52,000 International Students Enrolled in Czech Universities in 2021, with 51% of Them Being Female

According to information made public by the Czech Statistical Office, there were 52,109 foreign students studying in the Czech Republic in 2021, with women making up 51% of the total. But since 2012, the proportion of women enrolled in Czech universities has declined by 0.8 percent.

According to Ministry of Education figures, there were 304,073 students registered in Czech universities overall last year, up 4.4 percent from the academic year prior. This number includes overseas students, whose enrollment rose by 17.1 percent.

However, the number of students from the 27 EU countries decreased by 0.6 percent, while the number of students from non-EU nations increased by 4.7 percent at the nation’s institutions. According to statistics, 26,221 of the international students were nationals of EU nations or 50.3%.

A record number of foreign students attended Czech institutions last year, according to the CSU report, among other things (52,109). There were just 38,707 in the nation in 2012, while more than 40,000 were present two years later.

With 21,913 Slovak students choosing Czech colleges, Slovakia was the leading country of origin for foreign students in Czechia last year. Along with Russia, which sent 8,575 students, the other top sending nations were Ukraine (4,613), Kazakhstan (2,720), India (1,530), and Belarus (1,067).

Of the total number of foreign students from third countries, students from the aforementioned nations made up 71.5% of the student body. While the number of students from Ukraine and Russia has climbed by 8.9 percent and 16.5%, respectively, and by 5.2 percent, respectively, more students from Kazakhstan are selecting Czechia as their study-abroad country.

Apart from Germany, which sent 1,041 students to Czechia last year, there were not even thousands of students from other EU members.

47,137 international students, or 90.5% of all international students, were enrolled in public universities in the Czech Republic. In contrast, 8,893 foreign students were enrolled in health and social care programs at public universities.

However, Jarmila Mareová from the Department of Manpower, Migration, and Equal Opportunities of the CZSO stated that the most popular fields with the biggest number of foreigners were business, administration, and law.

Out of 52,109 foreign students studying in the Czech Republic, 24,766 were full-time students or were pursuing bachelor’s degrees, and just eight were mostly distance learners earning master’s degrees.

OECD Report: Education at a Glance

According to the annual OECD study, which offers information on education in OECD and partner countries, 43 percent of women aged 25 to 34 with a secondary education and about 82 percent of those with a tertiary education were able to reach the labor market in 2021.

The statistics show that these percentages among men are 68 percent for those with secondary education and 88 percent for those with higher degrees.

Employment among young adults who have completed university school is high in all disciplines of study, especially science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, according to “Education at a Glance,” which this year concentrates on tertiary education (STEM). The survey states that these industries have the highest employment rates.

In practically every country, graduates in the STEM subjects of natural sciences, mathematics, and statistics typically have lower employment rates than graduates in other STEM fields. The paper notes that the discrepancies are particularly significant in Chile, the Czech Republic, Mexico, and Portugal, where employment rates are typically about 10% lower than in other STEM professions.

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