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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.
The program takes students to Prague, Czech Republic, Krakow, Poland, and Budapest, Hungary.
During the nine-week program (eight 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 also have a collection of students' internship videos available for viewing.
"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, 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, interned with Okoszolgalat EcoService
"Prior to EESA, I didn't know that achieving both financial sustainability and social benefit could be possible in one career, but, through the lectures and speakers in this program, I learned that I don't have to choose one or the other."
-Ariella Ventura, interned with CEEweb for Biodiversity
"For me, what initially separated Eastern Europe from other study abroad opportunities was that the people involved with the trip truly seemed to care about making a difference—whatever size—in the world. This past summer, I found, within the group of 20 motivated students united by the drive to leave an impact, many of the most passionate individuals I will ever encounter."
-Chloe Kiernicki, interned with Alternate Consulting
"Travelling to different countries every weekend and spending time with some of the coolest people I’ve ever met while exploring the social enterprise sector in Eastern Europe made it the best summer I could have asked for!"
-Nihal Shah, interned with Biofilter
|About the Program|
*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 2017 Program Fee is $5,450. Tuition is not included in the Program Fee. For current tuition rates and GT fees that apply to study abroad participants please consult the Georgia Tech Bursar Office webpage or contact the OIE office with any questions.
This is a list of expenses that our Program Fee covers:
*the list of activities might change slightly based on availability of the various tours.
In addition to the Program Fee, students should budget for roundtrip airfare (about $1,300), 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.
Program Fee Payment Schedule*:
* Students receiving financial aid should consult the program staff about their options to extend this deadline, if needed.
** Deposit Fee is non-refundable unless you are not accepted into the program
Summer 2017 Schedule:
*Accommodation in Prague is available from 2pm on this day. There are no planned group activities that day so you can arrive as early or as late as you wish. You can arrive on the 18th, 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 European portion of the program, students will have most weekends free (with the exception of the organized weekend trip to Camp Courage) and the schedule will alow for two free long weekends as well. Students may use these to plan additional trips in the region at their own responsibility and expense.
Contact Nicole Little at the address below with any questions:
|Program Contacts and Intership Partners|
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:
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
The ILE offers two type of scholarships for students with financial obstacles, who have a strong desire to participate in the Program, and who 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 the scholarships offered by ILE. The letter should include what other sources of financial support the student is pursuing, and the amount they hope to receive through the ILE. In addition the applicant should provide a recommendation letter from a professor, mentor, or academic advisor.
The statement and letter should be emailed to Dori Pap.
Students applying for ILE scholarships have to be enrolled in the program (have their OIE application completed). Scholarship applications will be reviewed on November 1, and if funds are still available, on December 15. Early applications are encouraged.
In addition to these opportunities students should review all the available scholarships listed on the OIE website.
More about the Tedd Munchak Scholarship
An entrepreneur at heart, Tedd Munchak (of Hungarian origins) was the co-founder of the highly successful carpet manufacturer Trend Mills. Munchak’s company grew to be one of the largest carpet manufacturers in the country before it was sold to Champion International in 1969. After the sale of his business, Munchak spent the next twenty years as a “one man venture capital fund”, investing in a diverse array of businesses ranging from pro sports to snack foods.
Munchak claimed to have retired in the late 1990’s, but his counsel was sought by many until his death.
His mentee and good friend, Georgia Tech alum Don Chapman (IM’61), has endowed a Chair in his name in the Scheller College of Business. Currently the Tedd Munchak chair supports innovative endeavors that enhance the human condition and students who demonstrate a commitment to creating social value and a desire to learn about the application of business principles to the social sector.
More about the Joel Cowan Scholarship
Georgia Tech alum (IM’58) and long-time Tech supporter. He is still active as a Professor of the Practice for the Scheller College of Business.
He founded Georgia's Peachtree City, serving as the town's first mayor from 1959 to 1963. Cowan also has developed such projects as Phipps Plaza, Snapfinger Woods, and Palmetto Dunes. He is a member of the Society of International Business Fellows and the Carter Center's Board of Councilors. Cowan has shifted his focus in recent years from real-estate development to international activities. His focus is on the emerging economies of Central and South Asia, Russia and China. His nonprofit contributions in these same regions include education and leadership training. He was the Co-Founder of the Central Eurasia Leadership Academy in Istanbul.
He was the founding chairman of both the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority and the Metropolitan North Georgia Water Planning District.
Cowan holds a bachelor's degree in industrial management (1958) from Georgia Tech and has served on both the College of Business and Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts advisory boards. He is a trustee emeritus of the Georgia Tech Foundation and was a member of the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia from 1990 to 1995.
The program is open to all Georgia Tech and other University System of Georgia students who are in good academic standing. The program is designed for a small group so we encourage students who are truly interested in this program to apply early.
Early application deadline is November 1, 2016.
We make application decisions in three phases: the week after the early deadline, at the end of the Fall semester in December, and, if space is still available, by the final application deadline of February 15.
Please follow these steps for a successful application:
You application is considered final when all the above steps are completed.
Summer 2016 Blog
To learn more about what the group did over the summer 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.
Alternatively, you can visit our local gallery!
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.