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December 2021




Dear International Students,

The year 2021 is slowly coming to its end. For the last time in this year, we are bringing you the CU Point newsletter packed with invitations to our events, useful links for your studies and everyday life as well as tips on typical Czech Christmas traditions. We hope that you enjoyed our events this year; our newsletters will provide you with invitations and news from the university in the following year again!

In the light of the current situation, the Student Chamber of the Academic Senate of Charles University kindly appeals to students to persevere in the observance of anti-epidemic measures.

We hope you stay safe and healthy, and we wish you a wonderful Christmas time and a successful new year 2022!

Marie, Zuzana and Bohu
International Student Advisors, CU Point


Prof. Milena Králíčková Elected New Rector of Charles University

Prof. Milena Králíčková, CU Vice-Rector for Education, makes history as the first woman to be elected the Rector of Charles University. She will chair Charles University for the years 2022 - 2026. Read more about her life path here. Congratulations!

CU Point – Christmas Opening Hours

The information desk in Celetná 13, Prague 1, is closed to the public between December 27 and 31. The hall remains open as a chill-out zone. If you need to prolong your ISIC card, check the opening hours of our Card Service Centres. It is possible to extend the card in January as well.

Charles University Merchandise

In the university online shop, you may find t-shirts or hoodies with the CU logo in various colours. Check also other products and find your perfect gifts, souvenirs and high-quality merchandise! You may also buy selected items in the CU Bookstore in Celetná 14, Prague 1.

Healthy Lifestyle Webinar

7. 12. Sign up for the Healthy Lifestyle webinar. The online session focuses on the well-being of students, healthy lifestyle, and nutrition. You will acquire healthy eating habits for vital body function, creative energy, and an active life!

Ph.D. Students: Academic Leadership Workshop

7. 12. Are you interested in leadership and want to become a good leader in the academic environment? Come to our workshop and learn how to create or adjust your strategy of leadership in the future.

Ph.D. Students: Presentation Skills in Virtual Environment

15. 12. Do you need to present your work online at international conferences? Do you wish to keep your audience engaged and look better on camera? This webinar will help you cope with the above and more.

Charles University Ball

14. 1. We would like to invite you to the traditional Charles University Ball which will take place on January 14, 2022, from 8:00 PM at the Žofín Palace in Prague. Come and enjoy the event and the great time with us! Tickets for students and employees are available here.

Do you know anyone who is considering studying at our university? Applications are now open, and we are looking forward to welcoming new students at CU! Check the new website for applicants You may also watch the recording of our webinar Study at CU for prospective students.

Virtual Carolinum Guided Tour

Did you miss the Carolinum guided tours organized in November? We invite you to take a virtual tour of the beautiful historical Carolinum building with one of the vice-rectors, professor Royt. You will learn more about the history and the main seat of Charles University.

Let’s Open Science!

Do you want to learn how to avoid predatory journals and conferences or how to manage your research data? Visit the Open Science Support Centre’s website for helpful information and training.

Commemoration of 17/11/1989

This year marked the 32nd anniversary of the Velvet Revolution in the Czech Republic. November 17 is also the International Students' Day. Read more about how and why Czechs mark this date here.

Science Slam CU Contests Results

The CU Science Slam stand-up format contest winners are Lucie Urbanová from the First Faculty of Medicine and Jakub Mazanec from the Faculty of Arts. Have a look at the report from the event.

University Hockey Battle 2021

CU university hockey team won in the traditional University Hockey Battle when our players defeated the Prague University of Economics and Business in the finals. We are proud to say that our hockey players are the unbeatable champions!

New Pipe Organ at Carolinum

Students, graduates and visitors have a chance to see and hear the newly installed pipe organ at the Carolinum’s Great Hall during matriculation or graduation ceremonies and other special events. Read more and see the photos here.

Faculty of Humanities Architecture Award

The new modern building of the Faculty of Humanities in Prague 8 won the highest award in the competition Grand Prix of Architects – the National Architecture Prize 2021.



Study Places

Looking for some calm study places in the centre of Prague (or nearby)? We have a few tips for you! Try the following locations:

·     Jan Palach Library at the Faculty of Arts

·     Reading rooms at the National Library

·     Municipal Library of Prague

·     National Library of Technology

Czech Christmas Traditions

On December 5, Czech kids are visited by St. Nicholas accompanied by an angel and a devil who give children sweet gifts. On the evening of December 24, 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 and enjoy time with family eating delicious Vanilla Rolls and other Christmas desserts. It is popular to go and drink mulled wine (svařák) under the impressive Christmas tree at the Old Town Square or other Christmas market places. Veselé Vánoce!


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