As you know, the Czech Republic is a beer country, and many customs and traditions here are associated with beer. The Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of Charles University has even developed its own types of beer (alcoholic and non-alcoholic): pěkný číslo a slušné číslo – you can try them in any canteen of Charles University.
By the way, Pilsner Urquell beer, which is considered one of the best not only in the Czech Republic, but also in the world, is brewed in the city of Pilsen – this city also has the Faculty of Medicine of Charles University.
Here are tips for foreign students on how to integrate into the Czech environment:
Don’t isolate yourself from your Czech classmates!
Don’t be afraid to speak Czech: it may be misspelled and awkward, but you need to practice your Czech. After all, you need to take exams in Czech and solve problems in it. And in general, only you need this, so you develop your Czech language.
Don’t isolate yourself into separate language communities in your department: this is a mistake many guys make, and then they can no longer find a common language and make friends with their Czech group.
Czechs may have friends from their senior years who have experience, some information about the exam, the teacher, in the end, they can transfer student materials among themselves for studying – you need this too. How can a foreigner become part of the Czech Republic?
Respect the country’s beer culture
Beer culture in the Czech Republic is very developed, as the Czechs began brewing beer back in the 11th century. There are a lot of beer bars in Prague: for tourists, where the price of beer is high, and for local residents. You can’t just find such local establishments, you need to know them. They sell beer at low prices and have the atmosphere of a real Czech beer hall, not what they offer to tourists.
If you are friends with Czechs, they will definitely invite you for a beer and take you to “their” secret places – this is very interesting. Because you yourself will never find these local bars and pubs.
Go out for beer with students in the Czech Republic
As soon as you meet your Czech students from your group, you will definitely be called “na pivko/na pivo”. Be sure to go for the first time and get to know the guys, because you will study with these people for several years. You don’t have to order beer at a pub, if you don’t like it, drink what you like and enjoy the atmosphere of student life.
By the way, in the Czech Republic it is customary to go out for beer often; if the group is friendly, then you can go out for beer every Friday. Of course, you don’t have to always go, but going for your very first beer is a must!
Even in the Czech Republic, it is customary for students to “go for a beer” after successfully or unsuccessfully passing a test/test/exam. Even if you don’t pass something, and your new friends go to a bar to celebrate passing the test, then the best thing you can do for yourself is to go with them. They will support you, cheer you up, and offer their help: this is better than coming home and being sad.
By the way, an unexpected fact: sometimes you can even go out for beer with students and teachers. This does not apply to all teachers, of course, but many want to be closer to students and go out for beer with them.
Be friendly and people will be drawn to you. Czechs are always amazed and delighted when foreign students talk about their experience of attending a Czech university. Local students will be very interested if you tell them about yourself and they will help you as a foreigner.