Central Europe

Dates:  May 26 - June 25, 2015
Costs:  $3900, excluding airfare (subject to BOV approval)   

 VMI, in partnership with the National University of Public Service is pleased to announce a four-week summer program in Budapest, Vienna, and Graz.


Any current student in good standing with an accredited university is eligible to apply.  VMI students need only submit an application.  Applicants from other universities should include a faculty letter of recommendation, an official transcript, and a short essay outlining the applicant's personal and academic goals for the program, along with the application.  Applications must be received no later than 28 February 2015.

Room and Board

Full room and board is provided by Zrinyi Miklos National Defense University in Budapest.  Participants are normally housed in single rooms in the officers' quarters.  Many rooms come equipped with a small refrigerator and television.  Board includes two meals daily, with many affordable eating options available for the remaining meal.  The University is on a central metro line, with easy access to the city center.  Many grocery stores, restaurants, and markets are within walking distance of the University.  Housing in Vienna and Graz will be in hotels.

Academic and Cultural Program

Participants will be enrolled in 6 credit hours of international studies seminars related to Central European Politics and Security.  Courses will examine the dynamic political and security situation in modern day Central Europe.  Coursework and lectures will be supplemented by visits to historical sites and museums.  

Program Director

Maj. Patrick Rhamey is an assistant professor in the VMI Department of International Studies.  A graduate of Rhodes College, he received his Ph. D. from the University of Arizona in Political Science.  He has spent time throughout Europe conducting research, including contributions to the edited volume Regional and International Relations of Central Europe, an article in the French journal Cahiers de la Mediterranee, and forthcoming research in the Russian journal Vestnik-MGIMO.