The Czech Republic boasts the oldest academic institution in Central Europe – the Charles University in Prague, founded in 1348 – and it was Czech students and intellectuals who in 1989 led the Velvet Revolution, which wrested control of government from the socialist regime. As a result, higher education holds a special place in the history of the Czech Republic. Students who choose to study in the Czech Republic have the chance to experience a rich cultural heritage as well as one of the most exciting capital cities in modern Europe.
Higher Education System
The Czech degree structure is similar to that of the United States. Degree programs are as follows:
- Bachelor’s (3 to 4 years)
- Master’s (4 to 6 years)
- Doctoral (usually 3 years)
The country is home to over 70 public and private academic institutions of higher education, and many offer Czech language courses designed specifically for foreign students.
Admission to Czech universities and colleges is available to all students who have completed their secondary education and successfully passed an entrance exam (each institution specifies their own exam). Most Czech institutions have adopted the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, which allows easy credit and degree transfer to institutions throughout Europe.
Study In The Czech Republic (http://www.studyin.cz/home/) is the government’s promotional site for foreign students. It is an excellent resource which includes downloadable catalogues of every Czech college and university