The Czech Republic is situated in Central Europe. The Czech Republic can be rightly called the crossroads of European civilizations. Due to its position in the heart of central Europe it boats a unique natural and cultural wealth. The country is surrounded by extensive mountain ranges which form most of its borderlines. Twelve important historical sights feature on the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage List.
The country is historically divided into three regions: Bohemia, Moravia and part of Silesia. The Czech Republic shares borders with Poland in the north, Austria in the south, Germany in the west, and Slovakia in the east. The country has 10.3 million inhabitants and the official language is Czech. The capital of the country is Prague.
The Czech Republic is an advanced Central European country with increasing standards of living. Its rich history has left a significant historical legacy, spectacular architecture and beautiful cultural works. Personalities of past and present times remain a source of pride for the Czech Republic. Many Czechs have received worldwide recognition in different branches of the sciences, arts and sports.
The Higher Education System
At present, there are 62 institutions in the Czech higher education system. There are 24 public institutions, 4 state higher educational institutions (three military schools and one Police Academy) and 34 private higher educational institutions. The Charles University, the Palacký University, Olomuc and the Masaryk University in Brno are traditional multi-disciplinary universities with a combination of humanities, natural sciences, theology and medicine. About 38% of students now study in Prague and 21% in Brno, while other students go to regional centres such as Ceske Budejovice, Cheb, Ostrava, Pardubice, Plzen and others. In the Czech Republic, the higher education system is organized into three levels: bachelor, master and doctorate.
The Czech Republic awards scholarships for study programmes at the Language and Foundation Studies Centre of Charles University and for Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctor’s programmes at public higher educational institutions. Regarding Doctor’s study programmes, preferences are given to the graduates of Czech higher educational institutions. A foreign national who applies for a Czech Republic government scholarship to study at a public institution of higher education and has no knowledge of the Czech language can receive a scholarship for a special one-year language and foundation studies course at the Institute of Language and Foundations Studies of Charles University. At the end of the language and foundation study course, the student is required to successfully pass the entrance examination, in which the scope and contents are designed by the respective faculty or higher educational institution. The faculty or higher educational institution itself publishes basic information about admission procedures in advance.
Do I need to speak Czech to study at Masaryk University ?
No, you don’t. The Universities also offer full degree programmes in the English language.
Can I use English in daily life ?
Yes, almost all young Czech people can speak English well; you should not face any problems in dealing with everyday situations.
Which documents are usually required for admission ?
The qualification, skill and qualities needed for admission to Masaryk University vary from programme to programme. However, the minimum entry requirements for degree study are as follow:
- International qualifications which are equivalent to International Baccalaureate or A level qualification (for Bachelor’s programme), Bachelor’s degree certificate (for Master’s Programme)
- English language qualifications – this doesn’t apply to native speakers and holders of a prior degree taught in English.
- Curriculum Vitae
- Statement of purpose
- Recommendation letter
Can I work while I am studying ?
All students are allowed to do temporary work up to 150 hours per a year. If you want to work more than 150 hours per a year, then you need a work permit to undertake paid work of any kind (not applicable for those who come from the EU member countries).
Is it expensive to live in the Czech Republic ?
Brno offers a high quality of life for quite a nice price. The cost of living is very low in the Czech Republic compared to other EU countries, and you will be able to live very comfortably without spending large sums.