guide for new international Students

In order to make your transition to our faculty easier, we have created a guide to help you with your first steps in your studies and with the basic orientation at the faculty.

contacts

International Office

You can contact the International Office for all matters related to your studies. They will register you for your studies and check the number of credits you have completed. You will register here for state final exams or diploma project defence and graduation. You can apply for transfer, internship, interruption of studies or to drop a course.

The International Office also handles the agenda of study fees and patricular scholarships – CTU Scholarship.

Merit scholarships are handled by the Czech Study department

Vice-Dean for International Relations

You can contact Irena Fialová, the Vice-Dean for International Relations, with more complex questions about your studies. Her responsibilities include curriculum design, admissions and review procedures, tuition fees and scholarships, care for students with special needs, scheduling, monitoring and evaluation of teaching, and cooperation with educational institutions.

Architecture Student's Association (SPA)

SPA is a free, independent and voluntary organization open to all students who want to actively participate in the student life of our faculty.

The activities of the association include organizing lectures, exhibitions and excursions to architecture. The main event of the association is the annual competition Olověný Dušan. Every year SPA also organizes Beánie, a welcoming ceremony for first year Bachelor students.

By logging in to their site, you will also get access to a large amount of study materials that will save you many hours spent on practice problems (possibly also in English).

You can also follow SPA activities on Facebook or Instagram.

Academic calendar

The academic year has two semesters, winter and summer. Each semester has a total of 13 weeks of teaching followed by 6 weeks of exam period, of which 1 week is always a studio week. The academic calendar for the current academic year can be found here.

Studio week is dedicated to intensive work on completing studio projects. There are no more lectures or exercises during this time, nor should teachers post exam dates. The faculty building is open 24 hours a day.

The studio week is followed by an exhibition of the studio work, which lasts about a month and the faculty is open to the public.
 

  1. Orientation Week

    It precedes the start of the academic year. The Orientation Week is organized by Study at CTU. 

  2. 2 weeks before the start of the WS

    Possible enrolment in KOS courses (enrolment closes in the 2nd week of the semester)

    After logging into KOS with your CTU password, you can administer your Study Plan - seek course annotations, enrol in courses and, in the first two weeks of every semester, you can also drop courses. The best way to enrol into a course is by using its code.

  3. 1 week before the start of the WS

    Enrolment in the studio 

    The enrolment is preceded by a joint presentation of the studio assignments, after which the first meetings in the studios take place. In the evening, the FA RESTART, a celebration of the start of the school year, is then held.

WHAT IS GOOD TO KNOW FROM DAY ONE

Student card CTU/ISIC

You will need this card for:

• entrance to the FA building and other faculties

• access to classrooms and lecture halls
rooms at the FA

• passage to FSv through the connecting
bridge

• payment in the canteens (Menza), in the Archicafé and the Mega Buffet at FSv

• borrowing books in the Central Library
CTU and NTK

• parking in the FA building

• printing on self-service printers

• loan of tools in the workshops

You can get your card at the CTU Card
Publishing House
, Bechyňova 3. Issuing a CTU student card is free of charge. The first CTU/ISIC student card costs 380 CZK, the renewal of the card costs 180 CZK (you cannot pay with a credit card there).

ISIC passes for first years can be issued from 1 September at the earliest. In order to be issued one of the cards, you must have an active account in the CTU IS, which is usually 1–2 days after enrolment. The application can only be processed in person, upon presentation of an ID and a colour photograph (passport format, light background), or you can have a digital photograph taken on the spot.

KOS access

What is KOS? It is a student information system in which you will find your personal data, your timetable which you will also be able to create yourself. At the same time, you can register for all exams through it and, once you have passed them, you can see your grade and check the number of courses you have completed.

What and how can be done in KOS:

Here are the most common examples; you can easily find out more features of the KOS application in the help section on the bottom right of each page.

Register Course: Register for a course: "Courses" → "Register cours" (note that it is usually only possible to enrol in a course during a certain period of time; find out how it works at the FA, and if you are enrolling in a course from another faculty, find out how enrolments work there).

Create your personal timetable: You can only add to your timetable the course you have previously pre-registered for. Then click on "schedules" → "create schedule" → on the row of the specific course click on " view " → a table with the timetable of classes, both tutorials and lectures will appear → now you just have to choose the time and date of the tutorial/lecture and if it is still free, click on "register".

Register for an exam: "terms" → "terms offer" → select the course with the appropriate semester → click on "select a date" and click on "register" for the selected date.

Check your study results: "study" → "study results" (it is a good idea to check whether the teacher or examiner actually wrote the exam or credit on the due date).

How to log in to the CTU apps for the first time

Use your CTU master password and username after enrolling in the studio. Everyone sets their own password without the need to visit in person via this form. You must enter your study registration code and date of birth to successfully log in.

Who to contact if your password does not work

Centre of Information Technologies cit@fa.cvut.cz

The student will be given login data to the school platforms (KOS, UserMap, Moodle, etc.) when enrolling in the first year. If they forget these data, they can request a new password in person at the office 216. The email address where students receive information from the school (from teachers, the study department or KOS) is automatically set up in UserMap and can be changed there.

Wi-fi FA connection

CTU-FA-Students
password: FAs3xs3x

Eduroam
You can set the eduroam password after logging into UserMap. Find your person, open your personal page, go to the Settings tab and click on Set eduroam password. Then follow the instructions.

study progress

desing studios

After enrolling into your study program, you will pick your desing studio. The FA offers over 35 vertical studios, in which students of the second to the fifth year work together and foreign students are fully mixed with Czech students.

On the individual studio page you can see what assignment you will be working on or what projects have been created in the studio in the past years. We have all the submitted projects in our web gallery.

Exercises

In the classes you usually practice the material that was theoretically presented in the lectures. Attendance at the exercises is compulsory and assignments are given, which you need to continuously consult and keep track of the due dates in order to get credit at the end of the semester and to be able to apply for a possible exam.

Consultations take place according to the scheduled consultation hours of individual teachers. At the beginning of each semester, you should find out how many consultations you need to attend in order to receive credit for the exercises.

Lectures

The lectures are optional, but they form a comprehensive picture of the topics discussed. Often, you will find out, for example, details about an upcoming excursion or exam. Some of the lectures are common to all three study programmes, so you can also get to know your colleagues from other disciplines. All lectures are open to the public, and you can attend lectures outside of your schedule.

The FA organises a series of special lectures for the public. These include the November Talks (four Mondays in November) and the Monuments series (Tuesdays in both the winter and summer semesters). We keep you informed of all scheduled lectures in our calendar, on Facebook, Instagram or via the faculty newsletter.

faculty building and operation

The building, which has housed the faculty since 2011, is well-organized and transparent. It allows us to do what we strive for and value in the school – communication and the opportunity to meet for work. The concept of Alena Šrámková and her colleagues, former FA students, encourages interaction and encourages "working at school more than at home".

When is faculty open?

MONDAY TO FRIDAY 6.30–24.00
WEEKENDS 8.00–24.00

A student or employee identification card is required to enter the building and you must sign in at the front desk on weekends.

Workshops

You cannot study at the FA without making models. They are made by architects and landscape architects and especially designers. That is why there are several model workshops at the faculty and the tools and services are constantly being expanded.

Modelling workshops are open to all architecture and design students. Our staff will be happy to help and advise you with the implementation of your student projects, discussing the chosen procedure and technology, or recommending the selection of suitable materials for the models.

Library

7th floor, room 722
Mon 13.00–18.30
Tue–Thur 10.00–11.30, 13.00–18.30
Fri 9.00–11.30

E-catalogue of the FA CTU library

Archicafé

ground floor
Mon–Thur 8.30–17.30
Fri 8.30–14.00

Menzas

The Student House is located just behind the FA building, the newest Technical Canteen is in Jugoslávských partyzánů street near the CTU Rector's Office. The canteens offer meals from breakfast to dinner, even for vegetarians. Meals can be paid for with cash, food vouchers or the CTU/ISIC student card. Students have a discount on 90 meals per month when paying with a student card. The card can be used in any canteen and in academic restaurants in Strahov, in the premises of Masaryk College, in the KOKOS restaurant in Kladno and in the pizzeria in the Student House. Money can be deposited on the card directly in the canteen at the cash desk, the minimum deposit is CZK 100.

Detailed information, including menus, can be found on the website of the CTU Service Facilities Administration.

IKAN partner print centre

ground floor next to the International Office
Mon 8.30–18.30
Tue 8.30–16.00
Wed 8.30–16.00
Thur 8.30–18.30
Fri 8.30–15.00

There are also two self-service printers, one on the ground floor near the International Office and the other in the respirium on the 5th floor. These printers can print A4 and A3 in black and white and colour.

Questions about controlling printers can be found on the website TINA – PRINT AND COPY.

Additional printing services are offered by the Faculty of Civil Engineering:

  • plotter VIC in room Ds108 on the ground floor of building D
  • TINA print shop in building B
  • private RoboCopy machines by the quiet study room and the cafeteria
  • copy centre by the cloakroom

Stationary retailers

The basic paper assortment is sold by IKAN partner in room 145 on the ground floor of the FA. You can buy more at the DEZETA stationery shop on the first floor of the Faculty of Civil Engineering (entrance through the quiet study room).

The largest selection of art, creative and modelling supplies is available at Modelov in Ziková street. You can also shop through their e-shop. They also have a small model shop at the Faculty of Civil Engineering in the basement of Atelier D.

useful information

Study programs

Master's Degree

The minimum length of study for these programmes at Master's level is a minimum of 2 years and a maximum of 4 years.

Erasmus+ & Exchange

The information regarding the curriculum can be found in the White Book, which can be downloaded electronically from the Faculty's website

Help with solving problems

Středisko ELSA vydalo Manuál duševního zdraví vysokoškoláka, který je ke stažení ZDE.

The Centre for Information and Counselling Services of the CTU offers support to all CTU students in solving academic, personal, family and legal problems.

Sports at CTU

Although PE is not credit-rated at our faculty, it would be a shame not to take advantage of the varied range of sports on offer for free or at very reasonable student prices. The Institute of Physical Education and Sport of CTU (IPS) also organises sports courses, which are always held at the end of the semester.

PE classes take place at various locations in Prague and this information can always be found next to the specific sport activity.

An overview of the sports offered and their timetable can be found on the ÚTVS website.

fa map

In plan projection it is a square with an edge of 64 metres and a total height of 30 metres. The building is further divided into four squares – an outer courtyard and three inner courtyards – and each is characterised by a different type of staircase. In the vertical direction, the building is divided into 8 floors above ground and 3 underground floors, which mainly house workshops, computer rooms and parking. The ground floor is the venue for various social events and exhibitions, but you will also find the International Office, Czech study department, cloakroom, press or café there. From the entrance floor you can reach the lecture halls, which are named after famous Czech architects and which, thanks to their colourful design, cannot be missed from inside or outside. The lecture halls have a capacity of 80, 100, 180 and 300 people. On all the upper floors, except the 3rd floor, there are teaching studios, multimedia classrooms and teachers' offices. In the aforementioned 3rd floor houses the Faculty of Information Technology.

Guides

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