Carlson School: I-Core Abroad - Gold Block in Prague

Undergraduate Global Immersion

Program Dates:

Spring 2025 applications are STILL OPEN!  Accepting applications on a first-come, first-serve space available basis until June 17, 2024.  Apply now!

Spring 2025:

Applications open: April 1, 2024

Application deadline: May 15, 2024 - NOW EXTENDED TO JUNE 17, 2024!

Program dates: January 16 - May 15, 2025


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top of buildings in Prague
streets of Prague at night
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Program Details

    The I-Core Abroad: Gold Block in Prague program offers Carlson students the opportunity to fulfill required Gold I-Core business classes in a cohort model, fulfill liberal education requirements, and complete the International Experience.  This program is uniquely designed for Carlson students to complete foundational business coursework and learn about business from the Czech context.  This program also includes two Traveling Seminars, where students travel to multiple countries in a group tied to one of their courses. The Czech Republic is an ideal location to study management and business due to its core geopolitical position in Central Europe, thriving economy, and complex history from WWII and communism to its current day membership in the European Union.

    Carlson students will live in shared apartments throughout the city.  These are typically 4-6 students per unit in double bedrooms.

    Amenities include: fully furnished kitchen, at least one full bathroom, a living area, Wi-Fi, and in-unit or in-building laundry, apartment cleaning service of common areas every other week.

    A Welcome and Closing dinner are included in the program fee.  Students are responsible for all other daily meals.

    • All courses will take place at the CET Study Center, located in central Prague.
    • All grades will come back A/F on the official UMN transcript
    • All Carlson students will enroll in 5 courses worth 3 UMN credits each for a total of 15 UMN credits.  All below courses are required for all program participants:
      1. FINA 3001 - Finance Fundamentals (3 UMN credits)
      2. SCO 3001 - Sustainable Supply Chain & Operations (3 UMN credits)
      3. HRIR 3021 Human Capital Management (3 UMN credits)
      4. BA 3033W - Business Communication (3 UMN credits)
      5. For the 5th course, students will select one of the following CET Core Class.  Each of the Core Classes include two Traveling Seminars:
        • European Economies in Transition (3 UMN cr)
          **Approved for Social Science Core, and Global Perspectives theme
        • Political & Cultural History of East Central Europe in the 20th Century (3 UMN cr)
          **Approved for the Historical Perspectives Core, and Global Perspectives
        • Central and Eastern European Security in an Insecure World (3 UMN cr)
          **Approved for Global Perspectives 
        • Modern History of the Jews in East Central Europe (3 UMN cr)
          **Approved for Historical Perspectives Core, and Race, Power, and Justice in the United States (Diversity and Social Justice) Theme

    **the CET Core Classes are getting re-evaluated in Summer 2024.  If changes to these courses result in changes to liberal education requirements, accepted students will be notified directly.

    Traveling Seminars:  There are two Traveling Seminars built into each Core Class. One Traveling Seminar is 9 days long and typically brings students to Moravia, Poland, and Austria.  The second Traveling Seminar is typically 4 days long and goes to Hungary.  The cost of transportation, housing, and some group meals are covered in the total program fee for the Travel Seminars and the exact itinerary varies based on the course.  Carlson students will be joined on the Traveling Seminars by other CET Prague students from other U.S. institutions. 

    • GPA minimum: 3.0
    • Students must be an active Carlson School of Management student
    • All students are required to have an updated passport 
    • Students traveling on a U.S. passport will need to apply for a student visa to study in the Czech Republic for a semester
    • The Carlson Global Institute and CET Prague will provide guidance, resources, and advising on the visa application process for accepted and confirmed students.


    Spring 2025 applications will open on April 8th and will close on May 15th, 2024.  Students will be charged a $50 application fee, and applications will be reviewed on a lottery system. Students will be informed of their application decision by the end of May 2024.  All applications submitted by the application deadline (May 15th) will be reviewed at the same time on a lottery system.  Students will be notified if they are accepted to the program by May 31st.

    Applications will be reviewed and accepted after the May 15th deadline on a space-available basis. 

    Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad. See "Financial Aid" for more information.

    I-Core Abroad: Gold Block in Prague program specific scholarships are available. 

    • Eligibility:  Carlson School of Management undergraduate students who are applying to participate on the new I-Core Abroad: Gold Block in Prague program in Spring 2025
    • Scholarship Application Deadline: May 15th, 2024
    • Scholarship Notification Timeline: The committee will review all applications and send notifications of awards by May 31st, 2024
    • Award Amount: Scholarships up to $2000 available 
    • Application Process:
      • Write an essay (250 words maximum) responding to this prompt:
        • What do you want to learn about your host country, and how will that information advance your academic or professional goals
      • Email with a pdf attachment of your essay and include in the header: Your Name, Student ID#, and UMN Email Address.  

Cost Estimate (Summary)

These estimates will vary based on student preference and exchange rates. All details subject to change based on economic and international factors. Most financial aid may be applied to study abroad programs. Students should also maintain their U.S.-based health insurance plan while abroad. 

Program Fee includes: tuition and educational costs, housing, Welcome Dinner and Farewell Dinner, various cultural excursions/activities (including two multi-country Traveling Seminars), international insurance, and program administration costs


Estimated Expenses - Spring 2025 GOLD I-CORE in Prague UMTC On-Campus Costs (Carlson Semester)
Carlson School MN Resident Tuition (billed to UMN student account) $0 (included in Program Fee) $7,248
Program Fee (billed to UMN student account) $14,800 N/A
Carlson School Tuition Surcharge (billed to UMN student account) N/A $1,300
UMN On-Campus Fees (billed to UMN student account) N/A $1,245
Airfare (to and from program site) $1,500 N/A
Passport Fee (cost of US passport) $165 N/A
Visa Fee (based on US passport) $110 N/A
Books and Materials $0 $500
Housing & Food (housing included in Program Fee) $2,225 $6,514
Essential Daily Living Expenses $1,400 $1,100
Miscellaneous $500 N/A
Total Estimated Expenses $20,700 $17,907
Program Incremental Cost (additional cost for studying abroad vs on-campus expenses) $2,793


Academic term(s)
Spring Semester
Degree level
Czech Republic
Carlson Global Institute (CGI)
Program Model
Study Center