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  • Locations: Prague, Czech Republic
  • Program Terms: Summer
Fact Sheet:
Experience / Activity Type: Classes, Internship Credit type: LU credit
Minimum GPA: 2.0 Class Eligibility: First Year, Junior, Senior, Sophomore
LU Program Director: Hall, Jim ( Host: Lehigh Program
LU Study Abroad Advisor: Jodeen Gemmel ( Exchange: No
Global Engineering Consortium: No
Program Description:

PROGRAM DATES: Thursday, May 24, 2018 - Saturday, June 23, 2018
  *Please note that this will necessitate a May 23 departure from the US in order to arrive in Prague on May 24.


Application process:
  1.  Apply in Banner by the application deadline and email in the supplemental application materials (resume and internship statement), details of which are provided after the application is submitted.
  2.  The professors will review the applications over winter break and the program managers will be in touch with the applicants to schedule their interviews after winter break.
  3.  Applicants interview with the professors in the last week of January and the first week of February.
  4.  Students receive notification about their acceptance during the first and second week of February.
  5.  Classes start mid-February for the 3 courses.

$6,800 (tentative) - This includes tuition for six credits, double occupancy room for the nights of the program and breakfast.  The program cost also includes the use of the Komenskeho Kolej facilities and group activities.  Not included are airfare, local travel, meals other than breakfast, laundry, personal expenses, personal weekend travel or other costs such as extra nights lodging and meals due to unforeseen events.
A limited number of $500-$1,500 need-based scholarships are also available. Applications will be evaluated according to a student's financial need and an essay describing the possible significance of this experience to their academic and professional development. Deadlines are posted on the Travel Grant Form.

Students are encouraged to review the Finances section of the Lehigh Study Abroad website for information on additional funding opportunities.
All coursework for Lehigh in Prague has a prerequisite of Economics 1. ALL students are required to take

CSB 314: International Practicum (3 credits)
& a choice of ONE of the following courses:

ECO 371 or MGT 372: International Business in an Integrated Europe (3 credits) An analysis of the micro- and macro-economic, institution and political dimensions of various economic systems, with particular emphasis on former centrally planned economies in their transition to a market orientation.  This course must also be paired with CSB 314.

CSE 252 or STS 252: Computers, the Internet and Society (3 credits) An interactive exploration of the current and future role of computers, the Internet, and related technologies in changing the standard of living, work environments, society and its ethical values. Privacy, security, depersonalization, responsibility, and professional ethics; the role of computer and internet technologies in changing education, business modalities, collaboration mechanisms, and everyday life. (SS) This course must also be paired with CSB 314.

CSE 398: Leveraging Technology for Business Value (3 credits) This course explores the types and manner in which various technologies can improve business performance in each of three investment categories: operating the business, growing the business, and transforming the business. Students will participate in lectures covering topics such as business context for leveraging technology, business value statements for proposing technology investments, business outcomes measuring return on investments, and why disruptive technologies (e.g., big data, the Internet of things, social media, and mobility) should be included in a 
business's technology portfolio. Additionally, students will read contemporary research on these and related subjects and present their learning and opinions in guided discussions. Emphasis is placed on learning how to discover opportunities to apply technology, determine technologies to address those opportunities and correlate the application of technology to business metrics to garner the support of decision makers.

ACCT 372 or CSB 392: Special Topics in Accounting and Business (3 credits)
Prerequisite: ACCT 151

This course is designed and offered as a group independent study under the title of “Special Topics in Accounting and Business.” This course is about corporate responsibility and accountability. Its purpose is to help develop in students a basic and practical understanding of (1) the economic, legal and ethical responsibilities of corporations and their managers; and (2) what the managers can and cannot do to align their corporations’ conduct and operations with these responsibilities. This course is based on the assumption that business like accounting, law and medicine, is a profession whose practitioners carry out essential functions in a society. The defining feature of this course is its integrative nature because it draws upon and integrates several disciplines including accounting, finance, economics, law, and ethics. The course is taught using readings, case studies, and media from published sources. Reading of the Wall Street Journal is a required part of this course.
This course must also be paired with CSB 314.

All of the classes will meet together for the following three required orientations: 
Monday, Feb. 26, 5:30pm
Monday, March 26, 5:30pm
Monday, April 23, 5:30pm
The students are responsible for booking their own travel arrangements. Students will be notified of the professors’ flight information and are strongly encouraged to travel on the same flight as professors. Given that some students remain in Europe after the program, flight arrangements should be made as soon as possible. The cost of the flight is not included in the total program price. Our dormitory is run by Charles University (founded in 1348) and is located on a tram line that connects to the Metro, Prague’s subway system. Historical sites, shopping streets, restaurants, theaters, concert halls and jazz clubs are conveniently available. Given the central location of Prague, weekend travel to other European destinations is possible by bus, rail, or discount airline. Komenskeho Kolej is a dormitory owned by Charles University, the oldest university in Central Europe founded in 1348. Double occupancy rooms, including breakfast, will be reserved for the nights of May 24, 2018 to June 22, 2018. Usually, two or three bedrooms share a bathroom and kitchenette (refrigerator but no stove). Linens are included. A laundromat is on the tramline and offers Lehigh students discounted prices. *For maximum flexibility, no additional meals are included in the package. Inexpensive (about $10 and up) meals are available in snack bars, pubs, “fast food” franchises and restaurants.
Professor Jim Hall ( is the Peter E. Bennett Chair in Business and Economics and the Co-Director of the Computer Science and Business (CSB) program. He teaches accounting information systems, internal controls, and IT auditing.

Professor Sharon Kalafut ( is a Professor of Practice in the Computer Science and Engineering Department. She teaches Java and C++ programming languages and is the teaching advisor for the CSB (Computer Science and Business) senior projects.

Professor Parveen Gupta ( is the William L. Clayton Distinguished Professor in the Accounting Department. He teaches Introduction to Financial Accounting, Introduction to Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting I, Corporate Governance and Business Risk Management, Managing Physical and Financial Resources, and Managerial Accounting.

Professor Mark Erle ( is an Adjunct Professor in the  Computer Science and Engineering Department.

Professor Petr Balcar resides in Prague and has been helping with the Prague program on the ground since its inception more than 20 years ago.  He has also taught summer courses here on Lehigh's campus.