The academic year is divided into two semesters, winter and summer semester.
Winter semester - generally:
Teaching period: late September – mid-December
Examination period: January – mid-February
Spring semester - generally:
Teaching period: mid-February – late May
Examination period: late May – late June
|Summer semester structure||From||To|
|Orientation Week||8 February 2021||12 February 2021|
|Summer teaching period||15 February 2021||22 May 2021|
|Summer exam period||24 May 2021||3 July 2021|
Winter semester structure
|Orientation Week||22 September 2021||24 September 2021|
|Winter teaching period||29 September 2021||8 January 2022|
|Winter/Christmas vacation||20 December 2021||2 January 2022|
|Winter exam period||10 January 2022||11 February 2022|
Summer semester structureFromTo
|Orientation Week||7 February 2022||11 February 2022|
|Summer teaching period||14 February 2022||21 May 2022|
|Summer exam period||23 May 2022||1 July 2022|
Public holidays in the Czech Republic:
|1 January||New Year's Day|
|Easter Friday, Sunday and Monday||usually in April|
|1 May||May Day|
|8 May||Liberation from Fascism|
|5 July||Cyril and Methodius|
|6 July||Burning at Stake of Jan Hus|
|28 September||Czech Statehood Day|
|28 October||Establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic|
|17 November||Freedom and Democracy Day|
|24–26 December||Christmas holidays|
Find detailed description in the Study and examination code USB
Assessment of Studies:
1. The basic forms of the study assessment are:
2. During the course of a semester, the teacher can evaluate the students´ performance by:
In compliance with the course syllabus, the results of the above mentioned forms of teacher´s evaluation can be appropriately incorporated into the overall assessment of the student's performance in the course.
3. Assessment outcomes are recorded in the USB on-line study agenda IS STAG. At the same time, records of study performance can be kept in the printed Study Record Book, (“index” = a document recording registered courses and assessment outcomes) or in a file of examination and course credit catalogues or enrolment forms.
4. Based on the IS STAG documentation, the International Office (Exchange students) or the Study Department (degree students) of the corresponding faculty carry out administration related to the admission procedure of applicants, their enrolment, studies and the proper completion of study.
The examination marks correspond with the ECTS credit system:
|Grade||Examination||University of South Bohemia examination ("zkouška")||
University of South Bohemia ("zápočet")
course credit (without examination)
|A||1||1 = výborně (excellent)||
R ("započteno") = course credit achieved
|B||1,5||1,5 = výborně mínus (excellent minus)||
R ("započteno") = course credit achieved
|C||2||2 = velmi dobře (very well)||
R ("započteno") = course credit achieved
|D||2,5||2,5 = velmi dobře mínus (satisfactory)||
R ("započteno") = course credit achieved
|E||3||3 = dobře (passed)||
R ("započteno") = course credit achieved
|F, FX||4||4 = nedostatečně (failed)||("nezapočteno") = course credit not achieved|
The examination result of a student enrolled in a Doctoral degree programme is evaluated by the examiner using the mark “passed” (“prospěl”) or “failed” (“neprospěl”).
Completion of degree studies
The students shall obtain a University Diploma for a successful completion of the degree programme along with the certificate of all completed subjects in a form of the Diploma Supplement in Czech and English pursuant to the ECTS standard.
The University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice provides all graduates with a Diploma Supplement free of charge and automatically since 2005. This Diploma Supplement follows the model developed by the European Commission, Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEEPES. It is published in two languages – Czech and English.
The Diploma Supplement contains the status of successfully completed studies, the list of courses evaluated according to the ECTS and the number of credits awarded for each course. The Supplement includes also the information on the courses completed abroad, bachelor’s or master’s theses, defence of the theses, final state examinations, and the overall evaluation of study results. The Diploma Supplement provides a brief description of Czech Higher Educational System.
The following rules apply for all persons who have stayed abroad outside Czech Republic for more than 12 hours and are now entering Czech territory.
By the law, any USB student or employee who have been abroad in a medium, high, very high or extreme risk country for more than 12 hours and is going back to USB must inform its study department / superior and respect all legal obligations.
ARRIVAL to the CZECH REPUBLIC
For most of the students, it is compulsory to fill-in a form before arrival (www.prijezdovyformular.cz), submit a negative PCR test to Covid-19 undergone before the start of the journey and enter "self-isolation".
The conditions differ according to the personal situation of the person:
Part A: Concerns Czech citizens, foreigners with Czech residence permit, Citizens of EU+ and foreigners with residence permit issued by EU+.
Part B: Concerns non EU citizens without residence permit issued by the Czech Republic or by EU+ country, non EU citizens who have a short-term visa issued before 11th May 2020 or short-term or long-term visa issued by another EU+ country.
The rules for entering the territory of the Czech Republic and quarantine measures are defined by the Protective measure issued by the Ministry of Health.
List of countries according to the level of risk: https://koronavirus.mzcr.cz/en/list-of-countries-according-to-the-level-of-risk/
With effect from 1st July 2021 until 31st July 2021, based on Protective measure issued by the Ministry of Health, Czech citizens and foreigners with residence in the Czech Republic are banned to enter countries with an extreme risk transmission of COVID19 which are: Botswana, Brazil, Eswatini (Swaziland), the Republic of India, the Republic of South Africa, Colombia, Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Paraguay, Peru, Russia, Tanzania (including Zanzibar and Pemba islands), Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. This does not apply to citizens of these countries and to travels, which cannot be postponed due to their nature and which were announced beforehand to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.
More information about USB dormitories: https://www.jcu.cz/study-at-usb/practical-info/accommodation/university-dormitories or http://kam.jcu.cz/cs/ (webpages mostly in Czech – you can use automatic google translate)
For accommodation at USB dormitories, follow the Decisions of the Director of KaM JU.
When arriving from abroad, you must fulfill the conditions for entry into the Czech Republic (see above).
The rooms for self isolation after arrival are situated in Dormitory K5 (K5 Dorm map)
In case that your PCR test undergone in the Czech Republic is positive, contact immediately your Faculty International office coordinator (in usual working hours) or Emergency call line available 24/7 at +420 702 027 176.
Arrival from abroad for Winter Semester beginning on 29th September 2021
Because of higher number of incoming international students, there will be prepared special capacities for students who need self isolation room for the first days.
You have to plan your arrival from abroad starting from 13th September and in order to end the self isolation at the latest on 23rd September, following the instructions above.
PCR TEST CENTRES NEAR THE CAMPUS IN ČESKÉ BUDĚJOVICE
STUDIES at USB
Please follow the instructions given by the university.
Due to current restrictions linked with epidemiological situation, the studies at USB are currently running mainly online (distance learning). We expect, that the situation will be the same for the whole summer semester 2021. Distance learning will go on until the Czech government would allow on-site learning (in classrooms). You should always be prepared for both form of studies (distance – online and on-site)
It is needed to have your own IT equipment (notebook) in order to be able to follow classes. Most of teachers are using MS Teams, Moodle, Zoom.
HEALTH INSURANCE – Declaration of honour
Each student has the responsibility to arrange his/her own insurance for medical purposes and in case of medical repatriation need.
See down in Health insurance.
Before leaving home, please check that you have valid insurance.
Declaration of honour
Before your first arrival to the Czech Republic, please fill-in and sign the Declaration of honour , confirming that you are insured, including Covid-19 risks, during your stay at USB. Send the scanned copy of the Declaration of honour to your Study department, and bring the original document with you. It will be requested on the first days after your arrival.
ESN USB Budweis and BUDDY SYSTEM
ESN USB Budweis is a student organisation that helps international students. They are prepared to welcome you and help you enjoy your stay at USB.
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/esnusb/
Instagram profile: https://www.instagram.com/esnusb/
BUDDIES: A buddy is a local student who helps the international student with arrival and integration in the life of the University of South Bohemia. You can request a buddy by filling-in this form.
Please be aware that this year the buddies may not be able to pick you up in person at the train/bus station. Anyway they can keep in touch with you by phone, whatsapp, messenger to support you during your arrival.
USB has a 24/7 service for international students: an emergency phone number that you can contact in case you need to provide support in English in emergency situation.
This website has been designed for foreign nationals and members of the professional community who are looking for information on migration and integration of foreign nationals in the Czech Republic. It will easily guide you to information on entry into and stay in the Czech Republic. Immigration Czech Republic
Moving to the European Union? Immigration EU
Students from EU countries
Students from the EU (plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) are exempt from student visa requirements.
Students from countries outside the EU
Once you have been accepted for studies at the University of South Bohemia, you will have to turn to the local Czech Embassy or Consulate: the Czech Republic, like most other countries, requires foreign students studying in the country to have a student visa. Possession of a student visa is a condition for studying at the University of South Bohemia.
This means ploughing through a certain amount of paperwork, but in fact, the procedure described below sounds more complicated than it is in reality. The whole procedure for obtaining a student visa can take up to 60 days. Make sure that you ask for your visa early enough to receive it before your departure.
Regulations governing obtaining visas change from time to time. In addition, embassies in individual countries are given a certain leeway in applying them. This means that the regulations listed here should be considered as guidelines only. You should consult your local Czech Embassy/Consulate for the latest information regarding visa requirements, and the particular local requirements that are in force. Detailed information concerning the visa process is available, for example, at the website of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic.
1) Applications filed at a Czech Embassy/Consulate General
Students who would like to study in the Czech Republic have to file an application for a long-term visa/the long-term residence permit at a Czech Embassy/Consulate General abroad. These applications cannot be filed in the Czech Republic.
2) Applications filed in the Czech Republic
Applications filed in the Czech Republic apply only to students who already reside in the Czech Republic and plan on continuing their studies in the Czech Republic.
Additional useful information:
Applications for visas and residence permits for the purpose of studies may be filed at a Czech Embassy in the state of which the applicant is a citizen, or, if necessary, in the state that issued the travel document that the foreign national holds, or in the state in which the foreign national has a long-term or permanent residence permit.
An application for a long-term residence permit following a long-term visa for the same purpose, or an application to extend the current long-term residence permit is filed at MOI offices according to the applicant’s place of residence.
According to Section 178 of the ARFN, a foreign national of more than 15 years of age who is able to express his/her own will and is capable of acting independently is considered legally competent.
The registration for filing an application for a long-term visa or an application for a long-term residence permit at the Czech Embassy is usually done by making an appointment (usually via email) at the Czech Embassy. Contact your Czech Embassy in order to learn about the local conditions.
Embassies charge CZK 500 for accepting an application for a residence permit for the purpose of studies (see consular fees). Foreign nationals pays other fees to the Ministry of Interior : http://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/third-country-nationals-fees.aspx
Foreign nationals are obliged to file applications for a long-term visa or long-term residence in person. In justified cases, embassies can waive this obligation.
More information at https://www.schengenvisainfo.com/czech-republic-visa/
Foreigners who are not citizens of the EU and who are studying or working in the Czech Republic are required to have a long-term residence visa or a long-term residence permit before arriving in the Czech Republic. Please note that it is necessary to be physically present in the country where you applied at the time the visa is issued in the passport.
The application procedure for obtaining a visa for study purposes can take up to 60 days from the day the VISA application is submitted to the local Czech Embassy. Please read the information below carefully and start your application procedure immediately after receiving documents from the University.
For the purpose of a visa application, the Faculty International Office Coordinator or the Faculty Study Department Officer can issue:
The last two documents are necessary for the VISA application.
It is important to contact the local Czech Embassy or Consulate for details concerning the Visa Application and read the instructions on filing the application properly. Different Czech Embassies may require different documents.
In general, the application form must be accompanied by:
Please note that some documents need to be translated into the Czech language by a translator with an official stamp. Please contact your local Czech Embassy for more information.
If you are planning to travel within the Schengen area, make sure you apply for the correct type of visa that allows such travel.
Before arrival in the Czech Republic There is a detailed description of the visa application formalities that you have to handle before your arrival in České Budějovice
After arrival in the Czech Republic:
1. Registration at the Ministry of the Interior and the Foreign Police
For the registration, bring the following:
to the address below (EU students may bring their national health insurance card).
Please, read about the travel medical insurance requirement on the website of the Ministry of Interior: http://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/third-country-nationals-application-requirements-travel-medical-insurance-during-a-stay-longer-than-90-days.aspx
You might be asked to submit an insurance contract and a confirmation of payment before the visa sticker/stamp is added to your passport.
2. When to register:
3. Where to register:
A> FOREIGN POLICE ("Cizinecká policie") - students coming from EU countries (+ Norway, Lichtenstein, Iceland, Switzerland) and students with a long-term visa for the purpose of studies
FOREIGN POLICE ("Cizinecká policie")
Address: Pražská 1257/23, České Budějovice – 3rd floor
Telephone: +420 974 221 829
Monday and Wednesday: 8:00 – 17:00
B> MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR, Department for Asylum and Migration Policy - Students with a long-term residence permit for the purpose of studies
MINISTRY OF THE INTERIOR, Department for Asylum and Migration Policy
("Ministerstvo vnitra, odbor azylové a migrační politiky")
Address: Pražská 1257/23, České Budějovice – 1st floor
Telephone: +420 974 226 851
Monday and Wednesday: 8:00 – 17:00
Tuesday and Thursday: 8:00 – 12:00
Friday: Only for clients with an appointment
4. Extending of your stay as well as your visa
If you want to extend your stay in the Czech Republic, you will have to apply for the long-term residence permit in České Budějovice (no earlier than 3 months before and no later than 14 days before the end of the validity of your visa) at the Regional Department for Asylum in Migration Policy (Ministry of the Interior) in České Budějovice (please see contact details above). Please note that you will have to pay a fee: http://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/third-country-nationals-fees.aspx
List of Czech Embassies and General Consulates abroad
Students from EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are entitled to necessary and urgent health care free of charge.
It is necessary to have a European Health Insurance Card.
It is highly recommended to have a supplementary travel health insurance. It should be arranged by the student before leaving the country of origin.
More information (for EU citizens).
Based on international agreements, medical travel insurance is not required from citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cuba, Japan, Macedonia, Montenegro, Turkey, Serbia, and the United States of America. The same exception applies to participants of the Erasmus Mundus programme, Fulbright scholarship programme, European Voluntary Service of the EC Youth in Action programme. Foreign nationals who wish to take advantage of these benefits should follow these instructions.
All other foreign students who intend to stay in the Czech Republic for more than 90 days are required to purchase comprehensive health insurance coverage. You will be asked to submit a proof of the Czech health insurance when you apply for a visa. The coverage limit is EUR 60,000 at the lowest and the insurance must be purchased for the entire period of stay. The insurance must be contracted with a provider specifically certified to provide such insurance on the Czech territory. Consulting a Czech Embassy or consulate and checking that the insurance meets the requirements for an application for a visa or residence permit for stays longer than 90 days is recommended. There are several Czech insurance companies that provide the right type of insurance specifically designed for the needs of international students: SLAVIA, MAXIMA, UNIQA, VZP, ERGO.
The travel medical insurance must cover the cost of emergency medical care, including a medical evacuation or, in the event of death, the repatriation of remains to the country that issued the applicant´s travel document or to the applicant´s country of residence. The insurance policy must not exclude coverage for injuries and damage caused by the applicant´s intentional acts, injuries and damage caused by a fault or a contributory fault on the part of the applicant, and injuries and damage caused by the consumption of alcohol, narcotic and psychotropic substances by the applicant.
You can try the health insurance calculator to compare the different offers: http://infocizinci.cz/en/health-insurance-calculator/
More information for non-EU citizens
You can buy the necessary insurance on-line if you click on the following links (Pojišťovna VZP):
Foreigners' Basic Medical Insurance online (in English)
Foreigners' Comprehensive Medical Insurance online (in English)
Medical aid (emergency, pharmacy, doctors)
Your health insurance entitles you to visit any general practitioner or a dentist. If you have eye problems or any other specific problem, you should first visit a general practitioner, who will examine you and then, if necessary, arrange for you to see a specialist.
Unless it is urgent, we recommend calling in advance to make an appointment. Do not forget to take your insurance card, insurance number or any document proving that you have insurance.
If you urgently need medical attention outside doctors' office hours, you can go to the Hospital of České Budějovice (Nemocnice České Budějovice, a.s.)
Located in the lower area of the hospital, Pavilion G,
access from Gen. Svobody Street.
Contact: +420 387 878 001
Monday – Friday: 6:00 – 22:00
Saturday, Sunday: 9:00 – 21:00
Located in the lower area of the hospital, Pavilion E,
access from Gen. Svobody Street.
Contact: +420 387 878 570
Monday – Friday: 16:30 – 21:30
Saturday, Sunday: 8:00 – 18:00
In case you need assistance, contact your "buddy" from Erasmus Student Network USB Budweis.
There is a large number of pharmacies in České Budějovice, and the most common opening hours are 7:30 to 17:00, Monday to Friday. At the weekend, you may also find open pharmacies in shopping centres.
There is also a 24/7 pharmacy, located at the entrance of the hospital of České Budějovice: http://www.nemcb.cz/practical-information/pharmacy/
Hospital of České Budějovice (Nemocnice České Budějovice) - entrance hall
B. Němcové 585/54
370 01 České Budějovice
Phone: +420 387 873 103
Opening hours: available 24/7
Information on studying with disabilities or handicaps
The centre provides services for:
Students with special needs
Students and candidates experiencing the following can benefit from the service offered by the centre:
The University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice
Support Centre for Students with Special Needs
(Student Club Kampa building)
phone.: +420 389 036 026
Mgr. Zdeněk Toušek
(Head of the Support Centre)
Personal consultations are possible upon appointment via phone or e-mail.
Emergency (police, medical & fire services)
You will not be bored at the University of South Bohemia, even after school
Student life is not just about spending time in the lecture hall or library. Become a mentor to foreign students, a radio reporter, a magazine editor, a theatre actor or a musician in the university orchestra in your spare time.
You can also stand for election in the Academic and Faculty Senates and become an active member of the University’s academic life.
Students, who are interested in university events, can join student organisations.
The University of South Bohemia provides excellent meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner), salads and snacks in the University Refectory, which is located on campus (Studentská 797), Faculty of Theology in the city centre (Kněžská 8) and the Faculty of Health and Social Sciences (J. Boreckého 27).
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