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September 2023


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 for international students


Dear International Students,

The last bits of summer are still here, and we hope you thoroughly enjoyed it. May this newsletter be a gentle reminder of the upcoming academic season. We would like to draw your attention to a few events and important bits of information before the semester begins.

On September 28, the Feast of Saint Wenceslas, we celebrate Czech Statehood Day. Keep in mind that Czech National Day is one of the days when shops have legally restricted sales hours. So do not forget to do your groceries ahead! ;)

We wish you a successful start to the new academic year. Hope to see you at some of our events!

Martin and David


Price increase of new licences


Starting from September 1, prices of the annual ISIC, ITIC, and ALIVE licenses will increase. This change is covered by the rector's measure no. 39/2023. Thank you for your understanding.

Call for New Student Ambassadors


Represent Charles University and engage with prospective applicants from all over the world! Help us to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all international students! Application is open only until September 15!

Support Groups in English


Are you facing some struggles? Do you need advice or just someone to confide in? Every Monday, our coach Jakub Fiala and a psychologist Pavla Čípková organise support meetings in English. Feel free to join!

Mental Health Day at CU


10.10. Solid mental health before the start of the semester is essential. Attend one of our workshops on mindfulness, relaxation, and mental resilience at Hybernská Campus.

Value and Quality in Health Care


10.10. Medical students and enthusiasts are invited to join this seminar at the Public Health Conference held by the CU. For attendance, please register by September 26.

Seminar: Five News in Neurology


10.10. Is neurology your passion? Then attending this seminar is a must! It is organised as part of the Public Health Conference. For attendance, please register by September 26.

New podcast: International Charles


Would you like to share your experience as an international student at CU? Become a guest on the new International Charles podcast and inspire others with your journey! Get in touch with the host via email!

Czech Language Courses at CU


CU's own Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies has specialised in Czech language courses for nearly 70 years. Choose the most suitable one for you, learn with the best tutors, and get yourself an official language exam!

U(I)Calendar 2024 Competition


18.9. Do you have creative skills and experience with artificial intelligence? Create a photo or picture for the CU calendar and compete for a cash prize of CZK 10,000. The deadline for submissions is September 18.


Going Native

Czech history is not only about Charles the IV, the founder of our University. On September 28, we celebrate the Feast of St. Wenceslas ('Svatý Václav'), Duke of Bohemia, who was cruelly murdered by his brother, Boleslaus the Cruel.

Thanks to his martyrdom and the popularity of several biographies extolling his reputation for heroic virtue, Wenceslas was posthumously proclaimed the king and patron of the Czech state and nation. That's why we celebrate Czech Statehood Day on St. Wenceslas Day.

Nowadays, you can find many a depiction of St. Wenceslas all around you. For instance, in your wallet on the 20 CZK coin or in the form of an equestrian statue at the top of Wenceslas Square.

You may have already heard the Good King Wenceslas Christmas carol that actually tells the story of our Wenceslas's virtues. If not, you can listen to it in English here and if you feel confident in your Czech, then see here.

For other famous Czech traditional song praising the St. Wenceslas, see, e.g., this classical arrangement or its modern version by Omnion.


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