Adaptation and Integration Courses for Non-EU Students
What is the adaptation and integration course?
The adaptation and integration course “Welcome to the Czech Republic” is a course during which foreign nationals (i.e. non-EU citizens) will be acquainted with the rights and obligations connected with their stay in the territory of the Czech Republic, with the fundamental values of the Czech Republic, with everyday life, culture and customs prevailing in the Czech Republic.
Participants will receive contact details of important institutions in the area where they live and most importantly, contact details of integration centres and non-profit organizations providing quality and free assistance.
Is it obligatory to take?
As of January 1, 2021, the obligation to take the course does not apply, among others, to holders of a long-term residence permit for the purpose of study.
Foreign nationals, to whom the obligation to take the adaptation and integration course applies, must take this course at the latest within one year of the date of the legal effect of the decision to issue their residence permit. Not fulfilling might be fined up to 10,000 CZK.
Detailed information about the obligation of taking the adaptation and integration course is to be found here.
May I take the course although I do not have this obligation?
Registration is possible for every foreign national registered at the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic who has been granted:
- a long-term residence permit (or long-term visa) for a stay over 90 days;
- a temporary residence permit for a family member of an EU citizen;
- a certificate of temporary residence for an EU citizen;
- a permanent residence permit.
When registering, state your personal details correctly according to your travel document reported at the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.
How to register?
You can proceed on this website of the NGO Slovo 21, that carries out the courses. After registering and paying the fee, it is possible to choose the date and enrol for a specific course.
Have you just arrived at the Czech Republic with the intention to reside here on a long-term basis? In that case, this brochure is right for you. It will introduce you to basic information about the Czech Republic, your rights and obligations in the new country, as well as essential topics that will be of major importance to you – e.g. legal residence, employment, business, housing, health care. The brochure complements the adaptation-integration course Welcome to the Czech Republic which is obligatory for selected groups of foreigners as of 1 January 2021.