Tuition Fees in the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic maintains its popularity as an international study destination, with over 42,000 foreign students enrolled in Czech universities every year. What are the advantages of coming to study in the Czech Republic and how much does it cost?
The Czech Republic is notable for its high-quality education, outstanding academic chances, and access to industry-based prospects after graduation. This reputation is well-deserved, since the Czech Republic is home to some of the world’s top 1000 institutions, as listed in the Top University Rankings. And if those are not enough to persuade you, let’s not forget about a varied selection of academic programs, partnerships with American universities, reasonable tuition fees, lower living expenses, and, last but not least, diverse cultural possibilities and fascinating history.
In the Czech Republic, you can study both for free and for a fee. It all depends on the type of university and the language of study.
Study for free in any state school in Czech
Thousands of foreigners take advantage of this chance. If you speak Czech, you can study for free and receive a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree. Most universities require foreigners to own a B2 certificate of Czech language proficiency; otherwise, foreigners attend under the same requirements as Czech nationals because, by law, programs in the Czech language are free for all students no matter what their nationality is.
However, it is useful to be mindful of additional fees: for nostrification, administrative or admission proceedings fees, fees for extending the duration of study beyond a set limit.
Study in a foreign language
If you choose to study in English or another language other than Czech, you can pick between over 1,000 programs offered in English, as well as in other languages including French and German. It’s crucial to remember that tuition costs vary a lot, although they’re usually fairly affordable. Private universities can set their tuition as high or low as they see fit — and are often costlier than public universities.
Tuition fees for studying in English vary a great deal, depending on the university, degree, and the program, from 300 USD to 20 000 USD.
For example, Prague University of Economics and Business offers Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees for 4300 USD per year. At Charles University, prices vary from 18700 USD per year at a Faculty of Medicine to 5000 USD at a Faculty of Arts to 3400 USD for EU/EEA students (for non-EU/non-EEA students the price is 6800 USD) at a Faculty of Social science. Meanwhile, prices for a bachelor’s degree at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague start from 330 USD to study ecology, geology, and foundations of law and economy.
If you are looking outside Prague, Masaryk University in Brno offers degrees in English from 2300 to 4000 USD per year. As for the private universities, Anglo-American University in Prague offers degrees in English from 12000 USD to 17000 USD per year.
These figures can serve as a guide for you when choosing the Czech Republic as a country for education. You can find more detailed information on the websites of specific universities and in our articles.
Scholarships in the Czech Republic
If you are worried about the cost, there are fortunately several scholarship opportunities for students from the university where they want to study, the Czech Republic, or their home country.
The basic types of scholarships include, but are not limited to:
- merit scholarships
- scholarships for creative achievements
- social scholarships
- special scholarships
- doctoral scholarships
- scholarships for foreigners
- accommodation scholarships
- special-purpose scholarships
These scholarships are offered to students by each of the universities, the Czech government, various foundations, funds, and other Czech and international agencies or organizations. For example, the Czech Republic’s government distributes scholarships every year as part of its Foreign Development Cooperation. Secondly, there are specialist non-profit organizations, such as the South Moravian Center for International Mobility, that assist bright students and researchers. The Czech Republic’s Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sport annually awards scholarships to foreign nationals as part of intergovernmental exchange programs with several countries. And of course, there are partnerships between Czech and American educational centers, represented by the famed Fulbright Program that allows citizens of the United States and the Czech Republic to study, teach, or do research in a partner nation.
As well as on the national and international levels, universities are offering to cover a part of students’ expenses, in cases of great academic performance or a student’s difficult personal situations. The amount can range from a few hundred crowns to several thousand per year, and can be paid in recurring benefits (monthly, quarterly) or as a one-time contribution.
Getting a scholarship to study is universally not the simplest thing to achieve. However, the Czech Republic’s state and private institutions encourage international students to attend Czech universities. As a result, they go out of their way to ensure the best candidates are rewarded for their patience, mental agility and academic aspirations and achievements. Maybe you can be one of them.