For the essential information about studying in the Czech Republic and applying for higher education programmes, visit the Study in the Czech Republic website.
- Population: 10,553,843 (2016)
- Capital: Prague
- Geographical size: 78,867 km2
- GDP: €174,412 billion (2016)
- Official EU language(s): Czech
- Currency: Czech koruna (CZK)
- Student visas and immigration
- Scholarships and financial support
- Number of higher education institutions: 68
- Number of students in higher education: 311,000 (2016, Statistics of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports)
- Number of international students in higher education: 43,000 (2016, Statistics of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports)
- Language of instruction: Most higher education programmes in the Czech Republic are taught in Czech language but you will find many programmes taught in English, French, German and other languages too
- Typical tuition fees: By law, higher education at public and state institutions in the Czech Republic is free of charge for citizens of all nationalities, with the following exceptions:
- fees for administration of admission proceedings
- fees for extending the duration of study beyond a set limit
- fees for study in a foreign language
Private institutions of higher education can fix their own fees.
Find out more about tuition fees in the Czech Republic.
- Average length of a full-time higher education programme in the Czech Republic:
- Bachelor’s degree programme: 3 - 4 years
- Master’s degree programme: 1 - 3 years
- Doctorate/PhD: 3 - 4 years
Quality assurance, diversity and accessibility, internationalisation and relevance are key priorities for the Czech Republic’s government in higher education.
In line with this strategy, Czech universities are expanding the opportunities for international students and academics to study and work here.
Today, over 43,000 international students study in the Czech Republic. It is an increasingly popular destination for international study: in 2014, EU statistics listed the Czech Republic as the 12th most popular destination for Erasmus students in Europe.
There are certainly many reasons for choosing the Czech Republic as a study destination:
Long tradition of quality education
There's a long tradition of high-quality education and research in the Czech Republic, especially in the Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. The Charles University in Prague was founded in 1348 and is the oldest university in Central Europe. Quality assurance of higher education institutions is a priority for the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.
Diverse range of study programmes
Czech universities offer internationally recognised qualifications and interesting specialisations. You can come for a short study visit or to complete your degree in a wide range of traditional and newly-emerging disciplines.
Offer for international students
Over 43,000 international students are studying at Czech higher education institutions and interest is growing as the offer of study programmes in foreign languages (especially in English) increases. Czech universities are increasingly involved in a wide range of international cooperation activities and programmes in the European Union and other countries.
Study in the heart of Europe
Studying in the Czech Republic puts you in the middle of Europe. Here, you will have a great chance to discover all European countries and places you might otherwise not have had the opportunity to visit.
Vibrant cultural experience and fascinating history
Due to its geographic location, the Czech Republic is at the cross-roads of many cultures. The country's culture was historically formed mainly by Slavonic, German (Austrian) and Jewish influence, resulting in a rich Central-European culture and lifestyle. The Czech Republic is sure to entertain you in between your studies!
Lower cost of living
The cost of living in Czech Republic is generally not as high as the cost in many Western European countries, so life is more affordable here.
A few times per year, the Study in Europe Facebook page hosts a question and answer live session with the people behind the National Information portals.
Here are the questions and answers for the Czech Republic, from the Center for International Cooperation in Education:
Are there undergraduate and postgraduate study programmes available in computer science?
You can study Computer Science or Informatics at several universities in the Czech Republic. See the link, here.
Do you offer economic study programmes?
Study programmes in Economics at Czech universities are listed in the programme finder here.
What is the duration of civil engineering masters study programmes?
Master´s degree programmes in Civil Engineering are usually one, two or five years long. Check out the study programmes offered in English language here.
Are medicine study programmes available? What is the duration of these study programmes?
Study programmes in General Medicine are six years long. You can find information about relevant programmes, here.
Is it possible to get scholarships to study at higher education institutions in the Czech Republic?
The most important scholarship opportunities for international students in the Czech Republic are listed here.
Are there study programmes available in renewable energy?
Are there opportunities to play sports at higher education institutions in the Czech Republic?
Czech higher education institutions offer many sports facilities and the possibility to join university sports teams, and some of them are made up entirely of international students. Please check with your chosen university for details.
Do you offer post-graduate study programmes in agriculture?
The offer is fairly extensive! Check out this link to available study programmes in Agricultural Sciences at Master´s or Doctoral level at Czech universities, here.
Are there study programmes available in nursing?