Semester in Prague, Czech Republic

Imagine studying in one of central Europe’s most important cultural and economic cities. If Business and Economics appeal to you then a Semester in Prague is a dream opportunity.

Program Overview

The Semester in Business and Economics, Prague is the ideal blend of educational requirements, social activities and rich cultural adventures. Studying at Prague’s University of Economics genuinely means immersing yourself in one of Central Europe’s most dynamic and culturally interesting capital cities. Start getting excited about:

A tailored learning experience – There’s no better way to truly learn about Central and Eastern European economics, societies and culture than to be living in it! Immerse yourself in this city’s outstanding cultural identity and see what makes Prague the city that it has become today.

So much to see and do – The city possesses a fascinating history, marvellous architecture that changes in every district, a pulsating nightlife, and an arts scene that’s full of life… much like it’s city. Every day will be a new adventure. Plus, Prague is the perfect hub to visit neighbouring countries such as Germany, Austria and Switzerland – just to name a few!

Vibrant campus life – Dull moments will be a rare occurence during your Semester in Prague. The Central and Eastern European Studies Program (CESP), in conjunction with the “Buddy System,” organise a variety of activities both on campus and in your new city, to fully immerse you in Prague’s way of life.

A city made for exploring – The city is so easy to get around, whether by foot, bike or their well connected public transport system, you’ll never be without something to see and do.

Affordability: Another of Prague’s best features is its affordability. Despite being a famous tourist attaction, Prague manages to remain a city suited to the budget-conscious.

Buddy program – Many of your classmates will be international students, and you will have a Czech buddy to help you navigate and explore this great city.

Highlights

The Semester in Prague program is located at the University of Economics is a unique and outstanding program for all international students and here’s why:

  • Give yourself the advantage by studying in one of Europe’s most important economic hubs
  • Prague is a great starting point for travel throughout Europe – imagine a quick trip to Switzerland over the weekend, or maybe a Schitzel in Germany?
  • A dynamic and busy campus with regular activities for both local and international students
  • A robust, week long orientation program – you will know everything there is to know about the campus, city and your program.

Choose Your Course

The CISaustralia Semester in Prague program ensures that all student learning needs are supported by an experienced, and highly trained academic team. The University of Economics in Prague developed a unique program especially for international students to learn about the economic and business conditions in Central Europe through the expert insights of native Czech professors and business professionals.

Courses available to students include: Management, Czech language, law, trade practices, history and culture, politics and the economies of vanguard countries – especially Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland.

Academic Requirement: To qualify students must be in good academic standing with a GPA of 4.5 (out of 7) or equivalent. If your current GPA falls below the requirement please contact us to discuss your situation. We will do what we can to find the right program for you.

How to choose your courses
This is the fun part. Once we have received your application we will send you a CISaustralia Course Selection Worksheet. The instructions provided will assist you through the steps involved in selecting your courses.

Course load: Full time equivalent. Approx. 4 classes per semester.

Academic Credit and Course approval: Before you leave Australia for your semester abroad, we encourage students to choose at least 7 – 8 courses from your overseas institution and have them approved by your home university (in Australia). This will allow some flexibility in your class schedule. On arrival overseas you may find some of your classes have filled; therefore it is important to have a number of classes approved (as back up).

If you are interested in gaining academic credit for the courses you study overseas, towards your degree in Australia, you should apply to your home university prior to your departure – but only after acceptance into the program by CISaustralia. Most Universities in Australia will have specific procedures and associated documentation in relation to the approval of academic credit – CISaustralia can assist you in this process. While each University process can be slightly different (and vary between degree programs), this procedure could involve the Universities International Office, your Academic Advisor / Course Convenor and / or Faculty Head of Department. We pride ourselves on having good relationships with the Universities in Australia and guiding our students though this process.

Ultimately, your home University in Australia will be responsible for approving all academic credit for the courses you study overseas. CISaustralia will provide access to detailed course descriptions and / or course syllabus from your overseas University, that will allow your home University (in Australia) to make an accurate assessment of your chosen courses (for credit purposes).

Detailed instructions on applying for academic credit and associated procedures will be provided by CISaustralia after you have been accepted into the program and you receive your acceptance package. This will include a telephone interview by our trained counsellors. CISaustralia will always be available to assist with any questions you have regarding academic credit – by phone and email.

A semester overseas is also the ideal opportunity to take some interesting electives if your program allows.

Please contact CISaustralia for a list of available courses on offer.

Excursions

The local international office at the university organises many free or cost effective student day trips to ensure you see all that this beautiful country has to offer. These trips include:

Ceský Krumlov
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ceský Krumlov is famous for its bohemian Old Town, with 300 protected medieval buildings, and its castle complex, the second largest in the Czech Republic. Saunter through crooked, cobblestone streets on foot and soak up the atmosphere of this impeccably preserved medieval gem. As you explore and admire old townhomes, inns, shops and cafes, you can genuinly imagine how life once was in this magical town.

Vienna
In Vienna, the capital of Austria, the coffee house isn’t just a hangout: it’s an institution. Lingering over a newspaper with a pastry and a strong espresso drink is, according to UNESCO, officially a Viennese cultural pastime. Walk off your slice of Sachertorte with a self-guided tour of the city’s stunning architecture, museums, squares, monuments and contemporary art scene. Students are dropped off in Moravia and picked up at the end of the day to return to Prague.

Karlovy Vary
When you visit this spa city, your bathing suit is an absolute must! With 13 main springs, more than 300 small springs and the warm-water River Tepla, there are plenty of opportunities to take a dip! Though the waters are often rumored to have healing powers; that is not all that this Bohemian town has going for it – the surrounding hills provide some spectacular hiking spots and the city is also home to the magnificent Grand Hotel Pupp featured in the Queen Latifah movie Last Holiday. If that still doesn’t sound like enough then you could always try the Karlovy famous delicacy – Carlsbad Plums!

Note: These excursions are not guaranteed and are subject to change.

Location

Prague is the capital of the Czech Repulic, a country found in Central Europe. Neighbouring countries include Poland, Hungary and Germany.

Prague is considered to be one of Europe’s most beautiful capital cities with it’s dramatic mix of snow-capped mountains, enchanting fairytale-like castles and squares, historic bridges and buildings, trendy bars and restaurants, thriving night scene and beer culture. This city has something on the menu for all ages, demographics and interests.

Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions including Old Town Square with it’s animated Astronomical clock, Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, and many museums, theatres and art galleries. Food stalls, musicians and flea markets unexpectedly appear throughout the city, and the sweet & spicy scent of mulled wine wafting the streets throughout the cooler months is a common occurence. It’s fair to say that Prague is a magical city with a bohemian allure that’s unique to this European country.

The University

The Semester in Prague is housed at the University of Economics in Prague. The University is Prague’s leading school of management and economics.

Home to almost 20,000 students and 6 faculties (5 of which are housed in Prague – and accessible to CISaustralia students). The faculties include:|
1. The Faculty of Finance and Accounting
2. The Faculty of International Relations
3. The Faculty of Business Administration
4. The Faculty of Statistics and Informatics
5. The Faculty of Economics and Public Administration

Located in the center of Prague, the University is only a couple of minutes walk from many historical monuments, medieval churches and other famous ancient sites.

All courses are taught in English. Students will learn about the past, present and future of developing economies, politics, societies and languages of Central and East Europpean countries. Students are also offered the opportunity to learn the Czech language.

Life on campus is highly social due to its many on-campus facilities including a coffee lounge, two cafeterias and two restaurants. Wifi is easily accessible, and international and exchange students have exclusive access to a computer room.

During the semester, students will have many opportunities to participate in activities with Czech and international students. Trips within the Czech Republic, plus international trips, language-exchange activities, parties, and sports activities are all included in the programs.

Orientation week is also an opportunity for students to receive all the information they need about studying and living in Prague.

Accommodation

During your semester in Prague you will live in University-run residence halls which are a 20 minute tram ride away from the city centre.

Students live in a shared accommodation with 2 x 2 bedrooms (4 per suite), and your housemates may be both native Czech students and international students. All students are provided with quilts, pillows, and bed linens. Every flat has a shared bathroom and a kitchen with a table, a cupboard (with cooking utensils and dishes), an electric hot plate, and a fridge. Within each building are common laundry facilities, a fitness centre and a party room with a full kitchen/oven etc. that students can rent out if required.

Please note that there is no meal plan, however, student meals at the college and around Prague are very reasonably priced. You will have access to internet and the University’s computer network from your accommodation.

Program Fee & Dates

Semester program - Session 1
Application Deadline01 November 2018
Arrival Date15 February 2019
Departure Date15 May 2019
Program Fee A$ 8,490
OS-HELP A$ 6,791
Semester program - Session 2
Application Deadline01 June 2019
Arrival Date01 September 2019
Departure Date15 December 2019
Program Fee A$ 8,490
OS-HELP A$ 6,791

 

Program fees include the following:
  • Pre-departure orientation materials
  • Assistance with travel arrangements
  • Financial advice
  • On-site support
  • Airport pick-up
  • Medical and accident insurance
  • University official transcript
  • Arrival orientation
  • Full-time tuition and fees
  • Shared accommodation
  • CISaustralia support services before, during, and after the program
  • Academic advising
  • Optional Local excursions

Please note that you also need to budget for flights, meals and personal travel expense. CISaustralia can provide a realistic sample of expected additional expenses so you can be fully prepared for all expected costs and budget accordingly.

CISaustralia reserves the right to alter fees and inclusions at any time due to currency fluctuations and/or changes made by our partner institutions.

Dates are for reference only and are subject to change. Please do not book flights until you have received the confirmed dates in your acceptance paperwork.

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