Czech is a West Slavic language spoken by over 10 million people. It is the official language in the Czech Republic.
Would you like to study in the Czech language? Higher education at public and state institutions is free of charge for you if you study in Czech! By law, higher education at public and state institutions is free of charge for citizens of all nationalities, however private institutions of higher education can fix their own fees. It is a really good reason for studying this language, isn´t it?
Some Czech higher education institutions organise language courses for foreign students. The courses are usually paid, but there may be exceptions (e.g. language course as a part of a scholarship).There are also many private language schools offering Czech language courses for foreigners, you can try to find some here .
The Czech for Foreigners Portal provides an overview and comprehensive information for foreigners who are applying for permanent residence in the Czech Republic or for Czech citizenship and will be taking the Czech Language Exam or Czech Life and Institutions Exam.
If you wish to study in the Czech language, many universities offer summer schools and preparatory courses (usually one year long) that can help you master the language and some of them will also prepare you for university examinations. You can find details of some of the preparatory and summer courses offered by other universities here.
For example, the Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies operates under the Charles University in Prague and offers Intensive Czech Language Courses, Preparatory Courses for University Study in Czech, Language Exams, Online Czech Courses and Summer Czech Language Courses.
Scholarships for studying Czech language, literature and culture
The Summer Schools of Slavonic Studies offering Czech language courses are organised by several public universities in the Czech Republic. The courses are held during the summer months, their length ranges from 2 to 4 weeks and are designed for foreign students, teachers, translators and interpreters and other experts active in the field of Czech/Slavonic studies. The Summer Schools offer language courses at various levels of proficiency, seminars on the Czech literature, culture and history, free-time activities including theatrical, musical and dance performances, trips etc. Each year the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport offers a limited number of scholarships for participation in the Summer School courses to applicants from certain countries.
Faculty of Arts of the Masaryk University in Brno awards three-month scholarships for studying Czech language, literature and culture. These scholarships always run from October to December of the academic year and are intended for students of foreign universities. Applicants should have a good knowledge of Czech language in order to be able to follow the lectures and attend seminars conducted in Czech.
For more information about the Czech language go to www.czech-language.cz.