Overseas students up in Czech Republic

The number of international students at universities in the Czech Republic increased slightly to 42,622 in 2016, according to data recently released by the Czech Statistical Office.

The 2016 total represented a 3.5 per cent increase compared with the previous year, and an 82 per cent rise compared with the 23,867 international students recorded in 2006.


International students accounted for 14 per cent of all students at universities in the Czech Republic in 2016, the highest-ever ratio and up from 12.9 per cent in the previous year.


Of the international students enrolled at universities in the Czech Republic in 2016, the largest group (20,407) were enrolled on bachelor degrees, while more than 16,000 were pursuing master's programmes.


Neighbouring Slovakia represented by far the largest source nationality, providing 22,000 students, a slight decrease compared with the previous year.


Russia was the next largest market with 5,906 students - a four per cent increase - followed by Ukraine (2,908 students, up 13 per cent) and Kazakhstan (1,618 students, a nine per cent jump).


A large majority of international students in the Czech Republic received funding or scholarships to study, meaning that the largest provider of full fee-paying international students was the UK (580), followed by Germany (475), Russia (353) and India (346).


Almost nine in 10 overseas students were enrolled at public sector institutions, where the most common study areas for overseas students were medicine, pharmacy, life studies and art. At private schools, economy and social sciences were the major fields of study.


In other sectors, the Czech Statistical Office said there were 9,063 overseas students enrolled in secondary schools and 611 students at higher professional schools in 2016/17, both a slight increase compared with the previous year.  


Universities in the Czech Republic were among those featured in StudyTravel Magazine's special tertiary focus article on Central and Eastern Europe last year.



By Matthew Knott

News Editor