About the Higher Education System
The higher education system in the Czech Republic is divided into public, state and private institutions. Public and private higher education institutions come under the authority of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, while state institutions are under the authority of the Ministry of Defence and the Ministry of the Interior. In total there are 26 public higher education institutions, 2 state higher education institutions and 44 private higher education institutions.
In comparison to the UK the academic year is 12 months long. Usually the university/college can individually set the start date, which is around October and the structure of the academic year. Courses are normally divided into winter and summer semesters consisting of a teaching, an examination and holiday period.
Bachelor´s degree programmes last 3 to 4 years. A final state examination finalises the completion of the study program, including the presentation and defence of a thesis. After a successful accomplishment of the Bachelor, graduates can decide either to start working or start a Master.
To be eligible to undertake a Bachelor course in the Czech Republic, you must have proof of a successfully completed secondary general education (A’ levels) or vocational education. Institutions can individually decide, who to accept or not. Some course, in particular arts and medicine demand specific criteria’s. Hence it is important to check with each individual university/college, if they will accept your qualifications or not.
The application process is very straight forward. If you are interested in a college/university, you have to contact them individually. The Czech Republic does not have a system that is similar to UCAS. You can apply for several courses at various institutions. The application deadline is between end of February and March. Date, Content and Form are set again by each faculty individually. Some may require a motivation letter and entrance exams, which normally take place in June and July.
For universities offering courses in medicine and dentistry it is also usually possible to apply directly to the university. Some of them will offer you the chance to take the entrance examination in the United Kingdom.
How much does it cost?
This depends on the course and university/college you have chosen. Any course taught in Czech at public and state institutions is normally free. If the course is taught in English, the faculty can set individually their prices. For example English speaking courses in Medicine and Dentistry may charge up to £15,000 per year. However some courses like in Business can be as low as £2,000.
Private Colleges/Universities have fees ranging between £3,300 and £15,000 per year depending on the course. Prices should be checked individually with each institution.
How do I get a visa?
As Czech Republic is part of the European Union this is not required. You may need to register with the local authorities once you are resident in Czech Republic but this is not a step you need to undertake in advance.
Can I work there as a student?
Yes, you can. If you have an EU passport, you can work while you are studying. In Prague there are a number of employment opportunities for students who cannot speak Czech. In other cities such opportunities might be harder to come by. You will probably be paid a local wage which might be lower than you would get in the UK.
For further information:
Universities in Czech Republic
- University of Veterinary and Pharmaceutical Sciences
- Architectural Institute in Prague
- Prague College
- University of Pardubice
- Masaryk University
- Technical University of Ostrava
- Institute of Hospitality Management
- J. A. Komensky College of Higher Education
- Brno University of Technology
- University of New York Prague
- Metropolitan University Prague
- Mendel University
- Charles University 1st Faculty
- Unicorn College
- Palacky University
- Charles University 2nd Faculty
- University of Finance and Administration
- Charles University in Plzen
- Charles University 3rd Faculty
- Charles University
- Charles University in Hradec Kralove
- Academy of Performing Arts
- University of Life Sciences
- Tomas Bata University
- Anglo American University