Welcome note for new students : Czech Republic
THE CZECH REPUBLIC
Part of Czechoslovakia until the “velvet divorce“ in January 1993, the Czech Republic is a country with a democratic tradition. A member state of the European Union, Czech Republic has a developed economy and a rich cultural heritage.The country has a unique location, at the crossroads of Eastern and Western Europe. It is easy to travel around the whole Europe from the Czech Republic.
Full name: Czech Republic
Major language: Czech
Major religion: Christianity
Life expectancy: 75 years (men), 81 years (women) (UN statistics)
Main exports: Manufactured goods, machinery, cars and transport equipment, beer
POPULATION : 10.5 milion, AREA 78.900 sq km, GNI PER CAPITA (US $) 18,230 ( World Bank 2013 )
LITERACY 99 % , MONETARY UNIT CZK ( Czech Crown ), INTERNET DOMAIN .cz, INTERNATIONAL DIALING CODE +420
9th century – Kingdom of Bohemia part of the Holy Roman Empire
14th century – Czech King Charles IV., Golden Age
15th century – Hussite wars with the Catholic Church
1848 – Part of the Austro – Hungarian Empire
1914 – 1918 1st World War
1918 – Independent republic of Czechoslovakia was created
1938 – Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia
1939 – 1945 2nd World War
1948 – Communist rule replaces the prewar democratic system
1968 – Prague spring – liberal democratic reforms crushed by Warsaw Pact armed invasion
1989 – “The Velvet Revolution”. Václav Havel becomes the first president of post-communist Czechoslovakia
1993 – “The Velvet Divorce”. The country peacefully splits into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic
1999 – NATO membership
2004 – EU membership
WEATHER AND CLOTHING
AV. MAX. TEMPERATURE July 26 °C
AV. MIN. TEMPERATURE January -5 °C
Many students coming from a warmer climate underestimate the local weather conditions. An overcoat is necessary not just in winter but also in early spring and late autumn. In summer, temperatures may fluctuate and you should therefore carry a light jacket just in case. For winter, a wool cap, gloves, scarf, a down jacket and waterproof non-slip shoes are essential. The sun sets early in winter, and the clocks are changed twice a year. The good news is that, even in the winter months, there are on an average 15 sunny days! Many Czechs look forward to winter, and if you are appropriately dressed you too will find Prague under snow very attractive.
EXCITING CULTURAL LIFE
Summer offers plenty of live music festivals of various genres and sizes to choose from. For classical music the major festival is the Prague Spring. Are you a passionate cinemagoer? Excellent! Prague‘s FebioFest takes place in March. Prague also offers other film festivals focused on the cinematography of particular countries and even, for example, human rights documentaries. In early summer, the spa town of Karlovy Vary hosts the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which has gained great popularity and recognition worldwide. It is in the same category as for example the festivals in Cannes and Berlin, but unlike those famous festivals, Karlovy Vary is still open to students and film fans, not just film stars and professionals. The atmosphere is superb and not to be missed.
A traditional Czech main meal consists of soup and a main dish – mostly meat with potatoes or with a cream sauce and dumplings. It is also easy to find all kinds of international cuisine in Prague. Vegetarian restaurants are not rare any more; many of them offer Indian or Nepalese food. There are more than 10 university canteens that serve breakfast, lunch and dinner for very reasonable prices (CZK 50 for lunch for students). The food is usually traditional Czech, but there is always a vegetarian option on the daily menu. Czech food is tasty, but you may not find it spicy enough!
There is a CZK 30 fee for a visit to a doctor (CZK 90 for emergency treatment) but other standard treatment is usually free, including lab tests. Prescriptions are also charged at CZK 30. In general, you may approach any GP and register at his/her office. Your general practitioner will issue a request for specialists and arrange appointments on your behalf. If you need medical services, you may be asked to pay for them and than you must reclaim the money from your insurance company.
Although you might find Czechs formal and cold when you first meet them, when they get to know you, you will discover they are really nice and friendly people with a special sense of humor.
Greetings: Greet someone you’ve just met with a handshake. On subsequent meetings , women will often kiss each other on both cheeks to say hello. Usually people say “Dobrý den/Good morning” when entering a shop of any kind, a doctor’s office, a train compartment, or even an elevator.
Public transport: On escalators, always stand on the right side to let people pass on the left. Let people out of the tram or metro before you enter.
English language: Do not expect the older generation (over 35) to speak English. On the other hand, younger people quite often speak English well, and sometimes also another foreign language (French, Spanish, German).
Study in Czech College
Czech College in Prague is focused on teaching Business and Technology Courses in English. Despite the distinctively Czech names of its corporate backers, the school prides itself on its international nature.
1.BSc Multimedia – Web development and E-business.
2.BSC Multimedia- Digital Communication.
3.Masters in Web development and E-business.
4.Masters in Digital Communication.
1.MBA – Master of Business Administration ( 2 years )
2.MBA – Digital Marketing Strategy (1 Year )
3.MBA – Digital & Retail Banking ( 1 Year )
4.MBA Top Up (Mature Entry) ( 1 Year )
5.BBA – Bachelor of Business Administration ( 3 Years )
School of Health Care
1. Nurses Adaptation Program
2. Post Graduate Diploma in Health Care Management (PGDHCM)
Contact Czech College, if you are thinking of studying in Europe . We will be happy to help you with your queries.