Information for students – COVID-19
This webpage will inform you about measures adopted by UWB and give you answers to frequently asked questions.
Last update: marked with *
What are the current measures in the winter semester?
In line with the extraordinary measures by the Czech Government and UWB internal regulations, the following restrictions apply to courses taught in the winter semester:
- follow actual government regulation
- if you are experiencing symptoms of a viral infection, refrain from entering the university buildings, contact your general practitioner and follow the instructions given by him/her and the public health authority.
- if you were in close contact with a COVID-positive person and did not wear personal protective equipment, contact your general practitioner and follow the instructions given by him/her and the public health authority.
- using face coverings indoors is obligatory
- use disinfection, ventilate rooms and stay indoors for the shortest amount of time necessary
- keep a 2-meter distance from one another
- based on the current epidemiological situation or as part of measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, stricter rules may be imposed on individual UWB premises than the aforementioned rules.
I have test positive for SARS-Cov2 / I am under mandatory quarantine. What should I do?
If you have test positive for SARS CoV-2 or are put under mandatory quarantine, inform your faculty's Student Office of this fact by telephone or email (via a form), eventual and a head of your dormitory. In the event of specific extraordinary situations related to the Covid-19 disease, UWB will proceed in line with instructions from the Regional Public Health Authority and will follow all current extraordinary measures adopted for the particular territory by the appropriate Regional Public Health Authority or any nationwide measures enacted by the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic. Information on any measures applicable to the entire university shall be distributed by email and made public on the UWB website.
* I stay in a dorm, are there any restrictions?
According to the Resolution of the Government of the Czech Republic, it is prohibited to provide accommodation to university students who have a different residence in the Czech Republic in university dormitories, except for students participating in clinical and practical training and practice, students of medical study programs, and students participating in pedagogical practical teaching and practice.
I have recently visited a foreign country. What should I do?
If you suspect you are infected, contact your GP or the Regional Public Health Authority of the Pilsen Region.
If you have any questions, you can also contact the emergency number 1221.
More information about Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.
What should I do if I am an Erasmus student or participant in an exchange programme?
In order to prevent the spread of coronavirus COVID-19 in the Czech Republic, the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs recommends travelling abroad only in urgent and necessary cases.
It is possible to travel abroad only if it is possible both on the part of the Czech Republic and on the part of the host country where the mobility takes place.
Incoming students 2020/2021
University of West Bohemia accepts nominations of incoming students and plans to start in-class teaching in autumn semester 2020-21. If the situation changes, UWB students and UWB international partner institutions will be informed.
The process of admitting new foreign students is also influenced by the measures of individual states, especially by the current visa process on the part of the Czech Republic. Information on the visa process can be found on this website.
The Czech government has divided European countries into three categories based on the risk of infection. Foreigners from countries shown in green on the map may enter Czech Republic without a COVID-19 negative test or compulsory quarantine, foreigners from countries shown orange or red must provide evidence of a negative test for coronavirus or enter quarantine for 14 days. The Ministry of Health will evaluate the data once a week and will update the classification of countries, based on the development of the local epidemiological situation. See the current map from the Ministry of Health. Please check the information regularly.
University of West Bohemia recommends following the information on COVID-19 published by Czech authorities, your home university, your embassy or consulate in the Czech Republic and other relevant official sources of information:
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
- Embassies and Consulates in the Czech Republic
- Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic
- World Health Organisation
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
- National Institute of Public Health
* What should foreign students do, what is the accomodation procedure?
Everybody must respect current Czech Government decision (available here) when crossing Czech borders:
- if coming from a high risk country, they have to fill in the online Arrival form and everybody must get a PCR test, on their own expenses,
- if coming from EU country, the can get tested in EU country and come with a negative covid test (not older than 72 hours),
- if coming from non-EU country, they must get tested in the Czech Republic within 5 days after crossing the borders. The students themselves must send the test result to Regional Hygienic Station. Before getting the test result, the student has a ban of free movement
How can I help as a student?
- Students of the Faculty of Education have offered babysitting for PRIVAMED hospital staff and other volunteer activities.
- Students offer help at the Facebook page Pomáháme v Plzeňském kraji (We help in the Pilsen region).
* How the classes are organized in the winter semester?
Based on an extraordinary measure of the Goverment of the Czech Republic, the personal presence of students at classes and testing, if more than 10 persons take part in the test in one time, is prohibited with effect from 7 December, including participants in lifelong learning.
The prohibition does not apply to:
- clinical and practical teaching and practice of students of medical and health care programmes,
- pedagogical practical teaching and practice of students in kindergartens, primary and secondary schools,
- individual consultation (one student and one teacher only)
- entrance examination (10 persons maximally)
Please follow the current information of your faculties.
Recommendation for students
- Follow the current information put out by the teachers of individual courses. The current epidemiological situation is dynamic and changes can occur very quickly.
- Check your contact details in the STAG system and regularly check your messages in your university email accounts.
- Make sure that you have access to all the platforms on which teachers organize or will organize their lectures and seminars.
- In the event of any problems, do not hesitate to contact your teachers as soon as possible in order to resolve any problems.
- Give your teachers feedback. Your suggestions and comments may help increase the quality of course delivery and avoid any problems and complications.
- If you test positive for COVID-19, inform the relevant Student Office of this fact and if you are staying in a dorm, also the Dorm Manager.
Recommendations for teachers
- During the first week of study, inform your students about the possibility of transitioning to an online form of study using electronic communication tools.
- Before the start of the semester, guarantors of courses will decide what communication platform will be used in the event of a transfer to online learning. Information about the various options, organizational, methodological or technical support in distance learning can be found at Lifelong Learning website.
- During the distance form of learning, it is necessary to observe the current class schedule for the winter semester.
- Get ready for a possible distance examination in the winter semester examination period and also consider modifying the relevant exam requirements.
- Actively request feedback from students. Their suggestions and comments may help increase the quality of course delivery and avoid any problems and complications.
- Inform students of any changes to the organization of the course by email, e.g., by the mail distributor feature in IS/STAG.
Recommendations for guarantors of study programs and department heads
- Stay in touch with the teachers of individual courses within the various programs’ study plans and department heads, and coordinate the delivery of individual courses to avoid students being overloaded in case of a transition to a combined or distance form of learning. Make sure that the teaching is diverse and varied.
Can I visit the University Library?
Follow current information on the University Library website.