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December 2020




Dear International Students,

The year 2020 is slowly coming to its end. We all have experienced many difficulties this year due to the Covid-19 restrictions and changes in our everyday lives. Nevertheless, we hope that you have had a successful year both at school and in your personal life.

For the last time this year we are bringing some useful links as well as tips for you to refresh your mind before the exams and also to make you feel jolly and ready for Christmas. In this newsletter, you will also find information about Czech Christmas traditions or donating plasma and winter clothes for those in need.

We wish you a wonderful Christmas time and a prosperous new year 2021!

Marie & Zuzana & Petra
International Student Advisors, CU Point



Our Student Volunteers

We would like to thank all CU students who took and are still taking part in volunteering activities – whether in hospitals, teaching children or in any other area. Every helping hand is appreciated. We are proud of you!


Student Cards

Do you need to prolong your ISIC card for the next year? Check the updated opening hours of our Card Service Centres. It is possible to extend the card in January as well.


Do You Want to Become a CU Alumni Ambassador?

If you are about to finish your studies soon and you would like to promote Charles University after graduation, feel free to contact us at



Apply for Ph.D. Programmes

…and start your studies in March 2021. Some of the doctoral programmes are open for summer/spring intake with application deadlines in November/December 2020. For more information, see the central database of study programmes.


Doctoral Study Hub

Are you a Ph.D. student and interested in further both personal and professional development during your doctoral programme? Follow the news and the events on the website of the Doctoral Study Hub and the website of CU Point.


4EU+ Alliance

Charles University is one of the six partner universities of the 4EU+ Alliance. The European University Alliance offers new opportunities for students and academics; follow the news on the website. In November, CU took over the Chairmanship of the 4EU+ Alliance.


22,000 E-books Now Available

Thousands of SAGE and Oxford e-books are now available for Charles University users. You can access these multidisciplinary e‑books via the links above, even from the comfort of your home.


Let’s Open Science!

The Open Science Support Centre of CU is proud to launch a new English Open Science Website. Pay us a visit and learn more about open access publishing and research data management.


Commemoration of the 17/11/1989

This year marked the 31st anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in the Czech Republic. 17/11 is also the International Students' Day – read more in the Rector’s speech here.


Covid-19 Infoportal

New Covid-19 information portal was launched in November. Here you may find answers to all coronavirus FAQs as well as a complete overview of current measures, data, testing information etc. Coronavirus testing at CU


Anti-covid Plasma Donation

Hospitals and hematology institutes are looking for donors who have recovered from the Covid-19 infection. Plasma with antibodies is used to treat people with severe Covid-19 infection. Would you be willing to help?


Donate Socks and Winter Clothes

CU Point collects warm clothes for homeless people in need. You can donate socks, winter clothes (jackets) or sleeping bags and bring them to the Card Service Centre in Celetná 13, Prague 1, during the opening hours.


Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen – 75 years

Our Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen was established in 1945 and celebrates 75 years of existence this year. Did you know that this faculty has been offering medical studies in English since 1992? Since then, this faculty has had thousands of international graduates!


Study in the CR – Photo Competition

Take part in a photo competition organized by Study in the Czech Republic and win some cool prizes! Post a photo on Instagram showing your experience of studying in the CR. #studyincz2020competition


Culture Tips

Do you miss culture? We recommend visiting the exhibition Kings of the Sun in the National Museum – read more here. Further, the National Gallery offers a digital database of its masterpieces online as well as one-minute lectures on famous works.


Czech Christmas Traditions

Czech kids' favourite Baby Jesus (Ježíšek) brings the presents that you find under the decorated Christmas tree. We also sing Christmas carols, eat carp with potato salad, listen to a Christmas Mass, enjoy delicious Vanilla Rolls and other Christmas desserts. It is popular to go and drink mulled wine under the impressive Christmas tree at the Old Town Square. Veselé Vánoce!


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