This seminar to Prague and Berlin will broaden students' general awareness of the international business climate of Central Europe. Students will gain a greater understanding of the business, political, and educational issues affecting this region's transition from a centralized to a market-driven economy. Additional goals of the program are:
To expose students to the business environment in the European Union.
To expose students to some of the problems the EU faces as it expands east to absorb Central and Eastern European countries which, for a long time, were under communist regimes.
To expose students to the cultural differences among European countries.
To show students how the definition of "business ethics" can change based on cultural values and legal environment.
Past on-site business visits have included those to Toyota, Volkswagen, Ernst & Young's legal department, a glass manufacturer, a brewery, DDB advertising, CSOB (a major Czech Bank), Applycon (a small manufacturer), Czech Republic and Slovakia McDonald's headquarters and the Museum of Communism. While in Berlin, the group also receives a lecture from a retired professor of Economics and Business at Vienna University on the business environment in Central and Eastern Europe. Appropriate business attire will be required at corporate and government visits.
Traveling from Berlin to Prague, students will have an opportunity to visit Dresden, a beautiful and historic city that is one of the important cultural, educational, political, and economic centers of Germany.
The faculty director for this program is Dr. Petr Chadraba from the Department of Marketing.
The course syllabus will provide additional details on the assessment of participants, but attendance at scheduled activities, appropriate behavior during the seminar, and a post-trip paper are expected. Upon successful completion, seminar participants will receive 4 hours of elective credit for the Summer I session. Graduate students receive credit for IB 750 and undergraduate students receive credit for ICS 350, which fulfills the Junior Year Experiential Learning (JYEL) requirement. There will be three pre-trip class sessions at DePaul's Loop campus in the spring quarter and one post-trip class meeting. Attendance at all four sessions is mandatory. Participation in the class meetings and company visits will be considered for the course grade. Dr. Chadraba will requirements for a grade at the first required pre-departure class. The course syllabus will provide a more detailed explanation of grading standards.
Circumstances, such as an unexpected event abroad or a curriculum change, may require DePaul University to make changes to the program. DePaul University reserves the right to cancel or alter programs and courses without notice.
All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition and a program fee. Tuition is billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate based on the number of credits enrolled. Click here for the program fee for your program. Read the details carefully to understand exactly what is included. Please also note the withdrawal policy.
If you are planning to study abroad and do not have a passport, apply for one immediately. Some programs require travelers to obtain visas. In that case, contact the local consulates or embassies of the countries you will be visiting for up-to-date instructions on how to apply for them. As of this publication, students on the Czech Republic and Germany program who are US citizens DO NOT need a visa. Please note, however, that visa requirements can change. The Study Abroad Program will update this website to reflect changes to the visa requirements as they become available.
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