Frequently Asked Questions
Coming to study with us from abroad? Here are the most common questions our international students have.
Why NEWTON University?
Newton University is a top-ranking private business and management university located in the beautiful historic capital city of Prague. Our innovative curriculum combines Economics, Management, and Psychology to ensure that our students have the tools they need to become business leaders of tomorrow.
Over the past five years, NEWTON has been a six-time winner of the ‘Faculty of the Year’ award, which is voted for by students. As the only institute of higher education in Czechia that offers a complete bilingual experience, along with distance and part-time flexible learning options, NEWTON is the obvious choice for ambitious students looking to lay the foundations of an international business career.
When does the academic year begin?
The 2021/22 academic year begins on the 27th of September.
What kind of support can I expect during my studies?
At NEWTON we offer pastoral support to all of our students. As we are a small school, our students typically develop close relationships with their peers, their lecturers, and other members of the faculty.
You’ll also have a dedicated mentor who will be able to offer advice on your academic and professional development, as well as on how to access support to cope with difficulties and challenges in your personal life. In addition, our careers support service will be available to discuss your career plans.
Who will I be taught by at NEWTON?
Students learn from a diverse academic faculty, who combine both academic and real-world business experience. In addition to this, we have regular guest lecturers from the private sector and public sectors. Previous speakers have included Vladimír Tomšík, the former Vice-Governor of the Czech National Bank and current ambassador to China professor, and Stanislav Gálik the CEO of Aures Laboratories.
How do I apply?
Applications are considered on a rolling basis. To find out more about the admission process, visit the Admissions page on our website.
What level of English do I need to apply for the programme?
Although we require a level of English proficiency that is equivalent to B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (https://www.coe.int/en/web/common-european-framework-reference-language…), you don’t need to provide us with formal proof that you have attained this level. During the application process, we will assess your language skills ourselves, both from your written application, and during the interview process.
I have not yet passed the final exams at my secondary school, so I don't have a school leaving certificate. Is this a problem?
You’ll need to have a school leaving certification before enrolling at NEWTON, but it’s fine to apply before you’ve got it. You should apply as indicated on the Admissions page, but without supplying the certificate. If you are offered a place at NEWTON, the acceptance will be conditional on you graduating secondary school before you take up your place on the course.
What requirements does my school leaving certificate and transcript need to meet?
Your school leaving certificate and transcript needs to be in either Czech or English. If it is in another language then a certified translation will be required.
In addition, the Czech education authorities need to be satisfied that your secondary school qualifications are equivalent to the same education level in the Czech Republic. For qualifications from some countries this recognition is automatic; for others, your secondary school leaving certificate will need to be nostrified. In some cases you may have to undertake additional exams to verify your qualifications. Full details of the nostrification process, including exemptions, can be found here.
Will I need to travel to Czechia at any stage during the application process?
NEWTON’s application process can be completed entirely online. Your written application can be submitted from anywhere in the world, and the interview process is conducted online via a video call.
The only situation in which you would have to visit Czechia personally during the application process is if you need to sit exams to satisfy the Czech education authorities that your secondary school education is equivalent to a Czech secondary education. Unfortunately these exams cannot be taken online, and must be taken at a formal examination centre in the Czech Republic. If this applies to you, we can help you arrange to sit the exams at a time convenient to you, and also to find temporary accommodation. Find out more about the circumstances in which you might have to sit these exams here.
What can I study in English at NEWTON?
NEWTON offers one bachelor’s programme in English: a Bc in Global Business and Management. This can be studied either in person at our campus in Prague, or remotely using online learning tools. To find out more about the course content, as well as the philosophy and aims of the programme, please visit the Study Programme page of our website.
Does NEWTON offer a Master's programme in English?
In the future we hope to offer a Master’s programme in English at NEWTON, but currently the only course that we offer in English is a bachelor’s degree in Global Business and Management.
What is the length of the programme?
The bachelor’s programme is composed of six semesters, spread over three years. For further information, please visit the Study Programme page of our website.
I am specifically interested in digital marketing/social media/starting my own business. Can I specialise during my studies?
Yes! In order to ensure that everyone understands key concepts in global business and management, some of the study programme modules are compulsory. However, as we want to make sure that every student leaves NEWTON with the specific tools and experience they need to get started on their dream career, we also offer a range of optional modules to allow you to specialise in whatever you’re most interested in. For more information, visit the Study Plan page of our website.
Is it possible to study remotely?
Yes! Our Bc in Global Business and Management can be studied online from anywhere in the world. In order to help you get the most out of the programme we’ll still encourage you to come to Prague for a semester or two, or for a summer internship, and you’ll also have to come to sit your final exams. If you have any questions about studying online please contact Mgr. Lucie Zimmermanová at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Can I switch between the online and on campus modes?
Yes! We’re extremely flexible about how you study: whether you want to study remotely for a year, a semester, or to change your mode of study several times throughout the programme, we can accommodate you. The course fees will vary depending on whether you study remotely or in person, and will be calculated per semester.
Can I study Global Business and Management at NEWTON’s Brno campus?
No, unfortunately our English language bachelor’s programme is only available on our Prague campus, although you can also study online from anywhere in the world.
Will I have to write a bachelor thesis?
Yes, all NEWTON students write a bachelor’s thesis at the end of their degree programme. This is a key part of the course, which our students find really valuable as it allows them to reflect on the experience they’ve gained. It’s also really useful if you’re considering continuing your studies with a master’s degree.
Typically, students choose a specific business experience or project, and use it as a case study that forms the basis of their thesis. NEWTON will guide you through the writing process, and there are prizes every year for the best essays.
Will I complete an internship during my studies?
Yes, all students on the Bc. Global Business and Management programme take part in an internship during their studies. We believe that hands-on work experience is vital to ensure our students are able to put their theoretical knowledge into practice – and, of course, it’ll look great when you’re applying for jobs in the future.
Our careers centre will help you to identify the right internship for you, and then link you up with a suitable organisation from our partner network. Or, you might want to apply independently to an organisation outside of our network that you’re passionate about.
Either way, we’ll provide you with lots of support throughout the application process. During the internship, you’ll check in with your mentor to make sure you’re getting the most out of the experience and, at the end, you’ll bring everything you’ve learned back into the classroom to enhance your academic work.
Can I study abroad during my degree?
Yes, Newton is a member of the ERASMUS+ network, and is partnered with 25 institutions across 14 European countries. As a relatively small university, almost anyone who wishes to participate in an exchange is able to, as long as they meet the requirements of the host university.
In addition to the ERASMUS+ programme, NEWTON has partnerships with universities outside of Europe, and is able to arrange student exchanges to a variety of countries. For more information please visit the Student Exchanges page on our website.
Tuition & Fees
How much does it cost to study at NEWTON?
The course fees vary depending on whether you study on campus or online. The fees for the academic year 2021/22 are as follows:
On campus: 97,000 CZK (approximately 3,700 EUR) per academic year
Online: 78,000 CZK (approximately 2,900 EUR) per academic year
For more information, please visit the Study Options and Fees page of our website.
Does NEWTON offer scholarships?
In view of the political situation in Belarus, and NEWTON’s commitment to promoting freedom and democracy, we are offering two scholarships to exceptional students. For more information, including how to apply, please visit the Scholarships page of our website.
Living in Czechia
What is it like to study in the Czech Republic?
The Czech Republic, also known as Czechia, is located in the heart of Europe. Famous for its welcoming people, stunning architecture, and excellent food and beer, it’s the ideal study destination.
NEWTON’s campus is located in Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic. It’s considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world, and is the fifth most visited city in Europe. Known as ‘the city of a hundred spires’, the historic centre is a UNESCO world heritage site.
To find out more about what it’s like to live in Czechia as a student, visit our Life in Czechia page.
What is the Czech education system like?
The Czech university system is a member of the European Higher Education Area and, like other universities in Europe, has a three-cycle higher education qualification system consisting of bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. This also means that Czech educational credits are compatible with the European Credit Transfer System, and transferrable to and from other European universities.
NEWTON offers a degree that combines the best of the Czech education system, with other international styles of education, including a focus on academic essay writing, mentorship, and practical business projects and gaining hands-on experience.
Does NEWTON offer student accommodation?
NEWTON doesn’t have it’s own student accommodation, but we do cooperate with an independent student accommodation provider to offer housing. Otherwise, there are lots of options for finding shared or private accommodation close to the university, which we’ll be happy to help you find.
How can I find accomodation in Prague?
What is the cost of living in Czechia?
Although the Czech Republic is in the European Union, it does not use the euro; the Czech currency is the Czech crown (CZK), usually called the koruna. Prague is inexpensive compared to other European capital cities, particularly given the high standard of living. The average cost of living for a student in Czechia is approximately 300-600 EUR (8,000-16,000 CZK) per month for accommodation, food and transport, depending on your spending habits.
Can I work while studying?
At NEWTON we believe that practical work experience is a great way to set yourself apart in the job market, so we place no restrictions on working while studying.
There are no restrictions on work for EU, EEA, or Swiss citizens. International students from other countries also do not need an employment permit to work while studying in an accredited degree programme. The only requirement is that your employer is obliged to notify the relevant regional office of the Public Employment Service about the start of your work.
If you have questions about working while you’re studying with us, contact our study coordinator Lucie at email@example.com, and we’ll be happy to help signpost you to specific information.
Will I need a visa to study at Newton?
If you’re from outside the European Union and you’re intending to study in-person in Czechia, you’ll need to apply for a visa. You submit your visa application at the Embassy or Consulate General of the Czech Republic abroad, usually in your country of citizenship. To find out more about how to apply for a visa, and how NEWTON will support you throughout the process, visit the Visa page of our website.
What kind of medical insurance will I need?
Depending on where you’re from, you may need to take out medical insurance to cover you for the duration of your stay in Czechia. In general, this does not apply to citizens of European countries, and there are also a number of other exemptions from this requirement. Full details can be found on the Czech Ministry of the Interior’s website.
I don’t speak Czech! Will I be okay just speaking English in Czechia?
NEWTON is a fully bilingual school, so you don’t need to worry about being excluded from campus activities if you don’t speak Czech. There are also services at NEWTON to help you arrange accommodation and other essentials. And, in Prague in particular, a lot of people speak English, so you never need to worry about not being able to order dinner!
Having said that, learning the local language is one of the joys of international exploration. There’s no doubt that you’ll get to know the many wonders of Czechia better if you learn a little of the language. NEWTON can support you to find beginner classes in Czech, which will help you to feel at home.