Prague has become the place for aspiring young American writers and artists to gather. Charles University (or Collegium Carolinum in Latin) is the oldest university in Central Europe, founded in 1348 by Charles IV. Its history runs deep with ties to Jan Hus in the 1400s, becoming a seminary in the 1770s, and connections to Franz Kafka in 1900s. After Nazi occupation, during which all universities were closed, typical university life began again in 1945. Following the Velvet Revolution of 1989, academic freedom and a high degree of autonomy from the state became goals of the new era.
Location: Prague (population: 1.3 million)
University: Charles University (50,000 students)
Minimum application requirements: 3.0 GPA and Sophomore status
Visa Information: See the Visa Information: Czech Republic page for detailed information.
Founded in 1348, Charles University became the first university in Central Europe, also making it the oldest and largest university in the Czech Republic. Charles University is no stranger to international students. In fact, its students enjoy interacting with and practicing language skills with the international students.
After participating in an orientation and brief visits to London and Munich, students will complete an intensive Czech language course in the first two weeks of the program. During the regular semester, students will enroll in 12-16 credits.
To view current course offerings at Charles University, take a look at their course catalog.
For more information about life at Charles University, visit the Charles University website.
For High Point University to recognize the credits you complete abroad, you must earn a grade equivalent to a C in the U.S. HPU will not accept credit for courses with grades of C– or below. Grades for all courses earned abroad are recorded on the foreign transcript. Credits are received by HPU as transfer credits, which means the credit is received but the grade is not. Your HPU grade point average will not be impacted positively or negatively by your study abroad courses.
The Masarykova Kolej is conveniently located within walking distance of parks, stores, restaurants, grocery stores and the metro station. In the residence you will share a double room which has two beds, chairs, two wardrobes, two desks with drawers, two lamps, and a phone. A kitchenette with a small fridge, a sink, and a hotplate is usually shared with another room. Each suite has a private bathroom which is shared by four people. In the main lobby, there is a 24-hour reception with English-speaking staff as well as security guards who protect the premises around the clock.
You will receive a meal allowance to subsidize breakfast and lunch or dinner Monday through Friday. You can purchase meals at the University cafeterias, local Czech restaurants, or cook at home.
At High Point University, the primary expenses, excluding travel, for an HPU semester study abroad program are included in, or comparable to, regular HPU fees. Just as for a semester on HPU’s campus, the fees for study abroad must be broken down into tuition, fees, room, and board, with expenses paid either to HPU or other organizations. See below for an explanation of how we bill for semester programs abroad.
|Category||Fee (Per Semester)||To Be Paid To:||Deadline|
|Total Paid to HPU||$22,841.50||Includes application fee, HPU tuition, fees, room & board.|
|Application Fee*||$500.00||High Point University||Application Deadline|
|Tuition & Fees||$17,559.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Room†||$3,500.00||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines|
|Board‡||$1,782.50||High Point University||Please refer to your HPU bill for payment deadlines and partial board adjustment information|
IMPORTANT: High Point University affiliates with the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) to provide this educational program to HPU students. Students looking for information online may find discrepancies in program fees between what HPU charges and what AIFS charges. Due to the terms agreed upon in our affiliation agreement, HPU students cannot apply directly to AIFS for this program, nor can they opt to pay program fees directly to AIFS.
To best understand billing for semester study abroad at High Point University, it’s important to distinguish between the 4 main areas of HPU billing, tuition (the academic/classroom expenses), fees, room, and board:
Application Fee*: In addition to the Tuition, Fees, Room & Board expenses, all study abroad applications are billed an application fee. This fee is non-refundable and is not applied towards the tuition & fees billing for the semester.
As I flew over the red roofs of Prague, Czech Republic, for the first time, I stared in disbelief wondering how I stumbled upon this breathtaking city. Studying abroad was never apart of my “life plan.” My impromptu decision to study abroad was made by the impulsive, adventure-seeker hidden deep, deep, DEEP down inside of me. I knew nothing about the city, its people or its culture. However, as I walked through Old Town Square, the heart of the city, for the first time, I instantly knew I made the right decision.
I have often been asked to describe Prague in one word and although the answer is cheesy, Prague, simply put, is magical. During the day, cobblestone streets are lined with colorful flower vendors, artists and the cinnamony aroma of “Trdelnik” (pronounced similarly to “turtleneck”), a doughy Czech dessert. At night, the town lights up and buskers come out to entertain the crowds in Old Town Square. There are tons of museums to visit, concerts to attend, and galleries to peruse. The school I attended for the semester, Charles University, was located just a few blocks from Old Town Square.
The classroom windows of Charles University gave view to the beautiful Vltava River and just across the river, the Prague Castle. Classes at Charles University were hands-on and experiential, similar to those at High Point University. My Czech professors took us on field trips around Prague so that we could learn about the city by being immersed in it. Learning about Prague from people that grew up there, lived there and experienced the turmoil of Prague’s most historical events, such as the Velvet Revolution, gave us insight that we could never learn from a textbook. We were also assigned “Czech Buddies” who attended Charles University and became our mentors, meeting us for coffee, teaching us Czech, taking us to museums, or just showing us around the city. It gave us a personal connection to the city, locally referred to as “Praha.”
While I loved spending time in the city, I often travelled to the countryside of the Czech Republic. My study abroad group, AIFS, organized weekend excursions that allowed us to explore not only the Czech Republic, but various Eastern European countries. Since Prague is bordered by Germany, Poland, Austria, and Slovakia, weekend travel to any of these countries by bus or train is cheap and convenient. During longer weekends my friends and I ventured farther, taking planes to Spain, Italy, London, and Hungary.
The city of Prague is one of study abroad’s best kept secrets. Very few students choose to study there because it is so out of the ordinary. But here at High Point University, we strive to experience the extraordinary. To students who are considering studying abroad in Prague, or anywhere else: Do it! Embrace spontaneity. Embrace language barriers. Embrace getting lost in a foreign city. Do not let your reservations keep you from experiencing the world. And always remember, no matter how far away you roam you can always call HPU your home.
Many excursions and activities are included with your program fee such as: