Top 7 Reasons to Study Abroad in Prague
Just in time for the release of the QS University Rankings: EECA 2016, put your copy of The Unbearable Lightness of Being to the side and trust TopUniversities.com to transport you to the Czech capital’s paved streets. Why read Kundera when we’ve got your wanderlust satiated?
In joint 39th position with Shanghai in the QS Best Student Cities 2016, Prague is home to three QS-ranked universities and particularly stands out for its diverse student mix, as well as its affordability, thriving art scene and dizzying nightlife.
So, if you wish to study in Europe, then the Czech capital might be for you… Here are seven reasons why you should study in Prague ASAP.
1. Attend a top university.
The Czech capital boasts three leading institutions consistently ranked among the world’s best in the QS rankings. The leader among these, Charles University in Prague, is ranked 279th in the QS World University Rankings ® 2015/16, and fourth in the latest edition of the QS University Rankings: Emerging Europe & Central Asia. Charles University is closely followed by Czech Technical University in Prague and the University of Economics, Prague, which are also widely renowned and internationally ranked.
2. Make international friends.
International students account for 15% of enrolments at the internationally ranked universities mentioned above, and Prague is an intrinsically cosmopolitan city that is used to catering to a mix of nationalities. If you choose to study in Prague, it is likely that you will make a group of friends from a wide range of different nationalities and in turn grow as a person (always a plus)!
3. Because in Prague, art is everywhere.
From street art to the Montanelli Museum, which opened its doors in 2009 to become a leader in contemporary art, to the wonderful photography collections at the Leica Gallery, there’s something to suit every taste…
4. Rejoice in Prague’s all-encompassing nightlife.
Trust us on this one: Prague’s nightlife is one of the best in Europe. Whether you’re into cozy beer gardens, huge dance clubs that stay open all night, or underground cave bars, there’s nightlife to suit all tastes.
5. Live in a city that’s actually beautiful to look at.
Forget London and Berlin: Prague is a delight to look at. If you’re going to study in Europe, then it might as well be in an historic city with quaint little side streets and architecture influenced by the Gothic, Renaissance, Romanesque, cubism and art nouveau styles.
6. Save money.
While tuition fees for international students arein the mid-range, Prague not quite as expensive as other top student cities, according to Mercer’s Cost of Living Survey. According to Numbeo.com, renting a one-bedroom apartment bang in the city center will set you back approximately Kč 13,900 (~US$580) per month, while a loaf of bread should cost you about Kč20 (US$0.80).
7. Turbo-charge your career prospects.
From introducing you to a new network of connections and diverse alumni community, to opening up the way for an international career, studying abroad in a major European city will help you develop key transferrable skills and access more job opportunities.
This article was originally published in June 2016 . It was last updated in January 2020