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Covid-19 FAQs

What are the symptoms of Covid-19?

The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are:
- fever
- fatigue
- dry cough

Some patients may have:
- aches and pains
- nasal congestion
- runny nose
- sore throat
- diarrhea

These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell. Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who gets COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness. About 3,5% of people with the disease have died. People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

More info: https://www.who.int/news-room/q-a-detail/q-a-coronaviruses

What should I do when I have Covid-19 symptoms?

If you have a fever or exhibit symptoms of the flu do not go anywhere, stay in your apartment and please call the UPCES Emergency Phone immediately (+420 720 991 827).

All in the UPCES community is asked to exercise the same reasonable precautions used to prevent the spread of viral illnesses: practice good hand hygiene; do not share food, drinks, etc.; avoid close contact with others if you feel sick; and cover your cough or sneeze with your elbow.

What should I do if I was in contact with someone from the affected area?

As new cases of COVID-19 are confirmed globally, new travel restrictions and advisories are in place and travel impacts are quickly changing. Please check this link frequently because this changes rapidly.

If you came into contact with someone from an affected area pay close attention to possible symptoms. The incubation period is from 2 to 14 days. The symptoms can occur at any time during this period.

Text or call the people you were in contact with and ask them if they came down with any of the symptoms of the COVID-19.

Should any symptoms occur please call the UPCES Emergency Phone immediately (+420 720 991 827).

More info: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html?fbclid=IwAR0bSThP-oz3UdPtaNCayW2pvDEy6DLBB5KuvGeowa4rPLmtcTnzKYpt4jQ

Where can I find the latest information about Covid-19 outbreak?

How many academic credits can I earnd during the Summer Program?

Students receive 6 academic credits per one Summer Program. Each Summer Program contains two courses granted 3 credits each. Students enroll in 1 Summer program.

Can I take Summer UPCES courses Pass/Fail?

Approval for a Pass/Fail grade is given by the student's home institution, not UPCES. A student wanting to take a course as Pass/Fail must get approval from their home institution and inform the UPCES Director prior to the beginning of classes. The UPCES Director must have this approval in writing.

What type of accommodations will I be in during the Summer Program?

To learn more about housing click here.

Is Czech language part of the Summer Program?

Students will undergo three Czech language and cultural workshops during the first three weeks of the Summer Program. Students will learn the basics of the language to help them navigate throughout their upcoming weeks in Prague.

Do I need insurance?

All students participating in UPCES Summer Program must have medical insurance that covers them while abroad in case of accident or illness. UPCES provides all students with basic local health insurance (a requirement of the visa). This does not, however, replace health insurance coverage by the student's university or parents. If you would like to provide additional coverage, please check with your insurance provider to see if they offer overseas coverage. You can also purchase additional travel insurance for flight costs, lost baggage, travel delays, and more through one of these insurance companies: HTH Worldwide, ISO or GoBlue. UPCES students have access to a medical clinic staffed with English-speaking, qualified doctors.

Do I need a visa to paticipate in Summer Program?

To learn more about Visas click here.

May I arrive early in Prague?

This depends on an actuall visa situation. To learn more about Visas click here.  

What kind of transportation costs will be included during my stay in Prague?

All UPCES students are provided with a complete transport pass during their stay. Prague has one of the most reliable and efficient public transport systems in Europe. Its network of metros, trams, and buses allows one to easily get around the entire city without a car or taxi. 

What living costs can be expected during my stay?

Prague has a relatively low cost-of-living. Students find that entertainment, food, drink, and living accommodations are more affordable in Prague than in the United States and Canada. On the other hand, such things as electronics and clothing are often more expensive in Prague. For a full cost-of-living comparison to your nearest U.S. city, use this very handy website.

For more details on expenses, view the UPCES Estimated Expenses Sheet

Are there any items I should be sure to pack?

It's certainly possible to get most items in Prague, but UPCES recommends bringing the following items from home, if possible:

- Passport
- Photocopies of all important documents
- Credit/debit card (please do not bring personal checks as they are not accepted in the EU)
- Prescription medicine (make sure to bring enough for your whole stay if possible, because it is forbidden to ship any medication from USA to EU, if you can't bring all your medication with you please bring medical prescription from your doctor and EU doctor can write you an eqivalent)
- Doctor's note or prescription if bringing any medical items (e.g. epi-pen, glucose meter, etc.)
- Laminated wallet-card stating any medical/food allergies/restrictions with Czech translation
- Address list of important contacts back home
- Plug adapters for all electronics, power bank
- Particular hygienic brands of deodorant, shampoo, sunscreen, saline solution for contact lenses, etc. You can find a wide variety of personal care products to suit many preferences in Prague, but you may not be able to find certain brands. If you have a strong preference in certain personal products, bring enough to last the duration of the semester.
- Tiny lock for securing items while traveling

Can students receive mail?

UPCES students may have mail sent to them in care of UPCES at CERGE-EI. Mail should be addressed to:

Veronika Havlistova
c/o: (student’s name)
CERGE-EI
Politických vězňů 7
110 00 Prague 1
Czech Republic

 

PARENTS

What happens if my son/daughter get sick while participating in the summer program?

Why choose UPCES?

UPCES is a distinguished study abroad program in Prague. UPCES is exceptional in its commitment to academic excellence and cultural immersion. Our curriculum in Central European Studies consists of a wide variety of courses, all taught by a renowned faculty of scholars, government figures, and industry leaders. Located in a restored palace, our facilities are among the best in Central Europe.

Outside the classroom, UPCES provides a wide variety of cultural activities and excursions designed to immerse our students in Central European society and culture. Crucially, UPCES maintains a personalized, small-program feel; your student will receive all the resources for an enriching experience in a foreign city.

Does my son/daughter require a visa and why?

To learn more about Visas click here.

Does my son/daughter need health insurance?

Yes, local health insurance is a requirement of the visa for the Czech Republic.  UPCES tuition provides basic local health insurance for your son/daughter’s stay in the Czech Republic. This does not, however, replace the insurance coverage your son/daughter has through their university or through you. To provide more extensive health coverage, please check with your insurance provider to see if they offer overseas coverage. You can also purchase additional travel insurance for flight costs, lost baggage, travel delays, and more through one of these insurance companies: HTH Worldwide, ISO or GoBlue

How much is tuition and how is it paid?

You can view the Costs & What's Included page for updated details on tuition. Tuition includes enrollment and registration for 16 academic credits and a wide range of services beyond the classroom. Some students are required to pay tuition through their home university while other students will pay it directly to UPCES. Please check with your student’s home university to determine their tuition policy for Study Abroad. We will send an invoice approximately 3 months before the start of the semester. All tuition payments will be made to the CERGE-EI Foundation lockbox in Pennsylvania at this address:

CERGE-EI Foundation
PO Box 780350
Philadelphia, PA 19106

Who can help my son/daughter with problems?

Students have an access to 24/7 Emergency Service. The UPCES staff has many years of experience helping our students overcome the difficulties that may arise during a semester in Prague. Our staff goes above and beyond every expectation to accommodate students with their requests, problems, and concerns. Our staff is bilingual and includes both Americans and Czechs.

How can my son/daughter access money while abroad?

There are many ways to access money in a foreign country that are safe and easy. UPCES recommends bringing a debit ATM card with global access. Please call your bank/credit company in advance to inform them of overseas charges. This method is preferable to currency exchange because it guarantees a fair exchange rate. In addition, some banks offer to cover ATM surcharges. ATMs are located all across Prague and offer an easy, efficient, and safe means of accessing funds.

How can we communicate with our son/daughter while abroad?

There are many ways to get in touch with your son/daughter in Europe. Upon arrival in Prague, your son/daughter will receive the mobile plan while abroad. This mobile plan is included in UPCES tuition and will work with any unlocked mobile phone. Also, many students communicate with their family via e-mail, messenger apps and Skype.

How can I send my son/daughter a package in Prague?

All students may have mail sent to them in care of UPCES at our CERGE-EI facilities.  You may ship packages of all weights and sizes. Please address your package to:

Veronika Havlistova
c/o: (student’s name)
CERGE-EI
Politických veznu 7
110 00 Prague 1
Czech Republic

Where will my son/daughter live while abroad?

For information on the housing, please see our Housing page.

What about transportation around Prague?

Prague has one of the most reliable, efficient, and highly-rated public transport systems in Europe. Its network of metros, trams, and buses means that nowhere is out of reach, and one can easily get around the entire city without a taxi. Additionally, all students are provided with a complete transport pass during their stay.