International Students Take up the Challenge of Volkswagen Prague Marathon

Author : Edvinas Vensas - International iForum
Friday, 31 March 2017 14:23

From the early morning hours, Old Town Square was crowded and preparations were in full swing, organising supplies of energy drinks, nutritious food and setting up various health related stalls and stands. Everywhere you looked, there were runners warming up with their supportive friends or families. This year, the event had something for everyone including a full marathon, a relay, team competitions, a family mini-marathon and even a dog walking race – the only thing required was some energy and encouragement!

Medical student who assisted with birth has baby named after him

Author : Petra Köpplová, Lukáš Malý
Photo: Lukáš Malý
Friday, 31 March 2017 14:23

An internship at a clinic in Itibo, Kenya is providing student of the CU 3rd Faculty of Medicine Lukáš Malý with unexpected professional and life experiences. His patients suffer from typhus, malaria and HIV/AIDS, as well as injuries from machete attacks. One HIV-positive mother who he helped to give birth named her son after him.

In the Role of Medieval Miners…

Author : Ivana Herglova
Photo: Ivana Herglova
Friday, 31 March 2017 14:23

When preparing an Erasmus trip, you first need to select an attractive destination for the excursion. You must also keep on mind that the destination should not be too far away from Prague (or any other of our university cities). Then you need to plan the programme of the day or the weekend. The very best trips are usually those combining a visit of an attention-grabbing destination and its monuments or other places of interest and an event on which the students can actively participate.

Bulgarian Roses and the Art of Art Education

Author : Ivana Herglová
Photo: Mirena Vaseva
Friday, 31 March 2017 14:23

Mirena Vaseva is an Art Education Ph.D. student from Plovdiv University, Bulgaria, who joined the Faculty of Education in Charles University during her Erasmus study in the summer semester of 2015/2016. As an Art Education student it was an obvious choice for her to join the award winning Europe Meets School programme, a voluntary teaching programme of the Erasmus Club at the Faculty of Arts.

Karlštejn Castle Trip - a True Experience of Czech Heritage

Author : Emma Mc Loughlin
Photo: Ivana Herglová
Friday, 31 March 2017 14:23

A checklist of the Czech Republic’s most historic and beautiful sights is not complete without the inclusion of Karlštejn castle. A candidate for UNESCO World Heritage Site, my trip there last month with the Erasmus Club of the Faculty of Arts demonstrated just why that is. Standing tall on the picturesque hillside of Karlštejn village, it represents a truly alternate era of the Czech Republic’s history, from a time when monarchy ruled the lands and Catholicism was the order of the day.

New Nomads and Migration Literature

Author : Natalie James - International iForum
Photo: red.
Friday, 31 March 2017 14:23

On Wednesday 30 April, the Faculty of Arts at Charles University in Prague hosted a lecture by Dr. Hans-Christian Trepte, from the University of Leipzig, entitled 'In Search of a New Freedom: New Nomads and Migration Literature.' In his lecture, Dr. Trepte discussed a series of books relating to the issues of exile and emigration, and the links between travel and culture.

We Were a Handful: A Children’s Book Not Just for Kids.

Author : Weronika Pukrop
Friday, 31 March 2017 14:23

Foreign students, teachers and visitors of Charles University often come to the university bookshop in Celetná Street looking for English translations of Czech books which they can bring back home as a souvenir from Prague. You would not be wrong if your choice of such a token would be We Were a Handful, one of the most popular Czech books for children, written by Karel Poláček.

One step further into the life of Charles IV

Author : Annabel Easton
Friday, 31 March 2017 14:23

The year 2016 marks seven hundred years since Charles IV’s birth in Prague, yet his presence is still very much felt around the city. Charles Bridge and Charles University are the two best known monuments founded by the King and a quick walk around the cobbled streets shows that he hasn't and won't be forgotten any time soon.

An exploration of Hradec Králové

Author : Fiona Smith
Photo: Fiona Smith; Faculty of Pharmacy of CU
Friday, 31 March 2017 14:23

Hradec Králové is a lively city situated in the region of Bohemia in the Czech Republic. Just a comfortable two hour train journey away from the centre of Prague, Hradec Králové is perfectly situated for people who want to travel around the Czech Republic and beyond. Home to one of the faculties of Medicine and the Faculty of Pharmacy of Charles University also makes this a student city where something is always happening. Brimming with history but also adapting to modern city life, Hradec Králové has plenty to offer to all.

Special and Inclusive Education through the Erasmus Mundus programme

Author : red.
Photo: red.
Friday, 31 March 2017 14:23

Rolando has been actively involved in promoting the empowerment of children with disabilities in the Philippines for six years now. He realized that, in order for him to be more effective, he had to study critical background theory on special and inclusive education. He was really happy when he got accepted for a Master’s degree in Special and Inclusive Education through the Erasmus Mundus programme.

City based University vs. Campus University

Author : Jack Baines
Photo: arch.
Friday, 31 March 2017 14:23

There are a number of big decisions that you have to make when becoming a university student, but none more so than what type of university you’re going to study at, city based or campus based.

The Europe Meets School Programme: Thriving Cultural and Language Lessons

Author : Poppy Gerrard-Abbott
Photo: red.
Friday, 31 March 2017 14:23

My memories of language lessons at school are along the same lines as my memories of “food technology” classes or girl's netball – characterised by a sense of confusion, an oddball teacher and the rhetorical question of “why exactly am I being made to do this”, as I learnt how Smartie cookies are made step-by-step on a production line or as I gallivanted round in one of those itchy pleated sports skirts, having a whistle periodically blown at me whilst my male classmates were allowed to charge and scream aimlessly in the mud for an hour.

Internships at the Manuscriptorium Digital Library

Author : Luke Cowley
Friday, 31 March 2017 14:23

The European Office of Charles University has a long standing cooperation with the National Library of the Czech Republic. CU Erasmus students have the opportunity to join the library for internships that not only provide assistance to the community, but also enhance their career prospects and help them to gain vital experience.

Misadventures in Managing Trips

Author : Ivana Herglová
Friday, 31 March 2017 14:23

There are numerous student associations at Charles University that organise extra-curricular (read free-time) activities for the international or Erasmus students. When I was studying abroad myself, the existence of such events appeared very logical to me – there are international students at the university so you offer trips, country presentations or cinema and theatre clubs to them.

The Wonderfully Witty Drama Queens Bring Agatha Christie to Prague

Author : Poppy Gerrard-Abbott - International iForum
Photo: The Drama Queens
Friday, 31 March 2017 14:23

On June 25th, I visited the charming Žižkovské divadlo Járy Cimrmana in Žižkov (Žižkov Theatre of Jára Cimrman), a hotspot for student nightlife, quirky bars, strong cocktails and chunky burgers. This teeny, tucked away theatre was hosting an amateur adaption of Agatha Christie's play The Mousetrap through the independent student based company The Drama Queens.

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