Practical Information

In the MA in Applied Economics program we take a tailored individual approach to each student. The MA in Applied Economics Study and Support Office is ready to assist you with any questions and practical issues including obtaining and prolonging visas, arranging accommodation, and supporting you upon your arrival and during your studies at CERGE-EI.


 

MA in Applied Economics Practical Information

MA in Applied Economics Study and Support Office (SSO):
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+420 224 005 181

Visa

The MA in Applied Economics Study and Support Office (SSO) will guide you through each step of the visa application process. Since getting a student visa can be time-consuming, we provide personalized assistance. CERGE-EI has long experience negotiating with officials and guiding students through both the official procedure and the unwritten realities of obtaining a visa. Please be diligent in keeping in close communication with the SSO about your visa application.

Soon after you receive your admissions offer, MA in Applied Economics program staff will be in contact with you about applying for your visa. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you have any questions or concerns about the visa procedure. 

EU citizens

Students from the European Union do not need any kind of visa to enter and stay in the Czech Republic.

Non-EU citizens not subject to visa requirement  

Students from countries whose citizens are exempt from visa requirement (for example Albania, Australia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Canada, Japan, Macedonia/FYROM, Montenegro, Serbia, USA, and others) may stay in the Czech Republic for a period of up to 90 days. This can be useful for the beginning of the MA in Applied Economics program in September, but students from these countries must still apply for a long-term visa and later for a long-term permit in order to stay in the Czech Republic for the entire study program.

Non-EU citizens required to obtain a visa

Students from non-EU countries are required to obtain a visa to stay in the Czech Republic. The following visa types are suitable for students starting the MA in Applied Economics program:

Long-term visa – over 90 days, up to 1 year

This is the most common visa issued when coming to the Czech Republic to study. The long-term visa is valid up to 1 year, but it is not possible to prolong this visa. The SSO will provide MA in Applied Economics students and applicants with detailed instructions on how to apply for the long-term visa.

Detailed and up-to-date information about visa matters may be found at the web page of Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Interior of the Czech Republic:

http://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/information_for_aliens/index.html
http://www.mvcr.cz/mvcren/article/immigration.aspx

Accommodation

When studying at MA in Applied Economics Program in Prague you can choose from the following accommodation options:

University dorm room at a subsidized price

MA in Applied Economics students have the right to a university dorm room at subsidized prices. The dormitories are generally located outside the city center (30–45 minutes from CERGE-EI by public transport). Prices depend on the dorm and number of people sharing the room.

Most MA in Applied Economics students live in Hostivař dormitory.

  • Dormitory / Shared room cca 2,900 CZK (≈130 USD) per month per person
  • Dormitory / Singe room 4,200 CZK (≈190 USD) per month

Private accommodation

Prices for private accommodation in Prague vary greatly depending on quality and location. We will assist you with finding a flat to rent, according to your preferences.

  • Studio apartment cca 10,000-15,000 CZK (≈460-690 USD) per month
  • Shared apartment (3 people or more) cca 5,000-9,000 CZK (≈230-410 USD) per month per person

MA in Applied Economics, living in Prague

Living Expenses

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is a moderate city in terms of living expenses. It is much less expensive than Western European capitals such as London or Paris or larger former Soviet cities such as Moscow or St. Petersburg. Prices are, however, higher than in Eastern European cities such as Kiev or Central Asian cities such as Tashkent. Of course, how much you spend on living essentials also depends on your personal standards, and Prague offers a wide range of spending options.

MA in Applied Economics, living in Prague

Exchange rate of Czech Crowns (CZK) as of October 2018:

1 EUR = CZK 25.72
1 USD = CZK 21.97

 

Sample items Prices (CZK)
Mineral water, 1.5 liter 10
Loaf of bread 30
Milk, 1 liter 20
Eggs, 10 35
Packet of spaghetti 15-40
Whole chicken 90
Apples, 1 kg 35
Chocolate bar 15
Beer in a pub, 0.5 liter 35
Meal in a restaurant 150
Combo meal in fast food restaurant 120
Slice of pizza 30
Medium coffee from a coffee shop 70
Tube of toothpaste 45
Hair shampoo, 200 ml 80 
Mobile phone services 500 / month
Cinema ticket 80-200

 

Public transport in Prague is said to be one of the best systems in Europe. The metro, trams and buses cover the majority of the city center and suburbs. A monthly pass costs 550 CZK; a yearly pass for the whole duration of the MA in Applied Economics program is 3,650 CZK. More details here.