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Study in the Czech Republic
Look no further than the Czech Republic if you want a unique European study experience. Renowned for its spectacular castles, Medieval towns, a wide variety of native beer, and stunning landscapes – the Czech Republic fuses the best of East and West Europe to create its exclusive hybrid flair. Positioned in Central Europe, the Czech Republic is known for its mixture of traditional, gothic, and modern architecture. 12 UNESCO World Heritage sites are also located in the country. In 2016, the Czech Republic embraced the name “Czechia” as an informal name.
For artistic geniuses like Alphonse Mucha, Francis Kafka, Rainer Maria Rilke, Jaroslav Seifert, and Antonin Dvorak – the Czech Republic was home once. In a line, as you can learn swimming by doing and not by reading, you cannot experience the exciting and phenomenal life in Czechia without living there. Brno, Jihlava, Liberec, Olomouc, Ostrava, Pilsen, and Prague popular cities in the Czech Republic amongst international students for higher studies. Although Czechia’s official language is Czech, many courses are now taught in English throughout education institutes. Moreover, their rich cultural heritage, exciting history, incomparable foods and beers, and high-quality education system, specializing in Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine – attract students to the Czech Republic for their higher studies.
Being the South Asia Representative of the Czech University of Life Sciences (CULS), Prague, Mr. Dipal Chudasama usually visits Czechia once or twice a year. And he never feels bored by saying, “In Czechia, the air feels so magical and mysterious that it can instantly inspire your creative side. It is surely difficult not to be inspired when you are surrounded by elegant architecture and lively people. But I must say, you should not believe me. See for yourself. Experience it. Realize it. Internalize it.”
- Why Study in the Czech Republic?
- What to Study in the Czech Republic?
- How to Reach the Czech Republic for Studies?
Student-friendly Education Atmosphere:
In 1989, the velvet revolution took place. On January 01, 1993, Czechoslovakia peacefully separated into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Since then, Czechia has undergone massive evolution, and now it is one of the most popular destinations in Europe for tourists, students, and professionals alike.
The country has become one of Europe’s favorite overseas student nations because of the quality education and well-recognized behavior of their proficient staff. Czechia’s academic personnel are famous for encouraging students, especially international students, to participate in educational and cultural programs. They are also very open to interacting to learn much by discussions and excel in their studies. That’s why the country has gained so much attention when it comes to studying in Europe. The cherry on the cake is Czechia is ranked among the top 20 countries in the world for its education system. So, don’t get surprised by thousands of international aspirants in one of the 68 institutes scattered across the Czech Republic.
Czechs feel proud for being home to Central Europe’s oldest university, Charles University in Prague. It was established in 1348. Czech is the official language of the country. Although the country is home to Europe’s oldest university and has an excellent education system, considering English as a global language, Czechia’s higher education institutes teach thousands of English courses. Because of these and many other academic features that the Czech universities have adapted, the country is becoming highly popular. The Czech Republic has a mixture of public and private universities, including two state institutes.
With the quality education, lifestyle matters. Among all the Soviet Bloc nations, Czechs are known to enjoy the highest standard of living. Czechia is performing well in the economy, education, tourism, safety and security, entertainment, and so forth. With the relatively low crime rate, the country is considered the sixth safest country globally. Sites like castles, monuments, mountains, rivers, large national parks, and beautiful landscapes can fill your weekends or study breaks.
Imagine if you can do your project, a week- or month-long training, or job in a country other than the Czechia. It’s absolutely possible if you are studying in the Czech Republic. The country borders Poland on the north, Slovakia on the east, Austria on the south, and Germany on the west. Czechia’s geography can offer you a competitive advantage over pursuing higher education in other countries.
Expenses, while studying, mainly includes two costs: tuition costs and living costs. Usually, the tuition fees for studying in the English language in Czech universities start from 1000 EUR per semester. And the monthly living expenses for an individual is estimated to be around 250 EUR. That’s it. No doubt, the expenses (tuition fees + living costs) may vary with the course and university you choose to study. It is surely far economical for international students compared to expenses for studying in other nations.
If that sounds exciting to you, engage in a lifetime adventure in the Czech Republic with over 43,000 international students.
From art and design courses, business, computer science and IT, engineering and technology, health and wellbeing, humanities and culture, languages, media and communications, science, to teaching and education courses – the Czech Republic offers education in all.
Czechia’s degree structure is similar to that of the United States. Degree programs are as follows:
The country offers accredited degree programs at three levels: Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral. Any higher education institute falls into one of these two categories: university or non-university type. The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System have been implemented by most Czech institutions, making it possible to transfer credit and degrees to institutions throughout Europe quickly.
Bachelor’s degree programs:
The bachelor’s degree programs last from 3-to-4 years and are the first level of higher education. These courses focus on study groups, teamwork, and developing research skills through assignments. After the final examination, graduates can start their professional life or continue studies by joining a master’s degree program.
Master’s degree programs:
These programs are available in two ways: If taken up after the bachelor’s program, it goes for 1-to-3 years. And if pursuing a full program, it goes from 4-to-6 years. These courses focus on imparting practical knowledge and developing creativity and skill. A typical Czech master’s program involves the presentation and defense of a thesis following the final examination. MBA programs encourage healthy discussions in a class as a part of solving real-life case studies.
Doctoral programs go from 3-to-4 years. It pushes an individual to explore research ideas, perform experiments, collaborate globally, and publish findings. For doctoral programs, public presentation and defense of a thesis is critical and must.
In most cases, you are expected to submit the following for a Czech student visa:
- A valid passport and passport photos
- Proof of acceptance to studies at a university in the Czech Republic
- Document confirming enough financial resources for the stay
- Confirmation of your accommodation in the Czech Republic
- Valid international health insurance
- Document confirming that you have no criminal history background
From the mentioned above documents, many need to be translated into Czech with an official rubber stamp, which a translator can do. Consider applying for a student visa well in advance due to time restrictions. It takes up to 60 days for the whole process. Therefore, please don’t leave it until the last minute!
“There is no such thing as a free lunch” aptly applies to the international students going for studying in the Czech Republic. At public institutes, you’re not going to pay the tuition fees, but that is not the only to think of. One should consider the general cost of living, including accommodation price, food, travel, entertainment, communication (phone and internet). No doubt, it’s not so high. However, at iOverseas, we believe one should be aware of the budget before moving abroad to study. We even consider your liking or dislike, such as do you prefer to live in student accommodations, share a room, and are you ready for part-time work? Based on it, we give a cost estimate for studying in Czechia.
The following tuition fees apply to international students only as they will pursue studies in a language other than Czech. Moreover, it may vary with the course and university you choose to study.
Approximate tuition fees in EUR
Approximate tuition fees in INR
Bachelor’s degree programs
2,000 to 3,000 / Year
1,80,000 to 2,70,000 / Year
Master’s degree programs
3,000 to 4,500 / Year
2,70,000 to 40,05,000 / Year
Doctoral degree programs
5,000 to 7,500 / Year
4,50,000 to 6,75,000 / Year
Conversion Rate 1 EUR = 90 INR/- as of December 2020
The good news is Czechia offers to live in a significantly affordable way than any other common European study destination. So, studying in the Czech Republic is surely an affordable option for international students.
Following is an average estimated cost of living per month in CZK (Czech Koruna):
Groceries and Food: 1,500
Phone and Internet: 500
Considering 1 CZK = 3.5 INR, your total monthly living expenses end up to Rs. 21,000/-.
Moreover, as an international student, you can also work for 20 hours per week while studying. A typical rate for a part-time job in the Czech Republic is around 140 CZK (490 INR) per hour for administrative work. It means that you can get 11,200 CZK per month. That’s 39,200 INR. Now, look at your living expense once.
With the high-quality education and affordable education costs, Czechia’s government provides scholarships within its Foreign Development Assistance framework. The funding supports the education expenses of international students, especially from developing countries.
Czech education institutes grant scholarships for:
- Excellent academic, scientific, artistic, or other creative results that promote knowledge.
- Considerable research and development activities.
- Difficult social circumstances of a student.
- Cases worth special consideration.
Some of the top government and university scholarships in the Czech Republic for international students are:
- Czech Republic Government Scholarships for Developing Countries
- Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (MEYS) Scholarships under Intergovernmental Exchange Programs
- JCMM Scholarships for Foreign University Students
- Erasmus+ Partner Universities in the Czech Republic
- Visegrad Fund Scholarships
- Charles University Scholarships
- Czech Technical University Scholarships
- Czech University of Life Sciences Prague Scholarships
For more information regarding eligibility criteria, application process, and other scholarship options, contact us.