by Andreas Stamatiadis
Are you considering to study in Prague, Brno, or another city in the Czech Republic? If you do, this article will explain the steps you have to go through to get admitted and start studying at a Czech university.
Czech Republic's educational history dates back to 1348, when Charles university, located in Prague, the oldest and biggest university in central Europe was founded. Since then, the high standards of the offered education remained, positioning many of today's Czech educational institutes amongst the world's elite. Many students from all around the world choose to study in the Czech Republic. Maybe some of you reading this, consider applying to a Czech university, too. So let's see together what it takes to enter some of the leading universities in Europe and the world.
Wide variety of study choice
From public to private universities, Czech Republic offers a large variety of bachelor's and master's degree programs mostly in Czech or English language. The faculties that provide the students with lessons in the Czech language are free, whereas English language faculties are paid.
First, the student needs to apply, usually electronically, by filling in an online application form. In the application form, the applicant needs to give his/her personal information (name, previous education, address, tel. Etc). But, for the application to be accepted, the applicant needs to pay an application fee usually at around 500 Kc (20 ) for the Czech programs and 1300 Kc (50 ) for the English ones. The university will inform you by email once the application fee has reached them.Step 2
The next step is the entrance examination. Czech universities do not have difficult exams, either you apply for the Czech faculties or the English ones. For the Czech faculties, the applicant will enter the whole process as if he was a Czech citizen. That means the same obligations and rights with the Czech applicants and under the same rules. Economics/Business universities ask for Math and English and a Czech language exam.
Technical universities mostly ask just for Math or Physics while a B2 level certificate in the Czech language is sufficient. However, some faculties do not ask the students to write entrance exams, but just accept them once they have a B2 level certificate in the Czech language. For further information try to visit the faculty's website.
Those who want to apply for the English faculties (at their own expense studies) will be asked to take an exam on the subjects relative to their future studies e.g. economics/business or technical faculties ask for Math and English, medical faculties ask for Math, Biology, Chemistry and also send a motivational letter. Once the candidates take these exams their results will be posted either on the faculty's database and/or they will receive an email informing them either on admission or failure.
Although the exams are held at the institutions' facilities, some universities accept international English language degrees and/or international exams as the SAT.
Proof of graduation from previous education level
For the foreign applicants who want to apply for English programs offered from public universities still tuition fee needed or Czech programs offered by public universities without tuition fees - another document/certificate is required. This document is called nostrifikace. It is a validation of previous education, such as high school/lyceum/senior high school etc.
This is because for the Czech Republic the diplomas/certificates from foreign educational institutions are not enough and by law, every student is obliged to have his/her previous education validated in order to receive the bachelor's degree. So the applicant/candidate needs to send his/her high school diploma to the Czech authorities (usually Ministry of education, department of education and sports) where it will be checked.
If the high school diploma is accepted, the candidate will be sent a certificate stating the successful recognition of his previous studies. If the authorities decide that the candidate's diploma does not follow Czech standards, the student will be sent an invitation to take an oral test on the subjects needed. For this exam, the candidate can have an interpreter at his/her own expense. Once he/she passes this exam he/she will have the certification of successful recognition of his previous education in accordance with Czech standards.
For Czech language programs by public universities, the nostrifikace is needed either before the entrance exams or before the candidate's enrollment to study. The English language programs by public universities do not ask for it that early, but the student needs to obtain it before the end of his studies, otherwise the university cannot provide him with a bachelor's degree.
To summarize, the applicant needs to send an application form, to have his previous education validated, to take the needed exams and for the English departments only, to send a motivational letter.
It is all worthwhile
Low tuition and accommodation fees and high-quality education will absolutely compensate for the difficulty of the admission process and the fairytale of medieval Prague will make sure you'll have the most amazing study experience.