SHO’s extracurricular programs are, but not limited to, the following opportunities:
- Guest lectures that correspond directly with the students’ studies
- SHO Buddy Program
- Sport and Cultural Events (there are several, regular sponsored Sport and Cultural events every SHO program term)
- Internship and/or volunteer opportunities in Prague
- Opportunities to meet Czech students through classes and extracurricular activities
- Sport and cultural workshops
- Class excursions and field trips within the Czech Republic and abroad as a way of on-site experiential learning (some of these will be part of the SHO’s basic curriculum).
SHO apartments are made usually of two/four SHO students in completely furnished apartments with full bathrooms (shower or bath) and fully-equipped kitchens in the greater city center area. All the apartments will have internet access and, laundry facilities on the premises.
Regardless of the precise address of your apartment, expect to commute. SHO staff will show you how to use Prague’s transit system and provide you with a commuter pass for the appropriate number of “zones”. The commute from the school to individual apartments is 20-40 minutes by public transportation and walking. Commuting is a common and accepted part of living in most large cities, particularly in Prague.
SHO maintains the all-inclusiveness promise of its fee for students. Thus, as a SHO student one can be assured that their essential needs and comforts will be unquestionably met during their entire stay in Prague. SHO students will have immediate access to all the basics: a cell phone, clean and functional accommodation, registration with their embassy, health insurance appropriate for a program as such, an initial medical physical/check-up, a transit pass for Prague’s system of subways, trams, and buses, as well as a student ID (for Full Semester students only).
The idea here is that students can upon arrival feel secure and not have to immediately start to figure out how to settle in; SHO has taken care of this in advance.
SHO participants are treated as regular students at The Faculty of Sports and Health and at Charles University generally. This means that they have instant (often free) access to the many on-campus and internal facilities and services open to all students at the university. In the chart below is some examples of just a few of these located at the Faculty of Sports and Health, the campus (“faculty”) on which you will most spend your time during SHO:
|Service||What you will find||Opening hours and other|
|Faculty Library||Books and textbooks which can be borrowed. Loans require your student ID (with faculty coupon)||Ground floor of Faculty, door n. H001
Mon–Thurs: 9:30–17:00, 13:00–18:00
|Reading Room||Books, textbooks and magazines and video materials, for use on the premises only. Entry requires student ID.||To the left behind reception in Block H
|Textbook Sales||Books and textbooks for purchase||In the Copy Center
|Falon Copy Centrum||Copy center, options for printing and binding of documents, sales of stationery, accessories and University Merchandise.||Mon–Fri:
|Outdoor Activities Centre shop||Outdoor Activities Centre. Sales of sports equipment, bicycle servicing, ski equipment hire, bicycle hire, outdoor equipment hire. Other items also for sale (t-shirts, sweat tops, mugs, etc. with the faculty logo).||Mon–Fri: 10:00–18:00
Tel: 220 172 093
10% discount for ISIC holders
|Computer Room||Block B, 1st floor|
working on the computers is free of charge, internet includedMo–Th: 8:00–21:00
Fri: 8:00–15:00Cafeteria (Menza)Take your ISIC card to Menza. Firstly, you need to allocate money onto the card. There is someone who takes care of this with you. Then, go to choose your meal.
Usually, you can choose from 4 meals, though this depends what time you go to Menza. The later you arrive, the less varied of a selection you will find.
Block E, Ground Floor
80 CZK/40 CZK with Student ID card
(soup, entree, desert, drink)
Student loungeWifi zone
SHO’s participants will also have access to the many sports grounds, leisure activities, and facilities provided by the Faculty (fees apply in some cases):
Weight Training Room
The weight training room is available from Monday to Friday in the afternoon. The price list is on the faculty’s website:
Located in the basement of Block D (door 107). In operation from Monday to Thursday, from 16:00 to 20:00. On Mondays and Wednesdays, the sauna is reserved for men from 16:00 to 18:00, on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the same time for women. From 18:00 to 20:00, it is open to both men and women.
Multi-functional area and beach volleyball courts
At the faculty sports grounds, one may rent the multi-functional area (includes tennis courts, volleyball courts, basketball courts, badminton courts, football tennis courts, a handball, or small football court) and beach volleyball courts.
It is also possible to rent (for a small fee) balls (for basketball, volleyball, football) and rackets (tennis, badminton). Facilities can be reserved directly with the groundskeepers at the site. You can also make your order by telephone on: 220 174705 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The minigolf course is located next to the athletics track. There are 9 holes. Both clubs and balls can be rented. There is a rental fee. Reservations can be made using the same system as for the multi-functional area and beach volleyball courts.
Located between Buildings A and B. Reservations can be made in the same system as for the multifunction area.
Sports Center at Evropská
The Sports Centre at Evropská is part of the faculty building. You can reach it from the car park in front of the faculty. You can find the full range of services and further information at:
Located in the area of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sports. Usage is possible on the basis of agreement with the Department of Outdoor Sports. For more information: tel: 605 216 886 or email: email@example.com
You will take part in a detailed orientation upon your arrival to Prague. This orientation will include practical components (such as finding your way around the city, how to use your cell phone, what to do in an emergency, etc.), academic components relating to your enrollment at Charles University, and housing orientation.
SHO will begin your acquaintanceship with Czech culture and guide in developing your academic and personal expectations. You will also receive your university ID card and will be introduced to the functioning of the University library, computer centers, and much more. Our orientation portion is also the foremost opportunity to meet other SHO students before studying starts and for getting to know Prague and the Czech Republic.
Online Pre-Departure Orientation
Before leaving home, you will participate in the SHO Online Pre-Departure Orientation.
During the online orientation, you will:
• Meet with other students online
• Get information about SHO
• Receive important alumni tips and concerns
• Have time to ask any questions you may have before leaving home
This initiative will allow you to connect with, reflect on, and learn about what others in your group would like to accomplish. Our goal for the pre-departure orientation is simple: to help students understand more about the program and site, as well as their goals for the program, so that they arrive informed and return home having made significant progress toward their goals.
It is required that all students attend the on-site orientation. During orientation, the SHO staff (and local student guides) will provide a structured introduction to the country, the culture, and the academic program. They will also give you a significant amount of practical information about living in Prague, including:
• A review of emergency procedures
• Detailed information on health, well-being, and safety issues
• Academic information relating to the program and university
• Housing coordination
• Local tours and guided visits in order to help with adjusting to life abroad
This intensive orientation provides a structured introduction to the country, the culture, and the academic program. It also provides practical information about living in Prague.
Of course, further orientation continues throughout the program. Expect, however, that it will take you some time beyond the orientation to feel confident and settled in. In the meanwhile, it is normal to experience moments of confusion or simple frustration. Feel welcome to consult the SHO staff directly if you are having a hard time settling in!
The Faculty of Sports and Health Buddy Program offers you the opportunity to pair up with a local student guide who will help you to settle more easily into your new environment. They will help you both before your arrival and during your stay. Your Czech “buddy” will pick you up from the airport, bus, or railway station, and will help you with transport to your apartment. He or she will be in contact with you during your first days in Prague, and will provide you with basic orientation in the city and at school.
A buddy will be automatically assigned to you unless you let us know that you do not want/require one. He or she doesn‘t need to play just the role of a “buddy” and help you only with formal matters. You might also become really good friends. “Bringing the world together” is the main idea of Buddy System.
SHO students who participate in the Full SHO Semester will have the option to be involved with an internship or volunteer position during their time in Prague, to be arranged directly by SHO staff. At the start of every SHO Semester, SHO’s coordinator will make sure that students know that there are number of different organizations with which SHO collaborates concerning the fields of sports and health directly, or closely-related fields, located within a reasonable distance to the Faculty if not directly on-site.
These opportunities are in place to make sure students have ample ability to get the most out of their time at SHO, and to acquire some hands-on professional experience carrying out or seeing further contextualized functions and know-how they are learning and practicing within their studies. Such opportunities are also a great way for SHO students to continue to expand their touch with Prague, its inhabitants and entities, and the world of physical culture and health in the Czech context in a variety of ways. These internships and volunteer positions will change or vary each SHO term according to availability, scheduling, and need.
One of the best and thorough resources of information about SHO — for both prospective students and parents or those already in the program — is the official SHO Student Handbook.
Consisting of 6 detailed chapters, including useful maps, students can find out everything they want to know, need to know, or don’t yet know they that need to know, by referencing this useful handbook.
We highly recommend that prospective students read it in full, and that participating students keep it at hand wherever they are, as it contains not only essential contacts, program information, instructions on how to deal with everything from boredom, culture shock, all the way to life-threatening emergencies (should they arise), tips and advice about living in Prague and among Czechs, but also hundreds of recommendations for ways to spend one’s free time, where to eat, what to avoid, how much things cost, and much, much more.
Inside is also very important sections concerning European academic/university culture (both general and specific to Charles University) and considerations about acting sensitively with non-natives of English in a study abroad program (if you are a native-speaker) that we regard as extremely good to know about SHO before making your decision to apply or not.
As a companion to your Orientations, we hope that this Handbook will satisfy all your curiosities about SHO, educate you a bit about the culture you will soon be part of, and be an all-purpose reference companion to SHO students at all times during the program.
We recommend, above all, that prospective students read the chapter Healthy and Safety in its entirety, as well as take a look at Getting to Know Prague and the Czech Republic for a general, by no means exhaustive, introduction to the Czech Republic and its people.
2 week/48 contact hours optional English Language Course aimed to improve students’ academic presentation and comunicative skills. This course runs 2 weeks before every SHO semester.
All participants in SHO, regardless of which Semester they take part in, will undergo an intensive Czech language component (of varying lengths) during their on-site Orientation as one of its crucial aspects. Students’ acquisition of Czech will no doubt be ongoing and will continue throughout their time in Prague and in SHO, and, moreover, most participants will have the course Czech Language and Physical Culture as part of their Compulsory Component.
This time will also be a good opportunity to become acquainted with Dr. Luděk Brouček, SHO’s Program Director, as he will be the main instructor for these intensive sessions. With over 12+ years of experience teaching Czech For Foreigners courses to people from all over the world, you are sure to leave this intensive starter with basic confidence and bearings to get by in this unique and wonderful language during your stay in Prague, whether it be for only the summer or for an entire semester in the Czech Republic. We hope that this will be only the beginning of your interest in the Czech language.