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Study in the Czech Republic

Considered one of the most beautiful countries in Eastern Europe, the Czech Republic was formed at the start of 1993, having formerly been part of Czechoslovakia. Previously a communist state under the influence of the Soviet Union, it has undergone rapid development in the past few decades, and in 2006 became the first former Eastern Bloc state to be rated as a “developed country” by the World Bank.

Today, the Czech Republic is an increasingly popular destination for international study, with over 39,000 foreign students currently enrolled at its universities. EU statistics released in 2014 listed it as the 12th most popular destination for Erasmus students in Europe. There are certainly many perks for those choosing to study in the Czech Republic: well-esteemed universities, affordable tuition fees and living costs, and last but not least, a vibrant and colorful cultural life.

Considering whether to study in the Czech Republic? Read on for our guide to top universities in the Czech Republic, student cities, applications and study costs.

Fast Facts

  • A landlocked country with area of 78,866 sq km
  • Capital: Prague (Praha in Czech)
  • Borders with Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Austria
  • Population: 10.5  million (2015 estimate)
  • Continental climate with warm summers, chilly autumns and cold winters
  • Part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until the end of the World War I
  • In 1918 Czechoslovakia was established, splitting into the Czech Republic and Slovakia at the end of 1992.
  • Today the Czech Republic is a parliamentary democracy.
  • Official religion is Catholicism, but more than 50% of the population describe themselves as agnostic or atheist.
  • Official language: Czech, which belongs to the western Slavonic family
  • National currency: Czech koruna (CZK)
  • Prague is the sixth most-visited European city after London, Paris, Rome, Madrid and Berlin.
  • Prague contains one of the world's most varied collections of architecture, with styles including Gothic, Renaissance, Romanesque, Baroque, Rococo, Art Nouveau, Cubist, Neo-Classical and more.