Czech Republic, also called Czechia, is gradually flourishing into becoming one of the renowned and highly affordable destinations for international students. It is a landlocked country located in central Europe, which is bordered by Poland to the north, Germany to the west, Austria to the south and Slovakia to the east, with its capital and largest city, Prague, inhabiting around 1.3 million inhabitants.
Czech Republic is on its way to becoming a well-admired and popular study destination for international students, with over 43000 of them already on their way to getting the international degree. The country has a moderate climate with unique culture, tradition, norms and values which will shape the students from all facets i.e., cultural and academic as the country is also the home to the oldest academic institution in Central Europe- the Charles University in its capital city, Prague, which was founded in 1348.
STUDY IN THE CZECH REPUBLIC, WHY?
- Quality of higher education and research: The universities of Czech rank among the best in Central Europe and offer a wide range of options, whatever you desire to study.
- Work opportunities: Different international companies and their subsidiaries have been functioning in the Czech Republic which completely diminishes the possibility of students staying unemployed as they will be provided with the opportunity of numerous internships according to their education background.
- Easy travel: If you want to explore or take some study break after dedicating long time into your studies; you can do it right away as Czech Republic is centrally located in Europe, hence you can literally visit different countries and cities.
- Low cost of living: As mentioned earlier, the Czech Republic is a budget friendly place for international students. Depending on your location, lifestyle and spending habits, your monthly living expenses will range from 300 EUR to 600 EUR per month, including meals, accommodation, public transport and some leisure activities.
- Student Organizations: In case you are in need of some help, the Czech Republic, has various student organizations like AEGEE, AIESEC.
- The primary task is to decide the university you will want to pursue your further studies at. Later, you may have to appear an entrance exam, prepare your portfolio and do sample writings accordingly as per the needs and requirements of your desired university.
- The confirmation letter will be delivered via email after the university has accepted you.
- Students who do not belong to the EU, they must compulsorily have a student visa. To apply for the visa, you need to submit the documents like visa form, university acceptance letter, criminal record and proof of health insurance to the Czech embassy.
- Application deadline for Czech public universities: February, September
- Application deadline for Czech Art Schools: November
- Application deadline for Czech Technical Faculties: March – April
- Entrance exam date: May – July
- Bachelor/Undergraduate: Completion of full secondary general education or vocational education
- Master/Postgraduate: Completion of Bachelor program or its equivalent.
- D.: Completion of Master’s degree
- Language requirements: Students willing to study in English must take TOEFL, IELTS.
WORKING WHILE STUDYING
Students belonging to the EU do not require any work permit for continuing their studies parallelly with work. But, if the student belongs to the third country, then he/she needs a work permit, and must balance their academic and work life without affecting their studies. And, an hourly payment for student jobs is about CZK 100.
- The living costs in the Czech Republic solely depends on “where you are studying” and “where you are staying”. Students can stay in university dormitories, which are well equipped. The average monthly fee is estimated to be around 120 EUR per month. Students can find their accommodation which usually takes a form of flat or room. The estimated rent for a 2–3-bedroom flat is 500-800 EUR per month, and a place in a private unit is expected to be 250 EUR per month.
- The tuition fees per year is estimated to range from 150 EUR to 1300 EUR per month. Though, private universities tend to be expensive.
- Other costs accompanying accommodation is food, entertainment, etc. which is estimated to cost around 500 EUR per month.
REALITIES ABOUT CZECH REPUBLIC
- The Czech Republic is considered as the sixth safest place to live in the world.
The Czech Republic has officially changed its name to Czechia.
The Czech Republic has one of the Highest Density of Castles in the world.
The language of the Czech Republic is the second most difficult language to learn.
Czech People Are Not Religious.
Czech People drink the most beer in the world.
The scholarship schemes that are available are as follows:
- Government scholarships
- Erasmus Mundus scholarships
- Visegrad Fund scholarships
- University scholarships
- European and other programmes