The Institute of International studies is an organizational part of the Faculty of Social Sciences at Charles University in Prague. The Institute offers bachelor‘s, master‘s and doctoral degree programmes in modern history and area studies. It concentrates its activities on four primary regions: the countries of the former Soviet Union and East-Central Europe, the German-speaking countries of Central Europe, Western Europe and North America. Each of the region is covered by one department of the Institute, which runs an English language Master's Degree programme. The four English language Master's Degree programmes offered by the Institute of International Studies are coordinated under the label "Prague Area Studies" (PRAREAS).
The Department of European Studies was established at the Faculty of Social Sciences in 1997. In 1999 it was awarded the title of Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence in European studies as the first academic institution in Central and Eastern Europe. The Department focuses on the political, economic, legal, historical and cultural development of the EU countries. Research is concentrated on recent developments in political and judicial systems, and on the attitude of member states towards the EU, with a special emphasis on the United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Belgium and Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Scandinavia, and Southern Europe. Particular attention is paid to the development of the EU itself. The department has two accredited Czech-language masters level study programs – West European Studies and European Studies. Students can also choose a French or British specialization within their main program. The Department is also involved in the Institute of International Studies' doctoral program.