We would like to give you a cordial welcome to the Czech Republic and provide you with information about courses that have been organized by the Ministry of the Interior since 2013. Their aim is to make it easier for you to start a new life in a new country.
The adaptation-integration course will help you with a quick and easy orientation in Czech society, getting familiar with basic information and knowing your rights and obligations. Main topics addressed in the course are general questions foreigners have in their everyday life (residence legislation, employment, education, health care, social security, housing, etc.).
You will be also introduced to the basic values of Czech society and Czech culture during the course. Most importantly, you will get information about organizations and institutions providing free counselling for foreigners, language courses and other services.These are mostly Centres for Support of Integration of Foreigners (shortly, integration centres) and non-profit organizations. Having the information about these centres and organizations can help you when solving various problems in the future.
The course is given by an experienced tutor and interpreter.The course is taught in Czech and it is interpreted into one of these nine languages: English, Russian, Ukrainian, Spanish, French, Serbian, Mongolian, Arabic and Vietnamese.
The adaptation-integration course lasts four hours and the participation fee is CZK1,500 for a public course.
The adaptation-integration course is obligatory for selected groups of third-country nationals, principally, people having a residence permit coming into effect after January 1, 2021.On the Ministry of the Interior website, you can find a full list of groups of foreigners that are obliged to participate in the course, including a list of exceptions defined by law.
If you are obliged to take the adaptation-integration course, you need to do so within a year from the date when your resident permit came into effect. In case you don’t fulfil this obligation, you might receive a fine of up to CZK10,000.
The adaptation-integration courses are administered by Centres for Support and Integration of Foreigners exclusively.There are 18 of these centres in the Czech Republic and it is completely up to you in which one you will take the course.
You can take the course directly at the premises of an integration centre (so-called public course), or your employer can organize this course for you in collaboration with an integration centre (so-called non-public course). In both cases, the content remains the same.
On the website Welcome to the Czech Republic you can find information about which groups of foreigners are obliged to participate in the adaptation-integration course, how to apply for it and how to make the payment. In the Download section, there are information materials available for you, and you can read interesting articles about organization of the courses as well as interviews with tutors, interpreters and participants in the News section.