Czech Republic Student Visa

The Czech Republic is an appealing study abroad destination. International students who wish to study in the Czech Republic should look at a variety of programs while staying within their budget. Aside from that, they will have the opportunity to learn about the country’s rich culture and history.

The Bologna system of three academic cycles is used in the region, as it is in most other European countries.

Students who wish to study in this country must first obtain a Czech Republic study visa. They will need to apply for a long-term visa that will last longer than 90 days. They will be required to apply for both a long-term visa (Visa D) and a long-term residency permit.

EU/EEA and Swiss citizens are free to live and work in the Czech Republic without a student visa or a residency permit.

Documents required
  • Duly filled application form
  • Proof of admission from a university in the Czech Republic
  • Valid passport
  • Proof of having enough financial resources to support your stay in the form of bank statements and scholarship information if any
  • Proof of having confirmed accommodation
  • International health insurance policy
  • Copy of a criminal record report

For the latest information on the documents required for your Czech republic student visa, contact the Czech embassy or consulate in your country.

Application process
  1. Accept admission to a Czech university: To secure your place, get a formal admissions letter from your chosen institution and pay any enrollment fees.
  2. Make a visa appointment at a Czech embassy or consulate near you: Appointments fill up fast, so making one well in advance is important.
  3. Complete the visa application form: Make sure you’ve filled out all of the parts and signed the contract.
  4. Collect the following documents: Along with your application form, you’ll need to request some documents. A complete list can be found in the section below.
  5. Keep your scheduled appointment: To ensure that your application can be submitted, make sure you carry all of the requested information with you.
  6. The administrative fee must be paid: Before your application is sent out, you must pay this fee.
  7. Wait for a decision: The length of time it takes to process a visa varies depending on the application, but it shouldn’t take more than 120 days.
  8. Apply for a residence permit: After your visa has been accepted, you can begin the application process for a residence permit.
Processing time

Most of the documents that you submit will have to be translated to Czech by a translator and the document must have an official rubber stamp. The visa processing can take up to sixty days so you should plan on submitting the visa application well ahead to avoid last-minute hassles.

Can you work on a Czech student visa?

If you’re given a Czech student visa, you’ll be able to work alongside your studies, but your weekly hours will be limited to 20. This is to ensure that you devote sufficient time to your studies.

You will not need to apply for a separate work permit because this right to work is automatically granted as part of your visa permissions.

What is the processing time for Czech long-term residence permit for studies?

The Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic processes and decides on all long-term visa and long-term residency applications, and the Embassy issues visas based on the decision. The Embassy has no say or control over processing time or decision-making.

 The Embassy’s processing period is around 60 days from the time the full application, including biometrics, is submitted.

What is the “Student Mode”?

The “Student Mode” project is a concept of visa facilitation for student from selected third countries who are admitted to study at Czech universities and enrolled in the Student Mode at the same time.

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