Step-by-step guide on applying to universities in the Czech Republic
Are you thinking about completing your degree abroad? Have you considered studying in a centrally located European country, with a rich history, beautiful architecture and nature, low cost of living and a long tradition of quality education? The Czech Republic offers all of this!
Although Czech is the main language of tuition at universities, over 1,000 study programmes in English are offered at all degree levels and across all fields. Below you can find a step-by-step guide that will help you in getting started with your application!
1. Find your study programme
Start by choosing the degree programme that fits your interests and ideas. You can study in the Czech language, in English and selected programmes even in other foreign languages. There's no easier way than to search for your desired programme directly in our portal!
Studies in foreign languages are subject to tuition fees, however, these are generally much lower than in Western Europe. Maybe you can even take advantage of some of the scholarship opportunities offered to foreign students.
Studies in the Czech language at public universities are free of charge. Many universities offer one-year-long language courses that can prepare you for studies in the Czech language as well as for entrance examinations. Find out more about Czech language courses at our website.
2. Prepare basic documents
The basic condition for entering studies is the successful completion of the previous level of study (certificate of graduation from a secondary school for Bachelor's (3 years) and long-cycle Master's degree programmes (5-6 years); Bachelor's degree for a follow-up Master's; Master's degree for a Doctoral study programme).
If you want to study at university in the Czech Republic, you need to have your previous completed study recognized by the Czech recognition authority. Read more details about the process of recognition of your previous studies here.
Besides certified copies of your educational qualifications, the minimum entry requirements usually include a completed and submitted application, proof of the admission procedure fee payment and compliance with the conditions for the specific study programme (e.g. letter of motivation, letter of recommendation, portfolio, English proficiency test).
In case of enrollment for doctoral studies, each faculty has its own admission conditions. In general:
1. Clarify what you want to do - you can see the offer of doctoral courses in the Studyin portal, or choose a university first and see what doctoral program it offers.
2. Choose the research focus of the dissertation. You can choose the focus of your research and dissertation by yourself. If you don't know, you check out the faculty website - some of them publish the offer on their websites.
3. Contact the doctoral study department and the supervisor. After you have selected a program and the topic of your work, you can ask at the doctoral department of the faculty which supervisors are currently admitting students and then get in touch with the supervisor directly. He will guide you through the study, advise you on your chosen topic and consult you with the dissertation.
4. Apply to study, go through the admission procedure and enroll in the study. Check the deadlines for submitting the application, the admission procedure and apply. In the admission procedure, you need to convince the admissions committee that you have a genuine interest in the topic you have chosen. You can also read the general terms and conditions of the admission procedure on the relevant faculty website.
3. Check specific entry requirements
Once you have decided where you want to apply to, you can search for detailed information on entry requirements and deadlines. In the Czech Republic, each university is responsible for its own admission procedure and the conditions vary from one programme to another.
You should therefore always check the specific requirements on the university/ programme website and if you need some advice, you can contact the study department or the international office of the relevant university. The application deadline is usually between February and April. Students may apply for several study programmes at various universities and faculties.
Are you able to speak Czech? Great! Studies in the Czech language at public universities are free of charge. The only thing you must do is to pass the Czech Language Certificate Exam (CCE) before applying to the university. This exam is designed for all foreigners age 16 and over who want or need to prove their level of communication competency in the Czech language. Apart from the Czech Republic, you can take the exam in more than 15 other countries. The required level of language proficiency is B2, in some study programs C1.
4. Submit your application
The application forms are available on university websites. Universities use the system of electronic applications forms, which simply guide the students and allow them to track their application status throughout the entire process. After filling in the application, it is necessary to print it out, sign it and send it by post to the relevant university or faculty together with the required documents. You might be asked to pay the application fee and attach a receipt of payment to your application, if required by the university. The next steps will be communicated to you through the online application system and by a letter or email from the university.
5. Sit the entrance exams
If you are an eligible applicant, you may be required to sit an entrance exam. It can include a written test and oral interview. The entrance exams are usually held in the Czech Republic, but some options also exist for taking the exam abroad (e.g. via Skype).
6. Wait for the notification of acceptance
When the application period and the possible entrance exams are over, the university will make the final admission decisions. Results are usually announced by the end of June. After receiving the decision, you will be asked to pay the tuition fee for the first semester, if applicable. The university will then send you an official letter of admission, admission confirmation for the visa and accommodation purposes, and the study contract.
7. Apply for visa
Depending on your nationality you may need to apply for a visa or residence permit to enter the Czech Republic at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in country of your origin. You should start your visa application process as soon as you have received the official letter of admission, especially if you are a non-EU citizen, as the whole procedure requires some paperwork and can take up to 60 days. Find out more information about the entry requirements at out webpage.
8. Arrange practical aspects of your arrival to the Czech Republic
You should keep in touch with the study department of the university or with the study programme coordinator. Your host university can advise you best on the arrangement of all the practical details of your arrival to the Czech Republic, including local student accommodation options and available student services.
9. Arrive and enjoy your stay!
Make sure to save some free time besides your studies for the many attractions the Czech Republic offers!