Members of the ISC assist the University’s International Department in introducing international students to the university environment and their new social life.
The primary aid provided by the club involves the distribution of basic information necessary for orientation in the new environment. An important part of the ISC is known as the BUDDY programme, consisting of personal assistance provided by a local student to their international colleague. Volunteers contact their student friends beforehand to agree on the final details, then pick them up on arrival to take them on a tour of the city and the university and to accompany them to their halls of residence. These "buddies" stay in touch for the remainder of the visiting students' stay, with the local student often proving an invaluable source of advice and information to their international friend.
Yet another service provided by the ISC of the University of Ostrava is the "ORIENTATION WEEK", which no visiting student should want to miss. It takes place during the last week before the start of the semester, and is full of introductory programmes, tours of the town and university and cultural and social events giving the Erasmus exchange students a chance to meet each other. The Orientation Week is launched with a welcome address from the Vice-Rector for International Relations, followed by a tour of Ostrava with a professional guide and concluding in a formal/informal manner in the Templ club in Stodolní street with a "Welcome Party" for all international students, their Czech buddies and members of the International Student Club. The main aim of the Orientation Week, apart from socializing, is to help international students with all the paperwork necessary to start their life in their new city.
Throughout the semester, there are various events prepared for the Erasmus students, designed to make their stay more enjoyable. In the past, regular meet-ups in the Templ club, day trips to attractive nearby tourist destinations and theatre productions have all proved popular. This semester has Štramberk, Prague, Rožnov pod Radhoštěm, Kroměřiž and Hradec nad Moravicí on the list of trip destinations. Museum visits and trips to the countryside around Ostrava are also planned. Apart from the regular events in the Templ club, there will also be a "National Day" event, where the visiting students will be given an opportunity to introduce their country, its traditions, customs and cuisine to the others. The programme is flexible and other side events are organized on the basis of students’ requests.
Members of the International Student Club strive to offer visiting students a top-quality and diverse programme of activities so as to make their stay here unforgettable. They are aware of just how demanding it can be to settle in an unfamiliar environment and they strive to eliminate any problems by providing advice and specific assistance. All study and no play makes Jack a dull boy, which is why the ISC of the University of Ostrava provides a unique opportunity to get to know the host country and the university city as well as experiencing a wide range of social events. We all hope that on hearing "Won't forget these days" by Wingenfleder, "our" Erasmus exchange students will stop to recall what were the best days of their lives back in Ostrava.