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 Erasmus+ Coordinator or International Relations Officer at your home institution. If there is an inter-institutional agreement under the Erasmus+ programme signed between your home university and a Faculty of the University of Ostrava, and if you are chosen as an exchange student, please get in touch with the Erasmus+ Coordinator at the relevant Faculty here in Ostrava. Faculty of Arts: Ing. Lada Gottwaldová.
Once we receive your nomination for your Erasmus stay at the Faculty of Arts, you will be provided with a detailed handbook sent to your e-mail address by the Faculty Erasmus Coordinator. You are required to register on the University website via the application “ECTS – Incoming short-term student visits”. If you have any problems during your registration, please do not hesitate to contact the Erasmus+ Coordinator at the relevant Faculty.
STEP TWO: Send application documents
After completing your registration via the above-mentioned application “ECTS – Incoming short-term student visits”, we advise all Erasmus+ exchange students to fill in the following document: LEARNING AGREEMENT FOR STUDIES and return it to Lada Gottwaldová via her e-mail .
Kindly note that all documents must be sent before the deadlines listed below. Unfortunately accommodation cannot be guaranteed if you apply after these deadlines:
- 31 May for the winter semester
- 31 October for the summer semester
If you need help choosing subjects when filling in your Learning Agreement for Studies, the Contact Person for each Department will be able to assist you.
STEP THREE: Wait for your Letter of Acceptance, get more info on travel possibilities, medical insurance and visa requirements
You will receive an official Letter of Acceptance (and all other relevant information concerning your studies at the Faculty of Arts, including detailed information on your chosen courses) directly from the Faculty Erasmus+ Coordinator after processing of your application documents.
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. The University of Ostrava International Student Club (ISC OU) will help make your arrival and settling down in Ostrava as easy as possible. ISC also runs a Buddy Programme, which will arrange a Buddy for you. We recommend that you arrive in Ostrava on a weekday (Monday to Friday). On your day of arrival you will be met by somebody from the International Student Club (ISC OU) either at Ostrava’s Main Railway Station (Ostrava-hlavní nádraží) or Ostrava Central Bus Station (Ústřední autobusové nádraží, ÚAN), depending on your choice. Our student Buddies will help you to find 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 (IRO). For detailed information about the International Student Club, go to isc.osu.eu.
STEP FIVE: Register at the International Relations Office
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 show the following documents:
- your home country ID card or passport
- a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) for students from EU countries
- Participants must have adequate insurance coverage. Medical travel insurance must be valid for the entire duration of the participant’s stay throughout the territory of all Schengen Area countries; the minimum coverage must be EUR 30 000. The participant is responsible for purchasing the appropriate insurance coverage in advance.
- 2 passport photos
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 advisor) will show you round the Faculty building and its surroundings, and will familiarize you with your new academic environment.