Czech National Agency for International Education
Welcome to the website of the Czech National Agency for International Education!
We are the Czech National Agency for International Education and, as an organisation partly funded from the public purse, we fall under the competence of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. Our main objective is to facilitate international cooperation in education and to encourage as many different individuals and institutions as possible to become involved in international activities. We provide information, consulting and analytical services to all target groups active in education. Our main partners are schools and other educational institutions, non-profit organisations and companies, local government bodies, and individuals – generally students, teachers, people from the management of all types of schools, youth workers, adult educators, and other professionals in the field.
We are responsible, on behalf of the Czech Republic, for the administration of two large European educational programmes, Erasmus+ and the European Solidarity Corps, and a number of other smaller programmes, such as the AIA, AKTION, the Barrande Fellowship Programme, CEEPUS and the EEA Funds. We are also active in numerous international networks (eTwinning, Euroguidance, Eurydice, Eurodesk, and EPALE) and we run Study in the Czech Republic, an initiative that encourages foreign students to study in the Czech Republic.We also issue a certificate of posting to study Czechoslovak citizens at universities in the countries of the former Eastern Bloc before 1989.
Our history dates back to 1961, when our predecessor, the “University of 17 November”, a Czechoslovak institution for the studies of foreign students from developing countries, was established.
In 1974, the organisational side and study agenda was taken over by the new “Jiří Wolker Centre”, which was renamed the “Foreign Relations Centre” five years later. This organisation took care of foreign students from countries such as Ethiopia, Angola, Syria, Afghanistan, East Germany, Mongolia and, especially, Vietnam. Czechoslovak students, for their part, were sent to Hungary and Bulgaria.
In 1995, having significantly expanded our activities, we assumed the name “Foreign Services Centre”. Finally, in 2013, in step with a further gradual broadening of our agenda, we changed our name to the present “Czech National Agency for International Education”.
Our mission is to contribute to the development of international education in the Czech Republic. We award grants and scholarships for international and mobility projects, we help schools to develop and their staff to receive additional training, and we promote other activities in the field of lifelong learning. We have a handle on the latest world trends in education and try to introduce them into the Czech environment. Besides overseeing studies abroad, we also support career guidance and nurture Czech cultural heritage around the world. We regularly release publications and contribute to foreign documents, organise conferences and attend trade fairs.
Would you like to know more about who we are, where we are headed, and what our principles are? Read our mission and vision.