The Welcome Activities at Prague City University are your first chance to really meet the PCU community (staff, lecturers and fellow students), to learn more about studying at PCU, and to become familiar with the university and the city - if you have just moved to Prague. Our staff and current students will be on hand to provide useful information on living in Prague, getting around, dealing with any challenges, and helping you settle in.
The September 2021 semester will be our first as Prague City University! We have a new name, visual identity, and a fourth school - the School of Education. You can expect some fun events that are aimed at welcoming our new students, reconnecting with our community, and also celebrating our new identity! Below are a few important links and information that will help you get prepared for the weeks ahead.
Orientation Day is your big welcome to PCU! This is an exciting day that allows you to meet new friends, learn about the school, and explore the neighbourhoods around the university campuses, either in person or virtually.
Your Academic Programme Induction is an event that will provide you with detailed information about the courses you will be taking, the grading system, the expectations from lecturers, and much more. This is also the time to meet your Programme Leader and fellow classmates!
It is highly recommended that all new students be sure to attend the Orientation Day and your Academic Programme Induction. Attending both of these days will provide you with all of the information you need to make your transition to university as easy as possible.
September 2021 Welcome Activities
Please see the details below for the September 2021 activities that are planned for each day:
Thursday 9 September - 2pm: PCU Buddy Programme - 1st Meet-up (Online)
During the first meet-up, the Buddy programme will be introduced. Buddies will briefly introduce themselves, there will be a group activity and finally, you will be able to meet your Buddy for a more 1-to-1 experience. We look forward to everyone having the chance to get to know each other better, and perhaps even planning some future meet-ups! For any Buddies that cannot attend, don't worry! We'll connect you and invite you to our next events.
Wednesday 15 September - 2pm: IT Services & Tutorials (Online)
The tutorials focus on best practices for the platforms that are used in both in-person and digital campus studies. The first part of the tutorial will be a step-by-step guide to using each of the tools, which will be followed by an opportunity to try it yourself and ask questions. Nelli Pontes, the Head of Student Services, will be giving virtual demonstrations and will be available for a brief Q&A immediately following the technical part of the session. Student Services colleagues will also join the session to give support and answer other questions about the coming weeks. We hope to see you there!
The recording from the session can be found here!
Wednesday 15 September - 4pm: Parents of Incoming Students Webinar
The parent's session will focus on questions and answers regarding the start of the semester, academic policies/procedures, as well as our health & hygiene planning for the return to in-person teaching. If your parents cannot attend at the given time, please also inform us about their questions and availability so that we can organize an individual session, if possible. The session can be held in three different languages (English, Czech and Russian). Please let us know if your parents are interested, and what suits them best. Participants will be able to log into the session via their web browser - the format of this session does not require downloading the Zoom app, though we do recommend it!
New Student Orientation (In-person & Online)
Important! Students will officially be welcomed to Prague City University and have an opportunity to meet their Study Advisors. The Student Services team hosts activities with members of the Student Council that include interactive ways to get to know the PCU campuses and the surrounding neighbourhoods. This year's orientation will take place both in-person and online. The full program and additional information will be sent to you via email, so be on the lookout for the links and instructions.
Tuesday 21 September - 10am: Orientation (In-person)
This session is for all students that are physically in Prague, and that are able to attend orientation and classes in person. All of our students will receive updated information about the health and hygiene measures that will be in place to ensure the safety of all students and staff.
Wednesday 22 September - 2pm: Orientation (Online)
This session is for any international student that will be studying via the Digital Campus this semester. These students are typically still in their home countries due to travel/visa restrictions.
Thursday 23 September - All day: Programme Inductions
Academic Programme Inductions are your opportunity to meet with your Programme leader (and in some cases, even some of your lecturers). Information about the courses, lecturer expectations, important materials that are needed, and much more insight will be shared during these sessions. In addition, it's a great way to meet some of your direct classmates in case you are already planning for study groups and group projects. Each programme's Induction will take place at different times and places depending on the format of your specific programme. Click below to find yours!The full program and times can be found here!
Friday 24 September: Getting Settled In Your New City
10:00am: Introduction to the Czech Language & Culture
Join us for a FREE introduction to the Czech Language! Our colleague Nela will share some common phrases, tips on pronunciation, and even talk a little bit about Czech people. Learning Czech is not only a valuable asset, it can also help you feel connected to the culture around us. Prague City University is always pleased to offer a series of Czech language classes at beginner and pre-intermediate levels to our students and staff. Our lessons typically take place on Friday mornings and are divided into groups based on level and availability.
We'll send an official sign-up email for the semester's Czech lessons in the coming weeks.
11:00am: City Practice
Our students' health and well-being are important to us! Your Study Advisors are available to help you with academic support as well as light topics related to personal life. If there is a time that a student feels they would benefit from additional professional support, our partners at City Practice are there to offer FREE counseling to our students! Stop by for their introduction and some activities to help us learn about adapting to new cultures and experiences. The City Practice s.r.o. is an independent centre that provides individual and group counseling by multi-lingual counselors. They provide holistic mental health support to help students achieve their academic and personal goals.
12:30pm: PCU BBQ (With Student Council)
Monday 27 September - Friday 1 October - All week: The 1st week of the Fall Semester!
Enjoy your first classes, get familiar with your syllabi, and start organizing yourself for success! Be sure to check in with Student Services, or directly with your Study Advisor if you have any last-minute questions. If you need to contact lectures, or just to find a classroom, reach out to your Buddy as well!
Wednesday 6 October at 6pm: Welcome to PCU Party
A new name and new students need a party to kick-start the semester!
Join us for a rooftop terrace party in the heart of the city where you will enjoy outstanding music, dance and entertainment from our students and alumni. We will also have an inaugural speech from a special guest and other notable speakers to properly celebrate our transition from Prague College to Prague City University. Make new friends and connections by meeting other students, alumni, lecturers and local guests. Student societies will present their activities and you can enjoy food and drinks all evening. The party starts at 6pm.
The location and event page to be announced soon!
See the last semester’s Welcome Party albums here, and here!