Erasmus+ Incoming Students

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Basic facts about the Czech Republic and the town of Valašské Meziříčí

The Czech Republic is a formation of three historical lands of the imperial and royal Crown – Bohemia, Moravia ad Silesia.

Area: 78,864 sq. km
Population: 10.3 mil
Capital: Prague
Currency: Czech Crown (CZK) (1EUR = 26 CZK)
Official language: Czech

The Czech Republic lies in the temperate zone of Europe, which makes for pleasantly mild summers and winters. Average temperature in summer is +20 °C and in winter -6 °C.

Before arriving in the Czech Republic

Documents necessary for entrance and the stay in the Czech Republic:

  • Valid passport or valid ID, if citizen of EU
  • Visas, if the home country of a visitor has not signed an agreement on visa-free relations. The visa can be obtained from the Czech Republic representative authorities abroad.

If your planned stay is shorter than 90 days, you should apply for the short-term permit up to 90 days at the Czech Republic Embassy or Consulate; at least 30 days in advance before your departure. You have to do so when coming to study, regardless of the 90-days visa-free allowance to visit the country.

When arriving for a period of time longer than 90 days, you need to apply for the residence permit over 90 days (long-term residence permit).

Note: you can apply for the permit only outside of the Czech Republic. Further application on the Czech territory is impossible.

For all necessary information regarding the requirements for obtaining the visa, please contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of the Czech Republic. Our International Office will provide you with all the certificates you might need for your visa application.

Getting Here

It is possible to arrive in the Czech Republic by plane, either at the Airport of Václav Havel in Prague or at Ostrava-Mošnov airport. Ostrava is about 60 km and Prague is about 350 km from Valašské Meziříčí. From Prague it is better to travel by train, from Ostrava you can travel both by train and by bus. Our international office will provide you with all necessary information concerning bus and train services in our region.

Cost of Living

Cost of living for incoming students studying at the HPS in Valašské Meziříčí is not very high. Incoming students have an opportunity to stay at Youth Home (Domov Mládeže při ISŠ-COP). The accommodation costs 1,300 CZK per month, the meals (breakfast and dinner) 1,000 CZK per month. Students can have lunch at our school canteen, where they pay about 500 CZK per month. The total amount for accommodation and meals is about 110 € per month.

Health and Insurance

It is strongly recommended that you inform your home insurance agent about your stay in the Czech Republic. Medical care is provided free of charge for foreign visitors only in emergency situations, otherwise there is a charge. You can see the school general practitioner.

Computing and Library Services

Students at the Business Academy and Higher Professional School enjoy good computer facilities. There are about 260 computers available, all provided with peripheral equipment. Computers are used almost in all subjects except for a few ones. All the local networks (LAN) have been integrated. There is access to the Internet, Wi-Fi is available, too.

The School Information Centre provides you with additional support in learning, teaching and research work. There are several different databases available at your disposal. Our library staff will be happy to assist you with the information retrieval systems and other information sources.

International Cooperation and Exchange Programmes

The Business Academy and Higher Professional School is engaged in a lively international cooperation especially in Erasmus+ programme. The Higher Professional School got the Erasmus Charter in 2003, so this programme has a long tradition. We realize both students and teachers mobility.

Sports and Leisure

The Business Academy and Higher Professional School offers various opportunities for leisure. Sports activities are offered by playgrounds, gymnasium, tennis court and fitness centre. The town of Valašské Meziříčí offers visitors various opportunities to practice sports and enjoy their leisure time:

  • Inndoor and outdoor swimming pool
  • Fitness centre
  • Indoor sports (ice hockey, volleyball, basketball, squash, floorball, bowling, billiard…)
  • Astronomical observatory
  • Facilities for both cross-country and down-hill skiing
  • Bicycle tracks
  • Cinemas
  • Rock club
  • Restaurants


January 1 New Year’s Day
Easter Monday movable holiday
May 1 May Day
May 8 National Day – Day of Liberation from Fascism (1945)
July 5 The Day of St. Cyril and Methodious
July 6 National Day – Master Jan Hus burned at the stake (1415)
September 28 National Day – The Day of St. Wenceslas
October 28 National Day – Czechoslovak Independence Day (1918)
November 17 National Day – Day of the Fight for Liberty and Democracy (1989)
December 24 Christmas Eve
December 25-26 Christmas Holiday