Tschechien - Czech Republic
Part of Czechoslovakia until the "velvet divorce" in January 1993, the Czech Republic has a robust democratic tradition, a highly-developed economy, and a rich cultural heritage. It emerged from over 40 years of Communist rule in 1990, and was the first former Eastern Bloc state to acquire the status of a developed economy. It joined the European Union in 2004.
Communist rule had lasted since the late 1948, when the restored prewar democratic system was overthrown in a Soviet-backed coup. The "Prague Spring" of 1968, when Communist leader Alexander Dubcek tried to bring in liberal reforms, was crushed by Warsaw Pact tanks. In 1989, as the curtain was coming down on communism in the Kremlin, the dissident playwright Vaclav Havel emerged as the figurehead of the country's "velvet revolution" and became the first president of post-communist Czechoslovakia. An era ended in February 2003 when he stepped down as president. It had been interrupted for only a few months at the time of the separation of the Czech Republic and Slovakia, with Mr Havel becoming first president of the former. Mr Havel saw the ghost of former Soviet military influence exorcised in 1999 when the country was granted full membership of Nato. He left office having led it to the threshold of the EU. His old rival and successor as president, Vaclav Klaus, oversaw accession to the union.
In addition to its developed industrial economy, the Czech Republic now attracts tourists to some of the finest Baroque, Art Nouveau and Cubist buildings in Europe.
The School of Business and Economics has the following Partner Universities as part of the ERASMUS Program:
Czech and Roman king Charles IV founded the Prague University in 1348 as the first university north of the Alps and east of Paris. In 1882, in the period of a high national political movement, the Charles-Ferdinand University in Prague was divided into two universities: Czech and German. The German university drew notable professors including Albert Einstein as it developed scientific research methods. With such a long history, Charles University remains the oldest university in Prague and one of the oldest in Europe. Today, the university consists of 17 faculties and is the biggest university in the Czech Republic. Thanks to its location at the crossroads of various cultures, Prague has countless cultural and historical points of interest that are sure to make your stay at Charles University an exciting one!
The winter semester typically runs from the end of September/beginning of October through the middle of February. The summer semester typically runs from the middle of February through the beginning of July. Once you are nominated by the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin you will have to fill out the online registration form. Deadlines for doing this are:
- 30 June for the winter semester
31 October for the spring semester
You can choose from various courses in English, German, French and Czech. To search the course catalogue follow the link http://is.cuni.cz/eng/studium/predmety/index.php?KEY=Az1 and you will also be able to search by faculty and language of instruction. Most faculties offer a number of Czech language classes at various levels, from beginners to intermediate that you may also wish to register for. These usually charge a small fee and you can find more about the different courses by contacting the course/faculty coordinators (See http://www.cuni.cz/UK-2047.html).
See also "Study Programs" (in English): http://www.cuni.cz/UK-1108.html
Accommodation is provided in Charles University Halls of Residence in double-occupancy rooms. The rooms are always available starting approximately one week before the beginning of the semester/study period including the orientation week. You can expect to pay between 130 and 180 Euros per month in the student dormitories. It is also possible to look for a private shared apartment from between 180 to 380 Euros per month depending on the location of the apartment.
- International Office: http://www.cuni.cz/UK-1016.html
- Student Experience Reports from former Outgoing Exchange Students
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