Higher education is accessible for those who have successfully passed a school-leaving exam. It consists of higher vocational courses and universities.
Higher vocational education
is aimed to deepen general and professional knowledge. It usually takes three years and is finished by exam on selected subjects, practical exam and defence of a thesis.Graduates receive a title DiS. meaning certified specialist. Students of higher vocational colleges must always pay a tuition fee which range from several thousand Czech crowns per year to several tens of thousands.
are available for all the students who have passed school-leaving exam and succeeded in entrance exams run by most of the universities. Requirements for entrance exams differ according to study subjects and students’ demand.
Most of the universities provide education on three-level degree basis:
Bachelor – 3 years study course. Students complete the program by passing an exam after which they can continue to master degree program.
Master – organized usually as a 2 years program following a bachelor degree.During the course, students gain both a basic survey of highly specialized subjects and a certain grade of specialization. The program is finished by state leaving exams and defence of a diploma thesis.
Doctorate – lasts usually 3 years and involves condition of scientific activities and publication work.
Obligation of paying a tuition fee applies to students older than 26 years and for those whose study lasts more than 4 years (bachelor) or 3 years (Master) and for students of private universities. Regular study at majority of universities is free.
Update: NICM, 02/2012