Safety is top priority for NC State Prague and students are equipped with resources and contact information on a variety of health and safety tools. Prague’s healthcare system is high-quality and most medical professionals speak English. During the pre-departure phase and on-site orientation, students are provided with a list of healthcare options, from routine care to emergency response, all covered by GeoBlue insurance.
On-Site Emergency Assistance
NC State Prague staff are available via a 24/7 emergency phone number. Local Czech-speaking staff typically accompany students to medical facilities in the case of an emergency.
International Health Insurance
All students participating in study abroad programs are enrolled in GeoBlue International Health Insurance. Insurance is included in the total program cost.
Prague ranked 2nd safest European city
Prague was ranked the 2nd safest city in Europe for international students out of 100 cities. The ranking was published in 2018 by HousingAnywhere.com.Full Rankings
A variety of counseling and therapy services are available in Prague, both in-person and remotely. Most providers have been vetted by NC State's Counseling Center and are routinely utilized by NC State students studying in Prague.
Diet & Nutrition
Many different food options are available for students, including vegan/vegetarian, kosher, halal, nut-free, gluten-free, etc. By law, all restaurants in the Czech Republic are required to provide menus that list food allergens. A standardized allergy/dietary restriction chart is utilized nation-wide.
While NC State Prague does not have exercise facilities, there are many gyms, pools, and sport clubs throughout the city that students can join on a temporary basis. Many NC State students take advantage of local sports facilities and onsite staff can provide recommendations according to students' interests.
Protecting the Pack at NC State Prague
We are looking forward to welcoming students back to Prague as soon as it is safe to do so. With the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff in mind, new precautions will be implemented at the NC State European Center in Prague when study abroad programs resume. Guidelines were developed based on recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic. Guidelines will be continuously re-evaluated and updated as the situation progresses. The following precautions will be implemented to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 at NC State Prague:
- Class sizes will remain small, with space to accommodate social distancing.
- Hand sanitizer and disposable wipes will be provided to students and readily available in all classrooms.
- Classrooms will be cleaned frequently, with special attention given to high traffic areas and frequently touched surfaces.
- Student housing facilities and rooms will be cleaned regularly, with cleaning supplies provided on each floor.
- A contactless thermometer will be provided on every floor of the student residence building.
- Single suites will be reserved for students who may need to quarantine. Contactless delivery of food and supplies will be arranged for any quarantined student(s).
Students accepted to our study abroad programs will receive more in-depth information relating to current guidelines, protocols, and the COVID-19 situation in the Czech Republic. Details will be communicated in the Student Portal and covered extensively during both the pre-departure orientation and onsite orientation phases of the program.
Czech Republic Travel Warnings
The U.S. Department of State maintains a website of travel advisories and warnings to advise U.S. citizens on safe traveling. All students should enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.