International students can study at UWB either in the short period study stays (Exchange students) or Study Programmes in English.
Short study programmes:
Free movers (students supported by different national or international scholarships)
Free mover - You may also apply to undertake a study period at UWB as a free mover – i.e. independently, not as part of an established scholarship/exchange programme. In this case you should contact International office and International office will ask the relevant faculty, which will decide whether it will accept you for a period of study as a free mover, and under what conditions (e.g. whether any tuition fees would be charged, etc.).
Step 1 – Nomination (contact your home university Erasmus coordinator)
If you wish to come to study at University of West Bohemia as an Erasmus student, your home university must officially nominate you. In the first instance, therefore, you must contact the ERASMUS coordinator at your home university.
Step 2 – On-line Registration
Please, note that this is an obligatory process. Detailed information about on-line registration you will get from us via email.
On-line Registration is available at following website:
Step 3 – Application Forms + Learning Agreement
The students applying for Erasmus study stay at the University of West Bohemia has to send us Application form and Accommodation form within the deadlines:
Accommodation form - application form for accommodation at the university residence
Application form - for incoming students within Erasmus programme
for winter term: May 15 / May 1 (visa applicants)
for summer term: November 30 / November 1 (visa applicants)
LEARNING AGREEMENT and CHANGES of LA
It is a list of courses which has to be approved and signed by the three parties – home institution, host institution and student.
COURSES OFFERED IN ENGLISH
Study programmes (click on the faculty you will study at)
The minimum English language skills requirement for international students coming to University of West Bohemia is: TELC B2 level, Cambridge FCE, TOEFL 500 point (paper exam) or other equivalent.
Step 4 – Sending Documents via email
The scan of the forms, please, send via email to Erasmus coordinator:
Prior to starting your studies you have to enrol in the University. Your enrolment consists of Registration at the Faculty study department and International office.Your registration will be arranged during the Orientation Week Programme or other meetings with the Faculty coordinator. You will get further important information about your studies at the University of West Bohemia.
The Orientation week is always held one week before the semester starts. Within the frame of the orientation program, for students who newly join the university is introduced the social, cultural life of the town by having excursions round Pilsen organized by the presentation team of the Buddy system, students are taken to their departments and helped with setting study programs of their study plans. This time are also arranged all necessary things regarding to travel cards, student JIS cards and PC access.
BUDDY SYSTEM - ESN PLZEŇ (Erasmus Student Network)
However, the main focus of ESN is placed on current exchange students, who often face problems (and feel abandoned) in their new environments. Therefore, ESN offers help in academic, social and practical integration process. This is mainly done through activities in the local sections, which include cultural and social events such as trips to various places within the country, film nights, language projects, international food festivals and last, but not least, parties. In addition to that, many sections have introduced mentor systems, which help the international students mainly in academic and practical integration.ESN also provides relevant information and encourages the future exchange students to gain the international experience and gain relevant insight to different cultures.
You will find more info on: www.esn.zcu.cz.
Accommodation is provided in University Halls of Residence (= dormitories). Students are housed in double-occupancy rooms. Single rooms are generally not available.
Accommodation is available for a limited number of UWB visitors and will be provided for the period corresponding to your study stay at UWB. All halls of residence have fitted kitchens with facilities for self-catering. Students can also use a lavatory and hanging rooms in the building (keys are available at the reception against a small fee). Bedding and bed linen are provided in all our halls (bed linen is exchanged regularly); towels and kitchen utensils (such as pans, plates, cups etc.) are not.
Students who do not want to be accommodated in the halls of residence can contact organization Foreigners www.foreigners.cz for help to find a place in private sector. Prices will be higher.
Halls of residence
refundable deposit 4000 CZK for all international students
http://skm.zcu.cz/seznam-koleji.html (only in Czech language)
2-bed rooms, price about 2 600 CZK /month:
L2 - Bolevecká 32, 301 55 Plzeň
A1 - Borská 53, 306 14 Plzeň
K1 - Klatovská 200, 301 00 Plzeň
B1 - Máchova 14, 301 00 Plzeň
The university canteens (Campus Bory - Univerzitní 12 and Kollárova 19) provide lunches over the week. Price is about 35 CZK/meal.
The canteen at Bory opens at 10:30 and closes at 15:00 for lunch.
Canteen in Kollárova 19, opens at 10.30 closes at 14.30.
Cuisine and Drinks
A wide range of cuisines is available in all major cities and towns. Traditional Czech cuisine reflects the influence of the neighbouring countries: German roast goose, Austrian schnitzel, Hungarian goulash, etc. Typical Czech food is mostly based on meat, flour and sauce and therefore the Czech cuisine is considered rather heavy by modern standards. Czechs usually have lunch as their main meal (soup and a main course), which is eaten around midday. The most popular meats are chicken (kuře) and pork (vepřové), followed by beef (hovězí), usually served with some kind of sauce (omáčka).
Besides the student canteens there are many eating places all over Pilsen - restaurants, pubs, wine bars, grills, fast food facilities, etc. There is no significant distinction between pubs and restaurants. The opening hours are varied (generally from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.) as well as the prices (from 80 CZK/meal to 500 CZK /meal in the top hotel restaurants and night clubs).
A list of restaurants in the whole of West Bohemia is available on the Pilsen web pages.
vepřo-knedlo-zelo: roasted pork served with sour cabbage and dumplings; the most typical Czech dish
svíčková: pot-roasted marinated beef in a rich creamy vegetable sauce and served with cranberries, whipped cream and dumplings
bramboráky: garlic-seasoned fried potato pancake
smažený sýr: fried cheese
nakládaný Hermelín: a soft, marinated Camembert type cheese
párek v rohlíku: hotdog encased in a roll, sold from kiosks
smažený kapr: fried carp
ovocné knedlíky: fruit-filled dumplings, served with sugar and curd
koláče: small pastries topped with almonds, poppy seed, jam, or a sweet curd cheese
štrůdl: apple strudel
The Czech Republic is world-famous for its beer (pivo), which is an important part of the culture. It is recognized as one of the world´s best. There are over sixty breweries in the Czech Republic, of which Plzeňský Prazdroj (Pilsner Urquell), Budvar, Gambrinus, Radegast and Velkopopovický kozel are the most famous. Slivovice, a plum brandy from South Moravia, is the typical spirit of the region. Another typical spirit is Becherovka, a bittersweet herbal liqueur from Karlovy Vary. Among local wines, Moravian varieties are the best.
SHOPPING and SHOPPING CENTRES
There are several shopping centres in the city, the biggest are TESCO, Olympia, Plzen Plaza and Kaufland. Favourite souvenirs are Bohemian crystal, china (porcelain), ceramic ware, leather goods, classical music CDs, wooden toys, illustrated books, costume jewellery, handicrafts and folk arts and crafts products (earthenware, blue prints, bobbin-lace works, maize-straw works, Easter eggs etc.). Shops are usually open five days a week and on Saturday mornings only. A limited number of food shops are also open on Sundays.
Tesco, Borská pole, bus 30 (near the university campus)
Tesco, Rokycanská str , trolley-bus 11, T bus
Plzen Plaza, in the city center, near Sady Petatricatniku, tram 2
Kaufland, centre (Plzeň – Roudná), bus 33,39,41
Olympia, Černice, trolley-bus 13, Olympia bus
Money and prices
The basic monetary unit is 1 Kč (Czech crown - CZK). Banks, exchange offices and some travel agencies provide money exchange services. Credit cards (American Express, Visa, Master Cards, Euro Change, Eurocards) are accepted in ATM (automatic teller machines), in a number of hotels, in some shops, in many restaurants and travel agencies.
Coins and banknotes are of the following values:
• coins - 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 CZK
• banknotes - 100, 200, 500, 1000, 2000, 5000 CZK
Basic food is relatively cheap as is public transport and cinema or theatre tickets. Restaurant prices are reasonable (the price depends on the category and quality of the restaurant).
Living costs for students are about 300 EUR/month.
A tip of 10 % is appreciated in any restaurant with table service. The usual system is that the waiter announces the amount as he or she hands over the bill and the customer while paying announces how much he wishes to pay with the tip included. Tipping is also usually expected at the hairdresser´s, barber´s and other services.
Bank holidays in the Czech Republic
New Year's Day
St. Cyril and Methodius Day, the Slavonic missionaries
Jan Hus Day
Czech Statehood Day
Independent Czechoslovak State Day
Freedom and Democracy Day
24th - 26th December
CZECH CUSTOMS and TRADITIONS
Easter (Velikonoce): Although Good Friday, White Saturday and Palm Sunday are not commonly celebrated, Easter Monday is widely enjoyed. It is a day when various popular customs coming from the pre-Christian era are practiced. Although customs vary in different regions of the Czech Republic, the main Easter Monday tradition is so-called "whipping". Boys call on the girls in the neighbourhood and whip them with plaited willow switches. The whip and the custom are called pomlázka. This "painful" procedure is supposed to guarantee good health and beauty to women in the coming year, and according to tradition girls pay for the service with decorated eggs both real and made of chocolate and sometimes shots of alcohol.
Burning of Witches: The night of April 30 is traditionally known as Čarodějnice (Witches´ Night) in the Czech lands. On the eve of May 1st, Czechs all over the country burn effigies of Morana, the "witch of winter", on bonfires to celebrate the arrival of spring.
Lovers’ Day (1 May): On this day, every girl is supposed to be kissed under a blooming cherry-tree; otherwise she will dry up by the end of the year.
St. Nicholas´ Day (Mikuláš): On the evening of December 5th, St. Nicholas comes with devils and angels the houses to find out whether the children have been good during the year. They leave gifts – usually sweets, nuts or fruits. In return the children should read a poem or sing a song. If the child has been naughty, he/she is given pieces of coal and potatoes.
Christmas (Vánoce): There is no Santa Claus or Father Christmas in the Czech Republic. The spirit of young Jesus, invisible to everybody, comes to children and adults for Christmas. The traditional dinner on the Christmas Eve is carp fried with breadcrumbs and served with potato salad. The symbol of Christmas is a decorated Christmas tree, under which the family places gifts, which are opened after dinner. Some families go to church to attend the midnight mass. In some families there are other customs such as singing Christmas carols, cutting an apple in such a way that the core appears as a star, which brings good luck, or making little boats from nutshells and sending them out in a wash basin. According to one of the Czech Christmas customs and traditions, one is supposed to fast all day before dinner to see the "golden piglet".