Education in Czech Republic 

Higher education at public and state institutions is free of charge if you study in Czech. You can have free education after having an intensive Czech language course. A one year Czech language courses are taught at state universities. The courses are every day mostly from September untill June.

There is no central entrance examination for universities in Czech Republic. All the universities has their own entrance examination due to study program. You can choose from variety of preparation and language corses due to the field of study.

Preparatory courses ILPS CU

You can choose a high quality preparation courses at ILPS CU (The Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies, Charles University)

The Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies, Charles University offers a large selection of Czech courses at varying levels of difficulty and intensity.

For high school leavers they offer intensive year-long preparatory courses in Czech language and specialist subjects. Thanks to this course your chances of passing the entrance exams at your chosen university in the Czech Republic will greatly increase.

Preparatory courses for university study are of course also offered in English in Study Centre Podebrady.


Language courses

Students can choose from the following specializations:

  • Humanities
  • Economics
  • Technical
  • Arts
  • Medicine and Science

Preparatory courses for university study are also offered in English in Study Centre Podebrady.

Students can choose from

  • Medicine (Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine)
  • Economics
  • Engineering

Preparation courses for education of medicine in English 

The Programme which is organized by Study Centre Poděbrady offers all international students who plan to study in English – Medicine, Dentistry, Economy, Physiotherapy or Engineering at any Faculty in the Czech Republic thorough and intensive preparatory training aimed at the following objectives:

To maximize the student’s chance of entering the Faculty of his/her interest by teaching him/her the subjects whose knowledge is a prerequisite for passing the entrance exam. Note that the entrance exam assumes the knowledge of biology, chemistry, math (for engineering students only), physics, English language at the level achieved after completion of Czech secondary (high) school. Therefore, the course synchronizes the level of achieved secondary education with the one required for successful studying at the Faculties.

To give the student essential basics in the Czech language; successful communication in this language is required for practical training in hospital during medical studies in the Czech Republic.

To improve the student’s command of English, and thereby boost the efficiency of his/her studies. Native speakers will have additional Czech language lessons instead.

The price for the programme is 6180 Euro.

Course Organization and Schedule

The course is organized in such a way to reflect the typical academic year at any given faculty. The course is therefore divided into two terms:

  • The winter term which begins at the end of September and finishes at the end of January.
  • The summer term which begins in February and finishes at the end of May.

The official winter recess begins sometime in the middle of December and ends during the first week in January (specified each particular year); the summer recess is not held; however, there is a study break of approximately two weeks between the end of the summer term and the official entrance exams in addition to public and religious holidays.

Instruction is held five days a week beginning at 8:00 a.m. Classes are broken into 45-minute periods with a short break after 90 minutes. Class attendance is mandatory!! Upon entering the course the student signs a contract where all the conditions (attendance included) are specified.

Preparation courses for education of medicine and scientific programmes in Czech language

Medical or Scientific Preparatory Courses take place in a North Bohemian city of Liberec and a spa town of Marianske Lazne. The students intensively study the Czech language first, professional subjects which are required for university entrance exams are added into their program later within the first month.

The courses are designed for candidates interested in the following subjects:

  • General Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Specialisations in Healthcare
  • Geology
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Engineering

An applicant may choose a one-year or two-year preparatory programme. The objective of both options is to achieve Czech language fluency at B2 level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFRL) and to achieve a level in science subjects (biology, physics, and chemistry) that is standard for graduates from Czech secondary schools.

The price for the programme is 5140 Euro.

Course organization

The preparatory course is divided into two semesters. The winter semester begins in September with a two-week intensive course of Czech. The lessons are assigned to  students according to the date of their arrival.

Following these two weeks, students are split into classes according to their specialization.  Czech language classes naturally take up the greatest number of lesson hours;  the other subjects correspond to the type of field to be studied.

The winter semester ends approximately mid-January. In some of the courses the  students only earn credits. The major subjects, however, in addition require  taking mid-term/semester exams.

The summer semester starts in February and lasts till the end of May. The  requirements for the successful completion of the study programme are similar to  those of the winter semester. Those students who successfully complete the  programme will receive a certificate.

Admission conditions for ILPS CU courses

1) Online application: after you have chosen a study centre, open the online application form (from the website of the chosen centre, see above). After completing all required fields on the application, you must add the following attachments:

a) COVERING LETTER (in English or Russian) – you can write the covering letter separately using the bullet points below, or you can use the attached form (questionnaire)

  • The reason for your interest in studying in the Czech Republic and whether you have ever studied Czech before (and if so, how long for)
  • The SUBJECT you would like to study at university in the future
  • your goals for after graduation,
  • knowledge of other languages
  • a short CV

b) COPY OF THE DOCUMENT CERTIFYING SECONDARY SCHOOL COMPLETION (in English, Spanish, Russian or Ukrainian). The results from your final term in secondary school for individual subjects should be clear on the document. An assistant from the Student Services Department will assess the results of the specialist subjects (those relating to your future studies). If you will not have completed your secondary school education at the time of applying, please attach to the application form confirmation from your school showing which school year you are currently in and in which year you will finish secondary school. Students preparing for a Master’s programme (or doctoral studies) should attach a copy of their degree certificate. The documents must be legalised by Apostille.

c) PASSPORT COPY (the page with personal information, and if applicable the visa page – if you have at this point already obtained a visa to the Czech Republic)

The documents relating to your education and your passport copy can be directly attached to the online application! If for any reason these documents are not available, you can send them later in an email. Make sure you read the instructions in the online application carefully, which tell you in which format and what size files can be attached.

After submitting the online application you will receive an email on the address given in the form with a Pdf file with your application, if applicable a message about any documents which failed to attach and the email address of the assistant who will be dealing with your application and the issuing of any documents required for a visa.


2) After the successful assessment of your application you will receive a preregistration email with the bank details for tuition fee payment.


3) Course payment

Tuition fees must be paid in full in order to receive the official acceptance letter required for visa applications. If you are not applying for a visa (EU students, or those with residency in the Czech Republic), tuition fee payment is required in full no later than one week before the start of the course (if you are booking accommodation you may be asked for an accommodation deposit earlier).


4) You will receive your visa documents 


5) Register for visa application submission using the VISAPOINT system


6) Submit your documents to the relevant embassy / consulate general


7) You will receive a visa – the consular office where you submitted the application for a long-term visa / residency permit will email or telephone to inform you of the outcome of your application. If you are granted a visa you will be asked to attend the embassy / consulate general with a valid passport (the passport must be valid for at least three months after the date of your future long-term visa) and a valid health insurance contract (health insurance can be arranged directly by CzechEdu)


For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us.