Charles University offers a great range of study programmes and branches of study in Czech language. Most of the faculties provide study programmes and courses in English, French and German language for international students. Studies at the university can be undertaken in the form of full-time internal studies or in the form of part-time external studies.
Bachelor studies at CU faculties are normally three- to four- year programmes (internal or external), and may be self-contained degrees orientated to future employment, or taken as a first step towards a master s degree. Master studies take a minimum of 4 years and a maximum of 6 years, and 2 or 3 years if following on from a bachelor degree. Broader and more academically demanding than bachelor studies, master studies are completed by the submission and defence of diploma thesis and a state examination in the subject concerned. Postgraduate Doctoral Studies one of the priorities of CU train students in independent research work and provide them with the appropriate qualifications in the given academic discipline.
Academic year is divided into two semesters (winter and summer) or into blocks. Each semester, year or block consists of teaching periods, examination periods and vacations. The academic year is 12 calendar months long. The fall semester starts at the end of September and summer semester starts in the middle of February. The number of teaching weeks and the length of the examination period are determined by the dean of the respective faculty.
The basic condition for entrance into any CU faculty is graduation from secondary school or secondary vocational school, assessed in the Czech Republic by Maturity examinations, payment of administrative fee for application and successful passing of entrance examinations administered by the faculties themselves. Entry into 2 or 3 year master programmes following on from bachelor degrees is based on submission of certificate of graduation from bachelor s studies and an entrance examination, and entry into doctoral programmes is based on submission of certificate of graduation from master s studies and an entrance examination. More specific entry requirements are determined in accordance with the law by the Dean of the faculty, normally after agreement in the Academic Senate of the faculty.
In order to give applicants enough time to choose their area of study a list of available courses is published on-line. Information about study possibilities is available throughout the year at the study departments of each faculty; information concerning postgraduate studies can also be obtained from the research departments. Another source of information is the web site of the respective faculty and CU Information and Advisory Centre.
Each faculty has its own policy and application procedure, nevertheless, all international applicants should take the first step by filling the On-line Application Form. Official application form generated by the on-line system is to be signed and sent together with following documents directly to the faculty by regular post:
A notarized copy of high or secondary school graduation certificate, plus an official translation into Czech or English (if it was issued in a different language), and (if you completed your high school education abroad) a document from the Czech school authorities to say that your high school graduation certificate is recognised in the Czech Republic (so-called nostrifikace ).
Receipt to show that you have paid the application fee. It is approximately USD 30-50. The mode of payment will be included in the invitation letter to the entrance examinations.
The application deadline for studies in Czech (bachelor and master study programmes) is usually the last day of February prior to the school year in which you want your studies to commence. The deadline for doctoral studies is usually the middle or end of April. No extension of this deadline is possible. The deadline for submission of application for studies in English may be later then 28 February. Remember that forms must be delivered in time. Your application cannot be accepted after the closing date for any reason whatsoever.
All applicants who submit the required materials by the deadline will be invited to sit an entrance exam. Entrance examinations are normally held within the period of May to June, unless the faculty determines otherwise with a view to adjustment to the period when foreign nationals obtain their certification. Entrance exams will be conducted primarily in the Czech language with the exception of exams for study programmes that will be taught in English. In that case entrance procedure is directed in English. Foreign nationals who did not attend high school in the Czech Republic (and consequently do not have a high school leaving exam in Czech) may be required to take an additional test to demonstrate their Czech language ability.