Visa and insurance
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) need neither a visa nor a permit to study in the Czech Republic. They only need a valid passport or another equivalent ID.
Exchange students accepted to study at Prague University of Economics and Business (VSE) who are not EU citizens (further on as applicants) are required to have a long-term visa for the purpose of studies (further on as VISA) before arriving in the Czech Republic. Please note that it is necessary that the applicant be physically present in the country where she/he applied at the time the VISA is issued in the passport.
The application procedure for obtaining a VISA takes min 60 days since the completed VISA application was submitted to the local Czech Embassy/Consulate. A list of Czech diplomatic missions abroad can be found here.
The information below is to be read carefully and the application procedure is to be started immediately after receiving the Supporting Documents from VSE. Approximately 3 months prior to the start of the semester, the Supporting Documents will be sent by post. The Supporting Documents contain:
- Confirmation of Study (“Potvrzení o přijetí ke studiu/o studiu”) – this document is to be handed in with the VISA application
- Binding Preliminary Agreement on Accomodation (“Smlouva o smlouvě budoucí”) confirming that the applicant is elligible 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 Accomodation from their landlord.
„Confirmation of Study“ and „Binding Preliminary Agreement on Accomodation“ are necessary for the VISA application. It is important to contact the local Czech Embassy/Consulate for details on VISA application and to read the instructions on filling in the application properly. Different Czech Embassies may require different forms.
In general, the filled-in application form must be accompanied by:
- Confirmation of Study “Potvrzení o přijetí ke studiu/o studiu”– issued by VSE and sent by post
- Binding Preliminary Agreement on Accomodation “Smlouva o smlouvě budoucí” – issued by VSE and sent by post
- Financial Statement – a statement confirming that the applicant has financial resources to cover her/his stay in the Czech Republic- i.e. confirmation of a scholarship (if granted), or a bank account statement: the minimum amount required is approx. 35,000 CZK (approx. 1,200 EUR) for each month of the stay in the Czech Republic.
- Criminal Record Check verifying that the applicant has no criminal record
- Health insurance for VISA purposes
- 2 passport-sized photos (45mm x 35mm)
- Valid passport
Please note that some documents must be translated into Czech language by a translator with an official stamp. For details, please contact the local Czech Embassy/Consulate. If the applicant plans to travel in the Schengen area, it is neccessary to make sure the particular type of VISA allows it.
In case any assistance with VISA procedure is needed, it is advisable to contact an NGO which should be able to assist and to answer related questions. VSE is not entitled to provide advising in VISA matters and neither is it entitled to obtain any information regarding the VISA status of any applicant.
Students from EU countries plus Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are entitled to the provision of necessary and urgent health care free-of-charge. It is only necessary that they have a certified E 128 form from their home country or a European Health Insurance Card, which replaces the paper forms needed.
It is, however, highly recommended to enter into contract with one of the commercial insurance companies. To rely on the EU blue card is not a good idea, since it only covers the very basic interventions. Some situations are not always considered urgent, even though they involve a lot of pain.
In our experience it is way easier to book an appointment at the doctor’s given that the student is commercially insured.
Starting from August 2, 2021, the non-EU citizens, staying in the Czech Republic longer than 90 days, must contract a comprehensive health insurance with state insurance company Pojišťovna VZP within 90 days after their entry to the Czech Republic.
There are two options to choose from:
- contract the comprehensive health insurance with Pojišťovna VZP for the whole period of the stay (recommended)
- contract the comprehensive health insurance with any insurance company for the first 90 days of stay, and for the remaining time, contract the comprehensive health insurance with Pojišťovna VZP
The insurance contract can be carried out online. Please refer to this website of Pojišťovna VZP for more information and conditions.
Exceptions: As result of being parties to the International Treaty on Cooperation in the Area of Health and Social Security, medical travel insurance is not required from citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cuba, Japan, Macedonia, Montenegro, Turkey and Serbia. The same exception applies to participants of the Erasmus Mundus program, Fulbright scholarship program, European Voluntary Service of the EC Youth in Action programme, as well as holders of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) issued by another EU member state and a GHIC card issued by the UK. Detailed instructions to these exceptions are published here.