Quick Info

  • Prague and Krakow
  • Maymester, Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Economics, History, Political Science
  • : May 1, 2018 - May 19, 2018
  • : In-State: $4,400; Out-of-State: $4,600
  • : January 28, 2018
  • : 2.75 GPA (2.5 for engineers), Pitt Students: Must have completed 24 credits on a Pitt campus, Clear Judicial Record


General Education Requirements
This program will fulfill the non-western international foreign culture and additionally ONE of the other foreign culture requirements.  Courses may count towards a UCIS Russian and European Studies certificate.

ECON 0905: Czech Republic & Poland: Economy, Policy, and Culture - This course introduces undergraduate students to the history, economy, and policy of the Czech Republic and Poland. Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

·         Compare socio-economic and political  situation in the Czech Republic and Poland

·         Analyze  political and economic developments in Eastern Europe from historical perspectives since the WWII

·         Understand the key industries in each country

·         Evaluate the impact of the European Union on these two economies

·         Learn about labor markets in the Czech Republic and Poland

·         Compare international trade and international monetary regimes in two countries

·         Analyze banking, debt, investments and risk in these countries

·         Understand how service sector, health care, education, and tourism operate in each country

·         Explain the impact of financial crises on Eastern European economies


*There is the opportunity for students to complete an independent research study course for 3 additional credits.  This option is limited to 3 students a summer and topics must be approved with Dr. Maksymenko prior to departure.* 

On-Site Faculty And Staff

Dr. Svitlana Maksymenko is a lecturer in the Department of Economics at the University of Pittsburgh and an affiliated faculty member of the Center for Russian and East European Studies. Her research interests include comparative economics, economic growth and reforms, and economics of development. She regularly teaches Intro to International Economics and Intro to Microeconomic Theory at Pitt.


In Prague, you will reside in furnished shared apartments or in hotels depending on availability, approximately 10-20 minutes away from the city center. In Krakow, you will stay in a hotel.  

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2018

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$4,400 $4,600
Arrive in Prague Depart Krakow
May 1, 2018 May 19, 2018

Keep in mind that dates may change.  You shouldn't book airfare until given confirmation from your program manager.

Please Note: All students are required to attend the mandatory Pre-Departure Bash.  This afternoon long event will cover important topics relevant to study abroad like health, safety, security, and more.  Plus, it will give you the chance to meet other students studying abroad on your programs!  Alumni and staff will also be present to help you start thinking about your goals for the program.

The Pre-Departure Bash for this program will be on: February 10, 2018 at TBD in TBD. Your program manager will follow up with more information once you begin your application!


Inclusions & Exclusions

As a part of your program fee, the following are included:

  • Tuition for three credits
  • Shared housing for the duration of the program
  • International travel health insurance
  • Two group dinners
  • Field trips such as the Kutna Hora and the Bone Church
  • Cultural activities
  • Train from Prague to Krakow
  • Local transportation passes

While your program fee will cover most of your expenses, keep in mind that you are also responsible for the following:

  • Pitt study abroad administrative fee $300
  • Roundtrip international airfare
  • Meals and personal expenses
  • Passport fees $120

Remember that your lifestyle and spending choices can greatly affect the amount of money you'll need while abroad.  Visit our Budgeting page for more information.

Special Information

  • While a background in economics is helpful, it is not required for this program.
  • Course is taught in English

Get Ready! Applications open August 28!  

Program Staff

Tim Crawford

Walk-In Advising Hours: MWF 2-4 PM

Hi Everyone! I’m Tim, a Program Manager here in the Study Abroad Office. I’m proud to be from a small town in Central PA but now love calling Pittsburgh home. My study abroad experience includes a semester in France during my sophomore year, Spring Break in London during Grad School and Summer in Italy as a Program Assistant. My experiences opened my eyes to the rest of the world and I’d love to help you take advantage of the numerous study abroad opportunities here at Pitt. Outside of the office, I’m always looking for the next adventure whether it’s exploring a new city or new neighborhood in PGH. I fully embrace the yinzer way of life and plan my schedule accordingly around every Pens, Bucs and Stillers game. I’d love to talk to you more about any of our study abroad programs and answer any of your questions. Please reach me at TSC29@pitt.edu or 412-648-2156.