The Czech Republic is a country in Central Europe bordered by Germany to the west, Austria to the south, Slovakia to the east and Poland to the northeast. The Czech Republic has a landlocked and hilly landscape that covers an area of 78,866 square kilometers (30,450 sq mi) with a mostly temperate continental climate and oceanic climate. It is a unitary parliamentary republic, with 10.6 million inhabitants.
Its capital and largest city is Prague, with 1.3 million residents; other major cities are Brno, Ostrava, Olomouc and Pilsen.
The Czech Republic is a developed country with an advanced, high income social market economy. It is a welfare state with a "continental" European social model, universal health care, and tuition-free university education. It ranks 15th in the UN inequality-adjusted human development and 14th in the World Bank Human Capital Index, ahead of countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, and France. It ranks as the seventh safest and most peaceful country and performs strongly in democratic governance.
Over 44,000 foreign students are studying at Czech higher education institutions and their interest is growing as the offer of study programmes in foreign language (especially in English) is increasing. Czech universities are more and more involved in a wide range of international cooperation activities and programmes taking place in the European Union and other countries.
STUDY IN CZECH REPUBLIC
Higher education in the Czech Republic consists of public and private universities, as well as state-run police and military training academies. Czech-language study at public universities is unlimited and free for first-time attendants; however after the age of 26, the attendant will not receive student status from social services and the individual's health insurance will not be state-funded.
Czech public universities also host international students, who have the choice of free instruction in Czech or paid instruction in English.
University education takes from 2 to 6 years, depending on the degree of studies:
Bachelor's degree programs - lasts usually 3 years, title Bc. (bakalář) or BcA. (bakalář umění) (only artistic fields of study. Students must pass final exam (státní zkouška, state exam - despite its name, this exam is not organized by state, but by universities themselves; at some universities required only if the student did not have good grades during his studies) and present their thesis.
Master's degree programs - Bachelor's degree required, except of law, pharmacy and 1st stage teaching (5 years programs) and medicine (6 years programs). They are finished by final exam (státní zkouška, for medicine státní rigorózní zkouška) and thesis presentation. Awarded titles:
- Mgr. (magistr)
- MgA. (magistr umění) - for artistic fields of study
- Ing. (inženýr) - for technical and economical fields of study
- Ing. arch. (inženýr architekt) - architecture
- MUDr. (medicinae universalis doctor) - medicine
- MVDr. (medicinae veterinariae doctor) - veterinary medicine
- MDDr. (medicinae dentium doctor) - dentist
- Doctor study programs, Ph.D. title
Cost of Education
The tuition fees for Czech universities is lower than most countries. As an international student, your tuition fees are payable before you study.
Average degree will cost you in range of 3,000 Euros to 10,000 Euros depending on the study level whether it is undergraduate or postgraduate degree. Cost of living will range from 500-1000 Euros per month depending on your lifestyle.
The Czech Republic is a member of the European Union, but is outside the Eurozone, which means that it does not use the euro as its currency. The Czech currency is the Czech crown (CZK).
The main intake dates for admissions to Czech Republic starts from September and secondary intake is in February for limited courses.
Documents mainly required but not limited to are -- resume, statement of purpose, marksheets, and passing certificates from the 10th standard onwards. The student must also provide two reference letters from their last college and/or employer along with a copy of their passport and birth certificate. For post graduate courses a degree, of three years or more, from a recognised university is mandatory.
ANU will assist you at every step in preparing your application to your desired college.
There are short-term visas (for stays up to 90 days) and long-term visas (for stays over 90 days). Students arriving for a period longer than one year should apply for a long-term residence permit for study purposes.
Students from countries outside the EU have to turn to the local Czech embassy or consulate and apply for a student visa. Please note, that the whole procedure requires some paperwork and can take up to 60 days, so it is recommended to apply for the visa well in advance. The regulations for obtaining visas change from time to time, so the information listed here should be considered as guidelines only.
The following documents are mainly required for receiving a student visa or a residence permit:
- application form
- letter of acceptance for studies
- valid passport and passport photos
- 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)
- confirmation of guaranteed accommodation
- valid international health insurance
- 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 rubber stamp.
- The Foreign Police examines the visa applications and notifies the Czech embassy or consulate to issue the visa.
ANU will guide you through every step of the visa application process to ensure a successful outcome .
Major universities offer funding, some of which are offered to with excellent academic records.
Some other Czech universities grant scholarships in cases of outstanding study results or difficult personal situation of a student. These scholarships are usually awarded to existing students only.