Prague, Czech Republic

Two students sitting and fanning themselves
A birdge in Prague at night
Cesky Krumlov

August 18- December 2, 2017

21 credit hours

University of Economics Prague (VSE)

Application deadline May 1, 2017

Emergency Information

  • Dr. Lance Matheson
  • Business Information Technology
  • 2072 Pamplin
  • 540-231-5804
  • Lance@vt.edu

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 fall semester, and will have a maximum of 40 students.

Eligible students are first-semester juniors during the program (sophomores 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 1525 and 1526 (or equivalent); 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.

ACIS & BIT majors have additional pre-requisite requirements. See website for more information.

Minimum GPA: 2.3

ACIS and BIT should consider taking certain 3000-level classes BEFORE the fall semester in Europe. This keeps them on track to graduate in four (4) years. These can be taken in spring of sophomore year or in summer school.

ACIS Majors BIT DSS Majors (OSM optional)  
ACIS 3115 and ACIS 3504 BIT 3424  

The program includes seven (7) classes. These will transfer * to VT. There are two in each of three fields of study, Finance, Management, and Business Information Technology. There are also three hours of Language and Culture credit making a total of twenty-one hours for the semester. The classes will transfer as:

  • BIT 3414 Operations and Supply Chain Management
  • FIN 3104 Introduction to Finance
  • FIN 4144 International Financial Management
  • MGT 3304 Management Theory and Leadership Practice
  • MGT 3314 International Business - required for IB minor
  • MGT 4314 International Management
  • Czech Language and Culture Study Abroad

All students must register for all seven classes (21 hours in total). There are no exceptions to this rule.

* The classes are offered through the University of Economics (VSE) in Prague. They will transfer to VT and you will have a transcript from VSE. You will have a GPA for the semester and should include that on your resume.

ACIS and BIT majors - special notice

ACIS majors should consider taking ACIS 3115 and 3504 before going to Europe. This can be done in your spring semester or summer school. This helps you stay on track to graduate in 4 years.

BIT DSS options majors should consider taking BIT 3424 before going to Europe. You would need to complete prerequisite classes for BIT 3424 in fall sophomore year.

Traditional Classwork 
Each faculty member is scheduled to have 20 class-days in Prague. Classes will generally be from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. on each of those 20 days. Some evening lectures, and problem sessions will be held. In addition, for some of the classes, 6 or more hours per day of reading and Internet work are required.

Gaining Czech Language Skills 
It is important that all students have some knowledge of Czech in order to increase the benefit from spending the semester in the Czech Republic. You will receive language classes during the early part of the program.

Financial Calculator

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, which may be viewed at http://www.pamplin.vt.edu/undergraduate-programs/advising/academic-policies/ .

This program is offered through the European Study Abroad Center (ESAC) and the University of Economics (VSE) in Prague. This is a hybrid program. It is not considered a Virginia Tech program since you are not paying VT tuition. Your program fee does include fees to VSE for its academic services.

The program fee is based on the number of students. You will be billed for a $1,000 deposit once you are accepted into the program. You all pay the same acedemic fee, VA-res or non VA-res. This means huge savings for many of you.

Another payment of $3,600 fee is due by January 10. The final payment of $4,100 is due by April 10. See Payment Schedule below the costs. You will not be charged for VT tuition or housing for fall semester.

Virginia Tech will bill you for the program fee. We can fly as a group to Prague, but you can arrange your own flights if you prefer. You will also pay for your own European travel during the program. Group airline ticket payments will be due according to airline contracts.

Cost Summary (estimated)

Program Fee

 Costs In-state Out of state

8,700

8,700

Tuition & Fees

Inc

Inc

Books

Inc

Inc

Meals not provided

2,000

2,000

Lodging 

Inc

Inc

Required Individual Travel

2,000

2,000

Airfare

2,000

2,000

Passport

135

135

Visa

110

110

Personal & Other Expenses $3,000 - 5,000

3,000

3,000

Total Costs - lower limit

$17,945

$17,945

Total Costs - add $2000 - upper limit

$19,945

$19,945

Cost is about $18,000 - 20,000

PAYMENT SCHEDULE  
Deposit upon acceptance

$1,000

Due by January 10

$3,600

Due by April 10

$4,100

** Personal travel, including your railpass, is included in personal expenses.

The program fee includes lodging, class fees, lunch on class days, public transportation, medical insurance and some cultural excursions.

The program fee does not include roundtrip airfare to Prague, breakfast and dinners, personal travel, books, passport, and visa.

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 and non-Pamplin scholarships cannot apply to this program. It is not a VT program since you are not paying regular tuition to VT. The program cost much less than most other semester programs.

Check with Ms. Tanko in the Undergraduate Office (1046 Pamplin) if you need more information

The application is available here.

The program will encompass the entire fall semester, and will have a maximum of 40 students.

Eligible students are first-semester juniors during the program (sophomores 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 1525 and 1526 (or equivalent); 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.

ACIS & BIT majors have additional pre-requisite requirements. See website for more information.

Minimum GPA: 2.3

Go to the VT Global Education site and complete the application process.

APPLY HERE

There are a couple steps in the process. Be sure to complete the online Study Abroad Academic Review Form and Study Abroad Application. There is also a conduct check waiver form. These are all required before your application is accepted.

Passports

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after you return; until June 2018.

Once you are accepted into the program you will be charged a $1,000 program deposit. This fee is non-refundable, unless for some unforeseeable reason the trip is cancelled. You will be billed by Virginia Tech for the balance of the program fee.

Acceptance

You will be accepted on a rolling acceptance schedule in which students are selected primarily based on their GPA.  Early evaluation will be done according to the GPA limits and dates below.

The minimum GPA is 2.3.

The current plans are to stay at the 3D apartments in Prague.

http://3dapartments.cz/en/

The apartments have kitchen, balcony, wi-fi and more. They are 20 minutes by publlic transportation from the university.

The building quiet hours are 10pm-7am. This will be strictly enforced.

There will be night security staff at the apartments.

We will travel as a group to Prague.

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 at least 7 of the following cities. Include a 2-3 page description of each of your visits in the journal/blog that is required for your study abroad class. This description should include observations of the central city, museums and other cultural sites visited.

Amsterdam

Geneva

Nice

Barcelona

Krakow

Paris

Berlin

Lucerne

Rome

Budapest

Madrid

Venice

Cinque Terre

Milan

Vienna

Florence

Munich  

Faculty can make recommendations on travel locations but organizing travel details and accommodation will be your responsibility. 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.

You should read a good travel guidebook such as Europe Through the BackdoorLet's Go Europe or Lonely Planet. These are available online or in local bookstores later in the spring.

You should look into purchasing a railpass as well as using low-cost European airlines to travel to more distant cities. Railpass information is available from several sources such as Rick Steves and Railpass Express.

Railroad time schedules are available online. The Czech railroad timetable is available in English. The Swiss website is the easiest to use but the French and German websites are also helpful. You can get train times for all countries in Europe from any of these sites.

The Prague train station is about 15 minutes by bus from the apartments.

Some airlines to consider are Ryan Air , Europe By AirAir Berlin, Easy Jet.

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.

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 familiy 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:

This program has special clothing needs because the group departs in August when shorts and tee shirts are the clothing of choice. Before the group returns in December, sweaters, sweat shirts, and heavy jackets are the clothing of choice. Getting these into the ONE bag which most airlines allow, along with everything else that will be needed to live for almost four months is a challenging feat.

There are laundry facilities available and you can get most personal products in local shops.

Electric Applicances

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

CLOTHES HYGIENE / MEDICAL

Shirts

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

Passport

Feminine hygiene products

Tickets

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