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December 2023


 CU Point


 for international students


Dear International Students,

2023 is slowly coming to an end. For the last time this year, we are bringing you the newsletter packed with invitations to our events, useful links for your studies and everyday life as well as tips on typical Czech Christmas traditions. You'll also find news and events specifically tailored for our doctoral students in a dedicated section below.

To help you stay up-to-date on all our upcoming events, we recommend following the CU Point Calendar and Charles University Calendar.

Please note that the Information Desk and Card Service Centre will have limited hours during the last week of December. Please check our opening hours before visiting or reach out via e-mail for assistance.

Last but not least, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year filled with health and love.

On behalf of the entire CU Point,



A Journey Through Medical Innovations


DEC 5 Explore 25 years of medical revolutions at a seminar led by Dr. Ivana Schnur. This one day seminar will explore the symbiotic relationship between innovation and enhanced patient care quality.

Writing Academic Essays for University (pregradual students)


DEC 6 Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your academic skills and join us for an interactive online workshop focused on academic writing. Discover the essentials in two engaging 90-minute sessions.

HYB4 Music: Jiný Metro + Belgian Blue


DEC 7 Come to the Hybernská Campus for an Indie-folk music extravaganza! Experience Czech band Jiný metro and Vienna-based busking duo, Belgian Blue. For both is typical a combination of lyricism and warm melodies.

Women Scholars Here and There; Then and Now


DEC 8 We invite you to a debate with international women scholars at Charles University on the occasion of Human Rights Day 2023! The event serves as the culmination of the UN campaign 'Orange the World'—the '16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence.'

HYB4 Workshop: Basic Woodworking Skills and Techniques


DEC 13 Unleash your creativity and attend a woodworking course organised by Hybernská Campus. Learn fundamental skills like measuring, marking your material to cut or safe tools use, and practice them under expert guidance.

SheAI - Prague women hackathon


DEC 15 - 17 Are you a woman, curious about new technologies and willing to make an impact? Experience with generative AI or AI coding tools to bring to life new ideas and solutions to the world. All levels welcome, from no prior knowledge to tech-savvy. Many prizes to win!

HYB4 Music: Hybrid sessions


DEC 21 Join us at Kampus Hybernská for Hybrid Sessions! Experience unique duets like Mélusine de Pas (viola da gamba) and Vladimír Micenko (double bass), followed by open jam sessions fostering creative freedom for all musicians. The entrance is free!

Traineeships at the EU Delegation


The Delegation of the European Union in the U.S. seeks candidates for spring 2024 traineeships. They offer funded traineeships for recent graduate students who have at least a bachelor’s degree. The deadline for applications is December 8.

Study at College of Europe


The prestigious university is announcing admissions for the academic year 2024/25 and offers postgraduate studies focused on the EU and European integration. To find out more you can watch online the seminar: Why study at the College of Europe?

Opening hours of Infodesk and Card service center


Before the Christmas holidays, we're here to assist you. Kindly note, during the last week of December the Information Desk and Card service center will be limited for personal visits. Please check our opening hours before your visit or email us.



This project was created to support the mental and physical health of students. We would like to create a community of runners who support each other and run together to clear our minds. You can find all essential information in the whatsapp group.


For our PhD students

Writing a Research Article: Discussion Section & Literature Review


DEC 4 A discussion section is one part of the academic text conclusion. What is its feature, and how to connect it with the literature review? Find the way in our workshop with Eleanor Lurring!

Writing a Research Article: Applying for a Funding Project


DEC 11 The secret of a successfully received grant consists of writing an application. We know some tips for making your project unique and convincing a review committee to get interested.

Writing a Research Article: Abstract


DEC 14 Every academic text needs to have its abstract. Come to this workshop from our cycle "Writing a Research Article" to find out how to create it effectively! This workshop has a new term in December!


Going Native

Czech Christmas

Unlike most other countries, for the majority of Czechs, December 24 (Štědrý den) is the most enjoyable day of the Christmas holidays. Its name literally means "Generous Day," as on this day, children's favorite Baby Jesus (Ježíšek) brings the presents found under the decorated Christmas tree. The Christmas dinner is also very generous, traditionally served after the first star appears and usually consists of carp and potato salad. Additionally, there's always a Christmas dessert or some sweets on the table, such as delicious Vanilla rolls.

Christmas Eve is associated with many superstitions that typically revolve around life, love, and the destiny that awaits in the upcoming year. Some families sing Christmas carols before gathering around the beautifully lit Christmas tree. Throughout the entire Advent period, and especially on Christmas Day, it's popular to visit the Old Town Square or other Christmas marketplaces to enjoy mulled wine (svařák) under the impressive Christmas tree. The day culminates in a church with the famous Jan Jakub Ryba's Czech Christmas Mass.

In the Czech Republic, Christmas extends over December 25 and 26, also known as the First and Second Christmas Holidays, or the Christmas Feast (Boží hod vánoční) and St. Stephen's Day (Sv. Štěpán).

Veselé Vánoce!


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