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28.02.2021 / Attention!

Detailed information related to COVID as well as all measures, government orders, their detail and explanation please find at COVID Portal.

CCE Exams in Kyiv and Moscow!

18.01.2021 / Attention!

Attention! We have opened applications for the dates of CCE exams in Kyiv and Moscow!
You can apply until 3rd March 2021, the exams will take place in both test centres during the three days, 26.-28. 3. 2021, at all levels of proficiency. We are looking forward to seeing you. You can find more information here.

We wish you happy New Year

31.12.2020 / Attention!

Saint Petersburg State University is the cofounder and the Russian Federation’s first representative

16.12.2020 / Attention!

Saint Petersburg State University is the cofounder and the Russian Federation’s first representative in the Global MOOC Alliance.


Saint Petersburg State University is the cofounder and the Russian Federation’s first representative in the Global MOOC Alliance. The creation of the Alliance was first mentioned at the World online conference “Learning Revolution and Higher Education Conference” that was held in Beijing on 9 - 11th of December, 2020.

The Global MOOC Alliance - is the non-profit partnership of universities, online educational platforms, and international public organizations. The initiative of the Alliance creation belongs to the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO IITE) and the Tsinghua University of China. Participation of SPBU in the institution of the Global MOOC Alliance is a great honor for the University, and it means the global recognition of the SPBU achievements in the development of online education.

Founders of the Global MOOC Alliance are: the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (UNESCO IITE), the Tsinghua University of China, three major online educational platforms — XuetangX, Thai MOOC and edX, and universities developing and exploiting massive open online courses.

XuetangX is the Chinese national online educational platform that is the biggest in the world, and where more than 3100 online courses with more than 228 million listeners are placed. edX is one of the biggest global online open-source platforms founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University in May 2012. Nowadays, it has more than 2800 online courses with an audience of 100 million listeners. Learning management systems, based on the open-source platform solution base Open edX, are very popular and are used to support the educational process. SPBU’s online educational platform open.sbpu.ru is also based on the Open edX technology base. Thai MOOC is the Thailand Cyber University (Thaicyberu, TCU) project that gathered more than 100 partners and presented 472 online courses.

Universities presented in the Global MOOC Alliance are the leaders in their regions. Thus, Cornell University (USA), being a member of the Ivy League, is one of the most famous USA universities. Nanyang Technological University (Singapore) is in 11th place in the world and 3rd place in Asia in the QS World University Rankings 2020. Polytechnic University of Milan (POLIMI) took 16th place among all technical universities in the world according to the Top Universities rating, made by the Times Higher Education. Now POLIMI is in 2nd place among European partner universities of the Coursera platform by the number of its online courses. University of Nairobi (Kenya) (in top-10 African universities) is the online education leader in the African region and the initiator of the African online platform creation. University of Toronto (Canada) is the leader in higher education in Canada according to Times; online course of the University “Mind Control: Managing Your Mental Health During COVID-19, presented on the biggest worldwide online platform Coursera, is one of the most popular online courses in Canada (almost 140 000 people signed up for the course), and it's another online course on Coursera “Programming basics” is in top-100 courses of 2020 (more than 220 000 signed up for the course).

Nikolay Kropachev, the rector of Saint Petersburg State University, addressed participants of the first Global MOOC Alliance online conference with a welcome speech. Among others, he described the SPBU experience in the online education development before the COVID-10 pandemic and after its beginning, when SPBU could efficiently adapt to the new conditions and remain the teaching quality at the highest level. Rector mentioned the main conclusions formulated in SPBU under the pandemic conditions.

“In the context of the pandemic, the educational process with the use of information and communication technologies allows, on the one hand, to use the knowledge, experience, talent, and creative potential of teachers, and, on the other hand, to implement achievements of the informatization into the educational activity. The digital format doesn’t disclaim the quality of University education. Developed as a result of the pandemic situation in the world showed how much the academic community needs cooperation.” The academic community needs to develop national and international cooperation, an insufficient level of which was highlighted by the pandemic. In matters of online education, the consolidation of efforts is needed. That's the reason why we decided to join the Global MOOC Alliance, the organization that, without a doubt, will become a center of cooperation and distribution of advanced teaching practices.", - Nikolay Kropachev said. 

He also noted that SPBU has been cooperating with China for a long time: among SPBU partners there are more than 50 organizations from the People’s Republic of China and 30 companies with Chinese capitals. In the list of SPBU partners are the Ministry of Education (MOE) of the People’s Republic of China, the Tsinghua University of China (THU), Peking University, Fudan University, Harbin Institute of Technology (HIT), technology company Huawei and other organizations. “I’m sure the Global MOOC Alliance will become an effective platform for our further cooperation with Chinese partners, and no external factors, including pandemic, will be able to slow it down”, — the rector of SPBU added.

Minister of Education of the People’s Republic of China Chen Baosheng, while performing at the conference, noted that PRC today is the world leader by the number of MOOCs. He informed that China has more than 30 major online platforms with access to 34 thousand online courses. Almost 450 million learners listen to these courses, and now it’s the most numerous online course auditorium in the world. Chen Baosheng highlighted that one of the purposes of the Global MOOC Alliance’s creation is to enhance opportunities for access to Chinese educational products. “ We created the Global MOOC Alliance to improve the quality of our courses and to give learners all over the world access to them”, — Chen Baosheng noted.

The Minister also added the Alliance’s creation was directed for increasing the level of knowledge availability and global development of continuing education that can last for a lifetime. “Education is not a privilege of classrooms and books. Arrays of knowledge from the internet that give people more educational opportunities replaced it”, — Chen Baosheng marked.

One of the initiators of the Global MOOC Alliance’s creation and the conference organization is Tsinghua University that is SPBU’s longtime partner. Tsinghua University President Qiu Yong, performing at the conference, marked that modern educational organizations need to develop the principle of openness. “Greater openness will help us to overcome physical and technological borders and cultural differences and will allow us to share educational resources of better quality with learners all over the world in a more efficient and easier way. Universities with greater openness will achieve equal opportunities in education faster than they did before, they will develop continuing education and will promote cooperation and exchanges with more inclusiveness and more broad vision”, — Qiu Yong highlighted.

Assistant UNESCO Director-General for Education Stefania Giannini in her welcome speech to the conference participants also noted the importance of online education development for increasing access to knowledge. She highlighted that principles of inclusion, equality, and quality must come to the fore, and every educational platform or resource has to follow these principles.

At the same time, she noted the education can’t go online completely and pandemic, surprisingly, proved it. “Let’s be honest: we learned one important lesson from a pandemic — a learner needs his teacher. Cooperation between people and live communication is still the basis of the educational process. We have to develop a new relationship type: between technologies, teachers, and learners, to avoid the digital “gap” and not to fall out of modernity. Teachers have to develop their professional skills in this direction, find new ways to fight these challenges” — Stefania Giannini emphasized.

All Global Alliance participants supported the adoption of the 2020 Beijing Declaration on MOOC Development. Note that SPBU is rightfully considered as the leader in the online education sphere: SPBU is one of the founders of the Russian online platform “Open Education” and takes 1st place by the number of courses posted there — 146 courses out of 663. Platform audience — 7 million people, almost 2 million of them are SPBU online courses’ listeners.

Besides that, University today takes 1st place among all European universities and 3rd place in the world (after Google Cloud (USA) and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA)) by the number of online courses posted on the international educational platform Coursera. Two years ago, SPBU became the first and still the only Russian university, whose online courses are posted on the Chinese largest platform XuetangX.

For information:

One of the purposes of the Global MOOC Alliance is to build a global community interested in the exchange of educational resources of the highest quality. The Alliance will promote MOOCs and best teaching practices in online education and develop international cooperation of leaders in the sphere of innovative educational technologies. The Alliance’s work will focus on the realization of one key purpose of the UN-defined global sustainable development  — ensuring education’s equality and accessibility and providing opportunities for continuing education.




School Day With the Eyes of an ILPS Teacher

24.11.2020 / Attention!

Every two weeks, on our Friday live broadcasts, we tell about how our students' learning is going at the moment.
But we have not yet talked about how our teachers are coping with on-line learning.
Therefore, it would be even more interesting to take a look at a school day with the eyes of an ILPS teacher.


New restriction from October 28

02.11.2020 / Attention!

Dear students,
from October 28, new restrictions apply in the Czech Republic.

From 21:00 to 4:59 - you cannot go outside.
Exceptions: work, pressing matters (health problems), dog-walking (no further than 500 meters from home).
From 05:00 to 20:59 - movement and meetings are limited.
Exceptions: work, helping relatives, buying food and medicine, calling government agencies, going to the doctor. Groups of no more than two people are allowed to be outdoors and in parks.

The shops
Shops may be open from 05:00 to 20:00 and must be closed on Sundays.
Exceptions: gas stations, pharmacies and transport hub shops.

Restaurants, canteens, cafés, bars and clubs are entirely closed.
Exceptions: restaurants may prepare and sell takeaway food until 20:00.

We continue to study online until further notice.


New Measures Regarding the Coronavirus

21.10.2020 / Attention!

Dear students,
Unfortunately, the epidemiological situation in Europe and the Czech Republic is not improving, which is why the Czech government has taken new measures valid from Thursday October 22, which have an impact on us all. Please read the following carefully:
only the following shops remain open: groceries, drugstores, pharmacies, household goods or newsagents.
services are closed - hairdressers, manicures, pedicures, massages, etc.
restrictions on movement apply, except for trips to work, home, to official authorities, for essential shopping, to the doctor, etc. Walks to the nature are allowed in number of 2 persons (excl. families).
handle official matters remotely - by email and telephone
wearing face masks is still required in settlements if the distance between people is less than 2 meters with an exception for members of the same household.
Don't worry, we will certainly handle the situation well if you follow the above rules!
If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact your class teachers, study centre directors and study departments any time. We will all be at your disposal!
Stay well and safe and maintain a good mood because it also supports our health!


Measures for life in dormitories

14.10.2020 / Attention!

Dear students,

Due to the deteriorating epidemiological situation, we are announcing measures for life in dormitories.

• Use disinfection when entering the dormitory and common areas, especially when entering kitchens, lifts, and study rooms.
• Wear face masks in lifts, corridors, and other common areas.
• The number of people being together in common rooms is limited to six. Please observe this number and be considerate of each other (e.g., so that everyone can take turns in the kitchens).
• The same restriction applies in front of the dormitory and outdoors: do not gather in larger groups, always up to a maximum of 6 people.
• Do not organize parties, do not drink from shared glasses or bottles, do not shout, do not sing – these are critical moments when the infection spreads easily.
• If you are not well and/or go for a covid test, report it immediately to the study department or the centre management (until receiving the test result, we must limit cleaning, dispose of waste in a specific way and after quarantine, wash the bed linen in a special laundry).

Thank you for following all the rules and please keep cool, make sure you eat healthily, exercise and walk in the open air, have enough sleep. Be in a good mood and strengthen your immunity (take vitamins C and D).


Limited operation of central study department

14.10.2020 / Attention!

Due to the current epidemiological situation in the Czech Republic, the operation of the central study department has been limited since 14.10.2020. Opening hours for the public are cancelled. Consultations are possible only by prior arrangement, and only in necessary cases. However, we are still available by e-mail and telephone. Thank you for your understanding.

Your Student Services Department

The new government regulation

14.10.2020 / Attention!

Dear students,

in connection with the tightening measures against the spread of coronavirus, we will continue to implement distance learning in all ILPS CU courses and programmes. In the distance mode, you can also consult your teachers, and contact the study department or the centre management in case of any questions or ambiguities.

The new government regulation includes the following points:
• Face masks are still mandatory in enclosed spaces, means of transport and, as a new measure, at public transport stops.
• Restaurants only provide takeaway food until 8 pm.
• Gathering is allowed in a maximum of 6 people.
• It is possible to enter and move around shops and shopping centres only in groups of 2 and keep a distance of at least 2 meters.
• All mass events have been cancelled (theatre, cinema, disco, sports, worship, etc.).
• It is forbidden to drink alcohol in public.

Please be patient, disciplined and respect all restrictions. Keep them in the dormitories and in contact with your roommates and friends.

Use the time you gain as a result of these measures not only to study, but also to relax, walk outdoors, read, follow the news from the world of film or relax playing online games. Meet others, family and friends via video conference. Despite the limitations, do not forget to learn new things, experience joy and laugh.

See you in Teams,
your ILPS CU

We will implement distance learning from 12th October

09.10.2020 / Attention!

Dear students,

  • According to the instructions of the Czech government, and in connection with the current development of the coronavirus epidemic, we will implement distance learning in all ILPS CU courses and programmes from 12th October.


  • Your teachers, study department, and centre management are still fully available to you; consultations can be conveniently conducted online in MS Teams. If you are interested in consulting in person, it is necessary to make an appointment in advance (by phone / e-mail / in the chat).


  • As part of protective measures, all sports, cultural and social events in the Czech Republic are cancelled until further notice. Restaurants are open until 8 p.m. at the latest and a maximum of 4 people can sit at a table together. In shops and shopping centres, it is possible to enter and move only in groups of 2 and keep a distance of at least 2 metres. The obligation to wear masks in all enclosed spaces and means of transport continues to apply.


  • For the next 14 days, we urge you to limit your movement around the city, reduce meeting classmates and friends, and not to travel anywhere. Adherence to all protective measures has a major impact on the health of you and your teachers.


  • We ask for your cooperation and discipline. We firmly believe that we will overcome this difficult period together and will soon meet again in the classroom.

Applications for Year Preparatory courses have been opened!

04.09.2020 / Attention!

Dear students,

online applications for Year Preparatory Courses have been opened.

Have a look how simple it is to enroll!


Should you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us!

+420 224 990 420

NOTE! Up-to-date pre-arrival information

31.08.2020 / Attention!

Dear students!

Some of you are coming tomorrow to our study centres, that is why we would like to remind you to read carefully Pre-arrival information sent to you few weeks ago, especially the part, concerning COVID-19 situation and testing.

We try our best to bring you up-to-date information on this page.

We are looking forward to seeing you soon!


Online Fair for Ukrainian (and not only) students

22.07.2020 / Attention!

Dear friends,

it is really hard to meet all of you in person these times so we decided to take part in the online Education Fair.

In case you have any questions regarding Education in the Czech Republic and our Language and Preparatory Courses, join us (use ZOOM platform) on Thursday 23rd and Friday 24th July (everyday from 10am till 4pm).

We are looking forward to meet you and answer all your questions!


New protective measure

08.07.2020 / Attention!

Dear friends,

On 30th June 2020, the Ministry of Health issued a new protective measure creating a new requirement, namely the submission of a document confirming compliance with the requirements of the measure against introducing an infectious disease by all foreigners applying for Schengen and long-stay visas or residence permits for economic or educational activities in the Czech Republic.

This document will automatically be issued and sent to all future ILPS CU students. Students waiting for new documents will receive the original confirmation along with the documents by post. Other students will receive a confirmation by e-mail (scan).

Detailed up-to-date information on the rules of entry into the Czech Republic can be found on the website of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.


Closing of the Study Centre Liberec

24.06.2020 / Attention!

Dear students, parents, friends!

The global coronavirus epidemic is having an impact not only on world affairs, but also on Charles University and our Institute.
For organizational reasons, we are therefore taking the necessary measures that we want to introduce to you.
In order to constantly improve the quality of study and study conditions, our study centres will be more profiled and unified in terms of subjects.

The preparatory programme for the study of technical fields of universities is being moved from the Liberec study centre to Poděbrady (from 2020/2021 academic year).
Study Centre in Liberec is being closed.

Thank you for understanding and loyalty.

Although many things are changing, the goal remains the same – your studies successfully completed by your admission to Czech universities in the heart of Europe!

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us (studujop@ujop.cuni.cz/+420 224 990 455).


Relocation of language courses from Albertov to Voršilská

22.06.2020 / Attention!

Dear friends,

a large number of changes await us: the first big change is the relocation of language courses for foreigners from Prague-Albertov Centre to Voršilská.

On 12th June 2020, for the first time in history, students of our language courses (Czech language courses for foreigners) received their certificates in the former chapel of the Arnošt of Pardubice dormitory building (Voršilská 1). It was the last year of students that studied in our almost 100-year-old building in Albertov.

However, we are definitely not ending; on the contrary, we are starting a new chapter and from July we are looking forward to seeing you in new and better premises, where we will transfer the tradition of quality teaching and the rich cultural life of the Centre.

The old Centre building has reached the end of its service life and we are looking forward to seeing you in the new premises with even more enthusiasm from 7th July!

Come and see us at Voršilská 1 in Prague 1, near the National Theatre and Václav Havel Library.

Study Czech and become a member of the Albertov Friends Club.

We say goodbye to your from Albertov, but TAKE NOTE - WE ARE NOT ENDING - WE CONTINUTE AT A NEW ADDRESS :-)

From now on, you can ask your questions about studying Czech language courses for foreigners at: vorsilska@ujop.cuni.cz


Albertov offices are temporarily closed

18.06.2020 / Attention!

Dear friends,

we would like to inform you, that our offices at Albertov are closed from 18 June until 6 July 2020 due to technical reasons.

We are happy to answer all your questions via e-mai: albertov@ujop.cuni.cz.

Thank you for your understanding!

Partial resumption of applications for study visas/stays

09.06.2020 / Attention!

Dear students, every week new countries (consulate offices) are gradually being added to the list of those where it is possible to apply again for a study visa/stay in the Czech Republic.

We therefore advise you to regularly check the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Under the link HERE you will find a list of countries in which the reception of visa applications and temporary stays has been resumed at embassies/offices of the Czech Republic and the suspension of proceedings on applications for a residence permit for more than 90 days has ended.

For further up-to-date information on the development of the status and renewal of visas for students, see the website of the Czech embassies under the link HERE.

NEWS from 29 May

In relation to applications for the purpose of study, we provide the following information:
From 18th May 2020, it is possible to continue proceedings on applications for long-stay visas/stays for the purpose of study submitted before the start of the state of emergency on 14th March 2020. Once these applications have been decided upon, applicants will be invited to appear at the embassy for a decision. Applicants are asked to wait for the embassy's call.

Reception of new applications for LONG-TERM VISA FOR THE PURPOSE OF STUDY and LONG-TERM RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR THE PURPOSE OF STUDY is again possible at these consular offices, in accordance with Article I, paragraphs 10 and 11 of the Protective Measure of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic of 26 May 2020 .j. MZDR 20588 / 2020-4/MIN/KAN).

Austria - Vienna
Australia - Sydney
Bosnia and Herzegovina - Sarajevo
Canada - Ottawa
Canada - Toronto
China - Chengdu
China - Beijing
China - Shanghai
China - special admin. Hong Kong region
Croatia - Zagreb
Germany - Berlin
Japan - Tokyo
Mongolia - Ulaanbaatar
Poland - Warsaw
South Korea - Seoul
Slovakia - Bratislava
Serbia - Belgrade
Taiwan - CECO Taipei
Ukraine - Lviv
United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi
USA - Chicago
USA - Los Angeles
USA - New York
USA - Washington
Vietnam - Hanoi

For further up-to-date information on the development of the status and renewal of visas for students, see the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and websites of embassies of the Czech Republic.

From Monday 1st June 2020, the Kiev Regional Office will also be reopened.
New applications for long-term residence permit for the purpose of study will be resumed as of Monday 1st June.

Long-term visas for the purpose of study will not be resumed from Monday 1st June. First of all applications of earlier (before COVID-19 pandemic) registered students will be resumed.

COs that remain closed:

Closing ceremony for the 5th International Traslation Competition

25.05.2020 / Attention!

On Monday 18th May 2020, there was an on-line closing ceremony for the 5th International Conference of Foreign Students of Czech – Translation Competition, organized by the Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies, Charles University in cooperation with the European Commission, the Local Office of the General Directorate for Translation in Prague.
75 students from 20 workplaces and 14 countries (Argentina, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, China, Egypt, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Hungary, Macedonia, Poland, Slovenia, and Serbia) entered the competition. Students translated from 18 source languages.

The jury, which included professional translators of the European Commission Lenka Čápová, Vítězslav Zemánek and Jan Faber, awarded prizes to a total of 20 translations.

The first three places were:
1st place: Gergana Dragoeva, University of St. Clement of Ohrid in Sofia
2nd place: Michał Patycki, Silesian University of Katowice
3rd place: Natalia Khonskaya, Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies, Charles University

The jury prize was won by:
Barbara Świerk, University of Warsaw
Bence Bolla, Loránd Eötvös University in Budapest
Zhanh Qixin, Peking University

14 students received honourable mentions.

The announcement of the results was preceded by a greeting to the young Bohemists by doc. RNDr. Karel Oliva, Dr., linguist and long-time director of the Institute for the Czech Language of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic; notes on competition translations, tips and tricks for new translators were prepared by Mgr. Jan Faber, translator of the European Commission, and PhDr. Blanka Stárková, translator and radio editor of Czech Radio talked about the adventures of translation.

The results of the translation competition were announced by Mgr. Marie Poláčková, Head of the ILPS CU Prague-Albertov study centre, and Filip Noubel, Editor-in-chief of the Global Voices portal, which was the source of the competition text.

The final word belonged to PhDr. Dana Hůlková Nývltová, Ph.D., Director of ILPS CU, under whose auspices the competition took place.

We are very pleased that the responses to the event were very positive; for example, one of the teachers wrote to us:
"The competition was very well prepared and, above all, I (and not only I) liked the way the results were announced. The event was interesting, was very beneficial and exciting."

We are all looking forward to the 6th International Conference, which will take place in May 2021.

ILPS was very successful; out of 75 students we won 3rd place and 5 honourable mentions.

3rd place:
Natalia Khonskaya, ILPS Prague-Albertov

Honourable mention:
Valery Kolesnik, ILPS Prague-Krystal
Vladyslava Iliushenko, ILPS Prague-Krystal
Aco Lukić, ILPS Prague-Krystal
Anna Morozova, ILPS Prague-Albertov

You can read the whole article in Czech Language on the IForum website (link here).
You can watch the video from the online ceremony here.

TODAY 3PM! Facebook Live Session

22.05.2020 / Attention!

Dear friends,

applications are still open (until 31 May 2020) so in case you still hesitate, whether apply or not, join our today´s live session and get to know some important facts about us. You will hear also what our students think of our courses and you can post your questions (comments) there. All comments will be asnwered!

Do not worry, in case you miss it, the stream will be possible to watch also later.

Click HERE and join us :-)!



ATTENTION! Deadline for submitting applications extended until 31.5.2020

15.05.2020 / Attention!

Dear students, we have extended the deadline for submitting applications for all preparatory courses (for capacity reasons, we no longer accept applications for SJOP Liberec) for the academic year 2020/2021 (i.e. preparatory courses starting in September 2020) until 31.5.2020.

For applications submitted after this date, the possibility of acceptance will be assessed individually. However, we can no longer guarantee acceptance of an application after this date.

Unfortunately, the acceptance of applications from students from the Russian Federation cannot be resumed due to the closure of consulates in the Russian Federation in March, before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, due to the exhaustion of interview dates. Applications (assessed positively) submitted from states where consulates have been long overloaded might not be accepted either. These students would not be able to start their studies on time. After sending the application, you will be informed by the study officer about the possibility of acceptance/non-acceptance.

It still applies that EU students can apply until 31.8.2020.

PLEASE NOTE! Acceptance of applications for courses of the academic year 2021/2022 (courses from September 2021) will start in July. Follow current information here on the web or on social networks (FB, Instagram)

We look forward to seeing you at our courses in September 2020 and September 2021!

Information about the start of academic year 2020/2021

15.05.2020 / Attention!

Dear future students,
The global coronavirus epidemic has affected your plans to study in the Czech Republic. After the initial shock and the rapid development of events, the situation has stabilized and life in the Czech Republic is gradually beginning to return to normal. Relaxing of some measures is possible due to the positive development of the spread of the epidemic and the low number of the infected. Therefore, we would like to provide you with information about the start of academic year 2020/2021 and the beginning of your studies.

At the Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies, Charles University, we are all ready to start teaching according to the planned schedule at the beginning of September 2020, both in person at the study centre and, if necessary, using non-contact teaching.

At the beginning of the coronavirus crisis, our team of professional methodologists and experienced teachers managed to switch very quickly and efficiently to the non-contact form of teaching. For two months now, we have been using the MS Teams platform, to which ILPS CU students have free access and which allows us to use audio-visual teaching support (videos, presentations), work in small groups, or individual consultations and chat with teachers. As an additional tool we have been using the LMS system Moodle and other educational tools supported by CU. Non-contact teaching at the centres has been fully implemented and with high quality. Current students are thus diligently preparing for their final exams and exams for admission to universities.

Residence permits and arrivals
In the following days and months, we will do our best to support you in obtaining your residence permit in the Czech Republic. Please get acquainted with the following groups based on the stages of the visa process and place yourself into one of them. The proposed options are only an estimate of the situation and count on the opening of consulates and Czech borders.

1. I have a visa + I did not manage to collect the visa before the consulate closed.
 Visa: follow the webpage of your consulate for information on when you can go and collect your visa.
 Studies: we count on your arrival and studies according to the academic year schedule from 7th September 2020.

2. I am waiting for a decision on granting/non-granting my visa.
 Visa: wait for the report on the decision of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic on granting/not granting your visa.
 Studies: we assume that you will receive the visa by the beginning of September, and we therefore count on your arrival and studies according to the academic year schedule from 7th September 2020.

3. My interview was to have taken place during the emergency.
 Visa: follow the webpage of your consulate for information on how the interviews will be resumed.
 Studies: we count on your arrival and studies according to the academic year schedule from 7th September 2020. In case you miss this date, we will provide you with non-contact teaching in full until your late arrival, so that you do not miss any subject matter.

4. I have applied for a visa interview, but I have not yet been assigned a date.
 Visa: follow the webpage of your consulate for information on how the interviews will be resumed.
 Studies: we count on your arrival and studies according to the academic year schedule from 7th September 2020. In case you miss this date, we will provide you with non-contact teaching in full until your late arrival, so that you do not miss any subject matter.

5. I want to make a completely new visa application
 Visa: the resumption of visa applications will be published on your consulate's website. Follow the consulate website.
 Studies: your timely arrival for the start of the academic year and studies is endangered, so, if necessary, we will provide you with non-contact teaching until your late arrival, so that you do not miss any subject matter.

What to do now?
Carefully follow the website of your consulate and follow their instructions regarding visas.
- Let us know as soon as you receive your visa. During the summer we will send more information about your arrival at the beginning of September.
- If your application and waiting for the result of the visa procedure is extended, also inform us so that together we can set up your late arrival and non-contact teaching at the beginning of the academic year.

The epidemiological situation in Europe is developing well at the moment, so we are already looking forward to starting another academic year. Nevertheless, please take into account that a 14-day quarantine may be required upon arrival, which you will spend in our dormitories if you have booked accommodation with us. Non-contact teaching will be provided during the quarantine period.

Please note that the above is for information only. We are not responsible for the conduct of the visa procedure and we cannot influence it. We try to share information with you as soon as we can, but we will not know the answer to many of your questions.

We wish you good health and patience.

We look forward to meeting you in person in September and helping you realize your plans for further studies at a Czech university.

Helpful links:
- Overview of all Czech embassies and consulates abroad https://www.mzv.cz/jnp/cz/o_ministerstvu/adresar_diplomatickych_misi/ceske_urady_v_zahranici/index.html
- Website of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic
o Information for schools and students: https://www.mvcr.cz/clanek/informace-pro-skoly.aspx
o Coronavirus information: https://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/coronavirus-information-of-moi.aspx
- our website and social networks

Schedule AY 2020/2021 

ONLINE Ceremony of the Translation Competition

14.05.2020 / Attention!

Join the ceremony of announcing the winners of the Translation Competition for foreign students of the Czech language!

May 18 from 10:00 (CEST) LIVE at this link: www.youtube.com/user/Evropskakomisecz/live

Weakening of the anti-epidemic measures

11.05.2020 / Attention!

Another wave of weakening the anti-epidemic measures related to the coronavirus pandemic has started today. Shopping centers have been opened in compliance with strict hygiene rules. Wedding ceremonies, church services and other mass events for up to 100 people are allowed. Theaters, concert halls, cinemas and other similar facilities will be open, always with the participation of not more than 100 people. The outdoor seating in restaurants will open. Galleries, museums and exhibition halls will be open to visitors. The capacity of study groups at universities is increasing to a total of 15 people. The service sector - barbershops, hairdressing services, manicures and pedicures - can start operating again from today. It is now possible to try clothes in clothing stores.

ILPS CU students have been informed by their class teachers about possible lessons, consultations.

State of emergency extended

29.04.2020 / Attention!

On Tuesday 28th April, the Chamber of Deputies decided to extend the state of emergency until 17th May, mainly in order to maintain a number of restrictive measures and a timetable for their gradual relaxing.

In particular, the possibility to continue "prohibiting or restricting the operation of shopping centres, swimming pools, spa facilities, public transport, all types of medical facilities, social services facilities and ordering them to use hygiene measures. Furthermore, the obligation to use personal protective equipment and disinfectants. To regulate mass events, limit their scope."

Up-to-date information on the gradual relaxing of measures can be found on the website of the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, under the link here.

Gradual relaxing of anti-coronavirus measures

24.04.2020 / Attention!

Thanks to the favorable development of the epidemiological situation in the Czech Republic, the government has relaxed some quarantine measures from today. These include, for example, the free movement of people.

Let's do them by numbers :-)

Keep it with you at all times and use it when moving in public
(Except for athletes up to 10 people and keeping a distance of 2 metres).
2 – always keep a distance of 2 metres when outside
3 – three dance rules still apply: keep your distance, wash your hands, and dance – good mood never hurts!
5 – a maximum of five students may be present at a consultation or examination
10 – outdoors, on the street, in the countryside, and during sports we can move in groups of up to 10 people
15 – religious services can be held with a maximum of 15 people

Enjoy the sun and being outside, but always protect yourself and take care of yourself and your surroundings.

More information can be found on the official website of the Government of the Czech Republic.

Chances of admission to universities in 2020

23.04.2020 / Attention!

Here are some statistics and forecasts of admission to universities in the Czech Republic.

Under normal circumstances, our students would only have the last few days left until the university entrance exams. This year, however, everything is different due to coronavirus.

Universities are starting to open and entrance exams will not start until 15 days after the opening of universities. Some faculties have already cancelled or rescheduled the previously mentioned dates of entrance examinations. Others are waiting for the situation to develop. Detailed information can be found on the website of a specific faculty and at the study departments of universities.

What are the chances of admission this year?

This year, as in the previous year, most applicants who take part in the admission procedure were born at a time of low birth rates, which means that there are fewer applicants than usual, and therefore the chances of admission to the chosen university are relatively high, as the number of students that universities accept has practically not decreased.

According to the Ministry of Education, in the academic year 2019/2020, a record 84% of more than 90,000 applicants entered public universities. 10 years ago, the success rate in the admission procedure was somewhere around 77%, and at the beginning of the century, a maximum of every second applicant got to university.

Of course, there are fields that are almost impossible to get into without quality preparation. The chances of being accepted into popular fields have not changed. As before, no more than one-third of students will be accepted to them.

So, which fields are currently the most sought after and at the same time the most difficult to get into?

It is usually not easy to pass the entrance exams for Medicine. Last year, only between 22% and 39% of applicants got into the medical faculties of Charles University (there are 5 of them) and it was no better anywhere else. In Brno, 27% of applicants were accepted, in Ostrava 31%, and in Olomouc only 23%.

We are therefore very proud that students who successfully complete our preparatory courses in Mariánské Lázně have a higher success rate in this comparison. You can view the success statistics on our website.

The success rate of applicants at the philosophical faculties of large public universities is usually between 38% and 47%. An exception is the Faculty of Arts of Masaryk University in Brno, where 66% of applicants were accepted last year.

At the Faculty of Arts, Charles University in Prague, psychology, English language and English studies in combination with American studies are among the most sought-after fields. Applicants for law studies should be prepared for the fact that law schools do not open their door to everyone either. Last year, Charles University accepted only 27% of applicants, and Palacký University in Olomouc 41%.

Pedagogy is also a popular field. The success rate of accepting future teachers at most faculties of education is between 40% and 53%.

You can prepare for successful completion of the entrance exams for the humanities in our Poděbrady centre.

Traditionally, the most selective universities are the artistic ones, where talent exams are usually taken. For example, at the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (AMU), a candidate usually gets to the third attempt. The average success rate of admission to individual AMU faculties ranges from 15% to 39%.

Even fine artists are no better off: last year they only took 18% of applicants at the Prague Academy of Fine Arts, and the success rate at the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design is only around 12%. In the case of art schools, it is therefore useful to apply to a private school as well, where the chances of admission are several times higher.

Preparation for artistic disciplines is offered (for Slavs) by Prague-Krystal centre.

Farmers, naturalists and technicians are welcome

As for economics, until 2013 it enjoyed very high interest from Czech students. However, it is now one of the less sought-after fields. The number of applications is declining and the chances of acceptance are increasing. In the last few years, the success rate of applicants for studies at the University of Economics in Prague has always exceeded 50%; last year they even accepted 65% of applicants.

We will prepare you for economic fields in Prague-Hostivař and Poděbrady centres.

Students also have a great chance of success at the faculties of agriculture, forestry and theology (success rates are higher than 70%). Similarly, faculties of science usually accept about 70% of applicants.

Technical universities are also a relatively accessible choice for students. However, being accepted does not always mean graduating. Last year, 75% of applicants were accepted to the Czech Technical University in Prague, 84% to the Technical University of Liberec, and 76% to the Brno University of Technology. On the other hand, technical fields are among those that a large part of students do not complete. The so-called "mortality rate" is high in the first year (sometimes up to half of those enrolled drop out). Therefore, acceptance is really just the beginning.

Our experts in Prague-Hostivař, Liberec, and Poděbrady centres will help you with the preparation (not only) for the entrance exams, but also for the first-year study of technical fields of Czech universities.

600th anniversary of King George of Poděbrady

23.04.2020 / Attention!

Once upon a time there was a king who, unlike normal practice, was not born in a royal family, but was elected king.
Never again in Czech history would the king originate from Czech nobility; King George of Poděbrady was the last one who managed to do that.

He was born in Poděbrady on 23rd April 1420. Today we commemorate his anniversary, 600 years.
But his origin is not the main reason why we remember King George today. The true reasons are his views and actions, which showed a consistent desire to find a compromise between supporters of different religions and the ability to maintain peace in the country.

In the 1460s, George's message to the rulers spread throughout Western Europe. His aim was to create a peace union of European states in which its members would have the same rights and disputes would be resolved without the use of violence: "...by the word of kings and princes, we promise that from this hour and day we will continue to show one another and maintain a pure, true, and sincere brotherhood, that for any disagreement, for any complaint, or for disputes we will not reach for weapons, nor we will allow anyone to touch them on our behalf..."

Dear friends, we wish you a lot of strength and patience in achieving your goals, to our students we wish also successful completion of the admission procedure to your chosen universities.

Video (in Czech Language) could be seen here.


Visa process at the time of coronavirus

15.04.2020 / Attention!

We already know that Czech consulates abroad are closed because of the state of emergency.
But what does this mean for you students-applicants in the 2020/2021 academic year applying for a visa?

Choose one of the following groups and you'll know!

1. I did not manage to collect my visa before closing my consulate.

- Follow thoroughly the webpage of your consulate. After opening the office, you can come to collect your visa according to the original instructions. You will not be asked by the consulate again!

2. I am waiting for a decision on granting / not granting the visa.

- check your application status on the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic website. After the decision is made and the consulate is open you will be asked to pick up your visa according to standard procedures.

3. My visa appointment date was set at the time of state of emergency.

- You will receive information from the consulate about the cancellation of the appointment. For further steps follow your consulate pages.

4. I applied for a visa appointment, but the date has not been set yet.

- All visa procedures are currently suspended and will be renewed with the consulates opening. You will be invited for the visa appointment in accordance with standard procedures. Follow the pages of your consulate.

5. I want to present new application.

- The renewal of the registration of visa applications will be announced on the website of your consulate. Follow the consulate pages.


REMEMBER: Follow your consulate website and our social networks!

Should you have further questions regarding application or visa process contact us by sending your request here: studujop@ujop.cuni.cz

Should you have further questionss regarding coronavirus situation, kindly use following e-mail address: emergency@ujop.cuni.cz



Happy Easter

09.04.2020 / Attention!

Although Easter will be "contactless" this year, I hope you enjoy it in good health and most of all with a smile!

We would like to thank the students of the Liberec and Hostivař centres for their photos.

The last photo was taken before the outbreak of Covid-19, but we wanted to show it to you because it is Easter-related. Did you recognize the famous painting :-)?

Exercising alone to be allowed without face masks

07.04.2020 / Attention!

"As of Tuesday 7 April, individual outdoor sports have been allowed. When respecting keeping a safe distance of two meters and the presence of a maximum of two people, these sports can be performed without respiratory protection. The ban on use of common spaces like showers and lockers is still in force. From the same date, raw material collection yards, waste collection yards and composting plants may also be operational."
See details here.


672nd anniversary fo the founding of Charles University

07.04.2020 / Attention!

"Rector Zima's address commemorating the 672nd anniversary of the founding of Charles University

The rector commemorates the founding of Charles University and Education Day in unprecedented circumstances (during the time of the coronavirus pandemic - April 7,2020). The 672nd anniversary."

The video is in Czech with Eglish subtitles. Click HERE to see it.

Photo: https://www.tomaszima.cz/

State of emergency prolonged until 11 April

30.03.2020 / Attention!
Dear students,
Czech Government has extended the extraordinary measures taken to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Until Saturday 11 April.
Other measures stay the same as informed a week ago.
GENERAL MEASURES adopted by the Czech Government against coronavirus 
  • As of 12 March, the State of emergency was declared.
  • As of 13 March, full-time education in elementary, secondary and tertiary educational facilities, as well as universities, facilities specialised in language education and activities organised by these subjects are forbidden.
  • As of 13 March, 6:00 am, all sport, cultural, religious and other activities both public and private encompassing more than 30 persons are forbidden. This is does not apply to meetings of the state administration (e.g. the judiciary, Government meetings, meetings of constitutional authorities) and funerals.
  • As of 14 March, public access to swimming pools and tourist information centres is forbidden. The same applies to indoor and outdoor sports centres servicing (simultaneously over 30 people) and retail sales in stalls and markets. Restriction applies also to casinos, public restaurants and other eateries, including food courts in shopping malls larger than 5000 m2.
  • As of 14 March, retail sales and the sales of services on the spot is forbidden, with the exception of foodstuffs, electronics, ICT, fuel, pharmacies, chemists, animal welfare goods and feeds, opticians, newsagents, laundromats and e-shops. The measure is lasting until 1 April and may be prolongated.
  • As of 16 March, free movement is limited with the exception of travel to and from work and necessary travels to ensure basic human needs (e.g. foodstuffs, pharma shopping, helping older family members). It is forbidden to provide accommodating services.
  • As of 18 March, all reexports of medicines and medicinal products registered for CZ market to the EU and the export of such outside the EU is forbidden. With effect from the same day, all stores and transport operators are advised to regularly disinfect their premises, particularly areas that commonly come into contact with persons.
  • As of 19 March, all persons need to be equipped with a face mask or other covering of the nose and mouth while outside of their residence.
  • As of 25 March, all shops over 500 m2 are reserved from 8:00am to 10:00am for seniors and disabled persons above 50 years of age. In stores below 500 m2, employees are ordered to give priority to the above-mentioned persons.

For other Measures concerning foreigners and border crossing, Economics etc. see: https://www.vlada.cz/en/media-centrum/aktualne/measures-adopted-by-the-czech-government-against-coronavirus-180545/

We would like to remind you the emergency e-mail for your questions: emergency@ujop.cuni.cz




I sew, you sew, we sew ...

26.03.2020 / Attention!

Dear friends,

Those of you who have access to our social networks (Facebook, vk.com, Instagram) have already noticed that protective masks at ILPS are being sewn everywhere – at study centres as well as headquarters.

The Director, the Deputy Director, the heads of the centres, the curators and officers, the teachers, the methodologists, the cleaning ladies are all sewing ... and what is more, the first, who started to sew face masks and continues sewing is our building administrator, Mr Petr Lachman:-)!


Many students got protective masks from us, some of them made a face mask according to the instructions on YouTube (for example, according to the instructions on the website in News from 19 March).

Let´s remind few notes about the importance of wearing face masks

• Face masks are primarily used to protect others, not you

• A face mask should only be worn for a short time (max. 2 hours) to fulfil its purpose. Cotton face masks can be reused after washing and ironing (see above)

• Wear a face mask over your mouth AND nose (only covering your mouth is not enough)

• Wear a face mask when among people (grocery shops, pharmacies, public transport, at work), not in the forest. In the countryside you should breathe fresh air to strengthen your immunity!

• Try to breathe through your nose, NOT through your mouth. The nose is a natural air filter.

You can send your questions about the situation related to teaching or enrolling to courses in the state of emergency to emergency@ujop.cuni.cz.






International translation competition WILL be held

26.03.2020 / Attention!

Dear students, dear colleagues,

Our world is not what it was a few months ago. Life seems to have slowed down under the threat of coronavirus spread. We realize how precious the values are we have taken for granted until recently – health, work, the opportunity to meet friends, family, and fill our free time with activities that bring us satisfaction.

To protect ourselves and our loved ones, all social, cultural, and sporting events are cancelled. The 5th International Student Conference for international students of Czech, which we have been preparing for you in May, will not be held. However, none of us want life to stop completely. If we cannot meet you in person at the presentation competition, we have decided to organize at least the second part of the conference – the translation competition. We will adjust the conditions so that you will translate texts from the safety of your homes and not on university premises, as usualy.

If you decide to compete with us, click on the link and we will immediately send you all necessary information about the competition and competition rules. If you want to contact us, kindly use this email address konference.studentu@ujop.cuni.cz.

Applications will be accepted until Friday 24th April 2020; the competition day is set for Monday 4th May 2020 and winners will be announced on-line on Monday 18th May 2020

We wish you a lot of health and positive energy.

Mgr. Marie Poláčková
Study Centre Albertov Director


Words from the Director

23.03.2020 / Attention!

Dear students, colleagues, friends!
As our Director says: "WE CAN DO IT TOGETHER"!

Click on the button "settings" and choose Czech/English/Russian subtitles



23.03.2020 / Attention!

Dear students,
WE THANK YOU FOR BEING DISCIPLINED and believe that no exceptional measures will be needed for any of you!

The situation is serious, so we must inform you that we will be forced to expel students who violate the rules applicable during the emergency period.

They threaten not only themselves but also others, which we cannot allow.

We think of YOU – you think of US

Good health to everyone!

Obligation to wear a face mask

19.03.2020 / Attention!

" From 19 March, the Czech government has said that it is compulsory to wear a face mask or other face protection outside.
Simultaneously, only seniors over 65 years of age will be allowed to shop in grocery shops between 10:00 and 12:00."

1. Is wearing face masks obligatory?
Yes. As a result of government decisions, people have to cover their mouth and nose from midnight on Wednesday. So you should wear a face mask.

2. What if I don't have a face mask?
You can use a scarf or homemade face mask.

3. Where do I have to wear it?
Everywhere except for home, your own car or workplace where you don't come into contact with the public.

4. Also in shops or public transport?
Yes, even there.

5. On the street, for example, on the way to the shop?
Yes, even on the street it is mandatory.

6. What about the forest or the park?
Face masks must be worn wherever you may come into contact with others. So also in a city park. However, in a forest where no one is around, it is pointless.

7. Who will monitor wearing face masks?
Among others, it will be supervised by the city and state police.

8. What is the punishment for not wearing a face mask?
At first, only a warning. However, if you do not cover your face after the warning or break the rule repeatedly, you may be fined up to ten thousand crowns.

9. Where can I get a face mask?
Currently they are scarce. So if it is not provided by your employer or someone you know, you can sew it at home. Preferably from non-woven cotton. However, it is also possible to use a scarf.

10. How long can I wear a mask?
It is recommended two hours in a row, then you should replace it with another. However, a face mask can be scalded or washed to 60 degrees Celsius, ironed, and reused.

Source: https://www.denik.cz/z_domova/povinne-rousky-co-hrozi-bez-ni-20200318.html?fbclid=IwAR3Yj8U-XvuLC2t0cY8iAh7xYJSd3fCN5sGxJaLTVzdmJ0QWorfT81Q5v1c

A few notes about possible misunderstanding of the importance of wearing face masks:
• Face masks are primarily used to protect others, not you
• A face mask should only be worn for a short time (max. 2 hours) to fulfil its purpose. Cotton face masks can be reused after washing and ironing (see above)
• Wear a face mask over your mouth AND nose (only covering your mouth is not enough)
• Wear a face mask when among people (grocery shops, pharmacies, public transport, at work), not in the forest. In the countryside you should breathe fresh air to strengthen your immunity!
• Try to breathe through your nose, NOT through your mouth. The nose is a natural air filter.

And do it with a smile, do not panic, be responsible to yourself and your surroundings!

And here are some video tutorials on how to make your own masks – with or without a sewing machine

Even a T-shirt from ILPS CU can be used to make a face mask :-)

Photograph of PaeDr. Olga Vlachová from the House of International Cooperation. Thank you for sending it!

News regarding academic year 2020/2021

17.03.2020 / Attention!

Dear friends,

let us inform you about the situation in the Czech Republic caused by the coronavirus epidemic and the preventive restrictive measures adopted by the Government of the Czech Republic, which also affect you-people interested in our courses.


In connection with the coronavirus pandemic, the Czech government declared a state of emergency for 30 days, with effect from 13th March 2020. One of the restrictions is the closure of national borders. At the same time, the accepting of visa applications of all types has been stopped and also the processing of the applications already filed has been suspended at all the Czech embassies abroad. At this moment it is very difficult to anticipate further events, but we strongly believe that the situation will get better by the start of the academic year 2020/21.

At this moment our students prolong their studies thanks to our professional team of teachers via contactless lessons in the form of video lectures, consultations and commented presentations. The knowledge, skills and efforts of our teachers together with years of experience in teaching Czech as a foreign language and special subjects will remain well shared and communicated this way. 

We still accept online applications for the next academic year 2020/21 (except from students from Russian Federation). Study consultants from the Central Study Department accept them and stay in contact with all applicants. However, at this moment we ask all applicants to postpone thier payment for the course. As soon as the situation permits, we will renew the enrollment process.

We wish you good health and positive thinking.


14.03.2020 / Attention!

Dear Students,

We monitor and respond to coronavirus pandemic measures. We support all preventive steps of the Government of the Czech Republic and follow the measures of the Rector of Charles University.

Our team of professional pedagogical and academic staff is preparing a system of so-called daily non-contact teaching that uses various forms of electronic teaching tools (e.g. video lectures, commented presentations, on-line consultations). Teaching at our centres starts again on Monday, 16 March, 2020. We provide maximum support to our students in order to meet their study goals. Students are asked not to underestimate their studies and communicate properly with their teachers.

A crisis team has been set up at Charles University to ensure the application of government regulations and to support students and teachers in their work. The individual workplaces of the University continue their activities, only the form of performance is adjusted towards distance activities. Dormitories operate without restrictions.

For your convenience, we have set up an e-mail address emergency@ujop.cuni.cz, where you can send your questions.

Information of Charles University can be found in the following links:

Statement of the Charles University on the state of emergency (13 March 2020)

CU monitors the COVID-19 situation and offers assistance


Information on tuition interruption related to coronavirus

10.03.2020 / Attention!

The Czech Republic is introducing further preventive measures to avoid the spread of coronavirus. Charles University is implementing these government measures.

Based on the decision of the Rector of Charles University on the current situation regarding coronavirus, in accordance with the Ministry of Health Resolution No. 10676/2020 – 1/MIN/KAN, from 11th March 2020 the personal participation of students in classes is forbidden, regardless of the form of study. From 6 pm on 10th March 2020, all festive and other gatherings (graduations, conferences, symposia, sports events, etc.) with an expected participation of over 100 people are cancelled.

In connection with this, ILPS CU has abolished direct teaching. From 11th March to 13th March 2020, students are invited to use the time as holidays. Beginning on Monday 16th March 2020, teaching will continue through self-study and daily non-contact teaching.

ILPS CU recommends that students do not travel within the Czech Republic or abroad.

Students will be continuously informed about current preventive measures, ensuring daily non-contact teaching, and other important details.

Coronavirus guidelines and information

03.03.2020 / Attention!

Charles University is closely monitoring developments regarding the potential spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus, following the latest reports and providing updates. Classes are not canceled or limited in any way, same as dormitories and canteens.

If you have questions about the coronavirus epidemic, write to emergency@cuni.cz or call to +420 224 491 850 (Monday–Thursday 9:00–17:00, Friday 9:00–16:00).

In the event that the situation escalates in the Czech Republic, Charles University will promptly follow instructions issued by the authorities.

Recommendation of the Academic Senate of Charles University (AS CU):

The AS CU recommends that students or employees of Charles University who travel from China or who have come into close contact with persons infected with the coronavirus to limit any social contact, to stay at home, and not to participate in instruction or work at the university for a period of two weeks, even if they do not have any symptoms of the illness.

The AS CU recommends that, for the necessary period of time, the deans of all CU faculties:

grant study leave to affected students
grant work leave to affected employees, which will be assessed as an obstacle to work on the part of the employer, in accordance with Section 208 of the Labour Code.
Students may contact the student affairs department, and employees may contact the HR department of the respective unit of Charles University.

more information HERE

We are going to Kazakhstan

20.02.2020 / Attention!

Dear students, parents!
In the coming months we will set out on more trips abroad to be closer to you. Below you will find a list of trade fairs where you can meet us in person.
Of course, we will still be happy to welcome you at the central study department, and our representatives abroad will be happy to advise you.

We look forward to seeing you!

Where can you meet us?

  • 22.2.2020 Begin Edu Fair, Kazachstán, Nur-Sultan (Astana)
    Radisson Astana Hotel, 4 Saryarka Ave.,12:00-16:00
  • 23.2.2020 Begin Edu Fair, Kazachstán, Almaty
    Ritz-Carlton Almaty Hotel, 77/7 Al-Farabi Ave., 12:00-16:00
  • 3.3.2020 Begin Edu Fair, Rusko, Kazaň
    Korston Hotel, 1А Ershova Str., 16:00-20:00
  • 21.3.2020 Begin Edu Fair, Gruzie, Tbilisi
    Radisson Blu Iveria Hotel, 1 First Republic Sq., 13:00-17:00
  • 3.-4.4.2020 Education Abroad, Ukrajina, Kyjev
    Ukrainian House, Khreschatyk str., 2, 11:00-18:00
  • 5.4.2020 Education Abroad, Ukrajina, Oděsa
    Hotel Bristol, Pushkinskaya str.,15, 12:00-17:00
  • 18.4.2020 Den Celoživotního vzdělávání a festival absolventů UK
    Karolinum, Ovocný trh 5, Praha 1, 10:00-16:00

Meet UP with Janek Rubeš

17.02.2020 / Attention!

Dear students!

We are sure that you have already heard of Janek Rubeš (Honest Guide) and have seen many of his videos about studying in the Czech Republic, advice to foreigners, etc.

You have not? Then check out his Youtube profile. Whether you know him or not, the organization Study in the Czech Republic, in cooperation with Janek, is holding a meeting with students on February 25th. So do not miss it :-)
For more information, click here.

New Director of ILPS CU

31.01.2020 / Attention!

On 31st January 2020, the Rector of Charles University, prof. MUDr. Tomáš Zima, DrSc., MBA, appointed a new Director of the Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies of Charles University, PhDr. Dana Hůlková-Nývltová, Ph.D.
She has been appointed as of 1st February 2020.

Dana Hůlková-Nývltová studied the fields of Czech Language and Literature, and History at the Pedagogical Faculty of the University of Hradec Králové and the field of Philology at the Philosophical Faculty of Charles University. She has been working at ILPS CU since 2001, of which, for the last three years, she was Deputy Director.

We wish our new Director great success in her new post!


China - Temporary closure of Czech Visa Application Centers in China

30.01.2020 / Attention!

Temporary closure of Czech Visa Application Centers in China
Information from the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Beijing

Due to the current Coronavirus alert and local administrative restrictions, please note that the Czech Visa Application Centers in China will remain closed until February 16th, 2020. However, the re-opening of the center may change according the situation. The Wuhan Visa Center remains closed until further notice.
Family members of EU citizens who wish to apply for a short-stay visa directly at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Beijing are requested to make an appointement at visa_beijing@mzv.cz.
Thank you for your understanding.

All students from China, who have already registered to our courses and have questions regarding visa, we kindly ask to contact our Study Department.

Vis registration - Yekaterinburg

24.01.2020 / Attention!

Dear students, parents, and all of you interested in our courses!

Unfortunately, we have some bad news – the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Yekaterinburg has again suspended registration for the application for a long-term residence permit (visa / stay).

Therefore, unfortunately, we must suspend the acceptance of applications for courses of the academic year 2020/2021 from students who are territorially under the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Yekaterinburg.

If you belong to this group of students and have already received an invoice from the Study Department with payment instructions, please do not pay just yet and contact our Study Department.

Thank you for understanding!

Students from other regions can continue to enrol in standard mode. However, other students are strongly encouraged not to leave their application to the last minute. Unfortunately, other regions could possibly be in a similar situation.

News from the visa world

15.01.2020 / Attention!

Dear future students,

The Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Yekaterinburg has partially renewed acceptance of applications for long-term visas / stays for the purpose of study (therefore we can again accept your applications for our preparatory courses for further university studies (and in the case of Yekaterinburg only for this type of our course!).

You can find the whole offer here.

If you are applying for a visa in Yekaterinburg, do not hesitate and apply as soon as possible. As it says on the Consulate website, "Enrolment for long-stay visa applications and stays for the purpose of study will run until the increased capacity for the first half of this year is exhausted." Therefore, if you want to start your studies on 7th September 2020, it is time to fill in our online application NOW!

We look forward to meeting you personally at our study centres in September.

Mgr. Pavla Müllerová
Head of the Study Department

Getting to know your university - Open Days

13.01.2020 / Attention!

Dear students!

It's time to get to know more about Czech universities - the high season of Open days has begun.

Study our calendar and plan to visit the faculties where you will study in your dream program.



Seasonal Greetings

20.12.2019 / Attention!

Our alumni as special Guests on International Day of Migrants

19.12.2019 / Attention!

Have you been to Kampus Hybernska on Wednesday, December 18?

You have NOT?

In that case you missed a great event called THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF MIGRANTS, where there were two of our alumni from Prague-Krystal Centre as special guests.

  • NONNA POSTOLENKO - seven years ago Nonna began her studies in the Czech Republic at the ILPS CU centre Prague-Krystal, now she is already graduating from the art faculty of West Bohemian University.
  • MARIIA STEPUNINA - came from Russia to our preparatory courses five years ago. Now Mariia holds a bachelors degree in fashion and textile design from the Technical University in Liberec. Mariia is a founder of the Mary Step fashion brand.




What we CAN guarantee? Our QUALITY!

18.12.2019 / Attention!

In November and December the Inspection and monitoring of the quality of teaching took place at ILPS CU.

WHO? The Methodological and Professional Centre, The Expert in Phonetics, The Deputy Director of Studies
WHEN? November + December 2019
WHERE? ÚJOP UK Albertov - Kurzy češtiny pro cizince, ÚJOP UK Praha Hostivař, ÚJOP UK Krystal, ÚJOP UK Liberec, ÚJOP UK Mariánské Lázně, ÚJOP UK Poděbrady.
HOW MANY? We saw 42 teachers
HOW? Preliminary information - visit to the lesson - interview with the lecturer - elaboration of the protocol
WHY? We want to find out what teachers are missing and provide them needed help


Photo: Tutor.cz

Photo competition with Study in the Czech Republic

10.12.2019 / Attention!

Dear students,

you have a chance (till December 15th) to take part in a photo competition organized by Study in the Czech Republic.

Any student who is currently studying in the Czech Republic can register.

Simply take a photo of you or your friends, colleagues...in front of your campus or other place, which means to you: I STUDY IN "the Czech Republic" and wait, whether your photo will be chosen in 10 best photos.

See details here.


Illustrative photo: datart.cz 

Movie night!

06.12.2019 / Attention!

Charles University organizes a special Christmas event for all foreign (and Czech) students who like fairy tales :-)

See more information on Charles University web, do not forget to register and come!

"Students can learn a lot about Czech culture from watching the masterpieces of Czech cinematography. Come and join us for Czech movie nights and enjoy significant Czech movies with English subtitles!"



Saint Nicholas at ILPS CU :-)

05.12.2019 / Attention!

None of our students can forget the visit of Saint Nicholas on December 6th.

Let´s have a look at the video from this very special (but for Czechs traditional) event.


Great concert at the Emmaus Monastery

30.11.2019 / Attention!

Talented students and graduates of ILPS UK (Prague-Albertov) delighted us with a great concert at the Emmaus Monastery.

See more photos here.                




School round of the presentation competition

22.11.2019 / Attention!

On October 18, students of the ÚJOP UK Albertov - Kurzy češtiny pro cizince had amazing presentations during the school round of the presentation competition.

We learned things about the Punic Wars, difficulties of the German language or how to do the massage correctly.

The competition was tough, the jury had to discuss for a long time to call the best participants of the presentation competition. Finally, they succeeded. And we will meet the winners in spring during the International round of the competition.


The Prague-Krystal dormitory is after renovation!

18.11.2019 / Attention!

On Friday, 15 November, there was a grand reopening of the accommodation part of the Prague-Krystal centre after reconstruction, held by the ILPS CU management.

In the coming days, our current students will move into new, bright rooms, equipped with everything they need: shower / bath and toilet, spacious wardrobes, comfortable mattresses, comfortable work chairs, modern desk lamps with multiple lighting modes, refrigerators, blackout curtains, etc.

During reconstruction, the carpeting was removed and all floors are now covered with linoleum, which is better from (not only) the hygienic point of view.

The dormitories are now divided into colour zones – yellow, blue, green, and orange.

Each floor has a kitchen and laundry facilities. Students can study and spend their free time together in study rooms or common rooms.

You can find photographs of the new accommodation facilities at the Prague-Krystal centre photo gallery.
Accommodation prices are available on the webpages of the centre.



Where could you meet us these days?

06.11.2019 / Attention!

Dear students,

have a look a the list of events, where you can meet us personally these days. 

Should you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us: marketing@ujop.cuni.cz


Cooperation with Beijing University of Foreign Studies

18.10.2019 / Attention!

Representatives from Beijing University of Foreign Studies (a leading university in Beijing that traditionally specializes in training Chinese ambassadors and diplomats) and Charles University were discussed about development of cooperation at the meeting in Carolinum on October 14 at 2 p.m.

Among the representatives of Charles University were Vice-Rector for International Affairs prof. MUDr. Jan Škrha, DrSc., MBA, Head of the International Relations Office Mgr. Vratislav Kozák , the representative of the Institute of Czech Language and Theory of Communication of the Faculty of Arts Mgr. Svatava Škodová, Ph.D. and the Deputy Director of the Institute of Language and Professional Studies Ing. Michaela Šolcová.




300 EUR discount for Czech Language Courses

01.10.2019 / Attention!



Sign up (submit the online application by yourself without agency assistance) for one of our Year Language Courses and save money.

Just login simply here: http://ujop.cuni.cz/kurzy/easy

The discount is valid for the following courses:

Should you need help with choosing the appropriate type of course, do not hesitate to contact our Student Services Department.


  • Тhe above mentioned discount (500/300 EUR) is given just to students who applied (submit the online application) on their own - without agency assistance.
  • 500 EUR discount is given to a student, whose application was received by the ILPS CU Central Student Services Department till 30 September 2019 and the entire payment was recived on the ILPS CU account (mentioned in the Pre-registration) till 15 October 2019.
  • 300 EUR discount is given to a student, whose application was received by the ILPS CU Central Student Services Department till 31 October 2019 and the entire payment was recived on the ILPS CU account (mentioned in the Pre-registration) till 15 November 2019.


All Student Services Departments will be closed on Thursday October 3

01.10.2019 / Attention!

Dear students
all Student Services Departments will be closed on Thursday October 3 due to training at the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic.
We would like to ask you to come to solve all urgent matters in previous days.

Thank you for your understanding.

Free Czech mini-lessons!

24.09.2019 / Attention!

Become a Czech language student for a while

To celebrate European Day of Languages we are offering free Czech mini-lessons for foreigners.

Come to our school and become a Czech student for 45 minutes.
No matter if you are a beginner or advanced, the programme is prepared for everyone.

You will see how we teach Czech only in the Czech language and, who knows, maybe you will decide to continue studying Czech!

We are looking forward to seeing you!

When: 26 September 2019, 9:00, 10:50, 11:55 a.m.
UJOP UK, study centre Prague-Albertov
Albertov 7/3a
128 00 Praha 2
Tel.: +420 224 921 015

For 10 years, we have been the only full member of ALTE in the Czech Republic

02.09.2019 / Attention!

Only the Institute of Language and Preparatory Studies of Charles University meets the strict international standards of the Czech language examination

Prague, 29th August 2019 – The Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies, Charles University, celebrates ten years of membership of the Association of Language Testers in Europe (ALTE) at the end of August. As the only institution in the Czech Republic it can claim that its Czech Language Certificate Exam (CCE) has repeatedly met the strict conditions of the international language exam quality audit.

The Association of Language Testers in Europe – ALTE brings together language examiners who work to promote fair and accurate assessment of language competence in Europe and beyond. It was founded in 1989 and today has 34 full members representing 25 European languages. To get full membership, it is necessary to meet 17 common ALTE standards. The standards cover all phases of the foreign language testing process – creating tests, administration and logistics, evaluation, statistical analysis, and communication with exam users.

In the Czech Republic, all the conditions were met for the first time in 2009, when the Czech Language Certificate Exam (CCE) of the Institute of Language and Preparatory Studies of Charles University (ILPS CU) passed the audit. The exam is intended for all applicants for whom Czech is not their mother tongue and who want or need to verify the level of their communication competence in Czech. These are mostly foreigners who plan to study at Czech universities, want to find a job in the Czech Republic, or want to obtain Czech citizenship.

"The exam verifies language skills at five levels – from the lowest level, A1, to the second highest, C1. For those interested, it is important that they can take the exam not only in Prague and Brno, but also at more than 15 locations abroad. For example, we test in Berlin, Kiev, London, Moscow, Warsaw, and Vienna, but also in Tokyo," says PhDr. Pavel Pečený, Head of the ILPS CU Research and Test Centre, whose team is developing the exam.

The ATLE international audit is not only a test of the professional quality of the exam, but also a guarantee of fair and reliable results. This is essential for a language examination of such high importance. For most candidates, passing the CCE exam is an important life step that determines their future destiny, i.e. whether they will fulfil their dream and be able to study or work in the Czech Republic.

ILPS CU also offers the CCE exam for youth. Pupils and students under 16 years of age can take the exam at levels A1 and A2, for example in the French Lyceum in Prague; abroad, the exam is regularly held in Weiden, Germany.

"Every year, we test students from Bavarian Realschule who study Czech as an optional subject. There is also another activity connected to CCE in Germany", adds Pečený. "In Weiden, apart from the youth, for several years now we have also been testing Bavarian police officers who study Czech as part of their professional development."

In addition to the CCE exam, ILPS CU is also developing the Czech Language Exam for the purpose of granting Czech citizenship, which it provides throughout the Czech Republic together with the Czech Life and Institutions Exam prepared by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. Every year, nearly 3,000 candidates take the exam process. Thanks to its membership in ALTE, ILPS CU is the only university institution that can also provide the Examination of the Czech Language for Permanent Residence in the Czech Republic.

500 EUR DISCOUNT for Year Language Courses!

01.09.2019 / Attention!

Dear students, applications for 2020-2021 have been already opened and we prepared a special "Early Birds" DISCOUNT for you!


Sign up (submit the online application by yourself without agency assistance) for one of our Year Language Courses and save money. Just login here: http://ujop.cuni.cz/kurzy/easy

The discount is valid for the following courses:

Should you need help with choosing the appropriate type of course, do not hesitate to contact our Student Services Department.



  • The above mentioned discount (500/300 EUR) is given just to students who applied (submit the online application) on their own - without agency assistance.
  • 500 EUR discount is given to a student, whose application was received by the ILPS CU Central Student Services Department till 30 September 2019 and the entire payment was recived on the ILPS CU account (mentioned in the Pre-registration) till 15 October 2019.
  • 300 EUR discount is given to a student, whose application was received by the ILPS CU Central Student Services Department till 31 October 2019 and the entire payment was recived on the ILPS CU account (mentioned in the Pre-registration) till 15 November 2019.


Important information for Foreign students!

23.08.2019 / Attention!

Do not MISS!

"Information leaflets for university students considering changes made by amendment to the Act. No 326/1999 Coll. on the Residence of Foreign Nationals with effect from July 31st, 2019"
More info here

Do you want to learn Czech? Learn from the best!

05.08.2019 / Attention!
  • Do you want to speak Czech well?
  • Do you want to understand what is really going on in Prague?
  • Do you want to learn from the best?

If you answered "yes" at least once, then Charles University is the best option for you.

New academic year starts in a month (see the list of INTENSIVE Czech Language courses starting this September 2019)


Applications for Preparatory courses in English are available!

23.05.2019 / Attention!

Dear students, parents, friends!

We would like to inform you that applications for Year Preparatory Courses in English are still available. You can submit your application till June 15th.

Should you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us: marketing@ujop.cuni.cz


You do not need visa? Applications for Czech Language courses are still opened!

21.05.2019 / Attention!

Dear students and parents!

We are pleased about your interest in our courses! Applications for all Czech Language courses for foreigners are opened till 31 August 2019 for students without visa duty.

Should you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us: marketing@ujop.cuni.cz


We are looking forward to seeing you in our courses :-)



20.04.2019 / Attention!

Dear students, parents, friends!

On behalf of the ILPS CU team we wish you a very HAPPY EASTER filled with plenty of love and happiness!




Foto: Profimedia.cz


International Student Conference - Interview!

13.04.2019 / Attention!

Dear friends!

We are proud we could co-organize 4th International Student Conference these days and we are happy to bring you a very important interview with the Deputy Director of the ILPS CU, Dr. Dana Hulkova Nyvltova (here)

ATTENTION - important information about Health Insurance for Foreigners

11.04.2019 / Attention!

Dear students,

Let us supply you with the following important information pertaining to the health insurance.

Starting May 1,2019 our Institute ( ULPS CU) will not arrange the health insurance with the recent insurer - Insurance company PVZP, a.s..

Now the health Insurance will be secured via new partner - Insurance company Slavia, a. s..

As the new Insurance conditions as well as the prices we will know in the very beginning of next week we will be able to publish them on our web sites during next week at earliest. We appologize for the inconvenience and ask you for patience.

Those who have already applied for PVZP,a.s. insurance and did not paid yet are kindly asked to make make the payment so that it would reach our account on April 25,2019 at latest to be able arrange the health insurance according to the conditions valid till the end of April 2019.

Further questions send to studujop@ujop.cuni.cz


04.04.2019 / Attention!

Dear students, we are happy to inform you that students from Ukaine have now the chance to meet with our representative, Ms Elina Antonova during dates shown below. Details of this event are mentioned here:https://bit.ly/2uGjcJ0

08.04.: 12.00-19.00
11.04.: 12.00-18.00
15.04.: 17.00-19.00
17.04.: 16.00-20.00

Students from Moscow still have the right to meet with our representative Ms Margarita Sytlina (contact below)

E-mail: Margarita.Sytilina@ujop.cuni.cz
Mob.: +7 985 739 91 01
České centrum – Český dům Moskva
3-ya Tverskaya-Yamskaya ulice
budova č. 36/40, vjezd č. 7, Kancelář č. 136
Moskva, Rusko

Other students from all over the world have the right to get FREE CONSULTATIONS by e-mail: marketing@ujop.cuni.cz, you can give us a call (+420 224 990 420) or meet us personally during some fair or in Prague (Vratislavova 29/10, Prague 2).

We are here to answer all your questions regarding studies in the Czech Republic!

We are looking forward to seeing you in our courses!


ILPS representatives in India

31.03.2019 / Attention!

Representatives of the Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies, Charles University travel to foreign countries very often to meet YOU - our PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS!
These days ILPS representatives joined student Fairs in Delhi and Mumbai, had a meeting with the Head of the Delhi University and met also the Ambassador of the Czech Republic in India, Mr. Milan Hovorka.

There are more photos and short story about ILPS representatives in India on the web of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs here.


WEBINAR - 28 March

26.03.2019 / Attention!

Dear friends,

we are here with a new webinar (in russian language). We would be happy if you join our specialists, Zdenka Prazakova and Galina Petrova again this Thursday (March 28) at 12am.

Our specialists will talk about our Study Centres in Prague (Albertov, Hostivar and Krystal). Do you know what courses do they offer?

Join us: https://youtu.be/2HnqRTefHEw


Traditional meeting with students from Japan, China and South Korea

17.03.2019 / Attention!

On behalf of the Study Centre Prague-Albertov, we would like to invite you to a traditional meeting with our students form China, Japan and South Korea.

This meeting will take place right at the Study Centre Prague-Albertov (Albertov 7/3a, Prague 2) on Wednesday 17 April, at 2pm.

All of you, who want to find out sth. new about Asian culture and find new friends, of course, are invited :-).

Do not worry, it is not necessary to know the language!

We would just like to ask you to register to this event till monday April 8, 2019 on pavla.klimesova@ujop.cuni.cz.
We are looking forward to seeing all of you!


WEBINAR for russian speaking students

13.03.2019 / Attention!

We would like to invite you to a NEW WEBINAR - March 14, 12am.

Do you speak Russian and plan to study abroad?
We are here to explain most important visa issues and help you with better understanding, where you can find the best preparatory course for your chosen specialization/study programme (what each study centre specializes at).
We will be happy to receive your questions and give you answers for them!


Flag for Tibet

08.03.2019 / Attention!

The Tibetan flag fly also on the building of the Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies Charles University now.

From March 8, until Sunday the 11th, will fly a Tibetan flag as part of the "Raise a Flag for Tibet" campaign in memory of the 1959 Tibetan Uprising.
You can see this flag fly in many places in the Czech Republic and many other countries, such as Belgium, Germany, France...

Find more information here: https://bit.ly/2TD7Svd



Study Department closed during holidays

21.12.2018 / Attention!

The Study Department is out of service from 22. 12. 2018 to 1. 1. 2019.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

We are looking forward to seeing you in 2019.

Change of deadline for acceptance of the on line applications for preparátory courses in 2017/18

02.05.2017 / Attention!

Also this year the period for acceptance of the on line preparatory courses applications for academic year 2017/18 will be prolonged. The deadline to apply is now June 15,2017 at latest.

New Czech for Medics Course

04.08.2016 / Attention!

Apply to our new Czech for Medics course specialized on preparation of medics-foreigners to the approbation examination.

For further details click here.

Get a 500 EUR Discount on Preparatory Courses 2017/18

21.07.2016 / Attention!

Apply to one of our Preparatory Courses to University Study 2017/18 in November 2016 and receive a 500 EUR discount if following the guidelines:

1) Fill out the online application on our website and wait until our study consultant sends your the invoice for the requested course and optional services.

2) Make the full payment of the received invoice until the end of November. Make sure the money will arrive on our account until 15 December 2016.

Detailed conditions of the offer can be found here.




Preparatory Courses 2017/18

18.07.2016 / Attention!

Online applications for all the Preparatory Courses 2016/17 are already closed. For the academic year 2017/18, online applications will opened at the beginning of September.

Come to our consultations in Moscow!

06.04.2016 / Attention!

Dear business partners!
Dear parents and future students!

We invite you to ILPS CU study consultations as well as a presentation of further education at Czech universities.


Individual consultations

20. - 05.21.2016, 11:00 - 19:00
Czech House, Moscow, 4. Tverskaya-Yamskaya Str., 33/39, entrance No. 7


Presentation of study opportunities at Czech universities

05/22/2016 12:00
Czech Center, Julius Fucik Str., 12/14

Information: Margarita Sytilina
E-mail: Margarita.Sytilina@ujop.cuni.cz
Mobile phone .: +7 985 739 91 01


A three-week educative stay with Czech language tuition

22.03.2016 / Attention!


Study Centre Prague - Albertov

in cooperation with

the Czech Roots for the Czechs at Home and Abroad project

and the Conference Centre of the Czech Academy of Sciences,

organizes a three-week educative stay with Czech language tuition

for foreigners of the Czech origin

A Journey Towards The Roots

0% Interest Student Installment Plan in March 2016

26.02.2016 / Attention!

Preparatory Courses for University Studies applicants who apply to courses hold in Czech from March 1 to March 31, 2016 can now ask for The Student Installment Plan which offers 0% interest and a payment for the chosen course in three different installments. In a reaction to applicants´ requests, the ILPS CU presents the pilot version of the plan as follows:

1/ All students who apply to the ILPS CU´s Preparatory Courses for University Studies 2016/17 in March 2016 can ask for the 0% Interest Student Installment Plan.

2/ The Student Installment Plan can be applied on Preparatory Courses for University Studies 2016/17 only. It is relevant for the following specializations:

3/ An applicant who would like to utilize The Student Installment Plan, has to mention it in a comment section in the online application which can be found in a description of each course.

4/ The payment schedule has to be followed as mentioned below:

  • 50% of the cost of the course, an accommodation deposit and a health instance (in case the accomodation and the instance are arranged by the ILPS CU) are required to be paid in the first installment. The amount must be paid to the ILPS CU´s account by April 30, 2016. All documents required for a student visa will be sent after the full payment of the first installment.
  • 30% of the cost of the course has to be paid in the second installment. The amount must be paid to the ILPS CU´s account by May 31, 2016.
  • 20% of the cost of the course must be paid in the third installment. The amount must be paid to the ILPS CU´s account by July 31, 2016. If the full cost of the course is not paid by July 31, 2016 the student´s course enrollment will be cancelled.

5/ Cancelation fees:

  • A portion of the cost of the course is also a registration fee of 800 EUR. In case of cancellation of the course, by the student, without explanation or with an explanation without serious reasons, 100% (800 EUR) of this fee becomes non-refundable.
  • In case of a cancellation, by the student, with explanation (serious reasons only), 50% (400 EUR) is refundable.
  • In case of a cancellation of the course based on not receiving a visa to the Czech Republic, the cost of the course will be returned minus a 120 EUR and 3,5% of the cost of the course handling fee.



Workbook for most popular Czech language textbook just released

29.01.2016 / Attention!

"When I started with teaching of Czech as a foreign language, its methodology was still in its infancy. Obviously, it was the English language whose teaching was most developed back then, nevertheless, I was inspired by the German language thanks to its complex grammar structure." recalls PhDr. Zdena Malá, author of the Czech Step by Step 1 workbook, of the just released Czech Step by Step 2 workbook and director of the Prague-Krystal center of the Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies of the Charles University in Prague in one person.

"I started to create additional exercises and activities for teaching of Czech as a foreign language, which would at least slightly resemble exercises from inspirational German textbooks. I was trying to focus on an interesting and creative form so that apart from the grammar rules also communication skills would be practiced. Soon after that I started to cooperate with an author of the most used Czech language textbooks, Dr. Lída Holá" adds PhDr. Malá.

The second part of the author's workbook brings additional exercises for the lessons 11-20 of the textbook Czech Step by Step 2 (Česky krok za krokem 2 / Tschechisch Schritt fur Schritt 2 / Чешский шаг за шагом 2). It offers a lot of activities for each lesson which serve for practicing of taught communication skills, vocabulary, and grammar and are accompanied by two-colored photographs and illustrations. The publication structure is similar to the one of the first part. For orientation there are marks right next to the exercises designating a corresponding page and exercise in the textbook. More difficult exercises exceeding the B1 level are marked with the plus sign and they are destined to be alternatively used by motivated students or for students who are native Slavic language speakers.

At the end of each lesson there is a page dedicated to spelling, this part is especially focused on i and y spelling which is very often incomprehensible for foreign students. Most exercises have solution given in the key at the end of the publication. Therefore, the workbook is appropriate for work in class, as well as for self-study.

The publication also offers a number of texts with tasks preparing students for the reading comprehension part of the Czech Language Certificate Exam at the B1 level or the Exam for Applicants for Permanent Residency, which takes place exclusively at the Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies of the Charles University in Prague. The whole series of the Czech Step by Step textbooks and workbooks is therefore a significant piece of work in the field of education.

An extract from the Lesson 1 of the workbook is freely available at:

Attention! Changes in the comprehensive health insurance

08.01.2016 / Attention!

We would like to inform you that starting 1st of January 2016 the prices of Comprehensive Health Insurace for foreigners offered by the PVZP insurance company have changed.

For students at the age of 17-26 years the prices were decreased by cca 15%.
For clients up to 17 years and up from 26 years the price grown up a little, but the increase
is almost insignificant ( cca 1-3% in average).

At the same time the changes in the insurace conditions have been done . Newly, many of the events which used to be excluded from the insurance are covered. By this step the comprehensive insurance approaches to the public health insurance for Czech citizens.

Now the insurer will cover also:

  • Institutional care at specialist treatment centres
  • Transplants
  • Treatment for addiction, including all complications and associated diagnosis
  • Examination and treatment of AIDS, sexual and sexuall transmitted deseases from the time the diagnosis is establieshed
  • Examination and treatment of hepatitis once the diagnosis is established
  • Insuline treatment for diabetes
  • Treatment for chronic renal deficiency with haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis
  • Growth hormone treatment
  • Interferon treatment
  • Treatment of haemophilia and other blood clotting disoreders
  • Examination and treatment of congenital defets and disorders including their complications and consequences from the time theri diagnosis is established
  • Treatment of speach and hearing disorders, hearing aids, cochlear implants
  • Treatment of visual defects, spectacles and contact lenses
  • Electric wheel chaos and myoelectric protheses
  • Production and repair of dentures and orthodontic aids
  • Events occuring as a reset of the intentional conduct, faul tor Sharp fault of the Insured Person
  • Events caused to the Insured Person by a Beneficiary or another person at the instigation of the Insured Person or Beneficiary
  • Events occuring activities at locations not designated for such activities



16.12.2015 / Attention!

1 day, 7 different languages, over 60 participants. That is our annual students´ event „Find Your Czech" which is opened to those who want to practise Korean, Mandarin, Vietnamese, Japanese, English, Czech or Russian with native speakers.
The event takes place at 3,30 pm on December 16, 2015 in ILPS CU Albertov (Albertov 7/3a, Prague 2). If you are interested, apply on albertov@ujop.cuni.cz until December 11, 2015.

ATTENTION! The Act on the stay of aliens has been amended!

14.12.2015 / Attention!

On 18 December 2015, amendment of the Act No. 326/1999 Coll. on the stay of aliens will enter into force. Please note that students who want to apply for a visa after this date are obliged to procure health insurance coverage for the full length of their stay (12 months) before submitting their visa application.

Charles IV's 700th Birthday is Coming Up

02.12.2015 / Attention!

Next year will mark 700 years since the birth of Charles IV, who was voted the Greatest Czech in the nationwide poll of the same name, Největší Čech, in 2005 (founding father of the independent Czechoslovakia, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, came in second, with the late President Václav Havel taking third place).

Charles University, as the educational establishment that bears the king's name and was founded on his initiative in the late-14th century, is planning a number of activities for 2016.

Read more: http://www.praguepost.com/cinema/47355-countdown-begins-to-charles-iv-s-700th-birthday#ixzz3toKCFXsP

Nostrification? No need to worry, we will help you!

30.10.2015 / Attention!

Do you need advice concerning nostrification (state recongnition) of your previous education or choosing the right university for you? Contact us!

Our school counselor helps not only to the ILPS CU students, but also to the public.

Galina Petrova PhD.
Centre for Language Learning
office No.173, 1st floor, Prague-Krystal study centre, José Martího 407/2, Prague 6
Contact: galapetrova@yandex.ru
skype: akademkabinet
ph: (+420) 224 990 419, (+420) 775 554 716, (+420) 778 727 999

AlbertOFF Open AIR 2015

14.10.2015 / Attention!

AlbertOFF Open AIR 2015

14th October 2015 at 16 PM

Four years ago, you had the opportunity to enjoy an open air festival at Albertov which presented many music bands from the Faculty of Science. Now, we present you the AlbertOFF Open Air 2015, a music festival of student music bands from different faculties of the Charles University as well as other universities. Come and join us at the Albertov campus, there will be lot of entertainment! Entrance is free.


  • PříFUK, z. s.
  • Trimed, z. s.
  • KaM
  • Svijany


  • Come and Play (UK, VŠE, UPOL)
  • Na Rovinu (Přf UK)
  • Zelená konev (3LF UK)
  • Afterglows (FTVS UK)
  • Corbellis (Přf UK)

More: https://www.facebook.com/events/905138116246518/

Mgr. David Hurný
E-mail: d.hurny@seznam.cz
+420 221 95 1264


Culinary Competition of the Charles University Canteens

06.10.2015 / Attention!

Culinary Competition of the Charles University Canteens
The Best Canteen 2015

Where: the Faculty of Law of the CU

When: 6th October, 15:30-19:00

Come and help us choose the best team!

As part of the European Day of Languages

25.09.2015 / Attention!

As part of the „European Day of Languages"

on 25 September 2015, at 9 am, 10 am or 11 am,


Charles University in Prague
Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies
Prague-Albertov centre
Albertov 7/3a
128 00 Prague 2
Ph.: 224 921 015

... we are offering our free super-fast lesson of Czech for foreigners. Visit us at our study centre and get a 45-minute experience of what it feels like to be a student of Czech. Beginners or advanced, we are ready welcome everyone. Come and find out how Czech is taught at our school without using a third language, and get inspired to continue improving your Czech.

We are looking forward to meeting you!

Mgr. Marie Poláčková
Director of the study centre


Ceremonial gathering of students

08.09.2015 / Attention!

Ceremonial gathering of students of centres Prague Krystal, Prague-Albertov and Prague-Hostivar will be held on September 8, 2015 at 12:30 PM. The gathering will take place in historic residence KAROLINUM of Charles University.

Information letter was sent yesterday!

28.07.2015 / Attention!

Dear students, the Information letter (arrival information) for students coming to the course starting this September was sent to you yesterday afternoon. In case you have not received it, kindly contact us by e-mail: studujop@ujop.cuni.cz.
We wish you great summer and look forward to seeing you in our courses in September:-)!

ATTENTION - tomorrow is the application deadline for courses starting this September!

29.06.2015 / Attention!

Dear students, we would like to inform you that the official deadline for Preparatory courses for foreigners starting in September 2015 is tomorrow (30th June).

We still accept applications from students without visa duty (students with a permanent or long-term residency in the Czech Republic).

In case you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact us by phone: +420 224 990 420, e-mail: studujop@ujop.cuni.cz, or use Skype: marketingujop (skypename)

We wish you wonderfull summer and we are looking forward to seeing you in our courses!

Education Programme for Secondary General Education in the Czech Republic

21.05.2015 / Attention!

Dear students, you can find up-to-date information about the Education Programme for Secondary General Education in the Czech Republic on our website here: http://ujop.cuni.cz/en/education-programme-for-secondary-general-education-in-the-czech-republic
Do not worry, in case you have not learnt some of mentioned topics at your High School. You have much time to concentrate mainly on those subjects you will have to pass entrance exams from after the Year Preparatory course.

We wish you good luck in your study:-)!


15.04.2015 / Attention!

We are SO HAPPY to inform you that new metro stations of "the green line" (A line) were put into operation on Monday, 6th April. This means that our Prague-Krystal students can now reach the study centre in less than 15 minutes:-)!

The new A-line metro station "Nádraží Veleslavín" is located approximately 200m from the Prague-Krystal study centre and can also be used to change for the airport (a bus stop for the connecting bus-line No. 119, previously departing from the Dejvická metro station, is located outside the new metro station).

ATTENTION - Comprehensive Medical Insurance for students is now CHEAPER!!!

16.02.2015 / Attention!

Dear students and parents,

the Special offer: "COMPREHENSIVE MEDICAL INSURANCE FOR FREE" has finished, unfortunately. Nevertheless, we came with a new price decrease!

All students (aged 17-26) now get the Comprehensive Medical Insurance with a discount (it is not a special offer, the price will not increase in the nearest future)!

Detailed information here.

Should you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us via e-mail.

Meet us in Minsk and save money on Translations and Insurance:-)!

02.02.2015 / Attention!

Dear students, parents and friends:-)!

UJOP UK (ILPS CU) decided to come to you closer and meet you in Minsk in February 2015 :-)

You can meet us in the Education and Career Fair which takes place in Minsk from February 19 till February 21.
We share our stand with 3 other representatives from other prestigious Czech universities.

Where does the Fair take place?

  • Belarus, Minsk, Palace of Arts, str. Kazlova 3

ATTENTION! You have a chance to save a lot of money! It is sufficient to enroll on one of our Year courses after the fair with a special promotion code and get:

  • LEGAL TRANSLATION of your visa documents FOR FREE
  • Comprehensive Medical Insurance from PVZP, a.s. FOR 12 MONTHS FOR FREE
  • Specia tariff from Vodafone (sms and calls for free in the Czech Republic) - you will get it upon arrival

Should you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail: marketing@ujop.cuni.cz or via phone: +420 224 990 419.

We are looking forward to seein you at the Fair!

The more languages you know, the more times you are a human:-)

01.10.2014 / Attention!

European Day of Languages – 16 languages in one place!

Thursday, 25th September, was a perfect day for anyone who has ever, even for a few hours, dreamed of becoming a polyglot. It was a day when visitors to the European Day of Languages event, held at Prague's Lucerna Arcade, had a chance to explore 16 different languages! From 4pm until 7pm, each visitor had an opportunity to talk to native speakers and teachers of those languages.

Everyone who came enjoyed the event very much - they learned new words and some spoken language, and they were even given a small present from the teachers for making the effort:-).

Apart from the most widely spoken languages like English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, Czech language proved to be very popular among the event's foreign visitors. The Czech language section was led by the Prague-Albertov study centre's Eva Hlaváčková and Jana Nováková who were extremely busy right from the beginning – already at 4pm people lined up waiting to have their go, and the line never stopped growing. Mgr. Marie Poláčková, Director of Prague-Albertov centre, also joined the event and took part in the activities.

We are very happy about the fact that Czech language has proved to be no underdog among the world languages. On the contrary, many foreigners were attracted by the idea of discovering Czech and stopped by to 'chat' with our teachers. Besides having a nice language experience and taking small presents home, they could also learn about the Czech for Foreigners courses, taught at the Prague-Albertov centre.

The Lucerna Arcade was very busy, indeed, on that day. It was interesting to watch the kind of people who came to see the event – at first they were those people who knew about it from different advertisements and the Interent. But soon, many curious passers-by, who realized that this wasn't any celebrity autograph signing session but a chance for them to learn a few foreign words, phrases or just the alphabet in so many languages, also decided to wait in a line, without being discouraged by the crowds:-).

What is more, the visitors could take part in a contest and win 3 language courses of their choice as well as be included in a prize draw where they could win a book voucher or gift books, CDs or DVDs. The only thing they had to do was to take at least 3 mini-lessons, which appeared to have been an easy task because, this being a great opportunity for them to try and learn so many new languages in one place, most of the participants took more than 3 lessons:-).

Apart from the already mentioned languages, the visitors could also learn a bit of Basque, Bulgarian, Finnish, Galician, Lithuanian, Latvian, Norwegian, Polish, Portugese and Romanian.

The day after the event, the Prague-Albertov centre held an Open Day event within the European Day of Languages where the visitors could take 3 Czech lessons free of charge.

Not for nothing do we say that THE MORE LANGUAGES YOU KNOW, THE MORE TIMES YOU ARE A HUMAN. And how many languages do you know?

Don't think twice and pick a course from our great selection:-)

Visit our FACEBOOK page and have a look at pictures from this event.

FACEBOOK has been devided into 3 language versions

23.09.2014 / Attention!

Dear students! Dear friends!

We would like to inform you, that our Central Facebook page has been devided into 3 language versions.

Czech version could be found here: https://www.facebook.com/ujop.uk?fref=ts

English version could be found here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/%C3%9AJOP-UK-En/253407451524762?fref=ts

In case you are interested, you can visit also russin version here: https://www.facebook.com/pages/%C3%9AJOP-UK-Ru/1522811161266045?fref=ts


We are glad we are getting more and more fans and we hope you will be happy to visit our FACEBOOK pages also in future:-)!

In case you have any questions regarding our FACEBOOK page, kindly contact me directly by e-mail: marketing@ujop.cuni.cz

Romana Podhorova
Marketing Manager

Application Forms for the 2015/16 Academic Year

14.08.2014 / Attention!

The application forms for the next academic year will be opened on 1st September 2014. Apply at our official website!

Should you have any questions, do not hasitate to contact our Study Consultants:

Tel.: +420 224 990 420/455
E-mail: studujop@ujop.cuni.cz

Free Calls: https://video.study-in-czech.ru/en

We are looking forward to seeing you in our courses:-)!

Information Letter

23.07.2014 / Attention!

Dear students,

we would like to inform you that the Information letter with advice regarding details of your arrival was sent to the email address of each student. In case you have not got it, please, contact the study department:

Prague-Krystal Centre, Prague-Hloubetin Centre - Liana Dolminyan (liana.dolminyan@ujop.cuni.cz)

Podebrady Centre, Marianske Lazne Centre - Miroslava Jakesova (studref3@ujop.cuni.cz)

Prague-Hostivar Centre, Prague-Albertov Centre - Anastazie Pokotilova (studref2@ujop.cuni.cz)

ATTENTION! Accommodation in Podebrady - free rooms

07.07.2014 / Attention!

All double rooms with ensuite facilities in Hall 2 - Hotelovy dum are already reserved! Students who get the visa after 6th July will be provided with double rooms without ensuite facilities.

June 2-June 3 Central Student Services Department is closed

30.05.2014 / Attention!

Dear students,

due to technical reasons Central Student Services Department will be closed from June 2 till June 3 (Monday and Tuesday).

Thank you for your understanding!


Sport Day of Charles University

14.05.2014 / Attention!

Traditional Rector´s Sport Day of Charles University takes place in Prague today.

Detailed information could be found HERE.

666-year anniversary

07.04.2014 / Attention!

Charles University in Prague was established in April 7, 1348

Today we celebrate its 666 anniversary!

Check the official video online: www.cuni.cz


Attention – we extend our offer with new type of insurance!

26.02.2014 / Attention!

From 1st March, we offer to our students (aged 17-26) also a new and unique type of insurance of the PVZP company  - EXCLUSIVE  comprehensive health insurance.

This type of insurance is the first of its kind on the Czech market and can be arranged for at least 12 months.  In contrast to other types of health insurance, the EXCLUSIVE insurance does not have any exceptions, which means that the range of services it covers fully corresponds to public health insurance of Czech citizens – the insurance company covers expenditures on health care in the same way as it does to Czech citizens.

The PVZP insurance company provides its clients with medical care in more than 4500 medical facilities. The total limit for insurance claims is unlimited, maximal limit for a single claim is 3 million CZK.

For more information, click here.

Are you a foreigner and do you need an assistance?

06.02.2014 / Attention!

The Community Centre of the InBaze is a non-governmental organization which has been opened in 2006. "It helps migrants making a new start in the Czech Republic as well as to all those who already have a home here". The Community Centre offers counselling and assistance service and organizes many education and information activities.

Do you know how to prolong your Long-term visa in the Czech Republice? You can download a brochure on "How to properly apply for a residence permit in the Czech Republic?"

More details about InBaze Community Centre could be found on their official website.


Lower prices of health insurance!

31.01.2014 / Attention!

Dear students,

from 1st February 2014, we offer comprehensive health insurance for lower prices!

As the difference between prices of basic and comprehensive insurance sank substantially, we recommend students of year-long courses to apply for the comprehensive health insurance.

More information can be found here.

ATTENTION: New pricelist is valid for students enrolled after 1.2.2014!

Come to the Gaudeamus fair!

02.01.2014 / Attention!

Do not you know where to go after your highschool? Come to one of the Gaudeamus fairs!

Detailed information could be found on its official website: http://www.gaudeamus.cz/?id=en/main

Attention - false e-mails

20.12.2013 / Attention!


Nowadays there appeared some wrong information sent from a false e-mail address which looked like ILPS address.

The only official ILPS domain is www.ujop.cuni.cz and official e-mail address: .....@ujop.cuni.cz.

Should you have any questions regarding this matter do not hesitate to contact our Marketing Manager (+420 224 990 419) or contact us on FORUM.

Come to meet us during one of the International Education Fairs

15.10.2013 / Attention!

Planned Fairs where ILPS takes place

China (Beijing): 2 Nov -3 Nov 2013 (booth K17)

Russia (Moscow): 7 Nov - 9 Nov 2013

Ukraine (Kijev): 14 Nov 16 Nov 2013

Come to one of our Education Fairs! We are looking forward tо seeing you face to face!

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