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 Ministry of Health 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?
If you are staying in a dorm or using other services of the Dormitory and Canteen Administration (SKM), please respect the rules applicable at these facilities. More information is available at SKM website.
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 1212.
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?
All students interested in getting accommodation in a UWB dormitory must take the RT-PCR test for SARS-CoV-2 and remain in voluntary quarantine in a UWB dormitory until they learn the test results (they shall sign a statutory declaration to that effect). Exempt from this rule are students who can provide evidence that they have spent the past two weeks in the Czech Republic.
Students from high-risk countries shall undergo a second mandatory covid test after two weeks.
In case of foreign exchange students and students taking part in full-time study programs delivered in English, all the relevant information shall be provided by the International Office, including information on reimbursing the cost of the covid tests.
In case of students enrolled in Czech study programs, the following procedure of test cost reimbursement shall apply (students arriving from high-risk countries will be reimbursed for both tests):
The student will bring the receipt for the test along with his/her identity document (passport, ID card or JIS card) to either of the two UWB cash offices (located at Univerzitní 8 or sady Pětatřicátníků 14) . The receipt must not be dated before August 1, 2020 and can be redeemed no later than November 30, 2020.
In the event of a positive test result, the student is obligated to immediately contact the Student Office of the relevant faculty by email or telephone.
Private accommodation (Unicity Living etc.)
Student from high risk country
- must get tested on Covid at Prague airport right after the arrival
- sign the Affidavit and send scanned version to the International Office
- inform Regional Hygienic Station about the arrival (will do the International Office for exchange students and degree students in English study programs)
- must get tested again in 14 days from the first testing (International office will organize it for exchange students / International Office will inform degree students in English study programs / home faculty will inform degree students in Czech study programs) and will stay in a quarantine before getting this test results
Student from no/low risk country
- arrival with a negative Covid test (not older than 72 hours) – send the proof of it by email to the International Office
- sign the Affidavit and send scanned version to the International Office
- exchange students only: will be tested on Covid on the 10th or 11th September (testing will be organized by the International Office) and will stay in a quarantine before getting this test results
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 Regional Hygiene Station, the personal presence of students at classes is prohibited with effect from 23 September. The prohibition does not apply to clinical and practical teaching and practice, individual visits to libraries and study rooms, individual consultations, testing in the presence of a maximum of 10 persons and laboratory, experimental or artistic work in the presence of a maximum of 15 persons.
The measure will last until October 23, during which time the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen will move to distance learning. Therefore, 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.