The current Summer Abroad Program in Eastern Europe offers interested students the opportunity to gain insight into global civil society, to learn about the challenges of creating and leading effective and sustainable social enterprises, and to make a positive impact by working closely with a non-profit organization in Budapest, Hungary.
*Both the 2016 program and waitlist are now full. We hope you will consider us for 2017. Applications for 2017 will open August 2016. In the meantime, we are happy to answer any questions you may have. Please email us at .
The program takes students to Prague, Czech Republic, Krakow, Poland, and Budapest, Hungary.
During the nine-week program (seven weeks abroad), students earn nine management credits through a combination of lectures, case studies, readings, guest speakers, and direct engagement with a non-profit organization. The goal is for students to better understand the realities of social entrepreneurship and the leadership that it takes to develop strong civil societies.
The Eastern Europe experience will develop students’ ability to make a positive contribution to organizations dedicated to creating social value and addressing the needs of society. Whether a student's future plans involve starting or working for a non-profit, a social business, or a for-profit company, this program will provide them with theoretical and experiential knowledge of the international social sector.
We have a collection of students' internship videos availble for viewing.
The program is open to all Georgia Tech and other University System of Georgia students who are in good academic standing. If you are a freshmen applying to the program please make an appointment with before submitting your application.
The OIE application is considered complete when you have filled out the online questionnaire and paid the $500 non-refundable deposit fee.
In addition to the general GT application process detailed on the OIE website, please submit a one-page letter in which you address the following three subjects:
This will help us assess your areas of interest and competencies, and guide our decisions when assigning students to work with the participating non-profit organizations.
Submit your letter by emailing it to .
**Students receiving financial aid should consult the program saff about their options to extend this deadline, if needed.
|What Students Have to Say about the Program|
Through travelling around Eastern Europe, learning about NGOs and working for one, interacting with people from all over the world, bonding with our group of 14 American college students, and trying to adapt to new cultures, I have grown so much this summer and gained a new perspective on life. Now I know that even though my place in the world is smaller than I ever realized, my ability to make an impact is stronger than I ever imagined. " (Morgan Hicky, CoB, Interned with Center for Independent Journalism)
Before this program, I had no knowledge of non-profits outside of volunteer work. This summer has provided me with lots of knowledge about the non-profit and social enterprise sector. Before this I had no idea what a social entrepreneurship was. Now, it is the type of business structure that I would like to one day work for. (Diana Winecoff)
*Graduate students: please contact the program directors to inquire about the option of taking these courses at the graduate level.
The Eastern Europe Abroad Program is a 9 - hour integrated program composed of three courses:
MGT 4803 - Business Fundamentals for Social Entrepreneurs
MGT 4611 – Integrative Management Analysis (practicum component)
Students will be actively engaged in addressing management challenges and opportunities of a non-profit organization in Hungary. In small groups, students will work with the leadership team on projects to enhance the capacity of the non-profit to better serve its constituents. Syllabus
MGT 4191 - Entrepreneurship Forum or MGT 4192 IMPACT forum*
The purpose of this course is to expose students to, and facilitate a dialogue with, individuals and organizations that have had an impact in the international sector. Through site visits and presentations by guest lecturers students will learn about the country and the European Union-specific challenges and opportunities which non-profit organizations face in Central and Eastern Europe. Syllabus
* Students will enroll in either MGT 4191 OR 4192 for a total of 3 credits. Students can use one of these classes towards the Leadership Minor (MGT track), the Entrepreneurship Certificate, or the Leading and Managing Human Capital concentration. If students completed either 4191 or 4192 on the Atlanta campus prior to the Study Abroad, they will enroll in the course number they have not yet taken. For more info about the Entrepreneurship Certificate requirements click here
The 2016 program fee is $5,450. This includes the $500 non-refundable deposit fee due at the time of application, housing in Budapest, Prague, and Krakow, ‘breakfast when staying in hotel in Prague and Krakow, lunches during the week for the Budapest portion, and any meals that are listed as group activity on the schedule, public transport tickets, books and course packets, group activities, transportation to all program related sites, and insurance while abroad on the program. Students are responsible for covering meals and lodging for the Atlanta portion of the program (first two weeks of the program).
Tuition is not included in the Program Fee. For current tuition rates and what GT fees apply to study abroad participants please consult the Georgia Tech Bursar Office webpage.
In addition, students should budget for roundtrip airfare (about $1,500), for meals not covered by the program fee (about $500), and for lodging, if needed, during the Atlanta portion of the program.
There are several scholarships available on campus for study abroad. We encourage you to inquire at the Office of International Education about these (i.e. Orraca-Dunn and Gillman scholarships)
The Munchak Scholarship
The ILE offers a limited number of Munchak Fellow Scholarships for students with financial need, who have a strong desire to participate in the Program, and demonstrate a deep commitment to creating social value through their work on this program. Applicants should submit a one-page statement of purpose explaining why they believe they would be good candidates for this award, including what other sources of financial support they are exploring, and the amount they hope to receive through the ILE. In addition they should provide a recommendation letter from a professor, mentor, or academic advisor. The statement and letter should be submitted to the program directors.
The total amount of scholarships to be awarded will be determined by the Munchak Fellows Committee based on the applications submitted. In 2015 a total of $5,000 was awarded to students in the program.
Summer 2016 Schedule:
*Accommodation in Prague is available from this day. We will have a dinner that day so you can arrive as early or as late as you wish. You may arrive a day earlier if you wish, but would have to arrange for one night of stay on your own.
A detailed day-to-day schedule will be shared with participants at the beginning of the program.
During the Eastern European portion of the program, there will be several long weekends when students can plan personal trips across the region.
Contact Nicole Little () with questions.
We are proud and honored to work with the following social enterprises in Hungary – they add tremendous value to our students’ learning experience, and we are grateful for their involvement:
Alternate Consulting Hungary (LinkedIn)
Alternate CSR Consulting is a micro consultancy formed to help companies and their managers achieve corporate sustainability. Their understanding of CSR (corporate social responsibility) is based on the concept of sustainable development: the art of taking stakeholder views and expectations into consideration during business decisions, resulting in win-win solutions. They inform companies of the ways in which their financial reporting can positively impact the environment and the company itself.
Video of a student dicsussing their ACH Internship.
Bátor Tábor - Hole in the Wall Camps (Website)
Established in 2001, Bátor Tábor offers complex therapeutic recreation programs for children with cancer, diabetes, JRA or haemophilia and for their families. Yearly over 700 campers participate in programs that they otherwise might miss out on due to their illnesses. Be it rowing, horseback-riding, archery, arts & crafts, dancing, music, sports, acting or high-ropes courses, all programs are meant to provide a feeling of success, which positively influences the kids’ self-esteem and recovery process.
CEEweb for Biodiversity (Website)
Founded in 1994 (under the name of Central and East European Working Group for the Enhancement of Biodiversity), the mission of CEEweb for Biodiversity is the conservation of biodiversity in Central and Eastern Europe through the promotion of sustainable development. CEEweb works through advocacy by influencing governmental decision making, capacity building, networking and awareness raising. It targets its members, local, national and international decision makers, NGOs and NGO networks, companies, and the scientific community.
Center for Independent Journalism (Facebook Page)
The Center for Independent Journalism (CIJ) is a non-profit and non-political organization with the aim of promoting ethical, fact-based journalism and independent media in Hungary.
Video of students discussing their CIJ Internship.
#Charity is a startup social enterprise seeking to help non-profits and social entrepreneurs in need of technical expertise by connecting them to IT volunteers free of charge. “Volunteers” can mean university students needing practice, knowledgeable individuals looking for a more rewarding way to use their skills and free time, or IT companies hoping to perform CSR (corporate social responsibility) activities that are relevant to their employees.
Please visit their Facebook Page to learn more!
Video of students discussing their #Charity Internship.
Friends of District 7 (Facebook Page)
Friends of District 7 is a nonprofit seeking to determine and resolve the needs of the people in order to better the entire Budapest community. They advocate for minorities, attempt to improve the image of unappreciated areas of the city, and create community development programs. Current projects include an advocacy program for education of LGBT rights to young journalists, and the creation of an interactive bike app to make the city more navigable.
Video of students discussing their FD7 Internship.
Fruit of Care (Website)
Develops, designs and markets a high quality, designer product line of unique home decoration and gift items created by people with intellectual disabilities working in sheltered workshops. It provides professional help to sheltered workshops in order to make their products more competitive and reach their full financial and social potential and thus be an effective tool to combat discrimination and prejudice against people with intellectual disabilities.
Habitat for Humanity Hungary (Website)
Habitat for Humanity Hungary was established in 1996. In that year former president of the United States Jimmy Carter, and his 500 volunteers, built ten homes within a week in Vác. Following this massive building effort, affiliates were founded in several communities around Hungary. To date, we have served 850 families at ten different locations. About 150 families moved into a new Habitat home, and about 250 families participated in different repair and renovation projects. We also served 450 families with financial education and construction technical assistance.
Kreater’s team includes young social scientists, businesspersons, and researchers who are inspired by the endless creative opportunities in the area of social development. Both the lab’s core staff and its circle of external associates is expanding continuously, adding partners who embody a new generation of social responsibility by virtue of their ideas, the projects they pursue, and the support and feedback they provide to the manifold activities that Kreater engages in.
Video of students discussing their Kreater Internship.
Matyo Design (Website)
Matyo Design is a social enterprise that seeks to preserve Hungarian folk tradition, specifically the use of the floral embroidery motifs characteristic of a rural area of Hungary called Matyo. They do this by employing local, skilled women to stitch the embroidery onto modern apparel in order to simultaneously fill the market need for fashionable, usable souvenirs.
Video of students discussing their Matyo Internship.
NESsT works to solve critical social problems in emerging market countries by developing and supporting social enterprises that strengthen civil society organizations' financial sustainability and maximize their social impact. NESsT achieves its mission by combining the tools and strategies of business entrepreneurship with the mission and values of nonprofit entrepreneurship to support the development of social enterprises in emerging democracies worldwide.
Okoszolgalat EcoService (Website)
Okoszolgalat is the first of its kind in Hungary. They are an eco-consultant whose mission is to provide positive examples, advice, practical ideas, and professional help to as many people as possible with the hope that they will live a rational, efficient, environmentally conscious lifestyle. Their Green Corner (Zoldzug) store provides consumers with green household products, and healthy and wholesome food items.
Video of students discussing their Okoszolgalat Internship.
Romani Design (Website)
Created by Erika Varga, Romani Design sells one-of-a-kind, Roma-inspired clothing and accessories that have been featured on runways across Europe. Beyond her financial and marketing successes, Erika wants to make more of an impact in society. Erika seeks to use her company for a higher purpose: to lessen discrimination towards the Roma (gypsy) people through expressing the beauty of their culture.
Video of students discussing their Romani Design Internship.
United Way Hungary (Website)
UWH is member of the United Way Worldwide. Their mission is to strengthen the spirit of volunteerism in Hungary, to support individual and families living in tough conditions, and specifically to focus on creating a safe and healthy environment for children and youth throughout Hungary. Using their unique Community Impact approach UWH aims to prevent household accidents involving kids. UWH works with elementary school teachers to incorporate safety education for children in the National Curriculum.
World Business Council for Sustainable Development Hungary (Website)
The World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) is an organization of forward-thinking companies that galvanizes the global business community to create a sustainable future for business, society and the environment. They aim to lead in the support of companies looking to add true-value business solutions and create the conditions where more sustainable companies will succeed. WBCSD Hungary was formed in May 2005, an initiative involving Hungarian and multinational companies engaged in or committed to sustainability.
Video of students discussing their WBC Hungary Internship.
The success of our program is enhanced by our collaboration with the Faculty of Business Administration at Corvinus University. Corvinus University of Budapest (CUB) is an independent Hungarian state university specializing in the field of economic sciences. The Faculty of Business Administration (FBA) is the largest among the six CUB faculties and is home to 6.500 students – almost half of the entire CUB student population. Corvinus FBA is the center of education and research in business, economics, finance, management and organization, management sciences and management practice. It provides education at BA/BSc, MA/MSc, postgraduate, MBA and PhD levels in the fields of management, marketing and media, international business, finance and accounting, business economics, business law, information technology, and ‘tourism and hospitality’. The mission of the FBA is to educate responsible business leaders and advance knowledge to promote the progress of global business and society in the Hungarian-speaking world as well as the broader global community.
We would like to have our students serve as interns in your organization please contact
Summer 2015 Blog
To learn more about what the group did in 2015 read through their blog entries.
Students are asked to create short videos about their internships. See them here.
Photos From The Program
An album of recent photos highlighting the Program experience.
Social entrepreneurship is an exciting and increasingly popular area of study and a revolutionary model for addressing many of the problems communities, people, and the environment – locally and globally – face. To find out more about this topic and the beautiful countries that are part of this program, check out some of the links below or visit the program faculty who will be happy to provide you with more information.