Study in the Czech RepublicThe Czech Republic as a tourist destination is a very enjoyable experience, but what is even better is when you go there to study. There are 70 different schools that you can choose from and more than a thousand different degree programs (Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D.) that you can select. As an international student, we understand that you worry about being the only foreigner in a different country, but not to worry more than 40,000 foreign students are pursuing higher education in the Czech Republic. The country is one of the biggest pillars of university education in Europe and has maintained its standards for centuries. Charles University in Prague is the oldest university in central Europe at almost 700 years old. You can enjoy all that the country has to offer as a visitor and you can even delve into more details as a student at any of its prestigious universities. One fascinating educational mainstay of the country is in its magnificent libraries, one of which is the National Library, which stands as one of the communal centers for learning, research, and culture. If you decide to come to study in the Czech Republic, please come in the spring semester and enjoy the brilliant weather and amazing atmosphere. Typically, universities in Europe open for Fall/Winter and Spring/Summer semesters in an academic year, and the same is obtainable here. Science, Technology, Research, Arts, and Literature are some of the main subject areas of higher institutions in the country, however, there are thousands of other field areas that are equally as important, Czech schools continuously update their quality and standards to meet with the times. Life as a student is also rewarding while in the country and way after you graduate. With an international degree that is acceptable anywhere in the world, there are many reasons why the country is a perfect study abroad destination. Living in the country is also not as expensive as it is in many of its European counterparts, the cost of living is very favorable and there are many ways to support your education if finance is a determining factor for you. Study costs vary from one university to the other but typically go around €350 to €750 per month, and you can apply for a scholarship and many other grants. Studying in the Czech Republic also gives you the chance to enjoy exchange programs like ERASMUS.
About the Czech RepublicThe Czech Republic is at the heart of Europe and stands as the bridge between the east and west, located in central Europe, landlocked and bordered by Germany, Poland, Slovakia, and Austria. The country is divided into 13 regions with the capital city of Prague centrally located in the western half of the country. The second and third largest cities are Brno and Ostrava can be found in the regions of Moravia and Silesia. The country is mostly made up of cosmopolitan large cities and the countryside with not much in between. The Czech Republic may not be the most forest ridden country in Europe, a lot of the land outside of urban centers is tilled and irrigated in irregularly shaped crop fields. The country only has 4 national parks, however, their nature zones are very majestic. The country’s geography is a perfect drainage basin for various rivers on the continent and closer to the outside of the borders are rolling green hills and low mountains that speckle the country with the forests. Otherwise, most of the country is flat with small undulations here and there with many crop fields. The Czech Republic is the most stable and prosperous of the post-communist states of Europe, the country has a population of around 10.5 million people and has the lowest unemployment rate in the all of the European Union. When it comes to ethnicity, 90% of the people are ethnically Czech, whereas the remaining 10% of the country either identify as Moravian, Slovak with a small percentage from other ancestries like Ukrainian and Vietnamese. The official language of the country is Czech, which is a Slavic based tongue that is mutually intangible to the Slovaks and Poles with which they share a border. One thing that further sets the Czech Republic apart is its distinguishable architecture that incorporates both classical, baroque, and gothic elements with ornates and embellishments at its corridors and foyers like in Church of St. Nicholas, St. Vitus Cathedral, and the St. Georges Basilica. The Czech’s hold their ground in culture and is home to a plethora of world-renowned composers, artists and one Nobel Prize winner for literature. Like many European countries, the Czech’s have a long history of complex kingdoms, empires, alliances, battles, unions, revolutions and even splits but through it all, they have still retained their unique sense of nationalistic Central European Slavic identity. The country also maintains an interesting sense of diplomatic identity as can be seen in their close ties with some of their allies and neighboring countries.
About the Czech Republic EconomyThe Czech economy is heavily centered around industry and manufacturing especially in the automotive department. Car production alone makes up about 18% of all exports and employs millions across the country. The Czech Republic has the lowest unemployment rate in the European Union at 2.2% in Oct 2019. The country benefits from its proximity to Germany and Europe’s largest economy benefits from the Czech potential. The country also benefits from its shared borders with the most industrial lenders like Bavaria, which is beneficial as there is a lot of investments coming from that region. Over the years the country has been successfully making advances to become a fully-developed economy. According to the World Bank in 2020, the Czech GDP per capita amounts to $24,569 and is the highest emerging country in Europe followed by Slovenia and Estonia. The size of the country is 78,855 square kilometers which make the country a little bit bigger than Ireland, the entire population is about 10.5 million people with its capital city Prague with nearly 1.6 million residents. The city is listed as a UNESCO site added to the current 12 listing that the Czech Republic has to their belt. The official currency of the Czech Republic is ‘Czech Koruna’ (CZK) which has been the exchange note of the country since 1918. The koruna is one of the EU’s eleven currencies, and although the country has been a part of the union since 2004, they adopted the Euro’s but have kept their currency. The Czech Republic is also a valuable member of NATO which they joined in 1999. Some of the world’s most interesting inventions came from Czech inventors like Otto Wichterle who invented contact lenses, and Josef Ressel who invented the propeller in 1827. A Czech company created the sugar cubes in the 18th century and has been modified into various forms today. The Czech Republic is grouped among the Central Emerging Europe (CEE) countries as these countries have experienced rapid growth in the last few decades. The Czech Republic has 12 companies trading on the Prague stock exchange and continues to be attractive to investors beating the Eurozone because of factors such as GDP growth and economic expansion. Economic expansion is driven by the country’s strong consumer spending, low unemployment, fast-growing wages, and fiscal stimulus.
Why Study in the Czech Republic
Czech Republic Student VisaStudents from EU/EFTA countries do not need a visa to come into the Czech Republic and can be in the country for up to 3 months on one visit. However, study periods longer than three months requires that they should register for temporary residency at the local registration office in their current location within a few days of their arrival. Citizens of countries like Australia, Canada, Brazil, Hong Kong, Brunei, Georgia, the USA, and a few others do not need a visa to come to the Czech Republic. To find out your country’s eligibility or visa standing please contact us via email alongside your application inquiries.
University Scholarships in Czech RepublicOne great thing about the Czech Republic is the low tuition fees that foreign students benefit from. With high educational quality, the cost of learning in the country is very affordable, tuition starts as low as $2,000 up to $15,000 per academic year depending on the program or the university. In the same way, there is also a very substantial amount of scholarships and grants for international students offered by universities or the government and even private organizations both in and outside the country. International students from countries outside the EU or who are not eligible for free education based on their nationality can study for free by learning the Czech language first and then applying to get free education at public and state universities.
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