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Intensive Czech Language Course for Foreigners

Basic information

We offer a one-year intensive language course that provides participants with language preparation for study at all types of Czech universities. This is a language course followed by study in an accredited study programme organised by a public university. The course is therefore intended for applicants who wish to study in Czech study programmes at Czech universities.

The prerequisites for participation are basic knowledge of the Czech language (A1 level according to the SERR), knowledge of the English language at a communicative level (at least B1 according to the SERR, the applicant must provide a certificate or school report) and knowledge of the Latin script. The candidate will prove his/her knowledge of basic Czech language with a certificate (level A1 or higher) or will be subjected to an entrance test to verify his/her knowledge (1st teaching week).

The intensive course is a two-semester course with daily Czech language lessons. The course runs for 2 x 14 weeks (i.e. 28 weeks) and includes 20 hours of Czech language lessons per week, a total of 560 hours. Teaching takes place according to the timetable in the premises of the JU.

Our specialized, experienced, and friendly instructors will help you acquire the skills to communicate in the Czech language as required not only for admission to universities, but also for everyday life in the Czech Republic. The course will prepare you for the internationally recognized CCE examinations at the level B1 according to CEFR (details →  here), which is organized by the Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies at Charles University.

At the end of the course, participants will receive a certificate of attendance indicating the achieved language level according to the CEFR.

Participants in our courses may also, if interested, participate in the activities of the Erasmus Student Network Budweis or use the services of the Centre for the Integration of Foreigners. 

Price and payment terms

The price of the annual intensive Czech language course for foreigners for the academic year 2023/2024 is 83.000,- CZK (i.e. 3.458,- EUR - the price may vary depending on the current currency exchange rate). The price includes daily Czech language lessons including teaching materials, the final exam and the issuance of a certificate of language level (this is not a certified exam). The price does not include the fee for the Certified Czech Exam for Foreigners (CCE).

The course fee can be paid by bank transfer (in CZK or EUR) or by cash payment (in CZK only) at the cash desk of the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice (address and cashier's hours here).

The invoice, which will be issued to you after the application form has been sent to you, will serve as a prescription for payment. On the invoice you will find all the details of your bank account and the variable symbol, which you must enter in the message to the recipient together with the name of the payer (i.e. your name). It must be paid in full within 14 days of issue.

On the basis of the invoice the bidder is obliged to pay a deposit of 8.000,- CZK. The deposit is non-refundable, in the event of cancellation of participation in the course by the candidate, it serves as a fee for administrative activities associated with the registration for the course.

The bidder will pay the additional price of the course fee, i.e. 75.000,- CZK on the basis of a second invoice (with the same variable symbol), no later than 8 September 2023.

Please note that the course will only take place if the capacity of at least 14 participants is reached. If the capacity is not reached and the course is cancelled by the University, the course fee will be refunded in full.

Application form, obtaining a certificate of admission

How do I apply and how do I get the confirmation of admission to the course needed to process my visa?

First you need to fill in the application form (here), then print it out and sign it in your own handwriting. Send the completed application form together with a photocopy of your passport to e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you are interested in accommodation in the JU dormitories (more information here), please tick the appropriate box in the course application form. Registration for the student halls of residence is online (here) 1-30 July 2023. Accommodation allocation always depends on the capacity of the halls of residence.

An invoice will be issued based on the application form sent by you and payment in full must be made within 14 days of the invoice being issued. Once payment has been received, you will be issued and sent certificate of admission to the course, which you will need to process your visa (long term visa, more information here).

You can apply for the course no later than 20 July 2023, however, due to the minimum time required for visa processing (at least 90 days), we recommend that you apply earlier.

We wish you the best of luck with your visa!

Formalities associated with your stay in the Czech Republic
  1. A list of documents necessary for obtaining a long-term visa for study can be found → here.
  2. Information on applying for long-term residence in the Czech Republic can be found → here.

How to proceed when applying for a visa:

  1. Obtain your confirmation on acceptance to the course (see: Application form, obtaining a certificate of admission).
  2. Obtain an accommodations agreement.
  3. Obtain a statement from the penal registry (criminal record) in your country of origin.
  4. Let your bank issue a confirmation that you have sufficient funds to stay in the Czech Republic.
  5. Have all the documents officially translated into Czech.
  6. Fill out the application for a long-term visa/permanent residence permit.
  7. To be safe, make copies of all the documents.


  • Mgr. Helena Dvořáková, Ph.D.

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