Europe: Business and Culture in Europe

Tentative Dates:  May 18 - June 17, 2020

Prague, Czech Republic; Innsbruck and Salzburg, Austria; Rome, Pompeii, Venice, Florence, Sienna, Bolzano Italy; Berlin, Munich and Nuremberg, Germany; Amsterdam, Netherlands

Salzburg gardens
Nuremberg market

The Business and Culture in Europe Study Abroad Program visits many of the most popular cities in Europe. This 29-day journey offers you a unique and rewarding experience. Professors Matheson and Teets lead the program to major cities plus some of their own favorite places. Teets and Matheson have many years of study abroad experience all over the world.

Prior to departure, students must attend 4-6 contact hours on campus at Virginia Tech. We will visit Germany, Italy, Austria, Czech Republic and the Netherlands during our travels. The complete list of cities is on the travel page.

Purpose of Program

  • Compare business practices and approaches among the countries visited and the United States.
  • Explain the cultural differences between European countries and the United States
  • Explain differences in pricing and products between Europe and home.
  • Discuss the importance of cultural/heritage sites in each country visited.
  • Discuss the immersion into different cultures and interaction with multiple nationalities as it impacts your experience and the role of an American student in a global stage.

Undergraduate students will receive six (6) credits for BIT 3954 Study Abroad. These courses can also be substituted for the CLE Area 2 or Pathways 2 requirement.

Graduate students will receive six (6) credits for BIT 5954 Study Abroad.

Prerequisites and Co-requisites

  • BIT 3954: 2.3 overall GPA or verbal consent of instructor.
  • BIT 5954: 3.0 overall GPA or verbal consent of instructor.

Participating in study abroad does not allow a student any exceptions to meeting Policy 91 requirements. It is the students’ responsibility to understand Pamplin’s specific Policy 91 requirements, which may be viewed at

Europe Bookmark.pdf

The Overall Program Fee is $6,775.  The fee includes lodging, required group travel by train and air, and meals. Each student is also responsible for the 2019 summer tuition cost (6 credits), passport and personal costs.

Cost Summary

Cost Summary (estimated)  
Pre-trip Personal Costs:  In-State   Out-of-State 
VT GEO Application fee $50 $50
VT GEO Participation fee $50 $50
Airfare $0 $0
Passport  $145  $145
Pamplin billing: $6,775 $6,775
     Lodging  Included  Included 
     Airfare Included Included
     Meals Included Included
      Required group travel Included  Included 
     Medical Insurance Included   Included 
VT tuition & fees-estimated based on 2018 rates:  $2,479  $6,164
Funds required during program:  
Personal Expenses  $500  $500
Total Estimated Costs  $ 9,999  $13,684

Note: Virginia Tech reserves the right to make cancellations, date and cost adjustments, and other necessary changes in the program. Prices may change due to global economic conditions

Acceptance & Deposit

A $1000 deposit is required once you are accepted into the program.  You may make the payment to your student account, then call the Bursar’s office at 540-231-6277 and designate the payment for your Study Abroad trip. This deposit is non-refundable, unless for some unforeseeable reason the trip is cancelled. Final payment schedule will be published later.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Your financial aid eligibility may apply to this program. You must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the University Financial Aid Office. Go to Scholarship Central for more information. Pamplin also lists Pamplin College of Business study abroad scholarships here.

In addition, you must submit the study abroad cost documentation form to the Global Education Office at the International Affairs building, 526 Prices Fork Road, room 131. Another great resource is Pamplin’s International Program’s Funding Opportunities Page.

Due to prepayment on items such as air and lodging, billing may not be in sync with financial aid payouts. Please be prepared to pay costs in advance and be reimbursed with any financial aid payouts later.

Registration is on a first-come-first-served basis once all paperwork is completed.

You can apply here.

Click the "Apply Now" button and follow the instructions.



  • Munich
  • Nuremberg
  • Berlin
  • Dachau


  • Rome
  • Pompeii
  • Venice
  • Florence
  • Sienna
  • Bolzano


  • Innsbruck
  • Salzburg


  • Amsterdam

Each student must have a valid passport from their home country. You can apply for a passport at the Acceptance Facility in Squires Student Center, the Blacksburg Post Office (540-552-2751) at the University Mall with appointment or at the Montgomery County Clerk's Office at the Christiansburg Courthouse (540-382-5760), no appointment required. You can get passport photos at most local pharmacies.

You should insure that you have the proper vaccinations for this program. This can be done through a county health department, or your family physician. Your family physician usually does not have the more specialized vaccines and should refer you to the county health department. You can see a list of recommended vaccinations and other health information at the CDC travel website.

These sites have additional information:

You will be living in small rooms and traveling for 4 weeks. Do not try to take your entire wardrobe with you. You are limited to one (1) 22" suitcase. The packing list is meant for lightweight travelers. You have to carry your own luggage so pack light. The airlines limit the weight of your luggage so pack light. There are many packing suggestions online.

Electric Applicances

Europe uses 220-volt, 50 HZ electricity. Your standard USA hair dryers, curling irons, shavers and battery chargers will not work in Europe. You should check that your computer and any electronics that you take will work on 220 V/50Hz current.

Pack Light.pdf