NC State Prague is committed to supporting students at every phase of the study abroad process. Onsite staff is available to help students navigate the Czech culture and connect them to local organizations and resources.
Upon arrival, you will receive welcome packets containing an extensive list of resources, services, and events in Prague. Here is a comprehensive guide to identity-based resources in the Czech Republic.
Race and Ethnicity
The Czech Republic is a country with a predominantly Czech population of around 90%. There are also minority groups, including Ukrainians, Slovaks, Vietnamese, and Russians, due to the country’s history as part of the Eastern Bloc and limited immigration. The capital city of Prague is home to many international companies and a bustling tourist industry that attracts visitors from around the globe. However, students may encounter instances of casual racism.
The Czech Republic is known for its liberal approach, especially compared to other countries in the former Eastern Bloc. In fact, it was the first post-communist country in the European Union to legalize “registered partnerships” for same-sex couples, which gives them the same rights as heterosexual couples. Additionally, the country passed an anti-discrimination law that prohibits discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation in various areas, such as employment, housing, and access to goods and services. Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is renowned for its open-mindedness and inclusive culture. The city hosts numerous events, including festivals, concerts, and conferences that focus on LGBTQ+ issues. Furthermore, the city supports an annual Prague Pride Parade.
While the Czech Republic has traditional gender roles, there are groups advocating for feminism and gender equality. However, the country still lags behind in accepting gender diversity. This is partly due to the heavily gendered language and binary understanding of gender in Czech society, but activists are working towards changing this perception.
Religion, Spirituality and Faith
Up to 80% of the Czech population declared themselves atheists, with the largest groups identifying themselves as catholic (10%) or protestant (1%). Places of worship from diverse religions are available all over Prague.
Mobility and Accessibility
Prague, despite its cobblestone streets, offers various mobility and accessibility services. The majority of the metro stations, buses, and trams are easily accessible. Moreover, all tram and metro stations have installed audio devices that announce the approaching trams and directions of escalators.