First cycle studies (bachelor's)
If you have successfully completed upper secondary studies in one of the signatory countries of the Lisbon Convention, are in possession of a valid school leaving certificate and qualify for higher education studies in your home country, you may also qualify for higher education studies in the Czech Republic. However, you are requested to prove your level of Czech language and/or English or other foreign language depending on the language of instruction of your course/study program. In some cases, you are also requested to take additional qualifying courses and even pass admission tests.
Second cycle studies (master's)
If you are applying for a master's program at a higher education institution in the Czech Republic, you are required to be in possession of a relevant bachelor's or equivalent degree diploma.
Third cycle studies (PhD)
In the event you are applying for doctoral studies at an institution in the Czech Republic, you are required to be in possession of a relevant diploma or master's degree program.
Maturita: the school leaving examination
Upon completion of upper secondary studies, Czech students take the Maturita examination. The purpose of this exam is to check the level of maturity and knowledge of students. When passing the Maturita examination, students are able to apply for higher education studies.
If you have not taken or passed the university entrance exams in your home country and would like to apply for undergraduate studies in the Czech Republic, you may need to take the Maturita examination.
Are you uncertain whether you have to take the Czech Maturita examination?
If you are not sure whether you should be taking the Czech Maturita examination in order to qualify for higher education studies in the Czech Republic, we recommend you contact the higher education institution you are interested in and ask about your specific situation.
Regardless you are applying for undergraduate (first cycle) or graduate full degrees (second and third cycle) in the Czech Republic, you are also required to pass an admission examination at the institution you are applying for. For some study programs, such as those relate to arts and architecture, you may also be required to pass an aptitude test. Students with an excellent school results may be exempted from passing the admission examination.
Language requirements for studies at universities in the Czech Republic
If you are applying for a study program or course whose language of instruction is Czech, you will be required to prove your level of knowledge of the Czech language by presenting a valid certificate. In some cases, your institution will check your level of command of the Czech language during the admission process.
If you are applying for a study program or course specifically designed for foreign students and whose language of instruction is not Czech, you are not required to have knowledge of the Czech language.
English and other foreign languages
If your study program or course is taught in English or any other foreign language, you will be required to prove your level of command of the foreign language. Please, always check with your university whether your foreign language studies are sufficient for you to meet this requirement.
Minimum grade point requirement to access higher education studies in the Czech Republic
For some competitive study program or courses, there might not be available study places for all applicants. If so, institutions may decide to rank students based on their grade point average from their previous studies.
You can use the European grades comparison chart to learn how you would score in Europe.