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The University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague is a natural centre of first-rate study and research in the area of chemistry in Czechia and is one of the country's largest educational and research institutions focused on technical chemistry, chemical and biochemical technologies, material and chemical engineering, food chemistry, and environmental studies.

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Research University

According to the prestigious Times Higher Education rankings, UCT Prague, one of five Czech universities, ranks among the 4% of the best world universities. The school has also dominated the rankings of the Education Policy Centre of Charles University in the category “Emphasis on Science, Research and Creativity” category.

Currently UCT Prague boasts a number of excellent experts such as Jana Hajšlová, member of the EU Advisory Group “Food Quality and Safety” or František Štěpánek, who has been awarded an ERC grant.

Half of its income is generated from the institution's creative activities focused on science, research and innovation. In the Czech context, this is an extraordinary accomplishment.

It is a member of the European University Association, the European Federation of National Engineering Associations and the International Society for Engineering Pedagogy. It cooperates with more than 100 academic institutions not only in Europe but also in the US, Canada, Japan, Vietnam, and many other countries.

UCT Prague - names in international dimension

The official name of our university in the Czech language, as stated in the law of the Czech Republic is:

  • Vysoká škola chemicko-technologická v Praze, abbreviated VŠCHT Praha

Foreign language equivalents of the name:

  • University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague, abbreviated UCT Prague,
    • English name used before 2014: Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague
  • Universität fűr Chemie und Technologie, Prag,
  • École Nationale Supérieure des Technologies Chimiques de Prague,
  • Chimiko-technologičeskij universitět, Praga.

 

Virtual tour of the UCT Prague

 

History

UCT Prague was founded in 1952 but its origins date back to 1807 when the first course in chemistry was delivered at Prague Polytechnic. Reorganization of the polytechnic in 1920 resulted in the transformation of the chemistry department into the School of Chemical Technology, one of the seven sections of the Czech Technical University.

A number of key figures of the history of chemistry relate to UCT Prague. Among them, three figures are renowned in their fields: Vladimir Prelog, Nobel Prize winner, Otto Wichterle, inventor of contact lenses, and Emil Votoček, author of the Czech chemical nomenclature.

Several presidents of the Czech Academy of Sciences – František Šorm, Rudolf Zahradník, and Jiří Drahoš – are connected with the school as well.

UCT Prague was the first Czech university authorised to provide the Eurobachelor degree. As its name indicates, this prestigious recognition certifies the quality of UCT Prague bachelor studies at the European level.

UCT Prague - A challenge that pays off

 

Notable Research

Currently UCT Prague boasts a number of excellent experts such as Jana Hajšlová, member of the EU Advisory Group “Food Quality and Safety” or František Štěpánek, who has been awarded an ERC grant.

UCT Prague researchers were very successful within the European Community framework programme, HORIZON 2020, and are actively involved in developing many new research projects and collaborations.

Notable prior efforts include:

  • RECOBA, Assoc. Prof. Juraj Kosek, Cross-sectorial real-time sensing, advanced control and optimisation of batch processes saving energy and raw materials
  • PARTIAL-PGMs, Assoc. Prof. Petr Kočí, Development of novel, high Performance hybrid TWV/GPF Automotive afteR treatment systems by raTIonAL design: substitution of PGMs and Rare earth materials
  • SElySOs, Prof. Karel Bouzek, Development of new electrode materials and understanding of degradation mechanisms on Solid Oxide High Temperature Electrolysis Cells
  • SuPER-W, Prof. Pavel Jeníček, Assoc. Prof. Jan Bartáček, Sustainable Product, Energy and Resource Recovery from Wastewater
  • Food Quality Projects : FoodSmartphone, Smartphone analyzers for on-site testing of food quality and safety; MultiCoop, Multidisciplinary approach to strengthen cooperation and establish novel platform for comprehensive assessment of food and feed safety; AUTHENT-NET – Food Authenticity Research Network, Prof. Jana Hajšlová, Monika Tomaniová, PhD
  • Science education: SCICHALLENGE, Petr Holzhauser, MSc, Next generation science challenges using participatory techniques and digital media

Faculties 

UCT Prague (in addition to departments accomodating the needs of the entire university) has four faculties:

UCT Prague in Numbers

Worldwide Cooperation and Collaboration

UCT Prague cooperates with more than 100 universities and institutions worldwide. The university is the most active Czech university participant in the Erasmus+ student exchange programme and has also participated in other programmes such as the 5th and 6th framework programme, COST, EUREKA, and Leonardo da Vinci.


Map: Cooperation with other institutions

Library: ChemTK

UCT Prague operates the superbly equipped library, ChemTK, situated in the modern National Library of Technology (NTK) building. The ChemTK collection includes more than 100,000 books, handbooks, encyclopaedias, periodicals, and other publications. ChemTK subscribes to 300 professional periodicals and provides electronic access to scientific journals. Over 2,500 journals from prestigious scientific publishing houses are currently available in electronic format. ChemTK also provides access to SciFinder, the Chemical Abstracts Service, and other specialised resources (see full list of eResources) that enable research across scientific specialities.

The complete collections of Beilstein's Handbuch der organischen Chemie and Gmelin's Handbuch der anorganischen Chemie are also available in both print and electronic formats. Print editions are available in NTK's Rare Books and Special Collections reading room.

Central Laboratories

UCT Prague's Central Laboratories consist of eight laboratories:

  • Laboratory of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) Spectroscopy
  • Laboratory of Infra-Red (IR) and Raman Spectroscopy
  • Laboratory of Mass Spectrometry (MS)
  • Laboratory of Organic Elemental Analysis
  • Laboratory of X-Ray Diffraction
  • Laboratory of Thermal-Gravimetric Analysis (TGA)
  • Laboratory of Atomic Absorption Spectroscopy (AAS) and Laboratory of Surface Analysis

The laboratories provide high-quality equipment for use by students, professors, and research staff members and are equipped with modern instrumentation. Laboratory personnel are experienced in routine as well as specialized experiments.  The laboratories are used for student projects, grant-funded research, and industrial applications. External customers (universities, private companies, and others) can also use the facilities.

Laboratory personnel also teach several courses, workshops, and other seminars for members of the UCT Prague community. The courses include practical techniques as well as methods for spectra interpretation.

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Bachelor of Science (BSc) in English at UCT Prague

1 Chemistry Study Programme at 4 faculties with 9 specializations

1 Business Study Programme at the UCT School of Business

  • Time to complete: Three years
  • Study programme: Based on core courses embracing general subjects
  • Graduates are awarded the title Bachelor (equivalent to BSc)
  • Diploma Supplement issued in both the Czech and English languages is provided automatically and free of charge to every student upon graduation

 

List of Bachelor Programmes and Specializations

 

 

Master of Science (MSc) in English at UCT Prague

7 Chemistry Study Programmes at 4 faculties

1 Business Study Programme with 2 specializations at the UCT School of Business

  • Time to complete: Two years
  • Study programmes build upon previous BSc, with core and specialized courses
  • Graduates are awarded the title Master of Science (inženýr/Ing. in Czech, equivalent to MSc).
  • Diploma Supplement issued in both the Czech and English languages is provided automatically and free of charge to every student upon graduation

 

List of Master Programmes and Specializations

 

 

Offer at School of Business

 

Preparatory Programme

The Programme prepares students for a standard degree study programme at the UCT Prague or other technical universities in the Czech Republic.

To apply for the Preparatory Programme, kindly contact Admission Officers at business.admission@vscht.cz

  • Time to complete: one year
  • Graduates are awarded a certificate

 

Preparatory Programme

 

 

Bachelor of Science (BSc)

  • Economics and Management
    • Marketing
    • International Trade.

To apply for the BSc Programme, kindly contact Admission Officers at business.admission@vscht.cz

  • Time to complete: Three years

 

BSc Degree Programme

 

 

Master of Science (MSc)

  • Innovation Project Managment
  • Chemical Industry

To apply for the MSc Programme, kindly contact Admission Officers at business.admission@vscht.cz

  • Time to complete: Two years

 

MSc Degree Programme

 

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For information regarding

 


 

Application Period of Chemistry Programmes

There is only 1 intake: The application period is December 1–January 31; the academic year starts in September.

The online applications portal opens on December 1 at 0:00 and closes on January 31 at 23:59 CET (Prague time).

 


 

Procedure

  Gather application documents and scan them to PDF format as separate files (see below)
  Name the application documents properly using the format: Surname_name of the attachment
  Fill out the online application and upload the documents in PDF
  Submit the application
  Pay the application fee (by January 31 at the latest)

The deadline for applications for Bachelor and Master study programmes is January 31.

R  Applications received after the deadline or applications delivered in incorrect form or style will be disregarded.

 


 

Application Fee

The application fee for the academic year 2024/2025 is 3 000,- CZK. The application fee may be paid in Euros or in US dollars.

The application fee shall be paid by the deadline of the application period at the latest. 

The application fee covers costs connected to the administration of the application, especially the costs connected to the delivery of visa documents to the applicants. As per the Statute of the University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague from August 6, 2021, the application fee is non-refundable, it cannot be waived, reduced, or postponed. 


After submitting the online application, payment information with a unique QR code will be shown in your application. Please proceed per the instructions provided in the online application.  

Additional Information

Please check your online application for unique payment information before using the information below.  


Bank Name & Address:
               ČSOB, Banskobystrická 11, Prague 6

Account number:                           130197294/0300

IBAN:                                                  CZ58 0300 0000 0001 3019 7294

SWIFT code:                                     CEKO CZ PP          

Remittance information:          /VS/ 936822059

                                                               /SS/ Date of birth in the format of DDMMYY
                                                              /Information/ Full name as it appears in the passport/identity card

 


 

Age

Applicants applying to the Bachelor programme Chemistry and Technology at the Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology must be 18 years old by the end of the winter semester of the 1st year of study (mid-February). 

This requirement is established due to the fact that in the summer semester of the 1st year, students at the Faculty of Food and Biochemical Technology attend classes in inorganic chemistry laboratories, where they work with substances that, according to the law, minors cannot work with.

 


 

Application Documents

When filling in the online application, the following documents are required.
Note that only PDF files with proper naming (Surname_name-of-the-attachment) will be accepted. 

The required application documents include:

1. Diploma / Graduation Certificate and Transcript of Records

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We accept IB diplomas, Cambridge International A Level Certificates and also other types of Graduation Certificates and Diplomas.

RECOMMENDED: Taking Mathematics and Chemistry (+ possibly also Biology and Physics) at the highest level possible in high school. 

Documents issued in another language than English must be translated into English or Czech language. Please, upload the original + translation.

The Transcript of Records is a list of all subjects studied in the last 4 years at secondary school / list of subjects studied at the Bachelor's level at a university, including the number of hours for individual subjects. An example of a suitable Transcript is available here >.

If you have not finished your current studies yet, provide a Study Confirmation with a clearly indicated date of graduation issued by your University/Secondary school instead of the Diploma/Graduation Certificate.

2. Certificate of English Language Knowledge

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UCT Prague requires students to have a good command of English in order to study successfully. You must provide us with proof of your English language skills. 

Non-Native English Speakers

Non-native speakers are required to prove the language competence of B2+ according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Recognized Certificates are:

  • Cambridge ESOL: minimum B2 First (FCE),
  • Cambridge IGCSE English as a Second Language: minimum score B2 (CEFR)
  • TOEFL iBT: minimum score 80,
  • IELTS: minimum overall band score 6.0, 
  • PTE Academics: minimum score 60,
  • Duolingo English Test: minimum score 110

Other Acceptable Formats:

  • Confirmation of English Language Knowledge > confirmed by a language center or a language school. The Confirmation will only be accepted if it confirms the minimum language level B2 and above.
  • Medium of Instruction Certificate – Students who studied their previous studies fully in the English language can provide official confirmation issued by their school.

Native English Speakers

Students whose mother tongue is English are exempt from this obligation.

3. Motivation Letter

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The maximum length of the motivation letter is two A4 pages.

The motivation letter shall cover your motivation to study the chosen study programme at our university, the benefits that studying this program will bring you, and how you will utilize the gained knowledge in your career.

 Don't forget to state your name, surname, phone number, and email address in the motivation letter.

4. Signed Curriculum Vitae (CV)

5. Medical Assessment Form > (DOWNLOAD HERE)

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The Medical Assessment Form provided by UCT must be used. The form shall be filled in and confirmed by your general practitioner (in your country). The second page of the document specifies areas of medical examination that your general practitioner shall confirm.

The form shall not be older than 2 months when uploaded to the online application.

Note that the original paper version of the Medical Assessment Form must be handed in no later than by the day of Enrollment (in September).

6. Copy of your passport (only the page with your picture and personal data)

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Non-EU nationals: The passport shall not be older than 10 years, it must contain at least 2 free pages and its validity must be at least 3 months longer than the validity of the long-term visa (which is usually issued with a validity of 1 year).

This means that the validity of your passport must be at least until December 31, 2025, however, we strongly advise making sure that your passport is valid at least until December 31, 2026, in case of Master's degree applicants, and at least until December 31, 2027, in case of Bachelor degree applicants – so you don't have to exchange your passport while studying. 

7. Certificate of Recognition of Previous Foreign Education / Nostrification Certificate

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If you have already undergone the process of Nostrification in the Czech Republic, upload the Nostrification Certificate.

If you haven't undergone the Nostrification process in the Czech Republic yet, you can undergo a simple process of Recognition of previous foreign education at UCT Prague as a part of the admission process. 
In order to undergo the process of recognition at UCT Prague, indicate this in your online application by choosing the method of recognition: I have a diploma and DON'T have a Nostrification Certificate.

Please visit this page for more information Recognition of previous foreign education. 

UCT Prague reserves the right to refuse an Application if the above-mentioned enclosures are not delivered and/or not in the required form and style.

 

You can track the status of your application in the online application portal.
Click on "Detailed information on admission procedure".

 

Apply now

 

 

Do you need help with filling in the online application? See our manual!

 

 


Timeline after Submission of the Online Application

 

December 1–January 31 Admissions are open
Submit the online application, and pay the application fee
February 14–February 28 Bachelor's online admission tests (Mathematics and Chemistry) and admission interviews
Master's online admission interviews 
(See subject areas of the interviews here)
by March 11 Applicants are notified about the admission results 
March

1) Inform UCT Admission Officer about where the visa documents should be delivered to

2) Prepare documents required for a visa appointment per the instructions of the Czech embassy
3) Arrange an appointment at the respective Czech embassy / Inform UCT Prague admission officer, that you would like to be included in a governmental visa fast-track Režim Student
4) Sign the accommodation contract which you will receive by post 

March–May

Attend visa appointment at a Czech embassy

March–July

Arrange a verified (true) copy of the Diploma/Graduation certificate and the Transcript of Records with Apostille/Superlegalization and translation for the process of Recognition of the previous foreign education

 

April–August

Provide a scan of a verified (true) copy of the Diploma/Graduation certificate and Transcript of Records with Apostille/Superlegalization and translation and pay the recognition fee

As soon as possible, however, by August 31 at the latest

Send a paper version of the verified (true) copy of the Diploma/Graduation certificate and Transcript of Records with Apostille/Superlegalization and translation to UCT Prague by a delivery service 

 

Alternatively:

Bc. applicants: Send a verified (true) copy of the Nostrification Certificate issued by the Czech official authority to UCT Prague by a delivery service 


MSc. applicants: Send a verified (true) copy of the Recognition Certificate issued by another Czech higher education institution to UCT Prague by a delivery service 

 

July–August  Visa approval 
September Enrollment Day & Start of the studies

 


 

Selection Procedure

Admission Tests and Interviews

Bachelor's degree applicants will sit for an online admission test in Mathematics and Chemistry and for an online interview. In the test and the interview, your essential mathematical and chemical knowledge will be tested. 

PRACTISE TESTS IN CHEMISTRY

Here you can try an admission practice test. Use this manual on how to work with the portal.

 

Practice test

 

 

In order to review problematic topics, we recommend visiting the below-stated websites: 

Mathematics (click to open)

In order to review the problematic topics, we recommend the courses of Kahn academy or Math is Fun:

General and Inorganic Chemistry, Chemical Calculations (click to open)
Physics (click to open)

In order to review problematic topics, we highly recommend Khan Academy.

 

Master's degree applicants will have to sit for an online admission interview. Subject Areas for Admission Interviews are to be found at the bottom of this page.


Applicants will be notified about the date of the interview in advance by a faculty representative by email, please check your bulk email folder/spam folder too.

 

Admission Results

The selection procedure of applications for Bachelor's and Master's degree programmes takes place in March. The application materials, admission test and admission interview results will be assessed to determine successful applicants.

Bachelor's and Master's degree applicants are notified about their acceptance / non-acceptance by March 11.

 


 

NonEU Citizens – Long-term Visa or Residence Permit Applying

NonEU citizens must apply for a long-term visa or a long-term residence card for the purpose of studying in the Czech Republic. 

An appointment at the respective embassy must be scheduled in order to apply for a long-term visa or residence permit. The appointment can be either scheduled by the applicant himself/herself OR applicants from certain listed countries can apply for an appointment at the Czech Embassy through a governmental project for visa facilitation called Režim Student. 

Note that it is more than recommended to arrange a visa appointment at the respective embassy in May at the very latest. The academic year starts in September, and visa approval takes 60–120 days

Especially applicants from India, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Bhútán, Chad, Cameroon, Maledives, and Nepal, should apply for the visa AS SOON AS POSSIBLE once they receive a Letter of Acceptance because of the competition at the embassies in Abuja (Nigeria), Accra (Ghana) and New Delhi (India) which is enormous, and the appointment slots are very limited!

We encourage all applicants to visit the website of the respective Czech embassy for their country and learn in advance what documents are required when applying for a visa. 

 


 

Recognition of Previous Foreign Education 

Applicants who have been accepted to the studies at the University of Chemistry and Technology must provide a Certificate of Recognition of Previous Foreign Education.

The Recognition of Previous Foreign Education is a process of verifying that the education level which you have completed abroad is equal to the education level required for studying at a university in the Czech Republic.

Providing a Certificate of Recognition of Previous Foreign Education is an indispensable requirement for enrollment in the studies at UCT Prague. 

Please visit the website Recognition of Foreign Education to learn how to obtain the Certificate.

 

Apply now

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Office Hours of the Department of International Relations

Monday 13:30–15:30

Tuesday   

13:30–15:30
Wednesday Closed
Thursday

9:30–11:30

Friday 9:30–11:30

The Department of International Relations is located on the first floor in building B. The closest entrance door is on Zikova street. 

 

Head of the Department

Bc. Filip Faltejsek

Designated Head of Department in the Absence of Mgr. Žilíková

b Filip.Faltejsek@vscht.cz
e +420 220 444 456

Room: B2312 (Zikova street, 1st floor)

 

 

Student Mobility Coordinators

Ing. Lenka Balíková ◳ Balikova_UCT Prague_ (jpg) → (šířka 215px)

Admission officer for Erasmus MUNDUS 

b Lenka.Balikova@vscht.cz
+420 220 443 158

Room: B2310 (Zikova street, 1st floor)

 

Mgr. Helena Pekárková ◳ helena pekarková_male (jpg) → (originál)

Admission officer for foreign full-time degree students

b Helena.Pekarkova@vscht.cz
e +420 220 443 841

Room: B2310 (Zikova street, 1st floor)

Mgr. Adéla Habartová ◳ Foto_blank (jpg) → (originál)

Incoming exchange students: ERASMUS+, CEEPUS, AKTION, Short-term freemover;  Erasmus KA107 – international credit mobility

b Adela.Habartova@vscht.cz
e +420 220 443 159

Room: B2309 (Zikova street, 1st floor)

 

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Structure of the Academic Year 2023/2024:

Winter semester

  • 18. 9. 2023 – 22. 12. 2023 – Instruction period
  • 23. 12. 2022 – 1. 1. 2023 – Christmas holidays
  • 2. 1. 2024 – 9. 2. 2024 – Examination period

Note: On Tuesday, November 21, 2023, the classes are held according to Thursday's schedule. On Wednesday, November 22, 2023, the classes are held according to Friday's schedule.

The winter semester ends with the fulfilment of study obligations as of February 9, 2024.
Note that you must obtain at least 15 credits in order to be allowed to continue your studies in the summer semester. Not obtaining the minimum of 15 credits will result in the termination of your studies. 

Summer semester 

  • 12. 2. 2024 – 17. 5. 2024 – Instruction period
  • 20. 5. 2024 – 28. 6. 2024 – Examination period
  • 29. 6. 2024 – 25. 8. 2024 – Summer holidays
  • 26. 8. 2024 – 30. 8. 2024 – Examination period 

Note: On Tuesday, May 7, 2024, the classes are held according to Wednesday's schedule.

The summer semester ends with the fulfilment of study obligations as of August 30, 2024.

 

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Public Holidays 2024

There are no lessons on public holidays. Also, offices and shops are usually closed on public holidays.

Note that lessons may be shifted if a public holiday occurs on a working day. Check your Study Information System for updates! 

  • Jan 1 – Restoration Day of the Independent Czech State
  • Friday before Easter (March 29)
  • Easter Monday  (Apr 1)
  • May 1 – Labour Day
  • May 8 – Liberation Day
  • July 5 – Saints Cyril and Methodius Day
  • July 6 – Jan Hus Day
  • Sep 28 – Saint Wenceslas Day
  • Oct 28 – Independent Czechoslovak State Day
  • Nov 17 – Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day
  • Dec 24 – Christmas Eve
  • Dec 25 – First Christmas Holiday
  • Dec 26 – Second Christmas Holiday 

 

For UCT Prague activities and events taking place throughout the academic year, see our Events Calendar

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Accommodation

Accommodation in UCT Dormitories  3 780–6 400 CZK (per month)
Room in flatshare  9 000–15 000 CZK (per month)


Transportation

Public transport – 30-minute ticket 30 CZK
Public transport – 90-minute ticket 40 CZK
Public transport – 30-day student travel pass 130 CZK
Public transport – 90-day student travel pass 360 CZK
Public transport – 365-day student travel pass 1280 CZK
Taxi (airport to center)  min. 500 CZK


Restaurants

Meal in a canteen (student price) 85–110 CZK
Lunch in a restaurant 140–250 CZK
Hamburger at McDonald's 39 CZK
Coffee 60 CZK
Beer (0,5l draught) 50 CZK
Coke/Pepsi (0,33l bottle) 40 CZK


Supermarket

Loaf of bread 35 CZK
Butter/margarine (250g) 55 CZK
Milk (1l) 25 CZK
Eidam cheese (100g) 35 CZK
Eggs (10pc)  45 CZK
Ham (100g) 35 CZK
White yogurt (150g) 15 CZK
Whole chicken (1kg) 150 CZK
Pork (1kg) 200 CZK
Beef (1kg) 250 CZK
Potatoes (1kg) 27 CZK
Rice (1kg) 60 CZK
Apples (1kg) 40 CZK
Bananas (1kg)  40 CZK
Tomatoes (1kg) 80 CZK
Water (1,5l)  20 CZK
Bottle of beer (0,5l) 20 CZK
Bottle of Czech wine 150 CZK


Approximate monthly living expenses for students 

Accommodation in UCT Dormitories 3 780–6 400 CZK
Food 4 000–7000 CZK
Public Transport  130 CZK
Others (culture, sports,..) 2 000–4 000 CZK
Total 9 910–17 530 CZK

Note: This is only a rough estimation; the actual monthly spending depends on multiple factors.

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Both, the EU as well as NonEU nationals have certain obligations when entering the Czech Republic. Please make sure to fulfill all obligations in order to ensure a legal stay in the Czech Republic. 

 

EU Nationals

European Union nationals aren't obliged to obtain a visa for the purpose of studying in the Czech Republic. However, they can voluntarily apply for a Temporary Permit if they wish to. 

If staying in private accommodation, EU nationals must register themselves at the Foreign Police within 30 working days after their arrival. Not fulfilling this lawful requirement can lead to a fine of 3000 CZK (120 EUR).

If you are staying in the dormitories,  the dormitories will do the registration automatically for you.

 

Non-EU Nationals

Long-term Visa or Residence Permit Applying

Non-EU nationals must apply for a long-term visa OR a long-term residence card for the purpose of studying in the Czech Republic. It is up to you to consider which type of permit you choose, however, bear in mind that there are specific obligations connected to each type, especially after your arrival in the Czech Republic.  

An application shall be submitted at a Czech embassy abroad. You are entitled to submit the application only at the Czech Embassy in the state of which you are a citizen or which issued your current travel document, or in the state in which you have a long-term or permanent residence permit. You do not have to meet these conditions if you are a citizen of a state presented in the list of countries whose nationals are entitled to apply for a long-term visa at any Czech Embassy whatsoever.

Erasmus Mundus students (IMATEC, IMETE):  Apply for a long-term residence card with a validity of 2 years (the whole course of your studies) for the purpose of long-term mobility studies so that you can stay in the other partner countries too. Be informed that should you get a permit with a validity shorter than 2 years, you will, most probably, need to apply for a long-term residence card in the partner country too.

 

HOW TO PROCEED?

  1. Decide which type of permit you want to apply for: a long-term visa or a long-term residence card
  2. Start gathering the required supporting documents 
  3. BSc and MSc applicants, including IMATEC students: Provide delivery address + phone number to the admission officer
    IMETE students + PhD students: Arrange delivery service to collect the Acceptance Letter and Accommodation Pre-Agreement
  4. UCT Prague will send you the Acceptance Letter and the Accommodation Pre-Agreement by DHL (+ the Student Agreement in the case of IMATEC students)
  5. Download an official application form for the long-term visa or the long-term residence card and fill it in (see guide here)
  6. Schedule an appointment at a respective Czech embassy for your country 
  7. Sign Accommodation Pre-Agreement received from UCT
  8. Double-check that you possess all documents required at the Czech embassy (photos, proof of funds, criminal record...)
  9. Inform the admission officer about the assigned date of your appointment at the embassy 
  10. Attend the appointment at the Czech embassy and submit the visa/residence card application and the required documents & pay the visa application fee 
  11. Provide proof of medical travel insurance to the Czech embassy and collect the visa (IMATEC and IMETE students are exempted from this obligation)
  12. Arrive in the Czech Republic
  13. If you applied for the long-term residence card, visit the Ministry of Interior within 30 days of your arrival to report your arrival, and to schedule a collection of your residence card

 

IMPORTANT! 

An appointment at the respective embassy must be scheduled in order to apply for a long-term visa or long-term residence card. The appointment must be scheduled by the applicant himself/herself. 

Note that it is more than recommended to attend a visa appointment at the respective embassy in May at the very latest. The academic year starts in September, and visa approval takes 60–120 days

Especially applicants from India, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Ghana, Sri Lanka, Bhútán, Chad, Cameroon, Maldives, and Nepal, should apply for the visa AS SOON AS POSSIBLE once they receive the Acceptance Letter and the Accommodation Pre-Agreement. The competition at the embassies in Abuja (Nigeria), Accra (Ghana), and New Delhi (India) is enormous, and the appointment slots are very limited!

 

VISA FACILITATION PROJECT REŽIM STUDENT (STUDENT MODE)

Applicants complying with specific requirements of the Ministry of Education can get an appointment at the Czech Embassy through a governmental project for visa facilitation called Režim Student (Student Mode)

Eligible applicants will be contacted by the admission officer and will be advised of the necessary steps. 

REŽIM STUDENT – What it is and how it works

Režim Student (Student Mode) is a governmental project designed to facilitate the visa procedure for selected students.  

For the Režim Student, universities can nominate only applicants complying with specific requirements given by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic. A nomination can be submitted to the Czech Ministry of Education only on specific dates. The Ministry of Education determines whether the nomination will be accepted. If a nomination is accepted, the applicant is contacted by the respective Czech embassy regarding the date of an appointment for the visa/residence card application submission. 

 

When nominating a student, the university must submit the following documents: 

  • Diploma/Graduation certificate
  • Acceptance Letter
  • English Language Certificate
  • Certificate of Nostrification / Recognition Certificate / IAU number of the university / Confirmation of Accreditation of a Study Programme that you graduated from issued by your school 

 

The Ministry of Education has 3–5 working days to process the nominations and based on certain criteria choose, which nominations are accepted.

If the nomination is accepted, then the Embassy assigns an appointment to the applicant – the appointment is usually assigned within 1–4 weeks. If the application for the visa/residence card is complete and right, the embassy sends all documents to the Czech Ministry of Interior, and the Ministry of Interior then has 60 days to approve the application. If the application is approved, the Ministry of Interior contacts the embassy, and the embassy contacts you to schedule an appointment for visa collection.  

Universities can nominate students for the project only on these dates: 

16. 2. 22. 3. 19. 4. 24. 5. 21. 6. 26. 7. 23. 8. 20. 9. 18. 10. 22. 11.
8. 3. 5. 4. 10. 5. 7. 6. 12. 7. 9. 8. 6. 9. 4. 10. 8. 11. 6. 12.

 

Because the approval process may take up to 60 days, and the Enrolment Day of Bachelor's and Master's degree students takes place in the first week of September, it is highly recommended to nominate a student at the beginning of June t the latest so that the visa is issued on time.

 

Students, who applied for a long-term visa, get a visa sticker with a validity of 365 days (usually) and MULTI entries to the Czech Republic. Students with long-term visa who do NOT stay in dormitories, must, within 3 days after their arrival, visit the Department of Foreign Police to report their arrival.

Students, who applied for a long-term residence card, get a visa sticker that authorizes them to enter the Czech Republic (SINGLE entry, authorized stay up to a maximum of 60 days). They must visit the Czech Ministry of Interior within 30 working days after their arrival to report their arrival and provide biometrical data (which means that the Ministry of Interior will take a photo of you and also scan your fingerprints in order to issue a residence permit card). After this procedure, the student is provided with a date of collection of the residence permit card (which may have a validity of 1–2 years). 

 

 

NOTE

APPOINTMENT AT THE EMBASSY

Make sure to arrive at the appointment at the Embassy on time! Not arriving at the appointment at all or being late will result in postponing the process of obtaining the visa. In some cases, you may not be given another time slot to visit the Embassy which will result in the impossibility of arriving in the Czech Republic for the Enrollment day and your non-acceptance to the studies!

 

HEALTH INSURANCE

As a result of being parties to the International Treaty on Cooperation in the Area of Health and Social Security, medical travel insurance is not required from citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cuba, Japan, Macedonia, Montenegro, Turkey, and Serbia. The same exception applies to participants of the Erasmus Mundus program, Fulbright scholarship program, European Voluntary Service of the EC Youth in Action programme, as well as holders of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by another EU member state and a GHIC card issued by the UK.

 

 COMMUNICATION WITH THE EMBASSY

Kindly note that UCT Prague cannot legally help you with the visa appointment at the embassies, this is a responsibility of yours. You are also responsible for collecting all the required documents.

Please check the embassy website and follow their instructions and requirements. Note that the requirements vary from country to country, make sure to have the correct information related to your citizenship.

 Please bear in mind that UCT Prague cannot communicate with the embassy or Ministry of Interior on your behalf. Information about your visa status is confidential and cannot be provided to UCT Prague. We understand that it might be stressful to wait for the embassy to contact you, however, note that during the summer, embassies are extremely busy. Once the visa is ready to be collected, you will be contacted.

 UCT Prague does not provide any assistance or invitation letters for your friends/partners/family members. In such a case, you shall follow the instructions on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic and the respective embassy of the Czech Republic.

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Non-EU Nationals


Students from most non-EU countries must submit proof of travel medical insurance as a part of their visa application to the respective Czech Embassy/Consulate.

  • The health insurance must cover the entire stay in the Czech Republic
  • The health insurance benefit limit for one insurance event must be at least EUR 400 000, that being without insurance retention on the amount of the given costs
  • The insurance policy must cover costs in the event of providing necessary and urgent health care including the costs associated with transport or, in the case of the student's death, those associated with transferring his/her physical remains to the state that issued the travel document or to another state in which he/she has a residence permit  
  • The insurance policy must not exclude coverage for injuries and damage caused by the student's intentional acts, injuries and damage caused by the fault or contributory fault on the part of the student, and injuries and damage caused by the consumption of alcohol, narcotics and psychotropic substances by the student

 

Please visit the website of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic to learn the requirements of travel medical insurance.  

 

Note that the costs of the travel medical insurance valid for a year may be around 1000 EUR.

 

As a result of being parties to the International Treaty on Cooperation in the Area of Health and Social Security, medical travel insurance is not required from citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cuba, Japan, Macedonia, Montenegro, Turkey, and Serbia. The same exception applies to participants of the Erasmus Mundus program, Fulbright scholarship program, European Voluntary Service of the EC Youth in Action programme, as well as holders of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by another EU member state and a GHIC card issued by the UK.

     

    ERASMUS MUNDUS STUDENTS

    Health insurance for Erasmus Mundus students is arranged within the Erasmus Mundus programme. 

    IMETE – The health insurance information will be provided by the coordinating institution IHE Delft. 

    IMATEC – The health insurance is arranged by UCT Prague. Students will be provided with detailed information and health certificates by the admission officer. For the cohorts starting their studies in the academic years 2024–2028 the following health insurance conditions apply:

     

    EU Nationals

    Registration of European Health Insurance Card 

     

    Who EU nationals & holders of EHIC (blue health insurance card)
    What to do Register your EHIC with a Czech health insurance company VZP
    Why

    You will be assigned a so-called “health insurance number”

    and the coverage of expenses for your medical treatments can be extended

    How Visit the health insurance company in your home country & visit VZP in Czechia

     

    If you are a European Union national and a holder of the blue European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), we strongly advise you to register your health insurance card with a Czech health insurance company VZP (Všeobecná zdravotní pojišťovna).

    It is recommended to do this as soon as possible after arrival and not wait until you are not feeling well.
    Registration can be done online. See the guideline and download the registration form.

     

    MEDICALLY NECESSARY HEALTHCARE

    Having a blue European health insurance card entitles you to medically necessary healthcare in the Czech Republic. Make sure to have the EHIC with you all the time.

    After arrival to the Czech Republic, you can register your EHIC with a Czech health insurance company.
    It is advised to go with VZP (Všeobecná zdravotní pojišťovna) as this state health insurance company cooperates with almost all doctors in the Czech Republic which means that the medically necessary expenses of your medical treatment shall be covered without any issue.

    Registering your EHIC in the Czech Republic will make it easier for the insurance company to bill your medical expenses to the health insurance company in your home country. You will also be assigned a “health insurance number” which will make it easier for doctors to look up your medical files.

    You will receive an insurance card stating “Lékařsky nezbytná péče” = medical necessary healthcare:

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    Note that treatments exceeding the necessary medical health care will be billed separately and may be very expensive!

     

    FULL HEALTHCARE

    It is also possible to register for full healthcare. In such a case you have to visit a branch of your health insurance company in your home country and fill in the so-called S1 Form. In some countries, your health insurance company will do the process online and send the form automatically to the Czech Republic, in some other countries, you will be given a hard copy of the form to submit in person in the Czech Republic.

    Once you arrive in the Czech Republic, visit a branch of VZP health insurance company. You will be assigned a “health insurance number”, and you will receive an insurance card stating that you are entitled to “Plná péče” = full health care.

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    Then when visiting a doctor, take both your EHIC and the yellow insurance card with you.

    Don’t forget to bring your passport with you when visiting the branch of VZP.

    Students from Turkey

    Students from Turkey need to take to the Czech health insurance company office the paper they have received from their health insurance provider in Turkey and register it as well.

     

    Finding a General Practitioner in the Czech Republic

    After you arrive in the Czech Republic, you shall find a general practitioner – a doctor who can help you if you get ill during your stay. 

    Once you register your EHIC / once you get your health insurance card for non-EU nationals, you shall contact your Czech health insurance company and require a list of available general practitioners. (Note that it may happen that some of the doctors listed on the list might not register you due to the lack of English language skills.)

    To be registered by a general practitioner's office, you will need to undergo an entrance health examination – to do so, the general practitioner may need you to provide your medical history (copies of documents issued by your general practitioner in your home country.)

    You may also need to pay a registration fee. 

    Once you are registered by a general practitioner's office in case of illness you always need to visit that general practitioner. He/she will provide you with a recipe for medicament. 

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    Health Examination in Your Home Country

    All international students entering the Czech Republic for more than two months must undergo a health entrance examination which certifies one's state of good health for studying. This examination shall be performed by your general practitioner in your home country. 

     

    Finding a General Practitioner in the Czech Republic

    After you arrive in the Czech Republic, you shall find a general practitioner – a doctor who can help you if you get ill during your stay. 

    Once you register your EHIC / once you get your health insurance card for non-EU nationals, you shall contact your Czech health insurance company and require a list of available general practitioners. (Note that it may happen that some of the doctors listed on the list might not register you due to the lack of English language skills.)

    To be registered by a general practitioner's office, you will need to undergo an entrance health examination – to do so, the general practitioner may need you to provide your medical history (copies of documents issued by your general practitioner in your home country.)

    You may also need to pay a registration fee. 

    Once you are registered by a general practitioner's office in case of illness you always need to visit that general practitioner. He/she will provide you with a recipe for medicament. 

     

    URGENT CARE

    112 – Emergency Telephone Number

    Motol Hospital – Foreign and Private Patient Department

    In case of urgent matters, visit the Motol Hospital (metro station Nemocnice Motol, green line)

    • The Foreigner's department is located in the Adult part of the hospital, on the ground floor of the Blue building (in the hallway leading to the administration building, between the pharmacies).
    • Bring your health insurance card/confirmation and money with you.
    • Check the opening hours and phone numbers here.
    • How to go to Motol Hospital, download the guideline here.

     

    GENERAL PRACTITIONERS 

    Note that you must contact the below listed general practitioners first, and arrange registration in their office. After an entrance examination, you may be treated. 

    Health Center Puls 

    The health center Plus is located in Sázava dormitories

    • Ask your buddy to accompany you since they do not speak English.
    • Bring your health insurance card/confirmation and money with you.
    • Tel.: +420 220 447 260 – check the opening hours here.

    Private General Medical Practice at Dejvická

    MUDr. Youngová & spol., s.r.o.
    Vítězné náměstí 829/10,160 00 Prague 6
    tel.: +420 222 366 166
    e-mail: gp@young.co.cz

    Available for Czech public health insurance holders and holders of European Health Insurance Cards (EHIC) as well as to patients who are not covered by these public health insurance options.

     


     

    Psychological Assistance & Support

    Crisis Intervention Center, Bohnice Psychiatric Hospital

    The center offers immediate assistance 24/7 (no appointment needed). An English-speaking doctor is always present, but the center does not guarantee English-speaking services over the phone.

    • Address: Ústavní 91, 181 02 Prague 8
    • Phone: +420 284 016 110, +420 284 016 666

    Diaconia SOS Center

    English-speaking specialists available. Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

    Fokus Praha

    Provides a wide range of counseling services.

    Psychotherapy and Counseling in Prague - Willi Roes

    Individual psychotherapy, couple counseling, experienced international psychotherapist anchored in the Person-Centred Approach of Carl R. Rogers

    TEP Association (therapy for incomers) within InBáze z.s.

    TEP therapists  provide therapy in many different languages, the therapy is provided free of charge.

    Centrum Hladina

    Career and Counselling Centre of the UCT Prague recommends contacting Mgr. Anna Jelínková a Mgr. Tomáš Klumpara.

    Information on the website only in the Czech language: http://centrumhladina.cz/nas-tym/  

    More information

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    In the Heart of Central Europe

    Czechia (in Czech: Česko), a landlocked country in Central Europe, has been a member of the European Union since May 1, 2004. The country borders with Poland to the north, Germany to the northwest and west, Austria to the south, and Slovakia to the east.

    The historic city of Prague (in Czech: Praha), a major tourist attraction, is its capital and largest city with a metropolitan area population of over two million (just over one million within the city proper).

    Other major cities include Brno, Ostrava, Zlín, Plzeň, Pardubice, Hradec Králové, České Budějovice, Liberec, Olomouc, and Ústí nad Labem.

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    History

    Early History

    Archaeologists have found evidence of prehistoric human settlement in the area dating back to the Neolithic era. Migrations to the area in the classical era included the Celtic Boii (third century BC) and the Germanic Marcomanni and Quadi tribes (first century). During the Migration Period (ca. fifth century), many Germanic tribes moved westward and southward out of Central Europe. In an equally-significant migration, Slavic people from the Black Sea and Carpathian regions settled in the area (a movement that was also stimulated by the onslaught of peoples from Siberia and Eastern Europe: Huns, Avars, Bulgars, and Magyars). Following in the Germans' wake, they moved southward into Bohemia, Moravia, and parts of present day Austria.

    During the seventh century, the Frankish merchant Samo, supporting the Slavs fighting their Avar rulers, became the monarch of the first known Slav state in Central Europe. The Moravian principality arose in the eighth century.

    Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century

    The Bohemian or Czech state emerged in the late ninth century when it was unified by the Přemyslids. The kingdom of Bohemia was a significant local power during the Middle Ages. It was part of the Holy Roman Empire during the entire existence of this confederation.

    Religious conflicts such as the fifteenth century Hussite Wars and the seventeenth century Thirty Years' War had a devastating effect on the local population. From the sixteenth century onwards, Bohemia came increasingly under Habsburg control, since the Habsburgs became first the elected and then hereditary rulers of Bohemia. After the fall of the Holy Roman Empire, Bohemia became part of Austria-Hungary.

    Twentieth Century and Beyond

    Following the collapse of the Austro-Hungarian empire after World War I, the independent republic of Czechoslovakia was created in 1918. This new country incorporated regions with majority German, Hungarian, Polish and Ruthenian speaking populations. Although Czechoslovakia was a centralist state, it provided what was at the time rather extensive rights to its minorities. However, it did not grant its minorities any territorial political autonomy, which resulted in discontent and strong support among some of the minorities to break away from Czechoslovakia. Adolf Hitler used the opportunity and, supported by Konrad Henlein's Sudeten German Party, gained the majority German speaking Sudetenland through the Munich Agreement. Poland occupied areas with Polish minority around Český Těšín, while Slovakia gained greater autonomy, with the state being renamed to Czecho-Slovakia. Eventually Slovakia broke away further in March 1939, allied to Hitler´s coalition; the remaining Czech territory was occupied by Hitler, who installed the so-called Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia, which was proclaimed part of the Reich and where the Protectorate President and Prime Minister were subordinate to the Nazi Reichsprotektor (imperial protector). Approximately 390,000 citizens, including 83,000 Jews, were killed, executed or killed in the war, and hundreds of thousands of others were sent to prisons, concentration camps, or forced into labour. The Czechoslovak government-in-exile and its army fighting against Nazis were acknowledged by the Allies (i.e. Czech troops in Great Britain, North Africa, Middle East and Soviet Union).

    In 1945-6, almost the entire German minority of pre-War Czechoslovakia, approximately three million people, were expelled to Germany and Austria. During this time, hundreds of thousands of Germans were held in prisons, detention camps, and used in forced labour. In the summer of 1945, there were several massacres with at least 20,000 deaths. Only 250,000 Germans who had been active in the resistance against the Nazis or who had been deemed essential to the economy were allowed to stay, though many of them emigrated later.

    Czechoslovakia uneasily tried to play the role of bridge between the West and East; however, the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia came to power in February 1948, bringing the country within the Soviet sphere of influence. In August 1968, an invasion by Warsaw Pact troops ended efforts by the country's leaders to liberalize party rule and create "socialism with a human face" during the Prague Spring.

    In November 1989, Czechoslovakia regained its political independence through a peaceful Velvet Revolution. On January 1, 1993, the country peacefully split in two, creating the independent Czech and Slovak Republics.

    The Czech Republic joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union on May 1, 2004. Since 1991, the Czech Republic (former Czechoslovakia), has been a member of the Visegrad Group.

    Geography of Czechia


    The Czech landscape is quite varied; Bohemia to the west consists of a basin, drained by the Elbe (in Czech: Labe) and Vltava rivers, surrounded by mostly low mountains (the Sudeten with the Krkonoše region, home to the highest point in the country, Sněžka, at 1,602 metres [5,256 ft]). Moravia, the eastern part, is also quite hilly and is drained predominantly by the Morava river, but also contains the source of the Oder (in Czech: Odra) River. Water from landlocked Czechia flows to three different seas: the North Sea, Baltic Sea, and the Black Sea.

    Climate

    The local climate is temperate with warm summers and cold, cloudy, humid winters, influenced by a variety of maritime and continental influences.


    Basic Facts

    Area:

    78,867 km2
    Population: 10,701,777
    Capital Prague
    Official language Czech
    Religion No religion (34,2%), Roman Catholic (10,3 %), Did not tell (44,7 %)
    Government: Parliamentary republic
    Timezone:

    Central European time (UTC+1), during summer apply DST (UTC+2)

    Currency: Czech koruna (CZK) - cca 25 CZK = 1 EUR

     

     

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    Official Website, Czechia
    Official Website, Prague
    → Cost of Living in Prague

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    Money

    The official currency of the Czech Republic is the Czech crown (CZK), or koruna česká (Kč) in the Czech language.

    We advise always checking the official exchange rate for all the currencies on the Czech National Bank's website

    In Prague contactless payment (payment by a debit card or by Apple Pay/Google Pay) is accepted almost everywhere. You may need cash for payments in small private supermarkets, or when paying small amounts of money (sometimes, payment by card is only accepted if the amount is higher than 50 CZK (about 2 EUR)). You will also need cash when loading money on your university card/ISIC for payments in the university canteens

    If exchanging money, we advise being extremely careful. Never ever change money with strangers on a street! There are lots of scams going on and you may end up with invalid money. Always exchange money in an exchange office! 

    Be also cautious when choosing the exchange office – there are a lot of exchange offices that offer 0% commission, but they have a very bad exchange rate. We advise watching this video in order to learn where it is safe to exchange money.

    ATM machines in the city center will also take a large commission, so be careful.

     

    Public transportation

    The most used transport in Prague is the metro and trams. There are three metro lines: Line A (Green), Line B (Yellow), and line C (Red).

    UCT Prague is stationed near metro A station “Dejvicka”. For the dormitories nearest station is the station of line C “Chodov”. Line A and line C intersect at the “Muzeum” station.

    Prague has about 130 bus lines which run every 6-8 minutes during peak time, every 10-20 minutes during off-peak hours, and every 15-30 minutes during weekends. There are also night buses (501-513) which run every 30-60 minutes from midnight till 4.30 am. 

    On every bus and tram station, there is a schedule of the bus arrivals and routes of the lines.

    Buying tickets

    Tickets for public transport can be bought at the airport, inside every metro station, and at the dormitories (however only with a debit card or coins of Czech crowns).

    There is an option to buy a single ticket for 30 minutes, 90 minutes, 24 hours, and  72 hours. Once validated, the ticket is valid on all means of transport, and you don't need to validate it again when changing from the metro to a bus. 

    Student passes with a discount (students of age 15-26) can be bought at dedicated places when presenting an ISIC card (issued at UCT Prague). Passes are sold for: one month/30 days, 90 days, and one year/365 days.

    Note that you may be issued a fine for not having a valid ticket on you when traveling on a means of public transport. Controls in public transport are frequent, so it’s best to avoid any troubles. 

    Find detailed information about the Prague transportation system here

     

    Buddy Programme

    Buddy is a person who provides help and information to incoming students after their arrival and during their stay in Prague. They can pick you up at the airport, show you the University and the dormitories, and help you settle in. They will provide you with “inside” information about life in Prague and studying at UCT Prague. This service is proving to be invaluable for a smooth start in a new country.

    Buddy is a volunteer programme organized by ESN, it is completely free.

    You can apply for the buddy here: https://esn-uct.artemis.esnhk.cz/accounts/signup/

    For more information check the ESN website: http://esnuct.cz/buddy-exchange-students

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