Country Guide : Study In Czech Republic

High quality education and research, especially in Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, has a long tradition in the Czech Republic.Czech universities offer long-standing reputations, unique conception and interesting specializations. Students can come for a short study visit or to complete their degree in a wide range of traditional as well as newly emerging disciplines.

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.Studying in the Czech Republic puts you in the middle of Europe and you have a great chance to discover all European countries and places you might otherwise not have had the opportunity to visit.

The costs of living in Czech Republic are not as high as the cost in Western Europe and the life is thus more affordable.

Universities in the Czech Republic

The Czech higher education system dates back some 600 years, with the country’s Charles University, located in capital city Prague, laying claim to being the oldest academic institution in Central Europe and also one of the best-esteemed. Today the country has more than 70 universities, of which about two-thirds are private, many also located in Prague. Five universities in the Czech Republic feature in the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings®. These are:

Charles University

Charles University is the highest ranked university in the Czech Republic, ranked 233rd in the world and 110th in Europe. It was established in 1348 by Emperor Charles IV and remains the country’s largest university, with 17 faculties and more than 50,000 students. It is the most popular choice among international students travelling to the country, and its internationalization program currently includes partnerships with almost 200 universities worldwide. The campus of the medieval institute is located in Prague, only adding to its appeal. The Czech capital, hugely popular among tourists, offers an attractive and lively setting, alongside various work opportunities.

Czech Technical University in Prague

Also located in Prague, the Czech Technical University was founded in 1707, and is another of the country’s oldest and largest academic institutions. It’s the Czech Republic’s second ranked university in the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings , featured in the top 451-460 universities in the world. The Czech Technical University in Prague has eight faculties, which offer more than 100 degree programs, mainly in engineering and related fields. Almost 24,500 students are currently enrolled, at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. The university prides itself in having many world-renowned alumni throughout the years of its existence; among the most famous is physicist Christian Doppler, namesake of the “Doppler effect”.

Masaryk University

The second largest public university in the country, Masaryk University is located in the second largest city, Brno. Established in 1919, it is a member of the Compostela Group of Universities and the Utrecht Network, both of which seek to foster collaboration between universities across Europe. Currently it teaches about 35,000 students in nine faculties. The university offers programs taught in English and German, making it an obvious choice for many international students. Brno is a huge cultural hub, complete with castles, fortresses and other medieval structures, offering an inspiring setting for tourists and students alike.

Brno University of Technology

Also located in Brno, Brno University of Technology was founded in 1899, and is the country’s fourth representative in the international rankings. Initially the university offered a single course in civil engineering, but has progressively grown into a major academic institute, with over 24,000 students enrolled at eight faculties. To support internationalization, Brno University of Technology participates in EU projects such as Erasmus, Tempus, Leonardo and others. It offers a selection of English-taught programs from undergraduate through to PhD level, most within its main focus area of engineering.

University of Economics Prague

Specializing in the fields of economics, business and information technologies, the University of Economics Prague was established in 1919 and currently teaches almost 20,000 students. The university is considered among Central Europe’s leading business schools and has three campuses, of which the main is in the heart of the capital. A secondary campus is found on the outskirts of Prague, while the Faculty of Management is located separately at its own campus in Jindřichův Hradec, a small and charming town in the South Bohemian Region of the country.

Life in the Czech Republic

A landlocked country in the heart of Europe, the Czech Republic shares borders with Germany, Austria, Poland and Slovakia, and is a member of the EU. Capital city Prague has in recent years garnered a reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe, packed with historic and cultural interest – as well as a lively nightlife.

Life in the Czech Republic is generally much cheaper than in most Western countries. Expenses covering food, accommodation and public transportation should total around US$350-750 per month, though of course it depends on the lifestyle you are used to and your own budget. Prices can also vary depending on the city you choose to study in. However, it is safe to say that students coming from Western Europe or the US will be surprised by the affordable and yet high-quality lifestyle.

While Prague in particular has become known for its party scene, the Czech Republic also offers plenty of opportunities for relaxation and exploration. It has a glorious countryside, full of mountains, hiking tracks, cultural sites, medieval structures and picturesque historic towns. During your stay, you will no doubt encounter the famous Slavic humor, which may take some getting used to, but is guaranteed to have you chuckling in the end! Czech cuisine is known for its traditional soups, meat dishes, dumplings, salads and sweet pastries, and the country’s longstanding beer-brewing tradition continues to thrive.

Discover some of the Czech Republic’s major student cities:

Prague

The country’s capital, Prague is without a doubt one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. This “New Jerusalem”, as it was once called, attracts millions of visitors from around the world each year. Highlights include its striking castle, UNESCO-listed medieval Old Town, and thriving arts scene, museums and nightlife. Prague is currently ranked 45th in the QS Best Student Cities index, reflecting the city’s large and internationally diverse student community, strong reputation among local and international recruiters, and relatively low study and living costs.

Prague is home to many of the country’s best-reputed universities, including three which rank among the world’s best: Charles University (currently ranked 233rd in the world), the Czech Technical University in Prague and the University of Economics Prague.

Brno

The second largest city in the Czech Republic, Brno is the historical capital of the Margraviate of Moravia. Brno will most certainly charm you with its medieval fortresses and castles, full of mysteries and providing material for numerous local legends. The city is also famous for its Brno Exhibition Centre, which is one of the largest exhibition centers in the world. Brno has a vibrant cultural life, with various museums, theatres and galleries located in the city. Although now very much a modern city, it’s also preserved many of its traditions, folklore, folk music, festivals and the traditional Moravian costumes.

Brno is also an important center of higher education, with 13 universities located in the city and about 90,000 students. Some of the highest ranked Czech universities are in Brno, including Masaryk University and Brno University of Technology, both of which feature in the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings.

Ostrava

Ostrava is the third largest city in the Czech Republic, located close to the Polish border. A major industrial hub, formerly nicknamed the “steel heart of the republic”, it has in recent years been reborn as one of Europe’s relatively unexplored treasures. Attractions include the beautiful cathedral, medieval castle, the country’s largest mining museum and the Vítkovice area, through which visitors can explore the region’s rich industrial heritage. The city is also host to the internationally famed music festival Colours of Ostrava (July), and Ostrava Days of New Music (every second year in August), while its growing nightlife and culinary scenes are finding a focal point in the lively Stodolní Street.

Ostrava is home to several well-respected universities, including the University of Ostrava and the Technical University of Ostrava.

LONG-TERM VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

Before submitting your application for the long term residence permit for study purposes or long-stay visa for study or for other purposes in the Czech Republic, please read carefully the information below:

In general, applicants must submit their applications in person at the Embassy/Consulate in their country of origin or a country in which they have a residence permit.The Embassy is entitled to request from foreign nationals to arrange the term for submitting their applications in advance. Also, the applicant is obliged to undergo an interview if the Embassy asks her/him to do so.

In some countries (e.g. Russia, Kazakhstan, Albania, Belarus, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, China, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Georgia etc.) applicants must register for an appointment through an online VisaPoint Registration System to be able to submit their applications. Without a proper online registration, the students will not be allowed to submit the long-stay visa or long-term residence permit application at the Embassy (for more details please visit the Czech M.F.A. website at http://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/information_for_aliens/general_visa_information/visapoint/rules_of_registration_practical_hints.html.

It is the Czech Ministry of the Interior that decides on granting a long-stay visa/residence permit. The visa/residence permit applications for study purposes are usually processed within 2-3 months, the visa applications for other purposes are processes within 3-4 months.

All the supporting documents must be submitted in original or as certified photocopies. Documents in languages other than Czech must be officially translated into the Czech language. None of the documents should be older than 180 days. For more details please contact the Student Affairs Office at studentaffairs@unyp.cz or internationaloffice@unyp.cz

Required documentation:

  • Application form: n Forms for a Long-stay Visa (visa for a stay over 90 days) and for a Long-stay Residence Permit (Green form) can be downloaded at http://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/third-country-nationals-application-requirements-application-forms.aspx
  • Travel document: passport valid for at least 90 days after the expected end of stay in the Czech Republic.
  • Evidence of the purpose of stay: Confirmation of Acceptance to Study/Education from UNYP
  • Consent of your parent or another legal representative or guardian with your stay in the Czech Republic if you are a minor.
  • Evidence of sufficient funds: bank account in your name or original Credit Card Statements
  • Confirmation of accommodation: document confirming the availability of accommodation for the required period of stay in the Czech Republic
  • Criminal Record check: evidence that the applicant has no record in the Criminal Register of the country that issued her/his passport and any other country/countries where s/he has resided during the last 3 years for more than 6 months.
  • Health/Medical Insurance contract - covering the cost of necessary & immediate health care (with coverage for an amount of at least 60.000 EUR). It is recommended, though not necessary, to have a contract concluded with a Czech insurance company. You will be required to submit a notarized Czech translation of your insurance contract and its general conditions if they are in other language. Upon request you are also obliged to submit a proof that you have paid the insurance premium for the entire period of requested stay.

The Health/Medical Insurance contract is presented after the application is approved and before the visa is to be affixed to the applicant’s passport. You do not need to present the health insurance when you apply.

Recommended way is to obtain your HEALTH/MEDICAL INSURANCE from a company that has been officially registered on a list of authorized companies maintained by the Czech National Bank. Please find below a list with the largest and generally recommended Czech Insurance providers:

VZP pojišťovna: http://www.vzpforforeigners.cz
Slavia pojišťovna: http://www.slavia-pojistovna.cz/en/
Ergo pojišťovna: http://www.ergo.cz/en/
MAXIMA a.s.: http://www.maximapojistovna.cz/en/

With most of the listed companies you will be able to arrange your insurance contract online. Remember, you will be asked to provide them with the exact dates for the insurance coverage and your Czech residence address (use the address which is on the accommodation document you used when you applied for your visa)

Your insurance contract should be arranged with an eligible provider of your own choice. Nevertheless, having considered the advantages of ONLINE arrangements, current health insurance RATES and available DISCOUNTS, we recommend that you arrange your insurance with the UNIQA INSURANCE by clicking HERE.

Need advice on your insurance and which company to choose? CZECHINSURE offer a choice of Czech insurance companies and polices for students and provides their services in English. For more details check http://czechinsure.com/czech-student-health-insurance.php.

Useful links:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
Applications & all the relevant information: http://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/information_for_aliens/general_visa_information/index.html
List of the Czech Embassies and Consulates:
http://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/diplomatic_missions/czech_missions_abroad/index.html

Online VISAPOINT Registration System:
https://visapoint.eu/disclaimer

Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Czech Republic General immigration information: http://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/immigration.aspx
Specific Information for Schools & Students (including all the visa/permit application requirements):
http://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/information-for-schools-and-students.aspx