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Оновлено: 26 вер. 2022 р.

Attending school in the Czech Republic is compulsory between the ages of 6 and 15. Education in public schools until the age of 18 or 19 is free.

State system of school education

Attending school in the Czech Republic is compulsory between the ages of 6 and 15. Education in public schools until the age of 18 or 19 is free. Children with special needs study separately. Primary education in the Czech Republic lasts nine years, usually between the ages of 6 and 15. Children can receive their primary education in different schools, which can also use different types of educational programs. At the age of 15, students move from primary school to secondary school. Some students, at the request of their parents, can go to gymnasium at the age of 11 after passing the entrance exam.

Gymnasiums are schools that focus on a certain field of study, but still provide students with an elementary education. Alternatively, students may choose to attend a conservatory. All of these different types of schools provide students with an initial education that allows them to continue on to higher education at the secondary and university levels. Upper secondary education can be general or vocational, usually lasts four years (grades 10-13) and is not considered compulsory. Students who graduate with a Vocational Certificate often do not continue their studies in the traditional education system, but instead immediately pursue a career in their chosen field. A small number of students attend secondary education, as most attend an 8-year grammar school after the 5th grade, which takes them to their 13th year of education.

Information for Ukrainians 2022

Detailed information on school admission and support for Ukrainian parents of migrants in the Czech Republic:

How to choose a school?

To find a primary school in your study area (determined based on your permanent address in the Czech Republic), you can use this website: It is also possible to apply to study at a school in another area, but children from the school's attendance area will be given priority.

List of documents

The following documents are required for admission to the school:

  • Birth Certificate;

  • statement;

  • health insurance card;

  • proof of address in the district where the school is located (if you apply to a district school);

  • report cards of previous years (if the child changes schools).

Features of private schools

Most children attend public schools, but there are also recently established private and church schools. Private and parochial schools charge tuition. Most private schools are multilingual, so classes are held in Czech and English, sometimes in German. Connections with recognized universities around the world also increase the attractiveness of private schools. Tuition fees at private schools vary widely and depend on what additional education you want your child to receive. The annual fee can range from approximately 50,000 Czech crowns to approximately 450,000 Czech crowns.

Language of instruction, availability of integration classes


The school will provide you with information about how your child's adaptation at school will proceed - in particular, about the possibility of free classes in the Czech language and about other support.

Visa, visa issues

In connection with Russia's military aggression against Ukraine, the governments of the EU, Georgia, Canada and the USA provide Ukrainians with war protection programs. Ukrainians seeking refuge from the war on the territory of these countries will receive residence and employment permits, and their children will be given the opportunity to continue their education in local schools.

If you intend to study in the Czech Republic outside of the war protection program, then a long-term study visa is required.

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