Language

Czech is a West Slavic language spoken by over 10 million people. It is the official language in the Czech Republic.

Would you like to study in the Czech language? Higher education at public and state institutions is free of charge for you if you study in Czech! By law, higher education at public and state institutions is free of charge for citizens of all nationalities, however private institutions of higher education can fix their own fees. It is a really good reason for studying the Czech language, isn´t it? 

Czech language for foreigners

Summer Schools of Slavonic Studies

The Summer Schools of Slavonic Studies offering Czech language courses are organised by several public universities in the Czech Republic. The courses are held during the summer months, their length ranges from 2 to 4 weeks and are designed for foreign students, teachers, translators and interpreters and other experts active in the field of Czech/Slavonic studies. The Summer Schools offer language courses at various levels of proficiency, seminars on the Czech literature, culture and history, free-time activities including theatrical, musical and dance performances, trips etc.

Each year the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport offers a limited number of scholarships for participation in the Summer Schools of Slavonic Studies to applicants from certain countries. The scholarship consists of free board and lodging, coverage of course fees and free access to cultural events which are part of the course programme.

Language courses offered within the support of the Czech cultural heritage abroad

The Programme to support the Czech cultural heritage abroad helps to improve the awareness of the Czech cultural heritage, primarily by sending lecturers of the Czech language to foreign universities or providing support to compatriot communities abroad

Each year the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports offers a number of scholarships for participation in the four-week Czech language course for Czech compatriots who live abroad and would like to learn their predecessors' language or improve their existing Czech language skills. The course gives them the opportunity to familiarise themselves with the Czech culture and get to know part of the Czech Republic.

Other scholarship opportunities

Apart from the scholarships offered by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, there are also some university scholarships offered for studying the Czech language:

Scholarships for studying Czech language, literature and culture

Faculty of Arts of the Masaryk University in Brno awards three-month scholarships for studying Czech language, literature and culture. These scholarships always run from October to December of the academic year and are intended for students of foreign universities. Applicants should have a good knowledge of Czech language in order to be able to follow the lectures and attend seminars conducted in Czech.

Language courses organized by Czech Centres abroad

Czech language is being taught at 15 Czech Centres abroad (Berlin, Bratislava, Budapest, Bucharest, Kyiv, London, Milan, Munich, Moscow, New York, Paris, Sofia, Tokyo, Warsaw, Vienna). Czech Centres provide language courses at CEFR levels A1 – C1. In cooperation with the Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies at Charles University they organize an internationally accredited examination in the Czech language at 9 branches abroad.

Czech language courses are sometimes organized also by the Czech Embassies and Consulates abroad. Please, check the website of the Czech diplomatic mission in your country for further details. 

Language courses and summer schools organized by universities

Many Czech higher education institutions organise Czech language courses and summer schools of Czech language for international students. These courses are usually paid, but there may be exceptions (e.g. preparatory language course as a part of a government scholarship).

Preparatory courses

If you wish to study in the Czech language, some Czech universities offer preparatory courses that can help you to master the language and prepare you for studies at universities in the Czech Republic. You can find links to some of the preparatory courses offered by universities below:

Summer schools

Summer schools are short non-degree courses offered by universities to students who want to get ahead in their study field during the summer break. Many summer schools are focused on Czech culture and language and this brings a great added value in the form of local perspective and experience from the real life. You can find links to some of the summer courses offered by universities below:

You can also find details of some of the preparatory and summer language courses here.

Language courses organized by private institutions

There are also many private language schools offering Czech language courses for foreigners, you can try to find some here.

Further information

The Czech for Foreigners Portal provides an overview and comprehensive information for foreigners who are applying for permanent residence in the Czech Republic or for Czech citizenship and will be taking the Czech Language Exam or Czech Life and Institutions Exam.

For brief, but serious information about the Czech language you can go to Czech Language portal.