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Location of the Czech Republic

Country Profile

Language:Czech
Capital:Prague (biggest domestic city)
Main cities:Plzen, Brno, Ostrava, etc.
Main nationality:Czech
Major Religions:Catholic, Protestant of Christ
Area:78866 sq km
Population:10.6 million
GDP per capita:US$18266 ( according to 2016 international exchange rate)
Borders with:Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Austria
National Day:Oct. 28
Country code:+420
Time zone:UTC+1 (summer time saving time:UTC+2)
EU member state since:2004
Currency:Czech crown / CZK

Living Costs

350-750 USD / month (food, accommodation, transportation, entertainment)

Prices are not high in the Czech Republic. Czech currency Kc, (1RMB approx. = 3.7Kc). The Czech mainly shop at local supermarkets and, they rely on supermarkets for three meals and daily necessities. Prices are same in every supermarket. The average family normally purchases a lot at a time.

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Education Overview

There is a long tradition of higher education in the Czech Republic, dating back to the 14th century. Before World War II the former Czechoslovakia was among the most developed countries in the world with a strong network of high quality schools and universities. Czech higher education system has experienced a number of deep, dynamic changes and extensive development in the last years. From a strictly uniform highly centralized and ideologically bound system under the communist regime, it has been changed into the much more diversified and decentralized system with full academic freedom and self- governing bodies, open to Europe and the world.

Higher education forms the highest level of the Czech education system. It is governed by the Higher Education Act and the central governing body is the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. The accreditation process and quality assurance is ensured by the National Accreditation Office for Higher Education.

Currently there are 26 national public universities and 2 state-level public and 40 private universities in the Czech Republic.

Admission Policy

Higher education is available to all applicants with a completed secondary education and after fulfilling the entry requirements set by the given higher education institution. Access to Bachelor´s and long Master´s studies is conditional on completing secondary education with a school leaving certificate. In the case of Master’s degree programs following upon Bachelor’s degree programs, only applicants who have completed the respective Bachelor’s degree courses or hold equivalent qualifications are considered. The prerequisite for admission to a Doctoral degree program is the completion of an appropriate Master’s degree program or an equivalent qualification. Any further requirements as to the knowledge, abilities or talent or educational achievement of applicants are the responsibility of the higher education institutions themselves.

Students who want to study a degree program should first check the specific entry requirements at the website of the higher education institution of their choice and then apply to the institution accordingly. The deadline for submitting applications is usually the end of February or March, but there might be some later deadlines too. Applications normally include completed electronic application form, copies of relevant diplomas and scores from language proficiency test. Depending on the specific program and university, applicants may also be required to take entrance examinations. These are mostly held between June and September, earlier for Arts studies.

International students who wish to study in the Czech Republic as exchange students have a great number of possibilities to choose from study stays within the framework of various European and non-European mobility programs, tailored-made study-abroad programs, cooperation arrangements between university networks, summer schools and so on.

Tuition and Scholarships

Higher education at public and state institutions is free of charge for citizens of all nationalities, with the following exceptions:
•fees for administration of admission proceedings;
•fees for extending the duration of study beyond a set limit;
•fees for study in a foreign language.

At private institutions of higher education, all students are required to pay tuition.

The tuition fees for study in a foreign language or at private institutions differ from 0 – 22 350 USD per academic year and the amount depends on the relevant institution and study program.

A range of scholarships is available enabling international students to come to the Czech Republic for periods of varying length. The higher education institutions offer the scholarships under the same conditions as for Czech students, some of them offer also scholarships under bilateral university agreements. More details can be obtained from the International Relations Office of the relevant university. Foreign students can also receive a scholarship under bilateral international agreements on cooperation in the field of education (offered by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic) or within the framework of the Foreign Development Aid (offered by the Government of the Czech Republic). Information about these scholarships is available at Czech diplomatic missions abroad. Students can also take the advantage of a number of mobility and scholarship programs and funds (e.g. Erasmus+, Aktion, CEEPUS, Visegrad Fund, Fulbright Commission).

Visa

You are obliged to file the application only at the Czech Embassy in the state of which you are a citizen or which issued your current travel document or in the state in which you have a long-term or permanent residence permit. You do not have to meet these conditions if you are a citizen of a state presented in the list of countries whose nationals are entitled to file an application for a long-term visa at any Czech Embassy whatsoever (Decree No. 429/2010 Coll.).

You should submit the application on the completed form along with all the necessary requirements laid down by law. You should, however, always submit originals or official copies of the documents. All of the documents submitted must be made out in the Czech language or officially translated into Czech.
Along with the application for a long-term visa you must submit:
a) a travel document (original)
b) 2 photographs; not necessary if a pictorial recording has been made of the foreign national
c) Proof of accommodation,
d) Document on the purpose of stay,
e) Proof of funds,
a document similar to an extract from the Penal Register record, issued by the state of which you are a citizen, as well as the states in which, in the last 3 years, you have resided continuously for a period longer than 6 months, or a signed affidavit in the event that this state does not issue such a document (not required from a foreign national under 15 years).

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