Come study at Prague’s University of Economics, the leading Czech university for business and economics, and truly take your studies to the next level with world-renowned professors and industry leaders. Spend your semester studying Central and East European business and culture while living in one of Europe’s most beautiful, historic, and affordable cities. A semester in Prague is a perfect blend of academics, social activities, and rich cultural opportunities.
- GPA Requirement
- Application Deadlines
- Fall: June 1
Spring: October 15
- Avg Course Load
- 4 classes (12 US credits)
- Language(s) of Instruction
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
- Program designed to give you a solid understanding of business in Central Europe
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. 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.
Semester in Prague – Business and Economics 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!
Life in Prague
Welcome and Orientation
Upon arrival in Prague, you’ll take part in a comprehensive on-site orientation. We’ll show you around to give you a general lay of the land – and being Prague, you’ll probably want to explore it all! – including how to use public transportation. We’ll also discuss locally relevant topics, such as the “do’s and don’ts” of living in Prague, how to stay safe, top eateries, and where to shop for a variety of needs/wants. After an insightful tour of the city, we’ll likely settle down to enjoy a welcome dinner together. We’ll also help you settle into your accommodations at some point, depending on how the day progresses.
Farewell and Re-entry Program
After your time 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.
On Semester in Prague – Business and Economics 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.
- 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.
- 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 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.
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: Try that strange-looking food. Learn to navigate the city with public transportation. Interact with the locals. Pushing through what can sometimes be uncomfortable situations can be the best way to experience a culture and eventually feel at home in it.
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 DeadlineJune 1ArrivalSeptember 5OrientationCISabroad: September 5 - 7; University of Economics: September 9 - 15Classes StartSeptember 16Classes EndDecember 13DepartureDecember 15PRICE$9,190
Application DeadlineOctober 15ArrivalJanuary 30 (Estimated)DepartureMay 10 (Estimated)PRICE$9,190 (Estimated)
CISabroad reserves the right to alter fees at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or fee changes made by our partner universities.
Add on even more adventure with CISabroad’s Explore Europe Weekends – for only $490! Travel to Paris or Athens during your semester program and meet up with other CISabroad participants. Our trusted site directors will show you the most famous excursions as well as how to truly live La Vida Local. Your all-inclusive Explore Europe Weekend package includes travel around the city, accommodations, and entertainment – an incredible value for $490.
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
- 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