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
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.
Part I of this program begins in Maastricht, Netherlands but primarily consists of an Eastern European Study Tour. Accompanied by Johanna Slot, Assistant Professor of Marketing with Smeal and a native of the Netherlands, students will be given a chance to explore five different countries, focusing on local businesses, government institutions and cultural landmarks. This intensive 16-day tour will expose the group to a variety cultures and business practices and also allows for some independent exploration. Cities to be visited on the study tour include:
• Berlin, Germany
• Krakow, Poland
• Budapest, Hungary
• Vienna, Austria
• Prague, Czech Republic
During the second half of the program, students will settle back in to Maastricht where they will spend three weeks taking a course taught by Smeal Finance professor, Brian Davis. They will relate the business visits, lectures, and cultural experiences from the study tour to their study of the business environment of Central & Eastern Europe.
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.
Summer: June 28 - August 9, 2019
Regardless of the timing or reason for the withdrawal, the student will be responsible for paying the Education Abroad Administrative Fees. For faculty-led freestanding programs, there is a specific withdrawal penalty schedule.
Education Abroad makes every attempt at keeping the program and administrative costs to a minimum. However, when you commit to participating in a program, Education Abroad begins to make financial commitments on your behalf. In case of withdrawal, the following fees will be charged to your Bursar account
Upon Commitment - 90 Days Prior to Departure: 25% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
30 - 89 Days Prior to Departure: 50% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
29 Days - Departure Date: 100% Program Fee + EA Admin Fee
Following the start of the summer semester, any adjustment of tuition charges will be made according to the Tuition Adjustment Schedule as determined by the Office of the Bursar. More information can be found on the University Senate Policy on Withdrawal and Leave of Absence.
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