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The country is bordered by Poland to the north, Germany to the west, Austria to the south and Slovakia to the east. Its capital and largest city is Prague. The Czech Republic is a landlocked country in the middle of Europe.
At the end of 1992 Czechoslovakia split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The Czech Republic joined NATO in 1999 and the European Union in 2004. The Czech Republic possesses a developed, high-income economy with a GDP per capita of 80% of the European Union average. Growth has been led by exports to the European Union, especially Germany, and foreign investment, while domestic demand is reviving.
Most of the economy has been privatised, including the banks and telecommunications. The Czech Republic as a landlocked country has moderate climate with four seasons corresponding to the temperate climate zone. The climate varies among the various regions of the Czech Republic, and throughout year. Summer weather can be very warm with temperatures .A nice time of the year to visit the Czech Republic is spring (mid-May to mid-June) and fall (September to mid-October), when the weather can be quite pleasant, although it can also be unpredictable.
The Programme for International Student Assessment, coordinated by the OECD, currently ranks the Czech education system as the 15th best in the world, higher than the OECD average
The Czech Republic has a rich scientific tradition. Important inventions include the modern contact lens, the separation of modern blood types, and the production of the Semtex plastic explosive.
The structure of the academic year is decided by each institution. It usually begins in October and is divided into two semesters: winter and summer, with approx. a five-week examination period after each semester
By law, higher education at public and state institutions is free of charge for citizens of all nationalities, with the following exceptions
The Czech Republic offers scholarships to foreign nationals
Expenses covering the stay are substantially lower than in any west European country. The International Student Identity Card (ISIC) is the best card for all students. It allows cardholders to get student discounts for transport, restaurants, cinemas, museums, exhibitions and concerts. Students coming to the Czech Republic should obtain an ISIC card at their home university or in their home country.
Foreign students (visa holders) can be employed, but must have a job permit. Job permit is not required only if the student (max. 26 years old) works not longer than 7 consecutive calendar days or 30 days a year in total.