International Field Experience in Accounting and Financial Markets August 17- 24, 2013
Learn about the culture and financial markets in the Czech Republic as CSU travels to this exotic former Eastern European location. This trip showcases the progression of this historical city as they transition to an active participating member of the European Union (EU) by focusing on meetings with EU Representatives, with international accounting firms to discuss the adoption of International Accounting Standards, and with international banks to examine the role of the financial markets in this changing economy. Students will also have the opportunity to explore the historical roots of this city by attending several cultural events and enriching their experience with a day trip to the Vienna Stock Exchange in Austria.
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 international financial markets and the expertise that the the international accounting firms have provided as this former Eastern European country makes the transition to membership in the Europeam Union. 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 with European Union representatives and visit other companies operating in this economy. Students are required to enroll in the 3 credit ACT 496 or ACT 696 course. Undergraduates enroll in ACT 496; graduate students enroll in ACT 696. The course includes the company tour in August, as well as three mandatory pre-departure meetings held at Noon on Saturdays: June 1, June 29, and August 3, 2013.
Minimum undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.0; minimum graduate cumulative GPA of 3.0. At the time of application, the applicant must have completed at least two semesters at CSU if a first year student, and at least one semester if a transfer or graduate student. The applicant must have completed or be enrolled in ACT 221/222 for undergraduates or ACT 501 for graduate-level applicants. The applicant must have not have an unpaid balance on their Treasury Services account and no infractions of the Student Code of Conduct which would prevent successful participation on the study tour. All applicants must schedule a pre-admission interview with the program director.
The program cost is $2900. The cost includes:
- Round Trip Airfare
- Some Meals
- In-Country Transportation
- An International Student Identity Card
The cost does not include CSU tuition for the required 3 credit course. To view the current tuition rates, click here. The cost may change due to increases in airfare and/ or the exchange rate. Students should budget an additional $425-500 for lunch, dinner, souvenirs, and sightseeing and tours. Students are personally responsible for passport or visa fees, health insurance, and personal souvenir purchases and sightseeing.
You can make payments toward the program fee just as you would for tuition: electronically through Campusnet, by cash/check through the Cashier’s Desk in Main Classroom, or by mail. If your total program cost is not paid by the due dates, you may be removed from the program.
Students may use fall 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 plus the program fee. The student must also provide the Education Abroad office with their fall course schedule. All of these documents must be submitted to the Education Abroad office by the payment deadline. The deposit payment is due at the time of application.
Two scholarships are available to students on short term programs. Eligible students can apply for the CISP Education Abroad Scholarship and the ODAMA Education Abroad Scholarship (click on the links to go to the eligibility requirements for each scholarship as well as the application form).
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. Go to the Czech Republic's Consulate website to find out if you need a short term tourist visa to enter the Czech Republic. If you have any questions regarding visas, contact the Education Abroad Office.
Dr. Heidi Meier, CPA
Professor, Department of Accounting
Manager of Education Abroad
Main Classroom Suite 106