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  • Locations: Berlin, Germany; Prague, Czech Republic
  • Program Terms: December, Summer
  • Restrictions: DPU applicants only
  • Click for Tuition + Program Fee: December, Summer
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Type: Short-term Academic Level: Graduate, Undergraduate
Recommended GPA: 2.5 Living Arrangements: Hotel
Language of Instruction: English Prerequisite: None
Liberal Studies Domain: EL, Global Business Perspective Eligibility: Students of all academic levels may apply, but preference given to Graduates and Seniors
Study Abroad Contact: Elizabeth Hall How COVID-19 could impact this program or your study abroad plans: Please see the Study Abroad COVID-19 page for more information.
Program Description:
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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.


Petr Chadraba is from the Department of Marketing.

All students will be enrolled in the following course:
Course ICS 350 (Undergraduate)/ IB 750 (Graduate), International Business Seminar
Credits 4 credit hours
Term registered Spring 2021
Liberal Studies Domain Global Business Perspective & Experiential Learning (EL)
Taught by Dr. Petr Chadraba
Course description This foreign study course is meant to introduce the student to the world of international life and business as it is today. The course provides students the opportunity to visit and study foreign commercial enterprises on-site. Additional emphasis is placed on understanding overseas cultures, self-reference criteria, and the fact that people around the world can maintain/develop hopes and dreams within their own lifestyle even though it may differ from others'.
Additional course information 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.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.
  Please note that although some courses are registered in a particular term, some coursework or final assignments may be due in a different term. E.g. Course registered in winter quarter, but coursework is due in spring quarter once the travel component of the program is complete.

Hotel accommodations are double occupancy and include breakfast.

All students participating in study abroad will be charged both tuition (billed at the regular DePaul tuition rate, based on the number of credits enrolled) and a program fee. Please read the program fee details carefully to understand exactly what is included, as this can vary from program to program. If the program fee is posted, be sure to note whether the fee is current or from a previous year (past program fees may serve as a guide until the current program fee is available). If the current program fee has not yet been posted, please check back closer to the application deadline. Please also note the withdrawal policy.

DePaul offers several types of scholarships for students studying abroad, and students should visit the scholarship page early in the application process for information on eligibility and deadlines.


DePaul Study Abroad is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic, and this program is currently moving forward. If the program is canceled prior to departure, students will be refunded 100% of the program fee and withdrawn from any associated classes with no penalty or tuition charges. Study Abroad has also modified the standard Withdrawal Policy, and any students who commit to this program and decide to withdraw 90+ days prior to the program start date will not be charged any withdrawal fees. For more information, go to the DePaul Study Abroad COVID-19 Updates page.

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. Study Abroad will update this website to reflect changes to the visa requirements as they become available.

Here are some helpful tips from former students who have participated in this program:
  • If you have any dietary restrictions, be sure to learn how to communicate them to the country you're visiting.
  • Bring a power converter with an outlet, not just a USB.
  • If you're going to go out at night, be sure to go in a large group. It's safer and more fun that way.
  • There will be a lot of walking, so be sure to bring comfortable shoes!
  • Bring a pen and paper to every meeting you go to. You'll be able to look at your notes later and these will help write your summaries for the class. Consider bringing a notebook and writing utensils rather than your laptop, as you won't really need a laptop and don't have to worry about losing your electronics.
  • Stay alert, as if you were walking around Chicago!
  • Pack light- many students found themselves lugging around large suitcases and only using half of its contents.
  • Make an effort to get to know your classmates and professor to make the experience even more special and memorable.
  • Take the Fat Bike Tour in Berlin!
  • Find out the ratio of graduate to undergraduates in the group so that you'll know how many students of your academic standing will be present.
  • You'll have a lot of free time, so make sure you research the places you'll want to visit beforehand.
  • Don't forget basic medicines like aspirin and digestion aid, as many students will most likely need it, as well as bandaids; drug stores are not always open or nearby.
  • There's a lot of free WiFi spots so an international plan isn't absolutely necessary since the group tends to stick together. Consider just using your phone as a camera and living in the moment a bit.
  • Do not sleep in--that's what home is for. Go out and explore!!! Professors will typically handle transporation and give you a 24 hour ticket for subways and trams that last 3 days for students to utilize.
  • Ask locals at restaurants or waiters who are in your age range for night life recommendations, or use Yelp.
  • If you feel sick, don't hide it and notify your professors. They're there to help you.

If you have any questions about the student experience on this program, feel free to contact any of the following DePaul students who have participated:  

DePaul University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, or handicap in admissions, employment, or the provision of services. Inquiries regarding this policy should be addressed to the Director of Human Resources, 1 East Jackson Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60604.

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.

Dates / Deadlines:

Thank you for your interest in this program! We are not currently accepting applications. In general, applications open about 6 months before program application deadlines.

This program is currently not accepting applications.