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78,866 sq km
Why choose the Czech Republic
The Czech Republic is home to ten million people (slightly more than the population of New York City). Due to its location, surrounded by Germany, Poland, Austria and Slovakia, most major European cities are just around the corner, and the country is very well connected to its neighbours, both geographically and culturally. The Czech Republic is full of hidden surprises for those curious enough to find them.
As an international student you are probably wondering what to expect.
There is something for everyone here – let us give you a few reasons why it is the best place to be!
Can I apply for a scholarship?Financial support for students from abroad who will be studying in foreign languages is organized by the individual faculties. Each faculty also offers scholarships for students who achieve outstanding study results (merit-based scholarships); these are awarded only after the first year of study. The exact amount is prescribed independently by each faculty. All full-time Ph.D. students receive a monthly scholarship.
Can I transfer to your university?Transfer conditions vary from faculty to faculty. You must first apply as a regular applicant, meet the admission requirements, and enrol in the first year of study. After this, you can ask for the faculty to recognize credits you received during your previous studies. Their recognition cannot be guaranteed in advance. For medical programmes the transfer conditions are very specific. Please check the websites of the faculty where you intend to study for more information.
Is it necessary to study a foundation year? Do you offer any preparatory courses?There is no need to attend a foundation year to study at Charles. Our preparatory courses are optional. Even if enrolling and participating in the preparatory course, you still need to follow the admission requirements in order to be accepted for university studies.
Is there an age limit?There is no age restriction for Charles University applicants.
What are the differences between studying in Czech and studying in foreign languages?There is one main difference that you need to bear in mind when considering which study programme to choose at Charles: programmes in Czech are free of charge, whereas programmes in foreign languages are usually subject to tuition fees; details of the fees for each programme can be found on the faculty websites. The range of study programmes offered in Czech is very broad, but to study in Czech you must have good knowledge of the language. The range of study programmes offered in foreign languages is constantly growing, with new fields added every year!
How well do I need to speak Czech?For study programmes in foreign languages, there is no need to know any Czech when starting your studies. To study in Czech, very good knowledge is required (often B2 or C1 level).
What are the differences between the medical faculties?Charles University has five independent faculties of medicine. Three of them are located in Prague, one in Pilsen and one in Hradec Králové. They are located in different buildings and each have different medical facilities. The degrees they award are comparable. Each faculty has its own entry requirements and entrance exams. All five faculties of medicine follow the historical tradition of medical teaching at Charles University. Nevertheless, there are some differences in approach and teaching methods between the faculties. The original three medical faculties in Prague were historically independent institutions with slightly different focuses. The faculties in Pilsen and Hradec Králové were established after World War II. All five faculties now offer medical study programmes in both Czech and English. You may apply to all five medical faculties, but you will need to complete a separate application for each faculty.
What is a long-cycle Master’s programme?A long-cycle Master’s programme is an undergraduate study programme lasting five or six years (depending on the field of study). It is not divided into a Bachelor’s and subsequent Master’s degree, but leads directly to a Master’s degree. To study a long-cycle Master’s you should have completed your secondary education. General Medicine and Dentistry in English are commonly presented as long-cycle Master’s programmes.
How many international students study at Charles University?Charles University has around 48,000 students in total, including nearly 9,000 international students from more than 130 countries. You could be one of them and we are looking forward to welcoming you to Charles!
Can I work during my studies?Yes, you can! As a student, you will have the right to work in the Czech Republic while you are studying. If you are a non-EU citizen, the purpose of your stay must remain as specified on your visa, so you do have to meet your duties and responsibilities as a student.
Do you offer any online degree programmes?We do not offer online programmes. Some of our study programmes are available for study in combined form (part distance learning, part in person), while others are for full-time study only.
Do you provide services and support for students with special needs?Yes, our Carolina Centre exists to help students with special needs throughout their studies. It provides many forms of guidance, support and assistance to meet individual students’ needs.
Are there any opportunities for study abroad?Charles cooperates with well-known universities worldwide and we encourage our students to take part in study abroad stays and exchange programmes during their studies. There are many options to choose from (Erasmus+, inter-faculty and inter-university agreements, etc.) and we also provide financial support for study abroad.
what do international students think about the Czech Republic?
Czech Republic has almost everything you want. If you are a nature kind of person, you have amazing and beautiful nature: natural parks, forests, mountains, lakes, depends if you're more active or "laid-back" type. If you like history, well you definitely will love it here, since the Czech Republic is one of the most historical countries in Europe, especially the capital - Prague! If you're a people person, there are many social events where one can enjoy the company of both native Czech people as well as cosmopolitan international people. If you're an animal person, you will be pleased to know that it an animal loving country, especially if you're a dog person, because dogs are allowed almost everywhere!
If you're a beer lover, well then you already know where to go :)
In short, whatever you wish for, you can have it in here :)