General Info

About Prague

Prague is the capital and the largest city in the Czech Republic with a population of about 1.3 million people. It is also the political, economic and cultural centre of the Czech Republic, and is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world. It boasts a wide range of architectural styles and a wealth of historical monuments, and the centre of the city has been listed as a UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage site since 1992.

 

Prague hosts a wide range of cultural events such as music and film festivals, concerts and exhibitions. There is something to choose from at all times of year.

 

The city has more than ten major museums as well as numerous theatres, galleries and cinemas.

 

For more information and a calendar of cultural events in Prague please go here or here.

 

Students will be provided with further information about cultural events taking place during their stay.

 

Our college is situated in the broader centre of the city, in a quiet residential area, a 5 minute-walk from the nearest underground station (Budějovická) and 15 minutes from the city centre (map)

The building has disabled access.

Orientation week

Orientation week is intended to help students settle in. It takes place just before the beginning of the semester (at the end of September before the winter semester and in February before the summer semester).

Orientation week provides students with detailed information about study conditions and our college. Students have an opportunity to meet the teachers and administrative staff, learn about the surroundings, and they are given a choice of attending either a course in “survival Czech” or an intensive English course. They also register for their studies at the Study department during this week.

A trip to the historical centre of Prague is also arranged for the students.

Learning facilities

There is a well-equipped library in the school building. Students can use the photocopier in the library for a small fee. There is WIFI throughout the building and students also have access to a language laboratory.

Erasmus students do not pay any tuition at our college. They may, however, be required to buy certain study materials.

Visa / Foreign Police

Students from the European Union (plus Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) do not need a visa to study in the Czech Republic.

They are, however, legally obliged to register at the Police office within 3 days of their arrival.

Students will receive assistance in this matter from the Erasmus Coordinator. 

 

Getting a visa

 

Non EU students (this excludes students from Switzerland, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) wishing to study in the Czech Republic are required to have a student visa valid for the period of their stay in the country.

 

Students have to apply for a visa at the relevant Czech Embassy or Consulate in their home country. They should contact the Embassy/Consulate for details.

 

It takes about 60 – 90 days to process an application and therefore it is strongly advised to apply well in advance.

 

The Czech Police will process your application and then notify the embassy/consulate that they may issue a visa. The visa will then be stamped in your passport.

 

Detailed information about the visa process

 

Health insurance and medical care

Erasmus students need to possess health insurance that is valid in the CR. EU students can use their EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) which entitles them to free emergency healthcare in the ČR. More information about EHIC can be found here 

EU students should register their EHIC at a local insurance company immediately on arriving in the Czech Republic. The company will provide the student with a confirmation of registration, which s/he must present whenever s/he needs health care. It is important to contact a medical institution that has a contract with the student’s health insurance company.

We will also help students arrange their local health insurance.

 

Do not forget to bring:

  • Passport / ID card (valid at least 2 months after the end of your stay in the CR)
  • Health insurance
  • You are required to have full health insurance on arrival in the Czech Republic
  • Letter of acceptance from AKCENT College
  • 2 passport-sized photos
  • Photocopies of important documents (it is good to have an extra copy of your ID, passport etc.)

 

Accommodation

When studying at AC you can stay at a hall of residence (please see www.dcrezidence.cz, www.student-residence.cz or www.apartmanstudent.cz). All halls of residence are situated less than 30 minutes from our college (by public transport). 

We can also arrange for cheaper accommodation at a standard hall of residence.

Capacity is limited so please apply as early as possible.

 

Catering

There is a café in the school building which offers snacks and lunch. Meals cost about Kč 80 (3 to 4 EUR), and there is a daily vegetarian option. As AKCENT College is located near a shopping centre, there are also plenty of restaurants, snack bars and food markets in the vicinity.

 

Public Transport

If you are under 26 you can get a discount on an OPENCARD transport pass. You can arrange your travel pass as soon as you arrive in Prague. All you need is confirmation that you are a student (which we will provide for you) and a passport-sized photograph. The fee for an OPENCARD is Kč 250.

For more information on Prague public transport go to 

 

Cost of living

Students in Prague can live fairly comfortably on 1,200 /week after bills (rent, phone, travel pass etc.) and get by on considerably less. However, estimating an average cost of living is difficult as it obviously depends on the habits of the respective student and on his or her financial possibilities.

 

Bank Account

We recommend opening a Czech bank account. It is easily arranged and free of charge for students under 26 years of age. More information will be provided on Enrolment Day.

Credit/debit cards are widely accepted in Prague. Shops are marked with the types of credit/debit cards they accept.

 

Sports facilities

Prague has a vast number of sports facilities. Here are just a few suggestions:

  • The gym “Fitclub Kozák ” is 3 minutes from school 
  • The swimming pool  “Podolí”, the largest swimming centre in Prague, is 20 minutes from school 
  • The Sport Centre  “Hamr” has facilities for beach volleyball, badminton, tennis, football and floorball, and rents out scooters and in-line skates. It is 25 minutes from school 
  • The beach volleyball court “Horáčkova” is 10 minutes from school.

 

Buddy programme

Students can take advantage of our Buddy programme. A “buddy” is a current student who can provide some orientation and support during the first weeks of your stay, thus helping you adapt to your new home. If you are interested in being matched to one of our “buddies”, please let us know.

Additional information

More information relating to the study in the Czech Republic can be found here.