Academic Program

​ESAC hosts a four week study abroad program July 4 – August 1, 2020, located in Prague, Czech Republic with an optional weekend excursion to beautiful Vienna (Austria). Meet the locals, study business and marketing by visiting the companies and firms directly and take a summer cruise of Europe’s most spectacular city! This program is a great bargain for your hard earned cash and includes more than you would ever dream of.

Our Summer Study Abroad program is designed for college students and recent graduates interested in business, marketing, accounting, hospitality and human resources. Students from ANY college or university, from ANY major, from ANYWHERE in the world, are encouraged to apply.

Classes will be held at the University of Economics facility, located in the center of Prague.

Each class must have at least 20 students to run.

A typical day would look something like this: class will be held in the morning in a modern classroom facility, followed by lunch and afternoon field visit to Microsoft to listen to a senior level manager discuss marketing strategies in Eastern Europe. Your evening may consist of a picnic in the park with your friends or you might sneak off to the opera for mere pennies. The next day you might be free to explore Prague or join a small group to visit a crystal factory or museum.

ESAC students by Charles bridge

What is included

Housing is located in a recently renovated building, close to public transportation. Travel time from the dorms to the classroom is about 20 minutes using public transportation. There are numerous shops, restaurants and pubs nearby. More info. What is the residence hall like?

Breakfast and lunch are provided on all class days. Several group meals are also included throughout the program.

All classes, seminars, guest speakers and site visits are covered. Students earn 3-4 credit hours for each class, up to 8 credits for 2 classes.

All study books and reading materials are provided.

All US students are provided with medical insurance. The coverage is outlined under Terms and Conditions.

Students will be given Prague Public Transport Pass which can be used on all Prague subway, trams and buses.

Students will take a train to a historical town of Kutna Hora about 1 hour outside of Prague. You can explore the town on your own or advisers can organize a guided tour of the silver mines, nearby bone church etc.

If you fly in on Saturday when the program starts we will provide a transport to the residence hall. On the final day of the program  we arrange few group van shuttles from the residence hall to the airport.

You will have a chance to learn basics of Czech language and dos and don’ts of Czech culture. Runs for first 2 weeks only.

Students will visit business like Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, Four Seasons Hotel, Staropramen Brewery, Ernst & Young, and more. Site visits vary each summer.

Our local staff will show you around all cities we will visit.

Weekend trips include castle and church visits, picnics, film nights and more.

You will have a chance to meet many influential domestic and international business contacts.

* Optional excursion to Vienna- There will be a three-day excursion to Vienna, Austria. This trip will include transportation, 2 nights accommodation with breakfast, group dinner at the hotel restaurant, local public transportation pass, city bus tour and visit to Austrian company. The cost of this optional trip is US$550.
More info on this trip.

Make new friends and have an amazing summer!


You will select from Marketing Management or International Management in the morning. In the afternoon, you will select from Financial Accounting or Human Resources Management. Each class is worth 3-4 US credit hours (or 7 ECTS credits).

9:30 – 11:4512:30 – 2:453:00 – 4:00 (first 2 weeks)
International ManagementFinancial AccountingCzech language and culture (free of charge/not for credit)
Marketing ManagementHuman Resources Management

All courses are designed for college students and recent graduates interested in business, management, marketing, accounting and entrepreneurship. Class sessions will be followed by afternoon site visits to businesses in Prague. You won’t be stuck in a classroom all day!


Not a business or marketing major but want to study in Prague? Ask us about setting up an internship.

Accrediting University:

The program is highly regarded in the international arena in both Europe and North America and credits are issued directly from the University of Economics Prague (in Czech this university is called VSE, Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze). Upon a students’ completion of the coursework, the professors submit their grades to the Director of the program and the Dean of the College of International Relations signs off on the transcripts. Most importantly, VSE operates in accordance with the principles of the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS).

Students accepted into the program may enroll in no more than two courses during the program. They are required to attend all sessions including all site visits to businesses and off campus guest lectures provided as part of the academic component. The courses meet all University of Economics course policies, they are intensive in nature and we are bound to conforming to the VSE grading scale. We will provide you with the course syllabi upon request.

The total amount of academic hours per each course is:

45 direct contact hours = 3-4 transfer credit hours in the North American system

45 direct contact hours = 7 transfer credit hours in the ECTS European system

The academic rigor of these courses approved by VSE are at the upper level undergraduate ranking. Graduate credit is also available.

VSElogo_modre_hranateThe University of Economics, based in central Prague, is the top educational center of the Czech Republic. The university provides Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral degree study programs and programs of life-long education to both national and international students. Areas of study include international business, management, finance and economics. The University of Economics is a fully accredited institution of higher education that closely collaborates with other universities and academic institutions such as the European Study Abroad Center. The overall global approach is complemented by European and, in particular, Central European specifics providing an indispensable knowledge of this region with its high potential for development and growth.

The highly ranked International Business program provides students and subsequent graduates with knowledge and skills that are absolutely indispensable for their career in middle and top management of big multinational companies.

Jitka Odehnalová, from Prague, Czech Republic, earned her Bachelors degree from the University of Economics, Prague, in the Faculty of International Relations. During her studies, she successfully took part in courses in the UK, France, and Germany, where she began her career in teaching. After finishing her Masters in International Trade and Commercial Communication, Jitka decided to continue with her Ph.D. Studies at University of Economics, Prague specializing on Cross-Cultural Management. Focusing on the Chinese negotiation culture, Jitka spent three years in Shanghai, China, conducting research and collecting data and working for the Czech National Pavilion on the World EXPO 2010, Shanghai. Since 2010 she has been teaching at the University of Economics, Prague as an Associate Professor at the Faculty of International Relations, while also serving as a Visiting Faculty at partner universities in Ireland, Russia and USA. Jitka has been twice rewarded for her academic work, first by the Rector’s Prize for Ph.D. publications 2008, University of Economics, Prague, second by the Josef Hlávka’s Prize for the best students and graduates in the Czech Republic. Jitka speaks fluent English, German, Spanish and Chinese and is working on her Russian and French.

Dr. Zamastil is an accomplished international educator and founder of the European Study Abroad Center. She earned her Ph.D. in Adult Studies/Higher Education with a cognate in International Studies from the University of Denver, her J. D. from John Marshall Law School, and her B.A. in English and Interdisciplinary Writing from the University of Northern Colorado. Dr. Zamastil spent five years as an Assistant State’s Attorney in Cook County, Chicago while teaching part-time at Robert Morris College and the Chicago Police Academy. In 1994, Dr. Zamastil moved to the Czech Republic to complete a one-year visiting lecturer position at Charles University Law Faculty in Prague. Upon completion of the lectureship in Prague, Dr. Zamastil founded an International Training Centre, coordinated continuing legal education courses for Central and Eastern European lawyers on behalf of John Marshall Law School, coached Moot Court competitions and was the Country Manager of a U.K based Executive Recruitment Consultancy firm. After 4 years of international experience, Dr. Zamastil returned to the United States to teach a variety of international business, management, and law courses at the University of Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver, and Johnson & Wales University. In addition to teaching, Dr. Zamastil organized and coordinated the international study abroad term for International Business Students and Co-Chaired the Honors Program. From 2005-2006, Dr. Zamastil taught Business Law at KIMEP in Kazakhstan. Currently Dr. Zamastil teaches the Introduction to Global Business, Business Law, and International Law courses at various universities including The University of Economics, Prague and Webster University, Thailand. She is involved with NAFSA and has published numerous articles on legal issues in higher education and the impact of short-term study abroad programs on undergraduate students.

Anyone looking for an enthusiastic supporter of the Hospitality & Events Industry look no further than Cynthia Vannucci. Cynthia was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Las Vegas as a young woman. “When you live in Las Vegas, you work in the hotel industry,” she says. While working full-time in the hotel business, Cynthia was a full-time student at UNLV in the Hotel Administration program. After graduation from UNLV, Cynthia worked for several years in the hospitality industry, starting as a management trainee and moving into catering and sales, and on to marketing. Her company relocated her to five different cities, although, her base was mostly in the southwestern U.S. She studied for her Master’s in Business, with a specialization in human relations. During this time she married Peter Henkel, and raised their children, Petra, Christa and Phillip! The combined responsibilities of a demanding career in hotel sales and marketing, along with the frequent travel of a young family became excessive. Former professors at UNLV prompted her to consider teaching. So, it was off to Penn State to get her Ph.D. in Management of Environment Relations. At Penn State she specialized her research in the area of meeting planning. Dr. Vannucci is the Director of Event Planning and is a fully tenured professor at Metropolitan State College of Denver. She has earned numerous awards and says “the awards are a result of teaching some of the greatest college students!” Dr. Cynthia Vannucci also holds a Certified Meeting Professional (CMP), CHE, CHSP & CHME designations in the professional industry. She was honored to serve and be selected as the Educator of the year in 2008 for the Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA).

Robert W. Robertson is the Director, Graduate Business Studies at Saint Leo University, Florida. In addition, he serves as a Visiting Faculty member with the University of Ljubljana in the Executive MBA program. Dr Robertson was the Dean, Bang College of Business and Executive Director, Center for Sustainable Urban Futures at the Kazakhstan Institute of Management, Economics and Strategic Research (2005-2006). He has more than twenty years of management experience in the public sector in Canada leading award winning organizations. Most recently, he served as the City Manager, City of Hamilton, Ontario an organization with more than 8,500 employees and a budget in excess of one billion dollars. Robertson has lectured at universities in China, Brazil, Canada, Central Asia and Europe and he is an invited speaker at conferences world-wide. Robertson holds a Doctorate degree from Stirling University, Scotland (Management and Organization); Master of Studies in Law, Vermont Law School; Master of Public Administration, Dalhousie University; and, Master of Art, Eastern Kentucky University. Dr Robertson’s research and consulting interests include corporate and strategic planning, business planning, quality management, continuous improvement, organizational behavior, economic development, public sector management, city planning and international business.

Katerina studied Art History at the Faculty of Arts and Letters at the Charles University (Prague), where she obtained her Mgr. and PhDr. degrees. She worked at diverse art galleries in Prague and Paris (Paul Prouté S.A, Old Master etchings and drawings). She was awarded different scholarships and internships in France (BNF Paris, Montpellier) and Italy (Perugia). Katerina is a lecturer for several study abroad programs in Prague, such as the Charles University (International Studies Abroad) and she teaches Prague Art and Architecture at the Anglo-American University. She works equally at the National Gallery in Prague, Collection of Old Masters (St. Agnes Monastery, Sternberg Palace). Katerina specialized in French and Flemish late medieval manuscript illumination. Her fields of interest include medieval painting in Bohemia, baroque architecture in Rome and Bohemia as well as contemporary sculpture and painting. Katerina is fluent in four languages, namely English, French, Italian and Czech (mother tongue), she understands German and she has a reading knowledge of Hebrew and Spanish. In her spare time Katerina enjoys dancing, reading and cooking, she loves skiing and swimming too. Most often she travels around Europe, especially to Austria, France and Italy.

Dr. Stadnik has Masters Degree and Ph.D. from the University of Economics, Prague, (Vysoká škola ekonomická v Praze) in Integrated Information Systems and Marketing. He teaches courses in Czech, English and Russian in the Department of Banking and Insurance (FFU), specializing in Consumer Behavior. His research interests include Comparative Market Economies and globalization.

Presently, Dr. Patrick Low is Professor of Management and Marketing in Brunei. With an International PhD in Business and Management from the University of South Australia, Dr. Patrick Low also holds a Master of Business from the CURTIN University of Technology and a BA (Singapore). His other qualifications include being a #Chartered Marketer (CIM, UK) #Chartered Consultant and an Accredited Professional Consultant (American Consultants’ League) as well as holding a #Graduate Diploma in Marketing (UK) #Graduate Diploma in Personnel Management (SIM/ SIPM) #Graduate Diploma in the Marketing of Financial Services (MIS) #Certificate in Administrative Mgt/ Organisation & Methods. Dr. Patrick Low is also the licensed administrator, user and interpreter of MBTI personality type profiling for several years. A behavioral consultant, he is also DISC-certified. Dr. Patrick Low has been a human resource professional since the late 1980s. He has work experiences in the Civil Service, electronics, trade and financial industries. He has handled HRD projects/ assignments in all ASEAN countries, Bangladesh, Hong Kong and Sri Lanka. His previous appointment was with a foreign bank as the Senior Training Manager, Management Development (Asia Pacific Region). Since 1995, Patrick runs his own consultancy (BusinesscrAFTTM Consultancy), undertaking consultancy work for other companies, both Singapore and overseas which include: Matsushita Electric Singapore, Kotobuki, MINDEF, Natsteel, Trans-Link Express, National Healthcare Group, Singapore National Employers’ Federation, KAFCO (Bangladesh), Singapore National Co-operative Federation, NTUC, Comserv, Eagle’s Wings, KKB Engineering Sdn. Bhd., Sawarak Craft Council, Sarawak Forestry Corporation, Rimbunan Hijau, SESCO, Sarawak State Library, Khind Marketing, Tan Tock Seng Hospital, Islamic Bank of Brunei, Maybank, Maersk Singapore, Hornbill Airways, Nam Ho Travel, Standard Chartered Bank, Sales Academy (MIS) and others. Awarded the MIS/ Standard Chartered Gold Medal Award – 1994 for being the most outstanding graduate in the Graduate Diploma in Marketing of Financial Services, Patrick is also the author of (2000) (revised in 2002) Strategic Customer Management (one of Border’s Top 10 Business Books as featured in Asian Entrepreneur). The reading public has also given good rating of his second book, (2001) The Power of Relationships. Developing True Leadership Potential is his fourth book while his third book (co-written with Dr. Daniel Theyagu), recently out, is Team Success. His fifth book is Training Success, published by the Institute of Chartered Financial Analyst India (ICFAI). Besides, several of his articles have been published in magazines (such as Horizons and Today’s Manager) and journals including the Emerald Insight, the Management Development Journal of Singapore and the Effective Executive.

Professor Holmes comes to us from England, where he was a Senior Accountant with JP Morgan, Investment Bank. When he moved to Prague, he started his career as a Lecturer and has been consistently evaluated by students and peers as top lecturer at least once in each university where currently teaching. With an extremely practical background in accounting, business and management and extensive international experience, he continues to teach with us at the University of Economics and students love his hands on approach. Professor Holmes holds a Diploma in Management from Open University Business School in Vienna, Austria, a Certificate in Training Practice (leading to associate membership of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) from Manchester, UK and a prestigious MA in International Relations, Sheffield University, U.K.

Professor Durham is currently leading his department as the expert on International Management Strategy at the Higher Colleges of Technology in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E. as well as serving as a Visiting Lecturer at the Prague University of Economics and as a Director and Professor at ESAC, USA. Prior to this he was the leader of Marketing studies as Business Faculty at Webster University, USA at the Thailand campus. He previously served as Business Lecturer and Degree Coordinator at Dong Hua University, Shanghai China and has been active as athletic advisor at these institutions. Professor Durham’s area of research is in Global Strategic Management and he continues to consult on projects involving feasibility evaluations, fundraising, training, small business formation and management integration in small to medium sized mergers and acquisitions through his own DE Consulting Firm.

Ms. Rerichova holds an M.A. International Trade, University of Economics, Prague and an M.A. Spanish Philology, Charles University, Prague. With these two prestigious degrees, she spent two years with PRO-ARTE, Mexico D.F., MUNDO REAL, México D.F. and she currently is a Lecturer with the University of Economics, Prague, teaching International Business and Cross Cultural Communications. A valued member of the ESAC team, she has also been an Adviser for the program for 7 years.

Don C. Smith is the Director of the Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Graduate Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He specializes in environmental law, with particular emphasis on environmental law and policy of the European Union. Mr. Smith formerly worked as a water policy advisory for Kansas Gov. John W. Carlin. After leaving Gov. Carlin’s office he served as the governor’s appointee to the Kansas Water Commission. He practiced natural resources law before joining the legal publishing arm of McGraw-Hill, where he was an associate publisher. He has also served as a publisher for an Anglo-Dutch publishing company, Reed-Elsevier, where he was responsible for a series of publications (e.g., “The Air Pollution Consultant” and “The Hazardous Waste Consultant”) about U.S. environmental law. He has also had extensive experience working on environmental publications involving European Union policy. He is a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators, the Colorado Bar Association, and the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation. He is editor in chief of Utilities Policy, a peer-reviewed journal, published by U.K.-based Elsevier Science, Ltd.