Forty-seven foreigners at the Faculty of Arts learn the Czech language within the Summer School of Slavonic Studies

On Monday 19th August 2019 was at the Faculty of Arts USB opened the 28th annual of the Summer School of Slavonic Studies (SSSS). Almost fifty foreigners from 12 countries came this year. They would like to learn and improve their Czech language. The courses level range from beginners to advanced users of the Czech language and they are designed not only for students but for all those from the general public who are interested.

To České Budějovice came participants from Germany, Austria, Great Britain, France, Italy, Russia, Croatia, Romania, Slovenia, Japan, Mongolian and Malta. They are going to study the secrets of the Czech language during the following three weeks.

The Summer School of Slavonic Studies is getting more and more popular. „We are very pleased, that some of our students came again or eventually their relatives or friends enroll in our summer school, “said the director of the Summer School Mgr. Markéta Maturová, Ph.D., from the Department of Czech Studies at the Faculty of Arts, University of South Bohemia.

The first day was traditionally dedicated to the welcome reception of all participants and the introduction among students and their tutors. After the opening ceremony, that was held at 10 o´clock at the Faculty of Arts USB, they absolved an assessment test that enables to divide them into groups according to the current level of the Czech language. Their knowledge level range from absolute beginners, elementary and intermediate users to advanced. „Most of the students study the Czech language, very often they are the students of Bohemistics and they usually study Czech in combination with another foreign language, not always a Slavic language “, added the director of SSSS.

The Summer School of Slavonic Studies does not offer only classical language teaching but it also includes the practice of grammar, pronunciation, reading and lectures focused on Czech literature or history. The program will be complemented with show times of Czech movies, this gives the participants the opportunity to get to know the Czech culture in general. The students will also visit significant Southbohemian monuments. They will discover the beauties of Třeboň, Nové Hrady, Český Krumlov and Hluboká nad Vltavou. These activities will help them to get to know each other better and it is the possibility to practise Czech informally.

The Summer School of Slavonic Studies has a long tradition at USB. This year it is the twenty-eighth annual and almost one thousand students have already participated during all period. SSSS will last at the University of South Bohemia till 9. 9. 2019.

The Summer School of Slavonic Studies organizes the Department of Czech Studies at the Faculty of Arts of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice.  It is a three-week period between late August and mid-September. The courses are designed for international students, professionals (teachers, translators, interpreters) and academic staff members in the field of Czech Studies and Slavic Studies. However, the wide scope of the courses offers something for all those interested in the Czech language, literature, history, and culture.