Czech

The modern Czech Republic is at the heart of the expanded European Union and is set to remain a key strategic and trading partner of the UK. It has established itself as a centre for banking, finance, media, diplomacy and tourism. Czech expertise, especially combined with another European language, is a prized asset for many professions.

This lively and tenacious nation has been shaped by Europe's religious and political conflicts over the past millennium making it a fascinating culture to learn about.

Why study Czech at Bristol?

Bristol is one of very few UK universities to offer a full linguistic and cultural Czech degree. Our course includes literature, history, cinema and contemporary society, studied with another modern language.

You will study the language intensively in small groups with close attention from expert teachers who are native speakers. Our students regularly achieve excellent, graduate-level fluency after four years.

Our options are designed to allow you to explore the contemporary priorities and concerns of modern Czech society alongside Czech history and culture. Literature classes boost language learning with close reading of original texts in small groups.

Final year students have the opportunity of writing an extended project on an aspect of Czech history, culture or society, and can take up the closely related Slovak language.

Bristol is a very exciting place to study arts and humanities, with a thriving cultural scene, several art cinemas, concert halls and theatres and a vibrant, cosmopolitan atmosphere.

What kind of student would this course suit?

Studying Czech will give you the opportunity to examine the political, social and cultural history of the continent. Studying Europe from the perspective of a country that has never been a major imperial power makes for a very different experience to other modern language studies.

As neighbour to the closely related Slavonic languages, Czech will appeal to anyone who is intellectually curious, is interested in language and wishes to draw comparisons between their own culture and contrasting intellectual, ideological and artistic environments.

Every day my inbox is flooded with opportunities – internships, research projects, extra-curricular activities – all of which are the University getting students involved. The University is constantly updating its facilities, which reinforces its friendly and inclusive environment.

Alexandra, Second year, LLB Law

How is this course taught and assessed?

In the Bristol Czech Department teaching takes place in small informal groups where tutors and students quickly get to know each other. Students regularly participate in and shape the direction of discussion and receive feedback.

Texts for study are frequently chosen in consultation with students. Language assessments test all skills including speaking, writing, listening and reading comprehension, and translating from and into the language.

The department is regularly praised by external examiners for the variety of assessment methods in cultural units, which include coursework, examination essays, commentaries and presentations, all designed to develop the skills expected of excellent arts graduates.

What are my career prospects?

A degree in Czech will stand out as a sign of individuality, intellectual ability and a capacity to take on unusual challenges.

Bristol Czech graduates develop critical, analytical and communication skills, which are essential to most graduate careers. Studying and living within another culture builds self-confidence and a capacity to understand and empathise.

Recent graduates have entered diverse careers including the British and international civil services, teaching, translating and interpreting, finance, industry, media, publishing, law, tourism and further study.

Read more about what students from Czech go on to do after graduation.

Did you know?

  • Students from more than 180 countries study with us, and we share more than 150 exchange links with institutions worldwide.
  • Our Students' Union has over 200 student-run societies, and the Richmond Building, home to the Students' Union, is undergoing a £30-million renovation.
  • 11 Bristol graduates and members of staff have been awarded Nobel prizes.

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