Programs : Brochure
- Locations: Berlin, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; Krakow, Poland; Maastricht, Netherlands; Prague, Czech Republic; Vienna, Austria
- Program Terms: Summer
- Restrictions: PSU applicants only
- Budget Sheets: Summer
Eastern Central Europe is rich with a diverse set of ethnic cultures, economic developments, and political experiments. Students participating in this program will have the opportunity to visit various Eastern and Central European countries while learning about economic, political and social reforms that shaped these nations in the 20th century.
In this intensive program, students will be immersed in the subject matter through site visits, readings, lectures, independent research, and class discussions.
During Part I of the program, students will visit Central and Eastern European cities such as:
During Part II of the program, students will relate the business visits, lectures, and cultural experiences to the course content taught by Penn State Smeal College of Business professor, Brian Davis, at Maastricht University in Maastricht, the Netherlands. Johanna Slot, Assistant Professor of Marketing with Smeal and a native of the Netherlands, will assist in leading and mentoring the group.
Maastricht, with a population of 125,000, provides a mix of small-town charm and urban sophistication. Today the city is best known as the signing location of the Maastricht Treaty, which accelerated the process of European integration.
Maastricht is located in the southernmost part of The Netherlands, with easy access to many major points of interest in Europe. Amsterdam, Rotterdam, and The Hague are three hours to the north. The city is only sixty-four miles from Cologne and only 78 miles from Brussels. The Maastricht Aachen Airport and the central train station provide easy access to all of Europe. In the past, students have used free time on some weekends to take advantage of these opportunities.
The academic program taught in English consists of six weeks -- a study tour to East Central European countries followed by three weeks of instruction. Students must come prepared to think and discuss what they are learning. They will complete and submit assignments in each study tour destination, in addition to their course work while based in Maastricht.
Instructor: Brian Davis
his course provides a framework for evaluating the business environment of the emerging markets of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). This region is rich with a diverse set of ethnic cultures, economic development, and political experiments before and after the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The transition of the CEE economies will also be placed into the larger context of the efforts to create a more integrated European Union. The identification, measurement and mitigation of foreign exchange risk and other country risks will also be addressed.
Pre-requisites: ECON 102 and/or ECON 104 required
You will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program leader.
In Maastricht, all students will stay in shared apartments located a short walk from the city center. Cooking facilities are available in the apartments. On the study tour, students will stay in modest hotels. Students will be responsible for paying for all meals.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Summer budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.
Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
For more information regarding this program, please contact Vanessa Haussman in the Smeal Office of International Programs. You may also schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
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