History and Area Studies (HAS)

History and Area Studies (HAS)

A three-year English-language Bachelor's degree programme focuses on modern history and cultural development of Central Europe and it provides its students with an active training of the Czech language. It is organized and executed by the Institute of International Studies in cooperation with the Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies of Charles University, hence it connects qualified modern history and area expertise with an excellent language preparation.

Detailed Information

Programme Duration: 3 years

Language of Instruction: English

Programme Coordinator: doc. PhDr. Jiri Vykoukal, CSc. (jiri.vykoukal@fsv.cuni.cz)

Prague Area Studies Coordinator: Klára Žaloudková (prareas@fsv.cuni.cz)

Admission Administration: admissions@fsv.cuni.cz


What is the programme about?

History and Area Studies programme focuses on modern history, culture and politics with respect to the Czech Republic in Central European and global context. It combines the education in history and area studies with an active training of the Czech language. English language helps to get knowledge (in lectures) while Czech language is designed first as a language which is taught, and secondly as a language employed in the seminar debate on topics taught in English (from the second year of studies).

Who is the programme for?

We welcome applicants with a good command of written and spoken English (a non-native speaker applicant has to include a copy of an internationally recognised certificate in English) who have a keen interest in the fields of area studies and modern history, Central Europe, and Czech language.


Course Structure

The HAS programme curriculum combines the education in modern history and area studies and the Czech language education. The Czech language courses proceeds from the basic grammar and vocabulary to the advanced level of Czech to be reached by the end of the studies. Modern history and area studies mandatory courses aims to give a broad overview of major topics in contemporary Central European history, culture, politics, and economics, thus providing a solid background for more in-depth study of selected topics in the elective courses. Bachelor thesis seminars prepare student for the selection of the topic of the thesis and provide a guide for writing the thesis.

List of Mandatory Courses

  • Český jazyk 1 (Czech Language 1)
  • Český jazyk 2 (Czech Language 2)
  • Receptivní dovednosti 1 (Receptive Skills 1)
  • Receptivní dovednosti 2 (Receptive Skills 2)
  • Produktivní dovednosti 1 (Productive Skills 1)
  • Produktivní dovednosti 2 (Productive Skills 2)
  • Academic Writing
  • Introduction to History
  • Introduction to Area Studies
  • Introduction to Politics
  • Český jazyk 3 (Czech Language 3)
  • Český jazyk 4 (Czech Language 4)
  • Odborná čeština v humanitních vědách (Academic Czech Language in Humanities)
  • Odborná čeština v humanitních vědách 2 (Academic Czech Language in Humanities 2)
  • 20th Century World History
  • International Relations since 1918
  • European Integration
  • Modern History of Central Europe
  • Central European Culture
  • Introduction to International Political Economy
  • Jazyk v komunikaci (Czech Language in Communication)
  • Akademické komunikační dovednosti (Academic Communication in Czech)
  • Lexikálně-stylistická cvičení (Lexical-stylistic Seminar)
  • Čtení odborných textů (Academic Reading in Czech)
  • Psaní odborných textů (Academic Writing in Czech)
  • Současná střední Evropa (Current Central Europe)
  • BA Thesis Seminar 1
  • BA Thesis Seminar 2


Credit Structure and Study Requirements

To complete the programme, the students must:

  • collect 180 ECTS credits and
  • pass the Final State Examination consisting of a defence of their BA thesis, oral examination in modern history, and oral examination in Czech language

 The available courses consist of mandatory courses, elective and optional courses.


Application Requirements

The HAS programme is open only to applicants who have already completed (or are about to complete) their secondary education. There is no formal entrance test and we evaluate the complete application package provided by the applicant. We welcome applicants with a strong motivation and a consistent past performance track record. Applicants must be able to demonstrate sufficient competence in English.

To evaluate abilities of applicants, we require the following documents:

  • Secondary school qualification
  • Transcript of grades documenting the past secondary school performance (and university performance in the case of candidates who already have history of tertiary education). In case the original diplomas documenting the school performance are not in English, Czech or Slovak, certified transcript into English is required
  • Structured CV on one page (personal information, education, extracurricular experiences, international mobility, community service, competences and other evidence of intellectual curiosity and capacities for leadership)
  • Motivation letter explaining the choice of HAS programme
  • Letter of recommendation (provided by the applicant’s secondary school or employer)
  • Proof of English proficiency. Except for native speakers and graduates of international high-schools where language of instruction was English, applicants should include a copy of an internationally recognised certificate in English (e.g. TOEFL, IELTS, CAE, CPE or similar). The scores of TOEFL well above 80 (implying high proficiency), of IELTS at 6.0 points minimum are preferred


Tuition Fees

4 000 EUR per year (2 000 EUR per semester)


Future Careers

After completion of HAS, the graduates will be endowed by a solid knowledge of contemporary Central European history and culture as well as by the Czech language at a B2 level. They will be able to analyse individual topics arising within the Central European region in terms of modern history, political science, international relations, and culture. The HAS graduates will be able to understand current issues in their historical, societal, political, and cultural context. Mastering Czech language, they will be capable of reflecting local debate and local perspectives on global level.

They will be able to employ the language as well as the acquired knowledge in an everyday use and to develop and cultivate them in the continuing study in the field of humanities and social sciences or in the professional field of the state administration, cultural institutions, NGOs or media.