Program Overview

A semester in Prague is a perfect blend of academics, social activities, and rich cultural opportunities. Come study at the leading Czech university for management and economics: the University of Economics, Prague. You can truly take your studies to the next level with world-renowned professors and thought leaders. The unique Czech Buddy program matches you to a local student who will help you navigate the University and Prague. As the capital of the Czech Republic, Prague boasts thrilling history, magnificent architecture, a thriving nightlife, and a dynamic arts scene. Moreover, it’s one of the most well-connected cities in Europe, putting the rest of the continent at your fingertips!

 

GPA Requirement
2.5
Application Deadlines
Fall: June 1
Spring: November 1
Avg Course Load
4 classes (12 US credits)
Language(s) of Instruction
English

Key Program Highlights

  • An affordable European study abroad experience
  • Czech Buddy program to help you navigate and explore
  • Prague is a beautiful and historic, yet progressive city
  • Vibrant campus community with weekly activities for local and international students
  • Easy access to other European countries, especially Hungary, Germany, Austria, and Poland

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.

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 where to go out, 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 food night, as well as a delicious and informative Czech cooking class.

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.

Housing Options

On Semester in Business and Economics, Prague, you’ll live in brand-new university-run residence halls located about twelve minutes by tram from the campus, and fifteen minutes away from Prague’s city center. You’ll live in a shared bedroom with another student of the same sex in a two-room unit.

Amenities:

  • Each student is provided with quilts, pillows, and bed linens
  • Kitchen with a cupboard (including pots, pans, utensils, and dishes), an electric hot plate, a microwave oven, and a fridge.
  • Each unit also includes a private bathroom with cubicle shower, two sinks, and separate toilet
  • Access to a laundry room
  • A small fitness center
  • There is no meal plan. However, student meals at the college and around Prague are very reasonably priced
  • Access to internet and the University’s computer network from your flat.
four study abroad buds hanging in the streets of prague

Local Life

  • 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!

Program Excursions

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.

Cesky Krumlov

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.

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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.


Academics

GPA Requirement

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.

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.

Course Approval

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.

Choose your courses, making sure to get them approved by your home university and then fill out the Course Selection Worksheet.

Course Information

Semester in Business and Economics, Prague takes place at the University of Economics. The University has developed a unique program specifically for international visitors. It lets you experience the dynamic conditions in Central Europe through the professional insights and instruction of native Czech professors and business professionals. Courses are available in the Czech language, management, law, history, culture, politics, trade practices, and the economies of the vanguard countries, mainly the Czech Republic, Poland, and Hungary.

Course load: 4 classes (12 US credits)
Please note, we highly recommend that all students take the Elementary Czech language class, as it will greatly help you navigate Prague. Please choose Elementary Czech language and 3 other electives.

Students may only register and take ONE Marketing course per semester. Choose from either International Marketing Communications (IP_340) or Marketing in Central and Eastern Europe (IP_323).

It is also university protocol that IP_312 International Strategy and IP_314 International Management cannot be taken together during the same semester.

Course approval: Before you go abroad, it is best to get 7–8 classes approved for your semester 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.

Course descriptions and catalog: Click here to view the entire course catalog.

Please be certain to select only courses offered during the semester during which you want to study, and when filling out your application, list your courses in order of preference and priority.

Space is limited on this program. We encourage you to apply early!


The 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

contemporary building at uni of economics prague

Student Feedback

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One aspect I enjoyed the most was the freedom that I had to be a student and visitor. My site director was the best at guiding me and always being there in any circumstance, yet I still felt like an adult.

Warda Aden - Ohio University

Program Support

Meet 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.

Ongoing Support

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

Program Fees & Dates

Advisor Tip: Please do not book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Fall 2017
    Application Deadline
    June 1
    Arrival
    September 14
    Orientation
    September 18 - September 24
    Classes Start
    September 25
    Classes End
    December 19
    Departure
    December 21
    PRICE
    $8,990
  • Spring 2018
    Application Deadline
    November 1
    Arrival
    February 1 (Estimated)
    Orientation
    February 2 - 9 (Estimated)
    Classes Start
    February 12 (Estimated)
    Classes End
    May 11 (Estimated)
    Departure
    May 13 (Estimated)
    PRICE
    $8,990 (Estimated)

CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.

Program Inclusions

As with all study abroad programs, you should count on a few additional expenses.

Included in your program fees are the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • 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, Prague official transcript
  • NYTimes Digital Subscription
  • La Vida Local cultural program