Studying abroad is an experience that will leave you enriched throughout your life. This is especially true at the masters level, when you are not too young to be hit by a culture shock and are not too old to be oblivious to the opportunities that await you.
According to the British Council’s Student Decision Making Survey, the top three reasons that students want to pursue their master’s degree abroad are--the expectation of higher quality education, the possibility of career improvement, and to take advantage of the experience of living abroad. If you add the affordability factor to this list, it becomes a primer as to why the Czech Republic should be on the top of any list of countries you’re considering for your masters degree abroad.
Today, close to 50,000 foreign students are attending Czech universities, and according to recent statistics released by the European Union, it is the 12th most popular destination for Erasmus students in Europe. So, why are international students choosing to study in the Czech Republic in such large numbers?
Why Earn a Master’s Degree at Czech Universities?
The opportunity to study in a tradition of quality education.
Very few countries can boast a higher education system that dates back to more than six hundred years. The Charles University, in Prague, was founded by King Charles IV in 1348, making it the oldest academic institution in Central Europe. Apart from this, there are other reputed universities, like Masaryk University and the Czech Technical University, around the country that offer the highest quality education in the Czech Republic. A number of private institutes, such as Czech College, too, offer a wide range of choices for masters students to pick from.
All educational institutions in the Czech Republic fall under the purview of the Accreditation Commission and the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth, and Sports, both of which are responsible for evaluating the quality of courses offered in the Czech Republic.
There are affordable tuition fees.
By law, higher education in the Czech Republic at public institutions is free of charge, irrespective of your nationality, making it possible to study in the Czech republic for free. However, public and state institutions charge fees for studying in a language other than Czech, for administration proceedings and for extending the course beyond a set limit.
On the other hand, private institutes in the Czech Republic set their own fees, which can work out to be cheaper than studying in the U.S. or the UK, for example, where international students could end up spending close to $100,000 or $70,000 respectively just on tuition fees.
The cost of living is affordable.
If you look at the cost of living, attending Czech universities is much cheaper than studying at institutions in other European countries, like the UK, France, or Germany. The government estimates the total cost of food, housing and transportation costs for international students in the Czech Republic sits at just about $350 to $700 per month. With cards like the International Student Identity Card (ISIC) and Open Card (or now Litacka), international students can avail further discounts on eating out, cinemas, transportation, museum visits, concerts, and more.
It is in a strategic location and overflowing with cultural richness.
As a master’s student, you would be making a smart choice by choosing to study in the Czech Republic. The country is located in “the heart of Europe,” which means it provides great access to a number of other European countries, including Austria, Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Switzerland, Hungary, and Italy. Located in the center of Europe, the Czech Republic also has a rich culture influenced by Slavic, Germanic, and Jewish communities. This also means the country offers a variety of opportunities to attend literary readings at cafes, historical tours, and cultural fairs and exhibitions--all of which are great add-ons to master’s coursework as well as social life for international students attending Czech universities.
There are lucrative employment opportunities.
The Czech Republic is a great hub of both homegrown and international companies that offer lucrative job opportunities for new graduates. Many international companies, like PriceWaterHouseCoopers, Deloitte, Microsoft, and recently Amazon, have set up shop in the Czech Republic. Not to mention, many domestic players, like Skoda, Avast, AVG, and Ceska Sporitelna, rank among the 500 largest companies in Central and Eastern Europe. Who wouldn’t want a job offer from one of these companies?
It has an exuberant startup scene.
With many startup accelerators and co-working hubs in place, the Czech Republic is also seeing a surge in the startup scene lately. In fact, many companies, like Avast, have had humble beginnings in the startup culture of the Czech Republic. Entrepreneurship is highly encouraged, especially in the tech and design space, and there are many seed accelerators, like Startup Yard and StarCube, located around the country to help graduates get things rolling.
Quality education, affordable costs, and great employment opportunities-- aren’t these enough reasons to consider master’s degrees in the Czech Republic? If you need even more convincing, check out these five reasons to study abroad in Prague.
Start Your Search Already!
Go check out the variety of options for earning a master’s degree in Czech Republic right now, or consider one of the following master’s degree programs:
- Master of Business Administration (MBA)
- Master’s of Multimedia - Digital Communications
- Master’s in Web Development & E-Commerce
- Master of Business in Digital Marketing Strategy
- Master of Business in Digital & Retail Banking
This article was contributed by Czech College, a private institute located in Prague, Czech Republic. Based in the heart of Central Europe, Czech College specializes in business management, information technology, and nursing.