Study in the Czech Republic – how to get started
Czech public and private higher education institutions are opened to all applicants, not only to the Czech people. Also there is a high percentage of the International students in Czech Colleges.
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.
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 concerned 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 concerned 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 fee is set by concerned school.
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 . 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.
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.
Fees connected with studies at Czech higher institutions
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.
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.
Moreover the students cover all the expanses connected with studies (aids, books, university textbooks, dormitory fee, eating expenses etc.).
The fees for the studies in the foreign language differ from school to school. The study at private higher education institutions is always paid and it varies with every institution.
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.
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