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24. 5. 04
Marketa Hronkova, Pavla Hradecna


The second chapter of the comparative study contrasts the availability of education, scholarships and other services as well as language training for foreigners in the Czech Republic with the current situation in Sweden and France. The authors compare the above aspects of education for foreigners at three levels of schooling: elementary, secondary and university. The work also compares adult language teaching programs for foreigners in the Czech Republic and Sweden. The chapter also includes an overview of the Czech legal framework in the area of education and a list of foreign regulations and Internet resources.


Foreigners have the same access to education as Czech citizens. Elementary schools must enroll illegal aliens if they have reached the applicable age. Tuition-free education at secondary schools and universities requires students to know Czech. In contrast with the elaborate systems of language training for immigrants in France and Sweden, the Czech Republic (with the exception of asylum applicants and refugees) in principal does not offer lessons in the Czech language to foreigners nor does it require elementary schools to open special courses of Czech for foreigners who cannot speak the language.

As regards scholarships and other services and benefits provided to students, all persons studying in the Czech language are equal. Because of the outdated regulations in force, it is practically impossible for foreigners and Czech citizens alike to receive an elementary school scholarship.
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