When it comes to studying in Europe, the Czech Republic is not the most well-known country for international students. Many of us are unaware of how affordable education is in the Czech Republic, even for international students. According to the most recent figures, the Czech Republic is home to about 44,000 international students.
It is a nation in central Europe well-known for its past and castles. Population estimates for 2017 put it as close to 10.1 million. Czech is the national language. Prague, the nation’s capital, is well recognized and renowned across the world.
Czech studies are quite affordable because they always include a low-cost or perhaps even free university education. The universities are well-regarded internationally.The oldest public university in Prague is Charles University, which has 51,000 total students.
There are no tuition expenses for you at any public colleges if you have chosen to study in Czech as your primary language of instruction. However, you will be required to pay tuition costs that range from 600 USD to 22,000 USD each year if you seek to study abroad using English as the primary language of instruction. Check with public institutions to see what their tuition rates are before submitting an application to a private university.
Despite being in central Europe, the Czech Republic has relatively inexpensive living costs when compared to western European nations. The typical cost of living, which includes housing, meals, clothing, educational materials, transportation, and other cultural activities, ranges from 350 to 750 USD.
Once admitted, you will need to find housing in the Czech Republic. You can accomplish it by calling the university to arrange for a room in the dorms. Following are the main costs associated with lodging:
For finding private accommodation, following websites can help you a lot:
Higher Education System
Since 2001, Czech universities have operated on a three-cycle higher education model (bachelor’s, master’s, and doctorate study programs). All institutions use Czech as their primary language of instruction, although there are also over 1,000 courses offered in other languages, primarily English. Programs leading to a bachelor’s degree last three to four years and conclude with state exams. A master’s degree that lasts one to two years comes after this degree. 3 years are required for doctoral programs.
Admission and Semester Dates
There are mainly offered 2 semester a year known as Spring and Winter semester with following details:
|Spring semester||Winter semester|
|Teaching period||mid-September – mid-December||mid-February – mid-May|
|Exams time||January – mid-February||mid-May – end of June|
Options of studies
It is up to you that you which form of studies from following ones:
- Degree Programmes
Mainly available for bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral studies.
- Exchange and study abroad programs
For non degree student exchange programs with short duration. Famous programs are Erasmus+ programme and Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees etc.
- MBA programs
The most modern programs for business studies with accountancy, finance and marketing concepts.
- Language courses
You can also with to choose to study language course in Czech republic specially Czech language for getting a benefit for free education at higher levels.
- Summer schools (Check here the list of summer school programs)
Czech universities short summer school courses for different university preparation degrees. This can help you a lot to handle the challenging admission criteria of highly raked universities.
How to apply for admission?
In the Czech Republic, there is no unified admissions process for foreign students. Within the deadlines for the spring and winter semesters, one may submit an application for admission to the preferred university. For final information, getting in touch with a university’s foreign office can be a really excellent idea. However, the following actions could be taken to ensure a smooth admissions process:
- Choose a desired study program. You can choose and find from this database your course of studies and can also get ll information about university, requirements, and tuition fees (Click here to open the programs database)
- As an international student, you can also acquire a scholarship to study there with a facility of no tuition fees plus living cost assistance (Click here to find scholarship Click here to find scholarship opportunities
- Learning Czech language to avail tuition free studies can be a good idea. So you may also learn Slavic language spoken by more than 10 million people. There are many schools and universities in Czech republic that offer such courses .(Click here to know about language course)
- You need to present certificates of previous studies for getting admission into university. Documents requirements are different for all study programs, so it is better to ask a university first which documents to submit. Generally, it is a completed higher education certificate (13 years of education) required to study a bachelor’s degree and a bachelor’s degree to study a master degree. You will also need to submit you passport copy, statement of purpose, and score sheet of language proficiency. University may ask for additional documents such as CV, references, and work experience proof.
- Check from universities all requirements of admission. All universities have their own set aside admission process so getting all information in hand can be handy.
- Most of the universities allow you to submit online application. Do it once you have all documents in hand. Do not submit an incomplete application.
- Attend the online interview with the admission authorities if you are asked to do so.
- Get the final admission letter, you need this to apply for visa.
Do I need IELTS to study in Czech universities?
Yes, that is absolutely required in order to submit a language proficiency report to the selected university. To prove that you are qualified to enroll in courses taught in English, you must, for instance, provide the university with an IELTS score report that is no more than two years old. You must present a Czech language competency certificate with an advanced level in order to enroll in degree programs in the Czech language.
Can I study without IELTS?
You can, indeed. You can talk to the institution about giving them a certificate that your most recent education was received in the English language (you can get this from your prior college or university). You can apply without IELTS if the university approves.
You can apply for scholarships for study in Czech republic as an international student but these are always and every year for students of set aside countries. Additionally, scholarships are also available for language programs (Click here to read more details here).
Recognition of educational documents
If your selected course comes within this category (this includes medical, veterinary, teaching, nursing, dentistry, or engineering courses, etc.), you may need to obtain acknowledgment of your educational credentials before being admitted to a public institution.
- For recognition of non university education such as secondary and higher secondary or diploma use this procedure (click to open)
- For bachelor’s and master’s degree recognition use this method (click here to open).
As an international student, you are allowed to work part-time in Czech republic. But do remember that most of the jobs require a good level of Czech language.