Higher education in the Czech Republic dates back hundreds of years and is nurtured through the Accreditation Commission. Ever since 2001 the three cycle configuration has been enforced in higher education (Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate programs). The Charles University, located in Prague, is the oldest institute in Central Europe. It was founded by Emperor Charles IV in 1348, and continues to serve students of all nationalities to this day.
There are more than 37,000 foreign students taking advantage of the fine quality of education Czech universities have to offer. The universities offer short study courses, as well as full degree programs, in an extensive range of customary subjects and new evolving disciplines. Additionally the universities are making great inroads in developing international cooperation programs and activities with EU and other countries of the world. An additional benefit for the foreign students is the fact that Czech Republic has a lower living cost than other Western European countries. This makes studying in the Czech Republic cost effective for students.
There are a number of scholarships available to eligible foreign students. Through bilateral agreements with various countries, Ministry of Education Youth and Sport allows students who want to carry out research, to avail this opportunity. The Czech Government also offers several scholarships to students from developing countries to study in public institutions of the Czech Republic. These generous scholarships cover the duration of the program and an additional one year for a Czech language preparatory course.