Before arrival – application
Students from EU countries
If you come from an EU member country (or Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein or Switzerland), you are exempt from student visa requirements. You are not required to have any additional medical insurance, but we highly recommend arranging one.
Students from non-EU countries
If you wish to enrol at Palacky University, you must apply for a long-term visa (recommended) or residence permit for the purpose of studies (see the difference). You have to file your application at the Embassy or Consulate General of the Czech Republic abroad, usually in your country of citizenship. Applications cannot be filed in the Czech Republic.
Please be advised that the application process for a long-term visa or residence permit for the purpose of studies can take up to 60 days.
Visa application requirements
- Official application form (long-term visa form, long-term residence permit form)
- 2 photographs
- Travel document
- Document of the purpose of stay
- Proof of accommodation
- Proof of funds
- Parental consent (minors)
- Register of Criminal Record or an equivalent document (translated into Czech)
- Proof of medical insurance
Full details can be found at the Czech Ministry of Interior website.
After arrival – obligations
Are you a NEW international student at Palacký University?
Check your VISA obligations after arrival:
- Foreign Police registration
- If you live in a private accommodation
- If you are from EU- do it in 30 days after arrival
- If you are not from EU- do it in 3 days after arrival
Foreign Police (Cizinecká policie)
Smetanova 14 779 00 Olomouc
tel.: +420 974 761 829
Office hours: Mon and Wed: 8–17.
- OAMP registration:
- If you have residence permit
- Do it in 3 days after arrival
Write an email to email@example.com
Subject: first entry in CZ
Please specify your name, surname, date of birth, nationality, faculty and date of arrival.
Then you will be given an appointment for biometric. For communication, use your school email (UPOL) account!
For both registration appointments, bring your national identity card or a passport (and visa) and your travel health insurance contract and confirmation of its payment. (EU students bring their national health insurance card).
Extension of stay in CZE
If you have been granted a long-term visa, it is possible for you to apply for an extension. This extension can be applied only for a period summing 1 year in total (12 months) including your previous long-term visa period. For an extension for a period longer than this, you can apply for a long-term residence permit for the purpose of "studies".
If you have been granted a long-term residence permit for the purpose of "studies", it is possible for your to apply for an extension.
Extension of stay requirements
In order to extend your long-term residence permit for the purpose of "studies" or a long-term visa, you will need to provide:
- official application form (long-term visa form, long-term residence permit form);
- a travel document;
- a document confirming the purpose of stay in the Czech Republic (confirmation on the enrolment in education);
- proof of accommodation;
- 1 photograph;
- a document on travel medical insurance for the period of your stay in the Czech Republic;
- proof of funds;
- fee payment.
If you want to extend your stay in the Czech Republic, you have two options.
Call personally to the infoline of the MOI +420 974 801 801 to arrange an appointment at the OAMP in Olomouc.
- BY POST
Send all materials by post to:
U Výstaviště 3183/18
Send complete documents, including stamps, only send a copy of your passport. By submitting your application, your obligation is fulfilled and your stay in the Czech Republic is legal. After that (5 days) write an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, stating your name, surname and date of birth and asking them to communicate the reference number of your application. This number will allow you to track your application online.
If you need an assistance, please contact the Welcome Office.
What residency document do I need?
A number of applicants are sometimes confused in the differentiation between the two documents we recommend applying for once the students, academic workers or other applicants decide to reside in the territory of the Czech Republic for the purpose of studies, scientific research, seeking employment, or employment. The first document is a long-term residence permit, and the second is a long-term visa. In the following text, we specify their unique characteristics and differentiation.
Long-term residence permit for the purpose of studies
The long-term residence permit for the purpose of studies is a document that allows a foreigner to stay in the Czech Republic for the duration of their studies. It is issued for a period of one year and can be extended if the studies are not completed within this time frame. In order to apply for this permit, the applicant must have been accepted into a Czech educational institution and provide a number of documents.
Long-term visa for the purpose of studies
The long-term visa for the purpose of studies is a document that allows a foreigner to enter the Czech Republic and stay for up to 365 days for the purpose of studying. This type of visa is usually issued to applicants who are planning to study in the Czech Republic for less than one year. It can be extended only for a time period summing up to one year.
Difference between documents
The main difference between the two is that a residence permit allows a foreigner to stay in the country for a longer period of time, while a visa is a temporary solution for those who are planning to stay in the country for less than a year.
To apply for either of these permits, the applicant must submit the required documents to the relevant Czech embassy or consulate in their home country. The application process can take up to several weeks, so it is advisable to start the process well in advance of the planned date of arrival.
In summary, both Long-term residence permit for the purpose of studies and Long-term visa for the purpose of studies allow foreign students to study in the Czech Republic. The choice of which permit to apply for depends on the length of the studies and the intended duration of stay in the country.