Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is, quite justifiably, called the Heart of Europe, not only for its geographic location, but also for the many important historical events that took place in the area during its development. In its time, the Czech Republic was also the centre of world-known artists and architects. If you like to explore historical cities and monuments, there countless of them here. The most famous of which is, of course, the capital city Prague with the Prague Castle as its dominant feature, Charles Bridge, the famous astronomical clock at the Old Town Square (Staroměstské náměstí) and many other often visited places. Prague however also offers more than just historical monuments - summer chillaxing on the bank of the Vltava river and wild parties in the city centre at the local clubs and bars.

Even though it may not seem that way, the Czech Republic is not only Prague. Many more beautiful places are awaiting you. Apart from visiting local masterpieces, you and your friends can take a trip to nature - the neighbouring Beskydy mountains or the close-by Jeseníky, for example. And when you become tired of visiting nature and historical monuments, you can pop by a restaurant where the famous Czech beer is on tap and the traditional “vepřo-knedlo-zelo” (roast pork with dumplings and cabbage) is served. It may come as a shock to the light paella-accustomed Spaniards, but nothing another beer wouldn’t fix.

Ostrava will become your new home for the next few months. You may not find centennial castles or any other breath taking historical sights here, but you will be surprised by the beauty of Ostrava’s unique steel dominant feature – the Lower Vítkovice Area. The old area of the steelworks has attracted a lot of attention in the past years and acts as the centre of many cultural and sporting events. There are many technical monuments in Ostrava and even more in its vicinity. You can visit the mining museum, Landek Park or Michal Mines, for example.

Prague is not the only hotspot in the Czech Republic, Ostrava is also live and kicking. Don’t worry, you won’t spend your nights being bored. You can go to Vrtule student club, for example, which is located right on the university campus. In the centre of Ostrava, the famous Stodolní street awaits you with its modern bars and music clubs. And when you feel that you have had enough of wild partying, you can relax and watch a nice movie at the cinema or have a fragrant coffee at a café.

For foreigners, one of the many advantages of staying in Czech is the low chance of spending a lot of money. Czech prices are cheap for most foreigners. Just have a look at how your currency stands to our crown and you will find out whether you will be living as kings during your studies. Another advantage is accessibility. The Czech Republic is quite small in area, so it won’t take you too much time to travel from one city to another. Czechs are nice so you won’t have a problem in meeting new people. You could come across a communication barrier with the older population as they had to cram up on Russian language for years. The younger people will be very grateful to be able to practice their English language with you.

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