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Study in the Czech Republic – how to get started and what to know

Czech public and private higher education institutions are opened to all applicants, not only to the Czech people, and thanks to that there is a high percentage of the students coming from foreign countries. If you also think about studying in the Czech Republic, there are some things good to know before coming – e.g. about the organization of the study or possible fees connected.

The admission conditions for international students follow from international agreements (bilateral and multilateral), which has the Czech Republic signed. But the studies here are also opened to those who come from any other country, which is not a signatory of any agreement. Only the recognition of a foreign education process might be slightly more complicated in this case.

The basic difference in the way of study (from admission to completing it) and also its financing lays perhaps in the language, in which will be the studies held:

  • if the student wants to study at any public institution in the Czech language, the studies are free of charge (the student pays only the fees connected with admission process or in case of other/ longer studies etc. – these fees are applied the same to the Czech students as for the foreigners); the foreign student have the same rights and duties as their Czech colleagues;
  • if the student wants to study at any public institution in some other language (mostly English is offered), the studies are paid (the height of the fee is set by concrete faculty and is mandatory also for Czechs who want to study in English); the way of admission and form of studies is always set by the concrete faculty organizing the non-Czech study programme;
  • if the student decides to study at any private institution, the studies are paid no matter what the teaching language is; the height of the fee is set by concrete school.

Admission process

One of the conditions to be admitted to the university is completed secondary education (with the final exam equivalent to Czech “maturita” (A-level)), for the follow-up Master´s degree programme completed at least Bachelor´s study programme and for Doctoral degree programme completed Master´s degree programme.

Study programmes conducted in Czech

Foreign applicants, who want to study a Czech-language programme, must prove the adequate knowledge of the Czech language supported with any official examination certificate. If the student does not have this certificate, there is a possibility to sit an exam at the university where he wants to study (but not every university can offer that) or at any institution which organizes these tests (see the Chapter Czech for Foreigners). Foreign students also have to pass the entrance exams in Czech language as their Czech colleagues.

The condition of submitting the certificate about the Czech language knowledge or passing the exams in Czech does not at most universities concern the students from Slovakia (except from those who want to study any philological or linguistic programme).

Study programmes conducted in foreign language Those who want to study any non-Czech study programme do not have to prove their Czech language knowledge. They have to prove the knowledge of the language in which is the programme conducted (mostly English) and they also have to pass an entrance exam in this language. A language test can also be a part of it sometimes.

When to apply

The deadline for the application form submitting is at most Czech public universities last day in February. The art schools usually announce as the deadline one day in November though. By contrast, some (especially technically oriented) faculties are opened to the applicants until March or April sometimes.

Quite common are also second rounds of the admission process which give to the applicants another chance for applying. Occasionally there are some third rounds in the summer or also completely new options to apply in case that any new study programme has been newly accredited by Ministry.

The private schools usually conclude the application forms admission in spring, but some of them wait even until August or September.

Application Form

The application forms for studies in Czech language are uniform for all universities in the Czech Republic; for the studies conducted in foreign language they are specific at every faculty. The forms may be obtained from the Students’ Department of each faculty; sometimes they can be found at its website.

It is very often that there are some attachments to the application form required, either obligatorily or voluntarily, e.g. curriculum vitae, list of relevant achievements connected with the field of study, copies of the certificates (for example language or educational), diplomas or other documents about achievements accomplished, list of articles published, list of relevant literature which has the applicant read etc. Foreign students are sometimes asked to attach a letter of motivation or letter of recommendation.

Sending the Application Form

The way of delivery the form to the school differs from faculty to faculty: somewhere it can be sent solely online, somewhere or is needed to send it written by post or deliver personally and somewhere both ways are still required.

The Entrance exams terms

The entrance exams are usually held in May or June, sometimes in July. The concrete term sets every faculty individually.

The Form of Entrance exams

There are many ways of testing the applicants at the universities in the Czech Republic, there is no uniform procedure.

Mostly the entrance exams are represented by written tests in relevant subjects and fields (typical are also the general knowledge tests) followed by oral examination in second round.

At some, mostly artistically oriented, schools there are three-round admission proceedings connected with discussion about the student´s own works or the students are requested to fulfill a prescribed task without preparation.

At some study programmes there are no exams required; in that case there is a weighted average of marks from previous studies took into consideration. In case of the Master´s degree programmes, the students might be sometimes admitted on the basis of the achievements in Bachelor´s study programme (but usually at the same faculty and same or related field of study). This procedure is usually not applied to the foreigners, who have not study in the Czech Republic before.

Some faculties also accept the results from so called National Comparative Exams, which are held six times per year in some cities and towns in the Czech and Slovak Republic. They are held in Czech only. At Masaryk University there are specific exams at most faculties, called Learning Potential Tests (sometimes extended by a specific exam if required). More information is to be found on the website of the Masaryk university. These exams are also held only in Czech language and are paid; in case of non-Czech studies there are standard entrance exams organized.

Study Enrolment

The foreign students are usually asked to submit a Long-term Residence Permit or Visa if that is required (it is compulsory for non-EU/EFTA students), passport, or personal identification number if need be, before starting the studies.

All the information about what is required while applying for study at any Czech university as a foreigner, are to be found at the website of concrete faculty (or university) or at Student´s Depar­tment of the Faculty.

Fees connected with studies at Czech higher institutions

The first fee needed to pay is the entrance exam fee. Its height is 500 CZK (aprox. 20 Euro) in average.

The studies at public university are free of charge, but in case that student studies the programme more than is the standard length of the study exceeded by more than one year, he pays a fee for longer study. The fee is between 10.000 and 30.000 CZK (depending of the faculty) per every other 6 months of study begun.

In case the student has already graduated from one study programme and studies another one (of the same level), he will be asked to pay a fee for each further year of studies begun. This fee is about 2.000 CZK per year in average.

Moreover the students cover all the expanses connected with studies (aids, books, university textbooks, dormitory fee, eating expensis etc.).

The fees for the studies in the foreign language differ from school to school. It can range from 100.000 to 300.000 CZK per year. These tuition fees usually reflect an attractiveness of the field of study or its quality, exclusivity and prestige.

The study at private higher education institutions is always paid and it varies with every institution.

Scholarships

There are usually not any special scholarships dedicated to the foreign students. But, if these students take up a study programme in Czech language, they have the same chance to get any of scholarships offered by the faculty or university as their Czech colleague. It could be e.g. merit scholarship, bursary in case of student´s difficult social conditions and so on.

Students from some countries can also gain a Czech government scholarship or a scholarship based on international agreements of the Czech Republic. For more information see the section Scholarships for foreigners.




Author: Černá, Lucie

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