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International higher education institutions and foreign language studium Added:31.12. 2012
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International higher education institutions and foreign language studium

There are many foreign higher education institutions, or at least their detached departments operating in the Czech Republic. Their list can be found at the website of Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS). Studies at these schools might be a little bit different from czech ones though.

There are two different types of these foreign schools:

  1. private higher education institutions, which have been granted a state permission by MEYS for operating as a private higher education institution in compliance with the Act. No. 111/1998 Coll. (Higher Education Act, hereinafter Act).
  2. institutions, which are not private higher education institutions defined in the Act about higher education, but they operate as registered companies or public benefit organizations founded in compliance with appropriate acts except from the Higher Education Act.

In the second case, as indicated, these schools do not belong to the czech education system and their activities are not subject to the Act. Hence the students attending their study programmes are not students within the meaning of the Act, but they have a student´s status of the school, which runs its department in the Czech Republic. After successful completing of the studies they get a diploma of the foreign, parent school.

Health and Social insurance

To not prevent these students from profiting from some student´s advan­tages of their other student colleagues, the MEYS and Ministry of Department of Health and Social Security have issued a public notice, which enables to include these students to health and social care system (so not to be obliged to pay the insurance).

The list of these institutions is to be found in the Attachment No. 3 to the public notice No. 322/ 2005 Coll., which can be found at the websites of both ministries. For the information about the fact, if your school is mentioned in the notice or not, you can also contact a study department of the school you are going to attend.

If the school is on the list, it is ensured that the student of this school:

  • does not have to pay Health and Social insurance up to 26 years of age (it is covered by state);
  • can count the studies at this school as substitute period needed for the Social insurance (for the pension purposes);
  • can enable his parents to demand tax relieves (tax-deductible expenses for supported child);
  • can apply tax-deductible expenses for student in case of his employment or other gainful occupation;
  • can apply for public transport pass discounts, ticket discounts in culture institutions and other discounts and sales in different fields.

The teaching language

The fact that the school operated in the Czech Republic is “only “ a department of some foreign institution does not necessarily mean, that the teaching language at this school has to be English or other non-czech language. Some of them are operated fully in Czech also.

Among those which run their programme in English and offer higher education belongs e.g. University of New York in Prague, Prague College, University of Northern Virginia, Tiffin University or Anglo-American University etc. There are also some running the programmes in Russian, e.g. International Center of Modern Education, Ltd.

Besides these international schools there are those, which are established by Act, are public, included in czech education system and offer some of their study programmes in foreign language (mostly in English, but also in German, Russian or Spanish). These non-czech programmes are opposite to those run in czech paid, but otherwise the students have the same rights and duties as their czech colleagues.

The Database of the (not only) non-czech programmes opened at some czech higher education institutions can be found at the website of National Academic Recognition Information Centre.

Author: Černá, Lucie

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