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Czech Language Courses and Studies in the Czech Republic in 2020/2021

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We present the possibilities to study in the Czech Republic for members of the Czech American community in 2020/2021. March 15, 2020 is the deadline for the applications.

Every year, there is an opportunity to receive a scholarship for a 4-week course in the Czech language for Czechs living abroad and their descendants (see more details in English below), for a 2-week course for teachers of the Czech language (see more details below) and scholarships for one or two semesters at Czech universities (see more details below).

1/ A four-week course of the Czech language for Czechs living abroad and their descendants in Poděbrady

Term: July  17 to  August 14, 2020

Four-week summer vacation Czech language course (July/August) is intended for Czech compatriots over 18 years of age who live abroad and would like to learn their predecessors' language or improve their existing Czech language skills. The course gives them the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the Czech culture and get to know part of the Czech Republic. Tuition takes place in groups according to ability level and is led by experienced teachers. A generous extracurricular program (forums, excursions, lectures, weekend day trips, etc.) is prepared for course participants. Tuition, board, and lodging are provided to select participants free of charge. These participants receive also a financial contribution towards travel to and from the Czech Republic (5000 CZK). Health care costs are covered for them within the scope laid down in Act No. 326/1999 Coll., on Residence of Foreigners in the Czech Republic and on Amendment of Some Other Acts, as amended. Upon completing the course, participants receive a graduation certificate. Application forms may be submitted only via Embassy of the Czech Republic or Czech Consulate, and must be submitted by March 15, 2020.

To apply you should:
- Fill out an electronic application;

- Print out the application and send it to Czech Consulate General in Chicago together with a recommendation of a compatriot organization and copy of your passport before March 15, 2020.

Please fill out the online application form

There is a possibility of a self-paid course.


2/ A two-week course for teachers of the Czech language from the compatriot community

Term: August 24 – September 4, 2020

The course is intended for Czech language teachers from the compatriot community. The participants will learn about methods of teaching Czech language abroad. They will also visit institutions related to the Czech language and literature as part of the course. Costs for transport, board and lodging are covered for participants who obtain the scholarship. Transport costs are reimbursed if the arrival is maximally 2 beeks before the course and departure 2 weeks after the course. Transport costs by private car are not reimbursed.  In addition, participants get CZK 1,000 for personal expenses. Participant have to be 18 years old and have a very goof knowledge of Czech language.

Term for filling out of the online application is March 15, 2020. The application can be found here

Print out the application and send it to Czech Consulate General in Chicago together with a recommendation of a compatriot organization before March 15, 2020.

The recommendation of the compatriot organization has to contain support of the applicant and reasons for the participation in the course for development of educational and cultural activities of the compatriot organization.


3/ Scholarships for one or two semesters at the Czech universities

Scholarships for students from the compatriot community at universities in the Czech Republic in the following subjects: Czech language for foreigners, teaching of Czech language and literature, history, ethnology, history of art and theology.  Good knowledge of Czech language is a prerequisite for receiving a scholarship.  

           More information and online application form.

Terms for application

  • for one-semester studies in the winter semester 2020/2021 (September 2020 – February 2121) until March 15, 2020
  • for two-semester studies in the winter and summer semester 2020/2021 (September 2020 to June 2021) until March 15, 2020
  • for one-semester studies in the summer semester 2020/2021 (February 2021 to June 2021) until August 15, 2020


Please send the printed and signed application to the  Consulate General of the Czech republic in Chicago, together with your current CV, medical certification of  your eligibility for studies, detailed study program and copy of your passport, by March 15, 2020.

After the acceptance by the Czech university, the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports will send the Decision on granting the scholarship and the Confirmation of Accommodation to recipients of the scholarship through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

Please address your applications from the following US states: Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin  to:

Jan Kubišta
Consulate General of the Czech Republic in Chicago

205 N Michigan, Suite 1680, Chicago IL 60601


For more information write to e-mail: jan_kubista@mzv.cz