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Increasingly more Czechs want to study at U.S. universities

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Czechs’ interests in studying at prestigious US universities has been rising and they can use various scholarships to cover the study costs, Jakub Tesar, from the Fullbright Commission organising a fair of American universities yesterday, has told CTK.

The commission deals with study exchanges between the Czech Republic and the United States.

Last year, 776 Czechs studied in the United States, which means a year-on-year 11-percent rise.

Sixteen U.S. universities, including the University of Central Florida, the University of California and the New York Film Academy, presented their programmes in Prague yesterday.

The USA is the most popular destination for foreign students in the world for various reasons – mainly excellent study programmes and a close connection with research, but also a wide range of free-time activities that university campuses offer, said Matthew Murray, from the U.S. Department of Commerce, who attended yesterday’s fair.

Visitors to the fair could learn important information from the universities’ representatives, for instance, about necessary enrollment formalities.

Czech students can seek scholarships provided by US universities alone as well as other institutions and endowments, such as the American Fund for Czech and Slovak Leadership Studies. The foundations of Czech businessmen Zdenek Bakala and Petr Kellner (the richest Czech) also give scholarships to talented young people.

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