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Studying an LLM (Master of Laws) Program in the Czech Republic
PLEASE NOTE: As a result of Brexit, from Autumn 2021 postgraduate students from the European Union studying at a UK university will be charged the same tuition fees as international students. UK students studying their postgraduate course at a European university are also likely to incur higher tuition fees than their EU counterparts. It is advisable to check with the individual universities in the UK and Europe for up-to-date information on tuition fees for all postgraduate programs.Find LLM programs in the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is located in Central Europe and is landlocked by its neighbouring countries, Slovakia, Austria, Germany and Poland. It’s one of the newest countries to join the European Union – and joined in 2004.
The capital city – Prague – is a very popular tourist destination with numerous UNESCO World Heritage Sites reflecting its fascinating and rich history. In fact the Czech Republic provides an intersection of many cultures due to historic Slavonic, German and Jewish influence. This means that the Czech towns and countryside are filled with historical curiosities are ideal to explore and offer an enlightening and enriching experience. Visitors can enjoy looking around the numerous castles, cathedrals, synagogues and other beautiful monuments.
The climate of Czech Republic is generally mild with quite wet summers. The wettest months are actually May-August, and although the winters are quite cold generally there is no snow.
Where to study in the Czech Republic
The education sector of the Czech Republic is well recognized. The universities are highly reputed and there is a long tradition of research. An LLM degree is offered by several institutions in the Czech Republic such as Anglo-American University, John H. Carey II School of Law, Charles University Prague, Masaryk University, University of New York In Prague.
The specialisations on offer at these institutions include corporate law, international and commercial law, European law, law and business in the Czech Republic and central Europe, International human rights law and protection of the environment.
The admission requirements for studying an LLM in the Czech Republic vary depending on the institution. Generally, however, a bachelors degree in law or equivalent (entitling the student to practice law in their country of origin) is required. Students with degrees other than law may also be admitted subject to examination of their educational background and competencies. Further, if you are an international student, proficiency in English language must be demonstrated by achieving a high score in an English language test such as TOEFL or IELTS.
The application process for most universities includes submitting application form, academic transcripts, academic references, personal statement and providing a CV/resume.
Tuition fees & living costs
Living in the Czech Republic is very affordable compared to most European countries, and this makes studying here an attractive option. The tuition fees vary depending on the choice of course as well as the institution. The currency in Czech Republic is the Czech Koruna, and the tuition fees for a Master of Laws program is approximately CZK 245,000 (around €9,600). Please note that this amount does not include the cost of accommodation or general living expenses.
The cost of living in the Czech Republic is dependent on the individual student’s lifestyle but it is advised that a student should set aside a monthly budget of CZK 8,000-12,000 (€300-€470) for living costs.
Scholarships and bursaries are also available, and students are advised to check the university scholarship/grants page as well as consider their local government educational grants. Please note that while part-time work opportunities may be available you will be expected to demonstrate full proof of sufficient finances to be granted a study visa.
Visa requirements & immigration
Students can obtain detailed information on visa procedures from the Czech Republic embassy/consulate in their country of residence. Non-EU students will require a long stay/residence permit for a one year course and this may take 2-3 months to process. Students are therefore advised to apply for their study visa leaving sufficient processing time before the course start date.
Students will need to provide proof that they have a place at the Czech university and sufficient funds to support themselves for the duration of the postgraduate program.
What to do in the Czech Republic when you’re not studying
Prague as the capital city is modern and sophisticated, offering an urban life experience. There are a wide range of restaurants, bars, cafes to choose from, plus the city also has a range of concert halls, theatres, cinemas and music clubs. If nightlife is not for you there are beautiful and peaceful parks, ideal for relaxing or even leisure pursuits such as taking a boat trip.There are also various scenic attractions which provide many reasons to go outside the hustle and bustle of city life, including mystical caves, rock formations, ‘rock towns’ of Kalich and Chlévišt and splendid river valleys. Because the Czech Republic is immensely picturesque and due to its varied landscape, there are varies outdoor activities for the more adventurous souls to indulge in including, hiking, cycling, boating, canoeing, skiing etc.
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