Prague doesn’t need any introduction – if you haven’t visited yet, it’s probably on your travel list. But beyond the dreamy beauty of its capital, the Czech Republic has a lot more in store for international students.
Czechia, as the country now is also called, offers affordable tuition fees for its English-taught degrees, and a lower cost of living compared to other destinations.
Let’s see how much it costs to study and live in Czechia as an international student.
On average, tuition fees in Czechia for undergraduate and postgraduate courses will be between €2,000 and €10,000 – although some programmes will be outside that range, either much cheaper or more expensive. The table below will give you an idea of the fees at some universities in Czechia.
Fees for EU and non-EU students will generally be the same, but they also might differ in some instances.
For example, the University of New York in Prague and the Anglo-American University have different tuition fees for EU and non-EU students, but also other universities may at times charge different fees for specific courses – see, for example, Charles University.
|University||Tuition fees for Bachelors per year||Tuition fees for Masters per year|
Ca. 9,000 EUR for EU students, ca. 10,400 EUR for non-EU
Ca. 9,000 EUR for EU students, ca. 10,400 EUR for non-EU
|Brno University of Technology||–||Ca. 3,000 EUR|
|Charles University||Ca. 6,300 EUR||Ca. 6,300 EUR|
|Czech Technical University in Prague||From 4,600 EUR to 5,700 EUR||From 4,600 EUR to 5,700 EUR|
|Masaryk University||From 3,000 to 7,000 EUR, up to 16,000 EUR for Medicine and Dentistry||–|
|Mendel University in Brno||Ca. 2,700 EUR||Ca. 2,700 EUR|
|Prague City University||6,000 EUR to 8,800 EUR||6,800 EUR to 8,800 EUR|
|Prague University of Economics and Business||Ca. 5,000 EUR||Ca. 5,000 EUR|
|University of New York in Prague||Ca. 10,000 EUR for European Bachelors, ca. 20,000 EUR for American Bachelors||Ca. 9,000 EUR|
|University of Ostrava||Ca. 4,000 EUR||Ca. 4,000 EUR|
|University of South Bohemia České Budějovice||–||Ca. 4,000 EUR, up to 10,000 EUR|
Yes, there are application fees at Czech universities – but not at all of them.
Prague City University, for example, doesn’t have an application fee.
Most universities charge an application fee between €20 and €50, although the fee can increase to over €80 at the University of New York in Prague.
Other fees may be charged during the application process or later, depending on the university. At the University of New York in Prague, for example, there are Student Body Fees (€250 per semester for bachelor’s programmes).
Prague City University also has a UK student body fee for the British-accredited degree programmes: €800 per year for Bachelor’s degrees and €1,300 for Master’s.
International students can study in Czechia for free in state institutions – but only if they enrol in Czech language programmes. If you are able to study in Czech, congratulations! There may be some administrative fees to pay, but you won’t have to pay tuition fees.
Programmes in other languages, including English, usually require tuition fees – although it’s still possible to find programmes that don’t.
Thankfully, as the table above shows, fees are somewhat cheaper than in other European destinations.
While there is no government-sponsored loan system in Czechia, there are scholarships available for international students.
Yes, there are scholarships available for international students in Czechia.
Some scholarships for international students are offered by the government, while others are provided by individual institutions.
Here are some opportunities as an example:
In general, application deadlines at Czech universities are between February and April.
It’s important to note that each university will have its own timeline when it comes to applications and deadlines, and that some universities operate on a rolling admissions policy and some don’t.
So, it’s crucial to czech check with your chosen university and mark all the important dates in your calendar before you get started.
Czechia is still an affordable country for international students compared to other European destinations. For example, the cost of living in Prague is lower than in many other European capitals.
The cost of living will differ according to where you live and your lifestyle. In very general terms, expect to spend approximately the equivalent of €300 to €750 a month, including accommodation, food and perhaps some nights out.
And remember that, although Czechia is part of the EU, its currency is not the Euro but the Czech Crown.
International students can work while studying in Czechia.
As for after graduation, non-EU/EEA students can apply for a 9-month permit to look for employment or start a business. According to a survey by the Czech National Agency for International Education and Research (DZS), about half of international students stay and work in Czechia after graduation.
It is possible to find a job, especially in Prague, without speaking fluent Czech. However, speaking Czech will certainly broaden your opportunities – and it might be necessary when you look for a part-time job during your studies.
Students from the EU/EEA and Switzerland don’t require a visa to live and study in Czechia. However, as is the case in other EU countries, they will need to register with the police.
International students from outside the EU/EEA will instead need to apply for a visa. There are two types of visas students can apply for. One is a long-term visa, which can be granted for up to a maximum of one year and can be gained through the embassy. At the end of the initial one-year period, students can switch to a long-term residency permit. Students can also apply for a long-term residency permit straight away, but the process is a little bit more complicated. Your university’s international office will be able to help you understand which option is best in your case.
When applying for your student visa or residence permit, you will need to provide confirmation of enrolment and accommodation, and proof that you can support yourself financially.
How much do you need to show you have in your bank account? Glad you asked! The formula is a little bit complicated, but there is no need to stress. Here’s an example:
The existential minimum, as of 1st January 2023, is set at 3,130 CZK, or about €130.
So, if you plan to stay 12 months, you’ll need: (15 x €130) + (11 x 2 x €130) = €4810
Your university’s international office will help you with your visa application and its requirements. They’ll have calculators, too.
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