The Czech Republic boasts the oldest academic institution in Central Europe – the Charles University in Prague, established in 1348 – and Czech students and intellectuals led the Velvet Revolution in 1989, wresting control of the government from the communist regime. As a result, higher education has a special role in the history of the Czech Republic. Students who want to live in the Czech Republic have the ability to witness a rich cultural history as well as one of the most thrilling capital cities in modern Europe.
Higher Education System
The Czech degree structure is similar to that of the United States. Degree programs are as follows
Bachelor’s degree (3 to 4 years)
Master’s curriculum (4 to 6 years)
Doctoral studies (usually 3 years)
The nation is home to more than 70 public and private higher education institutions, and many offer Czech language courses tailored especially for international students. Admission to Czech universities and colleges is open to all students who have completed their secondary education and successfully completed the entrance test (each institution specifies their own exam).
Most Czech institutions have followed the European Credit Flow and Accumulation Scheme, which enables the transfer of credit and degrees to institutions throughout Europe.
Cost of Living
With living costs in the Czech Republic considerably cheaper than elsewhere in Western Europe, this Bohemian paradise is sold at a discount. Government reports that the overall cost of food, accommodation and transportation for students in the Czech Republic is only USD 350-750 per month.
In addition, students are encouraged to buy the International Student Identification Card (ISIC), which offers discounts for hotels, cinemas, libraries, concerts and more. International students are eligible for a variety of grants, including those offered by particular institutions and by the European Union.
The Czech Government is providing grants of financial support to foreign students through the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sport and in the context of foreign development aid.