The current Summer Program in Eastern Europe offers interested students the opportunity to gain insight into 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.
2015 study abroad dates have been set: June 1- July 30, 2015
The program takes students to Krakow, Poland, Prague in the Czech Republic, and Budapest.
During the eight-week program, students earn nine management credits through a 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.
We have a collection of students' internship videos availble for viewing.
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 2015 and are in good academic standing. *If you have not completed 4 semesters by 2015, but would like to attend the program, please consult with the program directors to determine if an exception to this requirement can be made.
- All interested students have to follow the general summer study abroad application procedures available on the OIE website.
- Early application deadline (including deadline for Munchak scholarship requests) is December 15, 2015
- General application deadline is February 14, 2015
- Full program fee payment deadline is March 28, 2015**
- Group size is limited to 12 students - apply early to reserve your spot.
The OIE application is considered complete when you have filled out the online questionnaire and paid the $500 deposit fee.
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 three 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 make a meaningful contribution to a 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 by emailing it to
**Students receiving financial aid should consult the program faculty about their options to extend this deadline, if needed.
|What Students Have to Say about the Program|
Overall after having this experience I feel like I have come a long way both personally and professionally. I am more confident in my abilities to work independently and with less direction, which I feel is a valuable skill to have in any type of workplace since creative thinking and initiative are highly sought after qualities in job candidates. I also feel that personally I made an amazing connection with these women and the company they have founded, which is doing incredible things for the women of Tard and the country of Hungary.” --Marissa Olson, IAML, about her hands-on project in Hungary with the social enterprise Matyo Design.
“There were many lessons I learned and many key takeaways from my internship position at Kreater. I had to learn different areas of a business and get out of my comfort zone.(…) learning how to deal with and work with limited resources. Being a small social enterprise, Kreater did not have as many resources available to work with as I am used to from other work experiences back in the United States. Needless to say this was an interesting challenge but it ultimately made me be more efficient and think outside the box in order to maximize the resources I was provided with and make the most of them.” -- Ricardo Garcia Rulfo, Business Administration major about working with Kreater.
"Learning to organize, manage, and facilitate our own progress in this project was the key lesson that I took away from this experience. I regularly practice these skills in my engineering and group-based courses, but I did not expect to act as independently during my social enterprise internship this summer." -- Dionne McKenzie, BMED, about her internship with United Way
|Courses (click to view)|
*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
MGT 4611 – Integrative Management Analysis (practicum component)
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 2015 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, ‘breakfast when staying in hotel, lunches during the week for the Budapest portion, and any meals that are listed as group activity on the schedule, public transport tickets, books and course packets, group activities, transportation to all program related sites, and insurance while abroad. Students are responsible for covering meals and lodging for the Atlanta portion of the program (first week of the program).
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.
There are several scholarships available on campus for study abroad. We encourage you to inquire at the Office of International Education about these (i.e. Orraca-Dunn and Gillman scholarships)
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 2014 a total of $5,000 was awarded to students in the program.
In Summer 2015, the Program starts June 1 with ten days of classes and site visits in Atlanta. On June 13, the group meets in Prague and the Eastern Europe portion of the program begins with a ten day stay in the Czech Republic. On June 22, the group travels by train to Krakow and spends 4 days there. On June 28, we will arrive in Budapest, which is the final destination. The Program concludes in Hungary on July 30th.
A detailed day-to-day schedule will be shared with participants at the beginning of the program.
During the Eastern European portion of the program, there will be several long weekends when students can plan personal trips across the region.
Check back soon for more detailed information about the schedule or sign up for an email notice by contacting Nicole Howe ().
We are proud and honored to work with the following social enterprises in Hungary – they add tremendous value to our students’ learning experience, and we are grateful for their involvement:
Bátor Tábor - Whole in the Wall Camps (website)
CEEweb for Biodiversity (website)
Center for Independent Journalism (website)
Video of students discussing their CIJ internship.
Eco Service - Okoszolgalat (website)
Eco Service is the first of its kind eco consulting office in Hungary. Their mission is to provide positive examples, advice, practical ideas, and professional help to as many people as possible for living a rational, efficient, environmentally conscious lifestyle. Their Green Corner (Zoldzug) store provides consumers with green household products and healthy and wholesome food items.
Video of students discussing their Eco Service internship.
Fruit of Care (website)
Habitat for Humanity Hungary (website)
Habitat for Humanity Hungary was established in 1996. In that year former president of the United States Jimmy Carter, and his 500 volunteers, built ten homes within a week in Vác. Following this massive building effort, affiliates were founded in several communities around Hungary. To date, we have served 850 families at ten different locations. About 150 families moved into a new Habitat home, and about 250 families participated in different repair and renovation projects. We also served 450 families with financial education and construction technical assistance.
Video of students discussing their Kreater internship.
Matyo Design (website)
Video of students discussing their Matyo internship.
Romani Design (website)
Video of students discussing their Romani Design internship.
United Way Hungary (website)
We would like to have our students serve as interns in your organization please contact
Summer 2014 Blog
To learn more about what the group did in 2014 read through their blog entries.
Students are asked to create short videos about their internships. See them here.
Photos From The Program
An album of recent photos highlighting the Program experience.
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.