7 steps to enrolling in a Czech university
Algorithm of entering a czech university from the first to the last step
The number of students from abroad in the Czech Republic is steadily growing - it has already exceeded forty thousand people, and the main thing is that seventy percent of them study on a budget, and therefore completely free of charge. There is no need to worry about the prestige of a Czech diploma - the country has been included in the relevant ratings many times.
Prepare for enrollment should be as serious as possible. This material can tell you how to plan your time and allocate resources between the different stages of preparation. We have prepared a certain algorithm of actions, following which you will definitely come to the final goal.
Step 1: Identify the goal
Movement in any direction begins with the fact that we need to very clearly define where and why we are actually moving. You need to understand what you want to study, why exactly in the Czech Republic, whether you have the strength and resources to do it. Here we are ready to help you, education in the Czech Republic has many advantages:
- Foreigners can study on a budget on a par with citizens of the country;
- At the end you will receive a prestigious diploma of higher education, which will be quoted in any country in the world;
- Excellent choice of specialties;
- There are various university exchange programs that will allow you to study not only in the Czech Republic, but also in other countries;
- The language is quite simple, so you can learn it literally in a year of classes at the Prague Education Center.
Step 2: Decide on a major
Since the introduction of the Bologna system, education standards across Europe have become uniform. There are three levels of education. Studying in Czech is free of charge.
The Czech Republic has a wide range of study programs to choose from. Technical and medical specialties hold the palm in the popularity contest, followed by humanities and economics.
Passing exams for technical specialties is usually easier, and the chance of finding a well-paid job quickly is high. But studying can be difficult because of the rigorous program.
But the situation is opposite in economic specialties: it is quite hard to get in, studying is fine, but finding a job is more difficult.
One of the popular educational institutions directly focused on economic education is the Higher School of Economics in Prague - effective study programs, which occupy top places in the ranking of universities. During the years of study, students not only get a good grasp of the theory of their chosen profiles, but also undergo valuable practice in large organizations of the Czech Republic.
Step 3: Choosing a university
Sooner or later everyone has to face such a question as choosing a university, and even if you have already decided to study in the Czech Republic, you still need to choose the best university for you. Choosing from dozens of higher education institutions in a foreign country is not the most trivial task. Especially since they are all good ones. To make your choice easier, here is a selection of the biggest Czech universities with detailed descriptions of the available study programs.
- Charles University is the country's main university
- Masaryk University in Brno
- HSE in Prague
- Higher School of Chemistry and Technology
- Brno Technical University
- Technical University of Liberec
- Czech Agricultural University
- Palacký University
- Ostrava University
It is important to remember that the question of choosing a university should be approached soberly, so it is always better to talk to experts on this topic beforehand.
Step 4: Start preparing for the entrance exams
You should start preparing for the entrance exams about a year in advance.
To study on a budget, you must have a B2 level of Czech. This level can be achieved in about a year of diligent study. You can try to learn Czech on your own, but it is much more effective and reliable to learn the language at special annual language courses. There you will work with certified teachers who are native speakers. Moreover, the teaching methodology has been calibrated over the years and is tailored specifically to the needs of the students. According to the latest data, 95% of language course graduates enter higher education on a budget, and only 30% of "self-taught" students achieve the same result.
At language courses, more than twenty hours a week are devoted to the study of the Czech language. In addition, students study specialized subjects that will help them to enter university.
Step 5: Prepare a package of documents for a residence permit
At the Czech Consulate or Embassy you will need the documents listed below:
- Foreign passport + two photos for visa;
- Citizen's ID card;
- Certificate of no criminal record;
- Bank certificate about the amount of funds on your account;
- If you are a minor, you will need the consent of both parents to travel abroad;
- A contract or certificate of study issued by your school or university;
- A residence contract proving your place of residence in the Czech Republic;
- Comprehensive health insurance covering the entire period of your stay;
- Copies of all documents.
You can get all the information about document collection and visa application by consulting with our specialists. Thanks to PEC, 9400 students from the CIS were able to enter the best universities of the Czech Republic. The consultation is free of charge and you can order it by filling out this form.
Step 6: Resettlement and assimilation in the Czech Republic
After two months, you will be approved and issued one. Your studies will start in September.
You will have a lot of work ahead of you, you will have to devote a lot of time every day to learning the language. By the New Year you will be able to speak Czech at an intermediate level. During your studies, you will take specialized subjects to facilitate your entry into higher education. You will also have your school certificate or diploma nostrified.
Step 7: Enrollment in the university
To enroll for the university entrance exams, you will need to submit a special application ("invitation"). "Invitations are submitted until about March (but the deadline varies from one university to another). You can send your application to any number of institutions, but they charge a fee. But if there are too many, you may not be able to cope with the volume of entrance exams.
After successfully passing the entrance exams, you will have to come in person to a special event - enrollment. There you will sign that you really agree to study in this specialty. If you do not come, your enrollment will be canceled.