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8 Interesting Must See Attractions in Prague

8 Interesting Must See Attractions in Prague

Prague is the largest city in the Czech Republic and one of the largest cities in Europe.  Prague is also considered to be an architectural gem and is home to one of the most well preserved city centers in Europe.  As you tour the city you will find notable examples of Art Nouveau, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque styles and an abundance of popular attractions in Prague.

We have compiled a list of some of the most interesting “must see” sights you will not want to miss during your time in this beautiful city:

The Charles Bridge

Charles Bridge is a historic bridge that crosses the Vltava river in Prague. The construction started in 1357 under the auspices of King Charles IV, and finished in the beginning of the 15th century.

The Charles Bridge is a gothic bridge that crosses the Vltava River and was once the most important connection between Prague Castle and the city’s old town.  The bridge is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Prague.  The bridge dates back to the 14th century and is lined by centuries-old statues.  There is an impressive tower standing on each end of the bridge.

The Mala Strana “Lesser Quarter”

Malá Strana is one of the oldest and the most beautiful neighbourhoods in the city of Prague.

Mala Strana is big must see in Prague. It is located at the foot of Prague Castle. The name roughly translates to ‘Lesser Quarter’ in Czech.  Many of its once private residences have been turned into cafes, restaurants, hotels and shops.  If you love looking at architecture,  Mala Strana is a charming neighborhood to visit.  There are also many sights to see in Mala Strana, including Prague Castle, Petrin Hill, and the Wallenstein Gardens.

The Astronomical Clock

The Astronomical Clock, is a medieval astronomical clock located in Old Town Square of Prague. The clock was first installed in 1410, making it the third-oldest astronomical clock in the world and the oldest one still working.

Astronomical Clock – dates back to the 15th century and was built into one side of the Old Town Hall Tower.  To see the clocks intricate design, you can join the crowd every night, on the hour, to watch the procession of the twelve Apostilles. You can also climb or take the elevator to the top of the Old Town Tower for some of the best views of the Old Town.

Prague Castle

A photo of Prague Castle off in the distance. The castle sits high on a hill on the Mala Strana side of the Vltava River, across from Old Town Prague.

Prague Castle dates back to the 9th century.  It is located in Mala Strana across the Vltava river from Old Town Prague. It is the official residence of the President of the Czech Republic.  It was a seat of power for kings, emperors and now the presidents of the Czech Republic.

Lennon’s Wall

The Lennon Wall or John Lennon Wall is a wall in Prague, Czech Republic. Once a normal wall, since the 1980s it has been filled with John Lennon-inspired graffiti and pieces of lyrics from Beatles’ songs.

Lennon Wall is definite must see in Prague. It is located in Mala Strana near the French Embassy.  Many may look at it as just a graffiti covered wall.  However, this wall is very special due to its history.  Why you might ask?  In the 1980’s, after his murder, John Lennon became a pacifist here for many young Czechs in Prague.  They painted John Lennon’s picture on the wall and at night they would sneak and paint graffiti and lyrics, and over time began painting their own feelings and dreams on the wall.  The wall represents peace and the non-violent rebellion of the youth of the Czech Republic against the Communist regime.

The “Dancing House”

The Dancing House, or Fred and Ginger, is the nickname given to the Nationale-Nederlanden building on the Rašínovo nábřeží in Prague, Czech Republic.

Dancing House is located along the Vltava River in the Prague 2 district and was designed by architect Vlado Milunic in a co-operation with Canadian architect Frank Gehry.  The Dancing House is of modern design and in stark contrast to the Neo-Baroque, Neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau buildings that stand throughout the City of Prague. The building portrays two people dancing and was called Fred and Ginger (after Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers)  the original name of the house.  People now refer to it as the Dancing House.

Shooters Island

Shooters Island is located under Legion’s Bridge which connects Old Town to Lesser Town.  It is home to many cultural events, including concerts and free-parties.  It is also a great place to take some awesome pictures of the city to send home to your family and friends. If you have kids, there is also a great park on the island for kids to enjoy!

David Cerny Sculptures

The “Hanging Man” sculpture by David Cerny is located in Prague’s Old Town and is not easily noticeable. Passersby actually have to look up to notice him. The sculpture depicts Psychoanalyst, Sigmund Freud, hanging by a hand, pondering if he should hang on or let go.

David Cerny Sculptures have become a part of the city of Prague’s landscape over the years.  His works are designed to provoke a reaction and force you to think.  The “Hanging Man” pictured above is just one of his many disturbing and thought provoking statues. If  we have you intriqued and you’re looking for some adventure during your studies, you can find the map of Cerny’s statues here and go on a treasure hunt!

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10 Countries Where You Can Study and Observe Great Architecture

10 Countries Where You Can Study and Observe Great Architecture

If  you are yearning to create something that will be around for generations to come, you may want to consider a degree in Architecture.  While a degree in Architecture can be very challenging, it will ultimately prepare you for a respected and lucrative profession doing meaningful work.  You will also find it to be a profession that will always be in demand.  

The study of Architecture is interesting and varied and combines practical skills with academic study.  In order to become an architect, it requires both a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree.  In addition to the formal academic study, you will be required to undertake a certain amount of practical experience before qualifying as a licensed architect.

The study of architecture can be particularly interesting if you are studying in a grand city shaped by its buildings and surroundings.  

We have gathered a list of ten destinations that are worth considering:  

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BERLIN

Berlin is home to some of the world’s finest architecture.  The city is layered in history and definitely gets its wonderful atmosphere from its buildings.  If you have ever been to Berlin and have walked the city, you will notice that many buildings in Berlin are not just buildings; they are political statements as well.  In the 1920’s, Berlin was an area full of new and  radical ideas in Architecture.  Prominent architects such as Bauhaus, Alvar Aalto, and Le Corbusier all left their own distinct imprint on the city’s urban fabric.  After the city’s complete devastation from the ravages of World War II, competing ideologies in Germany ultimately resulted in a division of Germany and a bordering wall between East Berlin and West Berlin.  When the wall came down in the 1990’s, post-modernists such as Richard Rogers, Frank Gehry, and Aldo Rossi were invited to bring the city into the 21st century. 

Suggested Architecture program in Berlin: Universität der Künste Berlin


ROME, ITALY

Rome overflows with treasures for architectural buffs.  Over the centuries, the city has adapted to almost every architectural style including the Classical, Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance movements. In fact, Rome is one of the biggest centers of 17th-century Baroque architecture.  Perfect examples of this dramatic and opulent style include St. Peter’s Square, Santi Luca e Martina and the Trevi Fountain.  Roman architecture also abounds in this city as witnessed by the Colosseum, the Aqueducts, the Pantheon, Temple of Vesta, Vatican and Baths of Caracalla.

Suggested Architecture program Rome: Università degli Studi di Roma “La Sapienza”


ATHENS, GREECE

Athens is home to some of the world’s greatest cultural monuments, some dating back to 448 B.C. Some examples include the Parthenon, the Temple of Poseidon, and the Temple of Olympian Zeus. When strolling through the city it is easy to feel like you have traveled back in time.  Athens has a lot to offer beyond the monuments as well.  There are many distinguished buildings scattered throughout the city and most of them were built before the 20th century in the neoclassical style.  The downtown area is full of great old buildings and churches. There are also many examples of Art Deco apartment buildings, and beautiful examples of Art Nouveau wrought iron. You may notice some amazing old buildings from the early part of the century that are in the process of being renovated.

Suggested Architecture program Athens: National Technical University of Athens


BARCELONA

Barcelona is an architectural wonder. In fact, many say that the architecture alone in Barcelona is an attraction in and of itself. The 19th century Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi, wanted to create organic, urban spaces in the city he loved.  He is known for his multi-colored tile-style which is present at Park Güell and Casa Batlló. Additionally, the La Sagrada Familia was also designed by Gaudi, but he died before he could complete it. When you first encounter the La Sagrada Familia or his rooftop sculptures at La Pedrera, you’ll be astonished by the originality and eclectic quality of Gaudi’s works.  Even for those who are unfamiliar with architecture or Gaudí, once you have seen one of his buildings, you will intuitively be able to identify others as you walk throughout the city.   

Suggested Architecture program Barcelona: La Salle Campus Barcelona


PARIS, FRANCE

Paris, also known as the “City of Lights,” has some of the most interesting architecture in the world. Great examples include  the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Pyramid, La Grande Arche de la Defense, Center Georges Pomidou, the Arch de Triomphe and the Sacre Coeur Basilica. In addition, the Notre Dame Cathedral is a great example of French Gothic architecture.  A budding architect is bound to get lost in the city while enjoying the architectural delights.

Suggested Architecture program Paris: ECOLE SPÉCIALE ESA


ST. PETERSBURG, RUSSIA

The city of St. Petersburg, Russia is known for it’s colorful and eclectic style, ranging from Baroque style buildings to the Neoclassical. As the Rococo movement made its way across Europe, it was especially favored by female rulers, such as Catherine I and Empress Elizabeth in St. Petersburg, Russia.  Rocco elements include thick curves, pale colors and light hearted secular themes.

Suggested Architectural program St. Petersburg Russia: Saint Petersburg State University of Architecture and Civil Engineering


BUDAPEST, HUNGARY

Budapest’s unique blend of old and modern makes the city an architectural paradise. Many buildings in Budapest were commissioned to celebrate the Millennium, such as the Underground Railway, Heroes’ Square, Parliament Building, Liberty Bridge and the Museum of Fine.  An architectural buff will find many types of architectural throughout Budapest from Gothic, Turkish, Renaissance, Baroque & Neo-Baroque to Art Nouveau.  In fact, Art Nouveau was very popular in Budapest during the late 19th century to early 20th century. The city is one of the best places to see the Art Nouveau architectural style today. The Art Nouveau style is known for its curving forms, organic shapes, use of iron and glass, and colorful flourishes. Examples include the Gresham Palace, Hotel Gellért and spas, Museum of Applied Arts, and Budapest Zoo and Botanical Garden.

Suggested Architectural program Budapest: Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Faculty of Architecture


OXFORD, ENGLAND

Oxford is well known for its architectural beauty and  the city’s center has an outstanding collection of world famous buildings.  There are many well preserved medieval gems, as well as many in the classical and modern types of architecture. Some of Oxford’s greatest buildings include St. George’s Tower, Christ Church Cathedral, New College, Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Radcliffe Camera, and the lovely Magdalen College to name a few. This compact city is home to some of the outstanding architecture in the world.

Suggested Architecture program Oxford: Oxford Brooks University, Department of Architecture


Czech Republic

Czech Republic architecture is well-known in the world today for its rich history and diversity. The country’s architecture has adapted to almost every architectural style, from the Gothic castles, bridges, and churches from the age of Emperor Charles IV in the 14th century; the Baroque palaces of the Habsburg Monarchy; the Art Nouveau and neo-historical styles of 19th-century townhouses; and the internationally renowned quality of Czech cubist and functionalist architecture of the 20th century. Prague, for example, has at one building or monument that was designed in almost every style of European architecture.

Suggested Architecture program Czech Republic: Czech Technical University Prague, Faculty of Architecture


FLORENCE, ITALY

Florence, much like Athens, is truly a city of the past.  Renaissance architecture was first developed in Florence in the 15th century. The buildings in Florence expressed a new sense of light, clarity, and spaciousness and served as an inspiration to architects throughout Italy and Western Europe. One of the most impressive pieces of architecture in Florence is the Florence Cathedral.  The cathedral is so big that it took over 140 years to complete.

Suggested Architecture program in Florence: Florence Institute of Design

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Best Study Abroad Cities for Students on a Budget

When searching for the best study abroad location, cost is generally one of the most important factors of your search.  It is also important to keep in mind when researching destinations that not all countries offer student housing, so you must consider the cost of housing and living expenses in addition to tuition fees. If you have your heart set on a particular destination, one option is to focus on cities with low tuition and low living costs.

We have compiled a list of the best study abroad cities for students seeking a quality education and an economical destination:
 

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Warsaw, Poland

The Polish capital of Warsaw is becoming a very popular study abroad destination with international students.  Tuition fees are affordable starting at around $2,600, and day-to-day living costs are very low by European standards. The University of Warsaw offers numerous program taught in English and is listed as a top university in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

Learn more about studying in Poland.

Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is another very popular study abroad destination with international students. Thousands of foreign students from all over the world pursue their studies at Budapest’s universities. Budapest offers students affordable tuition and low living costs, and numerous degree programs taught in English.  Two very popular universities with international students include: Central European University (CEU) and Budapest University of Technology and Economics.

Learn more about studying in Hungary.

Brittany, France

Brittany is situated in north-west France, with the English channel to the north, the Bay of Biscay to the south, and Rennes the capital. This region of France offers students beauty, culture, and some of the most charming villages the country has to offer.  Brittany is also home to the Universities of Western and Southern Brittany, both public universities offering students tuition starting at $220 per year. The cost of living is very reasonable in Brittany compared to other areas in the country.

Learn more about studying in France.

Brno, Czech Republic

Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic.  It is located in the easternmost area of the country known as Moravia and is wedged between Austria, Poland and Slovakia. Brno has six universities and around 90,000 students pursuing their degrees throughout the city. Mendel University offers 3 Bachelor’s programs and 7 Master’s programs taught entirely in English.  Tuition starts at around $1,700 per year and student housing costs are low and start at $125 per month.

Learn more about studying in the Czech Republic.

Dresden, Germany

Dresden is in eastern Germany and is the capital of Saxony Land. It is also the third largest city after Berlin and Leipzig in Germany. The heart of Dresden is a cluster of Baroque churches in the Rococo-style. There are currently seven colleges and universities in Dresden.  The Technical University of Dresden is a public institution and offers students free tuition.  Student housing in the area through Studentewerke is very affordable and starts at around $136 per month.

Learn more about studying in Germany.

Note: There may be other destinations that are more affordable than the ones listed above. We particularly chose these destinations because they offer students a quality education in addition to lower tuition and living costs.  They also offer students an enriching cultural experience, a high standard of living and world ranked universities.  

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Why I Chose to Study in Prague | A Student’s Perspective

Why I Chose to Study in Prague | A Student’s Perspective

Guest Post from Sean a graduate student studying Quantitative Economics at the University of Economics, Prague.

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My name is Sean I am originally from Kamloops, B.C. Canada.  Right now, I am studying Quantitative Economic Analysis at the Faculty of Informatics and Statistics at the University of Economics in Prague.  I have a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from a private university in New York state.

How I Found the University & Application Process

I found the Quantitative Economic Analysis program online through extensive searches for quantitative study fields in Europe.  I spent some time in Europe after my bachelor’s studies and knew that I wanted to study my master’s degree here.  Applying to University of Economics in Prague wasn’t too difficult; the contact I spoke with at the faculty was very helpful and answered all the questions I had along the way. The two most difficult things for me were the authentication of my degree (according to Czech law) and the payment of the application fee.

There are two ways to have the degree authenticated one is to have it certified in the issuing state or have it done in the Czech Republic.  I had problems because I no longer lived in New York and my degree had to be certified there.  My degree was finally approved through the Czech authority and that problem was solved.  The second problem was paying the application fee which was difficult from my bank as the university didn’t take credit cards so I had to wire the money with great expense to myself.  Overall the application process was no more difficult than other programs I had applied to.

What it is Like to Study in Prague

Prague is a beautiful city; I love living and studying here.  The public transport system is amazing. It is way better than any I’ve ever experienced in North America.  There is always something going on in the city.  The people in the “touristy” part of the city speak English and are generally very nice.  Coming from Canada some Czech people take some time to get used to.  On the surface they can be less pleasant than I was used to especially in customer service type rolls.  The location as far as travel couldn’t be much better; it is easy to get to both Eastern and Western Europe and there are often cheap flights to further destinations.

The University of Economics, Prague

The people at the university have all been very friendly, knowledgeable and easy to work with.  Speaking about the Quantitative Economic Analysis program; it is challenging but I am really enjoying my studies.  The practical seminars included in most courses really show you how the theory can be applied to real life scenarios.  The professors have a high level of English and are some of the top academics in their respective fields in Central Europe which is something I really appreciate.  I have met and worked with many people from different countries which is always really exciting.

Cost Played A Role in My Decision to Study Overseas

Cost has also played a roll in my decision to study in Prague.  The tuition price in the Czech Republic is a lot lower than a similar degree in Canada.  The cost of living in Prague is also lower than Canadian cities and the dormitories are very inexpensive (although I don’t live in them anymore).  Many of my colleagues also have part time jobs with their student visas which helps with finances.

I recommend University of Economics in Prague especially the Faculty of Informatics and Statistics to anyone who is looking to take a small step outside of their comfort zone and study in Prague.

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10 Reasons Why Students Should Study in the Czech Republic

10 Reasons Why Students Should Study in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has become a very popular study abroad destination for international students.  In fact, over 42,000 students are currently studying in the country and the number keeps increasing every year.

We have compiled a list of ten reasons why students should consider the Czech Republic as their study abroad destination.

1. The Czech Republic was ranked one of the top five safest countries in the world by the Global Peace Index.

2. The visa process for students is much more economical than other popular study abroad destinations due its low proof of funding requirements. The Czech Republic requires that students have around $9,000 in available funds, while other popular countries require upwards of $12,000 or more.

3. Students will find upscale student accommodations at a very affordable cost in the Czech Republic, as the country enjoys a very high standard of living.

4. Do you enjoy traveling?  The Czech Republic is centrally located in Europe and borders Germany, Poland, Slovakia, and Vienna.  In just a few short hours you can visit several different countries in Europe by either air, rail, or car.

5. The Czech Republic is a beautiful country worth exploring. The country is filled with some of the world’s best breweries and fairy-tale castles. The Czech Republic also has a very distinct wine region in Moravia. Students will find that there is a lot to do and see throughout the country.

6. While the formal language is Czech, English is spoken throughout the Czech Republic.   You will also find that many people in the country speak English very well as it is taught to most kids in school.

7. It is very easy to find affordable airfare in and out of the Czech Republic.  With Europe’s low-cost airlines flying into most of the airports in the country, students can find cheap airfare to fly home for the holidays or to visit family.

8. The Czech Republic has 70 universities located all over the country offering a wide range of programs as well as many newly-emerging disciplines.  Students can also find over 1,000 accredited programs offered in English.

9. The Czech Republic’s higher education system is world renowned with 13 universities listed in the World University Rankings.

10. The Czech Republic is one of the most affordable study abroad destinations in Europe, with tuition costs at public universities ranging between $2,000 to 12,000 a year, and housing costs averaging around $139 a week or less.


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Five Most Affordable Universities in the Czech Republic

Five Most Affordable Universities in the Czech Republic

Financing a study abroad adventure can be costly.  However, there are some destinations that are extremely affordable compared to others.  For instance, the Czech Republic is an extremely affordable study abroad destination.  It is also a very popular study destination with international students due in part to its central location in central Europe. Students are also attracted to lower tuition, the country’s quality education system, and the increasing number of programs taught in English. The country offers over 1000+ degrees taught in English ranging in subjects from Business, Economics, Engineering, Humanities and much more. 

We have prepared a list of five universities in the Czech Republic offering degrees + housing for under $10,000 USD per academic year.  Some of the programs listed are as low as around $5,000 USD per academic year.


 

1. University of Chemistry & Technology in Prague

Tuition fees for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs is $2,156 per academic year.

Programs Offered:

Bachelor of Science in English (BSc) – w/ sub-program in Chemistry and Technology
Master’s of Science in English (MSc)
w/ sub-programs in
  • Chemistry, Engineering & Technology –
  • Chemistry, Technology & Material –
  • Environmental Chemistry and Technology –
  • Food and Biochemical Technology –
  •  Inorganic, Organic or Macromolecular Chemistry –
  • Physical or Analytical Chemistry –

Student housing in residence halls cost around $176 a month ($2,112 a year). The costs differ depending on the type of room, estimates above are based on the a single room.

Private Housing costs range from $550 to $1200+ a month depending on if a student will be sharing a flat or living independently.


 

2. Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem

Tuition fees for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs is $920 per academic year

Programs Offered:

Bachelor’s

  • Specialization in Education/Art Education
  • Specialization in Education/Art Education in Helping Professions
  • Specialization in Education/English Language and Literature
  • Special Education Intervention
  • Special Education Social Pedagogy
  • Applied Physics/Applied Computer Programming
  • Applied Physics/Applied Nanotechnology

Master’s

  • Physical Education and Sport Health
  • Primary School Teacher Education – English Language for Primary Schools
  • Special Education Counseling
  • Specialization in Education/Social Pedagogy
  • Physics and Computer Modeling
  • Applied Nanotechnology

Student housing in residence halls cost around $130 a month ($1,560 a year). The costs differ depending on the type of room, estimates above are based on the a single room.

Private Housing costs range from $350 to $1200+ a month depending on if a student will be sharing a flat or living independently.


 

3. Mendel University in Brno

Tuition fees for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs is between $1,910 and $3,500 per academic year.

Programs Offered:

Bachelor’s

  • Economics and Management
  • System’s Engineering and Informatics
  • Regional Development
  • International Territorial Studies
  • General Agriculture

Master’s

  • Economics and Management
  • System’s Engineering and Informatics
  • Economic Policy and Administration
  • Forestry and Landscape Management
  • European Forestry
  • Regional Development
  • International Territorial Studies
  • General Agriculture

Student housing in residence halls cost around $137 a month ($1,644 a year). The costs differ depending on the type of room, estimates above are based on the a single room.

Private Housing costs range from $350 to $1200+ a month depending on if a student will be sharing a flat or living independently.


 

4. Tomas Bata University in Zlín

Tuition fees for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs is between $2293 and $2477 per academic year.

Programs Offered:

Bachelor’s
  • Economics & Management
  • Engineering & Informatics
  • Philology
Master’s
  • Business Administration
  • Management and Marketing
  • Finance
  • Integrated Systems in Buildings
  • Security Technologies, Systems and Management
  • Information Technologies
  • Marketing Communications

Student Housing in residence halls cost around $137 a month ($1,644 a year). The costs differ depending on the type of room, estimates above are based on the a single room.

Private Housing costs range from $350 to $1200+ a month depending on if a student will be sharing a flat or living independently.


 

5. University of Economics

Tuition fees for Bachelor’s and Master’s programs is between $2293 and $2477 per academic year.

Programs Offered:

Bachelor’s
  1. International Business
  2. Corporate Finance and Management
  3. Economics
Master’s
  1. Finance and Accounting for Modern Europe
  2. Economics of Globalisation and European Integration
  3. International and Diplomatic Studies
  4. International Management
  5. Economic and Regional Studies of Latin America
  6. International Business – Central European Business Realities
  7. International Executive MBA

Student housing in residence halls cost around $176 a month ($2,112 a year). The costs differ depending on the type of room, estimates above are based on the a single room.

Private Housing costs range from $550 to $1200+ a month depending on if a student will be sharing a flat or living independently.


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A Quality and Affordable Study Abroad Destination in the Czech Republic

A Quality and Affordable Study Abroad Destination in the Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has become a very popular destination for international students.  In fact, based upon data from the Institute of International Education (IIE.org), the Czech Republic has become one of the top twenty “study abroad” destinations for American students.  Many students are particularly attracted to a broad range of educational programs taught in English at universities throughout the country. The Czech Republic is also well known for its high quality educational programs. Twenty Czech universities are currently ranked in the Times Higher Education: World University rankings. Of these institutions, Charles University, Masaryk University and the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague all rank among the top 800 universities in the entire world.

Collectively, the country has 26 public, 39 private and 9 for profit universities scattered throughout the country.  Not surprisingly, the city of Prague draws the largest number of international students to the Czech Republic.  However, other cities like Brno and Ostrava, are home to Masaryk University and the Technical University of Ostrava, two schools highly ranked and known for attracting international students.

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Undergraduate and postgraduate programs are also available in other cities, such as Brno and Ostrava.

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International students who are conversant in the Czech language benefit from FREE tuition at all public institutions in the Czech Republic. Tuition for English speaking educational programs is also considerably more affordable compared to schools in the United States and the United Kingdom. Furthermore, as the number of international students continues to increase, the Czech universities are continuing to develop additional programs in English.  The Czech universities offer English language educational programs that culminate with either a Bachelor’s, Master’s or doctoral/PHD programs.  Several of the Czech public and private institutions also offer Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degrees for English speaking students.

The Czech Republic is located in Central Europe and shares its borders with Austria, Germany, Slovakia and Poland. The country is steeped in history, from the Bohemian Kingdom, to the dissolution of Czechoslovakia, to World War II and the Gentle Revolution. There is much to be learned from this historic country and its abundance of castles, museums, and world heritage sites. It is also considered the 6th most peaceful country in the world and has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the EU.  The Czech Republic  also enjoys a stable economy and high living standards for its citizens.

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The city of Prague is the most popular Study Abroad destination in the Czech Republic.

Aside from being well developed and technologically advanced, the Czech Republic is a wonderful country with gorgeous landscapes and historic architecture. Prague is the capitol and the largest city with a population of 1.2 million people. The Czech national currency is the Czech koruna (CZK).  The national language is Czech. The total nominal GDP is approximately $196.068 billion and the total PPP GDP is approximately $368.659 billion. The current President of the Czech Republic is Milos Zeman and their Prime Minister is Bohuslav Sobotka. Although the country has a long history of both Catholic and Protestant rulers, the country does not have a single religion as of today.

For students interested in traveling over the weekends or while on break, the Czech Republic is centrally located and perfect for exploring Eastern and Western Europe.  Students will have a great chance to easily discover all of Europe and places you might otherwise not have had the opportunity to visit. There are buses, trains and flights going through Prague to all European countries. Cities like Berlin, Vienna, Bratislava and Budapest can be reached in just few hours.

Overall, the Czech Republic is a great study abroad destination for many reasons; its long tradition of quality education, diverse range of study programs, location in the heart of Europe, low costs of living and finally its fascinating history and cultural experience.  

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Study Overseas for Free – Countries Offering Free or Low Tuition

Study Overseas for Free – Countries Offering Free or Low Tuition

There are many reasons why you should study abroad. You will learn more about yourself.  You will grow as a person and become more independent and self-reliant.  You will meet new people and make some lifelong friends.  You will learn a new language.  You will travel.  These are all great reasons. 

However, another good reason to study abroad is that you will save money on tuition fees.  Many people are unaware of the affordable college tuition rates in Europe and other countries.  In fact, in some countries international students can pursue a bachelor’s or graduate degree for free or for pennies on the dollar compared to a degree in the United States.  

If you would like to study overseas and save on tuition we have compiled a list of some countries offering FREE or low tuition fees to foreign students:

Germany

Tuition fees: For Non-EU students is free at most public universities in Germany, except for semester fees that cover administrative costs.

Private universities charge tuition fees ranging from $1500 to $12,000 (high end) USD a semester, plus administrative costs (depending on school and program of study.) However, these costs are still considerably more affordable than most bachelors or masters programs in the United States.  

Czech Republic

Tuition fees:  FREE  for Czech speakers

Do you speak Czech? A college education at a public or state institution in the Czech Republic is absolutely FREE for students of all nationalities if you speak Czech.  

Public Universities

Tuition fees for programs in English range from around $4,000 – $22,350 USD annually (depending on school and program of study.)

Private Universities

Private universities in the Czech Republic are able to set their own tuition fees.  Students can expect tuition to range from $10,000 or more per year at these institutions. 

Norway

Tuition fees: FREE for all students in EU/EEA, FREE for Non-EU/EEA international students at public and state universities

Norway is a popular destination for international students because of its quality education system. As a rule, Norwegian state universities and university colleges do not charge tuition fees to students from any country.  However, students will have to pay a semester fee of around $38 to $78 USD each semester. Students are also responsible for financing their living expenses which can be higher in Norway than in other countries.  In order to get approved for a residence permit, students are required to have around $12,000 in disposable income for the school year.  

Sweden

Tuition fees:  FREE for EU/EEA students, Low tuition for Non-EU/EEA students

Tuition fees vary depending on the university and program in Sweden.  The average fee for a master’s program is around 15,932 USD.  Bachelor’s programs are generally less expensive and vary depending upon the subject.  If you will be studying bachelor’s within the Humanities/Social Sciences/Law and the Sciences your tuition fees will range from $11,000 to $20,000 USD a year.  Students are also responsible for their own living and housing expenses.

France

Tuition fees: Very low tuition for EU/EEA and International Students

In France, the government bears most of the cost of public higher education. France was also ranked the third most popular country for study in Europe by UNESCO.  

Public universities in France charge both EU and Non-EU students between $350 and $750 USD per year depending on whether you pursue a bachelor’s or master’s degree.  However, private universities charge annual fees ranging from $1500 and up per year, depending on school and program.  Students are also responsible for their own living and housing expenses.  Aside from Paris, affordable student housing is available to students.

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