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Study Czech language at University of Delhi

Enrollment into Part-time courses in Czech at the University of Delhi will start from the 15th of July. In order to enroll, students have to visit the office of the Department of Slavonic & Finno-Ugrian Studies. see: https://sfus.du.ac.in/

For the enquiries related to studies of Czech at University of Delhi contact Czech Visiting Lecturer Veronika Resslová via e-mail verares@seznam.cz.

The Czech language belongs to the West Slavic group of the family of Indo-European languages. It is the official language of the Czech Republic and one of the 24 official languages of the European Union.

In the Czech Republic, about 10.7 million people speak Czech as their mother tongue; including people who use Czech as their second language in different parts of the world, the number of the speakers of the Czech language reaches approximately 13.2 million in total.

The Czech language developed from Old Church Slavic in the end of the 9th century, it has been influenced by Latin and German. Since the 14th century, Czech has been the language of a continuous stream of literary production, although, as a consequence of the integration of the Czech provinces into the Habsburg Empire, it was used rather infrequently for higher literary purposes for the most part of the 18th century. The language has been recorded, described, and analyzed in a number of grammars (the first Czech grammar was published in 1533) and dictionaries (the early dictionaries, written in verse, originated in the 2nd half of the 14th century). The modern written standard Czech is directly based on the standardization elaborated during the period of the Czech National Revival in the beginning of the 19th century.

The Czech language was introduced in the Department of Modern European Languages at the University of Delhi in the 1970s. Since that time, the Department of Slavonic and Finno-Ugrian Studies at the University of Delhi has been the exclusive educational institution offering the courses of the Czech language in India. Every year, around 50 students enroll in Czech language courses of three different levels, where they learn through the combination of direct, communicative, and contrastive (through English and Hindi) method with the help of modern technology, workshops, movie screenings, social networks etc. After the completion of all three courses, students should be able to work or study in the Czech language independently.

Except for language studies, students regularly participate in different cultural events related to the Czech language, mostly in close cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Delhi. In the year 2003, the Department of the Czech language initiated the film festival “Little Europe” which annualy presents the European film production accompanied with the series of workshops to students of the University of Delhi. The festival is organized with the financial and logistic support of the Embassy of the Czech Republic and inaugurated by a speech of the Ambassador of the Czech Republic every year. The department library has valuable literature on various aspects of the Czech language and culture, where students can study the work of prominent Czech writers and poets, e.g. K. Čapek, J. Hašek, M. Kundera, V. Havel, J. Škvorecký, I. Klíma and B. Hrabal, besides others.

In 2004, the Czech Republic entered the European Union and its free-market economy has widened the scope of trade with India. The need for specialists in the language  among the Czech and Indian companies as well as language institutions is proliferating.

Czech higher education system offers interesting opportunities for foreign students. Every year, students of the Czech language at the University of Delhi can apply for the scholarship for the Summer School of Slavonic Studies in the Czech Republic, which provides intensive Czech language courses at different levels in duration from 3 to 4 weeks. Czech universities offer the range of scholarships and studies are free of charge for foreign students who are able to study in Czech. In 2020, 50 121 foreign students were studying in the Czech Republic; the number keeps growing as the offer of study programmes and courses taught in foreign languages is increasing.