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Fact Sheet:
Language(s) in which classes are available:
English Max credits offered: 21
Minimum VT Class Status required for admission:
2 Sophomore Program Type: Direct Enroll, Non-VT
Minimum Cumulative GPA:
2.3 Areas of Study: Business Information Technology, Culture, Finance, Management
College Sponsor: Pamplin
Program Description:


Czech Republic, Prague

Field(s) of Study

Business, Economics, Finance, Management, Business Information Technology, Czech Language & Culture

Program Flyer

Prague Bookmark (PDF)


Additional Information

Gain a European perspective on business, global citizenship, critical thinking, intercultural as well as career skills by spending the Fall Semester in Prague, Czech Republic. The program contains BIT, Finance and Management courses and is meant for first semester Juniors.

Independent travel is one of the greatest learning experiences. 

Students will have three long breaks as well as all 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. 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.


Cinque Terre


Czech Republic
Fall 2019 (August - December)

Fall Semester in Europe for Business Majors

This study abroad program is intended to give students exposure to and experience in European culture and the business environment in the Czech Republic and Central Europe. The program will encompass the entire fall semester, and will have a maximum of 40 students.

The classes are offered through the the European Study Abroad Center (ESAC) and the University of Economics (VSE) in Prague. As such, this is considered a non-Virginia Tech program type. The classes are pre-approved to 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.
Czech Republic


Students will stay in fully-furnished apartments near the city center and university. The apartments have kitchen, balcony, wi-fi and night security staff. The building quiet hours are 10pm-7am. This will be strictly enforced.


There are many travel opportunities during the program. Students have three long breaks and all weekends during which they can travel independently through Europe. Prague is close to many major European cities. Students can also find inexpensive flights throughout Europe.

Faculty can assist in making travel recommendations but organizing travel details and accommodation will be the students' responsibility. More information about travelling around Prague can be found here.


Students must have a minimum GPA of 2.3. Contact faculty program leader for exceptions.

Eligible students are first-semester juniors during the term of the trip (Pamplin sophomores when they apply). Pamplin students must comply with Policy 91. Students 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 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. 
For ACIS Majors: ACIS 3115 and ACIS 3504
For BIT Majors: BIT 3424


Click the "Apply Now " button and follow the instructions. 

When applying for Pamplin study abroad, please be sure to select only the program that is your top choice. As long as you have done sufficient research on your study abroad options, you should be able to apply to one program that will meet your goals. We ask that you also identify the program of your second choice. In the instance that you are not selected for your first choice program, we will do our best to assist you in applying to program of your second choice. Although you are limited to one  study abroad application per program term (e.g. winter), Pamplin International Programs will assist qualified students who are declined from their first choice in finding an appropriate alternative program.

Complete the online Study Abroad Academic Review Form and Study Abroad Application. There is also an honor records system and student conduct records waiver form and financial agreement. These are all required before your application is accepted.


Your acceptance is contingent on you having a valid passport for at least 6 months after your return, until June 2018. Failure to do so will result in your dismissal from the program. DO NOT WAIT TO APPLY FOR OR RENEW YOUR PASSPORT. Apply for your passport right away. Bring it to Blacksburg for our January meeting. You can apply by appointment at the Post Office on University City Boulevard.


All applications are due no later than February 1st. 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:
If your GPA is at least      You will be evaluated by
3.7 November 1
3.2 December 1
2.3 January 1


The program includes seven (7) classes. These classes are pre-approved to 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
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.

Please check with your academic advisor regarding your eligibility for transferring credits and completing your degree.

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.


This program is offered through the European Study Abroad Center (ESAC) and the University of Economics (VSE) in PragueIt 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.

Estimated program fee is $10,500-$11,100*. This includes VSE tuition & fees, lodging, cultural excursions, school lunches, public transportation in Prague and emergency insurance. The program fee does not include airfare, some meals, passport, visa, or personal expenses. Click here for an estimated cost summary.

Once you are accepted into the program you will be charged a non-refundable $1,000 program deposit. The balance of payments will be in spring semester.

*Program fees may vary depending on the number of students enrolled.

Financial Aid & Scholarships

Students' financial aid and non-Pamplin scholarships generally cannot apply to this program. It is not a VT program since you are not paying regular tuition to VT. 

For students seeking to apply federal financial aid to this program, please complete the process outlined on the Global Education’s website under the Financial Matters – Financial Aid section.

First you must file a current Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to the University Financial Aid Office.

Next, fill out the top half of the Financial Aid Documentation Form (on the Global Education Office Financial Aid page) and submit it to the Global Education Office (526 Prices Fork Road).
Be aware: given that you are not paying tuition and fees to Virginia Tech for the summer semester, the VA 529 Tuition Plan and financial aid in the form of tuition waivers (e.g. VTGT—Virginia Tech Grant, Funds For the Future, etc.) are not eligible to apply to the program costs.
For questions, please consult with a study abroad advisor or a financial aid counselor. You can also check with Ms. Tanko in the Undergraduate Office (1046 Pamplin) if you need more information.

Contact Information

Lance Matheson
Business Information Technology
1007 Pamplin Hall 
(540) 231-5804

Linda Tanko
Academic Scholarships & Study Abroad Specialist
1046 Pamplin Hall 
(540) 231-3562

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2019 02/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be notified of acceptance into this program within a few weeks of submission. Please allow time for review.