimates. Do not finalize travel arrangements until exact dates are given by program.
Fall 2017 03/10/2017
Varies by program 08/23/2017 12/20/2017
Spring 2018 09/27/2017 ** Varies by program 01/17/2018 05/16/2018
NOTE: Program dates are estimates. Do not finalize travel arrangements until exact dates are given by program.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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