Cost of Living

Living in the Czech Republic, as anywhere else, may be anywhere from relatively cheap to quite expensive, depending mainly on location and type of accommodation and the choice of lifestyle - preferred meals, entertainment etc. Prague, of all places, can be relatively expensive, especially as regards the accommodation.

Sample prices of some basic commodities or services (approx., in Czech korunas, CZK; 1 EUR = 25,5 CZK)

Apartment rents (1BR to 4BR, monthly)

6000 to 20000

Prague public transport (single trip / monthly / 3-months pass)

32/550/1480 (32/260/720 after student discount)

Taxi cab (km)

30 (+ 40 fixed fee)

Cinema ticket

140 – 180 (after student discount

Restaurant lunch specials








Starbucks coffee (large)


Hot dog


McDonald's Big Mac menu


Telephone call (prepaid cell, 1 min)

3 – 5


The University College of Business in Prague does not own any hostels (dorms) in Prague, but  can help students with accommodation facilities upon request. In this case we closely cooperate with VOLHA dormitory (K Verneráku 950/45, 148 28 Praha 4)  


Food and beverage services are provided in a canteen 2 minutes walking distance from the University (Spálená 12, 110 00 Praha 1), there are several vending machines on school premises.     



The University College of Business in Prague does not provide any medical or health instance for any of its students, nor does it vouch for any medical expenses incurred by any of its students. It is the sole responsibility of students to take out instance according to their preference and the rules of their countries of residence.

After taking out local health care instance in Czech Republic, students can visit almost all medical facilities in Czech Republic, which are numerous especially in Prague. The closest students´ health care centre is situated 2 minutes walk from University.

Medical Facilities

Městská poliklinika Praha

Spálená 12, 110 00 Praha 1

MUDr. Vlasta Berkovičová

Office Hours:    Mo:   12:30 – 18:30

                       Tu:    07:30 – 12:30; 13:00 – 15:00

                       We:   07:30 – 12:30; 13:00 – 15:00

                       Th:    07:30 – 12:30

                       Fr:     07:30 – 12:30 


Client Centre VŠO

The coordinators in the Registrar Office are ready to help with most problems students can encounter, and will   handle the study agenda and paperwork.

Spálená 76/14, 110 00 Prague 1

building S (ground floor, atrium)

Karolína Buchalová

Phone: +420 810 888 500

Mobile: +420 733 350 268


Office hours: Mo - Fr: 9:00 – 12:00 and 13:00 – 17:00


Study facilities

The University College of Business in Prague offers complete facilities including well-furnished, fully air-conditioned rooms and halls, equipped with multi-media presentation devices, library with a number of PCs, copiers and printers available to students, books and magazines. Wi-fi connection to the Internet in classrooms, computer and study rooms are matter of fact.

International programmes

ERASMUS exchange program  

Practical informations for mobile students

Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements for Bachelor Studies:

  • Czech citizens: completed secondary education (notarized copy of the leaving examination certificate must be sent to the University with the application form)
  • Non Czech citizens: completed secondary education (notarized copy of  recognized document should be submitted latest at registration)
  • Non Czech citizens should have a relevant command of the Czech or Slovak language
  • Applicants graduated from secondary special schools (VOŠ) and wishing to study in the bachelor program (2 – 3 standard terms) are required to have graduated in economics and management
  • Applicants for part-time studies should have at least one year of relevant work experience.

Entry Requirements for Master Studies:

  • Czech citizens: Completed bachelor studies or relevant part of master studies (notarized copy of diploma)
  • Non Czech citizens, who do not have Bachelor diploma from a Czech or Slovak school, have to submit a notarized copy of recognized document attesting a graduation at the university type of school.

Visa requirements

Before arrival in the Czech Republic it is not necessary to apply for the visa if you are citizen of EU country or Iceland, Norway, Lichtenstein and Switzerland. There are also other countries whose citizens are exempt from short-term visa requirement (see the following link).  

However, for citizens of other countries it is obliged to ask for short term visa which is valid up to 90 days or long term visa which is valid up to 365 days. Visas are issued at Czech embassy or consulate in the country of origin where it is also possible to receive more information.

Short term visa (valid up to 90 days):

  • Visa Application Requirements:
  • Form
  • Travel document
  • Photograph
  • Document substantiating purpose of stay (for example: registration confirmation, acceptance letter, hosting agreement with a research institution in case of scientific research etc.)
  • Proof of accommodation or proof of sufficient financial means to arrange for accommodation (for example: dormitories accommodation etc.)
  • Proof of sufficient financial means for subsistence during a stay in the Schengen area, for return to a country of residence or for a transit to a third country, in which the applicant resides or can obtain financial means legally
  • Information, which will allow to ascertain the intention to leave the territory of the Czech Republic/Schengen area before the expiry of visa (for example: (air plane) ticket reservation, proof of financial means, employment confirmation, proof of immovable property, proof of family or work ties etc.)
  • Travel medical insurance


Long term visa (valid more than 90 days) – obliged also for citizens of other countries whose are exempt from visa requirements (see the following link):  

  • A travel document;
  • 2 photograph;
  • A completed form “Application for long-stay Visa”
  • Funds to cover the cost of stay in the territory;
  • A document confirming the purpose of stay in the territory of the Czech Republic.


For more information, please, see the following link:

Applications for visa extension or for long-term residence permits must be submitted to the Foreign Police at the earliest 90 days, and at the latest 14 days, before the expiration date of the visa. Applicants are required to pay a fee upon submission of the application. Visas for periods of more than 90 days can be cancelled if the person is convicted of a crime, does not fulfill the purpose of residence for which the visa was granted, or if the person requests its cancellation. In cases where visa applications are declined, appeals will not be considered. Applicants must apply for visa extension within the required period and pay the proper fees. They will not be notified.

Upon arrival at the airports in the Czech Republic, all citizens are required to submit the following documents:

  • Valid passport/ID Card;
  • Valid Czech student visa (if requested).


  • According to article 93 of law 326/1999, foreigners have 3 days from arrival to report their place of residence in the Czech Republic at the office of the Foreign Police;
  • Students can apply for both short and long term visas;
  • Expedition of the visa granting process is possible by requesting the Embassy to send all documents to the Czech Republic by courier - the applicant is responsible for all expenses (in this case, the Consulate is required to send the documents by the next day).

For more information please contact:

Ředitelství služby cizinecké policie (The Foreign Police of the Czech Republic)

Olšanská 2, P. O. Box 78
130 51 Praha 3
Phone:  974 841 219

Useful Information
Official Czech information site of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Czech Tourism
Official site for visitors to the Czech Republic

Prague Daily Monitor
News and resources about the Czech Republic in English

Language courses

There are multitudes of language courses at the University College of Business in Prague.  Details of such courses can be found in the course catalogue.


Depending on the particular program, students are offered internships, both as part of their curricula, or as extra-curricular activity, with various institutions of their interest. The University College of Business in Prague cooperates with a great number of both private companies and public agencies that make it likely for everyone to succeed in the search for the right internship.

Sports facilities

Would you like to stay in good physical condition?  Would you like to enjoy sport weekends with your friends and schoolmates? Would you like to consume according to the principle of healthy nutrition? If so, all these you can live out under the guidance of experts and for advantageous conditions.  

Take occasion to attend newly opened Sport Club of VŠO and survive the study in health!

Extra-mural and leisure activities

Every year students hold a large number of cultural, sporting and other events.  Specialist seminars, debates and conferences are organized in the school not only in the sphere of management, finance, politics, etc., but also on various topical themes. These events are also attended by research workers and specialists with practice.  

September - Getting to know party of freshmen

October – Welcome Party Winter semester

December – PartyPles Summer semester

March – Welcome Party

March – Skiing Course

May – Boat Party   

June/July – Canoeing

Diploma Supplement

Diploma Supplement at the University College of Business in Prague is being issued in English and Czech, given automatically and free of charge to every student upon graduation.

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Graduates of our school

Adam Klavík


I got my bachelor’s degree in VŠERS in České Budějovice and moved to VŠO in Prague for my master’s degree. And I don’t regret it – VŠO is much more similar to a public school and the quality of teacher is 100% better. For example Ms. Palatková, who taught me, is a big name in the tourist industry.

Jan Šrámek


On VŠO, I have learnt to be independent and gained practice in my field. In all places where we went within the scope of student competitions, we have been winning awards. Already during my studies I became a part of the organisational structure of few projects in tourism. I can’t wait till I start working full-time.

Petra Benešová


I have graduated from VŠO and now I even teach there. Much has changed over the years – the school keeps going forward, is now more focused on practice, the subjects are more technical and more narrowly focused. Even though the competition on the market is huge, VŠO getting on very well and I can recommend it easily.

Jana Valentová


Graduated from: VOŠ - acting, Academy of Physical Education and Sport PALESTRA, University College of Business. Motto: Do not be an oaf in life and a liar on the stage! „Which title do you use then? „None.“ Laugh. „After all, it is more important what I have in my head.“

Kristína Jíšová


VŠO is one of the few schools in the Czech Republic, which really focuses on practice. During the studies, we have for example: worked on projects, whose results were inspected by the National Heritage Institution. A lot of the lectures were also led by external lectors, so we were learning things as they were applied in real life.

Simona Kremerová


Simona works as a Program Coordinator in the company Smaller Earth. In year 2009 she took part in a work stay in New York. She spent three and a half year in England and worked for an Australian travel agency. Work never bothered Simona and that is why, when she got the opportunity to go to America as kitchen help, she did hesitate. She gathered experience, found new friends and travelled through some parts of the United States with the money she earned. That is how job opportunities in England or Spain opened up to her.

Jakub Velička


He studied aviation theory on the Oxford Aviation Academy. He went through practical training in Czech Republic and Poland. He is a holder of CPL/ME/IR licences. 

Jaroslava Kolářová


Jaroslava has finished a study stay in Italy. During her studies she works in the hotel industry. She can speak Italian, English, French and a bit of Spanish. Jaroslava has always known what she wanted to reach in life and tries to reach that, no matter how impossible that might seem to someone. You will not find words such as “not possible”, “I don’t have a chance” or “I will not try” in her vocabulary.

Barbora Malá


Barbora has worked as a call centre questioner or a project manager. She has newly started as a VŠO Marketing Manager and leads the Client centre. Her hobbies are travelling, volleyball and cycling.