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Survival Guide

Students to students Survival Guide

Content
1 Before you come ........................................................................ 3
1.1 About The CEVRO Institute ..................................................... 3
1.2 About The Czech Republic....................................................... 4
1.2.1 Few myths about The Czech Republic True or False? ........... 4
1.2.2 Language ........................................................................ 6
1.2.3 Culture shock? ................................................................. 6
1.2.4 Feast and Holidays ........................................................... 8
1.2.5 Cuisine .......................................................................... 10
1.2.6 Climate .......................................................................... 11
1.2.7 Currency ........................................................................ 11
1.3 Visa information and Health Insurance .................................... 12
1.4 Cost of living ....................................................................... 12
1.5 Accommodation ................................................................... 13
1.6 Getting to Prague ................................................................. 15
2 When you are here.................................................................... 16
2.1 Practical .............................................................................. 16
2.1.1 Getting around Prague ..................................................... 16
2.1.2 Studying ........................................................................ 17
2.1.3 Communication ............................................................... 19
2.1.4 Shopping ....................................................................... 19
2.1.5 Health care and Safety ..................................................... 20
2.1.6 Travel tips ...................................................................... 21
2.2 Enjoying Prague ................................................................... 22
2.2.1 Music ............................................................................. 23
2.2.2 Movie Theatres ............................................................... 24
2.2.3 Theatres and Stage art .................................................... 24
2.2.4 Sports and relaxing ......................................................... 25
2.2.5 Nightlife ......................................................................... 26
2.2.6 Other Tips ...................................................................... 28

Before you come

1.1 About The CEVRO Institute


CEVRO Institute is a private college founded in 2005. It is located in the
very centre of the city of Praguethe capital of the Czech Republic.
CEVRO Institute offers bachelors and masters degree programs in
political science and international relations, public administration, business
law or security studies.
The CEVRO Institute seeks to be extraordinary. We are proud that our
college is private and have created an academic community where
students get individual attention from professors. We deliver a quality
education to our students. An emphasis on freedom, markets, and rule of
law is a part of our education.
Katarzyna says: I heard a lot of positive opinions about CEVRO Institute,
and of course fact that CEVRO is situated in Prague was very important for
me. The subjects of lecture are very interesting. I knew that CEVRO
Institute would be great choice for Erasmus Experience, it was my
womens intuition and I didnt get wrong with this
Leas note: I chose CEVRO because it has the reputation of being an
innovative and modern university very well connected with the academic
and political world. Seminars featuring prominent scholars and politicians
take place regularly, there are very high standards for the quality of
teaching, and there are plenty of resources available for foreign students.

1.2 About The Czech Republic


The Czech Republic is located in the very heart of Europe. It has long and
rich history going back to the 6th century. Most Czech people are proud
especially about so called 1st republic short period after the country was
founded in 1918. The Czechoslovakia at that time was a modern
democracy and cultural and economic centre of Central Europe. After the
horrors of WWII the Communists took the power in the Czechoslovakia.
The totalitarian regime lasted until the Velvet revolution in 1989. Shortly
after the fall of communism, in 1993 Czechoslovakia split into two
independent states - the Czech and the Slovak Republic. Since then, the
Czech Republic gradually integrates back to the international community
of democratic states. In 1999, it became a member of NATO, and in 2004
member of the EU.
Although due to globalization all countries are getting a bit similar there
are plenty of thing to discover in the Czech Republic. First of all you will
definitely enjoy the genuine atmosphere of our capital Prague. You will
also have time to travel around country, so check our travel tips and be
sure that we will organize some lovely trips for the whole Erasmus group.
Jaromr Jgr, Vclav Havel, Frantiek Kupka, Milo Forman, Emil koda,
Petr ech, Pavel NedvdDo you know any of these people? Well,
welcome to their country.
To find out more about the history or any other interesting facts check this
website:
http://www.czech.cz/en/Home-en
1.2.1 Few myths about The Czech Republic True or False?

Czechs drink way too much beer


SO TRUE! Czech Republic is the world no 1 in the beer consumption.
Beer is considered to be our national treasure. Its quite normal to drink
beer even during the day - for example when you have lunch. It should be
pointed out that beer is usually cheaper than any other drink (yes, even
water). And the biggest Czech lie Lets have just one beer!
Czech women are the most beautiful in the world
Well, there are many facts supporting this idea. You can find many Czech
girls among the worlds famous supermodels for example Karolina
Kurkov, Petra Nmcov or Tereza Maxov. One of our beauty queens

Tatana Kucharova was elected Miss World. On the other hand, pretty girls
are everywhere, right?
Socks in sandals
This is funny one. It should not surprise you to see someone (especially
men) wearing socks in sandals - no matter if it is hot sunny day or if it is
about to rain. Its considered one of the biggest fashion sins you can spot
in the Czech streets. For some reason people just keep doing it.
Smelly public transportation
This is not very flattering, right? To be honest, if you have bad luck and
enter tram or metro with some homeless people inside, it could be really
stinky experience. But dont worry, under normal circumstances, were
not smelly nation.
Prague is the Amsterdam of Central Europe
It may happen to you that you will smell weed while walking on the street
or sitting in a bar. But do not be mistaken, as all drugs, even weed is
illegal in The Czech Republic.
Czechs are absolutely atheist nation
This is probably true. Czech people are not very religious. According to
many sociological surveys, we don t go to church that much, most of the
people are not affiliated to any church. Its said that weak support for
traditional church religion is partly a legacy of Czech nationalism of the
19th and the beginning of the 20th century and its interpretation of the
country's religious history. Catholicism, which was the major religion at
that time, was seen as an Austrian import that forcibly replaced the "true"
religion of the Czech nation Protestantism. The persecution of religious
people and anti-clerical propaganda during communism could be another
reason. On the other hand, many people say they do believe in God or
some other supranatural power.

Is it Czech Republic, Czechoslovakia or Chechnya? Are you


part of Russia?
Well, this is what we really dont like - when people dont even know the
name of the country. To explain this, The Czech Republic exists since
1993. Before that we were part of Czechoslovakia together with the
Slovak Republic. Czechoslovakia was originally founded in 1918 as the
first independent state of Czechs and Slovaks. After the Second World War
the country was under strong influence of Russia and became part of the

soviet block. But remember!!! Were not with Slovaks anymore and we
have absolutely nothing to do with Russia. And Chechnya is in Russia, by
the way.
1.2.2 Language
We do have our own Czech language. Its one of the Slavic languages like
Slovak, Polish or Russian. Czech is quite very similar to Slovak we can
understand each other very well. Its said it is quite hard to learn Czech
language, especially some consonants are quite tricky for example ,
foreigners just cant pronounce this consonant properly.
Czech language is the only official one, but most people can speak other
languages mainly English and German. French, Italian or Spanish are
not that common. Especially when you are in Prague you dont have to
worry about talking in English, almost everybody will understand you.
Even the menus in the pubs and restaurants are often in both Czech
and English. But its always useful to know at least some phrases, so here
you go:
Good morning!
Hello!
Good bye!
How are you?
Cheers!
What is your name?
My name is
I dont speak Czech.
ky]
Thank you!
Please.

Dobr den!
Ahoj
Na shledanou!
Jak se m?
Na zdrav!
Jak se jmenuje?
Jmenuji se.
Nemluvm esky.

[do-bree den]
[a-hoy]
[na skle-da-noh]
[yak se mash]
[na zdra-vee]
[yak se yme-noo-yesh]
[yme-noo-yee se]
[ne-mloo-veem ches-

Dkuji!
Prosm.

[dye-kuu-yee]
[pro-seem]

1.2.3 Culture shock?


Its hard to say if you can experience any real culture shock in The Czech
Republic as all the European countries have many in common. But you will
definitely notice few differences from your country. Check this list of Czech
habits that may surprise you or not?

Lea thinks: Czech people are very reserved and do not smile as much as
Canadians, but they are very cultured and knowledgeable about their
history; they are always glad to share interesting stories about their
country.
Sherrys observation: Westerners dont like sharing foods in the
dishes, but can accept sharing drinks, while it is the opposite situation in
China.
David says: People are very open, and while we may be different,
culturally speaking, I think the Czechs are good people.
Taking shoes off
We do take our shoes off at home. Its absolutely normal to take off your
shoes before you come in when you are going to someones flat for a
party or just for a visit c so wear nice socks.
Tram etiquette
Czech people do not notice this that much but some foreigners may find
this remarkable. Theres even a book written about this called I Cechi
Non Osano Sedersi in Tram (something like Czechs do not dare to sit in
tram). The thing is that people are used to give up their seats to elders
or disabled people - not talking just about the reserved seats assigned to
them. It also happens quite often is that, even with no disabled in sight,
on a full tram, most would hesitate to sit on a free seat, failing to realize
that it might even save everybody some space.
Tips in restaurants
This is probably not surprising, but just to make it clear. If you are in a
fancy restaurant or you really liked the service you can leave the tip from
10 20%. When you are having just one beer with our friends we
usually just round the price up to the nearest 5 or 0 (so when the check is
for 43 Crowns you pay 45 or 50 Crowns).
Frowny faces
At the first sight Czech people may not look very friendly. They are not
very enthusiastic about meeting new people and it takes some time before
we open our hearts to you. It may seem that we dont smile that much
and were not very outgoing and communicative. But soon or later you
will realize that this is just because people are a little bit shy and not very

self-confident. In fact, we love to have fun, we love to gather at just one


beer and discuss everything from sports to politics.
Sense of humour
Czech humour lies in a sense of ironic absurdity, may seem a bit too
sarcastic in a way. Some people considered even surprisingly dark or even
offensive. Just to illustrate this in 2009 Czech Republic held the
presidency of European Union. According to the EU tradition the country
which holds the Presidency constructs a decoration or sculpture which is
displayed in Brussels during their tenure. Czech government appointed
artist David ern to do this. And the result? ern tested the sense of
humour of EU by creating an artistic map of Europe called Entropa which
lampoons every country by tapping into its national stereotype. Thus
Sweden was presented as an IKEA-box, France had a banner with the
word Greve (French for Strike). Good example of Czech tendency to
absurdity was a public opinion poll seeking for The Greatest Czech in the
history. There were many politicians, sportsmen, artists or scientists on
the top positions, but you would not guess who the winner was. Most
Czechs voted for Jra Cimrman - a fake character made up by group of
artist. According to this group Cimrman is the forgotten genius brilliant
in all fields of human interest.
1.2.4 Feast and Holidays
New Years Eve (Silvestr)
New Years Eve (called Silvestr in The Czech Republic) is very popular. As
all around the world, people gather to spend last night of the year by
celebrating. There are no special traditions some people go to club,
others stay at home with friends or go to mountains to enjoy snow. As
midnight approaches people are opening bottles of champagne and
wishing each other Happy New Year.
Easter (Velikonoce)
Theres one really special Easter tradition in The Czech Republic. On
Monday in the morning boys and men go from door to door with a rod
made of willow branches. They sing Easter song and spank girls and
women with the rod. It may seem weird, but the tradition says that this
ritual helps girls to stay healthy and beautiful. As a reward guys get
coloured eggs, ribbon or some sweets. Adults usually have a shot of some
alcohol.
1st May (Prvn Mj)

The Day of Lovers! Although the St. Valentines Day is celebrated in


Czech Republic, 1st May is considered to be the real feast of love. You
probably meet couples kissing under the blooming trees. Especially
Petn Hill would be full of lovers. Its said that the 1st May-kiss helps
girl to stay pretty.

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St. Nicholas Day (Mikul)


St. Nicholas Day is celebrated on 5th December. Dont be surprised if
you meet groups of people dressed like St. Nicholas, Angel and Devil.
They are going from door to door and ask parents if their kids behaved
well or if they were naughty in the past year. Kids are usually scared
because of the Devil, who can take them to hell. They have to overcome
their fear and sing a song or recite a poem and promise to behave well
next year. The Angel than gives them a little gift some sweets and
fruits. Naughty kids get just coal or potatoes from the Devil.
Christmas (Vnoce)
There are plenty of lovely traditions connected to Christmas. Lets point
at those that might be slightly different from what you know from your
country. First of all, we do not have Santa Claus Baby Jesus (Jeek) is
the one who bring presents. But its true that Santa is somehow getting
into Czech Christmas too. We do have our special Christmas dish potato
salad and carp. Its also common that mums bake Christmas sweets and
cakes during the time of Advent. Each family has its own favourite type
the most popular are gingerbreads or vanilla rolls. If you want to enjoy a
bit of Christmas atmosphere in Prague try the Christmas markets around
the city. You should taste roasted chestnuts or Trdelnk with a cup of hot
mulled wine or punch. And If you want to see real Christmas madness try
to squeeze to the Old Town Square on the day of lighting the big Pragues
Christmas tree.
List of national holidays (meaning days off)
1st January
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1st May
8th May
5th July
6th July
28th September
28th October

New Year
Easter Monday (moving holiday)
May Day (Lovers day), Labour Day
Liberation Day
St Cyril and ST Methodius Day
Anniversary of the Martardom of Jan Hus
Statehood Day
Independence Day (Founding of Czechoslovakia)

17th November
24th December
25th December
26th December

Freedom and Democracy Day


Christmas Eve
Christmas Day
Second Christmas Day

1.2.5 Cuisine
Traditional Czech cuisine is not very healthy. Typical dish consist of pork
or beef meat with sauce and a side dish. Czech people also eat soups a lot
(especially for lunch). When you go to restaurant during the lunch time,
youll see that daily offers usually include soup, main course and a little
desert. If you want to try something really traditional go for these:
Svkov [svee-tschko-vaa]
Dish no1 for many Czechs. Creamy souce with beef and dumplings.
Gul [gu-lash]
Although its actually Hungarian, its very popular among Czech people.
Try it with dumpling or potato pancakes.
Vepo-knedlo-zelo
Pork with dumplings and sauerkraut.
Knedlky s uzenm [kne-dlee-ki s u-ze-neem]
Potato dumpling stuffed with smoked pork.
esneka [tsche-sne-tschka]
Garlic soup, usually served with potatoes, ham, cheese or bread croutons.
Perfect hangover medicine.
Bramboraka [bram-bo-ra-tschka]
Thick potato soup, obviously, there are potatoes in it, carrot and some
other vegetables. When its mushroom season some people add the
mushrooms.
Gulovka [gu-la-schof-ka]
Goulash soup a bit spicy thick soup, sometimes served in bread.
Ovocn knedlky [o-vo-tsne kne-dlee-ki]
Fruit dumplings they could be served as a desert or as a main dish
depending on size and amount. Ball-shaped dumpling made of sweet
dough filled with various types of fruit.

Funny fact about dumplings: Theres a little town in Moravia called


Vizovice. Its famous for its Slivovitz (plum brandy) but also for eat-asmuch-plum-dumplings-as-you-can competition. The record holder is a
guy from USA who ate 233 dumplings in 2008. Perhaps you can beat
him:-P.
1.2.6 Climate
Czech Republic lies in the temperate climate zone, which is characterized
by mild, humid summers with occasional hot spells, and cold, cloudy and
humid winters. Although typical weather for each season could be
described, nobody can predict it with certainity (not even the weather
forecasters ).
Basically, if youre going to Prague in October, do not forget to bring
some clothes for winter - including warm jacket or coat and winter shoes.
The temperatures can go pretty down below the zero and if you want
enjoy Christmas atmosphere in the city you will definitely appreciate the
comfort of warm clothes. On the other hand autumn could be quite warm,
especially at its beginning, with temperatures going up to 20C and
higher, so keep that in mind.
The spring term starts in February, which is still in winter, so expect a bit
of snow, occasionally it can be still freezing. The same weather continues
even in March, but of course it gets warmer. April is the month of
changing weather. Its finally getting warm (around 20 25C) but you
can experience snow, rain and sun at the very same day. Sometimes,
even tropical days occure (over 30C) in May and June. These hot days
usually end up with a storm. On the other hand it already happened that
there was snow in May.
1.2.7 Currency
Czech Republic has its own currency The Czech Crown (CZK) or koruna.
The banknotes come in denomination of 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000 and
5000 Crowns. Coins come in denomination of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20 and 50.
There are some shops where you can pay with Euros, but from the
economical point of view its not very worthy to do so. You can exchange
your money at the airport, in a bank or in one of the exchange offices but
probably the easiest way to get the money is using the ATM. The
minimum amount you can withdraw is 100 CZK.

You can pay with your card in shops and in some restaurants and fast
foods. Places where cards are accepted usually have a look-like-card
sticker on the door. But remember, when you go out in the evening its
better to have cash.
1.3 Visa information and Health Insurance
Visa information
Due to the Czech Republic is a member of the European Union and
Shengen Area, citizens coming from EU countries or Schengen Area
countries do not need any visa to stay in Czech Republic. The only thing
you need is a valid national ID or passport. Check the expiration dates of
your documents before you go!!!
As non EU citizen you will need a visa. The best way how to get up-todate information about the requirements is to contact the Czech embassy
in your own country. You can also check the website of the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, the link follows below.
http://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/information_for_aliens/index.html
Remember to check the visa requirements in advance, because it may
take some time to finish the procedure!!!
Health insurance
Czech Republic is not a dangerous country, but theres always a chance
you may get ill or injured. For these cases it is always better to have a
travel health insurance. Its usually very easy to get it - ask your
insurance company about your options!
1.4 Cost of living
As Prague is the capital of the Czech Republic, the prices in here are a bit
above the average comparing to the rest of the country. Also, you should
remember, that when youre downtown you usually pay tourist prices,
which means food, drinks or any other stuff is ridiculously expensive!!!
Check the link below to compare cost of living in Prague with other cities
http://www.numbeo.com

or look at following brief overview to get idea how much do you pay for
some basic things.
FOOD IN
SUPERMARKET
Milk (1 liter)
Loaf of bread
Pasta (500g)
Yoghurt (good quality)
Ham (100g)
Eggs (10)
Cheese (100g)
Butter
ACCOMODATION FOR
MONTH
Dorms
Room in Flatshare

CZK

EUR

20
25
30
15
30
65
20
35

0.79
0.99
1.19
0.59
1.19
2.58
0.79
1.39

CZK

EUR

3500
5000 and more

139
198

OTHER
CZK
35 (or less)
Beer in a pub (0.5
litre)
Lunch in a restaurant
130
(not fancy)
Movie theatre ticket(stud 120
Public transportation
720
(three months)
Mobile Phone (czech
7/1.50
SIM card; minute
call/message)
Cocktail in a club
120

EUR
1.39
5.16
4.77
28
0.28/0.06

4.77

More information about average cost of living in 2012:


http://www.expats.cz/prague/article/prague-relocation/cost-of-living/
1.5 Accommodation
It quite easy to find accommodation in Prague, and the whole process
could be very quick. In general, it could take just few days. However, we
strongly recommend you to ask our exchange program
coordinators to help you with this, because it is always better to

consult your choice with someone who knows what the standards in
Prague are. You can avoid troubles.
Andreas warning: I had great trouble with finding my accommodation.
The agency gave me an unsafe apartment next-door to an erotic club, and
the landlord was really mean. It took us a lot of work to negotiate and find
a new one. I really hope situations like this will not happen again.
There are more opportunities to find accommodation in Prague. Basically
you can either stay in students dormitories or you can try to find a
room in an apartment.
The dorms
The advantage of staying at dorms is that its cheaper and there are
loads of other students to hang out with. If you wanna experience real
students life in The Czech Republic this is the best way. But you should
be ready for lees privacy people in dorms usually live in double
bedrooms with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Most of the dorms provide
internet, at some of them you can find also gym, music rooms and rooms
for studying. But be ready that life at dorm could get pretty wild. If you
choose this kind of accommodation, The CEVRO Institute would assist
you just let us know in your application form.
Renting a flat/room
If you decide to live on your own or with few other people in a rented
apartment or room the easiest way is to search for it via internet. The
obvious advantage is that staying in a flat is usually more comfortable,
you can have your own room or you can share it with your friend. On the
other hand, you pay more than for dorms. You can try to find your place
to stay via links below.
http://www.erasmusinprague.com/
http://www.spolubydlici.cz/en/
http://erasmusu.com/en/erasmus-prague/student-housing
Few things to remember while choosing a flat:
1) Think about the location of the flat!!! You probably dont want to
spend hours on your way to school and back. Ask if there is a
public transportation nearby and how long does it take to get to

the centre, where the school is located (stations Muzeum, Mstek,


Vodikova, Lazarsk or Nrodn Tda).
2) Ask if the flat is furnished and what appliances and services are
available. Its always better to know if there is internet, microwave,
oven, cooker, wash machine, TV or any other things you may need.
3) Be careful about the prices sometimes theyre given in Czech
crowns, sometimes in Euros. Also, the price could be made of two
components - the price of accommodation itself plus the price of
energies its better to ask about this.
4) Its always better if there are some photographs of the flat or
room.
5) If you have any troubles with finding your accommodation,
do not hesitate and ask us we are happy to help you!!!
1.6 Getting to Prague
There are more options how to get to Prague - youll probably use plain,
but if youre for example from Poland you can consider using a bus or
train. When finding your way to get to Prague these are the key spots:
Plane: Airport Prague Vclav Havel Airport
http://www.prg.aero/en/
Train: Prague Train Station (Hlavn ndra Praha)
Bus: Central Bus Station Florenc (Autobusov ndra Florenc)
Remember, arriving into foreign country could be a bit stressful and
confusing, so were ready to help you.
Another important thing is to pick the date of your arrival. Its usually
better to come few days before the semester starts just to get a bit more
familiar with the city. The Fall semester begins usually in October and the
Spring semester in February. For more details check the school website.
If you let us know when you arrive we can pick you up and help you to
get to your flat or dorm. This is the best way how to avoid any troubles
(like getting lost, going around with your big and heavy luggage) plus,
there will be a friendly face waiting for you, which could be quite nice.

When you are here

2.1 Practical
2.1.1 Getting around Prague
Prague has quite high quality public transportation. You can use trams,
subway (called metro) or buses. The good thing is that the trams and
buses are working whole night, so you can get home anytime you need.
Besides, there are websites that will help you to find how to get from
station to station
e.g. http://spojeni.dpp.cz/ConnForm.aspx?tt=PID&cl=E5).
Martynas confirms: Night transportation helps you if you live a bit far
away from the centre.
We recommend you to get long term students pass it will save you lot
of money and you dont have to care about buying the single ticket every
time you want to use tram. As soon as you come, ask buddies to help
you with that, because the procedure is a bit complicated.
Be careful about using the public transport without the ticket you can
run into a transit inspector and the fines are pretty high!!! It doesnt worth
the risk!!!
For any other information about the Public transportation in Prague use
the link below.
http://www.dpp.cz/en/
Thanks to the good system of public transportation, its not really
necessary to use taxis. People from Prague usually use them night, when
they dont want to wait for a tram or bus. If you decide to use a taxi, its
better if there are more people, so you can split the check. But in general
using taxis is not very common among students.

2.1.2 Studying
You can find some basic information about studying at CEVRO Institute in
the Study abroad in Prague at CEVRO Institute guide. As this is a
student to student guide, we will try to give you some less formal tips to
go through the semester smoothly.
1) Do not be afraid to ask if anything is not clear. All students can
communicate in English and all of them are happy to help you.
There are also some people who are in charge to take care of
foreign students - use them, they are here for you!!!
2) The CEVRO Institute is small private school you
surprised how small it is when you come. Take
advantage professors are always available and
groups are pretty small, so theres enough time for
every lecture.

may even be
this as an
the studying
discussion in

Anita points out: I really appreciated the small lectures in the CEVRO
Institut, which gave somehow a feeling of "familiarity" and improved the
communication with the teacher and the students.
Sherry says: The school is small but well-equipped. It makes me feel at
home, as both professors and students are kind and enthusiastic.
3) You will be attending courses in English which were originally made
for foreign students, but even Czech student can sign up for these
courses so dont be surprised and enjoy their company as much
as they will enjoy yours. Not only that you can get some information
about the school, country or whatever, but they will also know
where to go after the lecture
Martynas says : I liked The Current Issues of Global Economy course.
Professor Sima is able to confront and explain any possible argument in a
way to defend his opinion. It is extremely valuable, when we speak about
not theoretical, but practical politics and argumentation. This is one of the
things students should learn from him.
Carolines experience: My favourite course was U.S foreign policy, I
think professor Jires is a relaxed and knowledgeable person with a great
sense of humour.

Leas comment: The courses were all relevant and challenging.


Professor Jire really knows how to offset the intensity of a heated political
discussion with a good joke, and Professor Brunclks passion for his topic
is contagious!
4) The CEVRO Institute is renowned for numerous international
academic conferences, seminars and workshops focused on
diverse issues related to politics, economics, law, philosophy and
other academic disciplines. You can meet really great professors and
experts on different fields. For example former dean of the Yale Law
school Guido Calabresi or Bjorn Lomborg, recently named TOP 100
global thinker by Foreign Policy Magazin were our guests in 2012.
Do not miss the opportunity to meet these inspiring people!!!
5) Our college is not only perfect place to study, but also to have fun.
For example the Costume Party is organized every year its a
perfect opportunity to have an informal chat or even a beer with
your professors. A charitable Christmas concert is another lovely
tradition. You can look forward to the Welcome Party as well.
Katarzyna thinks: CEVRO is great place for students, they can learn a
lot of, they can meet a great people from different countries. CEVRO is
very prestigious school in Prague, and I think is one of the best in
Prague.
Libraries and places to study
Most of the professors will provide you literature they require, but
sometimes you may need to use public library. The best one is the
National Library not only that you can find the literature there, but there
are also reading rooms, where you can study without being disturbed by
roommates. (http://www.en.nkp.cz/).
Maria says: The reading materials for all of the courses was smoothly
handled to you through a website, which was great for me who is used to
having to buy expensive literature to be able to pass the exams.
Some students also use computer room at CEVRO Institute to study or
write papers. For those really hardworking the school is opened even on
Saturdays. Many students work on their projects in places like Starbucks
or any other calm tea room or caf. There are plenty of such places in
Prague. You just have to pick your favourite one.

2.1.3 Communication
Its very useful to have a Czech telephone number. You avoid problems
with roaming and the cost of calls and text messages without doing so is
ridiculously high. There are three providers of mobile services in the Czech
Republic O2, Vodafone and T- Mobile. To be honest it doesnt matter
which one you choose just buy a Prepaid card (it can be recharged if you
need). We are happy to assist you with getting the SIM card!!!!
You may find out that the reception is not working in the metro and in
some clubs as many of them are underground. It could be a bit
uncomfortable, so count with that especially when youre going out to a
place you havent been before.
Talking about the internet connection, you can find it almost every caf,
pub, or any public place, but sometimes you have to ask for the
password. As for the school building the internet is working after you put
in the password AAAAAAAAAA.
In case you need to communicate with anybody from school it is good to
know, that every student or member of the CEVRO Institut staff has its
email address: name.surname@vsci.cz. You can find all important
contacts on the school English website.
When you arrive we will also found a closed Facebook group for all the
exchange students and student coordinators to communicate with each
other and share our common plans and ideas.
If you want to follow life at CEVRO even before your arrival try to search
for Friends of CEVRO Institut group or just like schools FB page
CEVRO Institut. You will see that theres always something going on.
Besides, most of the events at school (public lectures, workshops and
parties) are also made into FB events, so you will get up-to-date
information and wont miss anything.
2.1.4 Shopping
Prague is full of different supermarkets where you can buy all common
goods like food, household items, stationery, cosmetics, clothes,
whateverdepending on your needs. For regular shopping (food) you can
use one of the supermarkets like TESCO, Billa, Albert, Lidl or any other.
One (or even more) would be near your home, you can be sure. There are

also few big shopping centres, where you can get your favourite brand
clothes, electronics, books, just anything you want or need. Most of the
shops close around 9pm.

The My is the closest to our school, you will find it at Nrodn tda
station
Palladium and Kotva at Nmst republiky station
Arkdy at station Pankrc
Flora at Flora station

When you walk around Prague, you will also find plenty of little stores
owned by Vietnamese people. These shops are kind of groceries, but
they also offer cigarettes, alcohol and some other necessities like toilet
paper, shower gels and stuff like this. The advantage of these shops is
long opening hours, but at the first sight it looks a bit messy. Not
mentioning that its a bit more expensive in comparison with the
supermarkets.

The historical centre of Prague is full of little shops with different kinds of
souvenirs like funny T-shirts and caps or so called traditional Czech
goods. Remember that most of these things are overpriced.
2.1.5 Health care and Safety
Health Care
It was already mentioned that its a good idea to get travel medical
insurance before you come to Prague just in case. If you get a little cold
the first aid is a drugstore there are some of them nearby the school
building and eve more all-around Prague. You can get pills against the
fever, something to deal with the running nose, cough, sore throat and
stuff like this without any prescription.
If you have some more serious health problems dont be afraid to search
for medical assistance. Doctors in The Czech republic are obliged to help
you. And again, whenever you need, ask people at school for help. For
more information about doctors and healthcare you can use these links.
http://www.doctor-prague.cz/
http://www.easyprague.cz/en/information/health-care/
http://www.prague.net/medical-assistance

Safety
Prague is not dangerous, but as every big city it has its issues. First of all
beware of pickpockets. They are usually in highly crowded tourist
areas, which means in the centre of the city, sometimes in the trams. For
this reason it is better not to have big amount of cash with you. If youre
going out in the evening the maximum should be something around
thousand but not more you will see its not necessary.
To mention areas you should definitely not enter at night alone the park
in front of the Train Station (Hlavn ndra) and park at the Karlovo
nmst. These places are occupied by drug dealers, homeless alcoholics
and sometimes prostitutes. The police are patrolling there, but still its
not very comfortable to pass it.
As you will be getting familiar with Prague you will also notice some spots
where beggars gather. They are not usually not dangerous, just be ready
for that. Some of them are just sitting and drinking cheap wine, some of
them are playing musical instruments. They may ask you for money or
cigarette the answer is up to you.
In case of any emergency call 112 (international Ambulance, Fire and
Police services number).
2.1.6 Travel tips
Prague truly is an amazing city, but Czech Republic has a lot more to
offer. Thanks to quite flexible schedule you will have enough time to travel
around and discover our beautiful country. During the Fall semester
2012/2013 we have organized lovely trips for whole exchange students
group and were planning to continue with this in the future, so you can
look forward.
esk Krumlov
esk Krumlov is amazing city with the second largest castle in Bohemia.
The medieval centre is listed as UNESCO Monument of the World
significance.
Karltejn
Castle Karltejn was built in 14th century by Charles IV, Holy Roman
Emperor and King of Bohemia. The castle served as a place for
safekeeping the Czech crown jewels and other royal treasures. It is one of

the most famous and most frequently visited castles in the Czech
Republic.
Karlovy Vary
Karlovy Vary is probably the best known Czech spa towns. It is also well
known for the International film festival that takes place in July. Its also
hometown of the traditional Czech liqueur Becherovka.
Adrpasko-teplick skly
This is one of the Czech rock towns. You can enjoy hiking trip and
admire the bizarre shapes of sandstone rocks.
Terezn
During WWII, Terezn was used as a ghetto, concentrating Jews from
Czechoslovakia, as well as many from Germany, Austria, the Netherlands,
and Denmark. More than 150,000 Jews were sent there. Although it was
not an extermination camp about 33,000 died in the ghetto itself, mostly
because of the appalling conditions arising out of extreme population
density.
2.2 Enjoying Prague
Finally, you get to the most interesting chapter of this guide. Its been
mentioned before, Prague is the capital city of Czech Republic. It is also
the largest and most populated Czech city (1.3 million people). When you
walk around the historical centre you simply feel the genuine atmosphere
that inspired so many people including the world-known artists like Mozart
or Kafka. Prague offers you everything you can imagine its a great
mixture of breath-taking historical architecture, crazy music clubs, silent
cafs, amazing culture life, great beer and friendly people.
Were sure that after few days in here you will understand why Prague is
often called The City of Hundred Towers, The Heart of Europe and also
The mother of all cities.
Carolines feeling: I think it's very true what Kafka says, Prague has
claws and when you come here you'll never want to leave.
Katarzynas experience: This city is great choice for everyone. Here is
everything, beautiful places - you can see so many in one place. For
sightseeing Prague is perfect!! For clubbing Prague is perfect, for shopping
Prague is perfect. What do you want more? I love this city and you will
love it. I am sure!!!

2.2.1 Music
If you are into live music and concerts Prague is perfect city for you. Its
full of music clubs where you can enjoy any kind of music you like. Try
some of these hot spots.
Palc Akropolis
probably the most diverse music venue (world music, jazz, hip hop,
local bands)
live concerts daily
http://www.palacakropolis.com/
Rock Cafe

iconic club in the very centre of the city

music, theatre, exhibitions

http://www.rockcafe.cz/en/
Hard Rock Cafe

jazz, rock, ska, almost daily, sometimes for free

http://www.hardrock.com

Jazzdock or Blues sklep

diverse selection of genres, classical and new musical styles of jazz


and blues

live music till morning hours

http://www.jazzdock.cz/en/
http://www.bluessklep.cz/blues-sklep-en.html

Cross club, Holeovice

multicultural centre, unconventional music genres

fascinating design - you have to see it!!!

http://www.crossclub.cz/en/contact/

Klub 007

under the dorm blocks in Strahov, punk and ska, pretty wild!!!:)

http://www.klub007strahov.cz/

2.2.2 Movie Theatres


There are plenty of different movie theatres in Prague. You should
definitely try the independent ones where you can enjoy variety of
movies (independent European and international films, blockbusters,
documentaries, avant-garde films, old classics). Dont worry about the
language most of them are in English or with English subtitles.
Besides each of these recommended venues has its bar/lounge where you
can spend hours in discussions with your friends enjoying the hip
atmosphere you wouldnt find anywhere else so its worth trying!
Bio Oko
http://www.biooko.net/en/
Kino Atlas
http://www.atlascinema.cz/
Kino Svtozor
http://www.kinosvetozor.cz/en/
Kino Aero
http://www.kinoaero.cz/en/
Of course, you may like the big movie theatres with popcorn, coke and
a Hollywood blockbuster. Some of them are located in the shopping
centres (top floors) - here are few tips.
Cinema City
http://www.cinemacity.cz/en/cinemas
CineStar
http://cinestar.cz/en/praha-andel/
IMAX Flora
http://www.imaxpraha.cz/
2.2.3 Theatres and Stage art
Prague is full of theatres, but unfortunately, most of the drama pieces are
in the Czech language. On the other hand, some of the theatres focus on
dance, opera, musical or any other stage arts. Some of the venues
recommended below are truly centres of contemporary arts with genuine
inspiring atmosphere and it worths to try it!

National Theatre
classic scene - opera, ballet
http://www.narodni-divadlo.cz/en
Divadlo Ponec
contemporary dance
www.divadloponec.cz
Divadlo Archa
centre for stage art, no respect to conventional genres
http://www.archatheatre.cz/en/
Meet Factory
international centre for contemporary arts
concerts, gallery, theatre, film
http://meetfactory.cz/en/default.aspx
2.2.4 Sports and relaxing
The best way how to relax is to move your body!!! No matter which sport
is your favourite one, there are plenty of choices squash, swimming,
aerobic classes, very popular Zumba, climbing, in-line skating, ice skating,
jogging.just ask people at school, they will recommend you the best
place. You can also attend CEVROs optional sports course you will
probably not get any credits for that, but its fun.
If you want to spend some time outside you can try on the Pragues
public parks or go for a walk into the nature. You can enter the parks
without any fees, just lay-down on the grass and read, do a picnic or
have beer with your friends. If you need some physical activity, you can
rent a bike, inline skates or you can just go jogging in there.
Dont be surprised if you find people practising tai-chi, yoga, jamming on
drums, playing footballwhatever. Prague parks truly are good places for
anyone just ask Czech students to get you to Stromovka, Vyehrad,
Riegrovy sady, Hvzda, Ladronka, Petn or any other. And if you really
want to get out of the city, go to Divok rka, youll love that place.

2.2.5 Nightlife
and here it comes. Prague is well known for its nightlife. Its full of
great clubs, where you can dance all night or pubs where you go for just
one beer.
Its quite common that you meet with your friends for a few drinks in a
pub and then move to one of the clubs around midnight or later and stay
till sunrise. Luckily, theres always some fast food opened to satisfy your
needs after long night.
Just one important thing the metro is not in operation during the night,
the last train goes around midnight. But you can use trams and buses.
Enjoy the party!
Davids feeling: Nightlife in Prague is unbeatable. It is always a good
opportunity to get out for a few beers and having fun. There's always a
plan available in the city.
Martynas says: It is amazing, a lot of different ways to spend your
night, nice people (in centre at least) most of them speak English, night
transportation helps you if you live a bit far away from the centre.
Katarzyna adds: Prague has so many great clubs, pubs. It is perfect
place for Erasmus students. Here is one of the biggest clubs in Central
Europe: Karlovy Lazne!!! And so many others. Everyone can find
something special!!
2.2.5.1
Pub and restaurants:
The Pub
a chain of pubs where you can tap your Pilsner Urquell beer yourself
at your very own table. Worth trying!
www.thepub.cz
Novomstsk pivovar
http://www.npivovar.cz/en/

U Balbn
http://www.ubalbinu.cz/?page=main&kde=restaurace&lang=en
both of these two pubs/restaurants are located just across the road
from our school
great Czech cuisine, great beer

U Dvou Koek
one of many places in Prague that serves its own beer try it
http://www.udvoukocek.cz/
Vodka Bar (Propaganda)
awesome bar decorated with the communist era artefacts (worth
seeing!)
http://www.propagandapub.cz
U Sudu
very nearby school
popular among students and local people
www.usudu.cz
2.2.5.2
Dance clubs:
Chapeau Rouge
party every day full of Erasmus students from all Pragues
universities
http://www.chapeaurouge.cz/en/
Radost FX
even famous pop-star Rihana shoot her clip in here!
nice restaurant upstairs, you can meet there with your friends for
lovely Sunday brunch
http://radostfx.cz/
N11
located at Nrodn divadlo station, very easy to get there and back
home any time
http://www.n11.cz/en/
M1
quite small, but check their ladies night offers
http://www.m1lounge.com/
and many more like Mecca, Mish Mash, Sasazu, Karlovy Lzn, Zlat
Strom, Nebe, Harleys

2.2.6 Other Tips


Sightseeing
The architecture of Prague is amazing and there are so many great things
to see. Some of the sites are really breath-taking. The bad side of this is
that the city could seem a bit crowded at some places.
Katarzyna reccomends: Prague has so many interesting and beautiful
places. I have visited most of them for example: Charles Bridge, Dancing
House, Jewish Quarter (Josefov), Orloj- Astronomical Clock, Old town
square and so many many interesting places. I can go on and on.....
and to continue with Kates must-see list:
The Prague Castle, The st.Vit cathedral, The Lennon Wall, Kampa, Petn,
Vyehrad and many others..

Zoo
Prague is really proud of its Zoo. It was damaged by a terrible flood in
2002. The water level reached more than 10 metres at some places.
Fortunately, the Zoo recovered from this apocalypse and it is perfect place
to go on weekends again. The Zoo became very popular among Czech
people due to its gorilla-baby Moja. But there are many more animals to
see.
http://www.zoopraha.cz/en
Botanic Gardens
Talking about the natural wonders, you shouldnt miss the Pragues
botanic gardens. One of them is situated at Troja, very near by the Zoo,
so you can do both at one day. Another botanic garden is in the centre of
the city, near Karlovo nmst.
http://www.botanicka.cz/hlavni-stranka/general-informationen.html?page_id=1186
http://bz-uk.cz/en
Prague is also full of different museums, parks, and other places as one
of our beloved exchange students, Kutsi, has said: Prague is an amazing
city, truly historical place. Every street, square, building is a piece of art. I think
Prague is the best city for Erasmus. This city is like a heaven for Erasmus students.

Goodbye note
As it was mentioned before, Cevro Institute is small private college that
has a lot to offer. We are proud that we can provide personal and
individual approach to every single student and it is great pleasure for us
to welcome foreign students at our school.
Hopefully, this short manual helped to encourage you to come to The
Czech Republic and enjoy best time of your life!
P.S.: This Guide was made in cooperation with our exchange students,
who stayed at Cevro Institute in Fall 2012/2013 (Caroline, Niklas, Sherry,
Andrea, Anita, Maria, Lea and Martynas. We would like to thank them for
their comments that will certainly help you to find out more about life in
Prague and about our school.
See you in Prague!!!

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