ECES Certificate


Holly Raynard
University of Florida
3326A Turlington Hall
PO Box 117342
Gainesville, FL 32611

(352) 294-7150

Advising hours:

Wed: 3:00 – 5:00 pm
Thur.: 12:00 – 2:00 pm

and by appt.


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The Center for European Studies (CES), cooperating with participating academic units, offers an interdisciplinary undergraduate Certificate in East-Central European Studies (ECES) with two primary goals. First, it provides students with the opportunity to study the region of Central and Eastern Europe from an interdisciplinary perspective that incorporates both area and language studies. Second, by requiring a third semester of language study (beyond the two-semester CLAS language requirement), students have the opportunity to enhance language proficiency beyond the introductory level. Or students could choose to study another language to broaden their international horizon. In either case, students have the chance to engage in Study Abroad Programs related to the CES.

A certificate in ECES provides an organized course of study for less and least commonly taught languages that do not offer stand alone majors and where two semesters of study is not sufficient for students to perform adequately in the target language (Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian). Furthermore, an area studies certificate that includes less and least commonly taught languages as core requirements fills a niche since there are no comparable programs in the state of Florida. The ECES Certificate is open to all UF undergraduates. ECES schedule Fall 2020

The requirements for the undergraduate ECES Certificate are commensurate with certificates currently offered by other CLAS departments and centers, including the EUSP certificate offered by the CES. A minimum of 12-14 credits is required. In addition to one semester (3-5 credits; the number of credits varies by language and level of instruction) of a language beyond the CLAS language requirement, the ECES certificate requires students to fill out an exit survey and complete the following:

  • 3 credits from the required curricula
  • 6 credits from the electives


All future term certificate applicants must go to the Admissions website to apply. Please do so ASAP if you are planning on graduating this semester.

ECES Minor vs. ECES Certificate

  Minor Certificate
Required Course 1 1
Core Courses 2 semesters of a language beyond CLAS requirements 1 semester of a language beyond CLAS requirements
Elective Courses 3 2
Capstone Requirement Study Abroad recommended none
C or better in ECES courses Yes Yes
Overall GPA over 2.5 Yes Yes
Courses Exclusively Counted Toward Minor/Certificate 6 credits must be exclusive to the minor 9 credits must be unique to the certificate
Exit Survey Yes Yes