For full information about the student visa application please see the website of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic.
EU citizens (or citizens of Schengen Area – Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland) do not need a visa or a permit to study in the Czech Republic; they only require a valid passport (or another equivalent ID) to do so.
Citizens of the United Kingdom
The citizens of the United Kingdom shall follow the instructions issued by the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.
For full information about students’ visa application please see the website of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic
Foreigners who are not citizens of the EU and who are studying or working in the Czech Republic are required to have a long-term visa or a long-term residence permit before arriving in the Czech Republic. Please note that you must be physically present in the country where you applied at the time the visa is issued in the passport.
Students coming for one semester only should apply for the Long-term visa for the purpose of study (visa “D”), while students coming for the whole year should apply for the Long-term residence permit for the purpose of study. The long-term study visa allows the holder to stay in the Czech Republic for up to 6 months, whereas the long-term residence permit allows for stays up to 1 year.
The application procedure for obtaining a visa for study purposes can take up to 60 days since the visa application has to be submitted to the local Czech Embassy. We recommend students read the information below carefully and start their application procedure immediately after receiving documents from our university.
The first document, the Letter of Acceptance, is intended for students and their home universities as a confirmation of the students´ acceptance into the CESP program.
The other two documents, “Confirmation of Study” (“Potvrzení o přijetí ke studiu/o studiu”) and “Binding Preliminary Agreement on Accommodation” (“Smlouva o smlouvě budoucí”) confirming that the applicant is eligible to sign an Accommodation Agreement with the VSE dormitories (given that certain conditions are met) at the beginning of her/his stay in the Czech Republic. Applicants, who are not going to stay at VSE dormitories, have to get the Accommodation Agreement or Binding Preliminary Agreement on Accommodation from their landlord.
„Confirmation of Study“ and „Binding Preliminary Agreement on Accommodation“ are necessary for the VISA application.
It is important is to contact the local Czech Embassy or Consulate for details on the visa application and read the instructions on filling in the application properly. Different Czech embassies can have different documents required.
In general, the filled-in application form must be accompanied by:
- Confirmation of Study “Potvrzení o přijetí ke studiu/o studiu”– issued by CESP (VSE) and sent by post
- Binding Preliminary Agreement on Accommodation “Smlouva o smlouvě budoucí” – issued by CESP (VSE) and sent by post
- A statement confirming that the applicant has financial resources to cover their stay in the Czech Republic – i.e. a confirmation of scholarship (if granted), or a statement from a bank where the minimum amount required is approx. 35 000 CZK (approx. 1,200 EUR) for each month in the country
- Transcript from Register of Criminal Records verifying that the applicant has no criminal record
- Travel medical insurance for an amount of at least 60,000 EUR, covering the territory of the Czech Republic
- 2 passport-sized photos (45mm x 35mm)
- A valid passport
Please note that some documents must be translated into Czech language by a translator with an official stamp. Please contact the local Czech Embassy/Consulate for details on the visa application and read the instructions on filling in the application properly. If you plan to travel in the Schengen area, make sure you apply for the correct type of visa.
After arrival to Prague
If you are a non – EU student and you don’t stay in university dormitory, you will be obliged to register at the Foreign Police within 3 working days upon your arrival in Prague.
EU students staying outside the dormitory are obliged to register at the Foreign Police within 30 working days upon arrival in Prague.
List of states whose citizens are required to have visa can be found here. For detailed information about short term visa required for the purpose of study please check this page of Ministry of Foreign Affairs.