Spring Semester in Europe (Prague)
February 5 - May 21, 2021
This program is offered through the European Study Abroad Center (ESAC) and the University of Economics (VSE) in Prague. No tuition or student fees are paid to Virginia Tech. The program is a non-VT program due to the lack of tuition. Your program fee does include fees to VSE for its services.
The program will encompass the entire spring semester and will have a maximum of 42 students.
Eligible students are second-semester sophomores during the program (freshman when you apply). Pamplin students must comply with Policy 91. You must complete these required courses before the program (ACIS 1504, 2115, and 2116; ECON 2005 and 2006; MATH 1524; and BIT 2405 and 2406) with no grade lower than a C- in any of the nine courses. Any student who meets these requirements is eligible for this program.
YOU CANNOT TAKE ANY OF THE PROGRAM COURSES BEFORE THE PROGRAM: FIN 3104, MGT 3304/3404, BIT 3414
Minimum GPA: 2.3
The program includes seven (7) classes. These will *transfer to VT. There are three required classes, for all business majors, in BIT, FIN and MGT. There are three international BIT, FIN and MGT electives which count towards the International Business Minor.
Each class lasts 2 weeks, 10 days. Classes will generally be from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. on each of those days. There is generally no class on Friday afternoons. Your Czech class is 3:00-5:00 on Monday and Wednesday for the first part of the semester. Some evening lectures, and problem sessions will also be held. In addition, for some of the classes, 6 or more hours per day of reading and Internet work are required.
All students must register for and take the following seven classes (21 credits) in Prague. There are no exceptions to this rule.
- FIN 3104 Introduction to Finance
- FIN 4144 International Financial Management
- MGT 3404 Principles of Management
- MGT 4314 International Management
- BIT 3414 Operations and Supply Chain Management
- BIT 4474 Global Operations & Information Technology
- Czech Language and Culture – Area 2/Pathways 2 credit and IB minor credit
* The classes are offered through the University of Economics (VSE) in Prague. They will transfer to VT as credit only (if you earn a C or better), but will not show up as part of your VT GPA. You will have a transcript from VSE, with its own separate GPA. Your VSE GPA can be used on your resume and graduate school applications.
Please consult your advisor as soon as possible to discuss how this study abroad program will impact your graduation plan.
You need a Texas Instruments BA II Plus financial calculator for your finance classes. You cannot complete the classes without this calculator.
POLICY 91 NOTICE
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.
The program fee ranges from $10,400 to $11,500 based on student numbers. A $1,000 deposit is due upon acceptance. A $6,000 payment is due June 1 and the balance is due September 1. This is a rapid payment schedule since we must make payments during the summer. The program fee would be refunded if you could not attend and we found a student to take your place. There is usually a waiting list of students.
Application Deadline: October 1, 2021
Cost Summary (estimated)
Number of students
|Airfare||$ 1,500||$ 1,500||$ 1,500||$ 1,500||$ 1,500|
|Visa||$ 125||$ 125||$ 125||$ 125||$ 125|
|Passport||$ 145||$ 145||$ 145||$ 145||$ 145|
|GEO fees||$ 200||$ 200||$ 200||$ 200||$ 200|
|Program Fee||$ 11,500||$ 11,100||$ 10,800||$ 10,400||$ 10,400|
|During Programs fees|
|Meals not included||$ 2,000||$ 2,000||$ 2,000||$ 2,000||$ 2,000|
|Personal expenses not included||$ 3,000||$ 3,000||$ 3,000||$ 3,000||$ 3,000|
|Required personal travel||$ 2,000||$ 2,000||$ 2,000||$ 2,000||$ 2,000|
Student payment schedule
|Number of students||25||30||35||40||42|
|Due on acceptance||$1,000||$1,000||$1,000||$1,000||$1,000|
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.
Financial Aid and Scholarships: Your financial aid eligibility can apply to this program. Prepaid college savings plan (529) money cannot be used. You must submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the University Financial Aid Office. 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. The form can be found on the Global Education Financial Aid page.
Due to prepayment on items such as classrooms 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 payouts later.
There are up to 42 seats available for the program. The application deadline is October 1, 2020, but you should apply well before then.
Applications will be reviewed based on your GPA at the end of spring semester. This is after graduation in May. You will have a very short time between acceptance and paying the first program payment. Please be prepared to commit to the program as soon as you are notified.
- Sophomore business students who have completed the prerequisite courses.
- Minimum GPA: 2.3 (We will use freshmen year GPA to determine eligibility).
You must have a passport by September 1, 2020 to be in the program. Your passport must be valid until August 31, 2021.
We will arrange an optional group flight to Prague. You may make your own travel arrangements.
You will have three long breaks as well as all your weekends during which you may travel independently throughout Europe. The faculty have traveled extensively throughout Europe and can be a great resource as you plan your travels. You must visit a variety of cities throughout Europe. Include a 2-3 page description of each of your visits in the journal/blog that is required for your Czech language and culture class. This description should include observations of the central city, museums and other cultural sites visited.
Here are just a few of the many places to visit.
Faculty can make recommendations on travel locations but organizing travel details and accommodation will be your responsibility and at your cost. The student adviser can also assist in making broad recommendations. Students quickly form travel groups to make travel more fun and convenient.
Independent travel is one of the greatest learning experiences. You will be amazed at how much you have changed during the semester. But you must do some pre-planning to get the most out of your free time. This means reading some of the resources below. Do not expect other people to plan your trips. You won't get the most from your program if you rely on others.
You should read a good travel guidebook such as Europe Through the Backdoor, Let's Go Europe or Lonely Planet. These are available online or in local bookstores.
Students travel by bus, plane and train. There are budget airlines and bus companies throughout Europe. More information at this site. (www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/transportation/budget-flights)
Some airlines to consider are Ryan Air, Wizz Air, Norwegian, and Easy Jet. Some bus companies are Flixbus, Eurolines.
Inexpensive lodging can be found at Hostel World or Backpackers Ultimate Guide to Europe. They have hostel reviews of youth hostels for most European cities. They also have some background information on countries and cities. Students also have had good results using Airbnb.
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:
- General Information from the U.S. State Department
- International Travel from the U.S. State Department
- Customs Information
- CDC Medical Information
- CIA Factbook (A great place for information on the countries we visit.)
- State Department Travel Alerts & Warnings
You will experience a range of weather during the semester from cold to warm, dry to rainy.
There are many packing lists online to help you choose what to take.
The airlines allow 1 free checked bag, weight limit of 50 pounds. Many students take a second large suitcase and pay about $100 to check it.
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. Most phone chargers and computer power devices are already dual-voltage.
Sadie Fuller – Prague 2018
It was the best 3.5 months of my life and it is a trip that I will never forget. The people I met this semester are now some of my best friends and even throughout this last week since the program ended, we have all been in constant contact. This semester has made a huge impact on my life and my personal growth and I had no idea how sad I would be for it to end.
Michelle Swanson – Prague 2018
While spending 3 1/2 months traveling to 12 countries, my top experiences were attending Lollapalooza music festival in Berlin, Oktoberfest in Munich, seeing the breathtaking Cliffs of Moher…. I cannot put into words how grateful I am for this experience and how much I encourage students to study abroad during their time at Virginia Tech.
Adam Snyder – Prague 2018
Study abroad fills you with memories and experiences you can't get anywhere else. During my time abroad, I was able to go to 14 different countries over a 3-month period of time while earning 21 credits. That experience of being in a new place every weekend is something I will never forget. I was exposed to so many different cultures and learned so much about different ways of life. It taught me to be independent and how to figure things out on my own. Because of this entire semester, I found out more of who I am as a person than I ever thought I would. Now, I crave adventure, new experiences, and challenges; and it's made me want to work in new places and travel more often. It is an experience I wouldn’t change for the world and studying abroad will forever have a place in my heart. As the Czech's would say "Na zdraví!!"
Stephanie Mueller - 2012
"I studied abroad" is a sentence that few people can say, but even fewer can understand. I studied abroad. No Rick Steves check sheet, Italian phrase book, or Google web search could prepare me for the four months that lay before me as I waved goodbye to my family on August 17. But traveling isn’t about getting to the destination; it’s what you take away from it