Parents and families play an important role in the lives of AAU students. We’re here to provide the resources you need to learn more about the AAU experience and what to expect during your student’s time in Prague.
Academics & Learning
The first private university in the Czech Republic to use English as the language of instruction, AAU continually pushes students to achieve their highest potential.
AAU prides itself on small, interactive classes designed for authentic engagement and discussion. The individual attention from professors, diverse community and emphasis on practical learning closes the gap between education and real-world experience, preparing students for the ever-changing global marketplace.
1 degree. 2 accreditations.
Having both WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC) and Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic accreditation, an AAU degree has global recognition. AAU students can leverage their degrees within the United States, Europe, and beyond.
Learn more about our accreditations and memberships.
Undergraduate degrees at AAU are 90 US credits, designed to be completed in three years when studying full-time. All programs culminate with a thesis project, allowing students to conduct research into a specific aspect of their studies, demonstrating mastery of the subject.
With small discussions-based classes, AAU professors know their students on an individual basis. In addition to these personal relationships, AAU offers an array of academic resources for students:
Student-to-student tutoring services are offered free of charge to AAU students! Students can book a session with an experienced faculty member or student who specializes in a certain field to assist them with research, improve writing, review work or assist in any way possible with their academic success.
Read more about the Academic Tutoring Center.
This introductory course, designed specifically for English as a second language speaker, acknowledges the adjustment period students go through while transitioning to taking courses fully in English. The composition course provides a solid foundation to help students learn AAU’s academic standards as they begin to dive into their respective degree programs.
AAU’s library curates its collection based on the academic curriculum each school year. Required resources for classes are available to students free of charge so students never have to worry about buying textbooks for class- we have them ready, free of charge!
Fiction and nonfiction titles that tie into AAU’s areas of study are also available on a loan basis from the AAU Library.
One of AAU’s signature programs pairing alumni with current students who are looking to work in the same career fields, the mentorship hub provides a built-in platform for networking and often leads to student internship opportunities!
With students coming from over 80 different countries to attend AAU, the University’s alumni network is global, allowing students to make connections, both personal and professional, worldwide.
Value of an AAU Degree
Our students go on to lead lives full of significance and impact in both their local and global communities. Whether it be continuing their education at some of the most prestigious universities in the world.
Campus Life & Student Support
AAU offers an engaging university experience with a commitment to the holistic student experience.
There are numerous resources to support the physical and mental well-being of our students. Below you will find information about how AAU supports the transition to University-life for first-year students and the resources available, both on and off-campus.
AAU’s new student orientation provides students with resources, information, tips, and tricks for success to use during their academic career at AAU. This program, prior to the start of a student’s first semester at the University, covers everything from academics to life in Prague.
This confidential service is available free of charge to all students, via appointment or during weekly walk-in hours, with chartered clinical psychologist Désirée Gonzalo, Ph.D. Learn more about AAU’s Psychological Counseling services.
Accommodations are vailable for students with different learning styles such as special exam accommodation or extra time for testing. Please contact Ana Hernandez-Blackstead, Dean of Students, with further questions about specific accommodation needs for your student.
All AAU students are given an individual ISIC card that provides discounts on services all across Europe, including public transportation, budget travel accommodation, and access to cultural events.
Student Health & Safety
We know that your student’s health and safety are often top of mind. Whether your student is coming to AAU from within Europe or from the other side of the world, our faculty and staff are at the ready to assist.
Useful Health Resources:
The Czech Republic was recently named the sixth safest country in the world,
making it a top global city for studying and student life. The safety of Prague, combined with security protocols on campus, provides a safe and healthy environment for students.
Location: AAU is located in Prague’s historic Malá Strana district, at the base of Prague castle. An area known for its tranquility, housing many of the city’s parks, and access to the Vltava river.
Access to Campus: AAU provides all instruction within the beautifully restored Thurn-Taxis palace. Access into the building is only granted with the use of a registered ISIC card for students or fingerprint scans for staff & faculty.
Student Housing: For students opting to live in AAU’s student housing at Zeitraum, amenities include a 24-hour reception/ security, residence-only access, and English-speaking staff.
122 General Emergency Number: Students can call 122 for large-scale emergencies, with operators speaking English. The call is free and can be dialed from any phone and can be used for urgent help from Police, Fire, or Emergency Medical Assistance.
Journey to AAU in Prague
AAU’s Student Services team is ready to assist your student in their transition to the Czech Republic and to help them prepare for a successful academic career at AAU. Below you will find some helpful steps to help your student prepare to head to Prague.
AAU Tuition Billing & Payment
The student’s acceptance letter, which is needed for visa purposes, is issued by the Office of Admissions. In order to receive this letter, and enroll at the university, students are required to pay the first semester’s tuition, including fees.
|Bachelor’s (undergraduate) students||85,500 CZK|
|LL.B. students||75,000 CZK|
|Master’s (graduate) students||91,350 CZK|
|MBA students||60,000 CZK|
AAU offers a range of financial assistance and scholarship options for students, including Early Payment the Bring a Friend discount, and academic merit scholarships based on AAU coursework starting in the student’s second year at the University. Installment payment plans are also available for families. To find out more read of 2020/2021 Financial Policy.
The Visa Process
Students coming from member states of the European Union, the European Economic Area, or Switzerland do not require a visa to study in the Czech Republic. All non-EU students require a visa or long-term residence permit to study in the Czech Republic.
For most students, the visa process can seem daunting. Your student will be assisted by an AAU Admissions Counselor throughout the entire process. The Counselor will:
- Provide students with a tailored list of documents needed for visa application submission
- Ensure students have all documents needed from AAU to complete the process
- Conduct mock interviews (as needed) to help students prepare for the interview
- Recommend local agencies, within the student’s home country, if needed, to assist in the process
What to Pack …
Prague is a major international city, providing a range of convenient shopping opportunities (at affordable prices) making it easy for your students to pick up anything they may have left behind.
Medications- While the Czech Republic has an array of pharmacy options, it may not have the specific brand of medication that you’re accustomed to. Speak with your health care provider prior to arrival to see which options are best for you.
Toiletries– If there are specific products your student uses, and/or if your student has any allergies, we recommend bringing an initial supply of their preferred toiletries until they find the Czech equivalent.
Reminders of Home- Photos of family and friends to decorate your residence hall room with!
Health insurance information
Student visa or permit paperwork (if applicable)
Original high school transcript- This will be used within the mandatory nostrification process
Emergency contact information
Students are able to register for classes once the tuition payment is completed.
Students receive academic advising from the Associate Dean of their academic program prior to their arrival on campus.
While students choose a major of interest at the time of application, we recognize that some may wish to change their program of study upon entering the University. Students work directly with Associate Deans to make adjustments.
AAU students choose from 40+ exchange and Erasmus opportunities, with a dedicated advisor on-campus to help place students.
Students can get involved with academic research, internships, as well as an array of student clubs (link off) and events all within the city of Prague. Many of the University’s professors also work as local professionals, allowing for authentic engagement opportunities within Prague and throughout Europe.
AAU offers a full range of club sports for students, often coordinating with leagues within the city to increase competition opportunities. A full listing of AAU’s clubs can be found here (link).
AAU is both a Mac and PC friendly campus, with a printing center on campus compatible to both. While there is no uniform preference, students are recommended to talk to the Associate Dean of their chosen academic program for recommendations.
With an array of student organizations both on-campus and within the city of Prague, students are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities as a way to connect with like-minded classmates. AAU’s buddy program, which pairs current students with incoming students is another way to start making connections.
Dean of Students, Ana Hernandez-Blackstad
AAU offers a range of financial assistance and scholarship options for students, including Early Payment (and Bring a Friend discounts, along with academic merit-based scholarships on AAU coursework starting in the student’s second year at the University. Installment payment plans are also available for families.
Zeitraum student housing offers a 24-hour reception/ security, along with residence-only access. The Holešovice neighborhood where housing is just 20 minutes north of the city center, giving students easy access to the central hub of Prague while being able to reside within a quiet, residential community.
Students living in Zeitraum can contact reception for assistance with calling for medical help. The 122 general emergency number is also available around the clock, connecting students with quick access for assistance.
All non-EU citizens applying for a visa (or a residence permit) to study in the Czech Republic are required by law to have adequate health insurance. Holders of the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) who stay in the Czech Republic must register the EHIC with the Czech health insurance company.
Feel free to contact the AAU Admissions Team at any time. Any of our Admissions Counselors will be happy to assist you and your student in their journey to Prague!