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Tomáš Horák

IB program at VSE is a great choice for everyone who wants to study at a big well-recognized university with a new campus, well-equipped library, PC labs, variety of food choice at different cafeterias and at the same time still benefit from small study groups and personal approach of the professors. I had a great time when studying IB program at VSE. You can certainly be sure that it will give you an opportunity to meet people and cultures from all around the world, practice your English on daily basis, plus it will give you a great differentiation point in your CV and natural boost in your future professional career.

Tomáš Horák; tom.horak01 [at] gmail.com

Eric Bonato

I graduated from the Double Degree IAE Lyon – VSE University of Economics in 2013. I decided to finish my studies outside France and Prague seemed to me being the best opportunity. I do not regret it at all, University was a nice environment, and the city of Prague itself was even a better one. So I would have to say that  it is worth a stay in the Czech Republic. And you, „future students“, might feel some cultural differences, which is always nice to discover.

Regarding the University, it is a nice environment to study in and courses are various. Teachers are here for you. The administration is also always here for you, so Mrs. Krejci is..

Just to conclude, VSE and Prague are two good reasons to choose this program..

E. Bonato

bonato.eric[at]gmail.com

Joao Diogo da Rocha Fernandes

Dear future Colleagues,

It is with great pleasure that I share with you my unforgettable 2 years of IB experience. Started the program in September of 2010 and since the first day I received all the necessary support by the IB staff which made the adaptation to a new city much easier. Furthermore, the IB program and VSE in general welcome every year several hundreds of international students from all over the world with whom I had the chance to learn, exchange ideas, and make lot of good friends.

Regarding the in class experience, I found a group of very knowledgeable professors, providing solid courses where I received all the tools and support to perform successfully.

The compulsory courses cover key topics in the business world e.g. Finance, Economics, and Marketing guarantying that all students have the necessary skills for any specialization. From the second semester on we were presented with a notorious range of optional courses available, allowing me to focus on my favorite subjects.

In the second year, I went for the double degree option with MCI Innsbruck partner University. It was a great choice which allowed me to specialize on healthcare management, and so far the combination of the 2 degrees has opened many opportunities.

About my classmates, I had the chance to be surrounded by a group of bright minds, highly driven, that contributed tremendously for my personal development, and above all with whom I had lot of fun!

Joao Diogo da Rocha Fernandes, qa.linkedin.com/pub/joao-diogo-da-rocha-fernandes/31/9b8/651/

Shu Hanáková Chen

I felt very lucky that I found this International Business program when I was still living in Shanghai China. During the two years studying I met great people from different countries. The studying environment was very dynamic. All the courses involved various interesting projects and definitely it also helped me to improve my presentation skill. This program also involved a lot of useful and inspiring guest speeches, such as the speech given by marketing director from Skoda company and Pilsen Uruguay company etc. It was also really good opportunity to build the network and seize the potential work opportunity in those international companies.
At the beginning, the study was a little difficult for me because I came from totally different studying background in China and I didn’t know the language and culture in Czech Republic. But it was very thoughtful that they arranged a Czech buddy for me as a foreign student. Moreover the professors were very patient and helpful assisting me and explaining the problems I had during their office hours.
This two years study was one of the most exciting experience of my life, I grew both personally and professionally level.
Shu Hanáková Chen, chrischenshu1985 (at) gmail.com

Darya Korlyakova

The IB program highly contributed to my professional and personal development. It gave me a comprehensive overview of EU regulatory framework, deep understanding of functioning of international organizations (such as WTO, WB, OECD, etc.) and versatile outlook on world economies. The program is very well structured: in the beginning we had a chance to refresh our knowledge in such subjects as microeconomics and macroeconomics which presented a basis for other subjects. As the level of teaching is very high and the explanations are very detailed the students without relevant background were able to succeed in these fundamental courses. All the professors are very helpful, therefore if the questions arose we could always have a personal consultation with them during office hours in order to clarify our doubts. In addition during this two-year period we had a great opportunity to acquaint ourselves with various cultures and become aware of their differences which should not be ignored during formulation and implementation of marketing and management strategies. Moreover conducting international business is not possible if you are not able to find the ways of cost reduction (what should be done on a continuous basis) and hedge against exchange rate, counterparty and other kinds of risks. Thanks to accounting, business operations and finance classes we learnt how to do this.

Besides all this the program coordinator is very supportive, we always addressed her when we felt confused with school information system, our timetable or other organizational issues. Another strong side of the program is well equipped library where we could find all the books necessary for our studies as well as facultative reading materials.

To sum up IB program can open new horizons for you, all you need is to open your heart to them and move ahead towards this wonderful experience!

Darya Korlyakova, darkorl1[at]mail.ru

Denys Reva

IB Program was quite a challenge for me, however very interesting and exciting event of my life.

The program itself is interesting, because I have got an opportunity to meet new people from other countries, especially such as myself from foreign country. The mixture of languages and ways of thinking give a different approach for problem solving. Teamwork and individual assignments taught me how to operate with information faster, more coherent and more efficient. During cooperation with our colleagues we have also grown a relationship network, which helps in everyday life.

The IB gives an opportunity to travel for professional growth. There were two programs available for student’s choice: double degree to one of four European partner’s universities (one year program) or to one of hundreds partner’s universities around the globe (exchange one semester program).  I was lucky enough to earn a possibility to study at Emory University in Atlanta, GA, USA. It was very exciting and interesting journey. In US I had an opportunity to study law, accounting, and technology and add that knowledge base to already obtained one in other countries. It is fascinating experience to figure out the difference not only in knowledge base but also in the manner, style, path of teaching. Should be also mentioned the intriguing constant contrast in between the cultural differences.

Not the last but not the least important fact is that I was able to get a job whilst I was still studying during my last semester. Nonetheless, it took me about year to find it, but now I can be confident that it is possible with the IB diploma.

The program is tough and difficult, but hey isn’t it the way to success? I think yes. I am glad that I took my chances and have gone through the whole IB program experience.
Thank you
Best of luck
Denys Reva

Denys Reva, denysreva9[at]gmail.com

Vadim Tarasov

It is with genuine satisfaction and nostalgia that I recall the years 2010-2012 which I spent at IB programme – the time full of ambitious ideas and communication with very interesting people.

In my opinion it is exactly the people that form the core asset of the programme. The board of professors have always been there to share their profound knowledge and consult on any issues whatsoever. More than that, I have also learned a lot from my classmates, most of which are truly bright young people with different cultural background. Close friendship and the spirit of belonging to a unique academic circle made us feel like a big family.

The overall academic workload is designed cleverly, with no two semesters being similar. For instance, during the first quite intensive semester one could shape the necessary level of economic background, while in the last one there were not that many subjects allowing to concentrate more on the thesis. Another pillar of the programme is certainly the opportunity of studying at a partner university, which in many terms helps to double the experience acquired.

All in all, I can say solely good words about the programme and can’t help giving credit to the people involved in it.

Vadim Tarasov,vatar710[at]gmail.com

Grégory Pesce

I graduated in June 2012 from the International Business program after two exciting years at the University of Economics. For me, it didn’t make any sense to study International Business in my country in a monoculture environment and therefore I’m fully satisfied by the program. Classmates and teachers come from very different backgrounds, nationalities and cultures. Peoples have different point of view and it is very interesting to share experiences, opinions and to teamwork on challenging case studies. The program was intense but rewarding, I learnt a lot and I definitively gained a new perspective of the world. Furthermore, the program is characterized by high-quality teaching, which helped me to develop the essential business skills. The program is well organized, efficient and offers a wide range of courses. With the EPAS accreditation, the program is now recognized by one of the leading organization for international development. I highly recommend the program to all prospective students who want to study in a qualified and challenging University!

Grégory Pesce : http://www.linkedin.com/pub/grégory-pesce/25/841/999

Stanislav Tarasov

“Dear future colleagues,

The IB master’s program is an academic experience like no other. It offers a rich spectrum of opportunities aimed at creating and shaping students’ theoretical and practical profile in international business. During two years of studies students are given lectures by leading local professors as well as recognized guest lecturers. There are opportunities to go to partner universities for a second year and get a double degree diploma or spend the third semester at a university from virtually any country of the world. Moreover, like any top master’s program, the IB gives arguably the most valuable asset – it brings together bright students from diverse countries that during two years learn how to communicate, work in group projects and have fun. Finally, the University of Economics, Prague is equipped with modern facilities that make student’s life more comfortable and Prague is heaven for young people with its great culture, low prices and myriads of interesting things to do.

Good luck!”

Stanislav Tarasov, tarasovsta[at]gmail.com

Tomáš Plocek

First of all I would like to thank all stuff of the program for creating it. I found three important and unique features that make the program better than the other programs. Firstly it is a small community where everyone knows each other and when all students can ask for help and individual approach. Secondly it is background of big institution which can support the program with lot of qualified teachers as well as with optional courses and so on. Third excellent feature of the program is the opportunity to go abroad and learn even more in other universities in double degree program.

I personally learnt during the program much more than I even hoped before I joined the program and both years in Prague and in Geneva were very beneficial for both my knowledge and career. For people those who prefer results to words I would like to say that thank to this program I was able to find great full time job even before the end of my studies and immediately after the final exams I have started to work as credit analyst for Central Europe in Scania Finance.

Tomáš Plocek, Tomas<at>Plocek.cz

 Andrey Sarapulov

My experience with International Business program was very exciting. First of all I must say that education in Czech Republic is totally different than in post Soviet countries. Here you learn the real practical things that you can use. Studying International Business I got a chance to deal with organizations that recognized globally and it was amazing. I love these 2 years I spent on IB program and highly recommend this program to everyone.

Andrey Sarapulov, andreysarapulov[at]gmail.com

 Socorro Sanchéz

“I started my master studies at VSE in september of 2008. I chose the IB program because, after my bachelor in International Relations, I wanted to especialize in Central Europe, especially in the business practices of this region. I was and I am very satisfied about the quality of the education I received and in general about the program. It is very well organized, besides the professors and the administrative personnel are always ready to help you and to answer your questions in a very rapid and efficient manner. I also loved the fact that the program was really multicultural: my classmates and lecturers came from many different countries and thanks to that I was able to know different opinions and points of view. The IB program really gave me a lot not only in the academic field but also in a personal level since I made there very good friends. I would recommend this program to anybody interested in studying business in a highly recognized school and in a region with a lot of business potential, full of history and beauty and with a very fun and unique atmosphere!”

Socorro Sánchez, sanchez.socorro[at]gmail.com

Yulia Ivanova

I want to thank all organizators, teachers, visiting professors for organizing an amazing program International Business – Central European Business Realities. It was a big pleasure to study in multinational environment, working under different practical case studies(eg. Skoda Project, Nokia Competition Project etc.), using theoretical knowledge and applying it into practice. I want to thank my supervisor Mr. Halik, who helped me with practical advices and examples and guided me in writing my thesis. I highly recommend this program to all future students, because it brings you only positive feelings, needed experience and necessary knowledge for a future career growth. I think with new knowledge we can manage a fast-paced environment, especially if this knoweledge taken from IB. I wish all students GOOD LUCK and NEW OPPORTUNITIES for their future development.

Yulia, Ivanova, flor1985[at]mail.ru

Martin Hloušek

Before applying for the IB program, I studied Informatics during bachelor’s degree studies at the University of Economics in Prague. After graduation I wanted to change my major, so I was looking for the opportunities. IB Program seemed as a great possibility with the best teachers from the university and interesting subjects. This turned out to be true. I enjoyed two exciting years with different-nationality students from all over the world. The program was enriching and inspiring, even though it was quite challenging in the beginning. I would definitely apply again!

Martin Hlousek, http://www.linkedin.com/in/martinhlousek

Rémi Lefevre

 I graduated from both the IAE Lyon and University of Economics, Prague in 2011, thanks to the double-degree partnership between the two business schools. My second year of Master’s degree in Prague proved to be fulfilling, enriching and surprising on several aspects, but always in the good way. As a matter of fact I was first impressed by the quality of the follow-up of Ms KREJCI, always answering her emails rapidly and efficiently, before appreciating the excellent welcoming of VSE’s Buddy System. The first classes in the hyper-modern Paradise Building of the University were enticing and overall Prague looks like a very elegant lady: pretty at first glance, rather difficult to approach, but gradually seducing you with her charms.

An excellent experience, full of discoveries, encounters, energetic comrades and humorous dorm-mates. Central Europe at its best lays in Prague, at the University of Economics, in the IB Program.

Rémi Lefevre, double degree student (IAE Lyon), http://www.linkedin.com/in/remilefevre

Ivana Jakova

I started my master studies at the University of Economics Prague in September 2008. My first reason why I chose this University comes from my experience that I acquired in 2007 as an exchange student when I was positively impressed by the organization and quality of teaching at the University. The program that I chose to apply was the International Business, with focus on the Central Europe, a region which was always of my great interest. I considered it as a great opportunity to deepen profoundly my knowledge about the business practices in this region that I deeply believe provides huge investment opportunities and future growth. Therefore I applied, I got accepted and I don’t regret at all having been a student of the VSE, especially of the IB program. I strongly recommend it to all young ambitious students looking for a high-quality education, for a perfect organization and administration and for those who are looking for further effective development of their career.

Ivana Jakova, ijakova[at]gmail.com

Alexia Gilles

I have spent one year in Prague in the IB Program. This experience has been unique for me! In addition to the cultural exchange aspect and international experience, I have learned a lot about Central and Eastern Europe: its history, its economy and politics, trade aspects, culture, etc. Prague is an international capital, rich in history and open to the World, pleasant to live in. The only advice I can give you is: try it! You won’t regret it! :)

Alexia Gilles, double degree student (IAE Lyon), alexia_gilles[at]hotmail.com

Kirstin Everett

Studying at VSE gave me multiple opportunities. I chose this school due to its location in the beautiful city of Prague. I believe that studying International Business in an international setting gives me an advantage when applying for jobs out of my home country.  The program gives you the opportunity to interact with people from all over the world, as the students come from almost every continent.  The lecturers come from a variety of professional and academic settings giving students the opportunity to learn subjects applicable in a work setting or an academic setting.  The school has a smaller international program, giving you the opportunity to interact with Czech students in addition to my international colleagues. The school provides a variety of services to help students acquaint themselves with both the city of Prague and its surrounding areas.

Kirstin Everett, apache7765[at]hotmail.com

Tanya Liu

Thanks for offering this IB program.  During the first year of my study I got not only theoretical knowledge but also practical experience. I worked part time for SAP BSCE for 6 months during the first year of my study. My life was busy but fulfilled. I had to master my time between my part time job and my study. Not to mention the countless parties in Prague. The second year I took part in double degree program and studied in Germany since 2008. Double degree program means more study. I personally prefer the city Prague more than Mainz. But it is a kind of special experience to get to know another culture, country. After finishing all my courses in July 2009 in Germany, I found a job as Manager assistant by Nexcom GmbH, a Taiwanese company which has a subsidiary in Munich. This program offers me more opportunities to upgrade myself.

Tanya Liu, double degree student (Mainz),liu.tanja[at]googlemail.com

Marie Berger

A few weeks before the end of my studies in the IB at the VSE I started to seek a job in Europe. After having different opportunities in France, UK & Belgium I decided to stay in Czech Republic. I have been working as a Credit Analyst in Prague for ExxonMobil since June 2008.
Working in a global company for a first post-studies experience is priceless. My future will remain abroad, I don’t know when I will change job, where I will go or which company I will work for but I know my studies allow me to have this excellent choice today.

Marie Berger, double degree student (IAE Lyon), marie-berger[at]hotmail.fr

Olga Selivanova

The qualitative education backed with variety of international elements, such as program language, international students and lecturers, opportunities of transfers,  is probably the best way how to prepare yourself for career in a competitive global business environment. From this point of view I recommend the school with confidence. However still have to recommend the school to concentrate the teaching on application of theoretical knowledge in practice. This is probably the crucial point, which either speeds up your career or slows it down, forcing you to begin from junior positions (which may be demotivating if you are 25 when you finish the school and firstly apply for a job).

Olga Selivanova olga.selivanova[at]gmail.com

Kamil Hallak

Last year I started my masters studies at School of Economics in Prague majoring in International Business (IB) with emphasis on Central and Eastern Europe, since I believe that this region represents a huge market which has not been saturated and offers immense investing opportunities. All the courses are taught in English language by visiting professors or Czech professors with grand international experience. The lecturers take part in world summits like WTO, advise Czech government and companies with the international trade or/and attend various international seminar meetings.
Being a student of the IB program means that you are already living in the international world thanks to the multicultural class you are in. I’m in a class with students from 17 different countries from Asia, America, Africa and Europe. Studying in English language at the top Czech business university gives the students a competitive advantageous over the other students, therefore during the studies we can find and work for reputable multinational corporations.
Recently, I was accepted in KPMG for a part time job which is specially designed for students who are enrolled in the masters business program. At the end, Prague is truly a gorgeous city in which is fun to live.

Kamil Hallak, kamil.hallak[at]gmail.com

Leena Saloniemi

I graduated from IB-program in 2008 after two years studies at the University of Economics, Prague. This was actually my second time in this school, since I spend here one semester in 2004 as an exchange student. Already then I liked the school, and of course Prague, and wanted to return someday. When I finished my bachelor studies and by accident heard about the program, I applied, got accepted and have no regents now when it is successfully over. The program offers wide range of courses which always provide some information which could not be found from books. Experienced, specialized and qualified teachers from Czech Republic or abroad have shared their practical knowledge of Central European markets as well as the specifics of global trade. Now I am currently looking for job and already my degree from VŠE has got extra attention. I believe that in the future, the degree completed in the foreign country will give me needed differentiation from other applicants in the competitive business world. I will miss my time in Prague a lot!

Leena Saloniemi,leena.saloniemi[at]centrum.cz

Marina Klimova

I have recently graduated from IB master program at the University of Economics in Prague. I have been studying there for 2 academic years since I entered in autumn 2006. During these two years I felt actively involved into studying process preparing various projects, plans, tasks and presentations working with the team of internationally diverse individuals. This kind of atmosphere brings unique opportunity to experience you as a part of multinational world, meet and communicate with the residents from all over the world.   The program widely covers the range of studies which are essential for international business nowadays; helps to understand the important trends, directions and priorities of modern business environment. Experienced and qualified professors originally from Czech Republic or abroad with rich practical and theoretical backgrounds in different fields generously delivered their knowledge to students.

I have learnt many practical things through numerous case studies that were given to solve within tight timing that especially helps you to form necessary skills of problem solving and desire to challenges. Therefore, now I do believe that having international experience and also practical knowledge, I have enough bullets for my current job hunting!

Marina Klimova, marina_v_klimova[at]mail.ru