Study in Moravia

Information for prospective students from abroad

Palacký University is keen on attracting more students from abroad. It is always a major challenge to live in a foreign country. To make that easier we prepared an overview of practical tips which future students will encounter when studying in Olomouc. We prepared this set of information for prospective students from the USA, Vietnam, Near East, Russia, Kazakhstan and Scandinavia.

USA

Visa

Regulations for obtaining visas change from time to time, so you should always consult your local Czech Embassy/Consulate or the website of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic (MOI) for the latest information regarding visa requirements.

US students who are staying in the Czech Republic for a period shorter than 90 days are exempt from obtaining a visa.  US students with an expected stay in the Czech Republic for longer than 90 days have to apply for a long-term student visa. The application process can take up to 60 days, so we advise that you apply well in advance to avoid any delays.  Students staying for a period longer than 3 months can also apply for a long-term residence permit for study purposes.

Renewing/Extending a Visa

Your long-term residence permit can be repeatedly extended, though only for a maximum period of 2 years after each renewal. Applications for extension to the validity of long-term residence permits should be filed at an MOI office inside the Czech Republic.

Registering with the Foreign Police

If you are staying in the Czech Republic for longer than 30 days, you must register at the Foreign Police Department within 3 days of your arrival in the country.  This obligation does not apply if the person or organization providing your accommodation submits the registration form on your behalf (e.g. if you are staying at a university dormitory, hotel, etc.)You can find your closest Foreign Police office here.

Changes in Student Status

If you want to stay in the Czech Republic for a purpose other than being a student, you are obliged to apply at the MOI (Ministry of the Interior) for a new long-term residence permit.  You can find the closest MOI office here.   For detailed information regarding status change, refer to this link.

Visitors

All US citizens are exempt from visa requirements if they are entering the Schengen Area (of which Czech Republic is a part) for less than 90 days. Please note that US travel documents have to have been issued within the last ten years and valid for at least three months after planned departure from the Czech Republic. For more information, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website.

Working while Studying

US students enrolled in a full time degree programme are allowed to work in the Czech Republic without an employment card or blue card.

US exchange students (short term study programmes) do not need an employment permit if they are 26 years old or younger and their work in the Czech Republic does not exceed 7 consecutive calendar days or a total of 30 days within a calendar year.

Medical Insurance

All foreign students who intend to stay in the Czech Republic for more than 90 days are required to purchase comprehensive health insurance coverage. You will be asked to submit proof of Czech health insurance when you apply for your visa.  For detailed information, please refer to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. You may apply online and receive your documents anywhere in the world.  Companies usually offer student discounts to students ages 17-26. The following are some recommended insurance companies:

If you are staying in the Czech Republic with the Fulbright scholarship program, medical insurance is not required.

Living costs

Living costs in the Czech Republic are quite affordable and lower than in the most of the other EU countries. The average cost of living for students is around $400 USD/month. This includes meals, accommodation, public transport, and cultural activities. Prices may vary depending on your location, accommodation choices, lifestyle, and spending habits.

The Russian Federation

Visa

Before your stay

Citizens of the Russian Federation are required to possess visas to travel to the Czech Republic. Visa applicants file their applications at their local Czech Embassy/Consulate in the Russian Federation. You can apply for a short-term visa (Schengen visa), long-term visa for a stay over 90 days or for a long-term residence permit.

Current conditions and requirements in English are available online at the following links:

Current conditions and requirements in Russian.

During your stay

Renewing/extending a Visa

You can extend your visa without having to leave the Czech Republic. Students are entitled to submit an application for an extension of a long-term visa or a long-term residence permit, on condition that their purpose of stay remains the same, at the earliest 90 days and at the latest 14 days before the period of the permitted stay on the territory of the Czech Republic expires.

A long-term residence permit issued for the purpose of study at a university can be extended repeatedly, but only for a maximum period of two years each time it is extended.

More information is available online.

Working while studying

Working while studying is possible with a student visa or a residence permit, but only under special conditions. The workload is limited to a maximum of 30 days a year and study must always be the main purpose of your stay. If you want to work on a long-term basis, it is necessary to apply for an Employee Card.

Travel during your stay

Travelling around the Schengen countries is allowed with a valid Czech long-term visa or a long-term permit.

Visitors

If your family members wish to pay a short visit, they can apply for a Schengen visa at a Czech Embassy. The inviting person (e. g. you) must fill out an invitation form, available at any Foreign Police office.

Changes in student status after your studies

After your purpose of stay (study) expires you must leave the Czech Republic or it is necessary to specify the purpose of your further stay – e.g. work or follow-up studies.

Entry into the Czech Republic

The Czech police may during the passport control upon entry into the Czech Republic ask the visitor to present the supporting documents that were submitted in support of the visa application.

Registering with the Foreign Police

After your arrival

You are required to register at a local branch of the Foreign Police within 3 days of your arrival in the Czech Republic. This obligation does not apply if the person or organization providing your accommodation submits the registration form on your behalf (e.g. if you are staying at a university dormitory, hotel, etc.)

During your stay

During your stay in the Czech Republic, you are required to report any changes to your last name, marital status and any other information contained in your travel document (e. g. passport) within 3 working days. You must also report any change of your address in the Czech Republic within 30 days.

Medical care and insurance

Students from the Russian Federation must have health insurance coverage for illness, accidents, etc. for the entire period of their stay in the Czech Republic. More information.

Students can of course use medical services in both emergency and non-emergency cases. A valid insurance card is required when going to a doctor or a medical facility in the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic uses the European Emergency Number 112.

Cost of living

Living costs in the Czech Republic are quite low. The average cost of living for students is around CZK 11 000 (RUB 30 790). This includes meals, accommodation, public transport, and cultural activities. Prices may vary according to your location, accommodation choices, lifestyle, and spending habits. College accommodation is about CZK 2 500 (RUB 7000) per month; a single room in a student flat usually costs around CZK 4 000 - 6 000 (RUB 11 195 – 16 000).

Meals

At a restaurant the average price of a meal is around CZK 150 (RUB 419); in the student canteen the price is usually CZK 30-40 for a meal (RUB 84 - 112). Food costs may be lower or higher, depending on your personal choice about where and what you eat.

Other

  • Monthly public transport ticket for students <26 years old - CZK 275 (RUB 770)
  • Monthly public transport ticket for students >26 years old - CZK 550 (RUB 1540)
  • One way ticket to Prague (Student Agency coach) - CZK 210 (RUB 590)
  • Petrol (Natural 95) - 37 CZK/l (RUB 104)
  • For a better estimate you can check the average prices here or here.

Kazakhstan

Visa

Before your stay

Citizens of Kazakhstan are required to possess visas to travel to the Czech Republic. Visa applicants file their applications at their local Czech Embassy/Consulate in Kazakhstan. You can apply for a short-term visa (Schengen visa), a long-term visa for a stay over 90 days or for a long-term residence permit.

Current conditions and requirements in English are available online at the following links:

Current conditions and requirements in Russian.

During your stay

Renewing/extending a Visa

You can extend your visa without having to leave the Czech Republic. Students are entitled to submit an application for an extension of a long-term visa or a long-term residence permit, on condition that their purpose of stay remains the same, at the earliest 90 days and at the latest 14 days before the period of the permitted stay on the territory of the Czech Republic expires.

A long-term residence permit issued for the purpose of study at a university can be extended repeatedly, but only for a maximum period of two years each time it is extended.

More information is available online.

Working while studying

Working while studying is possible with a student visa or a residence permit, but only under special conditions. The workload is limited to a maximum of 30 days a year and study must always be the main purpose of your stay. If you want to work on a long-term basis, it is necessary to apply for an Employee Card.

Travel during your stay

Travelling around the Schengen countries is allowed with a valid Czech long-term visa or a long-term permit.

Visitors

If your family members wish to pay a short visit, they can apply for a Schengen visa at a Czech Embassy. The inviting person (e. g. you) must fill out an invitation form, available at any Foreign Police office.

Changes in student status after your studies

After your purpose of stay (study) expires you must leave the Czech Republic or it is necessary to specify the purpose of your further stay – e.g. work or follow-up studies

Entry into the Czech Republic

The Czech police may during the passport control upon entry into the Czech Republic ask the visitor to present the supporting documents that were submitted in support of the visa application.

Registering with the Foreign Police

After your arrival

You are required to register at a local branch of the Foreign Police within 3 days of your arrival in the Czech Republic. This obligation does not apply if the person or organization providing your accommodation submits the registration form on your behalf (e.g. if you are staying at a university dormitory, hotel, etc.)

During your stay

During your stay in the Czech Republic, you are required to report any changes to your last name, marital status and any other information contained in your travel document (e. g. passport) within 3 working days. You must also report any change of your address in the Czech Republic within 30 days.

Medical care and insurance

Students from Kazakhstan must have health insurance coverage for illness, accidents, etc. for the entire period of their stay in the Czech Republic. More information.

Students can of course use medical services in both emergency and non-emergency cases. A valid insurance card is required when going to a doctor or a medical facility in the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic uses the European Emergency Number 112.

Cost of living

Living costs in the Czech Republic are quite low. The average cost of living for students is around CZK 11 000 (RUB 30 790). This includes meals, accommodation, public transport, and cultural activities. Prices may vary according to your location, accommodation choices, lifestyle, and spending habits. College accommodation is about CZK 2 500 (RUB 7000) per month; a single room in a student flat usually costs around CZK 4 000 - 6 000 (RUB 11 195 – 16 000).

Meals

At a restaurant the average price of a meal is around CZK 150 (RUB 419); in the student canteen the price is usually CZK 30 - 40 for a meal (RUB 84 - 112). Food costs may be lower or higher, depending on your personal choice about where and what you eat.

Other

  • Monthly public transport ticket for students <26 years old - CZK 275 (RUB 770)
  • Monthly public transport ticket for students >26 years old - CZK 550 (RUB 1540)
  • One way ticket to Prague (Student Agency coach) - CZK 210 (RUB 590)
  • Petrol (Natural 95) - 37 CZK/l (RUB 104)
  • For a better estimate you can check the average prices here or here.

Vietnam

Visa

Before you arrive

Students from Vietnam need to apply for a long-term residence permit (recommended) or a visa. Current conditions and requirements are available online at the following links:

During your stay

You can extend your visa without having to leave the Czech Republic. Students are entitled to submit an application for an extension of a long-term visa or a long-term residence permit, on condition that their purpose of stay remains the same, at the earliest 90 days and at the latest 14 days before the period of the permitted stay on the territory of the Czech Republic expires.

A long-term residence permit issued for the purpose of study at a university can be extended repeatedly, but only for a maximum period of two years each time it is extended.

More information is available online.

Working while studying is possible with a student visa or a residence permit, but only under special conditions. The workload is limited to a maximum of 30 days a year and study must always be the main purpose of your stay. If you want to work on a long-term basis, it is necessary to apply for an Employee Card.

Travelling around the Schengen countries is allowed with a valid Czech long-term visa or a long-term permit.

If your family members wish to pay a short visit, they can apply for a Schengen visa at a Czech Embassy. The inviting person (e. g. you) must fill out an invitation form, available at any Foreign Police office.

After your studies

After your purpose of stay (study) expires you must leave the Czech Republic or it is necessary to specify the purpose of your further stay – e.g. work or follow-up studies

Registering with the Foreign Police

Who has to register, When to register with the police, Where to register with the police, Changes that need to be reported

As a holder of a long term-visa or permit, you must report to an office of the Foreign Police within 3 days of your arrival to the Czech Republic, unless your accommodation provider (e.g. Halls of Residence) does it for you.

During your stay in the Czech Republic, you are required to report any changes to your last name, marital status and any other information contained in your travel document (e. g. passport) within 3 working days. You must also report any change of your address in the Czech Republic within 30 days.

Medical care and insurance

Students from Vietnam must have  health insurance coverage for illness, accidents, etc. (“komplexni pojisteni”) for the entire period of their stay in the Czech Republic. More information.

Students can of course use medical services in both emergency and non-emergency cases. A valid insurance card is required when going to a doctor or a medical facility in the Czech Republic.

Cost of living

The cost of living in the Czech Republic is lower than in the old member states of the European Union. A student needs approx. CZK 7,000 – 8,000 per month to cover the basic costs, such as catering, accommodation and transport. The amount depends on individual needs, requirements and the standard of living of each student.

Scandinavian states

VISA / Foreign Police Registration

Students from countries of the EU (plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) are exempt from visa requirements.

If the length of your intended stay in the Czech Republic is longer than 30 days, you are required to report your presence to the appropriate Foreign Police Department that holds jurisdiction in the location of your stay in the Czech Republic. This obligation does not apply if the person providing accommodation submits the registration forms on behalf of a citizen of the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland.

Citizens of the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, or Switzerland are also required to report a change of surname, marital status, or changes in data contained in the residence card (i.e. certificate of temporary residence or permanent residence permit). For a stay without any residence card, these changes are to be reported to the Foreign Police. If any residence permit/certificate was issued, changes are reported to the MOI. Citizens of the EU, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein or Switzerland can stay temporarily in the Czech Republic without any special permit, solely on the basis of a travel document or an identity card.

If you intend to stay in the Czech Republic for longer than 3 months, you can request for a certificate of temporary residence or a permanent residence permit to be issued.

Medical Insurance

Students from countries of the EU (plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) need to register at the VZP (Všeobecná zdravotní pojišťovna - General Health Insurance Company) with the blue European health insurance card. You will then be given your personal health insurance number which you should show to doctors or in hospitals.

It is obligatory to have insurance cards and ID cards or passports with you at all times.

Cost of living

The cost of living in the Moravian region of the Czech Republic is low compared to other EU countries. The final amount depends on personal spending habits and requirements. To cover basic costs you need around 6000 - 8000 CZK / month.
For a better estimate you can check the average prices here or here.

China

Visa

Before you arrive

Students from China need to apply for a long-term residence permit (recommended) or a visa. Current conditions and requirements are available online at the following links:

During your stay

You can extend your visa without having to leave the Czech Republic. Students are entitled to submit an application for an extension of a long-term visa or a long-term residence permit, on condition that their purpose of stay remains the same, at the earliest 90 days and at the latest 14 days before the period of the permitted stay on the territory of the Czech Republic expires.

A long-term residence permit issued for the purpose of study at a university can be extended repeatedly, but only for a maximum period of two years each time it is extended.

More information is available online.

Working while studying is possible with a student visa or a residence permit, but only under special conditions. The workload is limited to a maximum of 30 days a year and study must always be the main purpose of your stay. If you want to work on a long-term basis, it is necessary to apply for an Employee Card.

Travelling around the Schengen countries is allowed with a valid Czech long-term visa or a long-term permit.

If your family members wish to pay a short visit, they can apply for a Schengen visa at a Czech Embassy. The inviting person (e.g. you) must fill out an invitation form, available at any Foreign Police office.

After your studies

Once your purpose of stay (study) expires you must leave the Czech Republic or it is necessary to specify the purpose of your further stay – e.g. work or follow-up studies

Registering with the Foreign Police

As a holder of a long-term visa or permit, you must report to an office of the Foreign Police within 3 days of your arrival in the Czech Republic, unless your accommodation provider (e.g. Halls of Residence) does it for you.

During your stay in the Czech Republic, you are required to report any changes to your last name, marital status and any other information contained in your travel document (e.g. passport) within 3 working days. You must also report any change of your address in the Czech Republic within 30 days.

Medical care and insurance

Students from China must have  health insurance coverage for illness, accidents, etc. (“komplexni pojisteni”) for the entire period of their stay in the Czech Republic. More information.

Students can of course use medical services in both emergency and non-emergency cases. A valid insurance card is required when going to a medical doctor or a medical facility in the Czech Republic.

Cost of living

The cost of living in the Czech Republic is lower than in most other European Union countries. A student needs approx. CZK 8,000 – 10,000/ CNY 2 200 – 7 700 per month to cover basic costs, such as food, accommodation and transport. The amount of course depends on individual needs, requirements and the standard of living of each student.

Meals

At a restaurant the average price of a meal is around CZK 120 (CNY 33); in the student canteen the price is usually CZK 30 - 40 for a meal (CNY 9-12.5). Food costs may be lower or higher, depending on your personal choice about where and what you eat.

Other

  • Monthly public transport ticket for students <26 years old - CZK 175 (CNY 48,6)
  • Monthly public transport ticket for students >26 years old - CZK 350 (RUB 97,2)
  • One way ticket to Prague (by train) - CZK 220 (CNY 61)
  • Petrol (Natural 95) - 30 CZK/litre (CNY 8,3)
  • For a better estimate you can check the average prices here or here.

Countries of the Near East

(Bahrain, Iraq, Iran, Israel, Yemen, Jordan, Qatar, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Syria)

Visa

Before arrival

Short term visa- visa for a stay up to 90 days

Visas for a stay of up to 90 days, also called short-term, are valid for one or several entries, entitling the holder to stay in the Schengen area for the period indicated in them, whilst the period of a continuous stay or the total period of consecutive stays in the Schengen area shall not exceed 90 days in any 180-day period.

A short term visa is not required for Israel and the United Arab Emirates. For these countries there is a visa-free stay of up to 90 days.

More information on visa requirements is available here.

Long term visa- visa for stays of over 90 days

Students of the Near East are obliged to submit an application only at the Czech Embassy in the state where they have citizenship or which issued their current travel document or in the state where they have a long-term or permanent residence permit.

Students should submit the application on the completed form along with the necessary requirements laid down by law.

More information on visa requirements is available here.

Long term residence permit – visa provided for up to 1 year

Students of the Near East are entitled to submit an application for a long-term residence permit:

  • at an embassy, if you intend to stay in the Czech Republic temporarily for a period longer than 3 months or
  • inside the Czech Republic at the Ministry of the Interior (Department for Asylum and Migration Policy), if:
    - you have been residing in the Czech Republic on a visa for a stay of over 90 days and
    - you intend to live temporarily in the Czech Republic for more than 1 year including the previous visa
    - and if, at the same time, the purpose of your stay remains unchanged (exceptions are made e.g. for a Blue Card, family members or scientists).

More information on visa requirements is available here.

The list of Czech embassies is available here.

Forms for visa applications

After arrival

Reporting your arrival

Foreign students have to register their arrival with the Foreign Police.

  • If the foreign student is staying in halls of residence, the registration will be made by the halls of residence.
  • If the foreign student is staying in private accommodation, it is compulsory to REGISTER by himself/ herself:
    - Students from non-EU countries have to register their arrival in the Czech Republic within 3 working days after entering the Czech Republic

Besides the abovementioned obligation all foreign students applying to receive a long-term residence permit have to fulfil the following requirements:

  • Within 3 working days of entering the Czech Republic, all foreign students applying to receive a long-term residence permit are obliged to report to the Ministry of the Interior’s office in person for the purpose of carrying out activities associated with issuing a biometric residence card.
  • Foreign students applying for a long-term residence permit have to present themselves at the Ministry of the Interior (Department for Asylum and Migration Policy) to collect the residence card within the specified limit but at the latest within 60 days of the biometric data being collected.

What to bring with you for the purposes of registration:

  • National identity card or passport (with visa)
  • Travel health insurance contract and confirmation of its payment

Visa Extension

If you want to prolong your stay you have to apply for a long-term residence permit at the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy.

You can apply for an extension of your current visa 90 days at the earliest and at the very latest 14 days before the expiration of your current visa. We recommend that students fill in the application for an extension of their residence permit at the beginning of the legally required period. It is not necessary to submit the whole documentation with the application form. It is possible to complete the documentation subsequently.

Please be aware that the visa fee amounts to 2 500 CZK.

More information about visa extension is available here.

Changes in Student Status

If some changes occur such as change of address, change of travel document/passport etc. please follow the instructions given at this link.

If you intend to stay in the Czech Republic for a purpose other than the one for which you have been granted permission, you are obliged to apply to the MOI for a new long-term residence permit. Please follow the instructions given at this link.

Travel during your stay

Travelling around the Schengen countries is allowed with a valid Czech long-term visa or a long-term residence permit.

The Schengen area is made up of these countries: 

Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

Other EU or EEA Member States, i.e. Bulgaria, Croatia, Ireland, Cyprus, Romania and Great Britain, are not members of the Schengen area.

Visitors

If your family members wish to pay a short visit, they can apply for a Schengen visa at a Czech Embassy. The inviting person (e.g. you) must fill out an invitation form, available at any Foreign Police office.

Medical insurance

Students of the Near East who intend to stay in the Czech Republic have to have comprehensive insurance. This insurance also has to be arranged because of visa purposes.

A valid insurance card is required when going to a doctor or a medical facility in the Czech Republic.

More detailed information is available at this link.

You can also choose one of the following recommended insurance companies:

Living costs

The cost of living in the Czech Republic is much lower than in the old EU member states and you will be able to live comfortably without spending large sums.

For basic expenses such as food, accommodation and transportation, students will need approximately 250 - 300 EUR per month. Of course it depends on location, accommodation choices, lifestyle, etc.

The Czech currency is called "koruna" (crown, abbreviated Kč).