Welcome to the Czech Republic! We know it is not always easy to begin a new life in a new country. This is why, we created this website which should help you – foreigners – find your way around in the new environment during your first months in Czechia, and to overcome potential obstacles. This is the purpose of the official integration courses financed by the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic. The integration courses are a useful first step in the life in a new country, and, for this reason, the courses are provided free of charge to foreigners relocating to the Czech Republic as soon as they arrive.

WHAT ARE THESE INTEGRATION COURSES

Foreigners who relocated to the Czech Republic and plan to stay here for a longer period of time will receive plenty of practical information which will help them find their way in society and understand their rights and duties. The courses are also intended to enhance inter-cultural skills of foreigners who moved to the Czech Republic recently to ensure the easiest possible integration into the new environment.

These integration courses are provided to foreigners who moved to the Czech Republic recently in the form of regular open public courses at different locations of the Czech Republic. The courses are opened based on demand in NGOs, integration centers, migrant organizations etc. The list of upcoming courses can be found on this website; you can sign up online, and here you can also watch a short film entitled Welcome to the Czech Republic.

We also organize courses specifically for foreign employees. A large portion of the courses is also dedicated to foreign university students and students of preparatory language courses. Courses for employees and students take place on the company/school premises.

Even if the foreigner doesn’t speak any Czech, there is nothing to fear. The courses are taught in Czech, and professional interpretation into English, Russian, Ukrainian, Vietnamese, French, Mongolian and Arabic is provided; we are also working on providing interpretation into Spanish. Interpretation is provided to allow for precise transfer of information in Czech while giving the foreigners an opportunity to learn basic Czech terminology.

WHAT WILL I LEARN IN THESE COURSES?

The courses offer essential practical information from the following areas:

  • National holidays. Traditions and customs. An overview of culture. Interesting places in the Czech Republic and free time activities.
  • Practical daily life. Emergencies. Transport. Driving. Vehicle registration. Postal service. Official correspondence.
  • Housing: Renting a flat. Looking for a flat. Rent-related fees. Risks and protection. Reporting place of residence in the Czech Republic and its changes under the Czech Aliens’ Act.
  • Health care, health and social insurance: Health care system in the Czech Republic. Public and private health insurance. Social security system in the Czech Republic.
  • Education: Czech education system. Placing children in Czech schools. Czech language courses for adults and children. Recognition of previous education.
  • Doing business: Getting a business license in the Czech Republic. Duties – health insurance, social insurance, taxes. Residence of foreigners for the purpose of doing business.
  • Employment: Employee card. Typology of contracts. How to look for work. Taxes. Health and social insurance: Students and employment. Risks and employee protection.
  • Legislation to regulate residence: Visas, long-term residence permit, permanent residence permit, citizenship. Changes in residence status. Terms and deadlines. Biometrics. Attributes of an application, forms and fees. Traveling around the EU/Schengen zone. Invitation to friends and family. Family reunification. Conditions of study regarding legislation regulating residence. Change of school or termination of studies. Useful contacts.
  • Contact details of Czech institutions – Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, regional offices of the Foreign Police Service. Contact details of organizations providing assistance to foreigners free of charge – integration centres all over the Czech Republic and NGOs.

This information will help foreigners address their issues with Czech authorities easier. Contact details of legal and social services of integration centres for foreigners and NGOs will help them understand administrative procedures. Information, knowledge and skills obtained by foreigners will lower the administrative burden borne by Czech authorities and make foreigner integration easier.

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM THE COURSES?

Integration courses are intended for foreigners from non-EU countries who found their new home in the Czech Republic. During the first months following their arrival to the Czech Republic, the courses can provide them with basic information to help the migrants find their way in the new country.

WHO TEACHES THE COURSES?

All our courses are taught by certified lecturers – lawyers and social workers from integration centres (www.integracnicentra.cz) and NGOs working with migrants in the Czech Republic.

DO I HAVE TO PAY FOR THE COURSE?

Welcome to the Czech Republic integration courses are free of charge for the participants.

WILL I GET ANY COURSE STUDY MATERIALS TO USE IN THE FUTURE?

Absolutely. Every participant will receive an information brochure entitled Welcome to the Czech Republic. The brochure includes detailed information about residence in the Czech Republic and contact details of NGOs and integration centres. The course also includes screening of a film entitled Welcome to the Czech Republic; the film describes important elements of social and cultural life in the Czech Republic in a real-life-like manner.

WHAT IS THE DURATION OF THE COURSE? ARE REFRESHMENTS PROVIDED?

The duration of the course is 8 hours according to methodology approved by the Ministry of the Interior. The course includes breaks and a lunch break. Courses for students are shorter.

PROJECT FUNDING

The entire Welcome to the Czech Republic project consists of many activities. The project is focused on integration courses for foreigners and their presentation on this website. We also organize trainings for lecturers and interpreters working during the courses. We update all materials regularly so that you can always find the most relevant information including translation.

As part of the activity plan for 2017 within Welcome to the Czech Republic project funded by the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic, we are preparing a Spanish version of course materials and trainings for interpreters and lecturers including teaching skills. We are working on a Spanish translation of Welcome to the Czech Republic brochure. We are also working on bilingual glossaries containing important terminology from the courses.

The project is implemented by Slovo 21, z.s., a non-governmental, non-commercial organization.