Quick Info

  • Prague, Krakow, Budapest
  • Maymester, Summer
  • : Panther Program
  • : Economics, History, Political Science
  • : April 30, 2019 - May 19, 2019
  • : In-State: $4,400; Out-of-State: $4,600
  • : January 20, 2019
  • : 2.75 GPA, 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.

Coming Soon! Ask the Program Manager for more information.



This course introduces undergraduate students to the history, economy, and policy of the Central European economies. Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Analyze political and economic developments in Central and Eastern Europe from the historical perspective since the WWII
  • Compare current socio-economic and political situation in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland
  • Understand the key industries in each country
  • Evaluate the impact of the European Union on these economies
  • Learn about labor markets in the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland
  • Compare international trade and international monetary regimes in these 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 Central European economies


At the end of the course, students should be able to analyze current political and economic issues in Czech Republic and Poland, and critically evaluate  policy options. You can see the draft syllabus (subject to change) here: ECON 0905 Draft Syllabus


*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.


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

Pricing And Dates

Summer 2019 Pricing & Dates:

In-State Fee Out-of-State Fee
$4,400 $4,600
Arrive in Prague Depart Krakow
April 30, 2019 May 19, 2019

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

Other Important Dates: 
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 next steps.  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 1, 2019 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
  • Prague Inclusions
    • Orientation and Prague city tour
    • Visit to the Museum of Communism
    • Site visit to a Czech company/meeting with a Czech business professional
    • Day excursion to Brysk spark plug factory in the town of Tabor
    • Overnight excursion to Český Krumlov (includes 1 night in hotel, tour of castle, and guest lecture by former mayor of the town)
  • Hungary Inclusions
    • Budapest city tour
    • Visit to the Hungarian National Museum
    • Site visit to a Hungarian company/meeting with a Hungarian business professional
  • Poland
    • Krakow city tour
    • Walking tour of Kazimierz Jewish Quarter
    • Visit to the Museum of Krakow Under the Occupation (Schindler’s Factory)
    • Day excursion to Auschwitz-Birkenau (including a guided study tour)
    • Tour of Nowa Huta neighborhood (including a guided tour)
    • Visit to Heineken Corporate Headquarters
    • Farewell dinner
  • Train transportation between Prague, Budapest and 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

  • You do not need a passport to start the application process, but will need to begin the process of getting one as soon as possible
  • This program has a very structured schedule. Your free time may be limited to evenings. Most weekends have scheduled excursions and activities (They're to places you would plan to see on your own, and some you may not discover during your own research). If you're planning to do independent travel, please do so after the program has concluded.
    • Due to the nature of the program, the schedule is subject to change. There may be instances where a guest speaker or visit needs to be rescheduled. We ask for your patience and understanding in advance..
  • Remember that this is an academic program and that you should expect to invest the same amount of time and effort on your courses abroad as you would on a course at Pitt.
  • While a background in economics is helpful, it is not required for this program.
  • Course is taught in English

Ready to get started on your application?  

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.