You must initially apply for a visa to study in the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic student visa is issued to international students in full-term studies, usually pursuing a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
Do I Need a Visa to Study in the Czech Republic?
Everyone who is not from an EU/EEA or Swiss country needs a visa to study in the Czech Republic. Depending on the duration of your study course, you can apply for one of the following visas:
- Short-term visa (90 days).
- Long-term visa (maximum of 365 days) and
- Long-term residence permit study purpose for more than (1 year).
EU/EEA and Swiss citizens do not need a visa to study in the Czech Republic. However, if you are a student planning to stay longer than 30 days, you must report your residence to the Foreign Police Department of the Czech Republic.
This rule does not apply if the student has documents proving that they will stay in the student dormitories while studying in the Czech Republic.
How to Get a Czech Republic Student Visa?
To apply for a student visa, you must follow these steps:
- Receive a letter of acceptance from the university. You must receive a letter of acceptance from the university to which you have applied. Also, make sure to fulfill any payment that needs to be made to secure your place in that university (i.e., tuition, etc.).
- Book a visa appointment. You can make an appointment at the nearest Czech embassy or consulate in your country. Schedule the appointment sufficiently in advance.
- Fill out the visa application form. You must complete the application form and sign it. You can find the application form on the embassy or consulate website or pick it up in person.
- Gather all the required documents. You must submit documents to support your visa application, so make sure you complete the document checklist beforehand.
- Pay for the fee. You must pay the visa application fee before you submit the documents to the embassy or consulate and attach the fee receipt to the rest of your application.
- Attend your appointment. Make sure you attend your visa appointment on time and have all the required documents.
- Wait for a response. After submitting your application, you will receive a response within 60 to 120 days. If your visa application is approved, you can use the visa to travel to the Czech Republic.
- Enter the Czech Republic and apply for a residence permit. After entering the Czech Republic, you must register with the Foreign Police Department as soon as possible. Upon registration, you will be issued a residence permit card to allow you to stay in the Czech Republic for one year. To receive the card, you must make the payment of CZK 1,000 (approx. €40.)
Important: All the submitted documents will be reviewed by the Czech Ministry of Interior, which decides on your visa application. You will be notified via the Czech Embassy.
The Czech Republic Student Visa Document Checklist
You must submit the following documents when applying for a Czech Republic student visa:
- Passport and passport photos. A valid passport for at least three months after the return date with two passport pictures must be attached.
- Application form. Completed application form with all the required information. You must pay a fee of 2500 CZK approx.€100 for the application form. The payment can be made in the embassy when you apply.
- A letter from the university. You must attach a letter of acceptance from the university you have applied to in the Czech Republic, proving the purpose of your stay.
- Proof of financial means. You have to prove you can finance your stay in the Czech Republic by submitting bank statements, a scholarship, or a letter from a sponsor. You must have CZK 2,490/month (€100). You can also submit a letter from your school stating they will cover your financial expenses.
- Proof of accommodation. Documents evidence that you have a place to stay in the Czech Republic, such as:
- A document issued by your university or school in the Czech Republic verifying you will be provided student accommodation.
- A rental or lease agreement.
- Another form of accommodation includes a letter from a relative who will work as your sponsor.
- Health plan. Medical insurance documents that cover the whole Schengen area if you have any health problems while staying in the Czech Republic. See “Health Insurance for International Students in the Czech Republic” below.
- Criminal records. You must submit a document from the police authorities in your country that proves you do not have a criminal history.
Note: You need to translate the required documents into the Czech language.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Czech Republic Student Visa?
It takes 60 days for a long-term study visa to be processed. The processing time starts from the day you fully submit your visa application to the consulate. It is essential to know that the Consulate General can not speed the process, so make sure you submit your application well in advance.
Duration of a Student Visa
The duration time of a student visa can go from a short-stay visa of 90 days to a maximum long-term visa of 1 year. You must apply for a long-term residence study permit to stay longer than one year.
Can I Work in the Czech Republic With a Student Visa?
Yes, you can work in the Czech Republic with a student visa. However, there are certain limitations:
- You can only work a maximum of 20 hours per week.
- You can work without a work permit only if you are enrolled in a degree program accredited by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports.
- If you are an exchange student or doing distance learning, you can work without a permit only if you are under 26 years of age and you are not working longer than seven consecutive calendar days (max. 30 days in a year.)
The limitations on working hours are because with a Czech student visa, your main goal should be studying. However, if you obtain a Czech work visa (employee card), you can work without time limitations.
Can My Family Come With Me?
While studying in the Czech Republic, your close family members can apply for a long-term family reunification visa to join you. You must prove you can financially support yourself and any family members coming along (spouse/partner or minor children.)
Can I Extend a Czech Republic Student Visa?
Yes, you can extend a Czech student visa for the entire duration of your study program. For example, if your visa was issued for one year, you could extend it for another year as long as you still meet your visa conditions (i.e., you are still enrolled at your university). You can extend your stay repeatedly but always for a maximum period of two years. If the visa is issued for professional training, it can only be extended once.
How Can I Stay in the Czech Republic After I Graduate?
As a non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizen, you must find a job and apply for a work permit to stay in the Czech Republic after finishing your studies. If you have a job, you must submit your application 120 days before your student visa expiry date.
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens do not need to apply for a permit or a visa after finishing their studies. They will just need to provide a certificate for a temporary residence to stay for more than three months.
Health Insurance for Students in the Czech Republic
International students in the Czech Republic must purchase a health insurance plan within 90 days of arrival. The policy must have coverage of €60,000 available for the whole time of stay in the Czech Republic.
You do not need to purchase health insurance in the Czech Republic if:
- You are a student from EU/EEA/Switzerland with health insurance in your country. That same health insurance will be applied in the Czech Republic if it is needed. You will only need to apply for the European health insurance card (EHIC).
- You are a student from:
- Bosnia and Hercegovina
- Republic of Tunisia
- You have advantages such as:
- Holder of a European Health Insurance Card.
- You are the winner of a Czech university scholarship. Your health insurance will be covered while you have your scholarship.
- Participant in Erasmus Mundus program, etc.