Frequently asked questions before arrival
Summer School of Slavonic Studies (LŠSS) 2017
REGISTRATION AND START OF THE LŠSS
- This is the first time I received a scholarship for the LŠSS. What will I need?
Personal documents, money, health insurance and any medication that you need to take regularly. You will also need your letter of acceptance for the LŠSS. Classes, accommodation and meals are paid for by your scholarship. Everything else you can buy in Prague J. But it’s a good idea to take your mobile phone or a computer that will come in useful during your studies.
- When does the LŠSS start, when can I arrive?
LŠSS starts with a registration on Friday 28 July 2017; the registration office and Mrs Mikátová will be at the Kajetánka dormitory (see below under Accommodation). The opening ceremony is on Saturday on 9:30 a.m. in the Velká aula, or Large Hall, of the Karolinum (Ovocný trh 3, Praha 1).
For the registration, you will need a passport and the date of your departure. We will give you your printed programme, a monthly ticket for public transport and other important information. We will also ask whether you want vegetarian meals and explain how to connect to the internet at the dormitory.
After the LŠSS registration, you will also need to fill in a form for the foreigner police at the dormitory reception desk to receive the key to your room.
- I will arrive in the evening/I will arrive later.
Not a problem. The dormitory reception desk is open 24/7 and you can arrive at any time. Registration will also be open on Saturday 29 July after the placement test in the Modrá posluchárna, or Blue Room (Celetná 20, Praha 1). Mrs Mikátová will be in the back, near the exit. You can also register on any other day from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the LŠSS office, room no. 226 (Celetná 20).
- I am an external student and I’m not accommodated at the Kajetánka dormitory. Do I have to register there?
No, you don’t. External students will register after the placement test in the Modrá posluchárna on Saturday 29 July after 11:30 a.m. When you finish the test, find Mrs Mikátová by the exit from the room; she will check your personal details and give you the printed programme and other important information.
ACCOMMODATION – KAJETÁNKA DORMITORY
- I have a scholarship and I’m an internal student. Where will I stay in Prague?
Internal students of the LŠSS are accommodated at the Kajetánka dormitory located in Radimova 12, Praha 6.
- How can I get to the dormitory from the airport?
To get to the dormitory from the airport, take the bus 119 to the NÁDRAŽÍ VELESLAVÍN station and from there take the metro A (green line) in the direction SKALKA/DEPO HOSTIVAŘ. Get off at the DEJVICKÁ stop and take bus 180 to KAJETÁNKA. Other ways to get to the Kajetánka dormitory are described on our website (http://lsss.ff.cuni.cz/ubytovani/)
- What will I find in my room at Kajetánka?
The dormitory is providing bed linen, towels, a glass, soap and toilet paper. Each room contains a desk, a chair, a bed and a closet; each two-room unit has a shared bathroom with a shower, a WC and a fridge. You can also use washing machines located in the basement. There is also a cafeteria at the dormitory where you will get your breakfast and dinner, a club house where we’ll have our evening programme, a TV room, a gym and a billiards room.
GETTING AROUND PRAGUE
- What type of ticket should I buy when I come to Prague? Which option is the best?
You only need a ticket from the airport/train station to the Kajetánka dormitory or, if you’re coming later, to Celetná 20 (accessible from metro stations Můstek and Náměstí Republiky) for the registration. One ticket costs CZK 32.
At the registration, you will get a public transport coupon valid for the entire month which you must always carry with you – you will need it to get to and from school and for our trips.
- I don’t have a scholarship, I’m an external student not accommodated at the dormitory. Will I also receive a monthly ticket?
No, you won’t. If you are an external student, your best option is to buy a coupon valid for 30 days.
WHAT TO TAKE WITH YOU
- What’s the weather like in the Czech Republic in August? What type of clothes do I need?
August is summertime in Prague; the average daily temperatures are around 25 degrees Celsius, but it’s not uncommon to experience temperatures of 10 degrees less or 10 degrees more. You will need summer clothes, sunscreen, sunglasses and an umbrella. It’s a good idea to also pack a few pieces of warmer clothing – long trousers, a sweater or a sweatshirt.
The programme includes concerts, an official reception at the town hall and an opening and closing ceremony in the university’s historical premises, which in the Czech Republic implies more formal clothing, such as a summer dress for the ladies or a shirt and long trousers for men.
It’s a good idea to pack a pair of comfortable shoes, such as athletic shoes, ideally waterproof in case there’s a rainy week. And some advice for the ladies: the university is located in the historical centre of Prague where there are old paving stones everywhere, so high-heeled shoes are rather impractical and the heels tend to break quite often.
- Any other things I should take to Prague?
Personal documents (passport, citizen ID), travel documents (train, bus or plane ticket to/from Prague), money (cash or card), health insurance and any medications that you take regularly.
A mobile phone and a computer/tablet will be useful, and so will a dictionary (could be electronic or on the internet) and some basic stationery.
You will also need your clothes (there’s a washing machine at the Kajetánka dormitory) and everything you need for personal hygiene.
If this is your first time travelling far away from home for a long period of time, pack something you like to eat or drink (such as a favourite chocolate or tea) that will help you if you ever feel homesick.
- I study Czech at my university. Do I have to bring my books?
No, you don’t have to bring any books. For your studies at the LŠSS, you will need a pen and papers, a notebook and a dictionary (could be electronic or on the internet).
Because we’re using online teaching materials as well, it’s a good idea to bring a computer, tablet or a smartphone that you can connect to the internet. If you don’t have any of those, you can use computers available at the university’s information centre.
- How much will I pay for the books that we’ll be using?
You will receive books, worksheets and other study materials in your course free of charge.
- What are the classes like? What’s the daily and weekly schedule?
After arriving, you will all take a placement test so we can find the right course for you. There are 4 language levels, from beginners to advanced students.
Classes start at 9:00 a.m. and end at 1:00/2:00 p.m.
Students in levels 3 and 4 may also attend optional seminars and lecturers (http://lsss.ff.cuni.cz/vyuka/ and http://lsss.ff.cuni.cz/program/prednasky/). All students may attend afternoon workshops (http://lsss.ff.cuni.cz/program/workshopy/). You will find more information in your printed programme that you will receive at registration, on pages 16–23.
LEISURE TIME – CULTURE PROGRAMME
- Is the LŠSS offering any other activities where I could improve my Czech and discover Prague?
Yes, we have an optional programme for all students which is generally available free of charge. You can pick anything you like. In the afternoons, evenings and on weekends, you can come to trips, go on walks, visit cultural institutions, watch Czech films, sing Czech songs or spend your afternoons with our volunteers. You will find more information on notice boards, on our Facebook page and in the programme that you will receive at registration, in the table on pages 28–37 (see also the previous question).
- I’m a beginner/intermediate student and I would like to attend the culture programme. Will I understand? Are there any interpreters?
Our interpreters, who are themselves students of the Faculty or Arts, are an integral part of our team. They will be there for all the events of our culture programme. While the primary language of the LŠSS is Czech, our student interpreters will be providing consecutive or simultaneous interpreting, depending on the specific event. It’s a good idea to meet them at the start of the LŠSS and learn which languages they speak J.
- I’ve been to the LŠSS before. What’s new this year?
Every year, we’re trying to refresh the programme to make sure the LŠSS is interesting also for those who have been here before and know Prague and the Czech Republic well. This year, you can look forward to an interesting offer of afternoon workshops or the informal Monday and Friday afternoons with volunteers. We have also prepared several brand new trips.
- This is my first time in Prague, but I don’t like organised tours and big groups of people. Where can I find good information about the city and its most interesting sights?
The best information about Prague can be found on its official website for tourists where you can also download a guide and maps for your smartphone. Guides and maps are available in many languages from Arabic to Ukrainian (http://www.prague.eu/). If you need any help, don’t hesitate to ask us.
- I have a special interest in a certain aspect of Czech culture or Czech history. Can you give me advice on what I should see in Prague or which books to borrow?
Of course. Visit our office in room no. 226 and we’ll prepare an individually tailored programme for you.
- Does the internship include meals?
Yes, students who have an internship will receive breakfasts and dinners at the Kajetánka dormitory where you will be staying, and lunch in the Mezi řádky bistro which is located close to the building where you will have your classes.
- I’m an external student, but I’d like to attend afternoon workshops. Where can I get some lunch?
Restaurants in the centre of Prague usually offer a discounted lunch menu which typically costs about CZK 120 for one lunch. There is also a bistro and a café serving lunch in the complex of the Karolinum where you’ll have your classes. Alternatively, you can visit our office and buy vouchers for the Mezi řádky bistro from Mrs Mikátová so you can go to lunch together with your class.
- I’m a vegetarian. Do you provide vegetarian meals?
Both the cafeteria at the Kajetánka dormitory and the Mezi řádky bistro offer vegetarian meals. Please tell us that you’re a vegetarian during registration.
- I have a special diet and need specially prepared food.
Students with special diets can cook their own food in the fully equipped kitchenette at the Kajetánka dormitory. Alternatively, you will find many special restaurants in the centre of Prague that are likely to serve food that you need.
VISITS OF FRIENDS AND RELATIVES
- My parents and friends would like to visit. Is this possible?
Yes, it’s possible, but bear in mind that you have language classes in the morning so they will have to have their own programme. The ideal time for their visit is the weekend of 12 and 13 August which was intended for rest and so there is no official LŠSS programme.
Your visitors can even stay at the Kajetánka dormitory. After you arrive, go to the dormitory office and ask for information about free rooms and prices. You can also buy extra breakfasts and dinners. If you need more information, contact Mrs Mikátová at our office in room 226.