On the map, we are but a small country in the heart of Europe. But from the moment you arrive in Prague, I’m certain its beauty will take your breath away. What can you expect? A very warm welcome! In the Czech Republic, you’ll find friends easily - whether going out dancing, to the theatre or a concert, or simply spending an evening chatting over a pint of the renowned Czech beer. Last but not least, we Czechs have a very special ironic sense of humour you’ll fall in love with.

 

People come from around the world to study all kinds of programmes with us, such as medicine, architecture, film and IT. Prague, Brno and Olomouc have been known as great centres of learning since the Middle Ages, and today have become vibrant university towns. And outside study time, you can experience the legendary student life - improving your English with your classmates, visiting the many clubs and cafes, and hiking, skiing and canoeing in the beautiful countryside. A major advantage for students is the low cost of living: accommodation, food and entertainment can all be enjoyed at a fraction of the cost of London or New York. Statistics show that 90% of our graduates find a job within a year. And who knows - the roots you plant here could hold for a lifetime. 

Czech Republic - basic facts

Area 78,866 sq km
Population 10.5 million
Borders with Austria, Germany, Poland, Slovakia
EU member state Since 2004
Capital Praha (Prague)
Currency Czech crown / CZK (1USD = approx. 25CZK, 1EUR = approx. 28CZK)
Political system Parliamentary republic
Climate Seasonal variations (warm summers, chilly autumns and cold winters)
 Average temperatures January -4 °C; July 24 °C
  

The cost of living in the Czech Republic is substantially lower than in any West European country. All together, expenses covering food, accommodation, public transport and cultural activities come to about 350-750 USD/month. Naturally, it all depends on the student’s lifestyle and on how much he/she really wants to spend. Prices can also vary considerably depending on where you stay. 

 

All students should consider obtaining an International Student Identity Card (ISIC). It allows cardholders to get student discounts on transport, restaurants, cinemas, museums, exhibitions and concerts. In principle, students coming to the Czech Republic should obtain an ISIC card from their home university or in their home country.

The majority of higher education institutions own dormitories. If you require university accommodation, look for “koleje” or “dormitories” on your chosen institution’s website. If you prefer to live in private rented accommodation, flats and rooms can be found listed on websites such as www.spolubydlici.cz/en or www.expats.cz. 

Food and Drink

Lunch at a canteen around 50 CZK / 2.5 USD
Pizza in a pizzeria from 110 CZK / 5.5 USD
Restaurant meal from 130 CZK / 6.5 USD
Beer at a pub around 30 CZK / 1.5 USD
Dairy products 10–30 CZK / 0.6–2 USD
A loaf of bread from 20 CZK / 1 USD
1 kg of meat from 100 CZK / 5 USD
1 kg of apples 40–60 CZK / 2–3 USD
1.5 l of mineral water around 15 CZK / 0.7 USD

 

Accommodation

Student dormitory / month around 150 USD
Private room in a flat / month from 250 USD
Private flat / month from 450 USD

 

Culture

Cinema ticket 100–200 CZK / 5–10 USD
Theatre ticket 100–500 CZK / 5–25 USD
Museum admission from 40 CZK / 2 USD

Sports

Fitness centre admission from 100 CZK / 5 USD
Swimming pool / hour from 80 CZK / 4 USD
Bike rental / day 200–500 CZK / 10–25 USD
Ski/snowboard rental / day 250–500 CZK / 12.5–25 USD