From the tuition fees to the cost of living – before you can start studying abroad in the Czech Republic, you have to think about financing. Depending on the type of study, there are various financing options for studying in the Czech Republic. Basically, a short-term study such as a semester abroad is easier to finance than a full study. Particularly when studying dentistry or human medicine in English in the Czech Republic, there are very high tuition fees. In the following you will find out how you can finance your studies at a Czech university.
Funding for a semester abroad in the Czech Republic
There are various ways of receiving financial support for one or two semesters abroad in the Czech Republic. The options range from BAföG abroad to scholarships and student loans. The chances of receiving one or perhaps even more of these grants are generally good.
By the way, tuition fees at state universities in the Czech Republic only apply if you are not studying in the national language, e.g. in English.
The Auslands-BAföG is certainly the most popular form of funding for a semester abroad. Even those who are not entitled to BAföG funding in Germany should apply for BAföG abroad. Since the assessment limits are higher here, the probability of receiving funding for studying in the Czech Republic also increases. Those who are entitled to BAföG abroad receive funding for the following cost items:
- Tuition fees (grant of up to EUR 4,600)
- Traveling expenses
- Cost of living
- If necessary, a childcare allowance
Erasmus + from the DAAD
The Erasmus + program supports students who are enrolled at a German university and want to study in the Czech Republic for a period of between three and twelve months. Students receive financial allowances for living expenses and are exempt from all tuition fees. However, you can only finance your semester abroad in the Czech Republic with Erasmus + funding if your home university has concluded an Erasmus cooperation agreement with the Czech host university.
Anyone who is thinking about financing options for studying in the Czech Republic should also apply for scholarships. There are many different scholarship providers and types of scholarships and they are not always purely performance-based scholarships. Extensive research in a scholarship database can also be worthwhile if you cannot come up with exclusively brilliant grades.
The best-known scholarship provider is certainly the German Academic Exchange Service. The DAAD has various scholarships on offer, which you can also research in the DAAD scholarship database.
In addition, there are a number of foundations, organizations and organizations promoting talented students in Germany that also support study visits abroad. There are also various companies that primarily support students in certain fields. You will certainly find one or the other scholarship for which you can apply via the scholarship guide of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
Also, College-Contact.com awards per semester five partial scholarships at EUR 1,000 different to students of disciplines. The conditions:
- Convincing presentation of your professional and personal motivation for the semester abroad
- Application to a Czech university
Anyone who does not receive BAföG abroad, does not benefit from a scholarship and cannot count on financial support in any other way, could possibly take out a student loan. Anyone who makes this consideration should be very well informed in advance about the interest rate and the repayment modalities and in any case compare different offers with one another. A loan from an education fund would also be an option for students in certain fields.
Financing options for a full degree in the Czech Republic
As already mentioned at the beginning: Unfortunately, the financing options for a complete degree in the Czech Republic are not that numerous. It becomes particularly difficult for those who want to complete an English-language medical degree in our eastern neighboring country. The universities there charge tuition fees for non-Czech-language study programs. Depending on the university and program, these amount to between EUR 9,200 and EUR 12,600 per academic year.
German students can also apply for BAföG abroad for a full degree in the Czech Republic according to mysteryaround. This means that you can “only” pay the tuition fees for the first year of study, and this only up to a maximum of EUR 4,600, but you do not have to repay this contribution to the tuition fees. And you can also cover your living costs during your studies in the Czech Republic, if you have a claim, with the Auslands-BAföG.
Scholarships for a full degree in the Czech Republic are unfortunately rather rare. As a rule, the DAAD and the organizations for the promotion of talented students only support annual stays.
An interesting option for medical students are various scholarships from individual districts and hospitals. Here, the scholarship holders receive a monthly grant in which they usually undertake to practice in the relevant rural area in the first few years after their studies. The requirements for an application are different, sometimes funding is only possible at an advanced stage.
You can find the scholarships of the districts and hospitals as well as other possible scholarships in the scholarship database of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.
There are credit institutions that offer student loans for full study abroad. However, you should keep in mind that the total burden can quickly become unmanageable with long loan terms. Only if none of the aforementioned financing options for studying in the Czech Republic are an option or these options may not be sufficient should taking out a loan be an option. You should definitely get different offers and compare them with each other. Ideally, a student loan offers moderate interest rates and flexible repayment modalities and can also be combined with foreign BAföG and scholarships.
A special feature is the so-called Erasmus + master loan. Unfortunately, this is only available for a master’s degree in Spain, Great Britain and France and not (yet) for the Czech Republic.