Charles First faculty
Charles First faculty

Charles University First Faculty of Medicine is located in Prague and was established in 1348, making it the oldest faculty in the Czech Republic and one of the oldest medical schools in the world. The university prides itself in being one of the most prestigious medical schools in the country, attracting applicants and students from all over the world.

The 6-year year course includes three years of pre-clinical teaching where students use dissections, lectures and seminars to develop an understanding of anatomy, physiology and biochemistry. The course is notable for offering students the chance to choose one or two elective subjects each year. With over 350 available, students are able to explore areas of interest to them very early on. Tuition fees at the university cost 330 000 CZK per year (approximately 12,000 EUR), however there are scholarships available which are paid retrospectively.

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Charles First faculty

Undergraduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 6-year programme
  • 140
  • N/A
  • No Minimum
  • CCC
  • Entrance Exam*
  • Traditional
  • Not required

Undergraduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 6-year programme
  • 140
  • N/A
  • No Minimum
  • CCC
  • Entrance Exam*
  • Traditional
  • Not required
*See Admissions Exam section for more information

Charles University First Faculty of Medicine offers a 6-year general medicine programme, which upon completion, awards students with a MUDr – Medicinae Universae Doctor. This programme is open to applications from both graduate and undergraduate students. There are 140 places each year for new students who are taught in groups of 25. The university boasts a fantastic staff:student ratio, with 1 teacher for every 3 students.

Basic medical sciences are introduced and developed in the first three years, where students cover a variety of topics including Biophysics, Genetics, Medical Psychology and Anatomy, which is covered via dissection. Furthermore, in the first two years of the course, there is compulsory physical education. Students are also expected to take part in medical Czech lessons in the first three years of the course in order to prepare them for life on clinical placements which is undertaken in five teaching hospitals around Prague.

The last three years are spent mostly on clinical placements, where students rotate through various medical specialties. Throughout the course, students are also expected to undertake summer clerkships in particular specialties such as surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, as well as nursing.

As well as compulsory modules, students are also able to select specific modules they would like to take, to reflect their interest in different subjects. Each year, a student is required to choose one or two elective subjects, from around 350 possible topics.

A levels/GCSEs

Applicants are required to have at least 3 A Levels taken in the same academic year including Biology and Chemistry which must both be achieved to at least a C grade. Applicants must also have either taken Physics or Mathematics to AS level.

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Applicants must have college degree or AP in Biology and Chemistry in order to be eligible.

Other qualifications

There are no other specific academic requirements for students who comes from a different educational system. However, if you would like to check whether you are eligible, you can email the FSAD@LF1.CUNI.CZ with your qualifications and they will let you know if they are sufficient to apply.

Admissions Exam

Applicants are required to sit the university’s own admissions test in order to receive a place. The entrance exams can either take place in Prague or the applicant’s own country (if there is an official representative in that country, see below).

The exam features questions from Biology, Chemistry and either Physics or Maths. These questions will be at the level expected of students at high school level. The minimum number of points is 190 out of a possible 240. Applicants will find out whether they have been successful on the same day. In order to sit the exam, which takes place in the middle of June every year, candidates must have completed their application prior to the end of May in the year of application:

  • Exam fee: 20 EUR in cash
  • Passport or ID
  • Printed invitation letter with confirmation of registration. This invitation letter will be sent by post as well as via email by the end of May.

A short term (tourist) visa can be used to come write the the entrance exam in Prague.

If there is a representative of the school in their local country, students do not need to come to Prague to write the exam. To find out whether or not there is a representative in their country, as well as how to contact their representative and where the exam can be sat, applicants should visit http://www.lf1.cuni.cz/en/master-studies#Reps Instead of sending an application form, applicants should email the representative to arrange their exam.

Policy on Re-applicants

The university accepts re-applicants in subsequent academic years.

Policy on Deferrals

The university does not accept applications for deferred entry.

DEADLINES

Applications open from around January 1 – May 8th each year. The entrance exam in Prague is taken in June with applicants finding out on the same day if they have been admitted. The academic year begins in October.

DOCUMENTS

  • Application form to sit entrance exam (if sitting exam in Prague)
  • Email representative in respective country (if sitting exam in home country)
  • A notarised and translated copy of the high school diploma

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants who are successful in the written exam will be invited to an interview on the same day. A score from the written exam and a score from the interview are combined into one score , and it is on this score that students are ranked for selection.

INTERVIEW

The interview i is conducted in English, and assesses the candidates on their scientific knowledge as well as their ability to communicate accurately and fluently in English.

1,000 candidates applied to the First Faculty of Medicine Charles University in 2015 for 140 places, giving around 1 applicant per 7 places. All applicants who scored above the pass mark in the entrance exam and interview were given an offer in 2015.

The QS World University Rankings have ranked Charles University in Prague as within the top 151-200 for Medicine in the world.

Charles University First Faculty of Medicine offers a 6-year general medicine programme, which upon completion, awards students with a MUDr – Medicinae Universae Doctor. This programme is open to applications from both graduate and undergraduate students. There are 140 places each year for new students who are taught in groups of 25. The university boasts a fantastic staff:student ratio, with 1 teacher for every 3 students.

Basic medical sciences are introduced and developed in the first three years, where students cover a variety of topics including Biophysics, Genetics, Medical Psychology and Anatomy, which is covered via dissection. Furthermore, in the first two years of the course, there is compulsory physical education. Students are also expected to take part in medical Czech lessons in the first three years of the course in order to prepare them for life on clinical placements which is undertaken in five teaching hospitals around Prague.

The last three years are spent mostly on clinical placements, where students rotate through various medical specialties. Throughout the course, students are also expected to undertake summer clerkships in particular specialties such as surgery, obstetrics and gynaecology, as well as nursing.

As well as compulsory modules, students are also able to select specific modules they would like to take, to reflect their interest in different subjects. Each year, a student is required to choose one or two elective subjects, from around 350 possible topics.

A levels/GCSEs

Applicants are required to have at least 3 A Levels taken in the same academic year including Biology and Chemistry which must both be achieved to at least a C grade. Applicants must also have either taken Physics or Mathematics to AS level.

US

Applicants must have college degree or AP in Biology and Chemistry in order to be eligible.

Other qualifications

There are no other specific academic requirements for students who comes from a different educational system. However, if you would like to check whether you are eligible, you can email the FSAD@LF1.CUNI.CZ with your qualifications and they will let you know if they are sufficient to apply.

Admissions Exam

Applicants are required to sit the university’s own admissions test in order to receive a place. The entrance exams can either take place in Prague or the applicant’s own country (if there is an official representative in that country, see below).

The exam features questions from Biology, Chemistry and either Physics or Maths. These questions will be at the level expected of students at high school level. The minimum number of points is 190 out of a possible 240. Applicants will find out whether they have been successful on the same day. In order to sit the exam, which takes place in the middle of June every year, candidates must have completed their application prior to the end of May in the year of application:

  • Exam fee: 20 EUR in cash
  • Passport or ID
  • Printed invitation letter with confirmation of registration. This invitation letter will be sent by post as well as via email by the end of May.

A short term (tourist) visa can be used to come write the the entrance exam in Prague.

If there is a representative of the school in their local country, students do not need to come to Prague to write the exam. To find out whether or not there is a representative in their country, as well as how to contact their representative and where the exam can be sat, applicants should visit http://www.lf1.cuni.cz/en/master-studies#Reps Instead of sending an application form, applicants should email the representative to arrange their exam.

Policy on Re-applicants

The university accepts re-applicants in subsequent academic years.

Policy on Deferrals

The university does not accept applications for deferred entry.

DEADLINES

Applications open from around January 1 – May 8th each year. The entrance exam in Prague is taken in June with applicants finding out on the same day if they have been admitted. The academic year begins in October.

DOCUMENTS

  • Application form to sit entrance exam (if sitting exam in Prague)
  • Email representative in respective country (if sitting exam in home country)
  • A notarised and translated copy of the high school diploma

SELECTION PROCESS

Applicants who are successful in the written exam will be invited to an interview on the same day. A score from the written exam and a score from the interview are combined into one score , and it is on this score that students are ranked for selection.

INTERVIEW

The interview i is conducted in English, and assesses the candidates on their scientific knowledge as well as their ability to communicate accurately and fluently in English.

1,000 candidates applied to the First Faculty of Medicine Charles University in 2015 for 140 places, giving around 1 applicant per 7 places. All applicants who scored above the pass mark in the entrance exam and interview were given an offer in 2015.

The QS World University Rankings have ranked Charles University in Prague as within the top 151-200 for Medicine in the world.

  1. 1. What are the good things about studying Medicine at this university?

    Studying medicine in a unique city is immense, and teaches you a lot. It’s very tough and has a very unique way of examining where most exams are oral examination like a viva in the UK.

  2. 2.What is not so good about studying Medicine there?

    A lot of European cities operate with hard-core theory based teaching, whereas UK focuses on examination, communication and learning common diseases.

  3. 3.What advice do you have for someone thinking of studying Medicine there?

    In terms of advice be prepared for a bumpy ride, with a lot of exams and studying like you have never done before. But it’s a beautiful city with so many foreigners.

  4. 4. Do you have any tips on how to get in?

    Tips to get in, would require visiting the Charles university website, it is very competitive these days because a lot of people go to Prague to try and study as the fees are similar to UK. They only intake around 120-140 students each year, and there is an entrance test that needs to be completed regardless of background.