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Study abroad in the Czech Republic, a country known as the crossroads of Europe. During a year or semester there, you’ll get to experience so much of what this unique culture has to offer. By attending a local school, you’ll be totally immersed in the Czech language and get the chance to meet lots of new people. At home with your host family, you’ll be able to experience day to day life in a completely new environment.

Things to know about the Czech Republic

Meat is a big part of the Czech diet, but vegetarianism is also pretty widely accepted. Modesty is an important value in Czech culture. For example, a proper response to a compliment is not to say thank you but to actually disagree. Always remember to take your shoes off when you go into a Czech home.

What's included in your experience

  • 70 Years Experience

Eligibility

Graduates Eligible? Yes, high school graduates are eligible to participate.
Minimum GPA 2.5
Age Range
15yrs, 0 months
to
18yrs, 6 months at start of program
Language Skills No language requirement
COVID-19 Strongly recommended, not required*
*AFS cannot predict and is not responsible for changes to host school or government health requirements which may change from the time of application and could impact program eligibility

Your journey to the Czech Republic

In the months before your departure, AFSers have the opportunity to participate in various preparatory activities, including an online Student Learning Journey, which is an interactive course that brings AFSers from around the world together to learn how to develop essential global skills, intercultural communication techniques, and practice social impact, maximizing the outcomes of the AFS learning experience. 

AFS-USA will coordinate and share your international travel with you. You will need to coordinate your own travel to the point of international departure. From there, your journey in Czech Republic will begin when you land, where you’ll be met by staff, volunteers and meet your fellow AFSers from around the world. Shortly after arrival, you will attend an arrival orientation and get a crash course on Czech culture, living with a host family, safety, and support structures.

On your way to meet your host family you might get to see some beautiful views of the many mountain ranges in the Czech Republic, as well as rivers, vineyards, and farmlands. While it can get quite cold in the mountains, it’s usually pretty mild in the rest of the country and it rarely snows much. Outside of the cities, the country is full of farms, forests, ponds, fairy-tale villages, and rustic castles.

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Meeting your Czech Host Family

AFSers have lived all over the Czech Republic. While some AFS students get placed in urban areas like Prague and Brno, most are placed in smaller villages in the rural areas of Bohemia and Moravia. During your study abroad in Czech Republic, you’ll probably live with a traditional two-parent family. Urban families are usually pretty small and rarely have more than two children.

Czech families are known to be hospitable and friendly. They are usually close-knit, and it’s not uncommon for members of the extended family to live at home, especially grandparents. Most families, even in small towns, live in apartment blocks. Many Czech families have country cottages and enjoy spending time there during the weekend.

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Settling into daily life

Teenage life in the Czech Republic

Czech teenagers spend a lot of time hiking, cycling and swimming in the summer and skiing in the winter. Extracurricular activities are common, including sports, drama, and computer sciences. Czech teens will generally not go out later than 8PM, and often return home as early as 6PM.

Food you’ll encounter

Czech families love to eat! Czech cuisine has a lot of German, Hungarian, and Polish influences. Dumplings are everywhere! Meat is the main dish, along with big portions of dumplings, potatoes, or rice. Most dishes are topped with a thick sauce and vegetables or sauerkraut. Caraway seeds, bacon, and lots of salt are common flavorings. Sausages, pizza, and fried cheese are popular snacks that you can buy from sidewalk vendors.

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Your high school

You’ll most likely be enrolled in a public high school called a Gymnazium. These schools are highly competitive and are intended to prepare students for University. Students spend their day with a “tree class”—a group of students that stay together throughout the day and attend all their classes together. You won’t be required to wear a uniform but it’s typical for students to change from shoes into slippers when entering school.

Available Scholarships

AFS-USA scholarships are made possible by the generosity of numerous donors who all have a deep connection with AFS and value intercultural exchanges as necessary for the promotion of peace and justice in the world. Upon submission, applications will be reviewed and matched with the most applicable scholarship, if available. All scholarships are partial, and scholarship award amounts will be determined based on program length. For additional funding resources, check out our Fundraising page. You can view all available national and local scholarships on our Scholarships page.

What's Included

  • 70+ years of experience delivering high-quality programs through a worldwide network of 50,000 dedicated volunteers
  • Accommodations with a vetted host family
  • Round-trip international airfare for the designated program dates
  • School enrollment fees
  • Worldwide, 24-hour emergency assistance
  • Access to an in-country support team and network, as well as our Participant Support Department based here in the U.S.
  • Orientations and intercultural education before and during your program
  • International secondary medical travel coverage
  • Visa support and guidance
  • Inclusion in a worldwide returnee and alumni network of over 1,000,000 people

Visa Info

Do I need a visa/residence permit for Czech Republic? YES. Visa
How do I apply for the visa? (By mail, In-person, In host country) In-person
Visa/Residence Permit Process Difficulty Level (Easy, Average, Complex) Complex
Estimated Visa/Residence Permit Expenses
($ – $$$)
$$
Frequently Asked Visa Questions Visit our general visa FAQ page for more information.
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Returning Home

“Life-changing” is hard to describe, yet it’s nearly always the first thing that AFSers say when asked about their experience abroad. “Transformed” is another one.
When you return home from your study abroad in the Czech Republic, you’ll bring with you a sense of accomplishment unlike any other. You’ll have gained maturity and independence, discovered new passions, and developed the confidence and resilience to accomplish anything you set out to do.
That transformation isn’t only visible to you, though – others see it as well. AFSers gain critical skills for college and careers. Second language fluency, intercultural competence, creativity, and critical reasoning will help you succeed, whatever path you take. “Life-changing” means it’s only the beginning.
It’s not just an adventure abroad; it’s a whole new reality. The perspectives and personal connections you gained will stay with you and likely draw you back to the second home you found in the Czech Republic.

In fact, our alumni reviews have made AFS one of the top-rated organizations in the study abroad industry.