The TCNJ Center for Global Engagement
(Undergraduate Program in Central European Studies), have partnered to offer TCNJ students a semester-long program option in Prague, Czech Republic, whom many call the heart of Central Europe. This site offers students opportunities to engage this magnificent world capital, learn about its culture and history, investigate how the European Union has had an impact on an economy in transition, and live with thousands of university students in a young city.
The great author Franz Kafka once said, "Prague never lets you go...this dear little mother has sharp claws." Prague is a magical city - the "golden city of spires" - with architectural masterpieces, a rich history, an economy emerging from decades of communism, and a lively city atmosphere. Prague is centrally located in Europe to allow students easy access to all parts of the continent, but we have a feeling that you will not want to leave Prague too often.
UPCES courses are designed to inspire, challenge, and motivate students to discover new topics and different perspectives. UPCES students enroll in 5 courses (including Elementary Czech Language) for a total of 16 academic credits. UPCES courses are listed under the Charles University Faculty of Humanities.UPCES offers courses in a wide range of subjects. All courses are taught in English. Students of diverse majors will find courses at UPCES that meet their academic interests and requirements.
UPCES firmly believes that learning the Czech language is an integral part of the study abroad experience in Prague. UPCES students are required to take the course Elementary Czech Language for the duration of the semester. Students with a background in Czech language may be enrolled in an upper-level course. UPCES professors are leading scholars in their fields and hold distinguised teaching credentials. Faculty members are drawn from the university and also include government leaders and industry specialist. UPCES courses are offered Monday-Thursday during the academic year. UPCES does not have Friday classes. A full listing of available courses can be found here
. Courses listed here
have already been reviewed and given course equivalents by TCNJ faculty. All course will count as one TCNJ unit and the grades will factor into your GPA.
UPCES is based in the beautiful and historic Schebek Palace in the heart of Prague's downtown. Their building is the exclusive headquarters of CERGE-EI and UPCES.
UPCES is located one block from Prague's Wenceslas Square and minutes away from such landmarks as the National Museum, the Estates Theatre, and the Powder Tower. The history of their building dates to the time of King Charles IV (1316-1378), who founded Charles University in 1348. Since then, the building has served as a palace and as the headquarters for the State Bank of Czechoslovakia. Today, its splendid classrooms, palatial hallways, and modern study centers offer our students an unmatched learning environment. The building is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The corridors and lounges of the building are alive with student activity into the evening and on weekends.
UPCES is designed to immerse students in the social and cultural environment of the Czech Republic. Students have innumerable outlets for immersion while studying abroad with UPCES:
-Czech and other European students from Charles University enroll in UPCES courses and seminars.
-UPCES organizes frequent cultural activities for students, each of which offers an introduction to a unique side of Czech culture. These activities are included in UPCES tuition.
-UPCES students live as locals do, in apartments located throughout the city center.
-Upon arrival in Prague, UPCES students have the opportunity to be matched with Czech students to help them navigate the city and culture.
-UPCES organizes social gatherings with Czech and Erasmus students to places such as museums, festivals, concerts, quiz nights, and more.
-UPCES trips always include Czech and other European students.
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