Comprehensive guide on Czech Republic Study Visa

 


Are you considering joining the thousands of international students who are doing their Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. in the Czech Republic? That would be a great decision because the Czech Republic has a rich culture and a long-standing academic tradition. If you add that living and studying there is affordable and super-fun, then very few things could stop you from studying in this European country. 


To prepare you for this study adventure, we have created a simple guide about what you need to do to apply to a Czech university.

1. Choosing a university in the Czech Republic

Whether your goal is doing an undergraduate or a graduate programme, you should know that there are 13 Czech universities in higher education rankings and a total of 67 higher education institutions you can choose from. Some top picks for English-language degrees include:


Masaryk University

Charles University

Anglo-American University, Prague

University of Economics, Prague

Study abroad in the Czech Republic


2. Admission requirements at Czech universities

In order to be eligible for admission to a degree in the Czech Republic, you need to have a recognised diploma from your previous cycle of study:


To apply for a Bachelor’s: you need a secondary school graduation certificate

To apply for a Master’s: you need a Bachelor’s diploma

To apply for a PhD: you need a Master’s diploma

What is important to note is that your diploma must be recognised by the Czech authorities, to which you have to submit an application for recognition of previous studies. 

Apart from these basic admission requirements, you should expect a few specific ones, established by each university, such as:


• An entrance exam or interview (you might be able to have the interview on Skype)

• Language proficiency proof

• Letter of motivation

• Portfolio

• Statement of purpose

• Sample of writing

• A recently updated CV

• Transcript of records

Once you meet the admission requirements, it’s time to start putting together your application file, including all the necessary documents mentioned above. Normally, you will upload them online on the programme website. However, in order to apply to a university in the Czech Republic, it is also necessary to send the documents by post.


Note that some universities perceive an application tax or an entrance exam fee, which is typically around 20 EUR.


3. Tuition fees and living costs in the Czech Republic

Higher education in the Czech language is free of cost for all students, national and international. However, if you want to study in English or another foreign language, you will have to pay tuition fees. Luckily, these fees are generally much lower than in Western European countries. Life in the Czech Republic is also incredibly cheap as a student.


Tuition fees for degrees taught in English or another foreign language:  0 - 21,110 EUR/year. The higher fees are at private universities.

Living costs in the Czech Republic: 430 - 700 EUR/month

To reduce your costs, you should consider applying for study scholarships. You can also check out the Studyportals Scholarship to get some help on financing your studies abroad.


4. Application deadlines at Czech universities

Remember to take into account application deadlines, especially the printed version of your application, which is sent by post and needs to reach the university before the deadline.


Application deadline for Czech public universities: February

Application deadline for Czech Art Schools: November

Application deadline for Czech Technical Faculties: March - April

Entrance exam date: May - July


The best way to make sure you don't miss the deadline is to check the information available on the official university websites.


5. Admission results and the acceptance letter

After you have sent in your application and attended the entrance exam (in case there was one), the hard part is over. You’ll just have to wait for the admission results, which normally arrive at the end of June.


If you have been accepted, you will get the confirmation via email and post, along with the next steps to enrol at the university.


6. Student visa in the Czech Republic

If you are from outside the EU/EEA, you will need a student visa to study a programme in the Czech Republic. So, that’s round two of paper-gathering. But it’s also the last one. Breath in and prepare the following:


• Visa form. Visa fee is £100

• The acceptance letter from the university

• Passport and passport photos

• Proof you are able to support yourself financially during your studies: bank account statement or proof you benefit from a scholarship

• Proof of accommodation in the Czech Republic

• Proof of health insurance

• Criminal record

Some of these papers will have to be translated into Czech, so remember to check the exact visa requirements with the Czech embassy or consulate in your country.


7. You’re an international student now!

You have your enrolment proof, you have your visa and you’re ready to pack a big suitcase and move to the Czech Republic. The best way to make sure you don’t forget anything is to stay in touch with your university, which can help you with info about student service and accommodation.


Remember that the currency in the Czech Republic is the Czech Koruna, so don’t exchange all your money into euros right way. Also, you can find out more info about what’s like being a student in the Czech Republic by reading about other’s experiences:

Proof of funds

The amount that must be in the account depends on the living wage. From January 1, 2023, it is CZK 3,130 . If you are coming for an annual preparatory course, you should have the equivalent of CZK 115,810 on your account, which is about 4,800 euros (as of Jan, 3, 2023)


STUDENTS FROM COUNTRIES OUTSIDE THE EU

Students from countries outside the EU have to turn to the local Czech embassy or consulate and apply for a student visa. Please note, that the whole procedure requires some paperwork and can take up to 60 days, so it is recommended to apply for the visa well in advance. The regulations for obtaining visas change from time to time, so the information listed here should be considered as guidelines only. You should always consult your local Czech embassy or consulate or check the website of the Ministry of Interior for the latest information regarding visa requirements.


There are short-term visas (for stays up to 90 days) and long-term visas (for stays over 90 days). Students arriving for a period longer than one year should apply for a long-term residence permit for study purposes. 


The following documents are mainly required for receiving a student visa or a residence permit:


application form. Study Visa is €100

letter of acceptance for studies

a valid passport and passport photos

proof of financial resources for the stay (e.g. in the form of a bank account statement or confirmation of being beneficiary of a grant)

confirmation of guaranteed accommodation

valid international health insurance

abstract from the Register of Criminal Records

Please note that some documents (e.g. the abstract from the Register of Criminal Records) must be translated into the Czech language by a translator with an official rubber stamp.


The Foreign Police examines the visa applications and notifies the Czech embassy or consulate to issue the visa.


In case of applying for a short-term language/preparatory courses, students should apply for a short-term visas (for stays up to 90 days), in case of long-term language/preparatory courses, students should apply for a  visa to stay over 90 days (long-term) or a long-term residence - for the purpose of studies (at public higher education institutions) / for the purpose of other (at private higher education institutions). More information can be found here.



REGISTERING WITH THE CZECH FOREIGN POLICE

Registration at the Foreign Police Department is compulsory for all foreign nationals staying in Czechia for more than 30 days. They must register within 3 days from the date of arrival to the country.


HOW TO EXTEND YOUR VISA OR LONG-TERM RESIDENCE PERMIT

Is your residence permit for the purpose of studies ready to expire? Extend it properly:

If you have visa with validity period shorter than one year, you can extend it up to 1 year (which is the maximum duration of this type of visa). You can apply for the extension in person at regional offices on the Ministry of the Interior. If you was already granted a long-term visa, you can also directly apply for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of “studies”. This new application has to be made in person at an OPC´s office (how to lodge a new application for a long-term visa).


If you already have long-term residence for purpose of “studies” which validity is expiring soon, you can extend it in person or via post (how to extend a long-term residence permit). This is applied only in case you continue your studies at the same school/university.


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By Olushola Samuel


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