Charles 2nd Faculty of Medicine

The Second Faculty of Medicine in Charles University was established in 1992 and prides itself on its strong links with the field of paediatrics – as the medical school offers a broader scope of paediatric subspecialties than most other universities. The faculty also engages in cutting-edge research in several different fields, including human genetics, childhood oncology and haematology, oncogynaecology, and neuroscience.

Moreover, clinical students will be based in Motol University Hospital, which is the largest university hospital in the country, with over 2300 beds. Students are also able to undertake attachments in other hospitals such as Na Bulovce Hospital and the Military University Hospital in Prague.

Students at the Second Faculty also enjoy opportunities to experience part of their training abroad through various exchange programmes. Furthermore, there is also some scope for students to get involved in teaching at the university, as there are opportunities to be a demonstrator in anatomy and histology. With a staff to student ratio of 1:2, students are well supported as they progress down the path to becoming clinicians. Fees at this university are 280,000CZK for the 1st year, rising to 310,000 in the 2nd-6th years (Approximately 10,300 Euros, rising to 11,500 Euros)

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Charles 2nd Faculty of Medicine

Undergraduate Applicants

  •  
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 6-year Program
  • 90
  • N/A
  • No minimum*
  • No minimum*
  • Standardised SAT/Entrance Exam**
  • Traditional format
  • Not formally assessed

Graduate Applicants

  •  
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 6-year programme
  • 90
  • N/A
  • No minimum*
  • No minimum*
  • Standardised SAT/Entrance Exam**
  • Traditional format
  • Not formally assessed
*See Academic Requirements and Eligibility for more information on this
** Only one of these needs to be taken. See Admissions Exam section for more information.

The Second Faculty of Medicine in Charles University offers a 6-year programme which is divided into two main phases, a preclinical stage and a clinical stage. This programme is open to both graduate and undergraduate applicants.In the first three years, student spend most of their time in lectures and workshops learning about the basic medical sciences and the theories which underpin medicine. However, despite the focus on theory in the first half of the course, students do have early patient contact - meeting patients in the first year and also undertaking practical training in nursing care in the second year.The latter three years of the course consists of mainly clinical teaching. Before starting these, students are expected to pass a Czech language exam during third year so that they are able to communicate to the staff and patients. Students rotate through various hospital specialties but also have GP visits in the community. There is also plenty of opportunity to carry out research and develop one’s own interest through attendance of optional subjects and specialised courses.

There are no minimum academic requirements that must be met prior to application. Students must have completed secondary school (i.e. 12 years of education in their home country) and possess the required knowledge to pass the entrance exam, but previous grades will not be considered as part of the application process.

There are two routes which lead to entry onto this course. Students have the option of choosing which admissions process they would like to follow. Students can either:

A.Pass the standardized SAT test – with the highest scoring students being admitted automatically.
OR
B.Pass the entrance exam in Prague which consists of a written multiple choice paper followed by an interview if successful in the test.

Admissions Exam

The entrance exam is held in Prague and consists of a 75-minute written exam, featuring four sets of fifteen multiple-choice questions. The entrance exam covers questions on Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Logic, and the knowledge required is comparable to the normal high school leavers criteria. The paper will then be marked and those with the best results will be invited to interview on the same day. Note that this exam is NOT mandatory. As explained above, if a student has written the SATs and scored highly, he or she can be admitted based on these grades alone without the need to write the school’s entrance exam.

Interview

Applicants sitting the SAT do not need to undergo an interview. Applicants sitting the entrance exam who are successful in it are invited to sit an interview. This oral exam consists of a discussion of two questions/topics, which the applicant selects at random. Applicants are expected to demonstrate their interest in a chosen field and their ability to discuss specific topics. Applicants should also be able to defend their opinions. The interview component is given a score of up to 60.

Policy on Re-applicants

Applicants are free to reapply if initially unsuccessful.

Policy on Deferrals

It is not possible to defer entry on to this course.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • If sitting the SATs:
  • Submission of electronic scores must be sent by June 30 2016 for 2016 entry.
  • SAT exam dates are available online but roughly occur monthly
  • If sitting the Prague Entrance Exam:
  • A completed application form must be submitted before sitting the entrance exam. For 2016 entry, the dates of entry exams are as follows:
  • 25 May 2016 (must register by 25 April)
  • 1 July 2016 (must register by 1 June)

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • If sitting the SATs:
  • Complete and send online application form.
  • Brief CV attached to application form.
  • English Certified copy of secondary school certificate.
  • Submission of electronic SAT results
  • If sitting the Prague Entrance Exam:
  • Completed online application form.
  • Brief CV attached to application form.
  • English certified copy of secondary school certificate.

SELECTION PROCESS

If applying via the Standardised SAT Test. Applicants are able to take the SAT test at their own or a nearby country. Applicants can register on the SAT website: collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/satThey must take exams in the following three subjects:

  • Physics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry

The applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis and any applicant who achieves over 1850 points on the SAT will be admitted automatically, until all course places are filled.
For applicants who scored below 1850, they must wait until July where the final decision is made. This is based on choosing the best applicants who have a score For applicants who choose to apply by writing the Prague entrance exam, their interview score is combined with the written paper score. It is this combined score which decides whether the applicant is admitted to the medical school. Applicants will find out at the end of the day the outcome of their entrance exam and interview, and whether they have been accepted.

Each year, there are around 4 applicants per place.

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

The Second Faculty of Medicine in Charles University offers a 6-year programme which is divided into two main phases, a preclinical stage and a clinical stage. This programme is open to both graduate and undergraduate applicants.In the first three years, student spend most of their time in lectures and workshops learning about the basic medical sciences and the theories which underpin medicine. However, despite the focus on theory in the first half of the course, students do have early patient contact - meeting patients in the first year and also undertaking practical training in nursing care in the second year.The latter three years of the course consists of mainly clinical teaching. Before starting these, students are expected to pass a Czech language exam during third year so that they are able to communicate to the staff and patients. Students rotate through various hospital specialties but also have GP visits in the community. There is also plenty of opportunity to carry out research and develop one’s own interest through attendance of optional subjects and specialised courses.

There are no minimum academic requirements that must be met prior to application. Students must have completed secondary school (i.e. 12 years of education in their home country) and possess the required knowledge to pass the entrance exam, but previous grades will not be considered as part of the application process.

There are two routes which lead to entry onto this course. Students have the option of choosing which admissions process they would like to follow. Students can either:

A.Pass the standardized SAT test – with the highest scoring students being admitted automatically.
OR
B.Pass the entrance exam in Prague which consists of a written multiple choice paper followed by an interview if successful in the test.

Admissions Exam

The entrance exam is held in Prague and consists of a 75-minute written exam, featuring four sets of fifteen multiple-choice questions. The entrance exam covers questions on Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Logic, and the knowledge required is comparable to the normal high school leavers criteria. The paper will then be marked and those with the best results will be invited to interview on the same day. Note that this exam is NOT mandatory. As explained above, if a student has written the SATs and scored highly, he or she can be admitted based on these grades alone without the need to write the school’s entrance exam.

Interview

Applicants sitting the SAT do not need to undergo an interview. Applicants sitting the entrance exam who are successful in it are invited to sit an interview. This oral exam consists of a discussion of two questions/topics, which the applicant selects at random. Applicants are expected to demonstrate their interest in a chosen field and their ability to discuss specific topics. Applicants should also be able to defend their opinions. The interview component is given a score of up to 60.

Policy on Re-applicants

Applicants are free to reapply if initially unsuccessful.

Policy on Deferrals

It is not possible to defer entry on to this course.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

  • If sitting the SATs:
  • Submission of electronic scores must be sent by June 30 2016 for 2016 entry.
  • SAT exam dates are available online but roughly occur monthly
  • If sitting the Prague Entrance Exam:
  • A completed application form must be submitted before sitting the entrance exam. For 2016 entry, the dates of entry exams are as follows:
  • 25 May 2016 (must register by 25 April)
  • 1 July 2016 (must register by 1 June)

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • If sitting the SATs:
  • Complete and send online application form.
  • Brief CV attached to application form.
  • English Certified copy of secondary school certificate.
  • Submission of electronic SAT results
  • If sitting the Prague Entrance Exam:
  • Completed online application form.
  • Brief CV attached to application form.
  • English certified copy of secondary school certificate.

SELECTION PROCESS

If applying via the Standardised SAT Test. Applicants are able to take the SAT test at their own or a nearby country. Applicants can register on the SAT website: collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/satThey must take exams in the following three subjects:

  • Physics
  • Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry

The applications will be reviewed on a first come, first served basis and any applicant who achieves over 1850 points on the SAT will be admitted automatically, until all course places are filled.
For applicants who scored below 1850, they must wait until July where the final decision is made. This is based on choosing the best applicants who have a score For applicants who choose to apply by writing the Prague entrance exam, their interview score is combined with the written paper score. It is this combined score which decides whether the applicant is admitted to the medical school. Applicants will find out at the end of the day the outcome of their entrance exam and interview, and whether they have been accepted.

Each year, there are around 4 applicants per place.

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

  1. 1.What are the good things about studying Medicine at this university?
    It’s a way to get a place to study medicine when you didn’t meet requirements in your home country.
  2. 2.What is not so good about studying Medicine there?
    Language can be a problem. practical classes in hospital require Czech language.
  3. 3.What advice do you have for someone thinking of studying Medicine there?
    No special advice. Charles uni is good enough at organizing stays at dormitories for people who want to come down here.
  4. 4.Do you have any tips on how to get in?
    For the medical faculties I know that there are entrance examinations, and there are usually preparation courses for these exams.