Frequently Asked Questions - Carlsbad International School


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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Academic and support programs

Is there academic support for students with learning differences or special needs?

In order to provide the best support for a student with learning differences, it is extremely beneficial that parents provide as much information as possible during the admission process.

Do I need to take physical education or participate on an athletic team?

The school requires that each student participate in 3 physical activities each term.

How much homework will I have each night?

Students should expect to spend all of Study Hall completing homework each night, as well as spend time during the weekend.

What classes am I required to take?

See the curriculum guide for specific graduation requirements.

Is there a dress code or uniform?

Yes, our school dress code includes options that allows for individual choice. During non-school times, our dress code allows for personal clothing, following guidelines which prohibit frayed, torn, or tattered clothing and any item which displays offensive or inappropriate language. We believe that this allows students to express their individuality while maintaining respect for their community.

Admission requirements

Is there a standard score that you need to have on SSATs and/or other standardized tests to be considered for admission?

There is not a standard test score that a student must attain in order to be considered for admission to Carlsbad International School.

How does Carlsbad International School select the students it admits?

Applicants are evaluated on the basis of their academic abilities, their character, and the contributions they have made to their previous schools, their communities and their homes. The admission committee also seeks evidence of independence, resiliency, involvement, maturity, and concern for others.

Is an interview required?

Yes. However, we recognize that an interview may not be possible in-person or on campus, but it is strongly recommended. For those applicants unable to visit us in person, we offer alternative ways to get to know us better including video conferences or meetings with our representatives traveling around the world.

Country entry formalities

Do I need any visa to study at CIS?

If you have just received a letter of acceptance to your dream high school or if you are only about to start the application at Carlsbad International School, you should definitely check the entry formalities for the Czech Republic. The entry requirements depend on your nationality. Our Immigration Office is here to support you and your family throughout the process.

We advise you to…
  • Start on time. If you plan to join CIS in August, begin the application process in January. If you are scheduled for the January intake, start working on your documents in September.
  • Check that your passport is valid for at least 18 months from the planned entry date.
  • Complete all the required documents:
    a) Application form     b) Letter of acceptance for studies at CIS    c) Valid passport of the student and both parents (copies)  d) Health Insurance    e) Abstract from the Register of Criminal Records 
Where do you come from?

a) Students from the following countries do not need a visa:  28 EU countries plus Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.

Have the following documents ready: Power of attorney, Parents´ Statement

b) Students from the countries below do need a visa but CIS can apply for the visa once the student arrives at school.  The student does not need to apply for a visa in his/her home country.  42 Countries: Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Venezuela, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei sultanate, St. Christopher and Nevis, Guatemala, Honduras, Chile, Croatia, Israel, Japan, Canada, The Republic of Korea, Costa Rica, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mauritius, Monaco, Nicaragua, New Zealand, Panama, Paraguay, Montenegro, Salvador, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, USA, Mexico, Serbia, The Holy See, Taiwan, Uruguay, Hong Kong, Macao.

Have the following documents ready: Power of attorney, Parents´ Statement, Immigration form

c) Students from other countries must apply for a Student Entry visa prior to arriving in the Czech Republic.  The visa application process takes time and students who require a visa should apply immediately at the nearest Czech embassy or consulate.

Have the following documents ready: Power of attorney, Parents´ Statement, Immigration form

NOTE that visa rules can change. Please check with our Admissions office and/or your nearest Czech embassy or consulate to confirm the information. You can find them here.  Required Immigration questionnaire can be downloaded here. 

Campus visits

What will we do during a visit to campus?

The visit consists of a 30-minute campus tour followed by a meeting with an admission counsellor. Possibly if time permits, a short driving tour of area facilities will also be included. All visits include a substantial meeting with the Head of School. Overall, the regular visit will last approximately two hours.


What does the tuition cost?

Click here for tuition, fees, and expenses.

Do you have scholarships (academic, athletic, arts)?

Carlsbad International School requires excellent academic results or sports results from prospective students wishing to receive financial awards in the form of scholarship. They need to demonstrate their special contribution to the community as well as provide proof of insufficient funding.

For more information on financial awards, click here.


What is the nearest airport?

The nearest international airport is Karlovy Vary International Airport, which serves the region.

Most students will fly into and out of Prague’s Václav Havel International Airport, 120 km from Karlovy Vary.

We provide a transfer service for all our students arriving to or departing from the airport on official school arrival and departure days.

How far are you from major cities?

Karlovy Vary and the School campus is easily accessible by rail and road from many major cities and is less than 90 minutes drive west of Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic.

Student body

Where do students come from? How many students are from other countries?

The school opened in August 2014 with 22 students from 14 countries. Both numbers have grown significantly since then. In 2016-2017 more than seventy students from about 30 countries are part of the CIS community.  In 2017-2018 there are seventy students from 24 countries who study pre-diploma and IB Diploma programmes.

As a student at Carlsbad International School, you will have a fantastic opportunity to meet other students from around the world. Like most international boarding schools, we hope to increase the diversity of our student population every year.


Are all buildings equipped for Internet access?

Yes, Carlsbad International School has a fully-quipped high speed wireless network. Network ports (non-wireless) however, are available at limited times in learning spaces.

When will I use my computer?

Computers are integrated extensively into all aspects of the day (both academic and residential life) and are obviously used for many courses both in class and for homework.

Vacations and breaks

Do all students go home during breaks and vacations?

During the vacations that happen at major holidays, families must make arrangements for students to either go home or to stay off campus. During the fall and spring semester long weekends, students may remain on campus.


What is a ‘closed weekend’? Can I go home?

‘Closed weekends’ provide students with opportunity for quiet study and/or required attendance at all-school events. During a closed weekend, students are expected to remain on campus. Other weekends, students may go to their own home or that of another student if parents give permission.

What is there to do on weekends?

Because Carlsbad International School is a boarding school, the majority of students are on campus during most weekends. Multiple activities are planned to appeal to a variety of interests. Both the boys and girls dorms, or student-led school organisations, will also host themed events such as special dances, performances, or activities.

On Saturdays there are usually sporting opportunities, and a shuttle bus goes to Karlovy Vary, at various times throughout the day. Additionally, the school provides access to shopping, museums, or musical performances in Prague and other destinations.

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