Often overlooked by many students who consider study abroad destinations, the Czech Republic is a fascinating and welcoming country. Home to the oldest university in Central Europe (The Charles University in Prague), the Czech Republic is a haven for students, welcoming around 35,000 internationals each year.
Universities have been increasing their number of English-taught degrees and the best part is tuition fees and living costs are low, if you compare them with other more popular study locations in Europe.
1. The Czech Republic is home to well-ranked universities
Some of the worlds best universities can be found in the Czech Republic and the following were added on the list of QS World Rankings 2016:
- Charles University;
- Czech Technical University of Prague;
- Masaryk University;
- Brno University of Technology.
Within these universities and many others that you can find in the Czech Republic, you can apply to Bachelor and Master degrees in fields like:
2. Benefit from low tuition fees and living costs in the Czech Republic
- If you have very good knowledge of Czech language, you can study for free in the Czech Republic, because degrees taught in Czech dont require any tuition.
- For English-taught degrees, the average tuition in public universities ranges from 3,000 to 9,000 EUR/year, depending on university and specialisation.
- The price for tuition is equal for both EU/EAA and non-EU/EEA students.
- In private universities, tuition is higher and can lead to up to 15,000 EUR/year.
In the Czech Republic, living costs are definitely cheaper than most countries in Western Europe. On average, students would spend between 400 and 750 EUR/month for all expenditures, including accommodation, food, transportation and social activities.
3. How to apply to a university in the Czech Republic
First, to increase your chances of being admitted, you should apply to more than one university or choose several similar programmes within one university. The application process is quite easy and straightforward, you will just need to follow these steps:
- Complete an online application form on the university website
- Pay the application fee (around 20 EUR for Czech degrees and 50 EUR for English degrees)
- Undertake an entrance examination (if required)
For instance, economics/business universities ask for math and a Czech/English language exam.
Although the exams are held at the institutions' facilities, some universities accept international English language degrees and/or international exams as the SAT.
In order to meet English language requirements, take a language course and check English language schools worldwide.
For Bachelor degrees
You will first have to send your high school diploma to the Czech Ministry of Education, where the admission committee will check your qualifications and in case your diploma is not acknowledged, you will be sent an invitation to take an oral test on the subjects needed.
For Master degrees
If youre interested in pursuing a Masters degree, you should know that most universities will accept candidates that have completed their Bachelors degree in the same or a related field.
Read Marianne's story and find out more about studying abroad in the Czech Republic.
4. Teaching style and assessment in Czech universities
For each study field, you will be awarded a number of credits that represent the number of study hours you spend for completing the course. Universities in the Czech Republic are aligned to the Bologna system, and as the country is part of the EU, they all use the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) or a system compatible with ECTS.
Types of assessment include a combination of the following:
- graded credits (an evaluation of how the student has managed to meet the requirements of the credit)
- oral/written examination
Within some universities or degree programmes, you will have to undertake partial examinations during the semester or at the end of the module part of a continuous assessment.
To have the right to sit at the final exams of each semester, students should prior complete the requirements for continuous assessment.
The teaching style in Czech universities covers lectures, seminars, exercises, laboratory work and practical work or exercises. Attendance at lectures is set by each university but mostly, participation in seminars is mandatory.
5. What can you do for fun in the Czech Republic?
The Czech Republic is a fascinating and uniquely beautiful country, where you can visit several cultural attractions and also enjoy splendid natural landscapes. Home to numerous medieval castles and terrific spa resorts, the Czech Republic is a place that combines the fairy tale atmosphere with a modern and urban flair.
In Prague, you can admire the Astronomical Clock on the Old Town Square, Charles Bridge, and Prague Castle, listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the largest ancient castle in the world.
In Brno, you should check out a fantastic science museum and Vila Tugendaht, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Apart from these, Brno is a city of coffee, also hosting Coffee festival, because there is literally a café or coffee shop at every corner.
Hradec has many lovely parks and organises plenty music festivals, while Olomuc gathers a large number of students, so most of the services are based on students needs.
Last but not least, if you love beer, youll love spending your free time in the Czech Republic; the country takes pride in brewing over twenty types of beer, so it is no wonder Czech people are the worlds heaviest consumers of beer.
Studying in the Czech Republic is all worthwhile
So you have an affordable lifestyle, low tuition and a wide range of study programmes to choose from, and to all of these you can add tons of social and cultural activities. Whether you choose Prague, Brno or other city in the Czech Republic as your temporary home, the fairy tale atmosphere provided by medieval architecture will make sure you'll have the most amazing study experience.