Charles University Faculty of Medicine in Hradec
Charles University Faculty of Medicine in Hradec

The Faculty of Medicine in Hradec, one of five medical faculties within Charles University, is situated in the Czech city of Hradec Králové. It has a population of just under 100,000, and is one of the oldest settlements in the Czech Republic. Several large festivals are held there each year, and it is also home to one of the country’s leading orchestras.

The medical school itself offers a 6-year programme in English, and has taught medicine since 1945. The course follows a traditional structure, and the fees are 310,000 CZK per year (around £10,000, $12,000)

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CHARLES UNIVERSITY FACULTY OF MEDICINE IN PILSEN

Undergraduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 6-year programme
  • 105
  • N/A
  • No minimum
  • No minimum*
  • Entrance Exam
  • Traditional
  • Not required

Undergraduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 6-year programme
  • 105
  • N/A
  • No minimum
  • No minimum*
  • Entrance Exam
  • Traditional
  • Not required

Charles University Hradec offers a 6-year programme for medicine in English, that follows a traditional structure. The course is open to both undergraduate and graduate applicants. Years 1-2 are devoted to theoretical studies, with topics covered including Biostatistics, Anatomy, Embryology and Physiology. Students gain placements in the University Hospital early on, and also undertake week-long summer hospital placements after the second year of study. Teaching in the Czech language is also provided during these years.

Years 3-4 are devoted to pre-clinical disciplines, in subjects such as Pathological Anatomy, Microbiology, and Pharmacology. Some clinical subjects, including Psychiatry and Neurology, are also taught during this time. Following fourth year, students undertake a four-week placement in the University Hospital.

In the final two years, exclusively clinical disciplines are taught. Year 5 involves a split between lecture-based teaching and bedside teaching, while fifth year is delivered purely within the University Hospital. Subjects covered include Internal Medicine, Paediatrics, and Surgery.

There are no minimum requirements for entry onto this course. However, students who have achieved specific grades may apply for direct entry without the need to sit the admissions exam. These qualifications are listed here. Holders of any other qualification must sit the entrance exam prior to admission.

A/AS levels

Candidates who apply with at least AAB in A2 Biology, Chemistry and Physics/Maths may apply for direct entry.

IB

Candidates who apply with at least 17 from Higher Level (HL) Biology, Chemistry and either Physics or Maths may apply for direct entry, provided they have not scored lower than a 5 in any of the subjects.

US

Candidates applying with a total SAT score of 2100 or higher, and who have studied Molecular Biology, Chemistry and either Physics or Maths, may apply for direct entry.

Admissions Exam

Unless a student qualifies for Direct entry as per the criteria listed above, prior to admission, candidates are required to sit an entrance exam. This features a written section and an oral section, with both being conducted in English. The written exam assesses candidates’ knowledge of basic sciences, and includes questions on:

  • Biology (25 questions)
  • Chemistry (25 questions)
  • Maths or Physics (Candidates choice, 10 questions)

The exam is multiple choice, and lasts 2.5 hours. An example test and recommended reading resources can be found at https://www.lfhk.cuni.cz/Applicants/Undergraduate-Study/Admission-Process/Example-Test-and-Recommended-Literature/.

It should be noted that candidates who apply with certain qualifications are exempt from this exam as listed above. This exam takes place in Hradec Králové on May 23rd. Alternatively, candidates may sit the exam in one of 17 other countries. For information on this, visit https://www.lfhk.cuni.cz/Applicants/Undergraduate-Study/Admission-Process/Entrance-Examination-Terms/.

For information on the oral interview, see the interview section below.

Policy on Re-applicants

Previous applicants may re-apply without disadvantage

Policy on Deferrals

It is not possible to defer entry onto this course

Application Deadlines

For candidates applying for exemption to the entrance exam, the deadline for application is May 5th. For other candidates, applications must be in at least one week prior to the entrance exam (which is on May 23rd in Hradec Králové, but can vary depending on the country in which it is sat).

Application Documents

The following documents are required prior to admission:

  • Application form (visit https://is.cuni.cz/studium/eng/prijimacky/index.php?id=d5f20cb936a401d62f90053093033f62&tid=1&do=uchazec_email)
  • A copy of your passport
  • Secondary/High school certificates (copies)

SELECTION PROCESS

Candidates who exceed the minimum requirements for exemption from the admissions exam are granted entry automatically. However, a maximum of 60% of the cohort will be admitted in this way, on a first come first served basis. This means candidates who exceed the exemption limit, but apply after the 60% mark has been reached, will have to sit the exam.

For those who sit the admissions exam, the selection process will be based solely on the score achieved in the written exam and the interview.

INTERVIEW

All candidates who are not granted exemption from the entrance exam (see admissions exam section) are required to attend for an oral interview. This will usually be a 1-on-1 interview, and the interviewer will be assessing the candidate’s motivation to study medicine. This will only be a short discussion, and will not usually feature heavily in the university’s decision on who to admit.

The faculty does not release its competition ratios for the medical school programme.

Charles University is ranked 151-200 for Medicine according the QS World University Rankings.

Charles University Hradec offers a 6-year programme for medicine in English, that follows a traditional structure. The course is open to both undergraduate and graduate applicants. Years 1-2 are devoted to theoretical studies, with topics covered including Biostatistics, Anatomy, Embryology and Physiology. Students gain placements in the University Hospital early on, and also undertake week-long summer hospital placements after the second year of study. Teaching in the Czech language is also provided during these years.

Years 3-4 are devoted to pre-clinical disciplines, in subjects such as Pathological Anatomy, Microbiology, and Pharmacology. Some clinical subjects, including Psychiatry and Neurology, are also taught during this time. Following fourth year, students undertake a four-week placement in the University Hospital.

In the final two years, exclusively clinical disciplines are taught. Year 5 involves a split between lecture-based teaching and bedside teaching, while fifth year is delivered purely within the University Hospital. Subjects covered include Internal Medicine, Paediatrics, and Surgery.

There are no minimum requirements for entry onto this course. However, students who have achieved specific grades may apply for direct entry without the need to sit the admissions exam. These qualifications are listed here. Holders of any other qualification must sit the entrance exam prior to admission.

A/AS levels

Candidates who apply with at least AAB in A2 Biology, Chemistry and Physics/Maths may apply for direct entry.

IB

Candidates who apply with at least 17 from Higher Level (HL) Biology, Chemistry and either Physics or Maths may apply for direct entry, provided they have not scored lower than a 5 in any of the subjects.

US

Candidates applying with a total SAT score of 2100 or higher, and who have studied Molecular Biology, Chemistry and either Physics or Maths, may apply for direct entry.

Admissions Exam

Unless a student qualifies for Direct entry as per the criteria listed above, prior to admission, candidates are required to sit an entrance exam. This features a written section and an oral section, with both being conducted in English. The written exam assesses candidates’ knowledge of basic sciences, and includes questions on:

  • Biology (25 questions)
  • Chemistry (25 questions)
  • Maths or Physics (Candidates choice, 10 questions)

The exam is multiple choice, and lasts 2.5 hours. An example test and recommended reading resources can be found at https://www.lfhk.cuni.cz/Applicants/Undergraduate-Study/Admission-Process/Example-Test-and-Recommended-Literature/.

It should be noted that candidates who apply with certain qualifications are exempt from this exam as listed above. This exam takes place in Hradec Králové on May 23rd. Alternatively, candidates may sit the exam in one of 17 other countries. For information on this, visit https://www.lfhk.cuni.cz/Applicants/Undergraduate-Study/Admission-Process/Entrance-Examination-Terms/.

For information on the oral interview, see the interview section below.

Policy on Re-applicants

Previous applicants may re-apply without disadvantage

Policy on Deferrals

It is not possible to defer entry onto this course

Application Deadlines

For candidates applying for exemption to the entrance exam, the deadline for application is May 5th. For other candidates, applications must be in at least one week prior to the entrance exam (which is on May 23rd in Hradec Králové, but can vary depending on the country in which it is sat).

Application Documents

The following documents are required prior to admission:

  • Application form (visit https://is.cuni.cz/studium/eng/prijimacky/index.php?id=d5f20cb936a401d62f90053093033f62&tid=1&do=uchazec_email)
  • A copy of your passport
  • Secondary/High school certificates (copies)

SELECTION PROCESS

Candidates who exceed the minimum requirements for exemption from the admissions exam are granted entry automatically. However, a maximum of 60% of the cohort will be admitted in this way, on a first come first served basis. This means candidates who exceed the exemption limit, but apply after the 60% mark has been reached, will have to sit the exam.

For those who sit the admissions exam, the selection process will be based solely on the score achieved in the written exam and the interview.

INTERVIEW

All candidates who are not granted exemption from the entrance exam (see admissions exam section) are required to attend for an oral interview. This will usually be a 1-on-1 interview, and the interviewer will be assessing the candidate’s motivation to study medicine. This will only be a short discussion, and will not usually feature heavily in the university’s decision on who to admit.

The faculty does not release its competition ratios for the medical school programme.

Charles University is ranked 151-200 for Medicine according the QS World University Rankings.

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

    Periodic testing. Our professors are really hard to impress which makes you work harder and better, producing, and I speak for myself, quality results. Also, the international atmosphere and the small town I'm in is quite homely. (Czech Republic is very beautiful.)

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

    Sometimes things get lost in translation, there is a very small, almost unnoticeable language barrier.

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

    If you are not ready to put in the effort, then do not think of joining. We have tests almost every day so you are always on your toes here.

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

    Out of the 60 people who wrote the entrance exam with me, only about 12 got through. I didn't find it difficult since I came from an Indian school system but definitely brush up on your organic and microbiology.