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Masters in Czech Republic

by Mark Bennett

Studying a Masters in the Czech Republic means an opportunity to learn at universities that have supported and conducted historic research, but also offer modern, forward thinking Masters programmes.

On this page you can read all about postgraduate study as an international student at Czech universities. We've included advice on course structure, fees, funding and visa requirements.

Masters Study in the Czech Republic - Key Details
Universities 70
Oldest University Charles University in Prague (1348)
International Students 41,419
Course Length 1-3 years
Typical Fees (Domestic / EU) None (subject to conditions)
Academic Year September to June

Why study a Masters in the Czech Republic?

With six-hundred years of higher education history and some of the oldest and most prestigious universities in Central Europe, the Czech Republic is an excellent place to study a Masters degree abroad. Famous faculty and alumni at Czech universities include some of the most important and influential artists and thinkers in European history - from novelists such as Franz Kafka to ground-breaking scientific theorists like Christian Doppler and Albert Einstein. Today more than 40,000 international students are already studying abroad at Czech universities and the country's government is keen to increase this number, with more and more courses being taught in English.

As a Masters student in the Czech Republic you'll have the opportunity to study excellent courses in all major subject areas whilst living and travelling in the heart of Europe. If that's not enough to tempt you, you should know that, by law, tuition at Czech universities is completely free to students of all nationalities!

Universities for postgraduate study in the Czech Republic

University education in the Czech Republic draws upon a prestigious tradition of higher learning whilst also embracing the major developments that have modernised and enhanced European higher education in recent years. Czech universities use the three-cycle system established by the Bologna process, with postgraduate Masters level education taking place after undergraduate level Bachelors degrees and before PhD research. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) is also being adopted by an increasing number of Czech institutions, allowing for the easy recognition and facilitation of study and exchange between different universities.

Broadly speaking, there are two types of institution providing higher education in the Czech Republic. Traditional research and training universities ( vysoké školy ) award degrees at all levels of study, but taught programmes are also offered at some tertiary professional schools ( vyšší odborné školy ). As a Masters student you may find courses to interest you at both types of institution, though the traditional universities are likely to offer more options and expertise in research-focussed disciplines.

Czech higher education institutions may be either public or private and both types are administered by the Czech Ministry of Education Youth and Sports. Currently there are 26 public and 44 private tertiary education providers in the Czech Republic, as well as two state universities for defence and policing, run by appropriate government ministries. The Czech government offers useful downloadable prospectus information profiling individual universities and grouping them by subject area.

Czech university rankings

The history and prestige of the Czech university system is reflected in global rankings, with institutions included in each of the main academic league tables for 2017.

The Top Czech Universities in 2017
University THE 2016-17 QS 2016-17 ARWU 2016
Charles University in Prague 401-500 302 201-300
Brno University of Technology 601-800 651-700 -
University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague 601-800 - -
Czech Technical University in Prague 601-800 501-550 -
Masaryk University 601-800 601-650 -
Palacký University in Olomouc 601-800 651-700 -
Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS) 801+ - -
University of Pardubice 801+ - -
Technical University of Liberec 801+ - -
Tomas Bata University in Zlín 801+ - -
VŠB - Technical University of Ostrava 801+ - -
University of West Bohemia 801+ - -

Do university rankings matter for postgraduates?

University league tables can help you in your search for a Masters degree, but you need to know what to look for. Our guide to university rankings for Masters study can help.

Czech Masters degrees

The Czech academic year is organised into two blocks, each including a teaching semester, holiday and examination period. Teaching semesters commence in late September/ early October and February, with a week's holiday in winter and a longer summer holiday over July and August. Exact dates vary between different institutions, but you should be able to find up to date information at your prospective institution's website.

Masters content and assessment

Though a Czech Masters degree takes place within a familiar three tiered cycle, there are a few ways in which the Czech system differs from some other countries. Firstly, there are two routes to a Masters degree in the Czech Republic. Most institutions offer follow-up Masters programmes taking place within a traditional three-cycle study structure and lasting between one and three years (usually two). However, it is also possible to study for a longer "non-structured" Masters degree without an existing Bachelors level qualification. This is most common in professional and vocational subject areas such as law, medicine and education. In such cases a student usually studies for between four and six years.

Teaching methods vary between subject areas, but will usually involve a combination of directed and independent learning with the ultimate aim of preparing you to undertake high quality research of your own. This will be demonstrated through the production of a thesis. Unusually for Masters level programmes, this thesis will usually need to be publically defended as part of an oral examination. Don't be concerned by this prospect though: the examination event presents an excellent opportunity to prepare yourself for PhD level work, not to mention a chance to show off your knowledge in front of proud family and friends!

MBA programmes are also becoming popular at Czech universities, with the establishment of the Czech Association of MBA Schools (CAMBAS) to oversee future developments in this area. Their website offers useful information for students interested in studying for a Czech MBA. For more information on studying an MBA in the Czech Republic see our sister-site, FindAnMBA.

Language requirements

Though an increasing number of institutions are offering courses in English, most teaching in the Czech Republic still takes place in the Czech language. There are some great incentives to learn some Czech whilst studying abroad though. Developing additional language skills is an ideal way to capitalise on the CV building opportunities offered by overseas study. Additionally, whereas courses in English may incur fees, tuition in Czech is completely free for all students.

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Applying for a Masters in the Czech Republic

At most Czech universities the deadline for applications is usually February or March, though specialist arts institutions may take applications as early as November. You should make your application directly to the university or universities you are considering (there is no restriction on the number of simultaneous applications you can make). Exact applications requirements vary between universities, but you will usually need to provide proof of your existing qualifications as well as scores from any necessary language tests.

Admissions requirements

Admission to a traditional one to three year follow-up Masters degree will require you to have completed a Bachelors degree in an appropriate field. Non-structured four to six year programmes will instead require evidence of satisfactory secondary education and examination performance, together with any additional preparatory qualifications or experience required for courses in professional fields. Recognition of qualifications from foreign (non-Czech) universities must be formally confirmed through a process of application and review. However, because the Czech Republic participates in the Bologna system, this is usually a simple process. Your university's admissions department and / or its international office will be able to advise you on the procedure necessary for confirming recognition of most international degrees.

Some Czech universities set entrance examinations, but this is less likely to be the case for foreign postgraduates. You should get in touch with your prospective institution and see what specific assessment (if any) they require of prospective students.

Masters student visas in the Czech Republic

If you are a national of Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland or any EU member state you will not need a visa to study for a Masters degree in the Czech Republic. Other international students will need to apply for a student visa. It can take up to 60 days to issue a Czech visa and you will need to have confirmed your place at a university before beginning your application.

The first port of call for a visa application should be the Czech embassy in your home country, but your university may also be able to advise you during this process. The Czech immigration service also provides a website with some helpful information.

In most cases an application for a Czech student visa will require you to submit the following:

  • A valid passport and passport photos
  • A letter from your institution, confirming your acceptance
  • Proof that you possess financial resources sufficient to support you during your residence in the Czech Republic
  • Confirmation of your accommodation in the country
  • Confirmation of health insurance
  • Confirmation that you have no criminal convictions rendering you ineligible for Czech immigration. This will need to be translated into Czech.

Within three days of arriving in the Czech Republic you should register your presence at an office of the Czech Foreign Police.

Masters fees and funding in the Czech Republic

By law, tuition at public universities in the Czech Republic is completely free for all students regardless of nationality. However, courses taught in foreign languages (including English) may incur fees. It is worth checking in advance if you think this might apply in your case. Costs for admissions and administrative fees may also be charged, as may supplementary fees for courses extended past an agreed limit or for additional programmes of study.

Private universities usually charge fees as normal and these range from Kc40,000 ($1,700 USD) to Kc300,000 ($12,500 USD) per year, depending on the course or institution in question. Costs for foreign language programmes at public universities are similar.


A wide range of scholarships and other funding packages are available to international students studying in the Czech Republic.

Individual universities in the Czech Republic may also offer funding and support to international Masters students. Check with your institution to find out what assistance is available to you and what its eligibility criteria are.


Our own postgraduate funding website provides a comprehensive database of small grants and bursaries available to support postgraduate study around the world, including travel bursaries, living cost support, fee waivers and exchange programmes. Click here to start searching for funding to study a Masters in the Czech Republic, or elsewhere.

After graduation - careers and opportunities with a Czech Masters degree

Because the Czech higher education system operates within the Bologna process and employs the ECTS credit system, your Masters degree should be recognised internationally. Your time spent living at the heart of Europe will also be valuable to you if you decide to seek work or study opportunities elsewhere on the continent.

Whereas all options for postgraduate study abroad will enhance your CV, the distinguishing features of a Czech Masters degree make it an excellent preparation for further study or employment. By the time you have completed your course you will have demonstrated your ability to acquire and employ advanced subject knowledge, undertake independent research and take part in a formal presentation and examination. What's more, you'll have done all of these things whilst living abroad in a foreign country, proving your adaptability and enhancing your skills in all sorts of tangible and intangible ways. You might also have taken the opportunity to learn part of a second language, making you even more attractive to employers doing business internationally.

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Last updated - 05/10/2016

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