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Czech Republic

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Study in Czech Republic

Rich with history, the Czech Republic is a small country with much to offer. From its picturesque heritage sites to its charming villages, you will find the country's beauty in its warm and welcoming people and vibrant culture. Try learning the Czech language, and don't miss the delicious cuisine!

“Come and experience your Czech story! Spend an exchange year in the Czech Republic... make sure you experience the true Czech culture on your own. In a young, yet still very historically rich country with tons of possibilities for people of all ages. Play hockey, go to a football game, eat svíčková on Sunday with your family, do all of the things you’ve always wished to do.
Don’t hesitate and come Czech us out!”

- YFU Czech Republic

+ More About The Czech Republic

Dobry den! Interested in studying abroad in Europe, but looking for somewhere a bit more off the beaten path? The Czech Republic may be just the place for you. Rich with history, the Czech Republic is a small country with much to offer. From its picturesque UNESCO World Heritage sites to its charming villages, you're sure to find something to love about this vibrant culture.

Families in the Czech Republic tend to be very close, and will surely welcome you with open arms. It is not uncommon for extended families to get together to enjoy meals or outdoor activities. Many Czech families have country cottages and enjoy gardening and outdoor activities like cross country skiing, hockey, hiking, and soccer when they visit. With beautiful trails to explore, you may also want to try your hand at mushroom picking, a typical Czech past-time!

Of course, the Czech culture is not all about sports and outdoors. You may find yourself listening to music at a cafe or venturing out to a night at the theatre. Music and the arts are highly valued in Czech culture. In the spring, Prague hosts a month-long arts festival which attracts people from all over the world. Because the Czech Republic was founded at the crossroads of major trade routes during the middle ages, you can find influences from many different cultures throughout the country. You'll have plenty of opportunities to explore during your time in the Czech Republic!

Food is an important part of Czech culture, and since Czech food isn't particularly common in the United States, you'll have the opportunity to try all kinds of new dishes! Knedlíky are dumplings served with beef or pork and are served frequently in the Czech Republic. You can ask your new Czech friends to teach you how to cook traditional Czech food, because you're sure to miss it when you return home!

One way that you will experience Czech life is through attendance at a Czech high school, called a Gymnazium. You will be part of a group of approximately 23-30 students that will spend each day of the school week together attending classes. The core high school curriculum includes subjects such as math, literature (and Czech grammar), physics, and languages such as English, German, Spanish, French, and Russian. Lately, many schools have started offering an interesting choice of elective subjects to supplement the core curriculum. Attending a Czech high school may be challenging in the beginning, but it will also be an unforgettable and rewarding experience.

If you like a laid-back lifestyle, where families are close and social activities mean bonding with the whole community, then the Czech Republic is the place for you! Explore the country's rich history as you appreciate the arts, music, and delicious food.

Online Resources

To learn even more about the Czech Republic, we recommend:

  • Visit your local library to find reference books, travel guides and essays, Czech language dictionaries, and many more country resources
  • Use an internet search engine to find informative websites
  • Czech Tourism website
  • YFU CZ English Page

+ Scholarships Available

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Learn more about scholarships.

+ Programs & Tuition

Year: $15,995
Year (Spring Departure): $15,995
Year Dance: $16,995
Year Music: $16,995
Fall Semester: $13,995
Fall Semester Dance: $14,995
Fall Semester Music: $14,995
Spring Semester: $13,995
Spring Semester Music: $14,995

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment.

Additional Costs

Students in the Dance or Music program will need to purchase or bring their own gear or rent while on program. Program tuition does not include personal spending money or school-related costs such as books and school trips.

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Programs

During your time in the Czech Republic you will live with a host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:

School

Students are generally placed in an academic high school called a Gymnázium, which offers subjects such as math, biology, history, languages, and literature. School starts at 8 a.m. and finishes at about 3 p.m. each day, and classes are held every day of the week except Saturday and Sunday. Students take an average of about 30 lessons a week and each lesson lasts 45 minutes. In the Czech Republic, students do not wear uniforms to school.

Orientations

Students who are in the Czech Republic for a year-long program will be required to attend a mid-year orientation. During this four day orientation, students can expect to learn how to ski on the Czech mountains as part of their four day stay. YFU Czech Republic recommends that you get vaccinated against tick-borne encephalitis before your departure.

Optional Excursions

Throughout the program there will be opportunities for students to participate in optional cultural trips at an additional cost to the student. Examples of trips include a day-long tour of Prague or a trip out to the countryside.

Special Interest Programs

Advanced Music Program: Students will be enrolled in a high school and will attend the "basic school of arts" in the afternoon. "Basic school of Arts" is a unique system of arts education that has a long history in the Czech Republic, and students will be able to choose from diverse musical instruments, participate in a chamber, or get a theoretical education. Instruments can be rented, but you can also bring your own.

Dance Program: Students will get to experience the unique culture of Czech high school culture, where you will not only learn ballroom dances like the jive, waltz, cha-cha, rumba, and polka, but you will also get the introduction to decent behavior during gala events and similar events. Lesson schedule is dependent on the student's level. Beginners are welcome!

Bilingual Programs: In the Czech Bilingual Year, students are guaranteed placement in a high school with lesson held in English. In the Prague Bilingual Year, students are guaranteed placement in an English school in Prague, as well as host family placement in Prague or its suburbs. You can visit the school website for more information.

Vocational Program: The Vocational Year Program includes placement in a Czech vocational school, with focus selected by the student in craft, pedagogy/social work, technical, or IT.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Year 1219 late August late June $15,995
Year (Spring Departure) 1554 late January late January $15,995
Year Dance 1558 late August late June $16,995
Year Music 1557 late August late June $16,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Enrollment in a local Czech high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Czech Republic Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Age Requirement

Spring departure: August 1, 2000 - December 1, 2003. Fall departure: February 1, 2001 - August 1, 2004. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Czech. Previous language study is not required. A language course is offered for an additional €200 which includes 22 personalized lessons throughout the program.

Host Family Placement

Students to the Czech Republic are usually placed in small towns, but may also live in cities or the countryside.

+ Semester Programs

During your time in the Czech Republic you will live with a host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:

School

Students are generally placed in an academic high school called a Gymnázium, which offers subjects such as math, biology, history, languages, and literature. School starts at 8 a.m. and finishes at about 3 p.m. each day, and classes are held every day of the week except Saturday and Sunday. Students take an average of about 30 lessons a week and each lesson lasts 45 minutes. In the Czech Republic, students do not wear uniforms to school.

Orientations

Students who are in the Czech Republic for a year-long program will be required to attend a mid-year orientation. During this four day orientation, students can expect to learn how to ski on the Czech mountains as part of their four day stay. YFU Czech Republic recommends that you get vaccinated against tick-borne encephalitis before your departure.

Optional Excursions

Throughout the program there will be opportunities for students to participate in optional cultural trips at an additional cost to the student. Examples of trips include a day-long tour of Prague or a trip out to the countryside.

Special Interest Programs

Advanced Music Program: Students will be enrolled in a high school and will attend the "basic school of arts" in the afternoon. "Basic school of Arts" is a unique system of arts education that has a long history in the Czech Republic, and students will be able to choose from diverse musical instruments, participate in a chamber, or get a theoretical education. Instruments can be rented, but you can also bring your own.

Dance Program: Students will get to experience the unique culture of Czech high school culture, where you will not only learn ballroom dances like the jive, waltz, cha-cha, rumba, and polka, but you will also get the introduction to decent behavior during gala events and similar events. Lesson schedule is dependent on the student's level. Beginners are welcome!

Bilingual Programs: In the Czech Bilingual Year, students are guaranteed placement in a high school with lesson held in English. In the Prague Bilingual Year, students are guaranteed placement in an English school in Prague, as well as host family placement in Prague or its suburbs. You can visit the school website for more information.

Vocational Program: The Vocational Year Program includes placement in a Czech vocational school, with focus selected by the student in craft, pedagogy/social work, technical, or IT.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester 1367 late August late January $13,995
Fall Semester Dance 1560 late August late January $14,995
Fall Semester Music 1559 late August late January $14,995
Spring Semester 1368 late January late June $13,995
Spring Semester Music 1561 late January late June $14,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Enrollment in a local Czech high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Czech Republic Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Age Requirement

Spring departure: August 1, 2000 - December 1, 2003. Fall departure: February 1, 2001 - August 1, 2004. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Czech. Previous language study is not required. A language course is offered for an additional €200 which includes 22 personalized lessons throughout the program.

Host Family Placement

Students to the Czech Republic are usually placed in small towns, but may also live in cities or the countryside.