Central Europe

Program Overview

Note: 2018 program details will be updated by mid-December.

Program Dates:
HIS367Y0 – Friday, May 11 to Saturday, June 9, 2018 (4 weeks)
RSM395Y0 – Friday, May 11 to Wednesday, June 13, 2018 (4.5 weeks)

This is the 15th year of the University of Toronto’s Summer Program in Central Europe. The program is designed to introduce students to this unique region through academic instruction, immersion in the local culture, and several three-day field trips to other cities and countries in the area.


This course is worth one full-year credit and is contingent on adequate enrolment. Students are not permitted to register for more than one course.

On average, students are in class three to four days per week for two 90-minute sessions each morning; exact class times will be provided at the Pre-Departure Orientation. Mandatory field trips are an integral part of each course and will occur outside of regular class days (e.g., on weekends).

RSM395Y0 Strategy in the European Context

This course will introduce and apply strategic management concepts and frameworks to investigate how organizations leverage their position to succeed in Europe and beyond. Looking at both European success stories and global players competing in Europe, students will be introduced to the structure and regulatory frameworks governing European Union (EU) organizations, the perspective of the European manager and public policy-setter, and the cultures of the diverse EU consumer. The course is founded on managerial studies, but will draw upon a holistic set of disciplines and traditions to go “beyond strategy” and introduce students to those region-specific competencies and limitations that affect competition. Students can expect immersion into local Czech life, from the insights of local businesspeople and academics, to the stunning surroundings of the province of Moravia (eastern Czech Republic) and our beautiful host city city of Brno. Field trips across Central European destinations will solidify learnings about EU strategy, highlight local, regional, and bi-lateral champions, and showcase cultural/natural wonders that make this part of the world unique. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisites:  None
BR = None.
RSM395Y0 – Preliminary Course Outline

Field trips:
Students participating in this course will have the chance to visit a number of nearby regions to learn about local industry and Central European economic development. Students will participate in four extended excursions, one per week, during the course. Each trip will be three days in duration. Within Czech Republic, students will go to Eastern Moravia and Northern Bohemia (including Prague) with opportunity to tour Czech businesses such as a local winery and major manufacturing plants (auto, footwear, and housewares). Students will have the chance to attend regional festivals, as well as visit natural and historical attractions (UNESCO sites). A third trip to Vienna will see the class visit the UN regional headquarters and take in some Hapsburg culture. Finally, the group will head to historic Krakow, Poland for tours of the city and mines, stopping in Ostrava en route. These trips will help situate the Czech Republic and its neighbours in the context of Central Europe and the EU market more broadly. The cost of these field trips is CAD$1400.

Instructor: Jan Klakurka’s background spans twenty years in management consulting and industry, most recently as Director, Corporate Planning & Development. Now as Assistant Professor at Huron University College and long-standing sessional Lecturer at Rotman, UTM and UTSC, Jan’s research interests are directed toward the intersection of strategic planning, lucid foresight, and governance. Having led end-to-end initiatives at Fortune 500 and public-sector clients on both sides of the Atlantic, Jan energetically shares this holistic experience with strategy and “intro to business” students.  In 2014 Jan received his Chartered Director designation in corporate governance from Director’s College, Degroote School of Business, McMaster. As a wine aficionado, Jan was also recently admitted to studies for the Master of Wine designation.


Program Details


Tuesday, May 16 to Monday June 19, 2017 (5 weeks)

This is the 14th year of the University of Toronto’s Summer Program in Central Europe. The program is designed to introduce students to this unique region through academic instruction, immersion in the local culture, and several three-day field trips to other cities and countries in the area.

The program is hosted by Masaryk University in Brno, an institution established in 1919, only three months after the Czechoslovak Republic itself, and named for the country’s founder and first President.

  • Central Europe was the heart of Europe’s artistic, intellectual and cultural development prior to World War II, and the region’s capital cities are known for their breathtaking Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture and passion for the arts.
  • Brno, the home base for the program in the Czech Republic, is an attractive city situated in the very heart of Europe. Its many cultural, sports and entertainment facilities match the tastes and lifestyles of the more than 85,000 students at the local universities, whose presence makes it such a young and lively city (particularly in June!).
  • Brno is an extremely affordable city, and offers easy access to the whole of Central Europe, making it the ideal starting point for regional exploration.

Program Activities

Class will start with a 3-day intensive workshop taking place in a former Jesuit College in the town of Telč – where there will be an orientation and introductory lectures. The group will then move to Brno, the base for the rest of the program, where there will be a short orientation to the city. There will be a welcome and farewell dinner for all participants.

Accommodation and Meals

Students will spend the first three days in Telcˇ, in hostel-style accommodation. Following their return to Brno, all students will be housed in student residence complexes at Masaryk University. While in Brno accommodation will be in double rooms, with bathrooms shared by the residents of two rooms (i.e., by four people) and common kitchens on every floor. All of the rooms have been wired to allow internet access. The cost for accommodation is $640, paid to U of T.

There is no meal plan, except for the first four days in Telč. Students should budget approximately CAD$760 for purchased and self-prepared meals for the duration of the program.

Telcˇ & Bruno Residence Information Sheet

Group flight

There is no group flight for this program; students must make their own travel arrangements. Students who choose to arrive earlier or leave later than the program dates will be responsible for arranging their own accommodation for the extra day(s). The Summer Abroad office will send recommended flight details to admitted students.

Transportation between the Vienna airport and the university residence in Telcˇ will be made available to students arriving within a designated time period on Tuesday, May 16.

Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO)

All students admitted to the Summer Abroad program are required to successfully complete an online PDO, which will provide information and advice on international health and safety issues.

Students are also strongly encouraged to attend the in-person Central Europe PDO, which will take place on April 13, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Entry requirements

All students are responsible for making sure that they have the necessary travel documents to enter the countries listed below as visitors. (Note that students in the History class will travel through the Slovak Republic on their way to Budapest.)

As of the time of publication (December 2016), Canadian citizens only require a passport valid for at least six months beyond their return date to enter Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, or the Slovak Republic as a visitor. Citizens of other countries may require visas.

Information on entry requirements is available from the embassies/consulates of each country:

Note: All countries in this program are parties to the Schengen Agreement, and so students who do need a visa to enter them should only need to obtain one Schengen visa (not individual visas for each country). For further information please contact any of the embassies/consulates above.







The deadlines for fees payable to the University of Toronto are as follows:

  • Application fee: due February 13, 2017
  • Non-Refundable Deposit of $1,000 due two weeks after admission notification
  • All remaining fee: due March 20, 2017

Cost of Studying in Central Europe

  Amount Details
Application Fee $200 Paid at time of application
Course Fee
Domestic Students $2,560 Includes $1,000 deposit
International Students $3,715 Includes $1,000 deposit
U of T Incidental Fees $170 Estimate based on 2016 part-time summer fees
Field Trip Fees $1,400 Includes transportation, accommodation and most entrance fees
Airfare $1,206 Estimate – will depend on departure location and purchase date
Accommodation $640 Based on shared accommodation in Masaryk University dormitory
Meals $760 Estimate – paid on site for purchased and self-prepared meals
Local Transportation and Entrance Fees $120 Public transit and some entrance fees on field trips – paid on site
Medical Travel Insurance variable Students must provide proof of medical travel insurance
Miscellaneous Expenses variable All students should budget for miscellaneous expense (e.g. travel, gifts, etc.)
Approximate TOTAL Program Cost INCLUDING field trips
Domestic Students $6,886 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance
International Students $8,041 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance

Financial Assistance

The following assistance is available for eligible students in this program. For additional awards and further details please see the Financial Aid section of the Summer Abroad website.

  • Summer Abroad Bursary (2 awards at $3000 each)


Information Session

A detailed information session for the summer program in Central Europe will be held on the UofT St. George campus in January. This session provides an excellent opportunity to hear from on-site staff and previous participants, see photos, and ask any questions that you may have.

Date: Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Location: Woodsworth College Residence, in Waters Lounge, 321 Bloor Street West (SE corner of St. George and Bloor)


See information session listings for all UofT programs and campuses.