Before your stay
Citizens of the Russian Federation are required to possess visas to travel to the Czech Republic. Visa applicants file their applications at their local Czech Embassy/Consulate in the Russian Federation. You can apply for a short-term visa (Schengen visa), long-term visa for a stay over 90 days or for a long-term residence permit.
Current conditions and requirements in English
are available online at the following links:
Current conditions and requirements in Russian
are available online at the link.
During your stay
Renewing/extending a Visa
You can extend your visa without having to leave the Czech Republic. Students are entitled to submit an application for an extension of a long-term visa or a long-term residence permit, on condition that their purpose of stay remains the same, at the earliest 90 days and at the latest 14 days before the period of the permitted stay on the territory of the Czech Republic expires.
A long-term residence permit issued for the purpose of study at a university can be extended repeatedly, but only for a maximum period of two years each time it is extended.
More information is available here.
Working while Studying
Working while studying is possible with a student visa or a residence permit, but only under special conditions. The workload is limited to a maximum of 30 days a year and study must always be the main purpose of your stay. If you want to work on a long-term basis, it is necessary to apply for an Employee Card.
Travel during your stay
Travelling around the Schengen countries is allowed with a valid Czech long-term visa or a long-term permit.
If your family members wish to pay a short visit, they can apply for a Schengen visa at a Czech Embassy. The inviting person (e. g. you) must fill out an invitation form, available at any Foreign Police office.
Changes in student status after your studies
After your purpose of stay (study) expires you must leave the Czech Republic or it is necessary to specify the purpose of your further stay – e.g. work or follow-up studies.
Entry into the Czech Republic
The Czech police may during the passport control upon entry into the Czech Republic ask the visitor to present the supporting documents that were submitted in support of the visa application.
Registering with the Foreign Police
After your arrival
You are required to register at a local branch of the Foreign Police within 3 days of your arrival in the Czech Republic. This obligation does not apply if the person or organization providing your accommodation submits the registration form on your behalf (e.g. if you are staying at a university dormitory, hotel, etc.)
During your stay
During your stay in the Czech Republic, you are required to report any changes to your last name, marital status and any other information contained in your travel document (e. g. passport) within 3 working days. You must also report any change of your address in the Czech Republic within 30 days.
Medical care and insurance
Students from the Russian Federation must have health insurance coverage for illness, accidents, etc. for the entire period of their stay in the Czech Republic. More information is available here.
Students can of course use medical services in both emergency and non-emergency cases. A valid insurance card is required when going to a doctor or a medical facility in the Czech Republic. The Czech Republic uses the European Emergency Number 112.
Cost of living
Living costs in the Czech Republic are quite low. The average cost of living for students is around CZK 11 000 (RUB 30 790). This includes meals, accommodation, public transport, and cultural activities. Prices may vary according to your location, accommodation choices, lifestyle, and spending habits. College accommodation is about CZK 2 500 (RUB 7000) per month; a single room in a student flat usually costs around CZK 4 000 - 6 000 (RUB 11 195 – 16 000).
At a restaurant the average price of a meal is around CZK 150 (RUB 419); in the student canteen the price is usually CZK 30-40 for a meal (RUB 84 - 112). Food costs may be lower or higher, depending on your personal choice about where and what you eat.
Monthly public transport ticket for students
Monthly public transport ticket for students >26 years old - CZK 550 (RUB 1540)
One way ticket to Prague (Student Agency coach) - CZK 210 (RUB 590)
Petrol (Natural 95) - 37 CZK/l (RUB 104)