Important Information

Important Information

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  • What should I bring with me for the course?

    First and foremost, you must bring the following documents for the course:

    • A valid travel document (passport must be valid for at least 180 days after the end of your visa) in which your Czech visa is attached
    • Health insurance for foreigners  (please bring your insurance contract and medical card with you)
    • Documents for degree conversion
    • Study contract and parental consent (minors only)
    • Confirmation of payment - unless you have confirmation from the bank, please bring the payment confirmation you received in Russian / English together with the visa documents in an envelope
    • 4 passport photos

    Other recommended items:

    • Clothes - of course we'll leave this entirely up to you, although we recommend that girls leave their high heels at home and bring comfortable shoesJ. You'll just need clothes for autumn and winter (in winter in the Czech Rep temperatures reach about 0 C, in exceptional cases -10) You can bring your summer clothes after the Christmas holidays. Clothes are not expensive in the Czech Republic, so you can buy sweatshirts, tops and trousers when you arrive at your study centre.
    • Laptop
    • Mobile phone (our employees in the study department can advise you on buying a SIM card)
    • Camera
    • Medication – in particular, don't forget to bring any medication you take regularly. Other non-prescription medication is available to buy in pharmacies in the Czech Republic.
    • Books - we recommend bringing a Russian-Czech (English--Czech) dictionary which will be especially useful in the first few days (basic phrases when out and about, in shops...); we don't recommend bringing 10 or more books to avoid carrying a heavy bag - you will be able to buy the majority in Czech bookshops (including a large selection of foreign titles)
  • Where, how and for how much can I extend my insurance?

    Insurance can be purchased directly through the ILPS central study department. We arrange insurance for both current and prospective students, as well as our graduates (with a valid confirmation of study document).

    Insurance prices can be found here. If you have already paid for insurance through ILPS CU, your next insurance amount will be € 20 cheaper (reduced administration fees).

    If you are a current student, please refer to the officer in the study department of your study centre.

    If you are a future student, or an ILPS graduate, please contact the central study department, tel: +420 224 990 420 or email: studujop@ujop.cuni.cz

  • Can I come and visit my son/daughter during their course?

    Yes, of course you can! If you already know your arrival date, please inform the central study department (studujop@ujop.cuni.cz) or the respective education centre directly.

    If you need confirmation for a visa to the Czech Republic, send your arrival and departure dates together with a copy of a valid passport to the study department (studujop@ujop.cuni.cz). In the email please state the name of your son/daughter you are visiting and the title of the study centre, at which he/she is studying.

    We can also arrange accommodation for you. Reservation requests should be sent to the centre of accommodation and services, e-mail:  jakub.mraz @ ujop.cuni.cz  together with a copy of the passport information and the scheduled arrival and departure date.

  • Climate in the Czech Republic

    The Czech Republic is a landlocked country located in the temperate latitudes of the northern hemisphere. The climate in the Czech Republic can therefore be described as moderate.

    There are four seasons in the Czech Republic:

    Spring (March, April, May) - spring begins on the 21st of March, the day of the spring equinox (= the day and night are the same length and from this day the days begin to get longer and the nights shorter). At this time temperatures begin to rise.  Average temperatures in the spring months (in the lowlands) are around 10-15°C. Flowers and trees begin to bloom

    Summer (June, July, August) – summer begins on the 21st of June, the day of the summer solstice (= the longest day and the shortest night and from this day the nights begin to get longer and the days shorter). Usual daytime temperatures are around 20-25 °C (the highest daytime temperatures can reach beyond 30 °C). The summer months however are often rainy. In July and August primary and secondary school pupils are on holiday.

    Autumn (September, October, November) - autumn begins on the 23rd of September, the day of the autumn equinox (= the day and night are the same length and from this day the days begin to get shorter again and the nights longer). The start of autumn tends to be relatively warm still (around18 °C) and there is usually less rainfall; a warm September is known as an Indian summer („babí léto"). In October the average temperatures fall to 10-15°C and the leaves on the tress begin to change colour and fall. Autumn in the Czech Rep tends to be rainy and windy.

    Winter (December, January, February) - winter begins on the 21st of December, the day of the winter solstice (=the longest night and the shortest day of the year and from this day the nights begin to get shorter and the days longer). One of the coldest months is January, when average temperatures can fall below 0°C (and can be as low as -10°C). At higher altitudes there is usually snow all winter. In the lowlands winter is generally referred to as "muddy", with temperatures around 3-5°C.

    More detailed and up-to-date information about the weather and climate of the Czech Rep can be found on the website of the Czech Hydro meteorological Institute.

  • Crime in the Czech Rep - is it safe in the CR?

    The Czech Republic is one of the safest countries in the world.  The global ranking can be viewed on the website of the Global Peace Index.

    According to the Czech Statistical Office, the number of criminal offenses since 2008 continues to fall. Compared to the previous year 2012 the crime rate decreased (according to the site Aktuálně.cz) again by another 4%.

    The exterior security of the state is ensured together by NATO and the Army of the Czech Republic (AČR), and national order and internal security is ensured by the Police of the Czech Republic and the City (and municipal) police of individual towns and villages. Alongside these there is also the military police.

    The national police emergency number is 158

  • Food and drink in the Czech Republic

    Czech food is said to be heavy, greasy but very good. Nowadays young people especially tend to prefer lighter fare, but at weekends or holidays every Czech likes to sin and enjoy something typically Czech.

    Soups form an important part of traditional Czech food. Most often Czechs will cook a type of broth (vegetable, chicken, beef). Traditional soups include beef broth with liver dumplings (traditionally served at weddings), potato soup, garlic soup, goulash, tripe soup or sauerkraut with sausage.

    Mushroom picking is widespread in the Czech Rep. Mushroom picking is not just a hobby for many Czechs, but the mushrooms themselves are also a key ingredient in a number of dishes (they are also eaten breaded and fried).

    Meat reigns in Czech cuisine. Above all we eat pork, beef, poultry, but also freshwater fish and venison. Various sauces are prepared to eat with meat, e.g.: dill, mushroom, tomato, beef, pepper.

    A traditional side dish is dumplings (either bread or potato), or potatoes. These days, however, a lot of people prefer different types of pasta and rice.

    Traditional Czech dishes include pork schnitzel with potatoes (or at Christmas with a potato salad), roast pork with dumplings and sauerkraut, beef with dumplings, tomato sauce with dumplings and beef, goulash, fried carp (especially at Christmas), Prague ham, potato dumplings stuffed with smoked meat, roast duck with dumplings and sauerkraut, potato pancake, peas (or lentils) with smoked meat, or rabbit with dumplings.

    Our students also really like ordering "smažák" – cheese coated in batter (flour, eggs, breadcrumbs) and deep-fried.

    Sweet Czech delicacies include fruit dumplings, buns (most often with soft cheese, poppy seed or jam), sweet potato gnocchi or potato dumplings with poppy seed, apple pudding or ducat buns with cream.

    Desserts - cakes, pies (soft cheese, poppy seed, jam)

    Traditional Czech alcoholic drinks include, at the top, beer, but also wine (grapes are mainly grown in Moravia) and slivovice (a plum brandy, also originating from Moravia).

    With beer Czechs often enjoy cold sausage with onions ("utopenec"), pressed meat ("tlačenka"), Olomouc cheeses and pickled camembert.

  • Will you pick my son/daughter up from the airport?

    Yes, if you are interested we can arrange transfer from the airport or any other point in the Czech Rep. More information and prices can be found here.

  • How do I get from the airport to the study centre or halls of accommodation?

    At least one month before the course start every student receives a detailed information letter, in which the way from the airport to the study centre and halls is described. If you don't receive this letter, please contact the study department by telephone: +420 224 990 420 or email: studujop@ujop.cuni.cz or get in touch on the FORUM.

    If you don't want to travel by public transport, you can book a transfer and the driver of the taxi service will pick you up at the airport or other arrival point and bring you to the centre (accommodation). Information on how to arrange a transfer can be found here

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