Frequently asked questions
1. Where can I have a lunch?
You can pay by the tickets (Ticket Restaurants)
- U Zlatého slona, Havelská 9, 110 00 Praha 1
- Restaurace Stupartská, Štupartská 9, 110 00 Praha 1
- U tří zlatých lvů, Uhelný trh 1, 110 00 Praha 1
- Ristorante Anna, Dlouhá 22 110 00 Praha 1
- Bistro Na nové radnici, Mariánské náměstí 2/2, 110 00 Praha 1
- U Medvídků, Na Perštýně 7, 110 00 Praha 1
- Restaurace Mincovna, Staroměstské náměstí 930/7 110 00 Praha 1
- U Dvou koček, Uhelný trh 415/10, 110 00 Praha 1
- U Templářů Celetná, Templová 589/1, 110 00 Praha 1
- U Špirků, Kožná 12, 110 00 Praha 1
- Kavárna Slavia – Enotheca, Národní 1012/1, 110 00 Praha 1
- U Betlémské kaple, U Betlémské kaple 251/2, 110 00 Praha 1
- U Jindřišské věže, Jindřišská 26, 110 00 Praha 1
- Presto Florentinum, Na Florenci 15, 110 00 Praha 1
- Sicily café, Senovážné náměstí 994/2, 110 00 Praha 1
- Havelská Koruna, Havelská 21 a 23, 110 00 Praha
- La Casa Blů, Kozí 857/15, 110 00 Praha 1
- Sedm konšelů Žatecká 53/10 Praha 1
- Pizzerie Donna Veleslavínova 93/10 Praha 1
- Country life, Melantrichova 15, 110 00 Praha 1
- Lehká hlava, Boršov, 2/280, Praha 1 (i veganská jídla)
- Maitrea, Týnská ulička 1064/6, Praha 1
- Dhaba Beas, Týnská 19, (ve dvoře), Praha 1 (i veganská jídla)
- Dhaba Vladislavova, Vladislavova 24, Praha 1 (i veganská jídla)
- Dhaba Purkyňova, Purkyňova 9, Praha 1 (i veganská jídla)
- Forky’s Veleslavínova 93/10, Praha 1 (veganská jídla)
Summer School of Slavonic Studies (LŠSS) 2019
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 26 July 2019; the registration office and Simona Drtinová will be at the Hostivař dormitory (see below under Accommodation). The opening ceremony is on Saturday 27 July 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 27 July after the placement test in the room number 300 in the main building of the Faculty of Arts (náměstí Jana Palacha 2, Praha 1). Mrs Drtinová will be near the exit from the room. You can also register on any other day from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the LŠSS office, room no. 304 (náměstí Jana Palacha 2).
- I am an external student and I’m not accommodated at the Hostivař dormitory. Do I have to register there?
No, you don’t. External students will register after the placement test in the room number 300 in the main building of the Faculty of Arts (náměstí Jana Palacha 2, Praha 1) on Saturday 27 July after 11:15 a.m. When you finish the test, find Drtinová by the exit from the room; she will check your personal details and give you the printed programme and other important information.
ACCOMMODATION – Hostivař 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 Hostivař dormitory located in Weilova 2, Praha 10.
- How can I get to the dormitory from the airport?
From the airport, take the bus 119 (direction Nádraží Veleslavín) to the end station, Nádraží Veleslavín. From there, take the metro in direction Depo Hostivař. At the Skalka station, switch to bus 125 going to Smíchovské nádraží and get off at Nádraží Hostivař. (http://lsss.ff.cuni.cz/accommodation/)
- What will I find in my room at Hostivař?
Summer School students will be staying in single-bed or twin-bed rooms with a toilet and shower.
The dormitory will provide towels and bedsheets. (The towels are rather small and we recommend bringing your own.)
There are only ceiling lights in the rooms.
Every floor has two refrigerators and a small kitchenette with only minimal equipment.
There are also washing machines at the dormitory; the fee for using them is CZK 12 per hour (you need to bring your own detergent). There is also an ironing board and clothes iron for CZK 5 per thirty minutes.
Internet: There’s WiFi in the entrance hall. Internet connection is available in all rooms; you will receive your password during registration.
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 Hostivař dormitory or, if you’re coming later, to the main building of the Faculty of Arts (nám. Jana Palacha 2, accessible from metro station Staroměstská, line A) 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 1:15/2:00 p.m.
Students in level 4 may also attend optional seminars and lecturers. All students may attend afternoon workshops. You will find more information in your printed programme that you will receive at registration.
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.
- 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.
- 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. 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. 304 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 Hostivař dormitory where you will be staying. The Hostivař cafeteria will be serving all your meals during weekends. For working days, i.e. Monday to Friday, you will receive meal vouchers for lunch in the centre of Prague.
- 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.
- I’m a vegetarian. Do you provide vegetarian meals?
The cafeteria at the Hostivař dormitory offers 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 Hostivař 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 11 and 12 August which was intended for rest and so there is no official LŠSS programme.
Your visitors can even stay at the Hostivař 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 Simona Drtinová at our office in room 304.