CEA Study Abroad in Prague, Czech Republic

Video and Photos

two girls skiing atop the Swiss alp mountains
two girls skiing atop the Swiss alp mountains
girl standing in the middle of Old Town Square surrounded by bubbles
girl standing in the middle of Old Town Square surrounded by bubbles
seven girls sitting in front of the John Lennon Wall with the prominent phrase "BE HAPPY" behind them
seven girls sitting in front of the John Lennon Wall with the prominent phrase "BE HAPPY" behind them
A view of the Prague Castle from across the Vltava River
A view of the Prague Castle from across the Vltava River
View from outside the Prague Castle
View from outside the Prague Castle
Old Town Square
Old Town Square
A view from the top of Petrin Hill
A view from the top of Petrin Hill
Some of my favorite photos
Some of my favorite photos

About

Study in the heart of ancient Bohemia: Prague! With a growing economy, vibrant art and music scenes, an influential intellectual community, and architectural styles ranging from Gothic to Baroque to Art Nouveau, Prague is an ideal setting in which to explore Czech culture. Study abroad in the city that Mozart, Kundera, Rilke, and Einstein called home… and discover the magic of Prague for yourself.

CEA students choose from more than 100 courses, taught in English, across five schools at the Anglo-American University (AAU), Prague’s oldest private university. Subject areas include communication, business, Political Science, and more.

In addition to study abroad, the CEA Internships Abroad, provides hands-on, practical experience in a specific career field.

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Highlights
  • Hands-on learning experiences that transform the world abroad into a classroom
  • Personalized Pre-Departure Advising, including visa and immigration support
  • Courses offered in English that fulfill major and general graduation requirements
  • Comprehensive on-site support, including 24/7 emergency phone
  • Career workshops, Internships Abroad, and Alumni Ambassador positions

Questions & Answers

Reviews

96%
based on 34 reviews
  • Academics 7.4
  • Support 9.1
  • Fun 9.2
  • Housing 9.4
  • Safety 9.4
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Allison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best semester ever!

I had such a great time in Prague with CEA. The staff there was helpful, kind, and supportive. They were knowledgeable in many different areas and made the study abroad experience one that was well rounded and fun! They organized great activities to get us engaged with other students and the culture. We went to the Museum of Communism and had deep conversations about the lasting effects of that on the country in addition to other places right outside of Prague, like Karlsteijn castle and the Terezin ghetto/concentration camp. They provided the opportunities to learn about the different cultures within Prague and it was awesome. Prague itself is also a wonderful city to study abroad in because of it's beauty and central location for other travelling. I highly recommend this program to anyone looking to study abroad!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
When I travelled to Budapest, Hungary, I had an incredible local meal it was a meat plate with croquettes, pickled cabbage, rice, and a selection of delicious meats. The most unfamiliar was probably goose liver but don't knock it until you try it (it was pretty good though!)
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for sharing your thorough and thoughtful review about your semester with CEA in Prague, Allison (and for the beautiful Prague photo)! We’re thrilled you had a great experience with our wonderful Prague staff, cultural activities and in trying out interesting new foods! We wish you all the best and hope you’ll stop by and say hello the next time you find yourself in Prague.

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Emma
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Best 4 Months of My Life

My semester in Prague with CEA was easily the best four months in my life. I got to learn so much about the Czech culture while traveling around Europe, and it was an absolute fairytale. As far as the program goes, there is always something to do: planned activities, weekend excursions, a cool iMove program, monthly brunches, etc. My roommates and I got really close with CEA staff as a result of frequently attending these fun and free (included in program cost) events. Additionally, the city of Prague is busy & something is always happening. The five of us lived in the cool neighborhood of Vinohrady in a beautiful, spacious apartment amongst local Czechs. Lastly, the academics were pretty good. Anglo-American University was pretty easy in comparison to my large state school at home, so I was glad I wasn’t taking many major-related courses as I am not sure if they would go in as great of depth at AAU as they do in the states. The university is also very small and consists of 1/4 study abroad/exchange students, so it’s an interesting dynamic sometimes between exchange students and full-time students. Overall, it is a nice place close to the center of the city, and it offered courses that easily transferred back to my university.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
A lot of students who study abroad go to cities all of Europe. I definitely recommend that you go see some popular cities, but if you study abroad in Prague, make sure to check out smaller cities/countries in Central Europe as well. 1) they are typically cheaper. 2) they are less touristy. 3) it is so cool to go to countries you might not go to later in life for any reason (ex. Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, etc.)
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for sharing your thorough and thoughtful review about your semester with CEA in Prague, Emma! “Easily the best four months of my life” and “an absolute fairytale” is music to our ears. We are so glad you had a positive experience in making Prague a second home! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

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Phoebe
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

You Have to Go

I loved every minute of my time abroad in Prague. I could not be more grateful to have CEA there to help with everything. They made the transition extremely easy and fun. Studying abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity and I highly suggest CEA and Prague. I highly suggest that everyone goes abroad because of the unique cultural experience you will get as a student. CEA made sure that we had everything we needed before leaving to go abroad. They were extremely helpful when it came to applying for a student visa as well. Everything that needs to be completed beforehand was made easy because of CEA and their involvement in ensuring students have a successful time abroad. Once we got abroad, CEA was also ver attentive to all students needs and ensuring they had a smooth transition. Our apartment was comfortable and I had an overall great semester studying with CEA.

What would you improve about this program?
We struggled with housing and our heater-- besides that everything was great!
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Whitney
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best Decision I Ever Made

Studying abroad in Prague through CEA was the best thing I ever did. Not only was my experience so amazing because of the city itself, but CEA made everything so easy and smooth. Every staff member is always so kind and willing to help you with whatever you need. Whether it was sending me syllabi for specific classes so I could get courses approved at my home college or responding quickly to questions I had, CEA is always on top of it. They also make the whole package worth it because they have amazing housing around Prague and offer many cultural activities and excursions you can attend for free! They even have several free activities you can do on a weekly basis, like yoga, personal training, and rock climbing. The school they partner with has also added to my study abroad experience because I only have classes 3 days a week, which is typical, so I have time to travel and explore Prague, plus I also get to meet students from all over the world! I very much recommend this program to anyone who is interested in studying abroad.

Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you, Whitney, for your thoughtful review. You share the same sentiments as so many of our CEA Prague alumni! "Best thing I ever did” is music to our ears!

Talia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CEA Prague was an amazing experience!

This past Spring, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. At my school, Prague is not a very popular destination to go abroad to. However, I think that Prague is a beautiful city, and has just as much, if not more, to offer than many well-known abroad destinations such as Florence or Barcelona. When I arrived on my first day in Prague, I was greeted by bright, colorful buildings and cobblestone lining every street in town. The city is the perfect size where you can walk anywhere that you need to go, or can take the easily accessible public transportation. Most days, I preferred to walk to class or meals so that I could take in all of the character that this city offered in the short amount of time that I lived there.
By now you probably understand how beautiful Prague is, but it is also such a cool city with SO many cool things to do. You can go to the Prague castle, walk along the Charles Bridge, wander throughout Old Town and try a tredelnik (trust me, you won't be able to have "just one"), view the astronomical clock, go shopping at Wenceslas Square, climb up Petrin Hill, or pose in front of the John Lennon Wall. One thing that Americans often do not talk about is how good the food is in Prague. I was very impressed when I found out how delicious all of the restaurants were and how cosmopolitan the restaurant choices were. Some of my personal favorites were Meduzzy, Cantina, Noi, Zebra, and Bejzment. I could go on and on with recommendations of things to do in Prague and places to eat, but these are just my top few!
Overall, Prague was a great place to study abroad. If you are interested in traveling on the weekends, Prague is a perfect home base to do so. The airport is easily accessible via the metro/tram, or you could take a 25 minute Uber for under $20. Flights are direct and affordable out of the Prague airport, and the airport is super easy to navigate. Additionally, CEA makes abroad so much easier. They are there with you every step of the way and are always available for questions. The staff is very knowledgeable and cares about its students both before going abroad, and once on-site. If I could go back, I would, so make the most of your time in Prague!!

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Aurianna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Abroad in Prague

Studying abroad in Prague through CEA was an amazing experience that I highly recommend. I felt safe throughout the city, especially at my university. My favorite times were experiencing day-to-day life, doing homework, exploring cafes, restaurants, and shops. I made friendships that have carried over back to the States and memories with these friends that I will forever hold dear to me. Traveling from Prague is easy as it is so centrally located and traveling most weekends allowed me to explore all over Europe.

What would you improve about this program?
I highly recommend CEA and don't see any improvements with it.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

We’re thrilled to hear you had a positive experience with CEA in Prague, Aurianna! Thank you for sharing your insights and we’re happy you took advantage of all Prague has to offer.

Dan
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

GO TO PRAGUE

This city is honestly the perfect study abroad city. Not only is it student friendly in the fact that it is EXTREMELY inexpensive. It is also very easy to get around with public transportation, it is also very central in Europe only 4 hours from Berlin, Vienna, Bratislava and only 8 hours from Budapest. And also very close to other cities in Europe. It's full of history and has amazing coffee! What's not to like!

What would you improve about this program?
Possibly increasing the number of cultural immersion activities available. To truly immerse ourselves in Czech culture.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

You share the same sentiment as so many of our Prague alumni. Thanks for the recommendations and best of luck in your future endeavors.

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Lindsay
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Unforgettable Experience

CEA made sure that everything went smoothly so that we could get the most out of our study abroad experience. They were always readily available and easy to contact when needed, not to mention super friendly. They always had events, activities and programs to keep us engaged, help us meet our fellow study abroad peers and help us learn all about our new home. They even organized trips to help us see more of the Czech Republic. They prioritized our safety and our needs and were always very accommodating. I was housed in a really nice apartment located right near old town and everything was in walking distance. Prague is an absolutely amazing city where there is always so much to do and see, plus beautiful architecture and great food. This was an amazing program and I'm so grateful to have participated.

Response from CEA Study Abroad

Lindsay, we are so glad you adore Prague as much as we do. Thanks for the review!

Kristen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

How Studying Abroad Impacted My Life Post-Program

The weeks and days leading up to my departure for the Czech Republic, I was excited and nervous in the best way. I was excited because I could already tell this was going to be the best semester of my college career (I was right). But I was still nervous because this was the first time I was going to be fully on my own and more than a few hours away from my parents. I don't get home sick in the slightest, but there's somewhat of a fear factor about being in a complete other country than your friends and family. Fast forward four months to the last few days of my time abroad, and there is not one part of me that wants to come home. It felt like I had just arrived in Prague and I still had so much more I wanted to see and do. But that's one of the good parts about studying abroad, you know you can always go back.
I'm so thankful for the months I got to spend not only in Prague, but traveling and exploring ten countries and countless cities with new friends I had made. I learned so much that I could never have learned if I wasn't experiencing it hands on and in person. So, I would like to share with you the most important thing I learned and have carried with me since being back from abroad and how it has impacted my life.
Culture shock! Yes, people in other countries behave and act differently in their day to day activities than we do here in America. Crazy, I know. This is one of the most beneficial things I could have learned in my time abroad and I am so thankful I did. I was fortunate enough to have class with students who were not only from the Czech Republic, but also from countries including Spain, Russia, Morocco, Egypt, and more! Interacting with these students and just hearing about their lives in their home countries was some of the most interesting times I had while on campus at AAU. I knew that people in other countries went about life differently than me, but I never really knew what kind of different.
This is something very important to cary with you post-graduation in the "real world" when you get your first job and are finally employed. When I graduate in 3 months (yikes!) and will hopefully be employed, I will be working with people who come from a variety of different backgrounds, and that's okay! I have gained a greater understanding and appreciation for people who aren't exactly like me and about their cultures language, beliefs, and history.

Response from CEA Study Abroad

What a great recap and video of your study abroad adventures in Prague and beyond. Thanks for sharing, Kristen!

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costarica13
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great City to Study In!

The Czech Republic is an absolutely amazing country and Prague is one of my favorite cities I've ever been to. It's charming, full of history and so many different areas to explore.

Housing:
Students live all around the city with 1-5 other people. You can opt for a single or shared bedroom. The housing is comfortable and there's weekly house cleaners for the communal areas. The kitchens come stocked with supplies and the bedrooms have pillows and comforters, each student just needs to buy sheets and pillow cases.

Excursions:
The program offers one overnight and two day trip excursions throughout the Czech Republic. There's also some shorter activities within the city (brewery tour, hockey game, opera, bomb shelter tour - to name a handful) that are offered on weekdays. Furthermore, there's 3 exercise classes each week and days dedicated to pastries and fruit at the program center. All excursions and activities are included in the price of the program.

Program Center:
The program center is very close to campus and has a nice study space. There's not always a ton of people at the center, but it's a nice place to get some tea/ coffee, print something out or relax a little.

Program Staff:
There's different staff members for academics, excursions, housing, etc so it's easy to know who to go to for help. In my experience, the staff was very friendly.

Schooling:
Classes are taken at Anglo American University, a small private school very close to the Vltava River and Charles Bridge. The school has about 800 students total, about 1/4 of which are study abroad students. Some classes have almost all study abroad students, like Czech Language, but other classes have a mixture of international students and Americans. There's also a cafe on campus which is really nice for getting a snack between classes. Except for a few classes, I believe almost all classes meet once a week for 2 hours and 45 minutes.

What would you improve about this program?
The orientation process could be lengthened. It was nice that it wasn't dragged on (it was about half a day), but a little more structure at the beginning would have been helpful. My friends and I were unsure of what to do in our time and some program sponsored activities would have been nice.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for the insightful review of our study abroad program in Prague. We are pleased you enjoyed our staff, courses, and excursions. We are always looking for ways to improve our programs and appreciate your insight. We will utilize your feedback as we continue to evaluate and adapt our programming.

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Caroline
5/10
No, I don't recommend this program

Prague

Study abroad is what you make of it. Make sure you do your research before you go and make sure you know what you are getting yourself into. Everyone says it will be the best four months of your life and in ways it is. But don't forget, just like any other experience in life, there are ups and downs. There is so much hype to have a lot of fun and to have a positive experience--it almost sets unrealistic expectations. If you are struggling with the culture shock or the language barrier, you are not alone. If you are homesick or lonely, you are not alone either. There is so much pressure to capture that instagram-able moment and people tend to highlight what is going well in their life when posting about experiences. Don't get me wrong, studying abroad truly is such a wonderful experience. Take advantage of this freedom you likely won't have once you graduate college. Prague is a beautiful city--there is so much to do and so much to eat, but, the locals are not very friendly. It is a quiet city and the czech culture is very different from what we are used to.

What would you improve about this program?
I think CEA employees should be more involved in the study abroad experience. It felt like I was dumped in a foreign city.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

We appreciate your honest feedback and think others will benefit from the thoughts you have shared. At CEA, we work hard to connect with students from the time they arrive and are met at the airport through our extensive Arrival Orientation onsite, throughout their program, and, unless they have selected independent housing, during regular housing checks-in. In addition, CEA creates excursions and wellness activities that provide opportunities for students and staff to share their experiences and learn about the culture.

Your review highlights the importance of thinking critically about a destination. Before your travel, be sure to answer these questions and make an informed decision:

• Does the destination appeal specifically to you?
• Are you comfortable exploring a city on your own?
• Would you prefer to travel alone, or would you prefer to have friends travel with you?
• Have you been exposed to the local language?
• Do you prefer to take in sights and enjoy nightlife or would you prefer to explore cultural and historical interests while abroad?
• Will you be comfortable with being immersed in a culture you do not know?

By answering these questions before traveling, you are more likely to have success abroad. It is important to remember that study abroad is about self-discovery as much as it is about academic discovery. Even when an experience doesn’t measure up to our expectations, there are always great opportunities to learn and grow.

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Eliza
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Czech out this program

I have nothing but amazing things to say about this program. Not only did it change my life, I had experiences and made friends that are incredible beyond words. CEA does an excellent job of preparing, hosting, and supporting your entire study abroad experience. From excursions to helpful staff members, loaning travel books and providing fitness activities, they make your experience in Prague extremely well-rounded and allow you to integrate into the community like a local. My apartment, located in the heart of the city next to regular Czechs, was one of my favorite aspects. Not only was it a place to call home each day, it was a way that I felt fully rooted in the community of the culture. Prague is a perfectly-central location that makes travel to and from quite easy. Being landlocked, bus and train land travel can be done quickly and affordably. The city itself is very inexpensive and perfect for a student. Because it is further east, it attracts fewer tourists and allows students to feel like an actual citizen rather than simply a visiting tourist. The culture is so unique and genuine. I could write pages on why my experience was incredible and if you're reading this, I encourage you to start your application for the CEA Prague program NOW!

Response from CEA Study Abroad

What a great ‘Day in the life of’ video for students considering studying abroad in Prague! Thank you and well-done Eliza.

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Brittney
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad: Prague

I highly enjoyed my study abroad in Prague! It was such a great and unique experience that I will carry with me the rest of my life. The academics at Anglo American University were great, the new places I visted in the Czech Republic and in other European countries were fun, and all the art and culture I experienced were eye opening. CEA made the transition to Prague easy and the nice people at CEA made it very hard to leave! Studying abroad in Prague was a great resume builder, and if anything, makes for a great conversation. I highly recommend CEA to anyone else trying to study abroad.

Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thanks for the review, Brittney.

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Kristiana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Praha, Ooh La La

I studied abroad on a whim, and originally kind of forced myself out of my comfort zone. I was incredibly nervous and not sure if I made the right decision. However, after about 2 days in Prague, I quickly realized it was the best decision I had ever made. The city itself is like a fairytale, and there is something new around every corner. CEA made my experience unforgettable, and was there to help me every step of the way. (Even when I was hurt and had to go to urgent care!) I 100% studying abroad in Prague to anyone, and particularly through CEA. I had the time of my life, and it would not have been the same if it were not through CEA, and the people that I met throughout.

What would you improve about this program?
To be honest, there is nothing I can think of! Compared to some friends I have that studied abroad through other programs, CEA went above and beyond and created an awesome experience for me.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

The phrase “best decision I had ever made” is music to our ears, Kristiana!

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Bonnie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

praguepal

I really enjoyed my time in Prague and CEA made it very easy to get help whenever I needed it. The office staff was prompt at responding to emails and were always available for office hours so you can go in and ask questions in person. They planned options excursions to fun places in Prague that gave us the chance to go places we normally wouldn't. Additionally, the housing they assigned me was in a great location and was very nicely decorated. I loved my time here and they made everything very easy.

What would you improve about this program?
Perhaps more communication with students throughout the program

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