Management in Transitional Economies

The Program

This program has been designed to provide students with an understanding of the dynamics that affect doing business in or with transition economies. Building on a base of historical factors and global pressures, the Czech and Hungarian economies will be examined in terms of the challenges of international business. The first phase of this course (conducted in Atlanta during the week of May 7-13) will address the background of Czech and Hungarian economic development strategies in light of the transition from the communist era. Lectures, videos, and discussions in class will demonstrate how the profound economic and institutional changes over the last two decades have affected both individuals and organizations.

The second phase (May 16-27) will serve as a capstone. This will involve a trip to Prague and Budapest (as well as Bratislava, Slovakia). They are considered among the most beautiful cities in the world.

The overseas segment will emphasize company visits supplemented by sessions at Czech and Hungarian Government ministries and international organizations. The visits will be complemented by presentations of local experts and professors at host institutions. Lectures and other activities will be conducted in English.

Application Information

Students interested in applying should find this program’s listing at and begin an online application. Transient Students: please see the Transients Student section under the Explore & Apply tab.

International Students at Georgia State who hold F-1 visas must contact the Office of International Student and Scholar Services at 404-413-2070 to discuss the possible implications of study abroad for their immigration status.

Application Deadline

February 8, 2016

Because program size is limited, early application is strongly advised. Individual interviews may be scheduled with students upon receipt of application.


Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the program director.

The program is open to undergraduate and graduate students who meet all academic requirements of the Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson College of Business

Credits and Courses

The program is open to undergraduate (IB 4410) and graduate students (IB 8410) who meet all academic requirements of the Georgia State University Robinson College of Business (see appropriate university catalog). Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the program director. Students from other institutions should follow their institution’s regulations concerning transfer credits.


Participants will stay in business hotels (double occupancy) in Prague and Budapest.

Disability Accommodations

Students with documented disabilities who may need accommodations during their study abroad experience should discuss these needs with the program director and the Office of Disability Services at the time of application.


Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations and changing travel arrangements. The program cost is tentatively set at $4,500, PLUS regular Georgia State University tuition and fees. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.

Price Includes

  • Round-trip airfare
  • Hotel accommodations
  • Daily continental breakfast
  • Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
  • Selected city orientations

Price Does Not Include

  • GSU tuition and fees
  • Passport and visa fees
  • Meals other than breakfast
  • Excess baggage charges and tips
  • Personal items

Funding and Scholarships

Georgia State University students are eligible to apply for the IEF Study Abroad Scholarship/Georgia State University Foundation Scholarship and may be eligible to apply for the Global Experience Scholarship. Visit and select the Scholarships & Financial Aid tab or call the Study Abroad Programs office at 404-413-2529 for more information.


David Bruce

Pedro Carrillo