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Prague Summer Study Abroad Program

About Summer in Prague

  • Minimum GPA: 2.5 (4.0 scale)
  • Length of program: Session I: Early June to early July
    Sessions I and II: Early June to late July
  • Application deadline: May 1
  • Program advisor: Nikki Bruckmann

Program Snapshot

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What Summer in Prague has to offer

  • A curriculum that explores a Europe in transition as the region responds to events and pressures ranging from Brexit to migration surges
  • A base in the lively city of Prague, a compelling vantage point to explore issues relevant to the Czech Republic, Europe and the world
  • Robust local network of academics, entrepreneurs, legal experts, Czech- and foreign-owned businesses, hacker spaces and NGOs offer resources for exploration and discovery
  • Opportunities to connect with European students through IFSA-Butler co-curricular activities

Housing

  • Housing is in centrally-located apartments in Prague

Academics

  • Courses in business, technology and film studies taught by Prague College faculty
  • Session II students complete a Professional Development Project
  • An innovative approach to teaching and learning that focuses on the needs of the individual student
  • Small class sizes offer the opportunity to engage directly with Prague College's experienced international lecturers
  • Partnerships with businesses offer the opportunity for students to take their learning outside the classroom

Academics

Courses

What is the academic structure of the Summer in Prague program?
The first session offers courses in business, technology and film studies. Students who stay on for the second session will spend the session completing research through a Professional Development Project.

What is the Professional Development Project?The Professional Development Project is a dynamic field-based learning experience that provides students with the opportunity to learn more about their professional areas of interest through structured application of theory to practice. Through a combination of visits and experiences that will occur as a group, students will actively survey an industry of their Reimagining Europe learning community. The accompanying research project encourages students to pursue individualized lines of inquiry while gaining practical knowledge of their professional areas to provide context to their learning. This combination of research and professional development gives the Professional Development Project its unique flavor.

What courses are available in the first session?
The following courses are available during the first session of this program:

  • Business Economics
  • Business Ethics
  • Business Skills for eCommerce
  • Business Strategy
  • Film Studies
  • Global Business Environment
  • Management and Operations
  • Understanding and Leading Change
  • Website Design

What areas of research are available as part of the Professional Development Project?
Available areas of research include:

  • Business
  • Computer Science
  • Criminology
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • History
  • Management
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

Course Descriptions

Business Economics
Business enterprises are established for a variety of objectives, and organizational structures evolve to meet the objective of the enterprise in a competitive market and satisfy the interests of their stakeholders. This competitive market is shaped by the government, competitors, consumers, suppliers and international factors. It is within this business environment that organizations function and have to determine strategies that allow them to meet their organizational purposes in ways that comply with the relevant economic and financial regulatory frameworks. By studying the business environment, students will come to understand how different economic market structures shape the pricing and output decisions of businesses, as well as other aspects of their competitive behavior. View syllabus

Business Ethics
Ethics in business is a critically important topic of study, as unethical business practices can actively harm or put consumers, companies and the community at risk. Students will explore the broad framework of ethics, apply multiple ethical perspectives to business, and assess ethical issues in business. Using a case study, students will analyze ethical dilemmas at various levels of organizations and suggest solutions. View syllabus

Business Skills for eCommerce
Poor organizational choices in technology and process cost companies business, market position and profitability. Through the study of the structure and aim of organizations, their stakeholders and objectives, students will learn to apply the business skills needed to design an effective eCommerce solution. All the necessary steps will be covered: identifying objectives, market research, target research, key processes, eCommerce systems, security and legislation. Current, topical examples of eCommerce practices will be explored. View syllabus

Business Strategy
Organizations adapt strategic approaches to achieve their mission and organizational goals. These choices about organization's directions are made within the context of the macro environment, the market sector and the organization's internal environment and capabilities. Students will learn the theories, models and concepts related to business strategy, including operational, tactical and strategic applications, and how these can be applied to significantly support an organization's strategic choice and direction. View syllabus

Film Studies
This course is designed to develop learners' abilities in critical analysis techniques and methods, using theoretical models of film analysis. It addresses how meaning is created in film and how interpretations of meaning can be articulated through the application of those techniques and methods. Learners must investigate how films are perceived by audiences as well as how they themselves respond to films. View syllabus

Global Business Environment
Every business, whether a local café or multi-national corporation, operates in and is affected by the global business environment. This course will explore the complexities of operating in this rapidly changing environment, and the way businesses respond to the global market in terms of their organizational structure, decision-making, strategy, culture and business functions. Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to analyze the key factors driving globalization, apply their knowledge of the global business environment to a particular context and advise senior managers in large or small organizations on the impact of global issues on their business. View syllabus

Management and Operations
Organizations need both leaders and managers to successfully operate, and their roles are related yet distinct from one another. In this course, students will consider the characteristics, behaviors and traits which support effective management and leadership. This course also introduces the concept of operations as a function and process of business. Successful completion of this course will allow students to apply their knowledge of theories of management and operations to make a positive, efficient and effective contribution to an organization at a junior level. View syllabus

Understanding and Leading Change
Change is an inevitable circumstance in the global business environment. In this course, the role and various approaches of leadership in change will be studied, with special attention to appropriate and timely interventions required to maximize benefits and minimize risk. Students will examine change drivers, resistors and barriers in order to understand the ways in which change impacts an organization's strategy and operations. View syllabus

Website Design
The process of website design is covered fully in this course – from identification of need, design, implementation, testing, to maintenance and review. Learners will begin this course by evaluating existing websites, in the context of cross-platforms, range of browsers and design features. Given the ever-evolving business and technology environment, it is important that learners do not just develop skills in specific techniques but are also able to select when and where they are most appropriate, basing this decision on client and user needs, accessibility, and legislation and guidelines. View syllabus

Credits

How many credits will I earn?
IFSA-Butler requires students to enroll in a full course load for the summer. Session I courses are worth 4 U.S. semester credits. Students attending both sessions take one course in session I and complete a Professional Development Project for 4 U.S. semester credit hours in session II.

Students attending session I only will earn 4 U.S. semester credit hours, and students attending both sessions will earn a total of 8 U.S. semester credit hours.

Registration

The course preference form is not a registration form; it is a guideline to let your on-site team know which courses you are interested in taking in Prague. You should discuss your course selections with your academic advisor at your home institution and have several backup choices in mind. Accepted students will receive their provisional schedule shortly after an admissions decision is made. This schedule will be based on the courses listed on the course preference form.

What are the registration conditions?
You must take a full course load as determined by IFSA-Butler. Credit will be awarded on a Butler University transcript based on a typical U.S. full course load. All courses are graded on an A-F scale, and there is no provision for pass/fail or auditing courses unless pass/fail is the only method of assessment for the course. You are not allowed to register for online, distance education or hybrid courses.

You should also be aware that you may be charged additional fees by your home institution or host university to take or process additional credits. Taking less than a full course load may jeopardize your student status and result in personal academic repercussions and/or loss of financial aid.

Exams

Coming soon!

Transcripts

How will my home university know what my classes were and what grades I received?
After you have returned to the U.S., your home university will receive a Butler University transcript with the credit you earned in Prague. The Butler University transcript will report the equivalent U.S. semester credit hours and letter grades. We also will send an official transcript to your permanent address.

Housing

Housing FAQs

Is my housing included in the program fee?
Yes. Your program fee includes accommodation throughout the program.

Where will I live?
All students on the Summer in Prague program live in centrally located, fully furnished flats in Prague. Students have single bedrooms but will share a bathroom. All apartments are located in beautiful historic buildings and include a common dining area and kitchen with a microwave, refrigerator, oven and stovetop.

When will I receive my housing assignment?
You will most likely receive your housing assignment one to two weeks before your departure. However, you may not receive your housing assignment until you arrive in Prague for orientation.

Do I have to pay a housing deposit?
No. IFSA-Butler does not require a housing deposit for summer programs.

Can I arrange my own housing?
All students who participate in the Summer in Prague program must live in IFSA-Butler housing for the duration of the program.

Meals

There is no meal plan for this program. Students purchase their meals or cook for themselves.

Location Info

Population: 1.3 million
Location: West central Czech Republic

City features

  • A plethora of architectural wonders: Prague Castle, Wenceslaus Square, Old Town Hall Tower and Astronomical Clock, the Dancing House and Jubilee Synagogue, just to name a few
  • Restaurants that feature hearty and delicious Czech and European cuisine: flaky, sweet trdelník pastries (often filled with ice cream!), roasted pork and bread dumplings, potato pancakes, flavorful cheese and fruit-filled dumplings
  • A thriving student scene, vibrant nightlife and many festivals

Do more!

  • Hike the Czech Republic's nearly 24,000 miles of color-coded hiking trails
  • Go beyond the city to visit a chata, a simple weekend cottage, typically built by Czech families without professional help
  • Try the mineral waters in the historic spa town of Karlovy Vary

Links

Prague Tourism
Czechtourism.com
Lonely Planet Prague

Dates & Fees

Program Dates

  • Session I 2017
  • Mandatory arrival in Prague: June 8
  • Program starts: June 8
  • Move into housing: June 8
  • IFSA-Butler orientation: June 9-10
  • Classes begin: June 12
  • Classes end: June 30
  • Program ends: July 1
  • Sessions I and II 2017
  • Mandatory arrival in Prague: June 8
  • Program starts: June 8
  • Move into housing: June 8
  • IFSA-Butler orientation: June 9-10
  • Classes begin: June 12
  • Classes end: July 21
  • Program ends: July 22

Your program end date may change due to circumstances beyond IFSA-Butler's control. We also strongly recommend that you investigate fees and penalties associated with your airline tickets in case you need to make date or route changes.

Program housing is available only until the “Program ends” date.

Program Fees

Summer in Prague

  • Session 1 2017
  • Tuition/Services: $3,825
  • Housing Deposit: None
  • Housing: $650
  • Supplemental Charges: None
  • Sessions 1 and II 2017
  • Tuition/Services: $7,075
  • Housing Deposit: None
  • Housing: $1,300
  • Supplemental Charges: None

NEW: All participants on our 2017 Summer in Prague program will receive a guaranteed scholarship! Awards are $1,000 for Session I participants and $2,000 for Sessions I and II participants. In return, students will be expected to provide feedback about their experience and document their program with photos, videos, and reflection which will allow us to build upon the strengths of the program for future cohorts.

What's included in our summer program fees
Expense calculator

Summer Payment Due: May 1

Personal Cost Estimates

  • Summer Session I 2017
  • Travel to Prague: $1,000
  • Student Visa: N/A
  • Commuting:$30
  • Books:$20
  • Meals: $200
  • Personal Misc.: $70
  • Summer Sessions I and II 2017
  • Travel to Prague: $1,000
  • Student Visa: N/A
  • Commuting:$60
  • Books:$40
  • Meals: $400
  • Personal Misc.: $140

Expense calculator

The above numbers are general estimates of expenses during a program abroad and are estimates based on past students' experiences at the current exchange rate. We recommend taking into account your current spending habits, the cost of living in your host country and the current exchange rate. Your IFSA-Butler program advisor can be helpful as you attempt to work on a personal budget for your experience abroad. Rates are current as of December 2016. They do not include any entertainment or vacation travel costs.

Meals are estimated based on the cost of a weekly standard grocery shop with one or two meals out. If you plan to eat out once a day or more, we recommend using a higher estimate. If you have dietary restrictions or follow a specific diet (gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, organic, etc), you may also wish to budget more due to the higher cost of specialty food items.

Student Visa: U.S. citizens studying in the Czech Republic for more than 90 days need to apply for a visa. Detailed instructions regarding Czech visas will be sent to all students upon acceptance.

Personal Miscellaneous: Covers general expenses of college life, including course supplies, photocopying, toiletries, snacks, personal care, etc.

Commuting: Estimates are for transportation between housing and university. Transportation for personal or recreational purposes is not included in the above estimates.

All costs are in U.S. dollars.

Meet Your IFSA-Butler Team

IFSA-Butler has a dedicated team of staff who are here to help students prepare for their program in Prague:

nikkiProgram Advisor Nikki Bruckmann assists with the application process and is here to answer program, cultural and academic questions before departure. Nikki can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229, extn. 4257. Nikki studied abroad as an undergrad. Being completely inspired by the personal impact of her experience, Nikki continued to work for the program as a service learning assistant, preparing students for their predeparture and assisting them while abroad. After graduation, Nikki spent a year living and working abroad and returned home to obtain her masters in Social and Cultural Anthropology. Nikki is passionate about higher education, culture and study abroad.


altStudent Accounts Coordinator Angelita Shaffer assists with the financial side of study abroad and processes payments and invoices. Angelita can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4221.

 

 

 

 

altStudent & Parent Services Manager Donnetta Spears is available to both students and parents for travel questions and information. Donnetta has worked with IFSA-Butler since 2000, and she has traveled through parts of Europe, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand. As the mother of 4 college students (including one who studied abroad on an IFSA-Butler program), she has a deep understanding of the ins-and-outs of study abroad from a parent perspective. Donnetta can be reached at the email link above or at 317-940-4252.





altUpon return from your study abroad program, Assistant Director for Academic Affairs Rhonda Hinkle processes your Butler University transcript and assists with any academic record appeals. Rhonda completed her undergraduate coursework at the University of Evansville and received her master's degree from Bowling Green State University. She also has taken doctoral courses at Ball State University. For Rhonda, study abroad not only increased her awareness of the world around her but also ignited her passion for travel and education. Rhonda can be reached at the email link above or at 800-858-0229 ext. 4259.

Get Connected

Connect with IFSA-Butler Students

If you really want to know what it's like to study abroad, connect with IFSA-Butler alumni and students who are currently abroad on an IFSA-Butler program. Check out the following:

Student Network
Student Blogs
Experiences Abroad Videos
For Students

 
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