Summer: Prague, Czech Republic

Cal Poly Construction Management program in Europe

CM Majors and CM Minors welcome!
This is a unique opportunity for international study within the framework of Cal Poly’s Construction Management (CM) degree program. Offered to both CM majors and minors, the program includes eight academic units directly applicable to the major/minor curriculum. A Cal Poly CM professor will travel with the group, providing students with a familiar teaching style while they experience the excitement of a new country.


General Information

From Prague, all of Europe is just a plane, train, or car ride away. This city is one of the true jewels of Europe. (For its history, visit It is a fun city to be in with a great variety of cultural and evening life.  Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA), our host organization in Prague, has one simple philosophy: To provide high-quality international academic programs and services. For students and universities, that means support through each step of the study abroad experience, from start to finish. Along the way, students learn to adapt and communicate across cultures.

Why should CM students Study Abroad?

Construction is a truly international profession. Foreign study is fully recognized as an essential part of the college experience. Approximately 13% of Cal Poly students will have lived and studied in another country by the time they graduate; this number is increasing annually. One of the most important skills they develop from their university education is the ability to consider things from more than one perspective. Studying abroad enhances the ability and helps them develop their analytical and critical thinking skills. It is in the spirit of the College of Architecture and Environmental Design’s "Universal Traveler" philosophy.

The Program

Students study two courses during the summer quarter, with CM majors and CM Minors registering for 8 units:

  • CM 450- Integrated Project, Design and Program Management
  • CM 443– Management of the Construction Firm 


For 2019, the program will be organized and taught by Professor Lonny Simonian ( 

Classes will be held at CEA, Prague. Students will have the opportunity to visit a technological museum, contractors’ field offices and take tours of local construction sites to learn about construction management in an international context.



When planning, note that exchange rates vary over time, so the cost could be more or less than the amounts listed below. Approximate program costs are $6,750; this includes:

  • $400 International Center Fee
  • Tuition & Registration (8 Cal Poly units, through Extended Education)
  • Housing (shared apartments in Prague)
  • Cultural activities and field trips
  • Faculty and Staff support
  • Local Transportation Pass
  • Travel Health Insurance

Additional costs include Round-trip airfare, Meals, Books & Supplies, and Personal Expenses



Air Transportation from USA to Czech Republic can vary. A good estimate is $1,500 (group rates might be available). Students are responsible for their own arrangements.
Optional Travel (e.g. travel conducted outside of class) is not included and should be budgeted for independently.

Students will need to apply early for passports and other travel documents. Passports can take several months to process.


Key Dates

Students will make their own travel arrangements to arrive in Prague, Czech Republic, the day prior to the start of the program

Monday,  June 17,  First day of program
6 study weeks spent in Prague, Czech Republic completing Friday, July 26.
Web sites (far too many to list - google and youtube search "Prague")


Provide CM students with international study opportunities within the framework of Cal Poly’s Construction Management degree program.

The faculty view studies abroad as unique experiences that complement and expand the educational objectives of the current Construction Management curriculum.
General educational objectives for the Summer Study Program are:

  • To provide opportunities for students preparing for a career in built environment.
  • To extend students’ studies and perspectives beyond the familiar classroom and campus environment.
  • To effectively heighten the students’ involvement and responsibility in the development of their intellectual, emotional and perceptual learning experiences.
  • To expand the students' understanding of international construction and the role the construction industry plays in a global built environment.
  • To experience living and studying in another country.
  • To compare and contrast the construction of earlier civilizations.

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