With now, more than 10,500,000 inhabitants the population of the Czech Republic is one of the fastest growing populations in Europe. A large part of the population lives in the capital Prague, which some people call the “Golden City”. The Czech Republic is very famous for their beer and food, but also for their over 2,000 castles! If you decide to study in the Czech Republic, you should take the chance and visit some of them!
The Czech higher education system contains two different types of higher education institutions (HEIs): universities and universities of applied sciences. As in other European countries, there are bachelor, master, and doctoral degrees. If you would like to have further information about the higher education system of the Czech Republic, you can read here.
At the moment there are 71 Czech higher education institutions. A lot of them are located in and around Prague. 43 of the Czech higher education institutions are private institutions. The Czech Republic is more and more interesting for international students: about 41,000 students from abroad are studying there; this means that more than every tenth Czech student is from abroad (ETER 2014).
In this section, we highlight the overall performance of Czech universities on the institutional level per U-Multirank dimension. The table below shows the national breakdown of Czech universities and how they stand across the spectrum of above average (receiving a score of ‘A’ (very good) or ‘B’ (good)), or below average(receiving a score of ‘D’ (below average) or ‘E’ (weak)). In doing so, U-Multirank offers a clear picture of the country’s strengths and areas for improvement. In general, Czech higher education institutions perform strongest in U-Multirank’s international orientation dimension.
In the Czech Republic, all study programmes taught in the Czech language at public universities are free of charge for everyone - regardless of nationality! In fact, some institutions might charge you money for administration or for extending the duration of your studies beyond a certain limit. Additionally, there is a fee for programmes taught in English or another language. For the exact amount of the tuition fee please have a look at the university pages, in general, the fee will be between 0 - 22,350 USD per year. For further information, click here.
You may wish to have an overview of all study programmes in the Czech Republic. The database of the Centre for International Cooperation in Education contains a large list of interesting study programmes in the Czech Republic. You will find a lot of necessary information about your studies there, e.g. a contact person or specific entry requirements. In addition, they also provide a map showing all the Czech higher education institutions.
In order to study in the Czech Republic, you might have to apply for a student visa. In general, EU, EEA, and Swiss citizen are excluded from this regulation. They only have to be registered with the Foreign Police Department if they are staying in the Czech Republic for more than 30 days. Therefore, they have to register within 3 days from the date of arrival to the country.
If you are not an EU, EEA and Swiss citizen, applying for a visa is obligatory. Therefore, you can choose between short-term visas, if you plan a stay up to 90 days, and long-term visas, if you want to stay over 90 days. Students planning to stay for a period longer than twelve months should apply for a long-term visa for study reasons.