Frequently asked questions
1. I want to study Czech language. When do the courses start?
ICP’s Czech courses are held twice a year. The registration dates are published in advance on the “Czech Language Courses” page of our website.
2. What levels do you offer? Which textbooks do you use?
We offer courses for the following levels: beginners (A1) and pre-intermediate (A2). Our teachers use the following textbooks: Čeština Express 1, 2, 3 and Czech Step by Step 1 (A1-A2).
3. Is it a problem if I don’t know my level?
No, it’s not! An online test is used to assess your level – you can complete it during the first step of the registration.
Based on the test results the system will assess your Czech level as either A1 or A2. If you are a complete beginner, you can skip the test. If your level is higher than A2, the system won’t offer you any courses.
Attention: If someone else completes the test for you, we won’t be able to identify your level and enroll you for the corresponding course. Hence, please complete the test yourself to avoid unpleasant situations. Thank you.
4. How often do the courses take place and how long do they last?
The courses are held twice a year, and last for about 4 to 5 months.
A course includes 100 class periods. One class usually last three periods or two and a quarter hours. The classes take place twice a week.
5. What are the registration steps
The registration process includes 3 steps:
The registration process includes 3 steps:
- Fill out your personal information and take an online test to determine your level of knowledge of Czech.
- Based on your test score the system will offer you the schedules of courses suitable for your level. Choose only one of these courses, and sign up as an applicant for it.From each course’s applicant list the system will randomly draw 15 participants and additionally put 10 people on the waiting list.
You will be informed of the lot-drawing results by email on 22.7.
In case the system draws your name, you will also get information on motivational deposit payment in the email.
- Pay the refundable motivational deposit of 2000 CZK. Bring your documents to the obligatory first lesson of you course.
6. Is it possible to register in advance or to secure a spot in any course?
Unfortunately, no. Registration takes place twice a year during set periods. It is not possible to register during any other time. We announce all the information regarding current registration at our website.
Regarding information about registration, please only trust ICP’s official resources. Do not trust any private entities presenting themselves outside of our official sites.
7. Where can I register and pass the online test?
You can find link to the registration system HERE. Before entering the system, please read the information on Czech Language Courses on our website carefully.
8. Can I change the course after signing up?
We are sorry. It’s not possible to make any modifications after you’ve registered for a certain course.
Please, choose a course which you can attend. We recommend you to think twice which schedule you choose.
9. What should I do if I can´t attend any of the scheduled courses?
In that case try to contact other organization, for instance:
10. What should I bring for the first lesson?
We need to check that you belong to our target group so please don´t forget to bring your residence permit (passport or biometric card). You will see the exact date and time of your first class in the registration system immediately after successful registration.
11. Why do you present the courses as free of charge if I have to pay 2000 CZK?
The sum you are paying is not a course fee, but a RETURNABLE motivation deposit. The deposit will be returned to you on the condition that you’ve attended at least 70 % of the classes. By this measure we try to ensure that the course will be attended only by students devoted to studying.
12. You say that you can’t provide your services to everyone. How can I find out whether I’m in your target group and thus can attend the courses?
Our services are funded by the EU, and we have to respect the rules. A part of these rules is the target group: foreigners from non-EU countries with legal residence permit in the Czech Republic for longer than 90 days (i.e. long term visa, long term residence, temporary residence, permanent residence) or who have been granted international protection on the Czech territory (asylum or subsidiary protection).
13. What can I do if I fail to sign up for a course?
We are sorry, but if the system hasn’t drawn your name as a participant or put you on the waiting list, there’s nothing we can do for you. Don’t despair; you can take part in the registration the next semester. Try contacting other organizations offering Czech language courses as well.
Please keep in mind that hundreds of students are interested in the Czech courses offered by ICP every time.
We are doing everything we can to let as many of you as possible attend the courses and to keep the quality of the courses as high as always.
14. Where do the courses take place?
The majority of our courses take place at the Integration Centre Prague classrooms at Žitná 51, 110 00 Prague 1.
15. What does it mean if I see a message that I’m on the waiting list? What should I do?
If the system has drawn your name to put on the waiting list, you’ve still got a chance to get into the course. We contact people from the waiting list in case a spot becomes available in the course before the second lesson at latest.
16. What should I do if I forget the password for my account in the registration system?
You can reset the password easily. You will receive the new password by email after you click the “password reset” button. However do remember your sign-in info, because you can see the organizational info for your course and the instructions for paying the motivation deposit in the system.
17. Is it possible to sign up for the subsequent course?
Unfortunately, we don’t hold any subsequent courses at present. If you’ve completed our A1 course and would like to attend the A2 course, you need to go through all the registration steps once again.