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CESP - Prague - Semester or Year Abroad


Overview

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed this program in Prague with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

 

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Founded in 1919, the University of Economics, Prague (Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze) is the leading university in the field of management and economics in the Czech Republic. In fact, it was recently awarded as the best business school in Central and Eastern Europe. The university has 6 academic departments: the Faculties of Finance and Accounting, International Relations, Business Administration, Informatics and Statistics, Economics and Public Administration, and Management.


The Central and East European Studies Program (CESP) is a self-financed extension program offered through the University of Economics, Prague (VŠE). All courses have been fully accredited after scrutiny and review by the Academic Accreditation Committee of VŠE. A VŠE transcript with credits and grades is issued upon successful completion of the program.


The CESP is a one- or two-semester program focusing on issues of Central and East European economies, societies and cultures. It is taught completely in English and its main goal is to review the past and to explore the present and future of developing economies, societies, politics, and languages of Central and East European countries.

 

Students of the program have the opportunity to register in several courses designed as a standard part of the University curriculum - from fields such as finance, computers, psychology, game theory, etc. This will improve the students’ general academic background and, simultaneously, make it possible for them to immerse themselves in the community of Czech students at the University of Economics in Prague.

 

 

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Location

 

Prague and the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is a region rich in history and culture. Situated in the center of Europe, or as Czechs proudly say “in the heart of Europe,” it is a bridge between East and West, both geographically and culturally.


The University of Economics is located in the center of Prague, the capitol of the Czech Republic. It is within a couple minutes walk from historical monuments, medieval churches and other sites soaked with history. Prague is an extremely popular city in the eastern European region. In this city, a long and rich history is combined with rapid industrial growth and a modern city life.

 

Around the University

All CESP courses are held at the University of Economics. Unlike many universities in the U.S. which consist of many buildings spread out across a large campus, the classrooms at the University of Economics are located in one big interconnected complex of several buildings.

 

The dorms, which provide all of the basic necessities, are situated in a quiet urban area that is only 15 minutes from school by tram. The tram stops right next to the dormitories providing easy access to the nearby restaurants, pubs, and clubs.

 

One of the great advantages of Prague is its public transport system, which allows you to get almost anywhere within a short period of time. The university campus itself is located less than 10 minutes from downtown making it a convenient place to study abroad.

 

 

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Academic Highlights

The CESP program offers a total of 13 courses which are worth 3 U.S. credits or 7 ECTS each, and are taught completely in English. Students will take at least 3 courses (although under special circumstances it may be fewer), the maximum of registered courses is four. Each course is 4 teaching hours per week and each semester consists of 13 weeks. 
 

The Business School was recently awarded as the best business school in Central and Eastern Europe. Learn more>

 

Sample Course Offerings

  • Elementary Czech
  • Environmental Economics and Management
  • Marketing in Central and Eastern Europe
  • European Integration
  • Cultural History of Czech Lands
  • Global Business and International Trade
  • International Finance
  • International Relations
  • Theory and Practice of Economic Transition
  • International Marketing Communications
  • Power and Role of International Organizations in the Prosperity of 21st Century
  • Security and Globalization  
  • International Management/ Strategic Risk Management

For full list of classes and descriptions, please click HERE.

 

 

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Housing

Accommodation for CESP study abroad students is provided in the Jarov C and Jarov D student dormitories located 20 minutes by tram from campus. Renovated in 2008, the modern facilities consist of 2 four story buildings. Both Czech and international students are housed in these accommodations. The residence hall is comprised of twin-share bedrooms that are located in three-room flats or apartments.

 

Every flat unit consists of a kitchen with a table, a cupboard (without cooking utensils and dishes), an electric hot plate and a fridge. A bathroom with a shower, wash-basin and toilet is also located inside the flat. Students can purchase utensils together upon arrival. While many Czech students choose to prepare their own meals or eat out, you may also take advantage of the student cafeterias located at the university or in the dormitory area which serve both lunch and dinner. Typical Czech cuisine includes a meat dish served with potatoes, dumplings, rice, or pasta.

 

There is a connection to the university computer network for every student in their accommodations. A high-speed internet connection enables communication with parents and friends at home.

 

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University Services

There are many on-campus facilities, including two restaurants, a coffee lounge and two school cafeterias. In addition to a number of computer labs for students (including one designed specifically for international students), wireless internet access is available on campus. The University of Economics is also equipped with Smart Classrooms to enhance student learning.

 

Study abroad students have access to the university library as well as several other state and institutional libraries, including the National Library of the Czech Republic, the National Technical Library, and the Municipal Library of Prague. Students also have access to the scriptorium (writing room) on campus. The university gym is located close by and there is a Sports Club that students can join through the ESN Buddy Program.

 

The CESP Office is the first point of contact for CESP students at the University of Economics and is available to answer any questions students may have about their studies throughout the duration of the CESP program.

 

 

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Orientation

 

Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

Exciting excursions and activities

A chance to meet other students

Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>
 

CESP Orientation

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program, all students will participate in a university specific orientation. CESP, in cooperation with the ESN Buddy Program, organizes Orientation Week. During the orientation week there are introductory classes about Czech history and beginning study of the Czech language.

 

The Orientation Week is mandatory for program participants and is offered primarily for two reasons. First of all, the student will better understand recent developments in the Czech Republic after being introduced to its history. Secondly, while almost a quarter of Czechs speak some English, it is almost exclusively among the younger generations. Every student living in a foreign country will at some point need to ask directions, order food or simply say hello, so learning a little bit of Czech is essential. The basic phrases learned in the language classes will introduce the student to the Czech language and ease the transition into Prague life.

 

Students also receive information about the living in the dormitory and take part in optional guided sightseeing tours of Prague organized by CESP.

 

The orientation week ends with optional participation at an ice-breaking weekend: a three-day trip organized by the ESN Buddy Program solely for international and exchange students to help them create a wonderful community and find many great international friends for their entire stay in Prague.

 

 

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Scholarships Available

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad strives to offer the most reasonable abroad fees to Europe.  To further enhance the affordability of the semester/year study abroad programs, we encourage you to apply for scholarships through all available scholarship sources.  Learn more about our scholarship opportunities.

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad participant, you will be directly enrolled as a student in the university abroad. This allows you to take advantage of every opportunity to be culturally integrated in the campus environment and culture by participating in university activities with resident students. 

 

Community Involvement

Getting involved abroad can enable you to meet local students, make a meaningful connection with your campus and community, and enhance your study abroad experience. Your coordinator will connect you with local resources if you wish to volunteer for community projects through your host university. It is important for you to find the right combination of academic, cultural, and leisure activities in order to take full advantage of international learning and cultural immersion.

 

All students are encouraged to participate in volunteer activities at or near their campus, where permitted under host-country immigration regulations. Service learning is an integral piece of a well-rounded education, and we support students’ efforts to integrate into the local culture through volunteer activities. Students are provided with information on volunteer opportunities on campus or within the community during the orientation and preparation process.

 

Special Programs and Excursions

Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

Exciting excursions and activities

A chance to meet other students

Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area. Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>
 

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events

Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.

On-Going Activities

Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.
 

In addition to the Bridging Cultures Program and these activities, a number of clubs, excursions, and service learning opportunities are available to study abroad students throughout their semester in Greece.
 

Other Trips and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>

Buddy system program

The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) VSE Buddy System is an organization that facilitates the cultural integration and social life of foreign students in the Czech Republic. Students from abroad are offered the opportunity to pair up with a Czech student who will help them to settle more easily into the new environment.


The organization helps upon arrival and throughout the student's stay, especially during the first few days. Foreign students are met at the airport or the train/bus station, accompanied to the dormitory, and provided with a basic orientation to the city and school. The organization also helps with school and other formalities (school ID card, public transport pass, etc.).

 

The Buddy System organizes trips, meetings, parties and other activities for students throughout the entire academic year.
 

 

Academic and Cultural Excursions

CESP study tours – CESP students can take part in 1 or 2 weekend field trips to various cities and sites in the Czech Republic and neighboring countries. Study tours are held as a part of students' individual courses. Attending these tours is an important part of being a student at CESP and gaining practical knowledge about the Czech Republic.

 

Examples of one day and two day trips taken in past semesters include: Karlovy Vary, Loket castle, Frantiskovy Lazne, Marianske Lazne, South Moravia and Cesky Krumlov.

 

 

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Enhance Your Experience Online

Global Citizen Development

Global CitizensThe new Global Citizen Development modules are online learning components designed to help you explore your study abroad destination and experience at a whole new level. These modules are not mandatory; however, we strongly encourage your participation as they will introduce you to the opportunities and challenges you may encounter when participating in a study abroad program, as well as expose you to cultural insights and knowledge about your host country to help make your program abroad even more successful and fulfilling. Through the 3 modules, you will refine your skills in cross-cultural observation, adaptation, and communication.  

Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.

 

Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.

 

If you have any questions about course availability, please contact studyabroad@globalinksabroad.org.

 

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Watch a short slideshow of photos of Prague

 

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Fees

CESP - Prague Fall 2014 Semester
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program Fees *$7,925.00
Mandatory Activity and Excursion Package$1,000.00
Housing without MealsIncluded in program fees
What's includedSee below
* Program Fee shown includes a $500 Affiliate University Discount


Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes:

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

  • Multi-day on-site Bridging Cultures Program
  • Local Discovery Activities hosted by on-site Resident Coordinator
  • Welcome and farewell events
  • HTH Worldwide health insurance protection
  • Alumni opportunities, including professional ambassador program
  • International Student Identity Card
  • Exclusive Career-Building Alumni Institute (add-on option)

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.



Dates

Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 
Fall 2014 Semester - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2014
Anticipated Departure
Start DateSeptember 10, 2014
End DateDecember 19, 2014
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Fall 2014 Full Academic Year - FallApplication Deadline: May 15, 2014
Anticipated Departure
Start DateSeptember 10, 2014
End DateMay 15, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -
Spring 2015 Semester - SpringApplication Deadline: October 15, 2014
Anticipated Departure
Start DateFebruary 4, 2015
End DateMay 15, 2015
Mid Semester Break #1 -
Mid Semester Break #2 -

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level.

Required GPA: 2.50

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team


Program Manager
Jeanne Marion-Damgaard
jmariondamgaard@globalinksabroad.org
1-800-980-0033 x 133

Program Assistant
Graham Cruise
gcruise@globalinksabroad.org


Resident Director
Robin Buck
rbuck@globalinksabroad.org


Resident Coordinator
Barbora Měkotová
RCPrague@globalinksabroad.org