Entry formalities for studying in Czech Republic
Students from European Union countries, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and certain other states do not need a visa to come and study in the Czech Republic. To enter
the Czech Republic, EU students only need a valid passport or national ID card.
After being accepted for studies in the Czech Republic, the student must turn to the local Czech embassy or consulate and apply for the visa. The whole procedure for obtaining a
visa for study purposes can take up to 60 days, it is thus recommended to apply for the visa well in advance. The regulations for obtaining visas change from time to time.
This means that the regulations listed below should be considered as guidelines only and students should consult their local Czech embassy or consulate for the latest
information regarding visa requirements.
There are short-term visa (for stays up to 90 days) and long-term visa (for stays over 90 days). Students arriving for a period longer than 3 months can also apply for a long-term
residence permit for study purposes.
The following documents are mainly required for receiving a student visa or a residence permit:
• A valid passport and passport photos
• A letter of acceptance for studies
• A proof of financial resources for the stay (e.g. in the form of a bank account statement
or confirmation of being beneficiary of a grant)
• A confirmation of guaranteed accommodation
• A valid international health insurance
• An abstract from the Register of Criminal Records
Please note that some documents (e.g. the abstract from the Register of Criminal Records) must be translated into Czech language by a translator with an official ruber stamp.
The Czech Foreign Police examinea the visa applicationa and notifies the Czech embassy or consulate to issue the visa.
Registering with the Czech Foreign Police
Registration at the Foreign Police Department is compulsory for all foreign nationals staying in the Czech Republic for more than 30 days. They must register within three days from the date of arrival to the country.
For more information go to:
www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/information_for_aliens (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/diplomatic_missions (Czech embassies and consulates abroad)
www.mvcr.cz/mvcren (Ministry of the Interior)
www.en.domavcr.cz (Practical advice for foreigners)