Discover unique sights, tastes, history, and hospitality in Prague! On our Summer in Prague – Business and Economics program, you’ll experience study abroad with true local interaction, an enchanting city landscape, strong academics, and supportive staff with you all the way. You’ll take classes at the University of Economics and study Central and Eastern European economies and culture while living in one of Europe’s most beautiful and historic cities. Each class meets full time for a week, so if you choose three courses, you’ll have two weeks left for travel and cultural immersion!
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
Summer: April 15
- Avg Course Load
- 3 classes (9 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
Key Program Highlights
- A solid introduction to economics in Central Europe from a leading Czech university
- One of Europe’s most beautiful (and affordable) capital cities
- Vibrant campus community with weekly activities for all students
- Easy access to other European countries
- University-run residence halls with international roommates and neighbors
- A course schedule designed to allow time for travel
Your Journey Begins Here
Connect with your Global Advisor to start planning. Apply by the application deadline.
Meet your Program Coordinator to finalize acceptance paperwork, housing, courses, flights, visas, payments, etc. Attend a pre-departure orientation.
Fly away. You'll be greeted at the airport, participate in a robust On-site Orientation and La Vida Local Curriculum with your Site Director.
WHY THIS UNIVERSITY?
The University of Economics, Prague (Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze) is the leading university in management and economics in the Czech Republic. The University is located in the center of Prague. You'll study within walking distance of historical monuments, medieval churches, and other sites soaked with history.
There are many on-campus places to eat, study, and relax, including two restaurants, a coffee lounge, and two school cafeterias. Enjoy free Internet access for your laptop or device, or head to the computer labs. In fact, one lab is dedicated solely to international and exchange students.
The school attracts students from all over the world, so it’s easy to make new international friends. Actually, the University has many resources to help you feel at home and get to know local students. The Central and East European Studies Program (CESP) works with the “Czech Buddy System.” You'll have a "Czech Buddy" who will introduce you to Prague. Through CESP, you can join many exciting activities, including a language exchange, domestic and international trips, parties, and sports teams. This program will help you feel truly involved on campus and in your new city.
When you complete your studies, you'll receive a Prague transcript. Professors teach their courses completely in English and design them for international students. You’ll delve into the history and future of Central and East European economies, societies, politics, and languages. Finally, you can even challenge yourself with a Czech language course, which will improve your understanding of the wonderful culture of Prague.
Accreditation: Certified with EPAS accreditation by the European Foundation for Management Development
How to Choose Your Courses
Now the fun part! You get to pick the courses you will take abroad. Review the course information on this page and once you’ve decided which courses you want to take. Fill out the CISabroad Course Selection Worksheet in your online portal.
Make sure to talk with your home university about course approval and get additional classes approved before you go abroad. For example, if you are taking 4 classes abroad, we recommend getting 8 approved. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
If you find your GPA is lower than the requirement listed at the top of this page, do not despair! Get in touch to let us know your situation. In many cases, there are additional application materials that you can submit to make your case for acceptance.
Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.
Study business and economics in Prague at the University of Economics. The school has a program for international students, letting you get to know the unique conditions in Central Europe with your courses and lectures by native Czech professors and business professionals. You can take courses towards your studies in marketing, communications, economics, international relations, political science, international studies, history, and cultural studies. The Summer in Prague – Business and Economics program offers one four-week summer session.
Course load: Students can choose a maximum of 3 classes (9 US credits)
Please note: Because each class is offered during a different week of the program, we recommend that students take 3 classes throughout the program.
Course approval: Before you go abroad, it is best to get 3–4 classes approved for your summer program. This gives you some flexibility in setting up your class schedule. Think about courses required for your major, but also courses that fulfill your elective requirements.
Courses for Summer:
IP_347 International Marketing Communications with the Emphasis on Central Europe
IP_360 European Cultural History and Its Impact on Central Europe
IP_365 International Business in the Global Environment
Course Schedule: The official course schedule for the Summer 2018 term can be found here.
Life in Prague
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival you’ll take part in both the university/CESP (Central and East European Studies Program) and CISabroad orientation program. You’ll learn the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Prague like how to use public transportation, how to stay safe, and where to shop. On arrival day your “Czech Buddy” will pick you up from the airport followed by a visit to the dorms by your Site Director. After an informal dinner you will take a short trip to the centre where you can pick up a local SIM card and basic necessities for dorm living. Your CISabroad orientation will include a walking tour, beer and food night, as well as a City Scavenger Hunt!
Farewell and Re-entry Program
After your summer or semester of living the “Bohemian” life, returning home and re-entering your home culture can be shocking to the system. Many of you will have embraced the Czech way of life and as a result, you will have reexamined your values, priorities and what you think of yourself and the United States. This is good! While it might feel daunting, we are here to help you understand the signs of reverse culture shock and provide some tips and guidance for coping with re-entry.
During your summer abroad in Prague, you will live in university residence halls located about a 20-minute tram ride away from the campus. These residence halls are also 20 minutes away from Prague’s city center.
- You’ll share a bedroom in a two-room flat, with roommates from the program and international students
- Pillows, quilts, and bed linens are all provided
- Shared bathroom, kitchen, electric hot plate, and a fridge
- Laundry center
- TV rooms
- Fitness center
- A meal plan is not included, but meals are very reasonably priced throughout the city.
- Access to the university’s computer network and high-speed internet from your apartment.
- Farmers Markets: Visit any one of the numerous farmers markets that take place around the city most weekends in the warmer months. Or venture out to Naplavka, the recently renovated riverbank close to the city center where you’ll find crowds of locals, expats and tourists alike out for a walk, bike ride or shopping. Even if you’re just relaxing with a drink and taking in an open air concert, Naplavka is always great fun.
- Sports events: Take in a hockey or football game by Prague's local team, “Sparta Praha.”
- Escape Room: A popular pastime all over the world, this new trendy game involves working as a team to solve puzzles and decoding hints to escape/exit the room before the hour is up.
- Cooking classes: Learn to cook a traditional three-course Czech meal and then feast on it with your fellow cooks!
- Beer Garden: There is no shortage of these popular “watering holes” both inside and outside Prague. However, arguably, the best beer garden in Prague with views overlooking the city is Letna Beer Gardens. The beer garden offers plentiful seating, picnic tables under the trees and under canopies beside Letenske Zamecek. They have both beer and cider on tap as well as hot food and snacks.
More About Prague
The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is the seat of the Czech parliament and government. Moreover, Prague is among the oldest capitals of Europe and enjoys being a cultural and economic leader for the surrounding area. Its medium size of just over one million residents means there's plenty to explore, but not too much to overwhelm.
Home to historic sites such as Prague Castle and the Charles Bridge, Prague boasts a number of famous cultural attractions. In fact, there are more than ten major museums, along with countless theaters, galleries, cinemas, and other historical exhibits. Amazingly, much of the city survived the violence and destruction of twentieth century Europe. Amble among Gothic buildings, stroll along the Vltava River, and pop into the city's countless restaurants that offer a cozy atmosphere. You will notice several architectural styles that grace the city. Art Noveau, Baroque, Gothic, Renaissance, Roman and 20th-century styles all intermingle to give the city its unique character. With all these great attractions, Prague has become a leading tourist destination over the past few years due to growing interest and affordable travel options.
Immerse yourself in the rich artistic history of Prague. Don't forget that Prague has been home to many musicians, writers, and artists over its long history. Some of the most prominent names are Dvořák, Kafka, Kundera, Mozart, and Smetana.
It may be true that Melbourne, Australia, has the longest tram length in the world. However, Prague's tram network is the biggest by other measures. It runs more trams (900 against 500 in Melbourne), has more routes (33 against 28) and carries more passengers (356 million against 178 million). You’ll never have trouble with transportation and will always have something to do in Prague. More than that, the whole European continent is just a train ride away!
While participating on a CISabroad program, you'll be able to take part in built-in weekend and day trips at no additional cost. These trips are subject to change from term to term; listed below are excursions that have run in the past.
Český Krumlov is a town bistected by the Vltava River known for its Renaissance architecture, preserved castle, maze-like alleyways, and floral gardens. The town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Vltava River Cruise
Take a scenic, three-hour dinner or lunch cruise on the Vltava River, where you can view Prague's most famous landmarks from the comfort of this popular tourist activity and local mode of transportation.
Pilsen and the Pilsner Brewery
The Pilsen Historic District is forever associated with a centuries-old tradition of beer brewing, a beverage the Czechs call their “liquid bread.” This day trip to the birthplace of Czech Republic's most famous export will also include a short detour to the Ruckl Crystal Factory, where you'll see artisans at work and have a chance to buy crystal directly from the factory at a discounted price.
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Program SupportMeet Our Staff
Before, during, and after your study abroad experience, you’ll be supported by the dedicated and passionate CISabroad staff. Our goal is quick responses to your questions before you depart, and even quicker once you’ve arrived on site.
Robust Advising Center
Our team of advisors will help you choose a program, connect with your home university regarding classes and financial aid and get you prepared to apply for your program.
Team of Dedicated Program Coordinators
Your Program Coordinator will assist you in finalizing housing, enrolling in courses, booking flights, obtaining visas, arranging payments, and provide pre-departure orientation.
Experienced On-site Staff
From greeting you at the airport to a robust On-site Orientation to La Vida Local Activities our on-site staff will be there to support you throughout your time on-site.
Our support doesn’t end when your program does. We have alumni programming, webinars, and resources to help you readjust when you’ve returned from your experience.
Your Support Staff
Travel Tip: We love what we do and want to talk to you! The Global Advising Center is here to help you decide on a program, and complete the Online Application. From the moment you first hear from us be it through a phone call, email or personal visit, you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.
Travel Tip: Drink coffee the local way. Dine with a host family. Eat some recommended street food. Drink fresh juice from local fruits. Find that hole-in-the-wall restaurant that will probably serve the best meal of your time abroad (and it will likely cost less too!). Food and drink can be an excellent inroad to getting to know another culture.
Travel Tip: Whether ordering from an open air stall or a restaurant, always remember to say good day (dobrý den) and thank you (děkuji). Czechs will welcome your effort and will be more helpful and perhaps even give you a smile.
Application DeadlineApril 15ArrivalJune 6 (Estimated)OrientationJune 7 - 10 (Estimated)Classes StartJune 11 (Estimated)Classes EndJuly 12 (Estimated)DepartureJuly 13 (Estimated)PRICE$4,290 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.
Program fees are in US dollars and include the following:
- Full-time tuition and fees
- Medical and accident insurance
- CISabroad support services before, during, and after the program
- Academic advising
- Financial aid counseling
- Field trips included in many courses
- Assistance with travel arrangements
- Predeparture orientation
- Airport pickup
- University of Economics orientation
- On-site support
- University of Economics official transcript
- NYTimes Digital Subscription
- La Vida Local cultural program