STEP ONE: Contact your home university’s International Relations Officer
If you are interested in studying and living in the Czech Republic and you wish to spend a semester or two as an exchange student at the University of Ostrava, first you should contact the International Coordinator or International Relations Officer at your home institution. If there is an Inter-institutional agreement under the Erasmus+ Programme, other mobility programme or any other inter-institutional agreement signed between your home university and the University of Ostrava, you can be chosen as an exchange student. Please, kindly check if your university is one of our student exchange partners.
Please, contact our Faculty coordinator or respective coordinators at the department. They will provide you with relevant information and answer all of your questions if needed.
- Faculty of Science: Mgr. Lukáš Laš, Ph.D. (Phone: +420 597 092 113, E-mail: )
Department of Biology and Ecology
Department of Physical Geography and Geoecology
Department of Physics
Department of Chemistry
Department of Informatics and Computers
Department of Mathematics
Department of Human Geography and Regional Development
YOUR NOMINATION HAS TO BE SENT TO US BY YOUR HOME UNIVERSITY RESPONSIBLE PERSON (e.g. International Coordinator or International Relations Officer)!
Once we have received the nomination for your study stay or traineeship, we can begin the administrative process and we will provide you with detailed instructions by e-mail.
STEP TWO: Send application documents
After completing your nomination, we advise all exchange students to complete the LEARNING AGREEMENT FOR STUDIES and return it to your Faculty/Institutional Coordinator via e-mail.
Kindly note that all documents should be sent before the deadlines listed below. Unfortunately, accommodation and successful visa process cannot be guaranteed if you apply after these deadlines:
- 31 May for the winter semester
- 31 October for the summer semester
You are required to register online on the University website via the Application ECTS – Incoming short-term student visits. If you encounter any problems during your registration, please do not hesitate to contact our Faculty Coordinator.
The University of Ostrava Fact Sheet and the Course Catalogue are prepared for you. If you need help with choosing courses when filling in your Learning Agreement for Studies, please do not hesitate to contact your Faculty Coordinator.
Once you are accepted by our university, we are sending you the Letter of Acceptance which confirms you are invited to study at the University of Ostrava.
STEP THREE: Wait for your Letter of Acceptance, get more information on travel possibilities, medical insurance and visa requirements
After the processing of your application documents, you will receive an official Letter of Acceptance provided by the Erasmus Faculty Coordinator. In addition to the Letter of Acceptance, you will receive all other relevant information concerning your studies at the University of Ostrava including detailed information on your chosen courses.
Visa requirements can be found at http://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/information_for_aliens/index.html or http://ec.europa.eu/immigration/. Please, always check the current conditions on the web site of the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs and contact the nearest Czech Embassy for updated and complete information. If you need a visa to enter the Czech Republic, please note that the visa process can take up to 2 months.
Carefully choose your health insurance. Each student is responsible for purchasing health insurance for the entire time of the stay in the Czech Republic.
If you need assistance, you can contact an International Faculty Coordinator.
STEP FOUR: The big day – your arrival in Ostrava
It is absolutely essential that you inform the International Relations Officer in advance about your exact arrival time in Ostrava, so that the details about your pick-up can be specified. There is an Erasmus Student Network of the University of Ostrava (ESN Ostravska) for you to make your arrival and settling down in Ostrava as easy as possible. ESN Ostravska also runs a Buddy Programme which will arrange a Buddy for you. It is necessary to contact them well in advance (at least 3 weeks before arrival).
On your day of arrival, you will be met by the ESN Ostravska either at the Ostrava Main Railway Station or the Ostrava Central Bus Station, depending on your choice. Our Student Buddies will help you to reach your accommodation, deal with the very first formalities required by the manager of the student halls of residence and assist you in finding your way to the International Relations Office Desk. For detailed information about ESN Ostravska, please visit isc.osu.eu.
STEP FIVE: Register at the International Relations Office Desk
After getting acquainted with your accommodation and getting an idea of your surroundings, you should register at the International Relations Office (IRO) of your Faculty.
You will be required to submit the following documents:
- European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)
The Staff of the IRO will provide you with further instructions on how to get a Student Identification Card, access to the University Library, dining halls and computer rooms. Your Buddy (Student Tutor) will show you around the Faculty building and its surroundings, and will familiarise you with your new academic environment.
STEP SIX: Setting your study
After your successful arrival, you need to prepare your study. After the registration, you should visit your departmental coordinator (you may be also accompanied by your buddy) where you are to set out your final shape of the study in the semester. You will be instructed about a detailed content of particular courses, the coordinator will talk to you about your study expectations, you will be also encouraged to modify your previous selection of the courses if needed. All this will result in the modified Learning Agreement- Suring Mobility section, which is to be sent to your home university.
And then – study, study and study… Good luck!
Updated: 26. 02. 2020