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University of Economics

Dates | Costs | Location | Activities | Courses | Language | Eligibility
Housing and Meals | Application | Visa |

The University of Economics, Prague is the leading university in the field of management and economics in the Czech Republic. The university has six faculties - five in Prague and one in Jindřichův Hradec in South Bohemia. These include: the Faculty of Finance and Accounting, the Faculty of International Relations, the Faculty of Business Administration, the Faculty of Statistics and Informatics and the Faculty of Economics and Public Administration. The faculty based in Jindřichův Hradec is specialized in management. VŠE is composed of more than 19,000 students who are served by about 650 academic staff as well as about 500 non-academic staff.

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Fall Application Deadline: March 12
Fall Semester: view website

Spring Application Deadline: September 15
Spring Semester: view website


Students participating in exchange will pay tuition and fees to UNC. They will pay all other expenses in the host country. The budget given in US dollars is an estimate and is subject to change dependent on exchange rates. Tuition and fees estimates below are based on in-state residency rates with COF. Students will be billed at their current tuition rate.

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All costs are estimated based on a five-month semester.

Program Fees (billed through UNC account)

Tuition and Fees


International Health Insurance


Study Abroad/Exchange Admin Fee





Estimated Additional Expenses (not billed to student account)

Housing and/or Meals




Passport/Visa/Required Documents/Photos/Immunizations


In-country Health Insurance


Texts/Course Materials


Essential Daily Living Expenses


TOTAL Estimated Additional Expenses (without spending money)


Additional Spending Money & Personal Travel
 (not included in financial aid calculation)


The above estimated total expenses are used to help plan and prepare for the program, as well as calculate eligibility for financial aid.  Not all students will incur all the expenses above.  Note that the last line is not considered a necessary expense and is not included in the total for financial aid purposes.  All amounts listed are estimates and are subject to change depending on international economic factors, past participant reports, and on-site staff reports.  Student expenditures in-country depends greatly on personal spending habits, post- or during-program travel, and available funds.



Prague is located on the banks of the Vltava River. The combination of historic bridge crossings and the site of Prague castle make it one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It was one of the only European cities left untouched during World War II. Architecture from several different eras are perfectly preserved, so it is possible to view a cathedral built during the middle ages and then turn the corner to view a court house built during the baroque era. Prague is home to several museums, the National Theatre, the world’s most famous astronomical clock, and a vibrant nightlife. Its vast public transportation system makes it easy to get around. The inexpensive cost of living makes it possible to fully experience all that Prague has to offer on a student budget.


Student’s will have no shortage of things to do in Prague. Students will be given a university of buddy who will help show them around and get them acclimated to life in Prague. Soon after students will find a plethora of affordable shopping, have the opportunity to view opera’s or ballets at the National theatre, check out the dance clubs, go to sporting events, or relax at one of the beautiful city parks.

Read through VSE's Buddy System Handbook.


The University of Economics (VSE) offers many courses taught in English for exchange students. Students can register for courses in Czech language, economics, finance, accounting, business administration, international studies, political science, statistics, public administration, and management. The Monfort College of Business at UNC has approved VSE courses for transfer to UNC.

Click here for a list of upcoming courses.

Language of Instruction


Eligibility and Availability

To be eligible, students must have at least a 2.75 GPA and have completed at least one semester of courses at UNC. The exchange is open to students in the Monfort College of Business. Students may apply for a semester.

UNC has 4 spaces each semester.


Housing and Meals

International students can apply for accommodation in the university dormitories. VSE offers two different blocks of dormitories for international students which are approximately 20 minutes away from the university and the city center. Rooms are shared with a roommate. Each room comes with linens, shared kitchenette (two hot plates and refrigerator), shared bathroom, and internet access. Common facilities include TV rooms, a laundry facility, and fitness center. 

VSE has three canteens located on campus with various food options. The average meal price is 40 CZK ($1.88) per meal. Meals purchased off campus are approximately: budget meal 77-155 CZK ($3.61-$7.28); mid-range 155-258 CZK ($7.28-$12.12); top end restaurant 258 CZK and higher ($12.12+). 


Students must first complete the UNC General Application. Once nominated, students will complete an additional online application for VSE via their VSE student portal.

Please note that the application deadline for VSE is earlier than most other UNC exchanges due to the visa process taking longer than for other countries.


Students will need to apply for a long-term resident visa to study in the Czech Republic. The processing time for a visa is60- 90 days, thus as soon as students are accepted to the program they will need to begin working on their visa application. Students can mail completed visa applications to the Czech Consulate in Los Angeles.

Click here for visa application instructions.


CastlePrague Castle (Photo courtesy of Kayla Meek)

Charles BridgeCharles Bridge (Photo courtesy of Kayla Meek)

Sun RiseSunrise over Prague (Photo courtesy of Kayla Meek)

St. VitusSt. Vitus Cathedral (Photo courtesy of Kayla Meek)

SunriseCharles Bridge and Prague Castle (Photo courtesy of Candide Bailey)

Old Town Square (Photo courtesy of Candide Bailey)
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