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A-Z of Brno


While Prague has long been a travelers’ destination, Brno, just 210km to the southeast, is the Czech Republic’s second city and now the most sought after Czech gem. The capital city of Moravia sits in the heart of wine country and proudly displays its rich history and culture with an array of galleries and museums, a brooding castle fortress, and traditional Moravian folk festivals. Brno is a university city where of its 400,000 inhabitants a quarter of them are students and on top of that are faculty. It plays host to many concerts, shows, exhibitions and now our International Language Symposium.

Being centrally located makes Brno the ideal destination for the Symposium.

Brno – official website

Tourist Information Center – website

A – Z Guide Brno

We made this special guide for you so that you will have everything in order from your arrival and stay all the way up to your departure and return trip home.

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Absinthe
Accommodation
App
Ardašev
Arrival to Brno

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Banks
Beer
Boat trip
Breweries and Microbreweries
Brno

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Calendar
City
Climate
Contacts
Cost of living
Culture
Currency
Customs and traditions
Czech Republic
Czech Survival Phrases

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Downloads
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Electricity – plugs, adapters, voltage
Embassy and consulate
Emergency (police, medical & fire service)
Entertainment
Excursions

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Facebook
Financial & money matters, currency, exchange rate, cost of living
Fire
Forms

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Guided City Tours

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Hashtag: #ILSB17
Health care
Health insurance
Holidays
Hotels
Hospitals

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Insurance
ISIC card

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Janáček

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Kaprálová
Kundera

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Laundry
Leisure time activities
Libraries
Lost or stolen property

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Maps
Masaryk
Medical aid (emergency, pharmacy, doctors)
Medical travel insurance
Mendel

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Nightlife
Nighttime

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Perlman
Pharmacies
Photos
Placzek
Police
Postal services
Public holidays
Public Transport Maps and Timetables

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Religion

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Safety & emergency
Shopping
SIM cards
Smoking
Sports

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Taxi
Telephones, mobile net, free SIM card
Theater
Traditions
Transportation in Brno
Traveling to Brno
Trefulka
Trips & excursions
Twitter

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Videos
Visa
Volunteering

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Weather & climate
Wireless internet connection

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Absinthe

There is a bar called, “Naproti Absinthe Bar” located about an 11 minute walk from Hotel International.

Accommodation

Here is a comprehensive brochure on housing in the Czech Republic : http://ca-school.cz/docs/housing_in_the_cz.pdf
Current conversion rates can be found at www.xe.com.

Ardašev

Igor Ardašev (born 1967) clearly belongs to the most significant personalities of the emerging generation of European pianists. A Brno native, he practiced his piano skills with Inessa Janíčková at the Brno Conservatoire as well as at Janáček Academy of Arts. Today he has an imposing list of successful recitals behind him (Europe, America, Japan) as well as numerous excellent recordings.
The most interesting include solo projects (Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Beethoven, Dvořák, Ježek, Janáček, Martinů) as well as a four-hand version of Janáček’s overture Jealousy realized together with Rudolf Firkušný. His discography was recently also complemented by notable recordings of Dvořák’s Slavonic Dances and Smetana’s My Country in the four-hand version with his life- and artistic partner, wife Renata Ardaševová

Arrival to Brno 

Brno - location in central Europe

How to get to Brno from Prague or Vienna airport?

1. Either take the yellow Student Agency bus from Vienna airport (called Schwechat), or from Prague airport (called Vaclav Havel airport) to Brno (bus station called Grand). The bus from Vienna is direct, but if you are going by bus from Prague, you will have to change your bus at the main bus station Florenc in Prague, but one ticket is valid for the whole journey by both buses). There is a ticket office Student Agency at Terminal 1 in Prague, in Vienna there is no ticket office. In any case, you can buy your ticket in advance and pay by credit card, it is really easy:

  • Go to: http://jizdenky.studentagency.cz/Booking
  • In the place “Station of departure” choose: Praha, Letiště Václava Havla, in the place “Station of arrival” choose: Brno (AN u hotelu Grand)
  • Change the suitable time and click on the orange button with the price.
  • Choose the seat number on the bus and click on “Create reservation”.
  • Continue with the payment.
  • After doing all of this, you will be able to print out your electronic bus ticket; you will also receive a confirmation e-mail.

2. There are also other transport companies that operate buses from Prague or Vienna to Brno (for exampleTourbus, Eurolines), but they usually do not leave directly from the airports, and arrive at another bus station in Brno (called Zvonařka).

3. Or take a train from Prague hl. n. to Brno hl. n. or from Vienna Meidling to Brno hl. n. (hl. n. = hlavní nádraží = main railway station)

In this case, you need to take first the city shuttle bus to get from the airport to the center and then take the underground (metro) to get to the train station (ask at the info desk at the airport for details).

You can check the train schedule online at http://jizdnirady.idnes.cz/vlakyautobusy/spojeni/, switch into English (bottom right corner) and insert the data needed as follows:

  • In the field “From”: write either “Praha hl. n.”, or “Wien Meidling”, in the place “To”: write “Brno hl.n.”
  • Change the date and time according to your arrival in Prague (please do not forget to count at least 2 hours extra time to get to the train station from the airport, it does not take that long but since you do not know the way, you must count some extra time to find it and time to buy the ticket at the train station to be on the safe side!)
  • Click on “Search” to view the list of all possible train connections.
  • Choose only a direct train to Brno so that you do not have to change trains somewhere. The journey from Prague to Brno will take around 3 hours, from Vienna to Brno about 2 hours.

Taxi service from the airport – offered by the agency Foreigners.cz

  • Brno Airport to Brno City Center – 200 CZK (other taxi companies might cost up to 400 CZK)
  • Vienna Airport to Brno City Center – 2,450 CZK
  • Prague Airport to Brno City Center – 2,750 CZK
  • (If a car has to wait more than 30 min. -> 200 Kč/hour)

Read more about Student Agency: http://www.studentagency.eu

Once in Brno, getting around is easy. Trams, trolley buses and buses run 24 hours a day. A monthly pass goes for around 19 Euros.

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Banks

Please have a look at this link for more information on financial services for foreigners in the Czech Republic

Brno

With a population of almost 400,000, Brno is large enough to offer all the amenities of a major European city, but small enough to retain an intimate, friendly atmosphere. The city’s rich cultural attractions include theatre, opera and ballet performances, concerts by symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles, showings of the latest international films and film classics, and exhibitions at a wide variety of museums and galleries. The hundreds of local restaurants, bars, cafés and club cover a range from the cosy to the spectacular.

Sports facilities abound, while the surrounding countryside, reached within minutes by public transport, offers ideal terrain for hiking and biking during much of the year and cross-country skiing in winter. All of these opportunities are widely enjoyed by the students.

Thanks to its central location, Brno is also the ideal home base for exploring Central Europe. Most of the region’s great historical cities-Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, Krakow, Wroclaw, Munich-are within easy reach of Brno by train or coach.

The Brno City official website
www.brno.cz

Websites about Brno
Brno on Wikipedia
Brno website – www.brno.me
BrnoPolis – www.brnopolis.eu
Brno Expat Cetre – www.brnoexpatcentre.eu
Daily Guide to Brno for smart people – http://brnonow.com

History of Brno

In the heart of Europe and the second-largest city (pop. 400,000) in the Czech Republic, Brno combines the vibrancy of a university city with a rich history. Even those who don’t know the history of the city and the region likely know a few of the more famous persons who called Brno home: Gregor Mendel, whose scientific experiments in Brno, where he was Abbot of the Augustinian monastery, laid the foundations for the field of genetics; mathematician Kurt Godel, recently mentioned in Time magazine as one of the most important figures of the 20th century, who was born in Brno and attended school here; Ernst Mach, who lived and studied in the city; and Brno native Milan Kundera, who wrote his first novels here.

The chronicler Cosmas recorded the first written reference to Brno in 1091, and Czech King Wenceslas I awarded Brno town privileges in 1243. But the city traces its history back even further into the past: the rich lands between the Svratka and Svitava Rivers brought the first Slavic settlements to the locality as early as the 6th century. City walls and towers, the churches of St. Peter and St. James, and several monasteries were constructed in the 13th century. The architectural legacy from the past is still present today, and the spires of the churches, together with the towers and walls of Spilberk Castle, which dates back to the 13th century, help form the unmistakable profile of the city.

Cultural crossroads and trade routes have long connected Brno with a number of other important European cities, in particular Vienna. In the 14th century Brno became the seat of both the Moravian Provincial Assembly and the Margraviate of Moravia; annual fairs helped international trade flourish as never before. (It was also a Margrave who in the 17th century presented to the town the legendary Brno Dragon, which hangs in the Old Town Hall to this day.) During the Hussite wars, which split the Czech lands in the 15th century, the city was home to the first peace negotiations, talks which eventually led to the Peace of Basel.

At the outset of the Thirty Years’ War, Brno joined the 1618 uprising of the Estates against Habsburg rule; the uprising was finally put down and the town punished. But by the end of the war, Brno had become a symbol of steadfast resistance, withstanding two sieges by Swedish armies, the only city in Moravia to do so, it emerged from the war as the official capital of Moravia. The siege of 1645 is also the backdrop for the colourful legend of the bells of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, which since that time have rung twelve times every morning at eleven o’clock.

The industrial revolution of the 18th century transformed Brno into a centre of the textile and machine industries, and in the following century the city assumed a key industrial role in the Austro-Hungarian monarchy. In 1839 Brno became the first city to be connected to Vienna by railway and, in 1847, by telegraph lines. As the city outgrew its identity as a fortress town, a grand circular boulevard and a series of parks took the place of the old town walls. Spilberk Castle ceased to be the ominous “Prison of Nations”, filled with political prisoners from throughout the Austrian Empire, and began the long transformation to its present state. Its walls now contain museums and galleries and serve as the backdrop to numerous festivals.

The end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries marked a renewed growth and witnessed the flourishing of a sense of Czech nationhood and culture. The establishment of Masaryk University in Brno in 1919 following the founding of an independent Czechoslovakia in October 1918 was a triumphant educational achievement for the whole nation: at last the country had a second Czech university. Brno and the young nation thrived in exciting new ways. In 1928 the Exhibition of Contemporary Culture opened at the newly-established Brno Trade and Exhibition Centre, a bold architectural vision realized in glass and concrete. As the leading city of Czechoslovak Modernism, Brno became a centre for industry and trade, education and the arts. Composer Leos Janacek, inventor Viktor Kaplan, writer Jiri Mahen and architect Bohuslav Fuchs were among the well-known figures living and working in Brno at the time.

The landmark economic, industrial and cultural achievements of the First Republic were tragically undercut in the following years, which saw the brutal Nazi occupation, followed by decades of Communist rule and economic and social stagnation. That era ended in 1989 as tens of thousands of Brno students and other citizens took part in the demonstrations and strikes of the Velvet Revolution. Since the democratic revolution of 1989 Brno has been transforming itself once more, restoring beauty and dignity to the architecture of the city, working to foster independent initiatives in business and trade so as to once more make the city the international crossroads it has always been historically, and building educational institutions to train leaders for the future.

The city is now home to six universities and over 85,000 students. From a foundation of great intellectual potential and a strong electronic infrastructure, Brno is working to build synergy between industry and education. Euro magazine recently referred to Brno as “Silicon Hill”. Now, with the Czech Republic moves toward becoming part of the European Union, Brno is ready to assume once again the role of a great Central European city, international in flavour yet rooted in its local Moravian heritage.

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Climate

Thanks to its location between the Moravian highlands and the Southern Moravian lowlands, Brno experiences a very moderate climate. In general, the climate in the Czech Republic is continental, with hot summers and cold winters. During most of the autumn and spring semesters, however, Brno does not suffer from extreme heat or cold. There is occasional snow from December to February, but it does not remain on the ground very long (this is not true in the mountainous regions of the country, of course, where the excellent skiing conditions last several months). Similarly, the spring is pleasantly warm, and the autumn crisp but not cold.

Computers

Hotel International is equipped with wi-fi in all rooms. Upon arrival, you will receive passwords for online connection in your welcome packs. We will also send it to you in an email before your arrival.

All cafes, bars and restaurants also have wi-fi.

Contacts

If you ever need to contact anyone who is responsible for the Symposium please see below:
Erik L. Dostal
Coordinator
phone: +420 776 178 333
email: events@ca-institute.com

Nikki Fortova

Member of Committee
cell: +420 773 994 129
email: committee@ca-institute.com

Cost of living

Brno offers a high quality of life for a quite nice price. The cost of living is very low in the Czech Republic compared to other EU countries, and you will be able to live very comfortably without spending large sums. How much money will you actually need during your studies? This indeed mainly depends on your spending habits. However, approximate costs can be found below:

Basic Living Expenses
University residence with roommates: 0-160 EUR/bedroom

Apartment with roommates: 80-350 EUR/bedroom

Monthly transportation pass: 11 EUR (for students < 26 y/o) 22 EUR (for students > 26y/o)

Groceries for a month: 100/130 EUR

Other Living Expenses
Eating out: 3-15 EUR for a meal and a drink,

Club cover charges: 4-8 EUR

The NUMBEO website shows you more in-depth overview on living costs in Brno which you may find useful.

Culture

www.kultura-brno.cz
www.bkc.cz
www.kamvbrne.cz
www.kult.cz
www.cliche-brunn.cz
www.novebrno.net
http://poznejbrno.cz

Tourist Information Centre
The city of Brno operates a cultural and information centre at Radnická 8, in the building of the Old Town Hall. It has a wide selection of maps, brochures and other information on Brno and the surrounding region. See www.ticbrno.cz

Museums and galleries

The five main institutions here are the Moravian Museum, the Moravian Gallery, the Technical Museum, the Museum of the City of Brno and the House of Art , each of which has facilities at more than one location. Besides their permanent collections, they also mount many temporary exhibitions each year. All museums and galleries are closed on Mondays; some also close other days. A sixth significant museum is the Museum of Roma Culture (Bratislavská 67), the only museum in Europe devoted solely to the Roma (Gypsies).
In addition to the above institutions, of course, there are many galleries, both public and private, with continually changing exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, graphic works, photographs and media art. One of these, the Design Centre of the Czech Republic (Radnická 2), specializes in publicising the latest in all aspects of Czech design.

Music

The major musical body in Brno is the Brno State Philharmonic, which offers a whole range of different kinds of concerts throughout the year. These are presented in a series of “cycles” devoted to particular kinds of music – symphonies, chamber music, and so on – each of which comprises half a dozen or more concerts in the course of the year. Tickets can be bought for individual concerts, or you can take out a subscription for a whole year’s cycle. Full information on the Philharmonic’s activities can be obtained at its box office in Besední street.

The Philharmonic’s activities account for only a fraction of Brno’s musical life. In addition, the city has many choirs, chamber orchestras and smaller groups (quartets, quintets and so on), old-music ensembles, folk music groups, jazz groups, modern folk groups, bluegrass groups, rock groups – the list is endless – and of course welcomes many groups like these from other places in the Czech Republic and abroad. To keep up with what’s happening, it’s best to buy Kam v Brně and/or Kult (or pick up Do města / Downtown), keep an eye out for posters advertising these events, and ask your Czech friends for tips. Tickets for the majority of these kinds of musical events can be bought at the central advance booking agency at Běhounská 17.

Theaters

The theaters in Brno offer a wide range of stage productions – dramas, operas, ballets, operettas, musicals and puppet plays. Here we list only the main theatres and the kinds of productions you can expect to see in them. In addition, there are also a number of smaller theatres in the city, often with interesting repertoires and inventive productions.

Janácek Theatre (Rooseveltova 1–7) has the largest stage in Brno and is the venue for the opera, operetta and ballet productions of the National Theatre in Brno. Its second stage, the Mahen Theatre (Malinovského nám. 1), an opulent neo-Baroque building dating back to 1882 – worth a visit in itself – is devoted largely to the National Theatre’s drama productions, with a repertoire running from the classics to contemporary premieres, as well as the occasional musical. The advance booking office for both these theatres is at Dvorákova 11.

Brno Municipal Theatre (Lidická 16), with its splendidly refurbished premises, is usually sold out. The company is famous for its dynamic productions of stage dramas and its ambitious musicals, many of them original works.

Brno is unusual in having two experimental theatre companies, both with an international reputation. The Goose on a String Theatre offers exciting, visually stimulating productions, largely of original orprovocatively adapted plays, in its state-of-the-art complex of buildings at Zelný trh 9. HaDivadlo operates out of a newly renovated venue at Poštovská 8d and is notable for the intellectually demanding content of its (usually original) plays and its highly expressive acting style.

Bolek Polívka Theatre (Jakubské nám. 5) brings to Brno some of the best Czech theatre productions as well as performances by Bolek Polívka himself, a brilliant mime and one of the country’s most popular theatre figures.

Studio Marta (Bayerova 5) is the theatre of the Janácek Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts: its lively and controversial production are the work of the Academy’s aspiring young actors, directors and stage designers. In spring the Academy organise a week-long festival that brings to Brno exciting productions from drama schools all across Europe.

Everyone whose childhood was spent in Brno is familiar with the Radost Puppet Theatre (Bratislavská 30-32). But this is more than just a company for children: some of its productions are designed for adults.

Finally, don’t miss the productions by students at the Faculty of Arts and Education of plays put on plays in English, German, French, Spanish and even, on occasion, Latin and Greek.

Cinemas

As films are a popular form of entertainment with the Czech public, there are plenty of cinemas in Brno, and the city now has two multiplex cinemas, one in the centre of the city at the recently opened Velký Špalíček shopping centre (Mečová street) the other at the Olympia hyper-store on the city’s outskirts (reachable by free shuttle-bus from the stop alongside the Tesco department store behind the main railway station). At these and other cinemas in Brno you can see the latest American and European films – though you should check first to find out whether they have been dubbed or subtitled. For those with a deeper interest in film, there are three other possibilities. The Kino Art cinema (Cihlárská 19) offers a good selection of less commercial (what the Czechs refer to as “more demanding”) films and film classics, films not targeted at the general public, films from unusual countries and so on. The programme varies from month to month: sometimes an individual director is highlighted, at other times films from a particular country or region or representing a particular genre. Each year it hosts the country’s main festival of gay and lesbian films. As with films generally, you should check to see whether the films you wish to see are dubbed or have subtitles.

Every Spring Brno hosts the Febiofest, a major film festival that screens old and new films and includes many special categories of films – retrospectives of particular directors, films from regions such as Latin America or the Far East, films from individual countries. In spring there is also a second big film event, the two-week Festival of European Films, bringing about thirty recent films from all over Europe. At both the Febiofest and the Festival of European Films many of the films come from countries with lesser-known film industries; this may give you a chance to see films you would be unlikely to come across in your home country.

Currency

The Czech currency is the koruna or the Czech crown which is abbreviated as Kč or recognized as CZK. Coins come in the following denominations: 1 crown, 2 crowns, 5 crowns, 10 crowns, 20 crowns and 50 crowns. In addition there are the following banknotes: 100 crowns, 200 crowns, 500 crowns, 1,000 crowns, 2,000 crowns and 5,000 crowns. Current conversion rates can be found at www.xe.com.

Customs and traditions

To find out more about Czech customs and traditions please check out these links:
http://www.myczechrepublic.com/czech_culture/czech_holidays/index.html
http://www.czech.cz/en/Life-Work/Living-here/Customs-and-traditions

Czech Republic

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Czech_Republic
www.czech.cz
www.myczechrepublic.com
www.czechtourism.com
www.czech-travel-guide.com
www.radio.cz/en

Czech Survival Phrases

Some useful phrases:
Czech survival phrases
Czech phrases, translators, books:
http://www.myczechrepublic.com/czech_language/

Downloads

AJSA Norms – Standards for quality language teaching
Financial services for foreigners – A Handbook
Housing in the Czech Republic – Information Brochure for Foreigners
TEFL Application Form
Terms and conditions for language courses

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Electricity – plugs, adapters, voltage

The electric power in the Czech Republic is 220 volts, 50 Hz AC, so you may need an adapter and a converter to use your electrical appliances. If you have dual-voltage appliances, you will only need an adapter. It is best to purchase what you might need in your home country.

Worldwide Voltage Conventor

Embassy and consulate

General information about visa and formalities

Explanation of the visa procedure at our website:Visas

Students from EU countries

Students from the EU (plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) are exempt from student visa requirements.

Students from countries outside the EU

Once you have been accepted for studies at CA Institute of Languages or IDRAC, you will have to turn to the local Czech embassy or consulate: the Czech Republic, like most other countries, requires foreign students studying in the country to have a student visa. Possession of a student visa is a condition for studying at CA Institute of Languages.

Visa requirement countries

After arrival to the Czech Republic responsibilities for a student

Students with long-term visa for the purpose of studies/education and students coming from EU (plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland)

Before your arrival to the Czech Republic
There is a detailed description of the visa application formalities you have to manage before your arrival to Brno: Conditions and requirements for applying the long-term visa.

After your arrival to the Czech Republic:

1. Registration at the Ministry of the Interior and the Foreign Police

For the registration, bring your national identity card or a passport (and visa) and your travel health insurance contract and a confirmation of its payment to the address below (EU students bring their national health insurance card).

Due to a change in the act of law, it is obligatory for all foreigners (staying more than 90 days in the Czech Republic), to have arranged a health insurance, which complies with the Czech law requirements. See more details at:
http://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/information_for_aliens/general_visa_information/travel_medical_insurance.html

You might be asked to submit an insurance contract and a confirmation of payment before the visa sticker/stamp is added to your passport. Please read more information about the travel medical insurance.

2. When to register:

  • students (both EU and non-EU) who stay in the halls of residence, the registration will be made by the halls of residence
  • students who stay in private accommodation, it is compulsory to register:
  • within 30 days after your arrival to the Czech Republic (EU students + Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland)
  • within 3 working days after your arrival to the Czech Republic (non-EU students)

If you want to extend your stay in the Czech Republic, you will have to apply for a long-term visa. in Brno (no earlier than 3 months before and no later that than 14 days before the end of the validity of your visa) at the Ministry of the Interior (please see contact details below). Please note the different (complex) travel medical insurance you will need for this purpose. After applying for the long-term residence permit, you will receive a temporary visa. As soon as the permit is approved, you will be invited to pick it up and pay the fee (2500 CZK).

3. Where to register:

Foreign Police (Cizinecká policie)
Cejl 62b (Brno – Zábrdovice)
Tel.: 974 628 131 – 135
Office hours:
Mon and Wed: 8:00 – 17:00
Tue and Thu: 8.00 – 14.00

Lists of Czech embassies and general consulates abroad

www.velvyslanectvi-ambasada.cz
www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/diplomatic_missions/foreign_missions_to_the_czech_republic/index.html

Emergency (police, medical & fire service)

European emergency phone number
112 – police, fire, medical and rescue service

Czech emergency phone numbers
158 – Police
156 – Municipal Police
155 – Emergency Medical Service
150 – Fire and Rescue Service

Emergency Call System in The Czech Republic

  • Non-stop European Emergency phone number 112 (Integrated Rescue System = Firefighters, Police, Emergency Medical Service)
  • this service is provided by The Fire Rescue Service
  • it facilitates emergency calls for foreigners and it is possible to use in wide scale of emergencies (traffic accidents, fires, floods, flash floods, serious health injuries, leaks of dangerous chemical substances, offences against the law…) .
  • this number is used in case of the need for urgent Police, Firefighters or Emergency Medical Service intervention
  • the operators speak Czech, English and German
  • this call is free of charge (from any type of telephone and from any place in the Czech Republic)
  • the line is equipped with “Caller ID technology”. It is also possible to locate the mobile phone caller with an accuracy of 200 meters.
  • in accordance with the government resolution, in the Czech Republic this line is being operated simultaneously with standard Czech emergency numbers (Czech speaking operators only):

Here are some essential answers on questions concerning the European Emergency phone number 112:

Excursions

We organize weekend excursions to the following locations:

  • Wine trips to Palava
  • Castles
  • Caves
  • Lednice
  • Prague
  • Vienna
  • Bratislava
  • Cracow
  • Český Krumlov
  • Karlovy Vary

Read more about our weekend excursions here.

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Health care

Medical aid (emergency, pharmacy, doctors)
As long as you have health insurance you can visit any general practitioner or dentist. If you have eye problems or any other problem you should first visit a general practitioner, who will examine you and then, if necessary, arrange for you to see a specialist. For all students, a small additional administrative fee of a few Czech crowns (around 30 CZK) is paid when visiting the doctor.

Unless it’s urgent, we recommend making an appointment in advance by phone. Don’t forget to take the insurance card, number or any document proving your insurance.

Emergency cases
If you are faced with an urgent need for medical attention at a time when doctors’ offices are not open, you should go to the one of the followings emergency service:

Emergency Hospital (injuries and emergency dental care)
Úrazová nemocnice
Ponávka 6
Tel: +420 545 538 111
Fax: +420 545 211 082
www.unbr.cz

Pharmacies and medicine

Just about all types of medicine can be obtained here, though not necessarily in every pharmacy. In case you need some kind of medicine in the evening, at night or over the weekend, when shops are normally closed, there is a non-stop pharmacy located conveniently in the centre of the city, just off náměstí Svobody, at Koliště 47.

Emergency Pharmacy

Koliště 47
Tel: +420 545 424 811

DOCTORS who speak English and have had experience with treating international students:
Don’t forget to take the insurance card, number or any document proving your insurance.

General Practitioner:
MU General Practitioner
MUDr. Otakar Ach-Hübner
address: Mendlovo nám. 17
Vídeňská 99
telephone: 544 525 335
website: http://hubner.unas.cz/indexEn.html

Dermatologist:
MUDr. Daniela Kanovská
Kožní ambulance
Běhounská 8, 602 00 Brno
Tel. 542 210 114

Dentist:
MUDr. Marta Gottvaldová
Výstaviště 1, Brno
tel: 541152751
email: martagottvaldova@volny.cz

Gynecologist:
MUDr. Hana Zakopalová
Běloruská 2
625 00 Brno
Telephone: 547 219 314
e-mail: zakopalova@gyneo.cz
website (also in English): www.gyneo.cz

Orthopedics:
Orthopaedics dept at Pekarska.
Doc. Zbyněk Rozkydal
1st Orthopaedics Dept.
St. Anne’s Hospital, Pekarska (block A1)
Email: zbynek.rozkydal@fnusa.cz
Phone: 543 182 720
Out-patients: Thursday mornings

Neurologist:
Martin Bares, MD, PhD
tel: 00420 543 182 651, 2617
fax: 00420 543 182 624
mail: martin.bares@fnusa.cz
1st Department of Neurology
St.Anne’s Teaching Hospital
Pekarska 53, 65691 Brno

Doctor who speaks French:
MuDr. Vlček
+420 543 181 111

Health Insurance

Insurance card & ID card or Passport

It is obligatory for all citizens and people present in the Czech Republic (i. e. also for you, exchange students) to have your insurance cards and ID cards or passports always with you. Please carry it at all times, as you might be checked by members of the Police or the Police Office for Foreigners.
Registration at the General Insurance Company
Students from EU countries (+ Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland)
Visit the VZP (Všeobecná zdravotní pojišťovna – General Health Insurance Company) to register. It is a very easy procedure and simplifies appointments and covering costs by doctors. Using your blue European health insurance card, please go to register at the General Health Insurance Company in Brno. You will then be given your personal health insurance number you should show to doctors or in hospitals.

Students from non-EU countries
Due to a change in the act of law, it is obligatory for all foreigners (staying more than 90 days in the Czech Republic), to have arranged a health insurance which complies with the Czech law requirements. See more details at:
http://www.mvcr.cz/docDetail.aspx?docid=21559262&docType=ART&chnum=3
http://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/information_for_aliens/general_visa_information/travel_medical_insurance.html

You will be asked to submit an insurance contract and a confirmation of payment before the visa sticker/stamp is added to your passport.

Students from Turkey, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro do not need to have that type of travel health insurance, but only need the form E111 from their home insurance company.

Students of Erasmus Mundus Action II programme do not need that type of travel health isnsurance, as they automatically receive free medical insurance cover.

You may be asked to pay in cash when you visit the doctor, all costs will be reimbursed from your health insurance company on your return (please make sure to ask the doctor for the receipt for the reimbursement purposes). The reason is that not all doctors have an agreement with all insurance companies.

VZP Všeobecná zdravotní pojišťovna (General Health Insurance Company)
Benešova 10
www.vzp.cz
Opening hours:
Mon,Wed: 8.00 -17.00
Tue, Thu, Fri: 8.00 – 15.00

The following information should be considered only a simplified description of a whole process of arranging a different kind of insurance for the duration of your stay in the Czech Republic as stated on 20th February 2012. Detailed information concerning Travel medical insurance is available at the following link of The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic or the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic.

Type and coverage of insurance required in order to get a visa/residence permit in the Czech Republic differ according to the type of visa/residence permit a foreigner is applying for:

1. Travel medical insurance – Schengen visa applications

Applicants for Schengen visas must prove that they are in possession of travel medical insurance to cover any expenses which might arise in connection with repatriation for medical reasons, urgent medical attention and/or emergency hospital treatment or death, during their stay(s) on the territory of the Member States. The insurance must be valid throughout the territory of the Member States and cover the entire period of the person´s intended stay or transit. The minimum coverage is EUR 30 000.

Applicants for a uniform visa for multiple entries must prove that they are in possession of adequate and valid travel medical insurance covering the period of their first intended visit. In addition, such applicants must sign the statement, set out in the application form, declaring that they are aware of the need to be in possession of travel medical insurance for subsequent stays.

Holders of diplomatic passports are exempt from the requirement to hold travel medical insurance.

2. Travel medical insurance – long-stay visa applications lodged at embassies and consulates

As result of being parties to the International Treaty on Cooperation in the Area of Health and Social Security, medical travel insurance is not required from citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cuba, Japan, Macedonia, Montenegro, Turkey, Serbia, and Yemen. The same exception applies to participants of the Erasmus Mundus program, Fulbright scholarship programEuropean Voluntary Service of the EC Youth in Action programme, as well as holders of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by another EU member state.

The applicant must provide proof of holding travel medical insurance before the visa is affixed to his travel document. The insurance must cover the entire period of the applicant´s stay in the Czech Republic as determined by the validity of the visa.

What is an adequate travel medical insurance?

Travel medical insurance must cover the cost of emergency medical care, including medical evacuation or, in the event of death, repatriation of remains to the country that has issued the applicant´s travel document or to the applicant´s country of residence. The insurance policy must not exclude coverage for injuries and damage caused by the applicant´s intentional acts, injuries and damage caused by fault or contributory fault on the part of the applicant, and injuries and damage caused by the consumption of alcohol, narcotic and psychotropic substances by the applicant. The minimum coverage is EUR 60 000 per one insured event without any coinsurance or copayment.

Travel medical insurance may be purchased from:

  • An insurance company licensed to sell such insurance in the Czech Republic;
  • An insurance company licensed to sell such insurance in any other Member State of the European Union or in any Contracting Party to the Agreement on the European Economic Area;
  • An insurance company licensed to sell such insurance in the country that has issued the applicant´s travel document or in the applicant´s country of residence.

Translations into Czech

The proof of travel medical insurance must be accompanied by a certified Czech translation of the insurance policy and general insurance terms and conditions, proving the existence of travel medical insurance, the scope of coverage, the amount of coverage (at least EUR 60 000), and proving that there is no coinsurance or copayment. The applicant may be requested to present proof of insurance covering the entire period of stay in the Czech Republic.

Who is exempt from presenting proof of travel medical insurance?
In general:

  • Applicants covered by medical insurance in terms of special legislation – Act No. 48/1997 concerning public medical insurance and amending certain related acts as amended;
  • Applicants whose medical costs are covered on the basis of an international treaty;
  • Applicants who present a written undertaking from a government authority proving that their medical costs will be covered under another arrangement, in cases where the applicant´s stay in the Czech Republic will benefit the development of spiritual values, protection of human rights and/or other humanitarian values, protection of the environment, cultural monuments and traditions, or the development of science, education, physical education and sports;
  • Applicants who present a Letter of Invitation certified by the Aliens Police of the Czech Republic containing the undertakings referred to in Section 15 of Act No. 326/1999 concerning the residence of aliens in the territory of the Czech Republic as amended.

Special cases:

As result of being parties to the International Treaty on Cooperation in the Area of Health and Social Security, medical travel insurance is not required from citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cuba, Japan, Macedonia, Montenegro, Turkey, Serbia, and Yemen. The same exception applies to participants of the Erasmus Mundus program, Fulbright scholarship programEuropean Voluntary Service of the EC Youth in Action programme, as well as holders of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by another EU member state.

3. Travel medical insurance – visa applications and visa extension applications lodged in the Czech Republic

Applicants for long-stay visas and for extension of visas who lodge their applications in the Czech Republic may purchase their travel medical insurance only from insurance companies licensed to sell such insurance in the Czech Republic (Insurance Companies Act No. 363/1999). The insurance policy must cover comprehensive medical care (defined as medical care provided to the policy holder at medical institutions contracted by the insurance company, with no costs charged to directly to the policy holder; the care is designed to help the policy holder sustain the state of health he enjoyed before taking out the policy). The insurance must cover preventive and dispensary care and medical care related to pregnancy and birth.

Insurance companies licensed to sell such insurance in the Czech Republic offering travel medical insurance:

A list of insurance companies authorised to provide their services in the Czech Republic can be found at the Czech National Bank web pages, to a specific date. The relevant categories in the listing of the types of subjects are:

  • Insurance companies and branches of foreign insurance companies
  • Foreign insurance companies and branches of insurance companies providing cross-border services in the CR

Holidays

Public holidays in the Czech Republic:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Public_holidays_in_the_Czech_Republic

http://www.expats.cz/prague/article/czech-culture/czech-holiday-calendar/

Hospitals

The University hospital Brno
Center for Adult Medicine in Bohunice
Jihlavská 20
Tel: 532 231 111
www.fnbrno.cz/en/

Children’s Medical Center 
Černopolní 9-22
Tel: 532 231 111
www.fnbrno.cz/en/

The Center for Reproductive Medicine 
Obilní trh 11
Tel: 532 231 111
www.fnbrno.cz/en/

Fakultní nemocnice u sv. Anny 
Pekařská 53, 656 91 Brno
Tel: +420 543 181 111
E-mail: info@fnusa.cz
www.fnusa.cz
Contact person speaking EN:
Hana Řiháčková
+420 723763163

Masaryk Memorial Cancer Institute 
Zluty kopec 7
Tel: 543 131 111
E-mail: direct@mou.cz
www.mou.cz/en

The Merciful Brothers´ Hospital 
Polní 3
Tel: 532 299 111–112
E-mail: info@nmbbrno.cz
www.nmbbrno.cz

Emergency Trauma Hospital of Brno 
Ponávka 6
tel.: 545 538 111
E-mail: reditelstvi@unbr.cz
www.unbr.cz

SurGal Clinic Ltd.* 
Drobného 38–40
Tel.: 532 149 333
info@surgalclinic.cz
www.surgalclinic.cz

*Private clinic specializing in elective surgery. Accepts public health insurance but patient has to pay if higher standard is required.

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Insurance

Insurance card & ID card or Passport
It is obligatory for all citizens and people present in the Czech Republic (i. e. also for you, exchange students) to have your insurance cards and ID cards or passports always with you. Please carry it at all times, as you might be checked by members of the Police or the Police Office for Foreigners.

Registration at the General Insurance Company

Students from EU countries (+ Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland)
Visit the VZP (Všeobecná zdravotní pojišťovna – General Health Insurance Company) to register. It is a very easy procedure and simplifies appointments and covering costs by doctors. Using your blue European health insurance card, please go to register at the General Health Insurance Company in Brno. You will then be given your personal health insurance number you should show to doctors or in hospitals.

Students from non-EU countries
Due to a change in the act of law, it is obligatory for all foreigners (staying more than 90 days in the Czech Republic), to have arranged a health insurance which complies with the Czech law requirements. See more details at:
http://www.mvcr.cz/docDetail.aspx?docid=21559262&docType=ART&chnum=3
http://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/information_for_aliens/general_visa_information/travel_medical_insurance.html

You will be asked to submit an insurance contract and a confirmation of payment before the visa sticker/stamp is added to your passport.

Students from Turkey, Croatia, Macedonia, Serbia and Montenegro do not need to have that type of travel health insurance, but only need the form E111 from their home insurance company.

VZP Všeobecná zdravotní pojišťovna (General Health Insurance Company)
Benešova 10
www.vzp.cz
Hours of operation:
Mon,Wed: 8.00 -17.00
Tue, Thu, Fri: 8.00 – 15.00

ISIC card

ISIC Card (International Student Identity Card)

Card - ISIC card

International exchange students can buy this internationally recognized student card and take advantage of it for various discounts. (see www.isic.org), but unlike of the MU degree students, the card does not serve as the MU chip card. Exchange students buy the ISIC card at Student Agency’s office (www.studentagency.cz). You will need a photo, 300 CZK and a special form your can get from your CIC coordinator.

ISC (ESN) Card (Erasmus Student Network Card of the International Student Club) & SIM Card

Card - ESN card

This is a membership card of the ISC (International Student Club at Masaryk Universityhttp://isc.muni.cz) that is a member of the ESN (Erasmus Student Network www.esn.org). The membership costs 500 CZK, and with this card, you will have a fee access to most of events organised by the ISC (some of them for a small fee), various discounts in Brno.

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Laundry

TIP: Public launderette – CLUBWASH::Brno – an international and alternative laundry and lounge in one – with several internet stations, wireless-LAN access, coffee, tasty Czech beer, table football and much more. The multilingual staff can also help you if you have troubles with getting on in Brno. The best service is their laundry delivery. You can order this service over the internet ( info@clubwash.cz) or by phone (+420 731 271 154). They pick up your laundry at your room and deliver it the next day – washed and dryed. For further information concerning opening hours, prices, reliable information and other projects please see their website: www.clubwash.cz, address: Stará 27

Leisure time activities

Swimming pools

Swimming pool Kraví Hora
Address: Údolní 76, Brno – Masarykova čtvrt
Telephone: 543 216 434 (Czech only)
Website: www.kravihora-brno.cz (Czech only)
Short description:
Swimming pool Kravi Hora is a modern – fully renewed, with stainless pools (50m outdoor, 25m and 15m indoor). Average water temperature is 27 °C.

Outdoor swimming pool Královo pole
Address: Křižíkova 9d, Brno – Královo Pole
Telephone: +420 549 216 331 (Czech only)
E-mail: info@koupalistekrpole.cz
Website: www.koupalistekrpole.cz (Czech only)
Short description:
Modern swimming pool with 3 pools: 25m for swimmers, 25m for non-swimmers with slide, and shallow pool for the youngin’s with slide. Refreshment shops available on site.

Outdoor swimming pool Koupaliště Brno
Address: Dobrovského 29, Brno
Telephone: +420 733 67 65 66 (Czech only)
E-mail: koupaliste@koupalistebrno.cz
Website: www.koupalistebrno.cz (Czech only)
Short description:
Modern swimming area – outdoors with 1 swimming pool for swimmers, the second pool is for non-swimmers. Nice area – trees, lawns, fast-food.
Activities offered – during whole year:

  • Zumba – see www.tsdynamic.cz
  • Sauna
  • Beach volleyball

Aquapark Kohoutovice
Address: Chalabalova 946/2a, Brno-Kohoutovice
Telephone: 547 425 063 (Czech only)
E-mail: balaban@starezsport.cz
Website: www.aquapark-kohoutovice.cz (Czech only)
Short description:
New, modern aquapark, opened whole year round. 3 pools (one for swimmers, one for relaxation with bubbles, one for summer on the roof).
Activities available:

  • Sauna
  • Fitness room

Swimming pool Za Lužánkami
Telephone: 541 425 831(Czech only)
E-mail: elleder@starezsport.cz
Website: www.bazenzaluzankami.cz (Czech only)
Short description:
Swimming pool offers 2 pools. One for swimmers and one for relaxation with water temperature of 33°C.
Services offered:

  • Aquabar
  • Massages
  • Pedicure

Tennis
Website: http://www.brnomesto.eu/tenis-brno.htm (Czech only)
Short description:
Dozens of tennis courts- outdoors and indoors. Web page includes all the tennis centers in Brno and around Brno.In most cases booking needed in advance. More information and opening hours – see web page.

Badminton
Website: http://www.brnomesto.eu/badminton-brno.htm (Czech only)
Short description:
Dozens of badminton courts- outdoors and indoors. Web page includes all the badminton centers in Brno and around Brno. In most cases booking needed in advance.
More information and opening hours – see web page.

Climbing
Wall Climbing
Website: http://www.brnomesto.eu/lezecke-steny-brno.htm (Czech only)
Short description:
Many climbing possibilities indoors and outdoors. Web page includes all the climbing centers in Brno and around Brno. In most cases booking needed in advance.
More information and opening hours – see web page.

Climbing center Rajče
Address: Sokol hall, Kounicova 22
Telephone: 604 735 626
E-mail: info@rajce.cz
Website: http://www.rajce.cz/
Short description:
Biggest climbing center in Brno, possible to rent climbing shoes, harness, rope, belay devices. Wall 10m high, 550m2

Yachting
National Yachting school – Škola jachtingu s.r.o
Address: Antonína Procházky 8, Brno
Telephone: 737 243 001 or 543 232 034
Contact person: Kateřina Křelinová – project manager
Website: www.skolajachtingu.cz
Short description:
At the meantime only courses of marine yachting possible for adults. Possible in English. See web page. Other yacht schools – focused on holidays on yachts see
web:
www.sailtime.cz – web in English
www.lzyacht.cz – web only in Czech

Rope center
Jungle park – rope center
Address: Jungle park is located on the right bank of Svratka river in Brno, Pisárky, opposite the area of SKP Kometa Brno, Bauerova 5
Telephone: 775-586-453
E-mail: info@junglepark.cz
Contact person: Igor Hofmann
Website: www.junglepark.cz/en
Short description:
Modern rope centre with 3 different routes – different difficulty levels (one of them suitable for adults).

Ice skating
Skating – za Lužánkami
Address: Sportovní 347/2 , Brno-Ponava
Website: www.bruslenizaluzankami.cz (Czech only)
Short description:
Outdoor ice skating rink. Available in the winter season – for date of opening see web page. Renting skates possible. Hobby hockey 1,000,- /1,5 hour

Skating rink Kraví Hora
Address: Brno -Nove Sady, Brno – Kraví hora
E-mail: vojacek@kravihora-brno.cz
Website: www.kravihora-brno.cz (Czech only)

Kungfu
Czech-Chinese academy of Kungfu
Kung-fu regular trainings
Address: Basic school, Pavlovská 16, Brno – Kohoutovice
Telephone: 776 706 254
E-mail: pavel@ccak.org
Contact person: Pavel Stratil
Website: www.ccak.org/en
Short description:
Regular trainings for adults. (Trainings according to request possible in English, German)

Bowling
Website: http://www.nabowling.com/bowling-brno/ (Czech only)
Short description: Dozens of bowling centers. Web page includes all the bowling centers in Brno city and around Brno. In most cases booking needed in advance. More information and opening hours – see web page.

Squash
Zone4you – Moravská Slavia
Squash centre and relaxation swimming pool
Address: Polní 16, Brno – Centre
Telephone: 420 543 22 30 30 (Czech only)
E-mail: polni@squashslavia.cz
Website: http://www.squashslavia.cz/en/swimming-pool
Short description:
Modern squash centre with pool (8 x 4 m) with bubble benches, water temperature 30 – 31 °C, maximum 10 people. Available for rent ex fixed timetables 90,- CZK/hour/adult or whole pool rent 700,- CZK/1 hour.
Activities available:

  • Aqua aerobic
  • Squash
  • Spinning
  • Fit-box
  • Aerobic
  • Body and Mind

Dance
Dance school Eso
Address: Čechyňská 19, Brno center
Telephone: 776 746 372
Contact person: Jindřich Vláčil
E-mail: jindrich.vlacil@tanecniskolaeso.cz
Website: www.tanecniskolaeso.cz
Short description:
Dance courses, social balls, dance service Dance courses for beginners (in English!): Latin American and national dances: slow waltz, foxtrott, quickstep, viennese waltz, tango, blues, cha-cha-cha, jive, mambo, and polka.

Fall In Love Salsa – salsa dancing
Contact persons: Cristina and Bogdan
Telephone: 775526516
E-mail: info@fallinlovesalsa.com
Website: www.fallinlovesalsa.com (English)
Short description:
Regular courses for public, private lessons, every Thursday night in El Sombrero (20 Zelný trh sq.)

Dance school Dynamic
Address: Zábrdovická 2, Brno – Zábrdovice
Telephone: 774 328 701 (Czech only)
E-mail: recepce@tsdynamic.cz
Website: www.tsdynamic.cz (Czech only)
Short description:
Modern dance centre with many dancing halls, experienced lecturers and nice café, refreshment area, babysitting available by prior booking.
Activities offered:

  • Zumba
  • Caribic dances
  • Pole dancing
  • Pilates
  • Power yoga
  • Street dance

Courses or individual entrances possible. See web page for activities schedule.

Horseback riding
Address: Jezdecký areál Panská lícha ,Panská lícha 6, Brno – Soběšice
Telephone: 603 493 581
E-mail: jezdecka.skola@email.cz
Contact person: Zuzana Nováková
Website: www.jkpanskalicha.cz (Czech only)
Short description:
Horse riding– regular courses, or individual lessons. Possible in English. Courses outdoors or indoors. Starting at 450,- /hour.

Fitness
Big1fitness
Address: Dornych 27, Brno – Centre
Telephone: 543 254 616 (Czech only)
E-mail: info@big1fitness.cz
Website: http://www.big1fitness.cz/en/fitness.html
Short description:
Fitness and wellness club in Brno.
Activities offered:

  • Fitness
  • Personal trainers
  • Spinning
  • Massages
  • Wellness center

Libraries

Moravská zemská knihovna – The Moravian Library
The Moravian Library is the second-largest library in the Czech Republic; it receives by law a copy of every book, magazine and sound recording issued in the country. It has extensive holdings in foreign languages, and a number of specialized collections, including ones in music, in education and in technology, as well as the German and Austrian libraries. Most of its catalogues can be accessed via the Internet.

Contacts:
Kounicova 65a
601 87  Brno
Phone: + 420 541 646 111
Fax: + 420 541 646 100
Email: mzk@mzk.cz
Web: www.mzk.cz

Knihovna Jiřího Mahena – Jiří Mahen Municipal Library
Kobližná 4
601 50  Brno
Phone: + 420 542 532 111
Email: kjm@kjm.cz
Web: http://www.kjm.cz/

Long term visa for purpose of study

In the case of an application for a long-term visa in accordance with § 30/1 of the ARFN, the same conditions must be met as in the case of a long-term residence permit for the purpose of studies in accordance with § 42d of the ARFN. Apart from the above it may also concern cases that meet further conditions defined in § 6411 of the ARFN (see the whole text at Ministry of Foreign Affairs web pages).

Requirements for an application for a long-term visa for the purpose of “studies”

  • A completed application form
  • 2 photographs
  • A travel document (passport): A travel document for the purposes of granting a long-term visa shall not be older than 10 years, it must contain at least 2 free pages and its validity must be at least 3 months longer than the validity of the long-term visa.
  • A document confirming the purpose of the stay in the Czech Republic – confirmation of enrolment into education. Masaryk University provides this confirmation to a student who than encloses it to his/her long term visa application.
  • Proof of accommodation: Masaryk University (if the student is staying in MU Halls of Residence) provides this confirmation to the Czech Embassy/Consulate General directly. Given students has to inform Masaryk University about his/her intent to submit the visa application to the Czech Embassy/Consulate General. The proof of accommodation is only than sent to the Czech Embassy/Consulate General.
  • Funds to cover the stay in the Czech Republic (§ 13 of the ARFN): It is necessary to prove the availability of funds that are 15 times the amount of the existential minimum (currently it is set at 2200 CZK for 2012) for the first month and double the amount of the existential minimum for every month afterwards, thus, for instance, for a stay from 1 January – 30 June it would be (15×2200) + (5x2x2200) = 33 000 + 22 000 = 55 000 CZK. A foreign national that is under 18 years proves the availability of half the amount.
    Funds for the stay are proven by:
  • an account statement from a bank or other financial institution (it must not necessarily concern a bank or financial institution authorised to operate its activity solely in the Czech Republic) for an account maintained in the foreign national’s name indicating that a student is free to use the finances in the specified amount during his/her stay in the Czech Republic. The submitted document must clearly indicate that the foreign national is entitled to use the requisite funds in the Czech Republic. If it is not clear from the document that the foreign national is free to use the finances in the specified amount during his/her stay in the Czech Republic (e.g. in the case of a foreign bank account), it shall be necessary to prove this fact e.g. with a valid internationally recognised banking card relating to the account in question.
  • a different document on financial security demonstrating that the foreign national can use the financial resources to the requisite amount or that a student has secured funds to cover the costs associated with his/her stay in the Czech Republic, e.g. it can concern a document that the foreign national’s spouse or legal representative or the person to whom a foreign national under 18 has been entrusted (assuming the given person has a visa for a stay of over 90 days or a long-term residence permit or a certificate of temporary residence for an EU citizen or a permanent residence permit) has the requisite amount of funds for the foreign nationals’ stay (an account statement and a declaration on securing the funds to cover the costs for the foreign national’s stay), or
  • a valid internationally recognized banking card. Upon request by the administrative body, however, the foreign national is obliged to submit a bank account statement for an account maintained in the foreign national’s name indicating that a student is free to use the finances in the specified amount during his/her stay in the Czech Republic.

Only upon request of the administrative body the applicant also submits

  • A document similar to the Register of Criminal Records issued by the state of which the foreign national is a citizen and also by states in which the foreign national has had continuous residence for over 6 months in the last 3 years. The extract from the Penal Register record may be replaced by an affidavit, if the given state does not issue such a document. The obligation to submit an extract from the Penal Register record does not relate to a foreign national under 15 years.
  • A medical report, that a student does not suffer from a serious illness is submitted upon request by the administrative body in the event there is reasonable suspicion that the applicant suffers from a serious illness.

Prior to affixing the long-term visa for the purpose of “studies”
See the section Health insurance.
An application for a long-term visa is filed in person at a Czech Embassy.

  • An application for a long-term visa for the purpose of “studies” is processed within 60 days of it being filed.
  • A long-term visa is granted by the Ministry of Interior at the request of a foreign national who intends to stay in the Czech Republic for more than 3 months. The visa is granted with a maximum validity of 6 months or a stay period corresponding to the documents provided.
  • A period of stay in the CR that is shorter than the validity of the long-term visa can be repeatedly extended under the condition that the purpose for granting the visa is still the same, at most, however, until the visa expires.
  • If the foreign national residing on a long-term visa in the Czech Republic intends to temporarily reside for a period longer than 6 months and the purpose of the stay is still the same, he/she is eligible to apply for a long-term residence permit (not, however, in accordance with § 42d but in accordance with § 42/1).

Lost or stolen property

Ztráty a nálezy (Lost Property Offices)
1. Informační kancelář DPMB (The Transport Company of the Brno City)
Novobranská 18, Brno
Tel.: +420 5 4317 4317
E-mail: dpinfo@dpmb.cz

2. Centrální dispečink IDS JMK (South Moracia transportation authorities)
Tel.: +420 5 4317 4317
E-mail: info@kordis-jmk.cz

3. Magistrát města Brna (The Brno City Municipality)

Odbor vnitřních věcí
Malinovského nám. 3, 601 67 Brno
Tel.: +420 542 173 012

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Nightlife

Abajo Culture Club
Namesti Svobody 17
www.abajoclub.cz
This place offers various kinds of music, from R&B, funk, house, black&Pop Salsa, but also live concerts and birthday parties.

Bastila Music Club
Dominikánská ulice 15
www.bastila.cz
Each week the club offers various types of music, as well as a tequila party and Jagermaister party. Major national DJs.

Black & White Club
Peroutkova 2
www.blackwhitebrno.com
Music Club with Wi-Fi, darts, jukebox, karaoke, VIP area. From Monday to Saturday nightclub-style with R&B and Hip Hop music.

Charlie’s Hat
Kobližná 63/12
www.charlies-hat.cz
Small underground club, featuring a bar area which leads to a kind of small gallery where there are tables and a small dance floor. It is always busy in the evening.

El Sombrero
Zelný trh 20
www.elsombrero.cz
El Sombrero is located in the center of the city. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9PM you can try Zumba, salsa, merengue and bachata. Free admission. Friday and Saturday tends to be more like disco music.

Faval Music Circus
Křížkovského 22
www.faval.cz
Multi-genre music club with several floors, the club is located at the Brno Exhibition Centre. It is open only on event days.

Fleda
Štefánikova 24
www.fleda.cz
Fleda is known and popular not only among the citizens of Brno, but also at a national level. It hosts film festivals, jazz, techno, classical and hip hop music, theater, etc.

Klub Alterna
Kounicova 48
www.alterna.cz
Open Monday through Saturday from 6PM-? It hosts live concerts. Beer starts at 22 kc, possibility to organize private events, company parties and graduation parties.

Livingstone Club
Dominikánské náměstí 5
www.livingstoneclub.cz
Very popular among local students. Livingstone offers to its customers both dance and rock music. The environment consists of two floors and the upper one is a relaxing area. Cocktails at an affordable prices, as well as the entry – 50 kc.

Mandarin
Jakubské nám.6
www.wix.com/momentmandarin/mandarin
Small club, the entrance costs about 30 crowns. Considered by some like a “must” if you visit Brno.

Melodka
Kounicova 20/22
www.melodka.cz
Music club that hosts live and cover bands like U2, Depeche Mode, Red Hot Chili Peppers etc.. Large enough and beers are at very affordable prices.

Mersey
Minskà 15
www.mersey.cz
The club was founded in 1993, and since 1996 has been shaped mainly as a club for live concerts, with an average of about 20 live shows per month.

Metro Music Bar
Postovska 6
www.metromusic.cz
Big club. It mainly hosts live concerts, national bands and foreign artists. It has tables to enjoy the show while sitting but also a large dance floor.

7 Nebe
Jánská 9
www.7nebe.cz
Cocktail bar with two floors. It offers free wi-fi and plasma screens with video projector. Open all week from 8pm until the morning.

Perpetuum Music Club
Rooseveltova 9
www.perpetuum.cz
The club opened in October 2001 and it is specializes in electronic music. It has hosted both Czechs and international artists such as Matthias Tanzmann, Mike Parsons, Timmy S. and Umek. Music ranges from all kinds of electronic, from drum’n’bass to techno, house and breakbit.

Ratejna Music Restaurant
Dvořákova 13
www.ratejna.cz
Ratejna is located in the center of Brno and is divided into a trendy restaurant that can hold up to 70 – 80 people, a bar with good music and a dance hall surrounded by seating for thirty or more people.

Red Cat Club
Masarykova 25
www.redcatclub.cz
Very nice club, air-conditioned, large dance floor, free wi-fi, cocktails, karaoke and a lot of events and parties.

Sono Centrum Music Club
Veveří 113
http://www.sono.cz/Sono-Centrum-music-club-%281%29.aspx
Really cool new music club with the best acoustics.

Tabarin Bar
Divadelní 603/ 3
www.tabarin.cz
Near the old theater, the club is quite small but is usually very crowded. Djs play dance music. It is open 4 days a week from Wednesday to Saturday, from 9PM until the early hours of the morning.

Two Faces Music Club
Biskupská 1
www.two-faces.cz
This club is very popular among locals. Two Faces is built on two floors.
On the ground floor you will find the dance floor and a swimming pool, and a relax zone on the upper with seating. Entrance is about 50 kc.

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Orientation

Orientation week is really special for our international students. Most of the activities are for free, however, some of them come with a little fee. All students receive a “Welcome Pack”. In it is some information about CA Institute of Languages, maps of the city, leaflets of current activities and a SIM card from T-Mobile with 200 CZK of credit.

Some of our orientation week activities include:

  • Orientation-Meeting in the lecture hall to discuss practicalities
  • Tour of Brno
  • Survival Czech (crash course) – BEGINNER COURSE for all students
  • Introduction at faculties and meeting departmental coordinators
  • Brno City Game
  • Language Pub – get to know each other!
  • Movie Night
  • Welcome Party
  • International Dinner – Share Your Plate
  • Weekend excursions

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Pets

NO PETS ALLOWED!

Postal Services

Detailed information is provided on the website of the Czech Post (Česká pošta): www.ceskaposta.cz/en/

Česká pošta (Czech Post Office)
Poštovská 3 (the entrance is on the corner with the Jánská street)
Opening hours:
Mon – Fri: 7.00 – 19.00
Sat: 8.00 – 12.00
Česká pošta (Czech Post Office)
Nádražní 1 (by the Main Railway Station)
Opening hours:
Mon – Sun: nonstop

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Religion

Historically, the Czech people have been characterised as “tolerant and even indifferent towards religion”. According to the 2011 census, 34.2% of the population stated they had no religion, 10.3% was Roman Catholic, 0.8% was Protestant (0.5% Czech Brethren and 0.4% Hussite), and 9.4% followed other forms of religion both denominational or not. 45.2% of the population did not answer the question about religion. Nevertheless, there is a wide range of denominations and faiths represented in Brno, though in most cases their language of worship is in Czech.

Christian – Roman Catholic
Most Roman Catholic churches have two or more masses a day on weekdays, more on Sundays.

For information when and where masses in Czech language take place, please seehttp://www.biskupstvi.cz/farnosti/brnenske_bohosluzby.pdf or http://www.vkhbrno.cz/mse-vbrne

  • Information for foreign students: http://www.vkhbrno.cz/foreign-students
  • Student masses in Czech: http://www.vkhbrno.cz/studentske-mse
  • A mass in English language is held on Sundays at 9 a. m. in the Jesuit church in the chapel on the first floor (rear entrance) http://www.vkhbrno.cz/catholic-mass-brno
  • A mass in German language is held second Wednesday of every month at 5 in the church at Grohova 18.
  • A mass in Polish language is held on frist Sunday of every month at 6 p. m. in the church Minorite Sv. Janu (Minoristká street 1)
  • International Get-Together (reading the Word of God, discussions and tea—every Tuesday at 7 in the Students Centre (Kozi street 8 )

Christian – Protestant, Czechoslovak Hussite Church, Baptists, Seventh Day Adventists, Church of the Brethren, Unitarians, Salvation Army, Latter-Day Saints and Jehovah’s Witnesses
http://brno1.evangnet.cz (The Czech Brethern Evangelical Church)

http://www.ccshbrno.cz/no/botanicka/index-e.php66 (Czechoslovak Hussite Church)

The Red Church (Komenského nám.) belongs to the Evangelical Czech Brethren Church. It holds its regular services on Sundays at 10:00 (during summer holiday at 9:00).

Orthodox Christianity
The single Orthodox church in Brno is situated near the beginning of Gorazdova street, on the slope leading up to Špilberk castle from the western side. For information on the Orthodox church services, please see here.

Judaism
Jewish services take place on Fridays at 18:00 and Saturdays at 9:00 in the synagogue Agudas Achim (street Skořepka 13). The calendar of services can be found here.

The Jewish community in Brno provides kosher meals in their cafeteria (street tř. Kpt. Jaroše 3) – orders are possible on Mondays, please call the secretary at +420 544 509 622.

Islam
The mosque in Brno is part of the offices and cultural centre of the Islamic Foundation in Brno, (Vídeňská street 38a). Worship is held five times daily – the exact times are online at: http://www.islamweb.cz/ (link „Časy modliteb“ in the left menu, then choose „Brno“ in the roll-down menu, and click on the number of the particular month).

The main service of the week is on Friday at 12:30 (when the country is on standard time) or 13:30 (during summer time). For more information, please see http://www.mesita.cz/ or click here.

Buddhism
The Centre of Diamond Way Budhissm: http://bdc.cz/brno/en/

The Zen Budhissm Centre: http://kwanumbrno.webnode.cz/

Registration With Foreign Police

All foreigners, whether from outside the EU or EU citizens, are legally obliged to register their place of accommodation with the Foreign Police (FP) unless any accommodation provider (hotel, hostel, dormitory) has registered you in the books.

EU and EFTA citizens

EU citizens planning to stay in the Czech Republic for more than 30 days must register their place of residence in this country with the Foreign Police within that period. Here in Brno the Foreign Police are located at Cejl 62b (locate on a map). Bring just your passport or ID with you and fill in the little form at the counter. Make sure you know your exact address and the name of your accommodation provider (landlord). Subsequent change of the address has to be reported in 30 days to the Foreign police again, unless a certificate of temporary residence was issued – in that case you deal directly with the Immigration office.

If you intend to stay in the country for more than three months, you have the right to apply for a certificate of temporary residence (“potvrzení o přechodném pobytu”). This is done at the regional Immigration office of the Ministry of the Interior (located at Hněvkovského 65, locate on a map). Though possession of the certificate is not obligatory, you will find that it may well simplify your life in the future, because it goes with the much needed “rodné číslo“. Together with the residence certificate you are applying for a Czech personal birth number “rodné číslo“. This is useful, for example, for such things as obtaining a mortgage or registering your car you will require this certificate, or if you should wish to take out permanent residence in the Czech Republic down the line sometime, the certificate will provide proof of the length of your stay in this country.

Citizens from “third countries”

Foreigners from outside the EU and EFTA must register with the Foreign Police (Cejl 62b, locate on a map) within three working days of their arrival to the country.

Residence permits (long term, temporary, permanent) following the long term visas are issued at the Immigration office of the Ministry of the Interior (located at Hněvkovského 65, locate on a map). Arranging appointment beforehand may save you couple hours of waiting time. More information about the residence permits are to be found directly at the Immigration’s office website: www.immigrationportal.cz.

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Shopping

Brno has a great variety of shopping opportunities – from little boutiques to speciality shops to large shopping malls containing everything you will ever need. Several large malls are situated right in the center of town. Velký Špalíček at Mečová 2 has stores, restaurants and a multiplex cinema, while nearby the shopping mall at Orlí 3 is also a good destination for everyday needs such as food and clothing. The shopping and cultural center Galerie Vaňkovka (www.galerie-vankovka.cz) is located between the railway and bus stations on the edge of the city center. It is comprised of 130 stores, restaurants and cafés and is open seven days a week.

Avion Shopping Park at Skandinávská 2 is in the south of Brno, heading in the direction of Bratislava. Shopaholics might also like to check out the Olympia Shopping and Entertainment Center in Modřice in southern Brno, and also the Futurum Shopping Center at Vídeňská 100, plus the Královo pole Shopping Center at Cimburkova 4. Closer to home, visitors can find some excellent souvenir shops on Slovákova, selling handmade crafts in wood, leather and ceramics. The Cabbage Market or what should have been named as Farmer’s Market now located at Moravsky Namesty is the perfect destination if you need some fresh fruit and vegetables plus it’s a great photo opportunity and good place to chat up the locals. Česká has some good bookshops and you can pick up excellent local wines, beers and spirits to take home at the Tesco supermarket found behind the main railway station.

Addresses and maps of some shopping centers can be found here.

Smoking

Smoking is strictly prohibited in lecture halls, classrooms, offices and in your dormitories, studio apartments, or apartments.

Sports

CA Institute offers a wide range of sporting activities all year round. However, here are a few sport centers around Brno.

BOBY Centrum
www.bobycentrum.com/sport-free-time.aspx
Fitness Centers comprises facilities to do aerobics, squash, bowling, billiards and more.

Spinning and fitness
www.spinning.com
Offers fitness and spinning center.

Kometa swimming pool and VALC active fitness, Sportovní 4
www.valcactive.cz
The place offers facilities of a gym, aerobics center and swimming pool (50 metres length).
Detailed information can be found at the reception desk of the swimming pool or fitness.

Sportparkbalkán – sport center
www.sportparkbalkan.cz

Kraví Hora Swimming Pool
http://kravihora-brno.cz
Indoor and outdoor swimming pools with a jacuzzi and steam sauna.

Kohoutovice Swimming Pool
www.aquapark-kohoutovice.cz

Big One Fitness
www.big1fitness.cz
Fitness, wellness, relaxing, dance classes, martial arts, solarium.

Student clubs

This is a jungle, since Brno has so many clubs, designed to cater to such a wide range of tastes. What’s more, they tend to appear and disappear with more frequency than theatres, cinemas and even restaurants. Unfortunately there is no convenient way to find out everything that is going on with the city’s clubs. Kam v Brně and Kult are helpful; because of its bi-monthly format, Do města /Downtown tends to have more recent information. And it’s worth remembering that many clubs who advertise their programs through posters. In all probability, though, most of the time you’ll probably learn about what’s going on with clubs by word-of-mouth.

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Taxi

By far the best : CITY TAXI

Telephones, SIM Cards

Students usually purchase a mobile phone or already have one of their own. We provide all of our students with a FREE SIM cared from T-Mobile (www.t-mobile.cz) that already has 200 CZK of credit. The pay as you go method works best and you can replenish your credit by visiting T-Mobile center or at any newsagent or tobacco store. Other operators include Vodafone (www.vodafone.cz) and O2 (www.cz.o2.com). North American students should ask for a tri-band phone if they want to use the phone after they return home.

To make an international call, dial 00 followed by the country code. A full list of country codes can be found in the Yellow Pages. Within the Czech Republic the nine-digit numbers can be dialled directly.

When calling to the Czech Republic from abroad, the country code is 00420 (or +420).

For information on telephone numbers in the Czech Republic dial 1180, for information on telephone numbers outside the Czech Republic dial 1181.

Transportation in Brno

The public transport system consists of trams, city buses and trolley buses. Buses operate 24 hours a day. At night there are special night buses. Night buses leave every 30 – 60 minutes depending on the line. The main railway station (“Hlavní nádraží”) is the central interchange point of all night trams and buses.

The interval between most buses is 7 – 15 min from Monday to Friday during rush hours. Weekend intervals are 10 – 30 minutes. The average interval between most trams is approximately 8 minutes during rush hours on working days; otherwise every 10 – 15 minutes.

For more information about fares and connections in Brno check out www.dpmb.cz

For times, schedules and routes check out www.idos.cz
FROM/TO Vinařská, you will get by:

  • Tram 1 – tram stop “Výstaviště – hlavní vstup”.
  • Trolley buses 25, 26, 37, 52 – bus stop “Výstaviště – hlavní vstup”.
  • Night bus 97 stop “Výstaviště – hlavní vstup”.
  • Trolley bus 38 – bus stop “Pavlíkova”
  • Night bus 95 – bus stop “Pavlíkova”

FROM/TO Komárov, you will get by:

  • Tram 12 – final tram stop “Komárov”
  • Bus 40, 48, 49, 63, 67 – bust stop “Komárov”
  • Night bus 94 – bus stop “Komárov”

FROM/TO Kounicova, you will get by:

  • Tram 12 – tram stop “Klusáčkova”
  • Trolley bus 34, 36 – bus stop “Klusáčkova”
  • Night bus 93, 99 – bus stop “Klusáčkova”

Important meeting points and junctions in Brno

  • Náměstí Svobody – the main square of the city center, between the Česká meeting point and the Hlavní nádraží meeting point
  • Masarykova – together with Česká the most important street in the center, leading you from Náměstí Svobody to Hlavní nádraží.
  • Česká – one of the main junctions, also a meeting point (we say “by the clock” – there is a clock at the corner)
  • Hlavní nádraží (the Main Railway Station) – also one of the main meeting places and main junction

The Transport Company of Brno City
(DPMB— Dopravní podnik města Brna )
Novobranská 18
www.dpmb.cz
Hours of operation: Mon – Fri: 6.00 – 19.00

Tickets
Tickets are sold at ticket vending machines, DPMB shops, kiosks and railway stations. You can also buy a ticket for a higher price in the bus, just ask the driver.

Brno city transport pass
For travelling in Brno you can either purchase a single ticket for each trip or use a monthly or quarterly pass (recommended). The validity of a single ticket is time and zone limited. The ticket is valid from the moment it has been validated for a period specified on it and only in those tariff zones marked on the ticket. With all tickets you can change vehicles within the time limit, except for the 10 minutes ticket – this is valid only in the vehicle in which it was validated. The ticket must be validated immediately after boarding a vehicle. During transfers, tickets cannot be further validated.

If you are a student younger than 26 years of age, you are entitled to a reduced-student rate pass for 2 zones which is most practical (cost: 275 CZK per month and 685 CZK quarterly, plus a plastic card cover 10 CZK). In order to obtain this pass, you need to take your ID document (passport), a photo and a special form you will receive from the Centre for International Cooperation to one of DPMD stores for example at the main station. Your student tutor will help you to obtain the pass after arrival.

Taxi
There is no standard price for taxi services, but drivers are required to display their prices, usually on the door. A reasonable price is 20 CZK per km. A drive from both the main railway station and the main bus station (“Autobusové nádraží Zvonařka”) to Vinařská halls of residence should cost approximately 100 CZK. To be sure, ask before the ride what the estimated price would be.

  • Brno AirportBrno City Center – 200 CZK (usual car), 250 CZK (a van up to 7 people) – (other taxi companies might cost up to 400 CZK)
  • Vienna AirportBrno City Center – 2,450 CZK (usual car); 3,000 CZK (a van up to 7 people)
  • Hradec KrálovéBrno City Center – 2,650 CZK
  • Prague AirportBrno City Center – 2,750 CZK (usual car); 3,450 CZK (a van up to 7 people)
  • (If a car has to wait more than 30 min. -> 200 CZK/hour)

City Taxi: Tel.: +420 542 321 321

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Visa & residence permit (visa duties before/after your arrival)

Students from EU countries

Students from the EU (plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) are exempt from student visa requirements.

Students from countries outside the EU

The Czech Republic, like most other countries, requires foreign students studying in the country to have a student visa.

This means ploughing through a certain amount of paperwork, but in fact the procedure described below sounds more complicated than it is in reality. The whole procedure for obtaining a student visa can take up to 60 days. Make sure that you ask for your visa soon enough to receive it before your departure.

The regulations for obtaining visas change from time to time. In addition, embassies in individual countries are given a certain leeway in applying them. This means that the regulations listed here should be considered guidelines only. You should consult your local Czech embassy / consulate for the latest information regarding visa requirements, and the particular local requirements that are in force. Detailed information concerning Visa process is available e.g. at the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic web pages.

A) Applications filed at a Czech Embassy/Consulate General

A student who plans on carrying out studies in the Czech Republic has to file the long-term visa/the long-term residence permit at the Czech Embassy/Consulate General abroad. These applications cannot be filed in the Czech Republic.

A foreign national located outside of the Czech Republic who intends to study in the Czech Republic for a period shorter than 3 months applies at a relevant embassy for a short-term visa for the purpose of studies, that is if a student has a visa requirement for stays of up to 3 months in accordance with Regulation (EC) No. 539/2001. Foreign nationals, who do not need a visa to enter the Czech Republic/Schengen area, do not have to apply for a visa for the purposes of studies shorter than 3 months.

B) Applications filed inside the Czech Republic

Applications filed inside the Czech Republic apply only for students who already reside in the Czech Republic and plan on continuing with their studies in the Czech Republic.

  • An application for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of studies (following up on a long-term visa granted in accordance with § 30, or an application for its extension), can be filed by a foreign national in the Czech Republic if a student resides in the Czech Republic on the basis of a long-term visa granted in accordance with § 30, and if a student intends to reside in the Czech Republic for a period longer than the validity of the current visa and a student intends to reside in the Czech Republic for the same purpose.

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