Where and why to go for Erasmus to Czech Republic? TOP 5 Universities you should consider
Being a regular student at any of the European universities one has a chance to participate in the Erasmus+ programme and spend from six to twelve months abroad and to be financially supported by the European Union at the same time. However, when it comes to deciding one might go through various waves of uncertainty. Which country to choose? And once decided about the country, which university is worth spending one year of their precious lifetime?
The purpose of this article is to name the advantages of the Czech Republic as a country, as well as, to list and describe Top 5 ranking universities in the Czech Republic that offer high quality education. To begin with why Czech Republic appeals to so many, here are few reasons:
- The atmosphere and architecture of the cities are capturing the most of the European history
When rambling through the downtown streets of the cities such as Prague, Brno, Olomouc or Hradec Králové one can literally feel the historical atmosphere going out of the place. Surrounded by the beautiful old buildings with countless decorative statues, ledges and vaults, it is impossible not to fall in love with the city you are just exploring. No historical background needed, the place will capture your heart.
- Low prices compared to the rest of the Europe
Considering the economical side of your study stay, here are some of the good news. The prices of food, drink and transportation are very low in comparison with northern or western European countries such as UK, Sweden, Denmark or even France. Moreover, many tourists seek to visit Czech Republic because of large variety of amazing beer and vine. If you are looking for an enriching experience regarding your studies, people and active life, I highly recommend cities like Prague or Brno.
As you probably know, Czechs belong to the group of Slavic nations and the similarity in the language and traditions is obvious. If you fancy getting to know another cultures and meeting new people, Czech Republic might be the right choice for you. Choosing the Czech Republic for your study stay will broaden your horizons regarding Czech traditions, language, behaviour and mentality and I guarantee you would like it.
The list of TOP 5 universities in Czech Republic
Charles University (Prague)
Charles University is a well-known university that ranks between the oldest ones in Europe. Founded in 1348, it had been formed by only three faculties – law, theology and medicine. Nowadays, the university involves 17 faculties, most of them located in Prague, although having one in Plzeň and another one in Hradec Králové. Charles University is considered to be the best university in the Czech Republic and many Erasmus students from different countries choose it because of its great location (capital) and reputation (world ranking 313).
Charles Bridge and Castle in Prague
Masaryk University (Brno)
Masaryk University located in Brno was founded in 1919 by Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk. The university´s first mission was to establish a competition to Charles University. Originally formed by four faculties, their number eventually rose to nine. It is believed to be the second largest university in the Czech Republic. The city of Brno offers many cultural and free-time activities to young people.
Cathedral of St, Peter and Paul in Brno
České vysoké učení technické v Praze (Prague)
Founded in 1707 by Josef Christian Willenberg the university had been growing until it reached the reputation of one of the TOP 5 universities in the Czech Republic. Currently, the university has 8 faculties and more than 23 000 students. The university´s world ranking is 771. Located in the capital, students have a lot of opportunities to educate themselves also outside of school, enjoy student life or just admire the architectural beauties of Prague.
The library of České vysoké učení technické in Prague
Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci (Olomouc)
The university was founded in 1573 and is considered to be the university with the largest history in Czech Republic right after the Charles University. The world ranking of the university is also satisfying – 804. It is formed by eight faculties and has enrolled more than 24 000 students. Olomouc offers lots of options to get to know the city better and enjoy the free time – students can visit waterpark (Aquapark Olomouc) or local zoo.
Night view Olomouc
Vysoká škola chemicko-technologická (Prague)
The university focuses mainly on modern chemistry and on progress in the field of science and technology. There are many projects and collaborations offered to the students. In combination with modern equipment and university´s great location, it is possible to say that it is the best choice for those who aim high in the area of science. The university has a brilliant reputation in the Czech Republic, as well as abroad. It was founded in 1952, and since then keeps pace with the technological advance.
Old town square Prague
Choosing the country and university for your Erasmus stay is not an easy choice. Nevertheless, I can absolutely recommend the Czech Republic and most of all its capital – Prague!