You must submit an application to most universities by the end of February, you can study in Czech, English and possibly in other languages.
Every year Czech universities – whether they public or private – expand their offer of study opportunities and improve the quality of their study courses not only for Czech students, but also for foreign students. We provide you with a detailed overview and contact information for public universities, at which you can study selected fields in English or another foreign language. This concerns bachelor‘s and master‘s study programmes and fields.
Foreigners, the same as Czechs, do not have to pay any school fees for studies at a public university in Czech. The situation is different in fields that are taught in English or another foreign language. The school may require a fee for these studies.
The fees for studying in a foreign language are set by the university (college) the student visits. The material of the Czech Educational System Organisation 2008/2009, which is part of the EURYDICE database, states that “At some college (for instance medical, and others) foreign students may complete the whole study course in a foreign language for a fee“.
Foreign university students have the same rights and obligations as their Czech colleagues. Only people who have completed secondary education with an examination equivalent to the Czech final school-leaving examination may apply to a university. Applications for public universities are submitted by the end of February, at some schools the deadline is extended to March or April. Conversely, art schools accept applications as early as November. There is a fee for submitting applications – usually around CZK 500. Everyone has the right to submit an unlimited number of university applications.
Another condition for acceptance to a university is the successful completion of the entry examinations – verbal, written or both - according to the type of school. Art schools (architecture, music, dance, design, and other fields) also require talent tests, which usually take place from January to May – these can be made up of several rounds.
All those who apply are not automatically accepted to universities: Acceptance is limited mainly by the capacity of the specific school and the financial package that the school receives from the state for its students.
The fees, course of study and other terms are set independently, by individual universities. Graduates receive a Czech diploma corresponding to the completed education programme (bachelor’s, master’s, doctor’s)
More than twenty-five thousand foreigners (over 8% of all university students) are currently studying at Czech universities, more than half this number is Slovak.
Appendix: Overview of universities offering study programmes for foreigners (.doc file)
Important links: http://www.studyin.cz
– Studying in the Czech Republic http://www.naric.cz
– National Academic Recognition Information Centre http://isc.muni.cz
– International Student Club in Brno