University of Oregon

Charles University Exchange

Program Overview

Set in the heart of Prague, Charles University is the oldest, largest and most prestigious university in the Czech Republic. The University has 17 Faculties and 42,000 students enrolled in more than 270 accredited academic programs and 600 departments. The University provides unique opportunities for exchange students to take full advantage of the culture and lifestyle that is uniquely Prague with easy access to the City Center. You can read more about Charles on this informational page.

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.

Academic Details

Exchange students at Charles University have access to a large variety of coursework available in English. Every faculty (Department) offers a variety of courses and seminars, mostly in English. UO students can apply for courses at the following faculties:

Faculty of Mathematics and Physics http://www.mff.cuni.cz/to.en/studium/
Faculty of Physical Education and Sport http://www.ftvs.cuni.cz/FTVSEN-31.html
Faculty of Social Sciences http://fsveng.fsv.cuni.cz/FSVEN-420.html

Students who wish to take courses at faculties not listed above, should get approval from Charles University’s International Office.

The academic year at Charles is divided in two semesters. The winter semester starts at the end of September and finishes before Christmas with an exam period in January of the following year. The summer semester starts at the end of February and finishes at the end of May with an exam period in June.

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Housing Description

Accommodation of exchange students in student dormitories is arranged by the receiving faculties. They are mostly lodged in the Vetrnik and the Hvezda dormitories. Students typically live in double-occupancy rooms with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Single rooms are not available.  Bed linens are provided but cooking utensils and towels are not. If Charles University arranges accommodations, the accommodation agreement will be included as part of the acceptance letter. If a student would like to find accommodations on his/her own, it is important to note that an accommodation agreement is already necessary when applying for a visa.

Students will be required to pay booking deposit of CZK 1800 approximately 2 months before their arrival to Czech Republic and moving into the dormitory. Students interested in a long-term rent of the dormitory place are preferred. If the student moves out of the dormitory before the end of semester, there is a fine deducted from the deposit. 

Student Life

This is a student exchange program in which you will directly enroll in courses at one of the University of Oregon’s partner universities.  Exchange programs differ from other study abroad options and do not necessarily include significant on-site student support services, such as academic advising, health & counselling services, planned excursions or social events.  Students most comfortable and successful in exchange programs typically have high levels of self-reliance, resourcefulness, and willingness to adapt to unfamiliar teaching styles and living arrangements.

Dates and Deadlines

TermYearDeadlineArrival DateDeparture Date
Fall Semester201702/01/2017Early OctoberMid-February
Spring Semester201802/01/2017Late FebruaryEarly July
Academic Year2017-1802/01/2017Early-OctoberEarly-July

Priority Discounts

If your program has a Priority Deadline, complete all pre-decision application materials by this date to receive a $100 credit toward your program fee. Please note, students participating in multiple summer programs are only eligible to receive the $100 credit once.

Note: this $100 discount does not apply to priority deadlines for SIT programs.

Course Equivalencies

Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

UO students, please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.