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Charles University in Prague
Charles University in Prague


Charles University is an example of the quality of the Czech higher education system. It is the largest and best known Czech university in the world. Its high scientific potential, strong teaching staff and unique historical traditions make it the main public university in the Czech Republic.


Prague, Czech Republic

Year of Foundation








History of the university

Charles University was founded in 1348 and is one of the oldest institutions of higher education in the world. At the same time, it is a modern, dynamically developing prestigious institution of higher education.

Charles University is an example of the quality of the Czech higher education system. Its high scientific potential, strong teaching staff and unique historical traditions make it the main public university in the Czech Republic.

The national hero of the Czech people, thinker Jan Hus, physicists Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein, the first president of Czechoslovakia Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, writers Franz Kafka and Milan Kundera all taught at Prague University. Charles University is a member of the Association of European Universities, along with Oxford, Sorbonne, Bologna and the University of Geneva.

Place in world rankings

Listed among the best universities in the world (QS World University Rankings)

The university is included in the list of the 500 best higher education institutions in the world of The Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

About the university today

The university currently consists of 17 faculties (14 in Prague, 2 in Hradec Králové and 1 in Plzen).

It has more than 53,000 students (which is one sixth of all students in the Czech Republic). Studies are conducted in more than 300 accredited programmes in 642 specialities.

There are more than 20,000 students on undergraduate programmes, 25,000 students on master's programmes, and 8,000 students on postgraduate programmes.

More than 7,000 students of Charles University are foreigners.

Areas of study

The University of Prague offers unique programmes in Egyptology (Czech Egyptologists are world-class specialists), Addictology, and Criminology. Charles University is a leader in the number of students coming under the Erasmus programme.

Submission of applications

until 28 February

Charles University faculties, guidelines and admission requirements.

  • Faculty of Philosophy

  • Faculty of Law

  • Faculty of Natural History

  • Faculty of Physics and Mathematics

  • Faculty of Education

  • Faculty of Social Sciences

  • Faculty of Humanities

  • Faculty of Physical Education and Sport

  • 1st Faculty of Medicine

  • 2nd Faculty of Medicine

  • 3rd Faculty of Medicine

  • Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen

  • Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové

  • Faculty of Pharmacy in Hradec Králové

Read more about each faculty:

Faculty of Philosophy

The Faculty of Philosophy at Charles University offers far more than just philosophy. This is the historical name of the Faculty. Nowadays, the Faculty of Philosophy offers a wide range of humanities specialities. You can also study almost any foreign language within the Philology programme.

Admission to the Faculty of Philosophy takes place in one round (oral examination) or in two rounds (first written and then oral examination) depending on the speciality.

It is necessary to study the literature on the speciality and come to the examination with the list of the studied literature. At the oral examination you should tell about your motivation to study in this particular speciality. Then the committee discusses the literature read and the main theoretical issues of the speciality.

Undergraduate specialisations in the Department of Philosophy:

  • Psychology

  • Social work

  • Sociology

  • Political Science

  • Pedagogy

  • Anglistics-American Studies

  • Historical Sciences

  • Information Studies and Book Studies

  • Logic

  • History of Art

  • Theatre Arts

  • Aesthetics

  • Cinematography

  • Musicology

  • Czech Language and Literature

  • Czech for Foreigners

  • General Linguistics

  • Phonetics

  • Philosophy

  • French Philology

  • German Language and Literature

  • Italian language

  • Spanish

  • Hebrew

  • Indology

  • Japanese Language and Culture

  • Chinese Studies

  • Korean language

  • Mongolian language

  • Greek Ancient Philology

  • Greek Language and Culture

  • Latin Language and Literature

  • Portuguese language

  • Russian language and literature

  • Culture of Central Europe

  • Culture of Eastern Europe

  • Culture of South-Eastern Europe

  • Finnish language and culture

  • Norwegian language and culture of Scandinavia

  • English for International Communication

  • French for international communication

  • German for international communication

  • Russian language for international communication

  • Spanish for international communication

Faculty of Law

At Charles University, the Faculty of Law is only a full-time 5-year study programme in Law and Jurisprudence (speciality Law) until the Master's degree is obtained.

In the Czech Republic, legal education is not divided into bachelor's and master's degrees.

Entrance exams:

The results of the National Comparative Examinations (Národní srovnávací zkoušky) conducted by the SCIO organisation six times a year (the first examination is held in December and the last one at the end of May; the applicant may try to take the test several times and submit the best result to the university) must be submitted to the admission committee.

Two tests are required for admission to the speciality of law: OSP (General Prerequisites for Studies) and ZSV (Foundations of Social Sciences).

Additional points can be obtained for a national or international certificate in a foreign language (English, French, Italian, German, Spanish - minimum B2 level).

Faculty of Natural History

The entrance exam includes a test on the main subject.

Training program:

  • Biochemistry

  • Bibliography

  • Demographic

  • Ecology and environmental protection

  • Geography

  • Geology

  • Chemistry

  • Clinical and toxicological analysis

  • Special chemical and biological areas

Faculty of Physics and Mathematics

Undergraduate Specialities:

  • Applied physics

  • Physics in Education

  • General physics

  • General Informatics

  • Programming and software systems

  • Software and Information Support

  • Financial Mathematics

  • Mathematical methods of information security

  • General Mathematics

  • Mathematics in Education

For admission to the study programmes "Informatics" and "Mathematics", the examination consists of 10 tasks that test the prerequisites for studying at the Faculty (logical thinking, accuracy of expression, knowledge of mathematics at school level).

Master's Degree Specialities:

  • Astronomy and astrophysics

  • Biophysics and Chemical Physics

  • Condensed Matter and Materials Physics

  • Physics of Surfaces and Ionised Media

  • Geophysics

  • Nuclear and Particle Physics

  • Mathematical and Computer Modelling in Physics and Engineering

  • Meteorology

  • Climatology

  • Optics and Optoelectronics

  • Theoretical Physics

  • Teaching Physics

  • Discrete Models and Algorithms

  • Mathematical Linguistics

  • Software Systems

  • Theoretical Computer Science

  • Computer Science Teaching

  • Financial and insurance mathematics

  • Mathematical Analysis

  • Mathematical methods of information security

  • Mathematical Modelling in Physics and Engineering

  • Mathematical Structures

  • Computational Mathematics

  • Probability, Mathematical Statistics and Econometrics

  • Mathematics teaching

The entrance examination consists of 4 tasks. Depending on the speciality - physics and mathematics, mathematics and computer science, etc.

Foreign applicants must submit a certificate of passing the Czech language state examination or a certified examination at the B2 level.

Faculty of Education

A teacher's specialisation in the Czech Republic is always a combination of two disciplines. In the Czech Republic, teachers have two specialisations, i.e. they teach two subjects: for example, English and mathematics; chemistry and biology, etc.

At the Faculty of Pedagogy, in addition to a wide range of teacher specialisations, there are specialisations such as Psychology, Pedagogy and Special Pedagogy.

Entrance examinations

Tests are written in the specialised subjects, and a written test on the prerequisites for studies is written for admission to some specialities. The oral interview assesses the applicant's ability and motivation to study at the Faculty.

The Faculty does not require a Czech language certificate from foreign applicants.

Faculty of Social Sciences

It is not easy for foreign applicants to enter the Bachelor's programme at the Faculty of Social Sciences of Charles University, as admission is based on the National Comparative Examination "General Prerequisites for Studies" OSP SCIO, which is quite difficult for foreign applicants.

Undergraduate Specialities:

  • Economics and Finance

  • Marketing Communication and Public Relations

  • Journalism

  • Czech-German Studies

  • International Territorial Studies

  • Political Science and International Relations

  • Political Science and Public Policy

  • Sociology and Social Anthropology

  • Sociology and Social Policy

Master's degree specialities

  • Economic Theory (specialisations in Economics, Economics and Finance, Corporate Strategy and Finance in Europe)

  • Media

  • Political Science

  • Sociology

  • International Economic and Political Studies

  • International Area Studies

The Faculty does not require foreign applicants to submit a Czech language certificate.

Faculty of Humanities

The Bachelor's degree at the Faculty of Humanities is based on one general specialisation "Humanities Studies" (Studium humanitní vzdělanosti).

Students design their own study programme, choosing courses in philosophy, history, culture, social anthropology, economics, psychology and sociology.

The entrance examination for the Bachelor's programme in Humanities consists of a written translation into Czech of a special text (you can choose a text in English, French or German) and answers to questions about the text.

The Bachelor's programme "Humanities Studies" is designed for 3 years.

There are both theoretical and practical courses. All courses belong to one of six modules: philosophical, historical, communication, creative, qualification or social studies.

Master's degree specialities:

  • Ecology and environmental protection

  • Philosophy (German and French Philosophy in Europe)

  • Historical Sciences (History of European Culture)

  • Gender Studies

  • Historical Sociology

  • General Anthropology

  • Oral History

  • Civic Studies

  • Electronic Culture and Semiotics

  • Social Policy and Social Work

The Faculty does not require a Czech language certificate.

Faculty of Physical Education and Sport

Training programs:

-Specialisation in medicine -Physical education and sport

As part of the studies in Physical Education and Sport (Tělesná výchova a sport), you can choose a sport specialisation.

The entrance examinations take place in June in two stages.

Stage 1 Entrance Examination:

  • practical examination in athletics

  • practical examination in gymnastics

  • practical examination in sports games

  • practical examination in swimming

Stage 2 of the entrance exams:

-written examination -test for general prerequisites for learning

The test tests learning abilities and logical thinking abilities. The test tests the ability to see configurational connections, verbal-logical connections, mathematical-logical connections, memory work and the ability to understand information.

1st Faculty of Medicine

Full-fledged medical education implies continuous Master's studies - obtaining the title medicinae universae doctor (MUDr.). It is possible to study General Medicine (6 years of full-time study) and Dentistry (5 years of full-time study).

The 1st Faculty of Medicine recruits many more students for the speciality of General Medicine than other medical faculties in the Czech Republic. For example, the Faculty accepts 700-800 students annually.

The 1st Faculty of Medicine is a leader in terms of research in medicine. The Faculty is very successful in research in the fields of oncology, cardiovascular medicine, neurology and inherited metabolic disorders.

The faculty is very popular with foreigners: there are currently 800 students from 50 countries studying in English-language programmes.

Entrance examinations are held in one round in the form of written tests in chemistry, physics and biology (300 questions in total, 100 questions for each subject).

Bachelor's degree programmes are also available:

-"Nursing" (3 years of training on the combined form), -"Specialisation in Medicine" (3 years of training) in the specialties of "Addictology", "Physiotherapy", "Dietetics".

Foreign applicants must provide a certificate of Czech language proficiency at the C1 level.

2nd Faculty of Medicine

The Master's programme in General Medicine (6 years of study) is underway. In addition to the standard general medicine programme, the 2nd Faculty of Medicine studies paediatric medicine.

The 2nd Faculty of Medicine of Charles University was established on the basis of the Faculty of Paediatric Medicine of Charles University in Prague. Unlike students of other medical faculties, students of the 2nd Medical Faculty study paediatric specialties in detail, such as neurology, haematology, oncology, psychiatry, orthopaedics, cardiology, dentistry, etc.

Faculty 2 receives 2,000 applications from applicants every year - it is the most popular medical faculty with applicants. The Faculty has a quality clinical base - Faculty Hospital Motol with a wide range of patients.

The Faculty conducts rigorous entrance examinations.

The applicants who successfully pass the rigorous entrance examinations perform well during their studies.

There are more than 200 international students studying at the faculty.

The 2nd Medical Faculty belongs to small faculties, it is distinguished by individual approach of teachers to students (there are 4 students per one teacher), students feel at home at the faculty.

Students of the faculty work with patients already from the first year. From the second year, talented students can participate in the training of junior colleagues.

The Faculty also offers a 3-year Bachelor's degree programme in Nursing (speciality "Nursing") and a Master's degree programme in Specialisation in Medicine (Physiotherapy) and a Master's degree programme in Specialisation in Medicine (Physiotherapy).

The Faculty does not require foreign applicants to submit a certificate of Czech language proficiency, as the committee will also assess the level of Czech language proficiency at the oral interview.

3rd Faculty of Medicine

The Master's programme in General Medicine (6 years of study) is underway.

The programme is based on concrete clinical situations, thanks to which students develop logical thinking and learn to make independent decisions. The learning objectives are in line with the Euroskills programme of European medical faculties, to which the 3rd Medical Faculty has joined.

Students are given the opportunity to understand the issues studied in a broad context from the point of view of several interrelated specialities. There is a strong emphasis on practical skills, individualised and independent learning.

The 3rd Faculty of Medicine incorporates hygiene and prevention, occupational and travel medicine, medical law, medical ethics, and scientific methodology into the training programs and offers a wide range of elective courses.

Students work with patients from their first year of study.

The entrance exam is conducted in two rounds.

The first round is a test in biology, physics and chemistry. The second round is an oral interview where the applicant must interpret a popular scientific text. Communication abilities, independent thinking abilities and general knowledge are also evaluated. In other words, in the second round the committee evaluates not knowledge, but abilities.

The Faculty does not require a foreign applicant to submit a certificate, but the committee also evaluates the level of Czech language skills (level C1 is required) during the oral interview.

Faculty of Medicine in Pilsen

Training programs:

  • General medicine

  • Dentistry

The first two years of study at the Faculty are devoted to theoretical specialities - biology, biophysics, anatomy, histology, physiology and biochemistry. In the third and fourth year, preclinical subjects - pathological anatomy, pathological physiology, microbiology, pharmacology - are studied and clinical training begins. In the senior year, clinical specialities are studied.

Entrance examinations are also held in the form of tests in physics, chemistry and biology. The faculty publishes collections of standard questions for applicants.

Foreign applicants must submit a certificate of Czech language proficiency at the B2 level.

Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové

Training programs

  • General medicine

  • Dentistry

In the first two years of study, the students of the faculty study the basic theoretical disciplines and gain their first experience of working with patients. The next two years students study preclinical disciplines, therapeutics and surgical propaedeutics and some clinical specialities. In the third year, students take a major examination in English in Medicine. In the fifth year, clinical subjects are studied. In the final year, students work with patients.

In clinical subjects, students are practically familiarised with the basic modes of examination, laboratory techniques, principles of treatment and differential diagnosis. Great importance is given to practical work with patients.

An examination in biology, somatology, chemistry and physics is taken on admission.

Faculty of Pharmacy in Hradec Králové

The Master's programme in Pharmacy is underway. Entrance examinations are written tests in chemistry and biology (including botany).

There is also training in the programme "Medical Bioanalytics" at the Bachelor's degree "Medical Laboratory Technician" and Master's degree "Laboratory Specialist"."

Foreign applicants must provide a certificate of passing the Czech language state examination or a certified examination at the B2 level.



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