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Eastern Europe Study Abroad Program:

Leadership for Social Good

Summer 2014 applications are closed. Check back in August for 2015 Program details. 

Program Objectives:

The Eastern Europe Study Abroad Program offers interested students the opportunity to gain insight into the 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 (see students' internship videos). 

The program takes students to Krakow, Poland, Prague in Czech Republic, and Budapest, the capital of Hungary. 

During the seven-week program, students earn nine (9) valuable management credits through the 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.

Course Structure:

*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
This course can be counted towards the Entrepreneurship Certificate, the General Management ILE Cluster concentration or the Leadership Minor (MGT Track). Syllabus

This course is designed to teach students how to apply fundamental business skills in organizations that seek to create social value. Most business courses are focused on creating economic value through for-profit organizations. Business skills are also critical in organizations that are tasked with creating social as well as economic value. The ability of students to apply this knowledge and skills will help them attract and manage the human and financial capital needed for success. Syllabus

MGT 4611 – Integrative Management Analysis (practicum component)
This course can be counted toward the Leadership Minor (MGT track), or Entrepreneurship Certificate, or the Leading and Managing Human Capital concentration. For more information about the Leadership Minor click here.

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 program kicks off May 7 with a week and a half of group activities, site visits, and lectures on Georgia Tech’s campus.  During this time in Atlanta, students are responsible for their own housing, but most meals will be covered by the program.

The final class session in Atlanta will be Friday afternoon, May 16. Students are responsible for making their individual flight arrangements to Budapest, and the group will meet in Budapest, Hungary on Saturday, May 17th.

The Budapest class schedule is Monday through Thursday: lectures or site visits in the morning, work with the respective non-profit organization on select afternoon (exact schedule will be made based on a time frame that best fits the organization’s needs and the students’ class schedule). Once a week the student groups will meet with the professors to debrief about their work with their respective organizations.

Two out of the four weekends spent in Budapest students are free to explore other countries in the region (these are three-day weekends). The program directors have extensive experience living and traveling in the region and will be happy to make recommendations for possible weekend trips. 

Students will make their project presentations on Wednesday, June 11.  On June 13 the group will travel by train to Krakow, Poland for a four-day trip.  During this trip students will attend guest lectures, go for a site visit to a local nonprofit, will visit the Auschwitz museum, and tour the world-famous Wielizcka salt mines.  The group will then continue on to the last leg of the program to Prague, Czech Republic.  Here students will spend 10 days attending classes, guest lectures, and interacting with various local social enterprises. 

The program will conclude in Prague on June 26.  Students are responsible for making their return travel arrangements to the United States, and for extending their insurance coverage if they wish to continue to explore Europe after the program ends.


Program and Other Fees:

The program fee is $4,450. This includes the $500 non-refundable deposit fee due at the time of application, housing in Budapest, Prague, and Krakow,  most meals in all three destinations, public transport tickets, group activities, transportation to all program related sites, and insurance while abroad.

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 $400), and for lodging, if needed, during the Atlanta portion of the program.

Application Process & Eligibility:

The program is open to all Georgia Tech and other University System of Georgia students who have completed their 4th semester* (only applies to undergraduate students) by Summer 2014 and are in good academic standing. 





OIE application is considered complete when you filled out the online questionnaire, paid the $500 deposit fee, and mailed your transcript to the OIE.

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 3 subjects:

  • What is your interest in social entrepreneurship (do you have any experience in this field, or what made you interested in learning about it)?
  • What are the areas of social need that are of special interest to you (for example: environment, education, health, etc)?
  • Describe your skills (technical or otherwise) that you believe could be a meaningful contribution to the non-profit organization that you will work with.
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 here

*If you have not completed 4 semesters by 2014, but would like to attend the program, please consult with the program directors to determine if an exception to this requirement can be made.

**Students receiving financial aid should consult the program faculty about their options to extend this deadline, if needed.

About 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 2013 a total of $5,000 was awarded to students on the program (amount awarded will be applied toward the program fee, thus reducing the $4,450 fee by the awarded amount).

Faculty Contact:

Useful Resources:

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.

Program Flyer



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