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Study in Czech Republic

Czech Republic is a landlocked country in Central Europe that borders the countries of Poland, Germany, Austria, and Slovakia. Czech Republic is strategically located astride some of the oldest land routes in Europe. The geography of Czech Republic consists of rolling hills and plains. The government system is a parliamentary democracy; the chief of state is the president, and the head of government is the prime minister. Czech Republic has successfully transformed from a centrally planned economy to a market economy in which the prices of goods and services are determined in a free price system. Czech Republic is a member of the European Union (EU).

Why study in the Czech Republic as an International Student?

The Czech Republic boasts the oldest academic institution in Central Europe - the Charles University in Prague, founded in 1348 - and it was Czech students and intellectuals who in 1989 led the Velvet Revolution, which wrested control of government from the socialist regime. As a result, higher education holds a special place in the history of the Czech Republic. Students who choose to study in the Czech Republic have the chance to experience a rich cultural heritage as well as one of the most exciting capital cities in modern Europe.

Higher Education System

The Czech degree structure is similar to that of the United States. Degree programs are as follows:

• Bachelor’s (3 to 4 years)
• Master’s (4 to 6 years)
• Doctoral (usually 3 years)

The country is home to over 70 public and private academic institutions of higher education, and many offer Czech language courses designed specifically for foreign students. Admission to Czech universities and colleges is available to all students who have completed their secondary education and successfully passed an entrance exam (each institution specifies their own exam). Most Czech institutions have adopted the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, which allows easy credit and degree transfer to institutions throughout Europe. Study In The Czech Republic (http://www.studyin.cz/home/) is the government’s promotional site for foreign students. It is an excellent resource which includes downloadable catalogues of every Czech college and university.

Student Life in the Czech Republic

For students interested in the natural beauty of the Czech countryside, the mountainous republic features several national parks and numerous leisure activities, including:

• Water sports
• Fishing
• Hiking
• Climbing
• Cycling
• Caving
• Skiing

One of the country’s most appealing resources, however, is its capital. Located in the geographic heart of Europe, the Czech capital of Prague has long charmed visitors with its beautiful architecture, a bevy of restaurants, and an active nightlife scene. Prague’s central location also gives students the option of air, train, and bus travel to all the major cities of Europe.

Cost of Living

With living costs in the Czech Republic substantially cheaper than anywhere in Western Europe, this Bohemian paradise is offered at a discount. Government estimates place total food, housing, and transportation costs for students in the Czech Republic at only 350-750 USD per month. Additionally, students are encouraged to acquire an International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which provides discounts for restaurants, cinemas, museums, concerts, and more. Foreign students are eligible for a number of scholarships, including those offered by specific institutions and the European Union. The Czech government offers financial aid scholarships to foreign students through the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, and within the framework of the Foreign Development Aid.