Understanding the Education System

The Czech Republic has an illustrious history of providing quality education which continues to this day. The oldest university in Central Europe was established back in 1348, and is now known at the Charles University in Prague. The Czech Republic is particularly well-known for its long tradition of providing excellence in the fields of science, engineering and mathematics.

Compulsory education was first introduced in Bohemia in 1774 by Maria Theresa and in the Czech Republic today children begin their compulsory primary education at the age of 6. After progressing through the 9 grades, at the age of 15, they can then chose to continue into secondary education until the age of 18, and from there they can progress to higher education offering Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral programmes.

More and more study programmes are being offered in foreign languages, especially English, to cater for the rise in international student numbers.