There are several types of high schools in the Czech Republic. We place our exchange students mostly into so called "Gymnáziums" which are designed to prepare students for further education on universities.
On the Czech high school you will be part of a group of about 25-30 students that will be spending every day of the school week (Monday through Friday) with you. The core of the high school studies is to attend obligatory subjects such as Maths, Literature (and Czech Grammar), Physics, Languages (mainly English, German, Spanish, French, Russian) etc. Lately, many schools offer an interesting choice of facultative subjects. Attending a Czech high school will be a bit of a challenge but it will also leave you with tons of unforgettable memories. Being an exchange student on a Czech high school is unusual so be prepared to be a target of interest of your schoolmates at the beginning. If you open yourself to these new people, soon you will find good friends that will be more than willing to help you throughout your school path.
Czechs are partial to greasy, heavy, and filling meals. Despite today’s wellness madness and other modern movements regarding healthier food, Czechs still enjoy their traditional meals very much. Czech cuisine is greatly influenced by surrounding countries. For example the dumplings and sauerkraut (our staple dishes) come from Germany, schnitzel (breaded and fried chicken or pork patties) was added to Czech menu from Austria, goulash (gulas) is from Hungary and other additions to our cuisine such as pickles, sour cream or vinegar come from Eastern Europe.
Lot of Czech meals are based on starches and meats. As a side dish, Czechs eat potatoes, dumplings, pasta, rice, etc. Other than that we cannot forget the traditional desserts – kolace (kolaches), strudel with apples, or a special type of pastry filled with cottage cheese, poppy seeds or plum jam.
Czechs also have a few certain dishes that they eat only during religious and holiday celebration or different dishes that a family considers to be its specialty and they use this dish during family reunions. But in general we could say that Czechs enjoy food very much.
The national beverage is beer; Moravian can be proud of some good domestic wines and a domestic plum brandy called Slivovice (Slivovitz)
Your arriving point to the Czech Republic will be Prague airport or Prague main railway station. Prague airport is the busiest airport in the Central and East European region. The main railway station also connects with all neighbour countries and many of these connections are very comfortable and time efficient solution.
In Prague (the capital of the Czech Republic) there is to find a sophisticated system of public transportation. The network of subway, tram, and bus lines is transporting citizens 24 hours per day, 365 days per year. During weekends and over nights (from about 1 a.m. until around 5 a.m.) the transportation is limited, but during the week the intervals between single lines are very short. The capital is the only city with a subway network. Other big cities in the Czech Republic have developed public transportation (including local trains, trams, trolleybus and bus) as well.
The entire Czech Republic is provided with a railroad system and outside-of-the-city- buses are available as well.
Other than mass transportation Czechs rely on their cars a lot. In fact, there is a huge car factory in Mladá Boleslav (near to Prague) called the Skoda auto. This company with about a century-old tradition is well known in other countries as well.
Czech Republic is a member of EU, but the currency is Czech Koruna/Crown (CZK). One Crown is divided in 100 Haler. In Czech Republic most international credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Diner's Club etc. ) are accepted. However, cash is still the main means of payment. Bank machines/ATMs are widely accessible throughout the country.
How much money you will spend, will depend on your lifestyle. But we recommend you to have approximately 2500 – 3000 CZK for a month. Below you find examples of costs of different items.
Movies : 100 – 190 CZK
Hamburger : 20 CZK
Shampoo : 50-100 CZK
Tram ticket (Prague): 18 - 26 CZK single ticket
Student monthly prepaid tram/bus/metro ticket: 260 CZK
Stamp : 17 CZK (EU), 18 CZK (World)
T-shirt : 300 CZK minimum
Paper Back Book : 100 CZK