How much should I expect to pay for living expenses?
Prague: Living costs in Prague are rather cheap compared to other EU countries. If you cook for yourself (a kitchen is available in our student accommodation), the food from supermarkets is very affordable, and 5-8 EUR a day would be sufficient. If you decide to go to the restaurant, expect to find a meal for 5-8 EUR. To this, you must add the price of your travel ticket. In Prague, you have to pay 670 CZK or around 27 EUR for a monthly transport card, which allows you to take the bus, tram, and metro around the city.
Warsaw: Living costs in Warsaw are not very high compared to other EU countries. If you cook for yourself (a kitchen is available in our student accommodation), the food from the shop is very affordable, and 5-8 EUR a day should be sufficient. If you go to the restaurant, you can also find lunch or dinner for 5-8 EUR.
Dubai: Dubai is a city that offers incredible infrastructure. Therefore, it caters to people of all budgets. You will find the most expensive hotels to 3/4 star hotels available at a throwaway price. Generally, the cheaper 3/4 star hotels are situated a bit far from the Central Business District (Dubai Downtown). However, Dubai has great public transport, so that should not be inconvenient. The cost of food can be cheap (8 USD per meal) if eating from a supermarket or fast-food restaurants in malls. If you plan to cook, it would be cheaper, around 10 USD per day.
New York: Living costs in New York are some of the highest in the US. If you cook for yourself, you will need 10 to 15 USD a day. If you eat out you will average 15 USD per meal, but there is USD pizza everywhere (not recommended daily!).
How much do I need to pay for public transportation?
Prague: In Prague, the monthly public transportation ticket (which can be used for bus, metro, and tram unlimitedly) is 670 CZK (Czech crowns, the local currency), or about 27 EUR.
Warsaw: In Warsaw, the monthly public transportation ticket (which can be used for bus, metro, and tram unlimitedly) is 115 PLN (Zloty, the local currency) or about 27 EUR with a student discount, so be sure to have your University student ID with you if you have one!
Dubai: A monthly pass that costs 95 USD, and it applies to Dubai metro, buses, trams, etc.
New York: A monthly MTA ticket is 120 USD, but this is the best way to travel in the city.
What does the tuition fee cover?
The program fee covers the cost of 3 weeks of lectures, the 4-week internship, a luxury opening reception (our 'Grand Reception'), and a Graduation ceremony with food and drinks. The fee also covers transportation to field trips and sightseeing trips organized by ECCEDU, airport pick-up assistance when you arrive, and free snacks and drinks during the lectures.
The program fee does not include food, flight tickets, Visa, or accommodation expenses.
How much should I expect to spend on accommodation during my stay?
Prague: If you would like us to help you arrange accommodation with other students attending the program, you can follow the instructions in the email you will receive after you send us your application. We cooperate with very comfortable student accommodations with very good prices; it costs about 12-15 EUR per day, depending on the type of room you choose. To give you an example, this is where our students lived last year: Botic Student House. If you prefer, you can book any accommodation you like through another platform by yourself.
Warsaw: If you would like us to help you arrange accommodation with other students attending the program, you can follow the instructions in the email you will receive after you send us your application. We cooperate with very comfortable student accommodations with very good prices; it costs about 12-15 EUR per day, depending on the type of room you choose. To give you an example, this is where our students lived last year: Dormitory of Warsaw University. If you prefer, you can book any accommodation you like through another platform by yourself.
Dubai: A twin bed sharing room in a hotel like Ibis (About 10 km away from Dubai Downtown), will cost you 40 USD per night (20 USD per head). And a similar hotel closer to Dubai Downtown would cost you about 50 USD (25 USD per head). Unfortunately, there are not many good dorms/hostels in Dubai.
New York: If you decide to go with our housing options (dorm at one of the universities), you will pay 20 to 50 USD a day. Hotels/hostels prices typically start around 200 to 250 USD.
What kind of free-time activities can ECCEDU organize for us?
Prague and Warsaw: During the weekends, we organize trips to well-known towns and castles of our students' choice, outside Prague. These weekend trips are covered by the program fees. We also organize student activities such as treasure hunts, Tapfactor, boat trips, or escape rooms, during weekdays, based on students' requests, but this is not covered by ECCEDU.
Dubai: During the weekends, you will have the option to visit some of Dubai's famous sights with us including Burj Al Arab & Jumeirah Beach, Burj Khalifa, or Dubai Museum & Al Fahidi Fort.
New York: During the weekend, we have trips to well-known landmarks around NYC, such as Ellis Island. These weekend trips are covered by the program fees. We also organize day trips to museums, escape rooms, boat trips, and others during weekdays, based on students' requests, but this is not covered by ECCEDU.
ECCEDU does not cover the entrance fees to the attractions.
How can I pay the program fees?
You can pay us by bank transfer:
After you have applied through our website, we will send you an email with a reference number and ECCEDU’s account details so that you can pay the program fees. The currency will automatically be converted into EUR. If you can't find them, the account details are:
Account Holder: European Centre for Career Education
Bank Name: Komercni Banka, a.s.
BIC/SWIFT CODE: KOMBCZPPXXX
Address of the Bank: Na Příkopě 33/969, Prague 1, 114 07, Czech Republic
Account NO.: 115-3774090277/0100
You can also pay us via Alipay:
If you are from China, payment through Alipay can be very convenient for you. The detailed instructions will be sent after you applied.
Can I get a refund if I can't make it due to unexpected circumstances?
Refunds are decided on an individual basis. Cancellation after payment must be communicated to us 40 days before the program starts at the latest. If the cancellation is due to a personal medical condition or a Visa rejection from the government, we can refund you 95% of the program fees upon reception of evidence (the remaining 5% is attributable to our administration fee). Cancellation later than 40 days before the program is due to start without evidence will receive a 20% refund, and the bank transfer fee will be deducted from the total amount. Any other case will be discussed on an individual basis. Informatively, for the situation of the global pandemic and other comparable cases, we provide students with an option to participate on ECCEDU programs on a high-level online basis (combined with a virtual internship) or they can choose to postpone their participation for another period. We do not refund students in these situations but we always make sure that we will follow their needs and preferences.
Can I still attend the program if I do not want to do the internship, and will I get a discount?
We strongly believe that you would benefit from the internship opportunity. However, if you do not have the time or do not wish to attend the second part of the program, you can apply for the first part of the program only. In that case, you would not need to cover the full program fee, but a reduced one. Get in touch with us for further details.