Prague is the perfect city to be a student in; it has very affordable living costs, great architecture, plenty of part-time work options, fine beer, and its nightlife is second to none. What more could you need from a study abroad city? Many people speak English in Prague and an increasing number of multinational corporations are setting up shop, making it easier for international students to get employed after they graduate. The only downside of studying abroad in Prague is that you’ll never want to leave!
Here are five great reasons why you should study abroad in Prague, without any hesitation:
Prague is very affordable.
Higher education in the Czech Republic is very affordable when compared to Western European countries. In fact, state universities offer free education for degree programs taught in the Czech language; while programs taught in English do have costs, they are still less than what you’d expect from most universities in Europe. There are also a few private colleges and universities in Prague that offer courses and degree programs taught in English for both local and international students. Even these programs are moderately priced, with an average tuition fee of 5500 Euros a year.
And if you are smart enough (or application-savvy enough) to get a scholarship, your education costs can come down even further. You can start your scholarship search through GoAbroad’s Scholarship Directory.
Living expenses in Prague are also some of the cheapest in Europe, and remember that you won’t have to make any compromises when it comes to your standard of living just because you are living so cheap. Prague looks anything but cheap, with castles, monuments, and churches scattered throughout the city. Students can live comfortably while studying abroad in Prague for around 400 Euros a month, which will be enough to cover their accommodation, food, and transportation, and they’ll still have enough left for nights out in the pubs too.
Prague has the best beer in the world, and possibly the cheapest.
Czechs are very proud about their beer and rightly so! The culture of brewing is centuries old and beer (pivo in Czech) is one of the most significant aspects of Czech culture; no meal or evening is complete without a fine Czech beer! Considering this tradition, it comes as no surprise that the Czech Republic, with just over 10 million people, consumes more beer than any other country in the world.
Some of the most famous beers in the world originated in the Czech Republic, including Pilsner and Budweiser. There are also scores of less famous beers known to only local residents, which students should most definitely indulge in while studying in Prague. The unifying factor about all Czech beers is the quality, and you will be spoilt for choice until you choose your favourite one.
Prague is in the heart of Europe.
The Czech Republic is located right in the middle of Europe, and with your Schengen visa, you can travel without hassle to twenty-six countries. There are cheap trains and buses year round to take students to Austria, Germany, Poland, Hungary, or Slovakia in a matter of hours. If you have a long-weekend or academic break, you can pretty much close your eyes and throw a dart at a map of Europe, pack your bags and leave, and you are sure to have the time of your life. There are buses, trains, and flights connecting Prague to all European cities, big and small.
You will fall in love with Prague.
The cobbled streets, the gothic churches, cathedrals, centuries old monuments, and castles greet you when you arrive in Prague, and you can dive deep into European culture by visiting its many museums. Every day in Prague is a lesson in history.
No day studying abroad in Prague is dull, with the expansive parks, live music, theatre, pubs, clubs, and fashion markets located throughout the city. The people are friendly and love it when foreigners try to speak Czech, even if all the Czech you can speak is ještě jednou pivo (or “one more beer”). For sports lovers, there are plenty of football fields, basketball courts, squash courts, and hockey fields around Prague and pubs are more packed than usual when the Czech football or ice hockey teams are playing.
Prague is very international and has a good number of expats from all over the world living, studying, working, or just traveling through, so you are sure to bump into someone from your hometown at the local pub. Well, maybe that is an exaggeration, but you get the point.
Prague’s public transportation is simply the best.
You don’t need a car to get around in Prague. You can jump between trams, buses, the metro, and ferries to go anywhere you want. Come rain, sun, or snow, there is always a tram you can catch. You will hardly ever need to even call a cab while studying in Prague because the public transit services never sleep, and neither does the city. What also makes Prague’s public transport “simply the best” is its affordability; students who study abroad in Prague can buy a transport card that is good for a year for just around 100 Euros! Lastly, Prague is not only easy to navigate via public transport, you can also walk nearly everywhere in the city!
The core of man’s spirit comes from new experiences, and studying abroad is one of the best ways young people can enrich their lives.
The people you meet, the languages you learn, the culture you experience, the food you eat, and even the beer you drink while studying abroad in Prague will change your perspectives for the better and give you memories you will cherish for a lifetime.
Don’t waste a second, study abroad in Prague this year!
This article was contributed by Czech College, a premier institution for education in business management, information technology, and nursing located right in the heart of Europe in Prague. Czech College believes in helping all students reach their true potential by broadening their horizons and providing them with the best education and opportunities.