Work while or after studying

Many students work and study at the same time. Having a part-time job or summer work is very common in the Czech Republic. There are working options for international students as well, just be prepared that the job offer may be limited due to the fact that most jobs require fluency in the Czech language. However, there are many international companies operating in big cities, where your ability to speak or understand various languages can be a plus.


Minimum gross salary for full-time jobs (40 hours per week):

11 000 CZK per month or 66 CZK per hour

Average gross salary for full-time jobs (40 hours per week):

27 889 CZK per month (in 2017)

Typical rate for part-time jobs:

around 100 CZK per hour for administrative work

For current exchange rates click here.

Can I work while or after studying?

Would you like to find a job in the Czech Republic while or after your studies at the university? The process depends on where you come from, and if you are a full-time student or a graduate.

EU/EEA or Switzerland citizens

Citizens of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland or their family members do not need an employment permit, Employee Card or Blue Card to be employed on the territory of the Czech Republic. These nationals have the same legal status as citizens of the Czech Republic, as the country is a member of the European Union. For more information have a look at the portal of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic.

OTHER THAN EU/EEA (SO-CALLED Third country citizens)

If you are a third country citizen (i.e. not an EU/EAA or Swiss citizen), you are allowed to work while studying, but please bear in mind that you are staying in the Czech Republic on basis of a visa for study purposes, therefore paid work cannot be your primary occupation during your stay. Your work should not affect your studies.

Third country students studying in the Czech Republic in a present (daily) form of studies in a degree programme accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports don’t need an employment permit. The employer is only obliged to notify the relevant regional office of the Public Employment Service of the start of your work.

Third country students who come only for a student exchange or study in a distance form of studies are allowed to work without an employment permit too, but only if they are up to the age of 26 and their performance of work does not exceed 7 consecutive calendar days or a total of 30 days within a calendar year.

In all other cases, the citizens who do not come from the EU/EEA countries or Switzerland may be employed in the Czech Republic if they have obtained an employment permit and a residence permit, or an Employee Card or a Blue Card (both cards combine a work permit and a residence permit in one document). The local Employment Office shall always be the relevant one for issuing the employment permit. The procedure of application for such a permit is described here. The work permit is issued for a definite period of time, a maximum of two years, however; a foreigner may even apply for an employment permit repeatedly. Please note that the work permit is only valid provided the following atributes are specified in the decision: the employer, the type of work you will be performing, and the location where your work will take place.

If you are a third country citizen, you obtained your university education in the Czech Republic, you have already finished your studies, and you wish to stay in the Czech Republic for working purposes, you have to apply for an employee card. Foreign nationals who have obtained university education in the Czech Republic have free access to the labour market. In this case the employee card serves merely as a long-term residence permit where the stated purpose of the foreign national’s stay (longer than 3 months) is employment.

For more information have a look at the dedicated portal of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic.

For obtaining legal advice contact the Integration Centre Prague or the Association for Integration and Migration.

How to find a job

When looking for a job, try career centres and info desks at universities first, as the faculties should have contacts in a variety of industries. You should also ask your friends, classmates, local students or professors. Besides, you can start your search through the job portals or to contact directly someone from a chosen company.

Most popular job portals in the Czech Republic are:

It is usual to send an e-mail to a potential employer; phone calls are not normally preferred. You should send a CV together with a cover letter. Be prepared for an interview.

EU Blue Card

EU Blue Card is a work permit issued by 25 out of 28 EU Member States to highly-qualified non-EU citizens. Its intention is to stimulate economic development by making Europe a desirable destination for qualified workers to practice professional knowledge and skills as well as allowing free movement within the European Union for non-EU citizens.

Learn more here!