University of New York in Prague: An American degree from Europe

ocated at the heart of Europe with a maze of charming cobbled lanes and hidden courtyards, Prague is a city made for wanderers. It has a lot to offer as the home of classical composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, the setting of Franz Kafka’s books, and more.

Beyond music, literature and architecture, the city is a haven for international students too. At The University of New York in Prague (UNYP), students can explore the finest of Prague while earning a degree delivered fully in English from one of the largest English language higher education institutions in the country.

UNYP is made up of four schools: BusinessPsychologyInternational Relations, and Communication and Media. They offer a variety of undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD programmes to choose from such as Business AdministrationChild DevelopmentDigital Media ArtsInternational RelationsEnglish Language and Literature and Political Science.

“After experiencing both private and state universities, I know that I made the right choice staying at a private university,” says International Relations student and Student Council representative Petr Jirsa. “For me, the personal approach is extremely valuable.”

He’s referring to the personalised attention he gets at UNYP. “At a state university, I felt like a small unimportant part of a big education machine. On the other hand, my private university allowed me to study in smaller groups of students, have more space for my opinions and thoughts during classes, and develop better speaking and debating skills,” he says. “Additionally, the professors and staff of the private university were always willing to help me with anything, making my studies easier and more valuable.”

A unique point about UNYP is its long-standing history and degree partnership with universities in the US – The State University of New YorkEmpire State College (SUNY, ESC) — as well as across Europe. This means students can receive both an American and a European accredited degree when they choose an American bachelor’s programme at UNYP.

The dual-degree programmes are recognised globally by both American and international companies, giving UNYP graduates a critical edge upon graduation. What’s more, earning a degree accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports provides graduates with post-study work opportunities in Czech Republic.

Source: University of New York in Prague

A distinctive business degree

For those passionate about sports and business, UNYP offers a three-year Business Administration programme with a concentration in Sports Management. Students who complete this programme will receive a European bachelor’s degree from UNYP that is  accredited by the American International Accreditation Council for Business Education (IACBE) and the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MŠMT).

Electives cover Sports Marketing and Sponsorships, Sports Psychology, Sports Law, Sports Coaching, Sports Management, Facility Management, Event Management, and Nutrition and Health.

UNYP makes classes intentionally small to encourage fruitful interactive discussions and to ensure that every student gets personalised attention according to their needs. Students will gain invaluable learnings from expert faculty staff who have working experiences in their respective fields.

The compulsory Sports Management internship lets students put this newfound knowledge and skills into practice. These internships are organised by either a current or potential university partner, exposing students to the sports business and relevant industry leaders.

Recently, UNYP became the official educational supplier of the Czech Olympic Team. This strategic partnership will bring in a wealth of interesting opportunities for students in the Sports Management programme including a Dual Career programme where UNYP will educate Czech Olympic athletes after they retire from their professional sporting careers.

Lucrative careers upon graduation

Alumni from UNYP have gone on to pursue their dreams with some starting businesses of their own. Hear it from Michaela Milkovičová, a Business Administration graduate. Although it has been years since she left UNYP, she still thinks often about how her education here shaped her to succeed in her career.

“Many times, I think about how UNYP helped me with my soft skills,” she says. “Working on projects in a multicultural group of people with different backgrounds, doing presentations in English in front of different stakeholders, but also a little bit of the American ‘you-can-do-anything-when-you-decide’ attitude that I find the most valuable.” Today, she is working with Unilever as a Global Foods Strategy, Innovation and Operations Manager and continues to climb the corporate ladder.

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