A semester abroad at the CEVRO Institute provides students with the opportunity to experience a new culture, meet exciting students from across the globe, and learn amongst world-class professors and lecturers. Studying at the CEVRO Institute will allow you to:
- Engage within small classes and interact directly with professors and fellow students
- Learn from policy experts including former ambassadors, government ministers, and renowned authors who have decades of experience in their respective fields
- Experience the wonders of one of the most beautiful and historic cities in Europe, Prague
- Immerse yourself in a new culture and forge relationships that will last a lifetime
- Explore other unique European cities and destinations such as Vienna, Budapest, or Berlin
Deadlines to Apply
The deadline to apply for the fall term is May 27th.
The deadline to apply for the spring term is December 1st.
All courses taught will be taught in English and are designed for students who have completed at least one year (two semesters) of their undergraduate studies. The courses cover a wide range of topics and disciplines such as political science, international relations, history and economic policy. International students are advised to sign up for about 5 courses per semester (each for 6 ECTS/3 US credits). Class sizes are small, with most class having between 10 and 20 students, with even the largest lecture classes having only 40 students or so. Professors look forward to interacting directly with students and budget a part of each class specifically for class discussion and questions.
Please visit our “Courses For International Students” page to find out more about the classes that are being offered during the current academic semester and hear from students who have already completed their semester abroad at the CEVRO Institute.
Students will receive a grade of A through F at the end of each course. At the beginning of the semester, each professor will hand a syllabus listing required readings, upcoming assignments, and other important information in regards to the course. Each course has a midterm exam/project and a final exam, the structure of which is decided by the professor. Throughout the course, students will be expected to engage in discussion with both the professor and other students, make presentations on pre-selected and approved topics, and hand in a number of written assignments. Generally, all of these non-exam factors will add up to approximately 30 % of the student’s final grade, with the midterm exam counting for 30 % and the final exam counting for 40 % of the student’s final grade.
Living in Prague
Prague is a city where tradition meets modernity. Filled with Baroque and Art Nouveau buildings, towering spires, and historic squares, Prague has been masterfully preserved over the centuries and remains a quintessential European city. However, Prague has also evolved into a hub of 21st century innovation in recent years, with its many shopping streets providing passersby with a range of shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Visit Prague Castle to see how the Kings of Bohemia lived and spend some time in Old Town Square, often considered the gold standard of traditional European squares. There is so much to do and see in Prague and the CEVRO Institute is located right in the heart of the city, providing easy access to all of Prague’s major sights and attractions.
Potential to Travel
Prague truly is the heart of Europe. A train or bus ride of just a few hours will transport you to other historic cities such as Vienna, Budapest, and Berlin. At the CEVRO Institute, opportunities abound to travel and experience the range of cultures that exist throughout Europe. The CEVRO Institute is ready to organize a number of travel opportunities throughout the semester. However, students are also welcome to travel with friends outside of CEVRO’s pre-planned excursions. Travelling is certainly one of the most rewarding and enjoyable experiences a student can have while studying in Prague.
The CEVRO Institute attempts to give foreign students a true feel of what it is like to live and study in Prague. Students will be taking all of their classes alongside fulltime CEVRO students. Furthermore, American and other non-European students will be taking classes alongside Erasmus Programme students, who come to CEVRO from a number of different European countries for a similar semester abroad program. Furthermore, students will have the opportunity to learn from renowned professors from both the Czech Republic and other Central and Eastern European countries. These professors often have an incredible range of experiences that they are eager to share their stories with students from abroad.
Outside of the classroom, CEVRO provides even more opportunities for students to truly engage with the Czech style of living. Often times Czech students will be staying inside of the accommodations with foreign students. Furthermore, upon your arrival at CEVRO, you will be paired with a “Czech buddy,” or a full-time Czech student at CEVRO Institute, who will be there to answer all of your questions about CEVRO, Prague, and whatever else is on your mind. Finally, a great opportunity for foreign students to truly experience life as a Czech native is to stay with a Czech family. Many fulltime CEVRO students are happy to let you stay at their house for a weekend and show you how they live. Many of these students live in smaller villages, giving students a true insight on the lifestyle of people outside of Czech Republic’s commercial hub of Prague.
The CEVRO Institute is affiliated with the Erasmus Programme, which allows students from affiliated universities in the European Union to spend a semester abroad at a different Erasmus university. As such, numerous students from European Union countries come to study at CEVRO each semester. Please visit our “Erasmus Students” page at to hear directly from international students who have already experienced a semester abroad at the CEVRO Institute. CEVRO also has developed connections with multiple universities outside of Europe. Each summer, a group of students from the University of Ohio and Florida State University spend a week studying at CEVRO and experiencing Prague as part of a cultural immersion program. Furthermore, CEVRO has signed agreements with universities in China, Mexico, and a range of other countries to have students come and take classes at CEVRO. In short, a semester abroad at the CEVRO Institute will allow you to meet students from across the globe, students with vastly different backgrounds and life experiences.
Throughout the semester, students will have the opportunity to attend lectures and seminars hosted by the CEVRO Institute. These lectures and conferences often occur during the evenings on weekdays and feature speakers from a variety of different fields. Those events are always open to students. For example, each April CEVRO hosts the Prague Conference on Political Economy, a fantastic event where many speakers from across the globe come to present their papers. These lectures and conferences are another fantastic way for students to fully immerse themselves in all of the academic opportunities that CEVRO has to offer and to listen and ask questions to experts in their respective fields.
The entry requirements for exchange students are set by the student’s home university. The CEVRO Institute expects students to have exhibited a high level of academic achievement at their home university and all students must be able to speak English fluently. Before studying at the CEVRO Institute, we encourage international students to have successfully finished at least one academic year at their home university. The CEVRO Institute reserves the right to review all university academic transcripts and records of a prospective student before admitting that student to study at the CEVRO Institute.
As for the application process, students should first apply through their home university. Applicants shall fill in the application form, which is available on the CEVRO Institute website. In the application form students will mark the courses they wish to study at the CEVRO Institute. The application form should be sent by e-mail as well as in print signed by the foreign studies coordinator of their home university. We will then send the foreign studies coordinator an acceptance letter, where we confirm that the student have been admitted to the study at the CEVRO Institute.