Center for International Services & Programs

CSU in Prague

August 10- 16, 2014 (Application deadline april 4th)
international Field experience in accounting

Program Description

This study abroad program provides students the opportunity to learn about the culture and financial markets in the Czech Republic as CSU travels to the Eastern European city of Prague. This program showcases the progression of this historical region as it transitions to an active member of the European Union (EU) by focusing on meetings with EU representatives, international accounting firms to discuss the adoption of International Accounting Standards, international banks to examine the role of the financial markets in this changing economy, and finally through a visit to the historic city of Vienna, Austria, to see the stock market.

Academic Program

This program is intended to broaden a student's awareness of the international business climate. It will provide an understanding of the economic, political, and cultural aspects of doing business in the recent European Union entrant, the Czech Republic. In addition, it will expose students to the role of internationl financial markets and the expertise that international acccounting firms have provided as this former Eastern Bloc country makes the transition to membership in the EU. This seminar is a field-based course that enables students to observe international environments and study, first-hand, two international accounting firms and two international banks as well as meeting EU reps and visit other companies operating in this economy. Additionally, students will spend a day visiting Vienna, Austria to experience the Vienna Stock Exchange and other sites in this world famous city.  Students are required to enroll in the 3- credit course for this program: ACT 496 or ACT 696. The course includes the international component in August as well as three mandatory pre-departure meetings held at noon on three Saturdays in the months preceding the travel. The final paper is due sometime in the fall semester (see course syllabus).

Eligibility

Minimum undegraduate cumulative GPA of 2.0; minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0. At the time of application, the CSU student must have completed at least two semesters at CSU if a first-year, or at least one semester if a transfer or graduate student. The applicant must not have any red flags on their Treasury Services account and no infractions of the Student Code of Conduct that would prevent successful participation on this program as determined by CISP and the Judicial Affairs Office. As a pre-requisite for this course, students must have completed or be enrolled in ACT 221 (if undergrad) or ACT 501 (if MBA) at the time of application or summer 2014.

Cost

The program fee is $3,560. This cost includes:

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Hotel (double occupancy)
  • Breakfasts and a few dinners
  • Visits to businesses
  • Ground tranportation in Europe
  • ISIC card

The program fee does not include CSU tuition for the required 3-credit course. It does not include lunches, most dinners, souvenirs, site seeing or historic landmark tours. Students should budget an extra $500 - $600 for these expenses. Students are also personally responsible for passport and/or visa fees (when necesssary), health insurance with international coverage, and other incidentials. The program fee may chnage due to increases in airfare and/or the exchange rate.

Billing

The $3,560 cost is broken down into 3 payments:
  • $200 payment due with application (see application for instructions on how to make this payment).
  • $1,500 is due April 21, 2014.
  • The remainder of the feee, $1,860 is due a month later on May 21st.

You make payments toward these charges just like you would for tuition, electronically through Campusnet or by cash/check through the Cashier’s desk in Main Classroom or by mail. The remaining program fee (-$200) will be on your CSU financial account once accepted on the program. If your program fees are not paid by payment deadlines, you may be removed from the program but still owe the fees.

Financial Aid

Students may use fall 2014 financial aid to pay for the program fee.

In order to apply fall financial aid toward these fees, the student must provide the Education Abroad office with a copy of their financial aid award letter reflecting that the student has enough fall aid to cover both their tuition costs of all courses taken in the fall term and the program fee. The student must also provide the Education Abroad staff at CISP with their fall course schedule. All of these documents must be submitted to the Education Abroad section of the Center for International Services and Programs by the payment deadline.

Scholarships

There are two scholarships available to students on this short term program. Eligible students can apply for the CISP Education Abroad Scholarship  (click on the link to go to the eligibility requirements for the scholarship as well as to downloan the application forms). Additionally, the Northeast Ohio Chapter of the Institute of Internal Auditors has generously donated $200 in scholarship to the first 15 eligible applicants admitted to the program.

Do I need a Visa?

If you are not a United States citizen (even if you are a Permanent Resident), you may need a visa to enter the Czech Republic and Austria.  If you have any questions regarding visas, contact the Education Abroad section of the Center for International Services and Programs. The staff will assist you in making any visa applications necessary.

Application

The program application and deposit receipt are due no later than THE EXTENDED APPLICATION DEADLINE OF APRIL 4 to confirm your participation. To make the program deposit of $200, take the application formand your payment to the Cashier’s Desk (MC 115). You will receive a receipt that you must turn in with your application.
Click on the link to download the application form  CZR 14 Application.pdf

Brochure CZR 14 Brochure.pdf

Contact

Dr. Heidi Meier C.P.A
Professor of Accounting
h.meier@csuohio.edu
216-687-3671
BU 517

Julie Good
Manager of Education Abroad
j.a.good88@csuohio.edu
216-687-3910
Main Classroom Suite 106