Masters in Czech Republic

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Population: 10,000,000
# of Students: 390,000*
# of Int. Students: 40,000*
# of Institutes: 69
Education Expenditure: 45‰ of GDP
Academic Year: Runs from October to July
*= Approx. total

Study in Czech Republic

Over 37,000 foreign students are studying at Czech higher education institutions and their interest is growing as the offer of study programmes in foreign languages (especially in English) is increasing. Czech universities are involved in a wide range of international cooperation activities and European Union programmes.

Czech higher education dates back as far as six hundred years. In 1348 Emperor Charles IV founded a university in Prague which is the oldest academic institution in Central Europe.

Czech higher education institutions are divided into public, state and private institutions.

There are:

  • 24 public higher education institutions
  • 2 state higher education institutions
  • 43 private higher education institutions

Organisation of Studies

Courses are divided into semesters, years or blocks and are composed of teaching periods, examination periods and holidays. Studies usually begins in October and the academic year is divided into two semesters: winter and summer, with a five-week examination period after each semester. A semester normally consists of 15 weeks of teaching followed by an examination period.

General application requirements

The main requirement for entering a Bachelor´s degree programme or a full Master´s degree programme is the completion of a full secondary general education or vocational education with a “maturitní zkouška” high-school graduation exam.

Students who want to study full-time should apply directly to the higher education institution of their choice. The deadline for submitting applications is usually the end of February or March. Most higher education institutions require applicants to take entrance examinations, usually held between June and September. Examinations at higher education institutions for the arts take place earlier, in January, and the deadline for filing applications is normally the end of November. Student administration departments can provide information on applications, admission requirements and studies. Foreign applicants who want to study a Czech-language programme must prove adequate knowledge of the Czech language by an official certificate or by taking a language exam at the university.

Foreign students should submit a Long-term Residence Permit or Visa, passport, or personal identification number if need be, before starting the studies.
For more information visit: http://www.czech-universities.com/clanek/5583-study-in-the-czech-republic-how-to-get-started-and-what-to-know

Study programmes

The Czech Republic has a long tradition in quality education and research, especially in Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Students can take short study visits or complete a study degree in a wide range of traditional as well as new and innovative disciplines.

Universities in the Czech Republic offer accredited Bachelor’s, Master´s, and Doctoral degree programmes as well as lifelong learning courses. Traditional universities usually offer all types of degree programmes while non-university institutions provide Bachelor´s degree programmes.

Bachelor´s degree programmes last 3 to 4 years. A final state examination is required at the end of bachelor studies, usually including the presentation of a thesis. Master´s degree programmes may be taken after the completion of a Bachelor programme (1 to 3 years), or may be taken as full programmes (4 to 6 years). Master´s graduates also have to take a final examination and present a thesis. Doctoral programmes, normally lasting 3 years after the completion of a master’s degree, focus on independent creative work in research, development or arts. The doctoral thesis is based on original work and must be published.

Some institutions provide also study programmes leading to the degree of Master of Business Administration (MBA), focused on enhancing managerial knowledge and skills.

Study language

Courses are usually taught in Czech, however there is a wide range of programmes delivered in English and other foreign languages, designed for international students.

Some Czech higher education institutions as well as private language schools organise language courses for foreign students. Several public universities offer summer school Czech language courses lasting 2 to 4 weeks. Summer Schools offer language courses at various levels of proficiency, seminars on the Czech literature, culture and history and free-time activities.

To find and compare English and Czech language courses visit: www.languagelearningportal.com

Student Assessment

The methods of assessing students differ according to the field of study. These can be partial examinations take place after each semester or one exam after each completed study module. Students are assessed mainly by a system of credits or points. Czech universities usually use the ECTS credit system allowing for credit transferability with other higher education institution inside the EU.

Tuition fees

Higher education at public and state institutions is free of charge for citizens of all nationalities, with the exception of studies taken in a foreign language. Private universities fix their own fees. The tuition fees differ from 2,000-15,000 USD per year and the amount depends on the relevant institution and study programme.

Study Visa

EU Students

Students from European Union countries, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland and certain other states do not need a visa to come and study in the Czech Republic. To enter the Czech Republic, EU students only need a valid passport or national ID card.

Non-EU Students

After being accepted for studies in the Czech Republic, student should turn to the local Czech embassy or consulate to apply for a student visa. Regulations listed below should be considered as guidelines only and students should consult their local Czech embassy or consulate for the latest information. Students arriving for a period longer than 3 months must 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:

  • A valid passport and passport photos;
  • A letter of acceptance from the university;
  • Proof of financial resources for the stay;
  • Confirmation of accommodation;
  • Valid international health insurance;
  • Abstract of Criminal Records.

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

For more information visit: http://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/information-for-schools-and-students.aspx

Living in Czech Republic

  • The costs of living in Czech Republic are not as high as the cost in Western Europe and the life is thus more affordable.
  • Expenses covering food, accommodation, and public transportation total at about 260-550 EUR/month.
  • Visa holders can be employed, but must have a job permit.
  • Students have a possibility to eat in university canteens („menza“). These canteens offer most of schools and are located right in the university campus or builiding or not far from it. Lunch at a canteen is around 2 EUR.
  • The Czech unit of currency is the Czech crown. The Czech Republic is not yet a part of the EU’s Euro Zone and payment in Euros is only rarely accepted.
  • The majority of higher education institutions offer dormitories. A student dormitory costs around 110 EUR/month, the cheapest private room in a flat is 150 EUR and a private flat around 380 EUR/month.
  • Country located in the middle of Europe, offers easy access to other European countries.
  • Winter sports can be enjoyed for several months during the year. Most winter resorts in the Czech Republic are situated in national parks or in protected areas.
  • Traditional Czech cuisine reflects the influence of neighbouring countries: German roast goose, Austrian schnitzel, Hungarian goulash, etc. Czechs usually have lunch as their main meal (soup and a main course), which is eaten around midday.
  • There are over sixty breweries in the Czech Republic and entire culture created around beer.
  • Labyrinths of caves connected by underground rivers, large caverns with unique stalagmites and stalactites, extensive halls with historic traces, and a river with a depth of 100 meters.
  • Numerous places offer excellent conditions for various water sports.
  • The wine trails of southern Moravia make up a unique network of regional bicycle trails connecting wineries with historical monuments.

About Czech Republic

The Czech Republic is a landlocked country in the middle of Europe. The country is bordered by Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Austria. The Czech Republic is divided into three regions: Bohemia, Moravia, and a part of Silesia. The total area is 78,866 square kilometres and the country’s population is around 10.4 million people. The capital city is Prague, with 1.2 million inhabitants, and there are 5 other metropolitan cities with a population exceeding 100,000. The country is surrounded by extensive mountain ranges, which form most of the border. The highest point of elevation is the peak of Mt. Snežka (1,602 m).

The Czech Republic has moderate climate with four seasons corresponding to the temperate climate zone.

The significance of the Czech kingdom peaked in the 14th century under the rule of Charles IV, the Czech king and Holy Roman Emperor. After 1620, the Czech Lands became part of Austria and later the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The Czechs and Slovaks declared independence in 1918 and Czechoslovakia was established as a sovereign country. After Hitler's occupation of the country in 1938, Czechoslovakia was split into the Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, and the Slovak state. The Czechoslovak state was restored after the Second World War and The Communist Party came to power in 1946. Free parliamentary elections in 1990 marked the end of communism in Czechoslovakia. At the end of 1992, Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czech Republic joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004.

The Czech Republic is a parliamentary democracy. The Czech Republic maintains a welfare system that provides universal health care and higher education for its citizens. It possesses an advanced economy and, in 2006, it achieved the status of developed country. The Czech Republic also ranks as the ninth-most peaceful country in Europe.

The official language is Czech. The Czechs and Slovaks understand each other without major problems.

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