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Czech Republic

Rich with history, the Czech Republic is a small country with much to offer.

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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

Scholarships for 2020 programs have not yet been confirmed. Applications for 2020 Summer/Fall scholarships will open in the Fall of 2019. The YFU Financial Aid Fund can be applied to any program and will remain available for 2020 Spring programs until September 15. The YFU Legacy Grant can be applied to any program at any time of application. For more details on the Financial Aid Fund, Legacy Grant, and previous merit-based scholarships please visit our scholarships page.

Learn more about scholarship details and application deadlines.

+ 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

Applications for tuition based programs must be submitted by October 1 for winter/spring departure programs and March 15 for summer and fall. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case by case basis depending upon availability.

+ 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

All students applying for the year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December (Spring departures). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. Students departing in the Fall will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation along with their families in May or June.

Students will have a post arrival orienation shortly after arriving in the Czech Republic, a mid-year orientation, and a re-entry orientation. A 4-day orientation will take place in February (mid-year orientation for Fall departures or arrival orientation for Spring departures). As skiing is popular amoung Czech citizens, students will get the opportunity to be shown this tradition. This 4-day orientation will held at a Ski camp where students can practice their skills on the slope.

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. While not a conservatory, students should possess high musical talent and experience. Students should submit 2-3 musical recordings with application.

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 will have the option to guarantee placement in a high school with lesson held in English or Spanish.

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. Students must have strong academic motivation.

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

Sport Program: Students with strong athletic interest can participate in the Sport Program. Students will attend a regular high Czech high school but will be enrolled in a sports club that matches their level and experience. Students can choose from: Soccer, Ice Hockey, and Tennis. Additional sports will be discusses on a case by case basis.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Year Late August Late June $15,995
Fall Year Dance Late August Late June $16,995
Fall Year Music Late August Late June $16,995
Fall Year Bilingual Late August Late June TBD
Fall Year Vocational Late August Late June TBD
Fall Year Sport Late August Late June TBD
Spring Year Late January Late January $15,995
Spring Year Music Late Januaryt Late January $16,995
Spring Year Sport Late Januaryt Late January TBD

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

  • Fall Departure: Students born January 31, 2002 - July 31, 2005.
  • Spring Departure: Students born August 1, 2001 - November 30, 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. An in person language course is offered for an additional €250 which includes lessons organized 1-2 times per week, lead by professional teachers. The couse will be during the first 3 months of exchange, but can be extended to the end of the exchange 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

All students applying for the semester program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December (Spring departures). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. Students departing in the Fall will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation along with their families in May or June.

Students will have a post arrival orienation shortly after arriving in the Czech Republic and a re-entry orientation. A 4-day orientation will take place in February (Spring departures). As skiing is popular amoung Czech citizens, students will get the opportunity to be shown this tradition. This 4-day orientation will held at a Ski camp where students can practice their skills on the slope.

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. While not a conservatory, students should possess high musical talent and experience. Students should submit 2-3 musical recordings with application.

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 Semester, students will have the option to guarantee placement in a high school with lesson held in Spanish.

Sport Program: Students with strong athletic interest can participate in the Sport Program. Students will attend a regular high Czech high school but will be enrolled in a sports club that matches their level and experience. Students can choose from: Soccer, Ice Hockey, and Tennis. Additional sports will be discusses on a case by case basis.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester Late August Late January $13,995
Fall Semester Music Late August Late January $14,995
Fall Semester Dance Late August Late January $14,995
Fall Semester Sport Late August Late January TBD
Fall Semester Bilingual Late August Late January TBD
Spring Semester Late January Late June $13,995
Spring Semester Music Late January Late June $14,995
Spring Semester Sport Late January Late June TBD

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

  • Fall Departure: Students born January 31, 2002 - July 31, 2005.
  • Spring Departure: Students born August 1, 2001 - November 30, 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. An in person language course is offered for an additional €250 which includes lessons organized 1-2 times per week, lead by professional teachers. The couse will be during the first 3 months of exchange, but can be extended to the end of the exchange program.

Host Family Placement

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