FAQs

Application

How can I apply?

You need to use the APPLY button in the top-right corner of this website and follow the instructions to fill-in the form. After submitting your application on the website, you will receive an automatic email confirming that you have successfully submitted your application.

What will happen after I apply on the website?

Within the next 2 working days, a team member will contact you via the email address you provided to give you further instructions. Please check your spam while you are waiting for us to contact you, as some email servers might identify the foreign email as spam.

Is related work experience required?

No, it is not necessary to have experience in the field. In general, you will make the most of the program if you have some background knowledge and have studied your chosen topic before, because you will be able to know more about what you want to learn from us. However, our program will give you a good opportunity to learn new skills and get the experience you do not yet have. If you have any concerns or questions, feel free to contact us at question@eccedu.net.

Is there an English proficiency level requirement?

Yes, fluency in both spoken and written English is very much required for the lectures and internships.

If English is not your mother tongue, you should be able to provide evidence (such as test results) that your spoken and written command of English is sufficient to study and work in English. We also ask all applicants to send us their CVs, and we also arrange an online interview with each applicant before the program starts - this way, we get to know you better and can properly assess whether our program could be a good match for you.

Fees & Expenses

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 euros a day would be sufficient. If you decide to go to the restaurant, expect to find a meal for 5-8 euros. To this you must add the price of your travel ticket. In Prague, you have to pay 670kc or around 27 euros for a monthy 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 euros a day should be sufficient. If you go to the restaurant, you can also find lunch or dinner for 5-8 euros.

Dubai: Dubai is a city which offers incredible infrastructure. Therefore, it caters of people of all budget. 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. Cost of food can be cheap (8 USD per meal) if eat from 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 dollars a day. If you eat out you will average 15 dollars per meal, but there is dollar 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 Kc (Czech crowns, the local currency), or about 27 euros.

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 euros with a student discount, so be sure to have your Universiy student ID with you if you have one!

Dubai: A monthly pass that costs 95 USD, and it applies for Dubai metro, buses, trams, etc.

New York:  A monthly MTA ticket is 120 dollars, 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€ per day, depending on the type of the 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€ per day, depending on the type of the room you choose.To give you an example, this is where our students lived last year: 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 dollars a day. Hotels/hostels prices typically start around 200 to 250 dollars.

What kind of free-time activities can ECCEDU organise for us?

Prague: 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 organise 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.

Warsaw: During the weekends, we organize trips to well-known towns and castles of our students’ choice, outside Warsaw. These weekend trips are covered by the program fees. We also organise 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 tranfer:

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 euros. If you can't find them, the account details are:

Account Holder: European Centre for Career Education
Bank Name: Komercni Banka, a.s.
IBAN: CZ51-0100-0001-1537-7409-0277
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 extenuating 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.

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.

 

About the lecture

What is the schedule for the lectures?

There will be about 30 topics covered during the first three weeks - that's 2 topics a day. Lectures are arranged from 9 AM to 12 PM and from 2 PM to 5 PM. You will get 2-hour a break after the morning session. 

Where is the classroom?

Prague:  Lectures take place in the Faculty of Law of Charles University in Prague: Náměstí Curieových 7, 116 40 Staré Město, Prague, Czech Republic.

Warsaw:  Lectures take place in the Old Library of Warsaw University: ulica Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, Warsaw, Poland.

Dubai: TBD

New York: TBD.

Can I get the materials (e.g. PPT) that the lecturers use?

Yes, you can. After each day of lectures, we will upload most of the material onto our Intraweb, where you can download them using your ECCEDU account. However, it might happen that some lecturers prefer not to share his/her PPT as it can contain sensitive information. Whenever possible, we will upload the materials in advance.

Internships

Can I choose my own internship company? Is there a chance go to another EU country?

Yes, you can choose any internship position from the list of ECCEDU’s partners' offers, and there is a chance to go to another EU country (it applies for the Prague program); we have more than 350 partners in 26 Schengen countries. However, you should bear in mind that your choice will also depend on your ECCEDU test result: people who perform best get to choose first.

When can I choose my internship? How?

You will pick your internship company at the end of the second week of lectures. All students undertaking he internship will take a short test (consisting of questions from lectures and questions assessing your fluency in English).  Additionaly, We the activity points obtained during the lecutres will be added to your test score. The student with the highest score will have the right to choose whichever company he/she prefers from the entire internship companies list, then the student with the second highest score can pick the internship company, and so on and so forth.

How many internship positions are there in one company?

Each company will offer up to 2 internship positions.

Can I extend my internship after 4 weeks?

Yes, you can extend your internship for one extra week if you reach a mutual agreement with your internship company.

What should I expect from the internship? How many hours will I work?

Prague: You can expect tailor-made internships in the fields of Architecture & Design, Law, and International Business. In most of the companies, you will be a full-time intern working around 35 to 40 hours a week.

Warsaw: You can expect tailor-made internships in the field of Law. In most of the companies, you will be a full-time intern working around 35 to 40 hours a week.

Dubai: You can expect tailor-made internships in the field of Law. In most of the companies, you will be a full-time intern working around 35 to 40 hours a week.

New York: You expect find tailor-made internships in the field of Law and International Business. In most of the companies, you would be a full-time intern, and work around 35 to 40 hours a week.

* Minimum number of hours per week is 20.

Visa

Do I need visa and which type of Visa should I apply for? 

Majority of the Asian, Middle Eastern, African  & South American nations will need visa to attend our programs. Please check the particular embassy website for more information. 

Prague: You will need to apply for a short-term Schengen Visa (up to 90 days) to join our program. Please search 'Embassy of the Czech Republic in [your country]' and visit the "Visa and Consular Information" page to book an appointment. We recommend that you do so well in advance. ECCEDU will issue you an invitation letter for your Visa application.

Warsaw: You will need to apply for a short-term Schengen Visa (up to 90 days) to join our program. Please searching 'Embassy of Poland in [your country]' and visit the "Visa and Consular Information" page to make an appointment. We recommend that you do so well in advance. ECCEDU will issue you an invitation letter for your Visa application.

Dubai: GCC citizens do not need a visa to enter the UAE. Some of the other nationalities can obtain a visa on arrival while others need to apply for a visa in advance. Find out if you need a visa to enter the UAE here.

New York: You will need to apply for the short-term J1 Visa to join our program. We will recommend a third party site for you to use (at your own expense), but you can use a different site. After we receive your payment, ECCEDU will issue you an invitation letter for your Visa application.

When should I apply for the visa?

We suggest you start doing research from the official embassy website and check the available dates for a visa appointment first, even you haven't got all documents ready. The Visa processing time varies in each country, but in our experience it can take from from 5 working days to 60 days.

Can I get the invitation letter before I pay the full program fees?

Unfortunately, our invitation letter must mention that you have paid for the program in full; embassies care about this deeply because they want to make sure that people granted a visa are really coming for our program. We will refund most of your program fees if your Visa application is declined by the embassy.

 

Other

Is there any chance we could get a scholarship from ECCEDU?

Yes. As a gesture of appreciation for their contribution to our program, we reward some students at the Graduation Ceremony, based on their overall performance during the 3 weeks of lectures. The whole group will be closely observed, and the most active and talented students will be awarded a scholarship.
Each spring, we also hold a scholarpship competition for each of our programs - winners get to join our program free of charge. Please pay close attention to our website and social media for more information about the competition.

Who should I contact if I have any question?

You can contact us at question@eccedu.org. One of our team members will usually answer you within 48 hours. If you do not receive our reply after 48 hours, your email may have got lost on the way - please try to contact us again from a different e-mail address.

Wish to apply for one of our unique Summer Programs?

To apply, complete the ECCEDU on-line form. We will respond as quickly as possible. Should you have any questions feel free to contact us at question@eccedu.org.

Thank you for your interest & welcome to the world of ECCEDU Summer Programs!

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