Czech Republic

Study in Czech Republic

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About Czech Republic

The Czech Republic's central European landscape is dominated by the Bohemian Massif, which rises to heights of 3,000 ft (900 m) above sea level. This ring of mountains encircles a large elevated basin, the Bohemian Plateau. The principal rivers are the Elbe and the Vltava. The country has the highest human development in Central and Eastern Europe, ranking as a "Very High Human Development" nation. It is also ranked as the third most peaceful country in Europe and most democratic and healthy country in the region.

The Czech Republic is located in Central Europe and has a rich cultural history and life style. The country is landlocked and has borders with Austria, Germany, Poland and Slovakia. Although the Czech Republic is an EU member, the currency is the Czech Crown (CZK). The country is also a member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO). The Czech Republic is particularly well known for a long history of producing high quality musical instruments including wind instruments, pianos, pipe organs and string instruments; famous brands include Amati, Petrof, Reiger-Kloss and Strunal.

The Czech Republic has a rich culture of the arts, including opera, films, dance and theater. Students will also find many fascinating museums and beautiful gardens and parks to visit during their leisure time. Famous Czech cuisine specialties include noodle soup with liver dumplings, roast sirloin with cream sauce, goulash and fried cheese.

Climate
The overall climate is moderate and all four seasons occur in the Czech Republic. Average temperatures run from a low of -4 degrees C in January to a high of 24 degrees C in July. Locations near the border mountain ranges are much colder.

Why Study in the Czech Republic?
The Czech Republic has a long tradition of high quality education and research, particularly in the fields of science, engineering and medicine. International students will find a welcoming environment; currently more than 37,000 foreign students are studying at Czech schools.
Many programs are now offered in English and other languages besides Czech. In addition, Mater of Business Administration (MBA) degrees are growing in popularity; most MBA programs use a case-study approach.
Tuition and Program Duration
By law, tuition is free for all nationalities at all public institutions of higher learning in the Czech Republic. Some fees do apply, such as admissions, extension of studies beyond original date, studies undertaken in addition to a student’s original plan, and fees for studying in a language other than Caech.
Private institutions set their own tuition and fees, and these typically range from $US 2,000 to $US 15,000 each year.
Master’s degree programs can last anywhere from one to three years. Master’s programs are very theoretical and students are required to take a final state exam and defend a thesis in a public forum.

Academic Year
Exact start dates are established by individual institutions, but most begin the academic year in October. In addition, most institutions divide the academic year into two 20-week winter and summer semesters, each including a 15-week instructional period, five weeks of exams, and a holiday. A two month holiday is usually taken in July and August.

Post-Graduate Opportunities
There are many opportunities for employment in the Czech Republic after obtaining a master’s degree for all students, regardless of nationality. One-third of company directors in the Czech Republic are foreigners. Although business is increasingly conducted in English, students who have undertaken studies in Czech or are already proficient in Czech will find an advantage in obtaining employment.

Visa Requirements
All international students require long-term visas for studying in the Czech Republic. Additional information is available at the website for the Ministry of the Interior. Long-term student visas can take 3-4 months to obtain, so students should plan accordingly. Health Insurance

Students from EU-member countries, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway and Switzerland may use the European Health Insurance Card provided by their home country to obtain medical services.

Students from other countries are not entitled to public health insurance and must purchase commercial health insurance that covers at least €30,000 worth of care. Students on long-term stays are required to present proof of premium payment. In addition to health insurance, all major hospitals accept major credit cards or cash as payment for treatment.
Living in Czech Republic
Czech universities and institutions are known for having small classroom sizes. This means that, as a student, you don’t need to feel intimidated to ask questions or participate in a discussion. Plus, your instructors will be able to give you extra, individual assistance if you need it.

While you attend university in France, you’ll also be able to enjoy a thriving social life outside of your classes. With plenty of museums to visit and wonderful restaurants to try, you’ll be able to immerse yourself in plenty of Czech culture, while also getting your Bachelor’s or Master’s degree.

Tuition fees for universities in the Czech Republic
Universities in the Czech Republic are separated between public and private institutions. Typically, the private universities are more expensive, because they’re free to set their own tuition costs. The public universities are cheaper; however, the cost to can vary depending on the language of instruction. If you decide to enrol in an English language programme, your fees are likely to be much higher. But if you are willing and able to study in Czech, tuition is free.

Private universities: 1,600 - 12,500 EUR per year
Public universities (for English language): 3800 EUR per year

Living costs in the Czech Republic
Compared to the rest of Europe, Czech Republic is relatively inexpensive. But, living costs can also be different depending on where you go. For example, going to a city like Prague is likely to be more expensive than some of the smaller, lesser-known cities. The average living costs are estimated at 450-650 EUR/month.

Here is a breakdown of living costs in the Czech Republic: • Rent (for a 3-bedroom apartment in the city centre: 850 EUR per month
• Monthly transportation pass (metro, bus, train, etc.): 20 EUR
• Three-course meal for 2 people at a mid-range restaurant: 22 EUR
• Milk: 0,7 EUR
• Bread: 0,82 EUR
• Cappuccino: 1,7 EUR
English-language tests
To apply to study in the Czech Republic, you’ll need to provide proof you have a diploma for your English proficiency.
The certificates generally accepted by the universities in the Czech Republic are :
• TOEFL
• IELTS
• C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency

Czech Republic - The Facts & Figures


Capital

Prague

Area Size

78,865 km²

Currency

Koruna (CZK)

Language

Czech

Students

311,000 (43,000 international)

Calling Code

+420

Population

10.5million

Academic Year

September - June

Time Zone

CET (UTC+1)



FAQs

  • I want to study in the Czech Republic, how can I apply?

    To apply for a study programme, you first need to select a specific university that offers your desired study programme and then apply directly to the university, respecting its application process. Please note that universities are independent bodies and each university sets its own application requirements and deadlines.

  • Is studying in the Czech Republic really for free?

    Higher education at public and state institutions is free of charge for citizens of all nationalities and of any age. However, some fees might be requested: fees for administration of admission proceedings, fees for extending the duration of study beyond a set limit and fees for studying in a foreign language. This means that usually only study programmes taught in the Czech language at Public institutions are for free. Private institutions of higher education can fix their own fees.

  • How can I study for free?

    First check if you are eligible for a Government scholarship (there are limited places for participants from particular countries) or you can apply for any other scholarship programme.

    Another option would be to learn the Czech language first, as then you can apply to study programmes taught in the Czech language, which are for free at Public universities.

    You can apply for language preparatory courses, but they are usually paid (around 3500 - 5500 EUR / year).

  • How do I find information about scholarships?

    We recommend you to have a look at the Government scholarships and Erasmus Mundus scholarships especially.

  • Why should I choose the Czech Republic for studies?

    The Czech Republic is an increasingly popular destination for international study, with over 42,000 international students currently enrolled here. There are certainly many reasons for choosing to study in the Czech Republic: long tradition of quality education, diverse range of study programmes, location in the heart of Europe, affordable tuition fees and lower costs of living, and last but not least, diverse cultural opportunities and fascinating history.

  • Αre there any tuition fees for international students?

    By law, higher education at public and state institutions is free of charge for citizens of all nationalities, with the following exceptions:
    • fees for administration of admission proceedings;
    • fees for extending the duration of study beyond a set limit;
    • fees for study in a foreign language.
    Private institutions of higher education can fix their own fees.

  • Are there English-taught study programmes in the Czech Republic?

    There are many study programmes and courses taught in English or in another foreign language. You can search for the most suitable study programme for you based on the university or programme. Once you choose the university and a study programme please contact directly the admission department of the chosen university for more information or consult their webpages.

  • What is "Nostrification"?

    If you want to study at university in the Czech Republic, you need to have your previous completed study recognized by the Czech recognition authority. The process of recognition of education attained differs according to the level of education which you need to have recognized.
    In the case of recognition of elementary, secondary or higher (not university) education (“nostrification”),
    In the case of recognition of university education (“recognition of higher education and qualification”),

  • Is there a specific language examination that candidates must take?

    It depends on the study programme and it differs from university to university

  • What is the standard procedure and time period for submission of applications?

    Students who want to study full-time should apply directly to the higher education institution of their choice. Students may apply for several study programmes at various institutions and faculties. The deadline for submitting applications is usually the end of February or March. Most higher education institutions offer the option of filing an application in electronic form. The date, content and form of the admission procedures are decided upon by the dean of the faculty or the rector of the higher education institution.

  • What kind of higher education institutions are there in the Czech Republic?

    In terms of the founder, higher education institutions can be public, state and private. The public and private higher education institutions come under the responsibility of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, while state institutions (University of Defence and Police Academy) are legally established under the control of the relevant ministries.

    In terms of the study programmes they offer, higher education institutions may be non-university and university type. Non-university institutions offer mainly Bachelor’s study programmes. They can also offer Master’s programmes, but not Doctoral programmes. Universities may offer all types of study programmes and carry out associated scholarly, research, developmental, artistic or other creative activities.

  • How can students find their accommodation? (e.g. dormitories, private housing)

    The majority of universities have their own dormitories or you can find your own or shared appartment.

  • Is there a central organization that processes applications or do universities do that separately?

    Each university accepts its applications separately. Each university has its own application forms which can be found on their websites.

  • In case the admission requirements are not fulfilled, are there any other alternatives?

    Some universities provide preparatory courses. Student administration departments can provide more information.

    The Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies, which operates under the Charles University in Prague, offers Intensive Czech Language Courses, Preparatory Courses for University Study in Czech, Language Exams, Online Czech Courses and Summer Czech Language Courses.

  • How many study programmes can I apply for with one application?

    There doesn't exist one uniform application form for all the Czech universities. Students who want to study full-time should apply directly to the higher education institution of their choice as each university can set its own admission requirements. Students may apply for several study programmes at various institutions and faculties.

  • Where can I find other useful information?

    • Guide to studying and living in the Czech Republic
    • Catalogue of higher education institutions in the Czech Republic
    • The Education System of the Czech Republic

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