The Czech Republic is situated in the heart of Europe which gives its residents a perfect chance to easily explore the rest of the continent. Besides the neighbouring countries – Germany, Austria, Slovakia and Poland – once you study in the Czech Republic, you are only a few hours away from Hungary, Switzerland, Italy or Slovenia. Plus, the Schengen Area compromising of 26 European states has a common visa policy, which makes crossing borders even easier!
According to the Global Peace Index, the Czech Republic is among the top 10 safest countries in the world. Travelling and living in the Czech Republic is generally safe for all age groups regardless of gender, nationality or religion.
Low cost of living.
Living in the Czech Republic is more affordable than in other European countries, especially in comparison with the UK, France or Germany. Daily costs ranging from food and accommodation to public transport and personal spending, are at a reasonable level and generally lower than elsewhere in Western Europe. According to Numeo, a single person living in the Czech capital city spends 619 USD on average on expenses other than rent per month. In 2018, Prague ranked 132nd most expensive city in Europe. Also, as a student, you can enjoy various benefits and discounts around the country as well as across the European Union.
High quality educational system
Czech education and research have a long history dating back to the 14th century. In 1348, Charles University in Prague was founded and became the oldest university in Central Europe. Today, Charles University is ranked 291st in QS World University Rankings 2019 and is followed by other seven Czech universities which have placed in the Top 1000.
Diverse study programmes to choose from
Czech universities offer a wide range of interesting and unique courses along with well-established and traditional specializations students can choose from. In addition to the general Undergraduate and Master’s programmes, many students decide to come to the Czech Republic to do their PhD programme there or choose to come for a short time experience via an exchange programme, internship or summer school.
International academic community
Czech higher education institutions offer increasing number of study programmes and courses taught in foreign language, especially in English. In 2018, there were over 45,000 foreign students enrolled at Czech universities and colleges. As a foreigner, you can either choose to study at an international private university located in the Czech Republic or enroll into one of the traditional Czech universities with unique majors taught in English.
Fascinating cultural heritage and history
Given its location, the Czech Republic is situated in the intersection of many cultures and origins. One can find historic marks of Slavic, Germanic and Jewish communities around the country, which all influenced the current Central-European lifestyle and culture. Whether you find yourself in the centre of Prague or a Czech countryside, you will have the chance to visit many beautiful and entertaining places including 14 UNESCO Heritage sites.