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Study in the Czech Republic: Student Visas & Permits

Nov 27, 2013

Depending on your nationality, visa requirements may vary from person to person. If you’ve been accepted to study abroad at a university in the Czech Republic, you should check well in advance whether you will need a visa to study in the Czech Republic.

Students from EU/EEA and Switzerland

If you are a student from EU/EEA or Switzerland, you are not required to obtain a visa to study in the Czech Republic. In order to enter the Czech Republic, however, students must possess a valid passport or national ID card.

That being said, EU students are required to report stays expected to last longer than thirty days in the Czech Republic. Students should report to the Foreign Police Department in the city in which they intend to study to declare their stay. You must register within 30 days from the date of arrival.

Looking for official student visa advice for the Czech Republic?

Get all of the details from the official government source on student visa requirements and processes.

Students from Countries Outside the EU

Depending on your country of origin, requirements may change, but typically citizens from countries outside of the EU are required to apply for a visa to study at a university in the Czech Republic. In most cases, students will have to apply for a long-term visa for stays lasting longer than ninety days. If you are studying abroad for longer than one year, however, you should apply for a long-term residence permit for study purposes.

Check to see what paperwork is required before submitting your application. The Czech embassy or consulate in your country should have the most up-to-date information regarding what is required. Here’s a list of what you should expect:

  • Application form
  • Proof of acceptance to studies at a university in the Czech Republic
  • Valid passport
  • Proof of financial resources for the stay (i.e. bank statements or scholarship information)
  • Confirmation of accommodation
  • Valid international health insurance
  • Copy of a criminal record report

Note that most documents must be translated into Czech by a translator with an official rubber stamp. Due to time restrictions, you should apply for a study visa well in advance. The entire process can take up to sixty days. So, don’t leave it to the last minute!

Learn more about education in the Czech Republic:

Study in the Czech Republic - Overview

Over 50,000 international students choose the Czech Republic as their study abroad destination every year. Click here to learn why the Czech Republic is a great study abroad destination.

Education System

Want to learn about how the higher education system works in the Czech Republic?  Like many European countries, the Czech Republic uses the Bologna system of three academic cycles. Find out more about the education system in the Czech Republic!

Housing & Living Costs

The Czech Republic is a very affordable country compared to other countries in Europe. We’ve detailed average living and housing costs so you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in the Czech Republic.

Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for Czech programs vary based on the school as well as your nationality. Usually EU/EEA/Switzerland citizens will have a different tuition fee than non-EU students. There are also scholarships available.

Language & Culture

Czech culture is full of tradition! From a unique language to incredible beers and trendy cities, the Czech Republic has a lot to offer. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, cuisine, and more!

Application Process

All countries have specific admissions requirements for students to enter their universities. Learn more about the ins and outs of admission to programs in the Czech Republic, and what you need to apply, depending on your citizenship.


Ready to look at education in the Czech Republic? Use our search engine to find and compare top programs in the Czech Republic today!

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