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 a research-based field component.
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?
Available areas of research include:
- Computer Science
- Political Science
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
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
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
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
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
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 research-based field component for 3 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 7 U.S. semester credit hours.
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.
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.