CENTRAL EUROPE & Surrounding Area
Wednesday, May 15, to Friday, June 14, 2019 (4.5 weeks)
* Note: 2020 program details will be posted by mid-December 2019.
This is the 16th 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.
Each course is worth one full-year credit and is contingent on adequate enrolment.
Students are not permitted to register for more than one course.
Students are usually in class three days per week, in Brno, 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 usually be in the form of a two- or three-day overnight trip to another city in Central Europe. Students do not have a lot of time for independent travel during the program but will have some free time on field trips to explore other cities on their own.
HIS367Y0 Making and Re-Making Central Europe: Imperial Pasts, Imperial Aspirations, Wars and Revolutions
RSM395Y0 Strategy in the European Context
Wednesday, May 15 to Friday, June 14, 2019 (4.5 weeks)
This is the 16th 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 Second World War, and the region’s capital cities are known for their breathtaking Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture and their 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.
There will be a short orientation of the city of Brno. There will be a welcome and farewell dinner for all participants and weekend excursions to neighbouring countries.
Accommodation and Meals
While in Brno all students will be housed in student residence complexes at Masaryk University. Accommodation will be in double rooms, with ensuite washrooms, and common kitchens on every floor. All of the rooms have been wired to allow internet access. The cost for accommodation is CAD$640, paid to U of T.
There is no meal plan. Students should budget approximately CAD$760 for purchased and self-prepared meals for the duration of the program.
No group flight is available for this program; students must make their own travel arrangements. Please note that if you choose to arrive earlier or leave later than the program dates, you will be responsible for arranging your own housing for the extra day(s). Detailed instructions will be provided to admitted students about making travel arrangements to arrive in Brno and how to travel to the arranged accommodations.
Please note, the HIS367Y0 course will end in Berlin, Germany. The RSM395Y0 course will end in Prague, Czech Republic. Students will be responsible for making their own travel arrangements from these destinations at the conclusion of the program.
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 17, from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
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 2018), Canadian citizens only require a passport valid for at least six months beyond their return date to enter Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Germany 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 1, 2019
- Non-Refundable Deposit of $1,000 due one week after admission notification
- All remaining fees: due March 28, 2019
Cost of Studying in Central Europe
|Application Fee||$200||Paid at time of application|
|Domestic Students||$2,685||Includes $1,000 deposit|
|International Students||$3,840||Includes $1,000 deposit|
|U of T Incidental Fees||$176||Estimate based on 2017 part-time summer fees|
|Field Trip Fees||$2,150||Includes transportation, accommodation, and most entrance fees|
|Airfare||$1,062||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||$70||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.)|
|Domestic Students||$7,743||This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance|
|International Students||$8,898||This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance|
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 (4 awards at $3,000 each)
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 instructors and previous participants, see photos, and ask any questions that you may have.
Date: Monday, January 20th, 2020 from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Location: Woodsworth College Residence, Waters Lounge, 321 Bloor St. West (SE corner of St. George and Bloor)