Semester in Prague
University of Economics

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Study business and economics in one of Europe’s best-preserved cities.

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.    


What to Expect:

  • Language: English
  • Average Courseload: 4 classes (12 U.S. credits)
  • GPA Requirement: 2.5

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 Details

University of Economics, Prague

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

Areas of study with 3 to 7 classes available

  • Communications

Don't see your major listed here? There may still be courses available. Browse our programs by major.

Areas of study which have more than 8 classes available

  • Business

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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!

Why Life in Prague

The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague is the seat of the Czech parliament and government. 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. 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 as of recently 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!

Live La Vida Local

  • 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.

Housing in Prague

Location

You’ll live in university-run residence halls located about twelve minutes by tram from the University of Economics 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 and have access to internet and the University’s computer network from your flat.

Meals

Each flat has a shared kitchen with a cupboard (including pots, pans, utensils, and dishes), an electric hot plate, a microwave oven, and a fridge so you can put your on-site cooking class to good use! If you’re not excited about cooking, you can purchase student meals at the college and around Prague for reasonable prices.

Inclusions and Amenities

  • BathroomShared
  • Bed linens
  • CommutePublic Transportation
  • Desk
  • Double Room
  • Fitness Center
  • Kitchen Equipment
  • LaundryOn-site
  • Microwave
  • Single RoomOptional

Upgrade to a Single Room

For an additional cost, enjoy the privacy of a single room in one of the shared flats described above.

What's Included

Inclusions

Program fees are in U.S. dollars and include the following:

  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Housing
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • CIS Abroad support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Field trips included in many courses
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Airport pickup
  • University of Economics orientation
  • On-site support
  • University of Economics, Prague official transcript
  • La Vida Local cultural program

Welcome & Orientation

Upon arrival in Prague, take part in a comprehensive on-site orientation. Your site director will show you around to give you a general lay of the land (being Prague, you’ll probably want to explore it all), including how to use public transportation. 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, settle down to enjoy a welcome dinner together. Your site director will also help you settle into your accommodations to make Prague feel like your new home.

Farewell & 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.

Program Excursions

While participating on a CIS Abroad 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.
Cesky Krumlov

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

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

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.

Site Director

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.

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.

About:

Leah Takata was born in Toronto, Canada and graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA in Arts Management with a major in Art History. She worked for seven years at the University of Toronto as Cultural Affairs Coordinator organizing arts and cultural events for the students, faculty, staff and surrounding community. During her time at the university she produced and organized four international theatre exchanges with Ypsilonka Theatre and the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (DAMU) in Prague. This unique project brought together theatre students from Canada, Czech Republic and professional actors from First Nations theatre group “De-ba-jeh-mu-jig Theatre Group” (Manitoulin Island). Leah is excited to once again work with university students and impart the beauty and spirit of, “The city of a hundred spires.” Leah has lived in Prague since 2007 and spends her free time with her two children, partner, as well as her growing photography and graphic design business.

Your Support Staff

Global Advising Team
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 text, phone call, email or personal visit—you will find that our passion for international education is contagious. We’re ready to launch you abroad.

Michelle Everard
Travel Tip:

Journal, journal, journal! Write down the little things, the strange details & whatever made you laugh. It’s the little things that make a trip amazing and are easily the most forgotten.

Linda Hallbäck
Travel Tip:

Be patient with yourself and kind to those you meet along the way. Show gratitude daily, laugh often, and give thanks for the journey you are on. There will be hard days, but remember, the magic is in the journey and each day makes that journey complete. Smile!

CIS Abroad's COVID-19 Plan

We believe that study abroad is still possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, but certain policies and procedures will need to be in place to ensure every student can be safe and healthy during their semester abroad. Note: The COVID-19 Plan for this program is still in development as of September 2020. A similar program has a fully developed plan. Check out Semester in Barcelona at Barcelona School for International Studies and Semester in London at the University of Roehampton.

Dates & Prices

ADVISOR TIP: Please WAIT to book flights until you have received confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork. Dates posted here are subject to change.

  • Application Deadline:
    EXTENDED!Oct 15 (Estimated)
    Oct 1 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: February 6 (Estimated)
  • Departure: May 16 | May 20 (Estimated)
  • Price: $9,790 (Estimated)
  • Application Deadline: May 15 (Estimated)
  • Arrival: September 14 (Estimated)
  • Departure: December 19 (Estimated)
  • Price: $9,990 (Estimated)
Additional Information:

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

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