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Czech Republic

The Czech Republic has a long tradition in education and research especially in Science, Engineering and Pharmacy. Charles University, in Prague, was founded in 1348 and is the oldest in central Europe. The degree can take 3 to 4 years and graduates can either continue in the workplace or further study at postgraduate level. The master lasts from 1 to 3 years and the unstructured (long-term) master can last from 4 to 6 years. Postgraduate degrees emphasize theoretical knowledge, application and the development of creative skills. The PhD lasts from 3 to 4 years. At this level, emphasis is placed on scientific research and independent creative actions.

The main admission criterion is the possession of a high school diploma. In addition, a CV, self-descriptive report/statement of objectives, portfolio, English language proficiency test and Skype interview may be requested. Some universities organize entrance exams in the countries of prospective students. The qualifications and skills required may vary between universities. Students must apply directly to the institution of their choice. Each university has its own application deadline, which ranges from February-April and most of them can be completed online. Finally, in most institutions there are entrance exams, which are held between May and June.

There are 68 Higher Education Institutions in operation, which offer more than 42,000 international students a range of traditional programs as well as innovative studies. There are study programs that are offered in full/part-time or distance learning. As far as Medicine is concerned, 'General Medicine Master Programmes' are provided which last 5 to 6 years. The academic year usually starts in September or early October and is divided into a winter and a summer semester. The examination period is the month following the end of each semester and the holidays run from July to September.

A large number of study programs are offered in English and some in Russian, German, French and Italian. Programs taught in the Czech language, both at public and state universities, are free for all students. Tuition fees for the remaining language programs range between €5000-€10000 per year, depending on the university and the subject of study.

Finally, some universities provide scholarships in case of exceptional academic results or special personal issues, usually for registered students holding International Student Identity Card (ISIC).

The cost of living ranges between €300 - €650 per month, including food, accommodation, transport and cultural events. Accommodation can also be cheaper, in the student residences, with the existence of an international student card. Despo Kyrmitsi, BSc, MA Career and Vocational Guidance Consultant

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