Business and Culture in Europe

Czech Republic, Austria, Italy, Germany

Salzburg gardens
Nuremberg market

May 15 to June 12, 2017

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

  • 3 credit hours for undergraduate students - BIT 3954 Study Abroad
  • 3 credit hours for graduate students - BIT 5954 Study Abroad

Application deadline Februaury 1

  • Dr. Lance Matheson
  • Business Information Technology
  • 2072 Pamplin
  • 540-231-5804
  • Dr. Jay Teets
  • Business Information Technology
  • 2076 Pamplin
  • 540-231-2654

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. Professor Uysal led this program for many years. Now Professors Matheson and Teets will lead the program to cities from before plus some of their own favorites. 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 and Czechia (GIAC) 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 betwen 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 three (3) credits for BIT 3954 Study Abroad

Graduate students will receive three (3) 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

The Overall Program Fee is $5,900.  The fee includes lodging, required group travel by train and air, and meals. Each student is also responsible for the 2017 summer tuition cost (3 credits), passport and personal costs.

Cost Summary

Cost In-State Out-of-state
Program fee $5,900 $5,900
Tuition (2017 rate) 1,195 2,995
Meals Included Included
Lodging Included Included
Airfare Included Included
Group Travel Included Included
Passport 135 135
Personal costs 350 350
Total estimated cost $7,580 $9,380

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 $500 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 will apply to this program. You must submit a financial aid form to the study abroad office at the Global Education Office, 526 Prices Fork Road, room 131. More information on financial aid and scholarships is available at Scholarships and Financial Aidpage on the Global Education website.

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

The application is at the Global Education site..

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

Acceptance & Deposit

A $500 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. Other payments will be scheduled later.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

In addition, Financial Aid for this Study Abroad course may be available through the normal Virginia Tech channels. Please inform the faculty leaders if you are applying for Financial Aid.

There is more information about scholarships at the VT Global Education site. Click on the Scholarships & Financial Aid link in the menu.


  • Munich
  • Nurenberg
  • Dachau


  • Rome
  • Venice
  • Florence
  • Sienna
  • Bolzano


  • Innsbruck
  • Salzburg

Czechia (Czech Republic)

  • Prague
  • Terezin

Each student must have a valid passport from their home country. You can apply for a passport at 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 the University's recommended travel clinic (Intravene), 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 a 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 travellers. You have to carry your own luggage so pack light. The airlines limit the weight of your luggage so pack light. The suggested packing list will help you choose what to take.

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.

Packing List



Eye care
Sweater and windbreaker/rain jacket Glasses
Pants Prescription meds and/or prescriptions for refills
Shorts Small first aid kit
Swimsuit Wet-wipes
Underwear & socks Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash
One pair of shoes Shampoo & hair products including comb/brush
Jacket Deodorant
Money belt Cosmetics
Neck pouch Sunscreen
Flip flops Moisturizers
DOCUMENTS Insect repellant
Photocopies of all your documents Razor, razor blades, shaving cream


Feminine hygiene products


Toilet paper
Rail pass Soap
Credit cards, ATM card, Cash, Traveler's checks Clothesline

Insurance information

Small towel
  Over-the-counter medicines:
MISCELLANEOUS Antacids, Anti- diarrhea, Antifungal
Flash drive Antihistamine, Birth control/condoms
Camera Cold remedies, Hydrocortisone cream
Batteries Laxative / stool softener, Pain killers
Sewing kit Thermometer
Travel information (minimal)  
Map of countries visited OPTIONAL ITEMS
Address list Skirt, sandals, robe, or nightshirt
Postcards or small picture book from your hometown Inflatable pillow
Family pictures Pillowcase
Journal Light warm-up suit
Small notepad and pen Teva-type sandal


Documents and photocopies Leather-bottomed slippers
Small daypac


Small flashlight
Picnic supplies A good paperback
Zip-lock baggies MP3 player, IPOD
Water bottle Collapsible cup
Wristwatch & Alarm Clock Office supplies
Earplugs Small roll of duct tape - wrap 10 feet around a small plastic bottle.
Poncho Collapsible umbrella
  Tiny lock  
Spot remover

Juliana Plescia - 2017 program: "Towards the end I found myself missing going to the gym and looking forward to using my washing machine. A few weeks later as I look through the pictures on my phone I wish nothing more than to go back. I miss the friends I made and the adventures I had every day. Many people graduate college and say that their biggest regret was not studying abroad; I feel fortunate that I won’t have this regret." 

Evan Scott Meyers - FIN 16: "The trip most definitely changed something in me. I feel as if I was living in a box before experiencing this trip. This trip opened my eyes to the world and took us all out of our comfort zone."

Brooke Peterson – MKTG 16: "This world is so different and so is every person on it. I believe this needs to be both respected, and explored."

Amanda Beaman – HNFE 16: "This trip has sparked a desire to learn more about other cultures, and I think every young student should aim to do the same."

Genevieve Lemley - Political Science 16: "The moment I realized that this trip had changed me was when my friends and family told me I looked happier and they could feel my passion in the way I spoke of my experiences."

Emily Sewell – HTM 16: "At first, I was very nervous to be in a new place with new people so far away from home. But once I got to Europe and began to experience the different cultures and people, I felt more at home. I matured on this trip and feel like I am better prepared to face the challenges of the world as I grow up."

Lexi Miller - COMM 15: "Before studying abroad I was only able to think of countries based on things I had seen on the news, TV, or even from people who have visited these regions first hand. I really value the aspect of getting to form my own opinion without the help of the outside world."

Matt Valentine - ECON 15: "Going abroad was the best experience of my life. I can already see a difference in my maturity level after our trip. Multiple family members made comments that I grew up a little bit while we were there."

Allison Hudson - HTM 14: "Going abroad was the best experience of my life. Not only did I learn so much about different cultures and customs, I also learned so much about myself."

Natalie Pagno - PSYCH 14: "As a result of this experience I have much higher respect and acceptance for cultures that are unlike my own."

Allison Hudson - HTM 14: "Going abroad was the best experience of my life. Not only did I learn so much about different cultures and customs, I also learned so much about myself."

Natalie Pagno - PSYCH 14: "As a result of this experience I have much higher respect and acceptance for cultures that are unlike my own."

Kayla Phillips - FIN 13: "This study abroad trip was the greatest learning experience for which I could have ever asked. I did not think it would give me the credits that I needed for my majors, and therefore, did not think it would be worth experiencing. However, now that I have returned home from an incredible month abroad, I recognize that it was truly a life-changing experience."

Audrey Ross - HTM 13: "The experience has changed my views on the different cultures. The trip really helped me be more open to new experiences"

Katie McDermott - MGMT 11: “This program encouraged me to look for different things to learn everyday and discover how many opportunities and discoveries the world has to offer. Both the variety of languages and the plethora of knowledge I gained from immersing myself in both small and large cities makes me feel like a more globally aware and confident student.”

Alie Reichling - Psych & Comm 11: “If I could put together my ideal European trip, it could not top this program.”

Stephen McGrady - HTM 11: ” Traveling around Europe using the sights and sounds as our classroom was the perfect way to better understand the world we live in.

Chelsea Hover – MKTG 11: ”This trip made me highly aware of my personal comfort zone and challenged me to step outside of it.”

Erin Meschter – BIT 10: “This is the one chance you can take a class that takes you to over 3 different countries. The program is what every Study Abroad should be. I learned lessons that can’t be taught in a classroom and gained the courage to travel further.”

Casey Watson- HTM 10: “This was the most eye-opening experience of my life. Never have I seen so many cites and travelled to so many countries in such a short amount of time. I wouldn’t trade one memory for the world.”

Alexandra Malecky – HTM 10: “This program is the experience of a lifetime. You will make great friends and learn about so many cultures on this trip.”

Lauren Pravlik – HTM & ACIS 09: “Made friends for life with people I probably otherwise never would have met that attend Tech.”

Claire Dickey – HNFE 09: “It’s an experience! I would have never been able to travel to as many countries and cities in this amount of time without this program.”

T.J. Bauer – ECON 09: “This program offers a lot to students that want to see multiple countries in Europe and have some freedom to do what you want. The professors are great…Best month of my life.”