Czech Republic

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Basic monthly living cost

  • Rent in a shared flat

    357
  • Share of utilities

    74
  • Internet subscription

    20
  • Local transportation

    21

Sample lifestyle cost

  • Fast food combo

    7
  • Cinema ticket

    8
  • Pint of local beer

    2

About Czech Republic

Bordered by Poland, Germany, Slovakia and Austria, the Czech Republic is located in central Europe and claims the Moravia and Bohemia territories as part of its republic. The World Bank designated the Czech Republic as a developed country in 2006 and currently boasts the highest human development level among eastern and central European countries. A parliamentary democracy holding ninth position on the list of "most peaceful countries" within Europe, the Czech Republic is a member of the European Union, the Council of Europe and NATO.

The head of government in the Czech Republic is the Prime Minister, who oversees a bicameral Parliament and is accompanied by the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate.The head of state is the President, who is limited to exercising certain powers involving returning parliamentary bills, nominating judges to the constitutional court and dissolving Parliament under unusual conditions.

The Legal System in the Czech Republic

Czech Republic's legal system is called "Právní řád České republiky" (the "legal order of the Czech Republic") which strongly associates with the Germanic branch of civil law and includes criminal, procedural, labor and administrative branches that are codified systematically.

Sources of written law vital to regulating the Czech Republic's legal system are acts of parliament and delegated legislation as well as ratified international treaties and findings established by the Constitutional Court of the Czech Republic. Since the momentous regime change in 1989, the Czech Republic's justice and law system has been constantly evolving to mirror the principles and structure of a democratic government.

Although case law is not theoretically ascribed to the source of all law, the decisions made the Constitutional Court and supreme courts hold substantial influence with guidelines supporting the Czech system of law.

Study in Czech Republic

Earning a Law Degree in Czech Republic

Students wishing to obtain qualifications needed to practice law in Czech Republic can choose to attend public or private universities. There are also "state" universities offering military/law enforcement education and training as well. Law degrees consist of three year bachelor's programs and four or five year master's programs culminating in mandatory internships and passage of the bar examination before students can practice law. Competition to enter a Czech Republic law degree program is high and only the best students are accepted into legal programs at both public and private higher education institutions.

Tuition Fees

Attending public universities in Czech Republic is free. However, anyone over the age of 26 who is still taking university courses will not be allocated "student status" that qualifies them for social services such as medical insurance. Students enrolled in a law degree program at a private university will pay between 2500 and 3500 euros ($3500 to $4500 USD) per semester for undergraduate courses and fees as high as 10,000 euros ($13,500 USD) for master's programs. Once again, this may vary from one university to the other.

Visa Requirements

  1. Short-term visa - for stays up to 90 days
  2. Long-term visa - for stays over 90 days.
  3. Long-term residence permit for study purposes - for students arriving for a period longer than one year.

What type of Visa do you need?

Visa name

Student Visa

Price and currency

CZK 2500

The current visa fee for a student visa to the Czech Republic is CZK 2.500 (around 98 EUR). The fee may be subject to change.

Who can apply for the visa?

Students from EU/EEA countries and Switzerland do not need a visa to study in the Czech Republic. EU students have, however, a reporting duty after their arrival if the intended stay in the Czech Republic is longer than 30 days. In this situation, within 30 days of entering the Czech Republic, you need to declare your presence to the Foreign Police Department.

Students from countries outside the EU have to apply for a student visa.

Where can you make the application?

Embassy/Consulate of the Czech Republic

You apply for your student visa at the Embassy/Consulate of the Czech Republic in your country of residence.

Website:https://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/diplomatic_missions/czech_missions_abroad/index.html

How to make the application?

You will first need to be accepted to an educational institution in the Czech Republic. The school/program has to be accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports of the Czech Republic. If it is not accredited, then you have to apply for the visa for other purposes.

First-time visas must be applied for (and obtained) before their arrival to the Czech Republic – it is forbidden to travel to the Czech Republic without it

The following documents are mainly required for receiving a student visa or a residence permit:

  • application form
  • letter of acceptance for studies
  • valid passport and passport photos
  • proof of financial resources for the stay (e.g. in the form of a bank account statement or confirmation of being beneficiary of a grant)
  • confirmation of guaranteed accommodation
  • valid international health insurance
  • abstract from the Register of Criminal Records

All documents (except the travel document and bank statement) must be in the Czech language. Translations into the Czech language must be officially verified.

While lodging the application, an interview with the applicant can be conducted. A written record of the interview can be a part of the application. A record will be written down in the Czech language and will be signed by the applicant and the officer of the Consulate who will conduct the interview. In case you don't understand Czech you can bring an interpreter with you to translate the written record.

When should you apply?

The whole procedure for obtaining a visa for study purposes can take up to 60–90 days, so it is recommended to apply for the visa well in advance.

The long-term visa lasts up to 6 months. Extensions can be made. The long-term residence permit for the purpose of the study is valid for one year.

Processing time

90 Days

Work opportunities

There are no restrictions on the employment of students coming from the EU or EEA countries. There is no work permit needed and these workers have the same legal status as citizens of the Czech Republic.

Students from outside EU/EEA are obligated to get an employment permit. There are some exceptions though:

  • they do not need an employment permit in case they pursue activities in the territory of the Czech Republic as part of exchange traineeships for students and young graduates from higher education institutions
  • they do not need an employment permit if they are students up to the age of 26 and they do not work for more than 7 consecutive calendar days or a total of 30 days within a calendar year
  • they do not need an employment permit if they have obtained secondary or tertiary professional education or tertiary professional education in a conservatoire under the Czech Education Act.

In other cases, you need to apply for an employment permit. It can be submitted personally or by another person on the basis of a written power of attorney at any locally appropriate regional office of the Public Employment Service. The permit issued is subject to the administrative fee of 500 CZK.

Hours per week

0

Why do you need this type of visa?

Your visa application may be rejected if you are not able to show proof of the required funds, or if you provide incorrect or incomplete documents.