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Study and Living Expenses in Czech Republic

The Czech education system is of top quality. Additionally, the Czech higher education institutions provide several study programmes that are taught in English and other foreign languages particularly structured for international students. If you are planning to study abroad in the Czech Republic, read the post to know about the cost of study and living, accommodation, transportation, insurance, working conditions, student organisations, and so on.

Student Organisations

There are many student organisations operating at Czech higher education institutions, mostly at public universities.

Erasmus Student Network Czech Republic (ESN CZ): Erasmus Student Network Czech Republic connects many international student clubs in the Czech Republic which assist international pupils who are coming to study at Czech higher education institutions. The organization is represented in Olomouc, Prague, Liberec, Brno, Hradec Kralove, Ostrava, Česke Budějovice, Plzeň and Zlin.

AEGEE: AEGEE is a non-profit student organisation that encourages co-operation, communication and integration amongst students in Europe. It is open to pupils and young people from all faculties and fields. The organization is represented in three towns:
  • AEGEE-Brno
  • AEGEE-Plzen
  • AEGEE-Praha
AIESEC Czech Republic: AIESEC CZ is among the largest youth-run organization. AIESEC provides young people the opportunity to take part in international internships, experience leadership and be a part in a global learning environment.
IAESTE Czech Republic: IAESTE CZ is a student exchange organization that offers pupils of engineering, science, technology and the applied arts with paid, course-related, technical training abroad.

Tuition Fees

The public and state higher education institutions in the Czech Republic, by law, do not charge any tuition fees, regardless of the students’ nationality. Though there are certain exceptions, such as: 
  • Fees for administration of admission procedures 
  • Fees for extending the duration of study beyond a defined limit; 
  • Fees for an additional study programme; 
  • Fees for study in a foreign language
The private higher education institutions in the Czech Republic set their own fees. The tuition fees range from 1.000 to 15.000 USD per year and the amount depends on the institution and study programme.

Living Expenses

The living expenses vary depending upon the location. The average living expenses of students may range from 350-750 USD per month, inclusive of food, accommodation, public transportation and other activities. 

Student Accommodation

Most of the higher education institutions in the Czech Republic generally have dormitories. Students can either live at the institutions dorm or can live on their own by renting a flat or a room in a shared flat. Students who want to go for a flat share, click here. Other places where students can search for private accommodation are: forStudents   and Foreigners.cz

You may expect to pay:
For Student dormitory: About 150 USD per month
For Private room in a flat: About 250 USD per month 
For Private flat: Starting from 450 USD per month.

* The price varies depending upon the place and facilities.

Student Card

International Students coming to the Czech Republic must get an International Student Identity Card (ISIC) at their home institution or in their home country. The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) permits the cardholders to get student discounts for transport, cinemas, restaurants, exhibitions, museums, and concerts. You can also apply for the ISIC card on the official website

Transportation

Travelling to the Czech Republic

By Air

The main international airport in the Czech Republic is Vaclav Havel Airport Prague (PRG), which has daily connections to and from major European cities. There are other airports as well in Brno and Ostrava. Passengers going to and from other destinations will have to change planes in Frankfurt, London, Amsterdam or Paris. 

By Bus 

There are many bus services and connections in the Czech Republic. Most of the international buses come at Florenc Bus Station, which is the major bus station in Prague.

By Train 

From other European countries students can easily travel to the Czech Republic by train. Most trains arrive at and depart from Prague’s Main Railway Station. 

By Car 

The Czech Republic possesses a well-maintained network of motorways and roadways. Students can come to the Czech Republic by car.  

Travelling Within the Country

Getting Around by Public Transport

Trams, trolley buses and buses are used for public transportation in the Czech Republic. In Prague, there are 3 underground/ metro lines. Tickets can be taken at vending machines, at newsagents and tobacconists. Tickets must be taken before getting on to a bus, tram or trolley bus, and it must be valid.  To know about the schedule, costs and other relevant things on the public transport, visit IDOS which is an internet timetable 

Travelling In and Around by Taxi

You can travel around by taxi. The rates per kilometre are shown inside and outside of the taxi. Each and every taxi driver is obliged to issue a receipt to the passengers for the fare paid. 

Working Conditions

The condition of working in the Czech Republic is decided on the basis of the nationality of the students. 

EU/EEA Students

The students coming from EU/EEA countries are allowed to work in the Czech Republic. No work permit is required and these people have the same legal status as the Czech Republic citizen. 

Non-EU/EEA Students

The students, who do not come from EU or EEA countries, are required to have an employment permit. Though there are certain exceptions: 
  • Students from non-EU/EEA countries who are carrying out activities in the territory of the Czech Republic as part of exchange traineeships for students and young graduates from higher education institutions, or their work is based on a contract with a foreign sending organization do not required an employment permit.
  • Students up to the age of 26 and who work for not longer than 7 consecutive calendar days or a total of 30 days a year do not require an employment permit.
  • Students who have received secondary or tertiary professional education or tertiary professional education in a conservatoire under the Czech Education Act or receive higher education under the Higher Education do not require an employment permit.
For all the other cases, students are required to apply for an employment permit. The permit is issued for a set duration, i.e. maximum of 2 years. For seasonal employment, the permit is issued for a maximum of 6 months. 

To know more about the working conditions and employment permit, visit the website of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs 

Students can find work online. There are many job portals. One of the popular job site is Job.cz, which carries a list of part-time and temporary work in the Czech Republic. .There are other websites also. During the summer, many restaurants and cafes look for extra staff and generally advertise on windows or doors, so contact them directly. 

Medical Insurance

Students from EU countries, Norway, Iceland, Switzerland, and Liechtenstein are eligible for the provision of health care under the same settings and costs as people insured in that country. Students must have a European Health Insurance Card. 

Students from non-EU country, living in the Czech Republic for not more than 3 months must have an additional travel health insurance. They should get one before they leave their country of origin. 
Students from non-EU countries, whose stay in the Czech Republic is of more than 3 months, must get an insurance from an insurance company, which is licensed to manage and handle the insurance in the territory of the Czech Republic as per the legal rules.

**Students must check with the Czech embassy or consulate and verify whether the insurance fulfils the conditions and requisites for an application for a visa or residence permit for stays more than 90 days.

Emergency Numbers

Save these numbers! All calls to the below mentioned emergency numbers are free of charge. 
  • European Emergency Number: 112 
  • Ambulance: Call 155 
  • Police: Call 158 
  • Fire Brigade: Call 150 
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