Czech universities - whether they public or private - every year expand their offer of study opportunities and improve the quality of their study courses for Czech students, but also for foreign students.
Foreigners, the same as Czechs, do not have to pay any school fees for studies at a public university in Czech. The situation is different in fields that are taught in English or another foreign language. The school may require a fee for these studies. The fees for studying in a foreign language are set by the university (college) the student visits. The material of the Czech Educational System Organisation 2008/2009, which is part of the EURYDICE database.
Foreign university students have the same rights and obligations as their Czech colleagues. Only people who have completed secondary education with an examination equivalent to the Czech final school-leaving examination may apply to a university. Applications for public universities are submitted by the end of February, at some schools the deadline is extended to March or April. Conversely, art schools accept applications as early as November. There is a fee for submitting applications – usually around CZK 500. Everyone has the right to submit an unlimited number of university applications.
Another condition for acceptance to a university is the successful completion of the entry examinations - verbal, written or both - according to the type of school. Art schools (architecture, music, dance, design, and other fields) also require talent tests, which usually take place from January to May - these can be made up of several rounds. All those who apply are not automatically accepted to universities: Acceptance is limited mainly by the capacity of the specific school and the financial package that the school receives from the state for its students.
The fees, course of study and other terms are set independently, by individual universities. Graduates receive a Czech diploma corresponding to the completed education programme. More than twenty-five thousand foreigners (over 8% of all university students) are currently studying at Czech universities, more than half this number is Slovak.
The following public educational institutions are among the best-known and most sought after in the Czech Republic:
Academy of Performing Arts
The Academy of Performing Arts was founded in 1945 and represents a type of artsuniversity. It offers instruction in the arts of drama, music, dance, audiovisual techniques, photography, multimedia and related specializations including research activities. Education also focuses on the history of these arts, theory classes and reflection. At AMU, there were 1,372 students as of January 30, 2006.
Malostranské Square 12, Prague
Czech Technical University
CTU is a public university that was established in 1717. Technical studies at this university are divided into seven faculties: Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Nuclear Science and Physical Engineering, Architecture and Transportation Science and Biomedical Engineering. The university also employs two constituent parts: the Klokner Institute and the Masaryk Institute of Advanced Studies.
Zikova 4, Prague
Charles University was founded April 7, 1348, by Czech king and future Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire Charles IV. Today, Charles University is composed of 17 relatively independent and self-governing faculties (14 in Prague, two in Hradec Králove and one in PlzeĹ); three university institutes; six other positions for educational, scientific, research, developmental and other activities or for providing information services; five university facilities and a Rector's Office as the central management. The university employs more than 7,000 people, of which 4,000 are academians and researchers.
Over 42,400 students attend Charles University - 20% of all university students in the Czech Republic. They study in more than 270 accredited educational programs and 600 departments.
Ovocný trh 5, Prague
This university, named after the first Czechoslovak president, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, was established in 1919. Today, it is a typical research institution. The most popular specializations include science and medicine. Beside this, Masaryk University has seven additional faculties: Law, Education, Arts, Economics and Administration, Informatics, Social Studies and Sports Studies.
Ĺ˝erotínovo Square 9, Brno
The establishment of Silesian University in Opava in 1989 serves as an example of the overall democratic development of the Czech Republic when, after deconstruction of the state centralism, regional development became a priority.
Silesian University is a member of the European University Association, a treatise on cooperation among many foreign universities. Contacts are being intensively developed also with nearby universities, especially in Poland. Working positions in Opava and Karviná are engaged in research and developmental projects supported with publications and scientific conferences that Silesian University arranges.
Na RybníÄŤku 1, Opava
Palacky University offers study programs at seven faculties: St. Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology, Medicine, Philosophy, Science, Pedagogy, Physical Culture and Law. Over 16,600 students attend this university.
The František Palacký Award is an appreciation of outstanding achievements in the sciences or arts, which raises the prestige of the Czech Republic and of Palacký University. The award is given in the name of Palacký University by the rector. The award was introduced June 14, 1998, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Palacky´s birth.
KĹ™íĹľkovského 8, Olomouc
University of Economics
The University of Economics is well-known among the public as the only institution that offered an education in economics Czechoslovakia before 1989.
The University of Economics in Prague has six faculties: the Faculty of Finance and Accounting, the Faculty of International Relations, the Faculty of Business Administration, the Faculty of Statistics and Informatics and the Faculty of Economics and Public Administration (in JindĹ™ichĹŻv Hradec).
W. Churchill Square 4, Prague
University of West Bohemia
The University of West Bohemia offers many programs for Czech and foreign students. It is the only institution of higher education in this part of the country that prepares students for careers in engineering (electrical and mechanical), science (computer science, applied mathematics, physics, mechanics), education (for both primary and secondary school teachers in a wide range of subjects), fine arts, economics, humanities (philosophy, sociology, foreign languages, social and cultural anthropology, archeology), law and public administration. The university is also engaged in student exchange programs.
Univerzitní 8, Plzen
Tomas Bata University
Tomas Bata University in Zlín (TBU) is a progressive university, open to all new ideas. Its six faculties offer their 13,500 students the possibility of studying the following disciplines: Technology, economics, humanities, arts and health care. One of the essential parts of the University’s activities is research and development. The University provides education for students from all over the world. Its graduates are issued with the Diploma Supplement, which is recognized throughout Europe.
The University aims to become one of the most prominent universities in the world. Therefore, it has always been bilingual – English and Czech are of equal importance. TBU uses a unified credit transfer system compatible with other European universities.
T. G. Masaryka 5555, Zlín
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