Record number of foreigners studying at Czech universities

25. 10. 2019 | News

cizinci-na-čes-školáchMore than 60,000 foreign students were enrolled at Czech universities last year – a record high. Most full-time diploma students from abroad are from Slovakia and ex-Soviet states. Most exchange students who come only for a semester are from the United States.

The number of foreign students enrolled at Czech universities has increased three-fold over the last fifteen years. In 2018, foreigners accounted for around 15 % of the total number of students enrolled in Czech higher education institutions. The country’s two largest cities and homes to the biggest two universities, Prague and Brno, are considered some of the most attractive and popular student destinations in Europe.

Tens of thousands of foreign students began enrolling in semester-abroad programs at Czech universities after 1998, when the country joined the Erasmus program. The number of Erasmus students is growing fast, but the Americans make up the biggest percentage of foreigners coming for short-term studies. This year, there were five times as many Americans as in 2006. After Americans, most short-term students are French, German and Spanish.

Majority of foreign students in the Czech Republic comes from neighboring Slovakia. As the languages are mutually intelligible, Slovaks – unlike other foreign students – have no problem in taking courses taught in Czech. About 11,000 foreign diploma students are from Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan and Belarus. There is a steadily rising interest in studying in the Czech Republic among students from China and India, too.

The fields of medicine and pharmaceutical studies are most popular for incoming foreign students, who rarely come to Czech universities to study law, teaching or pedagogy. Most of them head to the Czech Republic to complete master’s or full-time doctoral programs.

 

Sources: https://kafkadesk.org/2019/09/16/number-of-foreign-students-in-czech-republic-tripled-over-15-years/

https://www.radio.cz/en/section/curraffrs/foreigners-at-czech-universities-at-record-high-topped-by-slovaks-and-americans

See more articles on the topic

Two Czech Universities will take part in the first “European Universities” alliances

Two Czech Universities will take part in the first “European Universities” alliances

European Universities are transnational alliances of higher education institutions from across the EU that were designed to enhance the quality and competitiveness of European higher education, and to boost cooperation between universities, students and staff. The European Commission chose the first 17 European Universities alliances in June 2019. The first 17 “European Universities” alliances involving …

číst více
Top five Czech universities form research association

Top five Czech universities form research association

Five leading Czech universities have joined to form the Association of Czech Research Universities with the aim to foster their competitiveness among the best research institutes in Europe. The association members are Charles University, Masaryk University, Palacky University in Olomouc, the Czech Technical University in Prague and the University of Chemistry and Technology Prague. The …

číst více
STUDENT CITY: Ústí nad Labem

STUDENT CITY: Ústí nad Labem

Ústí nad Labem is a city in the north-western part of Bohemia, only 20 kilometers from the border with Germany. It is located in the Labe river valley and the Mariánský Bridge built over the river in between 1993-1998 is considered one of the best structures of recent decades. The city is home to Univerzita …

číst více