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Higher Vocational Schools

Higher vocational schools prepare students for qualified practice of demanding specialist activities or provide additional education for the practice of specific demanding activities. The attached text contains detailed information on education provided at higher vocational schools.

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Admission Proceedings
Structure of the Studies
Completion of the Studies

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Higher Vocational Schools

Higher vocational schools prepare students for qualified practice of demanding specialist activities or provide additional education for the practice of specific demanding activities. Higher vocational schools are either public, private or clerical. For more information on education provided at higher vocational schools, see the following text.

Higher vocation schools form a part of the tertiary non-university education. Higher vocational schools provide, in the individual fields of study, higher vocational education that includes general education, specific vocational education and demanding practical training. The studies are completed with graduation.

Daily studies take from two to three years, while correspondence studies take from three to four years. If the daily studies comprise vocational practice exceeding the period of three months, the daily studies may take up to three years and a half (pursuant to Section 27(a)(2) of the Education Act).

Social Security Issues:

During their studies at a higher vocational school, the students are deemed to be secondary school students under the law, and are thus entitled to social security benefits (in order to be eligible for benefits, the student and the persons assessed with him/her must permanently reside in the Czech Republic or must be recognised asylum-seekers).

Tuition:

Tuition is usually paid at higher vocational schools. The amount of tuition is determined by the school's director. Foreign students and Czech citizens pay the same tuition.

Lodging and Boarding:

The students of higher vocational groups may be provided with lodging and boarding under the same conditions as applicable to the students of secondary schools (Section 27c(2) of the Education Act).

Admission Proceedings

Higher vocational schools may be attended by students having acquired full secondary education or full secondary vocational education. Within the admission proceedings, the school's director may announce that entrance examinations will be held. The school's director will send a written notice on admission to the student within seven days of the entrance examinations. In case entrance examinations have not been held, the school's director will send a written notice on the student's admission to the student within seven days after the decision was adopted (Section 27a(3) of Act no. 29/1984 Coll.).

Entrance examinations are usually held in the second half of June and in the last week of August. The date, concept and contents of the entrance examinations, if any, will be set by the school's director.

Structure of the Studies

The school year consists of 40 weeks of schooling, of which 32 weeks are reserved for schooling, six weeks are reserved for the classification in the ordinary exam terms, and two weeks are a time reserve. The part of the school year from 1 September to 31 January forms the fall semester, the part of the school year from 1 February to 31 August forms the summer semester.

The schooling in the last six calendar months before graduations takes at least 14 weeks (Section 1 of Education Ministry Directive no. 265/1996 Coll., setting out the details of the study's structure and completion in higher vocational schools).

Completion of the Studies

Graduation:

The studies end upon graduation: a technical examination consisting of a theoretical exam from technical subjects, a foreign language test, and the graduation thesis and its defence. At conservatories, graduation exams include graduation performance or, as the case may be, test of artistic and educational studies.

The graduation is subject to the successful completion of the last year of the relevant study programme of the higher vocational school, unless the Education Act stipulates otherwise (under Section 27a(5) of the Education Act).

The graduation exam is assessed by the examining board. Students having successfully graduated will receive an examination report within seven days of the exams, and a higher vocational school graduation diploma within 30 days of the exams.

If the student fails the graduation, the examining board will set the date of the second term. The student may repeat the graduation exam only once (Section 27b(2) of the Education Act).

The student having successfully graduated from a higher vocational school is entitled to use the title Dis. - “diplomovaný specialista” (certified specialist) - after his/her name. The titles for higher vocational schools graduates and their abbreviations are approved by the Minister of Education (under Section 27a(2) of the Education Act).


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