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1. What is the CESP acceptance policy?

ANSWER: Students are accepted on the "First Applied - First Accepted" principle. After we receive a complete application package, it takes us about 15 working days to prepare the official Letter of Acceptance and a document required for visa formalities. These acceptance documents are then sent by air-mail to the address specified by the student in the CESP Application Form. This system provides sufficient time for students to make arrangements for their studies in Prague. The capacity of the CESP Summer University is 52 students (a capacity of one bus). Again, the best strategy for being accepted is apply in time.

2. Is there an entrance examination to CESP?

ANSWER: There is no entrance examination, nor do we require a TOEFL certificate. Students who come with a poor knowledge of English have no chance to receive credits. On the other hand, the students must enclose a transcript from their University from which is clear their average grading. Student must have at least a 2.5 grade point average on a scale of 4.0 or an equivalent good standing at the home university.

3. How can I pay the CESP application fee (= 25 EUR)?

ANSWER: The best way how to pay the application fee is to pay by credit card via on-line form on our website.

You can also pay by bank-to-bank transfer. The specification of the CESP account is as follows:
Bank Name: Czech Savings Bank Prague
Bank Street Address: Olbrachtova 1929/62
City: Praha 4
Zip Code: 140 00
Country: Czech Republic
IBAN: CZ2108000000000001828782
SWIFT: GIBACZPX
Beneficiary Name: University of Economics, Prague
Beneficiary Account Number: 1828782/0800

4. What is the exact cost of tuition for a semester? Is the cost the same no matter how many courses are taken?

ANSWER: The tuition is 2590 € (EUR) per semester (Fall17). Dormitory accommodation, if desired, is an additional 650 € (EUR) for the semester (Fall 17). The maximum number of courses for which a student can register is 4. Otherwise the tuition does not depend on the number of courses taken. The tuition is the same whether a student elects to take 4 courses or not. The fee for additional 5th course is 300 € (EUR).

5. When and how to pay the CESP tuition fee?

ANSWER: You must present a document confirming your payment during your registration in the Prague CESP office, at the latest.

The best way how to pay the CESP tuition fee is by credit card via on-line form on our website.

You can also pay by bank-to-bank transfer. The specification of the CESP account is as follows:

Bank Name: Czech Savings Bank Prague
Bank Street Address: Olbrachtova 1929/62
City: Praha 4
Zip Code: 140 00
Country: Czech Republic
IBAN: CZ2108000000000001828782
SWIFT: GIBACZPX
Beneficiary Name: University of Economics, Prague
Beneficiary Account Number: 1828782/0800

6. What is the CESP refunding policy?

ANSWER:
1. Fall/Spring Semester
If student sends us the full CESP fee but is unable to register for studies and withdraws from the program before its official start, we will return the full amount less 100 EUR (to cover the transaction cost). Student will have to declare that he/she has not received any financial support from public resources for studies in Prague.
Once student registers in the Prague CESP office, he/she may receive one half of the tuition fee in case he/she decides to leave due to a serious reason before the end of the second week of the program. Once student moves into the dormitory and signs the dormitory agreement, there is no refund of the dormitory fee. If student decides to leave the program later, he/she will not receive a refund.
2. Summer University
If student sends us the full CESP fee but is unable to register for studies and withdraws from the program before its official start, we will return the full amount less 100 EUR (to cover the transaction cost). Student will have to declare that he/she has not received any financial support from public resources for studies in Prague. Once student registers in the Prague CESP office, moves into the dormitory and signs the dormitory agreement, there is no refund of the tuition and accommodation fee in the case he/she decides to leave the program.

7. Can I apply for a CESP (or UEP) scholarship?

ANSWER: As compared to similar international programs in Europe, CESP is inexpensive. We wish to keep this competitive advantage, but on the other hand, we cannot afford to provide any scholarships.

8. How should the "resume about yourself" (or CV) be presented?

ANSWER: The resume (CV) is to be enclosed with the CESP Application and Registration Form. No special structure is prescribed. Typically, it is one page of a text where the potential student summarizes essential facts about his/her life, education, professional career (if any), and hobbies. He/she should also devote one or two lines to explain how he/she got the idea to study in Prague.

9. Which transcript should I attach to the application?

ANSWER: CESP requires clear documentation that the applicant has studied for at least two semesters (or one year) at a university. The documentation must also provide information about the student's academic standing. Please keep in mind that (until now) CESP hosted students from 28 countries located on four continents, so that it is difficult to define an exact form of documents valid for all potential applicants.

10. What does it mean if you say that the program starts on February X (September Y, June Z ...)?

ANSWER: It means that you are supposed to register in the CESP office on February X (September Y, June Z...), between 9:00 and 12:00 a.m. You will then be given detailed instructions about what to do next.

11. How many credit hours are given to each course?

ANSWER: Each CESP course represents 26 classroom units (one teaching unit = 2*45 minutes) in addition to homework. According to UEP classification (comparable with typical classification used in USA), this represents 3 credits; according to ECTS (European Community Credit Transfer System) it is worth 7 credits. Unless CESP obtains another request, an official transcript confirming 3 credits for each successfully completed course will be sent to the address specified by the CESP student.

12. Are the courses offered considered "upper level"? Which ones are or are not?

ANSWER: With the exception of language courses, all remaining courses on the list of CESP courses are upper level or graduate level courses.

13. May I change my registration of courses after I arrive to Prague?

ANSWER: No, the course selection is a part of the application form. Courses 1 – 4 will be considered as student’s final course registration. Students will be allowed to change their course registration only in case there is a scheduling conflict or the selected course is cancelled. In this case the Alternate courses 1 – 3 will be used.

Courses IP_310 Product Brand Marketing and IP_340 International Marketing Communications cannot be taken together, students may register either Product Brand Marketing or International Marketing Communications.
Courses IP_312 International Strategy and IP_314 International Management cannot be taken together, students may register either International Strategy or International Management.
In order to open a course, there must be at least 8 students registered.
It is not possible to choose the courses, which overlap in the schedule.

14. Can I register also for any non-CESP courses offered at VSE in English?

ANSWER: Due to the high number of foreign students in other English programs at VSE, as a CESP student you cannot register for non-CESP courses. We can guarantee the spot for you only in CESP courses, furthermore there is no time table and capacity coordination between CESP Schedule and other courses offered at VSE.

15. When can I arrive to Prague?

ANSWER: Your dormitory room is automatically booked for five extra nights before the Monday when the program starts at no extra charge (valid both for semester program and summer program). Similarly, you may stay in the dormitory five extra nights after the Friday when the program ends. However, the end date may be shortened because of Christmas holidays at the end of the Fall semester. In this case, the last day of the dormitories will be specified in the Welcome letter you receive once accepted. CESP does not organize the accommodation of students before or after this period.

Students can move in every day, even during weekend or evening, after the arrival you will arrange all necessary formalities (signing the accommodation agreement, picking up the dormitory ID card ).

16. How can I get from the Prague airport (train station) to the dormitory?

ANSWER: All students accepted to CESP (or its Summer University) will obtain a letter containing detailed information about what to do after arriving in Prague. The letter will give full directions for getting to the dormitory and to the UEP campus.

The address of the Student Dormitory JAROV (in Czech, phonetically: "KOLEY YAROV") is: Kolej Jarov, Jeseniova 210, block G, 130 00 Praha 3.

To get to Jarov:

a) From the main train station ("Hlavni nadrazi"): Take tram #9 in the direction "Spojovaci" and exit at the stop called "Strazni". When you get off the tram, walk along the tram track. Then turn to the right in Jeseniova street, you will see block G in front of you (high building with blue balconies). Do not hesitate to ask any young people you meet along the way.

b) From the train station "Nadrazi Holesovice": Take the red line of the metro (underground) to "Hlavni nadrazi" and follow the directions above.

c) From the airport: Take bus #119 to the end-line metro stop called "Nadrazi Veleslavin" (green line). Take the metro to the stop called "Můstek". Transfer to tram number #9 in the direction of "Spojovaci" and exit at the stop called "Strazni". Follow the directions from "Strazni" given above. The quickest and most comfortable option is to take a taxi straight to Kolej Jarov. The driver should not charge more than 800 Kc from the airport or 500 from either train station. Agree on the price before you get in the cab.

17. Can someone help me get from the airport to the dorms?

ANSWER: The only way is to take part in the Buddy System and get a Czech student to help you.

18. How do I use public transport in Prague?

ANSWER: To use public transport when you first arrive, you have to buy tickets that cost 32 CZK  each. The ticket is valid for the bus, tram or subway ("metro"). The trip may include transfers and cannot last more than 90 minutes. The tickets are sold in special orange color vending machines at the airport, major subway stops, near main tram stops and in tobacco shops (i.e., not on trams or buses). Please read the instructions (they are also in English) on the vending machines. The machines also sell tickets for 24 and 72 hour use.

19. May I bring my car to Prague?

ANSWER: Yes, you may. Parking is extremely difficult to find. Bear in mind that the car may be stolen unless you have a really good safety system. Incidence of car theft is high in Prague, so be sure to install good-quality theft protection. But it’s better to find a safe parking place (you have to pay for).

20. Where are the CESP students accommodated and what does a meal plan include? What is the cost of meals?

ANSWER: CESP students (who apply for accommodation) stay in the university dormitory located in Prague - Jarov. (It takes you 15 - 20 minutes by tram to get to the university campus). The accommodation is available (free of additional charge) to students 5 days before the Orientation week starts and 5 days after the official end of the program. This applies to the Summer University as well. The end date may be shortened because of Christmas holidays at the end of the Fall semester. In this case, the last day of the dormitories will be specified in the Welcome letter you receive once accepted.

The tuition fee does not include meal expenses. Meals are offered both in the dormitory and on the UEP campus. Students may take advantage of the student cafeterias located at the University or in the dormitory area. Czech students typically eat for 7 € per day, a reasonable estimate for a foreign student is 10  € .

21. What will I need for living in the dormitory?

ANSWER: All that you will need for living in the dormitory (like sheets, bedclothes) will be provided to you by the dormitory commissionaire. There are dishes available in the dormitory kitchenettes. But even here the best strategy is to bring nothing and buy the potentially missing equipment cheaply in Prague.

22. How to find CESP office?

ANSWER: The CESP office is at the University of Economics ("Vysoka skola ekonomicka"). You reach it from Jarov by tram #9 direction "Hlavni nadrazi", to stop "Husinecka" and walk about 50 meters in the direction of the tram to the W. Churchill Square. The office is located in the Paradise building - Rajská budova in Czech (the newest one), 5th floor, room #543 and #544 . Many Czech students speak English fairly well, so feel free to ask them for help if you have problems getting around the university.

23. Where should I have mail and packages sent?
ANSWER: You should address your mail and packages to the CESP office and pick them up afterwards. The correct form of the address to the office is:Your name
University of Economics, Prague
CESP
Nám. W. Churchilla 4
130 67 Praha 3
Czech Republic
24. What to do if your package is withheld by customs?
ANSWER: The reason for withholding a package and steps to retrieve it can be found at http://www.ceskaposta.cz/en/sluzby/celni-rizeni/ocekavate-zasilku-ze-zahranici
25. How do I proceed, when I need an additional transcript?
ANSWER: Easiest way is to contact our office by email (cesp@vse.cz) stating how many transcripts do you need and where do you want them to be sent. This reduces the possibility of spelling errors in addresses to a minimum. Price is 10EUR/transcript (not 10USD).

How to pay for transcripts? There are three ways how to do it.

  • by credit card via on-line form on our website
  • Send a specified amount through bank to bank transfer (for bank account details see section Tuition)
  • Have somebody pick them up and pay in cash. You have to notify CESP office in advance if you arrange for this option, especially to give us the name of the person who will come to pick your transcripts up.

26. Are there internship opportunities available in Prague?

ANSWER: CESP does not organize internships for CESP students. Firms and institutions in Prague use Czech language almost exclusively, while CESP students usually do not speak Czech. Nonetheless, some (very few) CESP students have been able to find internships by contacting international firms during their studies in Prague.

27. Could you give me the names, phone numbers, and/or e-mail addresses of students that have recently participated in this program?

ANSWER: CESP does not distribute personal data of former CESP students. We may provide addresses of foreign universities that regularly send their students to CESP. It is up to them to decide whether or not they will distribute information on former participants.

28. Can I leave the program before its official end?

ANSWER: Leaving the program before its end is allowed only exceptionally and under the following conditions:

  • The student cannot leave the program earlier than 14 days before its officially specified end. If the student leaves earlier than this, CESP will not issue the official transcript of credits.
  • The student must apply for earlier leave at least 30 days before he/she plans to leave and must present an acceptable reason for his/her leave.
  • The student must negotiate the conditions for his/her grading with professors individually. CESP will not investigate any student's complaints about grading if the student decides to leave before the end of the program.
29. Can I take on more than the maximum of 4 courses ?

ANSWER: It is possible, although there is a nominal fee of 300 EUR per each extra course over the limit of 4 per semester (valid from the Fall semester 2011). This fee will be added to total tuition fee.