Charles University in Prague - CMSS Only

The historic capital of Bohemia, Prague has been a political, cultural, and economic hub in Europe since before Prague Castle, the largest ancient castle in the world, was built in the 9th century.

The City of Prague continues to be a centre for music, culture, food, film, and tourism to this day. Founded by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV in 1348, Charles University is the oldest and largest university in Prague (53,000+ students) - the first university in central Europe and one of the few medieval universities around the world. 

Key information




Fall, Winter

Program type


Application information

Application status



20-21 applications

First come, first considered for remaining spaces until full or:

Mar. 15 (Fall, full year)

Sep. 10 (Winter)

University-specific additional requirements

One academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

21-22 applications

Opens Nov. 1, 2020

Program details

Areas of Study:

CMSS students are able to take courses in Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Sociology, Communications, and Journalism. There is a strong selection of subjects taught in English in Political Science, International Relations and Economics & Finance - though the selection of subjects in Sociology, Communication Studies and Journalism is not extensive, students will be able to apply for these subject areas as well. 

Course Information:

the course search engine is the best source of information about classes, and it also includes information about students' status and results. SIS can be accessed by the following link: SIS includes information about classes from all the Faculties of Charles University, taught in all languages. Students have to choose "Faculty of Social Sciences" from the drop-down box, and always double-check the language of instruction and the semester in the course description.

Pay attention to the last letter of the subject code. The “B” at the end of the subject code refers to the subject taught at the Bachelor level. The “M” stands for the Master’s level. The first letter of the 3-letter subject code refer to the Faculty (J is for Social Sciences), and the second refers to the Institute where the class is taught (E=Economics, J=Journalism/Media, M=International Studies, P=Political Science, S=Sociology).  

NOTE: Students should take at least half of the courses with the Faculty of Social Sciences.

For a list of courses in English from the 2017/18 academic year please click here

Under the following link you will find instructions on how to find an appropriate list of classes, how our class codes work, and how to distinguish between graded and non-graded classes:

The Transfer Credit Database (located under "Useful links") contains information on previous courses which have been transferred from this institution, however students are not limited to these courses. For specific transfer credit information, contact your Academic Advisor.

The Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University is divided into 5 institutes spread across 4 different locations in Prague - the Hollar, Opletalova, Rytířská, and Jinonice Buildings (the latter of which is the only one located slightly outside the city core). 

The academic year is divided into 2 semesters. The "Winter" semester runs from late-September to mid-February and the "Summer" semester runs from mid-February to late June. It might be possible to finish semester 1 in December on a case by case basis if alternative assessments can be arranged with professors at the beginning of the semester. 

Orientation programs for Winter Semester run for a week in mid-September, and for Summer, in mid-February.

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

    The exact cost of your stay in Prague is largely up to you. The cost of living in the Czech Republic is on average comparable to that of other Central and East European countries, but costs of private housing are on the rise towards the costs in Western Europe. However, student accommodation is still very affordable, so it is recommended to budget at least Kč 8,500 per month to cover food, basic transit, and student accommodation.

    Charles University has a number of student cafeterias and restaurants at different University locations. Student prices are guaranteed with a Charles University ISIC card used for paying for the meals (approx. Kč 35/$2 CAD per meal).

    Prague Cost Comparison vs Calgary: Click Here

    Please Note: Czech visa applications may require travel to the Toronto consulate to finalize your residency permit and take biometrics as needed - documents may also need to be translated - please speak with the exchange advisor as soon as possible about whether this will be required for you.

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange? 
    Since you remain a degree seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the exchange funding page for more information.

Exchange students will be automatically accommodated at Charles University “Kajetánka” or "17. listopadu" dormitories, unless applicants specifically decline this option. Monthly costs at 2016 rates range from $200-$270 CAD. 

Students who live in one of the Charles University dormitories will be automatically registered by the Accommodation Office with the Immigration Police, so they are not required to do so themselves. Students living in private accommodation must register with the police within 3 days of arrival. 

This exchange is only open to regular, full-time graduate students in the Centre for Military, Security and Strategic Studies, with a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 (B-).

An academic reference is required for a complete application.

What's so special about Charles University?

Charles University International Club (IC-CUNI) offers a variety of excursions, social events, and a highly-recommend buddy program for incoming exchange students, as well as a tandem teaching program (language exchange) and Czech film club. Both they and the Faculty of Social Sciences regularly run an Orientation Program in both winter and summer semester. This program is designed especially for incoming students in order to take care of many practical arrangements related to their studies (registration, student travel passes, access to Charles University libraries, etc.). There are also a variety of clubs available to students. 

Do they offer Czech Language Courses?

Yes. Czech language classes are offered at various levels, from beginners to intermediate. Incoming students are welcome to register for these. However, because these classes are not part of the standard curriculum, they are not financed by the Czech Ministry of Education so there is a discounted charge to cover the costs of the program (roughly Kč 4,800 - $250 CAD for 12 weeks of classes and 6 hours of instruction per week). No knowledge of Czech is required for studies in this exchange program. 

Are there accessibility or counselling supports for students?

Yes - the Office for Students with Special Needs offers students an avenue to discuss their needs and requirements and provides ongoing support through their time at Charles University. There are over 100 students with visual and hearing impairments, mobility difficulties and other disabilities enrolled at Charles University every year.

For information on accessibility of campuses across Europe, ESN has created "MappEd!" which allows you to check the accessibility of universities and cities across Europe. For city-specific services and places in Europe, the Jaccede interactive platform (website and/or smartphone app - both Android and iOS) also provides a searchable user-built database to identify important accessibility information of public places and locations.

Additionally, the Psychological Counselling Centre provides quality services to help get you through the challenges that you may face in emotional, interpersonal, and academic/career–choice situations. 

Have questions?

Study Abroad 101

Please watch this YouTube playlist before reaching out or booking an appointment.

Watch Study Abroad 101

Academic Advising

Before applying to study abroad, you should ask your academic advisor how an exchange might align with your degree (e.g. best time to go, what courses you need).

After you are accepted, you should ask your academic advisor more specific questions about courses/transfer credits. It’s also recommended to follow up with your advisor again once you return to Calgary.

Find your academic advisor

Study Abroad Advising

If you have questions about this exchange program, you can meet with the specific advisor for this program by booking an appointment through the link below. Appointments are currently on zoom.

1. Select “Book an Appointment”
2. Select “Study Abroad Appointments”
3. Select “Book by Appointment Type”
4. Read through the list of appointment types to select the most appropriate type and view available times.

Book an appointment

The exchange advisor for this program is: Saskia Schaelicke

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular study abroad program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Study Abroad Team will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

Please note if you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Study Abroad Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.