Plzen (Pilsen), the capital of West Bohemia, was founded by the Czech King Wenceslas II. The eventful history of the city can be seen during the sightseeing of many interesting buildings. The historical city centre, is dominated by the slim tower of the Gothic St. Bartholomew Cathedral. With its height of 102, 26 m (335 feet), this tower is the highest church spire in Bohemia. The whole range of important buildings is an evidence for the era of great boom in the city on the turn of last two centuries. Today's Plzen counts 165 000 inhabitants and is a significant cultural, business and industrial centre, famous mostly due to the products of Plzen's brewery and the heavy machinery factories Skoda. In the last years the city has been taking step by step a new, more attractive face and wishes to be an appeal "entry gate" on the passage from West Europe
This course provides students the opportunity to study a wide range of international business issues, with the focus on Central Europe and the Czech Republic. Marquette University (MU) and University of West Bohemia (UWB) faculty will jointly teach the course (in English). About two-thirds of the students will be from Marquette University and about one-third from the University of West Bohemia.
The course format will consist of 3 preparatory classes at Marquette University on Saturday mornings (usually in February) . Then the class will take a ten-day trip to the Czech Republic during Spring break (March), where there will be a combination of lectures, company visits, and social & cultural activities organized by our Czech hosts, including a weekend excursion to Prague. Later in spring semester (mid April) the Czech students will visit Marquette University for a similar set of activities, hosted by Marquette students and faculty. Course requirements include a quiz, a take-home exam, and a group project presentation and paper (to be completed by international teams consisting of both UWB and MU students).
COURSE FEE: $1,000
The price includes:
- Student dormitory lodging for the entire period
- Breakfast each day and lunch on the days of class
- A welcome dinner and a farewell dinner in Pilsen
- Local transportation in Pilsen (including round-trip transportation from/to the Prague airport)
- A welcome dinner and farewell dinner in Milwaukee (for the Czech students)
Note that the course fee does not include tuition (tuition is part of a student’s spring semester tuition AND is paid separate from this course fee). Nor does the course fee cover the cost of air travel from Chicago to Prague.
This program is intended for Masters’ degree and undergraduate seniors in Business and Economics (any program or major, including A&S Economics majors). Enrollment will be limited to twenty Marquette students, with a maximum of 10 undergraduate seniors. The University of West Bohemia students will either be in the final year of their bachelor degree or in their Master degree studies in business and economics. A minimum of a 3.0 GPA is required for participation on this program.