Visa & Residence
Students who are EU or EFTA nationals (i.e. citizens of the 27 EU member states, plus Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Switzerland) do not require a visa to study in the Czech Republic. It is enough to arrive with a valid passport (or national ID card), and to register with the Czech Immigration authorities within 30 days of arrival.
Students from non-EU or EFTA countries, do require a visa or a residence permit to study in the Czech Republic. Visas and Residence Permits are issued at Czech Embassies in your country of origin (and/ or country of residence), and must be obtained before coming to Prague. It is not possible to apply for a visa after your arrival, or even to pick up a visa you have previously applied for. A decision on the outcome of your visa application should be issued within 60 days after submitting your application at the respective Czech Embassy. Delays are common; therefore, we strongly urge all applicants to contact their local Czech consulate in good time.
Please thoroughly review the VISA QUIZ to find out what type of visa / residence permit you need and how to apply!
We recommend preparing and applying for the visa up to 6 months in advance. At the latest, it is recommended to have your visa appointment 2.5 months before the start of the semester you are applying for to be able to receive the visa and commerce your studies on time.
Should the application for the long-term visa or residence permit be refused, you have the right to appeal the decision within 15 days from receiving the decision. It should be addressed to the Department for Asylum and Migration Policy of the Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic.
The administration of visas and residence permits is divided between the Ministry of the Interior (MOI), responsible for handling processes for foreign nationals already resident in the Czech Republic, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA), responsible for running and coordinating the consular services at the Embassy where you will be making your initial visa application.
Further information on the visa process can be found below:
Ministry of the Interior
General Immigration Information
Ministry of Foreign Affairs
List of Czech Diplomatic Missions Abroad (use this to find your local consulate and any local rules they may have)
If you feel like you need help with your visa process we suggest you contact one of the following agencies specialized in handling the visa application process:
Foreigners.cz specializes in providing assistance with the visa process, residence permit, Nostrification, document translation and other services. If interested, please contact Foreigners.cz directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. (It is a paid service, but there is a 10% discount for AAU students).
Pexpats is a local agency that offers specialized services for students including visa applications, acquiring health insurance, opening bank accounts, relocation, nostrification, and many more which can all be completed on your behalf for a fixed fee. You can contact them at email@example.com. (It is a paid service, but there is a 20% discount for AAU students).