Life in Czech Republic

Keep your mind open; always smile, even though many won't smile back.Cindy from AZ, Semester Program
I found it somewhat difficult that young Czech people were not used to going to each other's houses. Most of the time people would socialize other places, but it was seen as somewhat of an irregularity to spend too much time at someone else's house. Malachai from NY, Year Program
Ask right at the beginning what they expect from you. Cleaning and chores are a huge part of the student’s life in the Czech Republic. The sooner you get a hang of that, the sooner you will fit in with other students. Erika from WI, Year Program
I was surprised at how cold the people are. It takes a while for them to open up to you. At first you will think everyone is mad at you, but they aren't. People don't touch as much either. Caroline from GA, Year Program
Czech people will always ask you why you choose their country, so be prepared. They are interested in our culture and really want to know more about it. Cindy from AZ, Semester Program
The best way to really connect with classmates is with sports, or with something you are good at. If they see you doing well at something, they generally respect you more for it, and it is easier to relate. Malachai from NY, Year Program
Don't take it personally if your classmates are extremely busy. Getting involved with some after school clubs and sports is going to be the best way to meet people. I really wish I had gotten involved with more. Even if you normally don't do something, now is the time to try. Holly from CA, Year Program

Digging Deeper


Language Resources
Cultural Resources
News and Media
Movies and Documentaries
  • Divided We Fall (2000)
  • Kolya (1997)
  • Zelary (2000)
  • The Elmantry School (1993)
  • Spalovac Mrtvol (1969)
  • The Fireman's Ball (1968)
  • Lemonade Joe (1967)
  • Nicky's Family (2011)
  • Broken Silence (2002)
  • Amadeus (1984)
Books
  • The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  • The Trial
  • The Good Soldier Švejk
  • Too Loud a Solitude
  • Krysař
  • Saturnin
  • Máj
  • Hordubal
  • We're Czechs
  • A History of the Czech Lands
  • The Czech Reader: History, Culture, Politics
  • The Best of Czech Cooking
LGBTQ Resources (Diversity) Heritage and Ethnicity Resources (Diversity)
Note: The links and resources listed in "Digging Deeper" have been provided to AFS by people involved with our organization, including alumni members, volunteers, etc. AFS has not reviewed the resources in their entirety and presents them "as is" for your own information. As such, the sites, publications, films, etc. do not necessarily reflect the approval of nor the views, opinions, and/or values of AFS.