Central Europe

Program Overview

CENTRAL EUROPE & Surrounding Area


Tuesday, May 19, to Saturday, June 20, 2020 (4.5 weeks)

This is the 17th 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.

Course

This course is worth one full-year credit and is contingent on adequate enrolment. 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.

RSM395Y0 Special Topics: 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 of Brno. Not eligible for CR/NCR option.

Prerequisite: None
BR = None
RSM395Y0 – 2020 Course Outline

Field Trips: Students will participate in four extended excursions, one per week, during the course. The destinations include: Budapest (Hungary), Vienna (Austria), Krakow (Poland), and Prague. Visits will include local businesses and manufacturers, regional and historical attractions, and the UN regional headquarters. These trips will help situate the Czech Republic in the context of Central Europe and the EU markey more broadly. Transportation and shared accommodation are included. Shared accommodation will include hostels and budget hotels. Participants should expect to share rooms on these trips with multiple people. Note: this course will end in Prague after the final field trip and return transportation is not provided from Prague to Brno. The total cost of these field trips is CAD $2,000 (includes $70 to be paid onsite for some transportation and entrance fees).

Instructor: Jan Klakurka is a foresight and strategy practitioner with a professional background spanning twenty-five years in industry, professional services (strategy consulting and public accounting) and academia. As Chair of the Management & Organizational Studies program at Huron University College, Western University, and long-standing sessional Lecturer at Rotman, UTM and UTSC, Jan’s research is directed toward the intersection of strategic planning, lucid foresight and organizational governance. At Rotman, Jan founded the Real-Life Consulting Project in 2011 that to date has offered students 95+ innovative management consulting projects with industry leaders ranging from billion-dollar MNE’s to local niche players. Jan teaches a variety of strategy courses (Consulting, Strategic Management, International Strategy). At Huron, Jan has developed and teaches Canada’s first undergraduate course in Strategic Foresight & Futuring. As co-founder and Principal of Elevae Strategic Advisory, Jan advises on holistic business futures. Recent work includes a keynote covering consulting by academics, a book chapter on outcome evaluation, and judging the 2018 and 2019 Most Significant Futures Works of the Association of Professional Futurists.

Program Details

Tuesday, May 19, to Saturday, June 20, 2020 (4.5 weeks)

This is the 17th 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 affordable city and offers easy access to the whole of Central Europe, making it the ideal starting point for regional exploration.

Program Activities

The course will begin with three days in Telč, a small picturesque town in southwest Moravia. In Telč, there will be an orientation,
introductory lectures and a welcome dinner. 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.

Accommodation and Meals

Students will spend the first three days in Telč, in hostel-style accommodation. While in Brno all students will be housed in student residence complexes at Masaryk University. Accommodation will be in double rooms with ensuite washrooms, with common kitchens on every floor. There is Wi-Fi in the residence in Brno but access may vary at the accommodations on field trips. There is no meal plan.

Note: Students in this program cannot opt out of accommodation.

Brno Residence Information Sheet 2019

Group flight

No group flight is available for this program; students must make their own travel arrangements. Students should plan to fly in and out of Prague. Transportation between the Prague airport and the residence in Telč will be provided to students arriving within a designated time on May 19, 2020. The Summer Abroad office will provide more information to admitted students.

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).

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 15, 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.

As of the time of publication (December 2019), 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.

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Costs

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

  • Application fee: due February 3, 2020
  • Non-Refundable Deposit of $1,000 due one week after admission notification
  • All remaining fees: due March 26, 2020

Cost of Studying in Central Europe

  Amount Details
Application Fee $200 Paid at time of application
Course Fee
Domestic Students $2,985 Includes $1,000 deposit
International Students $4,140 Includes $1,000 deposit
U of T Incidental Fees $180 Estimate based on 2019 part-time summer fees
Field Trip Fees $2,000 Includes transportation, accommodation, and most entrance fees.
Airfare $947 Estimate – will depend on departure location and purchase date
Accommodation $640 Based on shared accommodation in Masaryk University dormitory
Meals $900 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 $7,922 This figure does not include mandatory medical travel insurance
International Students $9,077 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 $3,000 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 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)

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