Dear students, in order to facilitate orientation in (at first sight) difficult Czech visa policy system, we have prepared the following overview with useful links.
1. For basic information on residence in the Czech Republic for ILPS CU students and instructions for applying for a residence title in the Czech Republic (long-term visa / residence permit), please click here.
2. You apply for a residence title in the Czech Republic at the Czech Embassies abroad, which are a part of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. Please read the official website of the Czech Embassy in the country where you will be applying. You can find the list of Czech Embassies here.
3. Your application will be reviewed by the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic; please look at their official website and Information for foreigners section.
You can apply for a visa to stay over 90 days (long-term) or a long-term residence for the purpose of STUDIES and OTHER. The first application must always be handed out at a Czech embassy abroad, in person. The most common procedure is applying for a long-term visa (issued for a maximum of 1 year); in the case of further follow-up study, the student applies for a long-term residence (issued for a maximum of 2 years) in the Czech Republic. However, it is also possible to apply immediately for long-term residence in your country.
The difference in purpose of stay
For detailed information on long-term visa and residence for the purpose of 'studies' and 'other', read the section Information for schools and students on the webpage of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.
4. If you are planning to take part in our 6-week Czech courses, or you want to come for a summer school, a Schengen "short-term" visa will be sufficient for you. It is much easier to obtain and is fully in the competence of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic. The holder is entitled to stay in the Schengen territory for a maximum of 90 days.
Students from both inside and outside the EU are obliged to fulfil compulsory registration upon arrival, unless their landlord does it for them. Students from EU countries have this obligation within 30 days of entering the territory, students outside the EU within 3 days. They do so at a local branch of the Foreign police service. This compulsory registration does not apply to ILPS CU students who are staying at ILPS CU dormitories. You can find detailed information at the webpages of the Ministry of the Interior of the Czech Republic.
If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact the Study Department by phone: +420 224 990 420 or via e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.