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The Czech University of Life Sciences (CULS)

The Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, or Česká zemědělská univerzita v Praze, is the country’s leading agricultural university. It is Prague’s third-largest university. According to the most well-known worldwide university rankings, CULS is among the best 1000 universities in the world, thanks to its welcoming campus and a high percentage of international students and faculty members. 

Also the Czech University of Life Sciences Prague ranked 31st in the world in terms of green policies and sustainability, being the most ecological university of the participating universities from the Czech Republic (according to the The UI GreenMetric World University Ranking).

The university was established in 1906. Nowadays, it offers perspective degrees in ecology, non-traditional and renewable energy sources, economics, informatics, and management, in addition to traditional agrotechnical and forestry engineering disciplines.


  • The Czech University of Life Sciences focuses on systematic research in the areas of physiology and molecular biology, environmental protection, forestry, environmental protection technologies, economics, and management.
  • About 150 Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral programs are available at the university, with 60 different academic programmes taught in English
  • The institution has state-of-the-art laboratories and workshops. Field visits, outdoor classes, and field practice in the Czech Republic and abroad are all part of the learning process.
  • With a university farm, 11 hectares of grapevines, a 12-hectare arboretum, and a 4,600-hectare forest with a castle, a garden centre, a sawmill, 70 hectares of fishponds, and education facilities, it is Prague’s only full-campus university.
  • Graduate employment rates are high at the university. Almost all graduates begin working right after graduation or enrol in follow-up programs, including continuing their education outside of the Czech Republic.

Applications are required to be submitted from November 11 to March 31.

University fees

At CULS education in Czech is free. Study programs in English vary in cost. The average cost of a year in a Bachelor’s degree is 40 000 CZK (the highest rate is 81 000 CZK, lowest 5 000). The tuition fees of a year in a Master’s degree is 30 000 CZK (highest rate is 108 000 CZK, lowest 5 000). More information about the tuition fees separately for each faculty can be found here.

Faculty of Economics and Management

Bachelor’s degree programs:

  • Economics and Management (in Czech or English)
  • Public Administration and Regional Development
  • Economic and Cultural Studies
  • Systems Engineering
  • Informatics (in Czech or English)
  • Economics and Management (in Czech or English)
  • Production and Economics

Admission requirements exams consist of written tests in mathematics and English. Foreign applicants have to additionally prove their fluency in the Czech language by passing a test.

Admission exams for programs taught in English consist of tests in the English language and mathematics. Exams take place from 6 to10 June 2022.

Master’s degree programs:

  • Economics and Management (in Czech or English)
  • Business and administration
  • Public Administration and Regional Development
  • World economy
  • Economics and Management (in Czech or English)
  • European Agrarian Diplomacy (in Czech or English)
  • Systems Engineering
  • Informatics (in Czech or English)
  • Project Management

Admission exams:

Admission exams for all of the programs consist of two tests:

Study program Test 1 Test 2
Economics and Management Economics and management

Quantitative methods for PAE

Business and Administration Economics and management Basics of business
Informatics Information engineering Information Technology
Systems Engineering Management informatics Quantitative methods for SE
World Economy Economics and management World and regional economy – overview (in English)
Project Management Basics of management

Quantitative methods for PM

Public Administration and Regional Development Economics and management Social sciences and law
European Agrarian Diplomacy Economics and Management (in English) Social Sciences (in English)
Informatics (in English) Information engineering Information Technologies
Economics and Management (in English) Economics and management Quantitative Methods

Business Administration (in English)

Economics and management

Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship

Foreign applicants to the Master’s degree programs additionally take an exam in the Czech language.

Doctoral degree programs:

  • Systems engineering and informatics
  • Management 
  • Business and sectoral economics
  • Regional and social development

All doctoral programs last 4 years. The admission process consists of an interview in front of the commission to assess the prerequisites for independent research and knowledge of the field, to verify the knowledge of English and a second world language, and to determine previous academic performance.

On the basis of the entrance examination, the admissions committee will issue an evaluation of the applicant, including an opinion on whether or not it recommends that the applicant be accepted for doctoral studies. 

Applications must be submitted before the 30th of April.

Faculty website: www.pef.czu.cz/cs/

Faculty of Agrobiology, Food and Natural Resources

Bachelor’s degree programs:

Without entrance exams (the applicant must pass the Czech language exam level B1)

  • Livestock 
  • Pet Breeding
  • Landscape protection and use of natural resources 
  • Plant Growing
  • Crop production 
  • Horticulture
  • Organic Farming
  • Farm Management
  • Public Administration in Agriculture, Rural and Landscape Development
  • Agriculture and Food
  • Sustainable Use of Natural Resources

Study program with entrance exams:

  • Aquaculture and Aquatic Ecosystem Care (Biology)
  • Pet Breeding (PETIB) – Exotic Animal Breeding Biology)
  • Landscape Architecture (Biology + Talent exam)
  • Food quality and agricultural product processing (Biology + Chemistry)
  • Cynology (Biology)
  • Veterinary Assistant (Biology + Chemistry + interview)
  • Nutrition and food (Biology + Chemistry)
  • Zoorehabilitation and assistance activities with animals (Biology)

Master’s degree programs:

  • Biotechnology and Plant Breeding
  •  Biotechnology and Animal Breeding
  • Soil assessment and protection 
  • Livestock breeding 
  • Animal Health and Welfare Management 
  • Protection and use of natural resources 
  • Crop Production 
  • Plant Nutrition and Protection 
  • Plant Medicine
  • Waste Technology
  • Animal Nutrition
  • Horticulture
  • Organic Farming
  • Agricultural Management
  • Rural Development
  • Natural Resources and Environment
  • Natural Resources Management and Ecological Engineering
  • Sustainable Agriculture and Food Security 
  • Aquaculture and Aquatic Ecosystem Care (test of prerequisites for the study of the given program)
  • Reproductive Biotechnology (test of prerequisites for the study of the given program)
  • Management of establishment and care of greenery(test of prerequisites for the study of the given program)
  • Food quality and agricultural product processing(test of prerequisites for the study of the given program)
  • Nutrition and food (test of prerequisites for the study of the given program)
  • Pet Breeding (test of prerequisites for the study of the given program)
  • Landscape Architecture (talent presentation – drawing + interview)

Doctoral degree programs:

  • General crop production
  • Special plant production
  • Animal sciences
  • Zootechnics
  • Agricultural and forestry phytopathology and plant protection
  • Agricultural chemistry
  • Use and protection of natural resources
  • Nutrition and food
  • Applied zoology
  • Life sciences

Applicants to doctoral degrees are required to participate in an interview where their motivation and knowledge on the chosen subject will be tested. There is a possibility to provide 2 recommendation letters that will be accepted in place of the oral interview.

Faculty website: www.af.czu.cz/cs/

Faculty of Engineering

Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs:

  • Maintenance Engineering
  • Agricultural Machinery
  • Road Transportation and City Traffic
  • Waste Disposal Technology and Technique
  • Technological Equipment of Constructions
  • Trade and Business Dealing with Machinery
  • Information and Control Technology in the Agro-Food Complex
  • Agricultural Engineering

Tests in mathematics and physics are required for admission requirements to the Bachelor’s degree programs. Applicants for the Trade and Business with Dealing with Machinery must pass math and foreign language tests (international applicants take exam in Czech language).

A written test in the chosen major is required for admission requirements to the Master’s degree program (for example, mathematics, engineering technology, material science, machine elements, informatics).

Foreign applicants must pass a Czech language test. 

Doctoral degree programs:

  • Energy
  • Production process technology
  • The technology of agricultural technical systems
  • Quality and reliability of machines and equipment
  • Quality and reliability of machines and equipment
  • Process and information engineering in the agricultural sector (in English)

At the entrance exam, the candidate will prove the professional prerequisites for independent research activity, taking into account the specification of the topic of the dissertation, and at the same time demonstrate knowledge of the English language (exam takes place in Czech).

Faculty website: www.tf.czu.cz/cs/

Faculty of Tropical AgriScience

Bachelor’s degree programs:

  • Agriculture in Tropics (in Czech)

Applicants are required to successfully have an interview in Biology and English

  • International Cooperation in Agriculture and Rural Development (in English)

Applicants are required to successfully have an interview in Global Geography and English

Master’s degree programs (all taught in English):

  • Agri-food Systems and Rural Development (tests in Tropical Agriculture and English)
  • International Development and Agricultural Economics (tests in Economics, World Geography and English)
  • Tropical Forestry and Agroforestry (tests in Ecology and Biology and English)
  • Tropical Crop Management and Ecology (tests in Plant Production and English)
  • Wildlife and Livestock Production, Management and Conservation (background in Animal Production or Ecology and Zoology)
  •  Tropical Farming Systems (no admission interview)

Doctoral study programs (in English):

  • Tropical Agrobiology and Bioresource Management
  • Sustainable Rural Development
  • Agriculture in Tropics and Subtropics

The admissions procedure, which is entirely performed in English, consists of a professional discussion in which the candidate must demonstrate professional skills for studying the relevant subject of research. It is assumed that the candidate has applied for a specific topic, has made contact with a potential trainer, and has at least a rudimentary understanding of how to approach the topic methodically, and how the findings will be used in practice or to further the field’s knowledge.

Faculty website: www.ftz.czu.cz/cs/

Faculty of Environmental Science

Bachelor’s degree programs:

  • Applied ecology
  • Environmental Data Science (in English)
  • Environmental Engineering (in English)
  • Geographic information systems and remote sensing of the Earth in the environment (in Czech or English)
  • Landscaping
  • Spatial Planning
  • Territorial technical and administrative service in the environment
  • Water management

Applicants are chosen based on the results from the entry test depending on the program: math or/and chemistry, or biology, logic quiz or general knowledge quiz.

Master’s degree programs:

  • Applied ecology
  • Environmental Geosciences (in English)
  • Environmental Modeling (in Czech or English)
  • Landscaping
  • Landscape Engineering
  • Landscape Planning (in English)
  • Nature Conservation (in Czech or English)
  • Spatial planning
  • Spatial sciences in the environment
  • Regional environmental administration
  • Water in the landscape

Applicants to Master’s degree programs are required to pass tests in subjects related to the area of future studies: for the programs in English oral interview is conducted.

Doctoral study programs:

  • Applied and landscape ecology
  • Ecology
  • Environmental modelling
  • Environmental sciences of the Earth

All programs are possible to take in Czech or English. The entrance exam is a point-based interview that will test your scientific background (max. 20 points) and knowledge of the English language (max. 10 points). The applicant also must choose their future supervisor, the department and the topic of the dissertation before the interview.

Faculty website: www.fzp.czu.cz/cs/

Faculty of Forestry and Wood Science

Bachelor’s degree programs:

  • Hunting and environmental care
  • Forestry, specialization Protection and cultivation of forest ecosystems
  • Forestry, specialization Economics and forestry management
  • Forestry, specialization Forest ecosystems protection and silviculture (in English)
  • Woodworking
  • Woodworking, specialization Business in the woodworking and furniture industry
  • Conservation of natural products and taxidermy
  • System arboriculture

For Czech taught programs, foreign applicants must go through an interview in the Czech language. Applicants to programs Conservation of natural products and taxidermy and Hunting and environmental care must pass a test in biology. Applicants to programs Woodworking have to pass an entrance test in mathematics.

Master’s degree programs:

  • Forest Engineering (tests in Forest Management, Forest Economics)
  • Wooden structures and wood-based constructions (tests in Wooden construction, flexibility and strength)
  • Wood Engineering (tests in Wood Science, Sawmill Woodworking)
  • Forestry, Water and Landscape Management (interview in English) – program in English

Doctoral degree programs:

  • Applied geoinformatics and remote sensing in forestry
  • Global Change Forestry (in English)
  • Fire protection of forests, wooden materials and wood-based materials
  • Forest biology
  • Economics and management of forestry and lumbering
  • Forest management
  • Forest protection and hunting
  • Forest cultivation
  • Wood processing and technology in forestry

The exams take the form of an interview in English and an expert discussion before the admissions committee. On the basis of a discussion of the applicant’s creative work, their preconditions for independent research activity and knowledge of the field in which the applicant is applying will be assessed. The subject of the evaluation will be: (1) the quality of the submitted scientific project, (2) the potential of the candidate, (3) the speech at the interview, (4) the potential of the topic, (5) the publication potential of the topic and the candidate.

Faculty website: www.fld.czu.cz/cs/

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