Charles 3rd Faculty of Medicine

The third faculty of Medicine, was originally known as the faculty of Hygiene, when it was created in 1953 as one of the three subsets of the Czech faculty of Medicine. It became the third faculty of Medicine in 1990 which came with changes in the organisation of the faculty, a new curriculum and study reforms. It is located in Prague, the Czech Republic’s picturesque capital. The city enjoys multiple museums and other attractions including the Prague Castle and Charles Bridge, named after the university’s founder – King Charles IV.

The Third Faculty of Medicine offers a 6-year programme which, upon completion, awards the graduate with an MUDr (Medicinae Universae Doctor). Interestingly, it also offers a 5-month premedical course aimed at students who are wishing to pursue Medicine at the Third Faculty. This premedical course covers the subjects which applicants are tested on in the entrance exams: Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics, with the aim of preparing the candidates as much as possible prior to the entrance paper and interview, making it ideal for applicants who are less confident in their scientific knowledge. Teaching in the Czech language is also provided, allowing international students to fully integrate themselves within Czech society.

Teaching is primarily delivered in the Faculty Hospital of Kralovske Vinohrady, with many other sites also being used in and around Bucharest. The annual tuition fee is CZK 330,000 (Roughly EUR 12,000).

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Charles 3rd Faculty of Medicine

Undergraduate Applicants

  •  
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 6-year Program
  • 85
  • N/A
  • None or AAB*
  • Multiple Choice Exam
  • Panel
  • Traditional format
  • Not formally assessed

Graduate Applicants

  •  
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 6-year Program
  • 85
  • N/A
  • None or AAB*
  • Multiple Choice Exam
  • Panel
  • Traditional format
  • Not formally assessed

The Third Faculty of Medicine at Charles University offers a 6-year programme open to both graduates and undergraduates. The course is divided into three cycles, each providing students with different elements of the course. Teaching is delivered mainly through problem-based learning (PBL), which is supplemented with early clinical contact to provide students with the real-world applications of the teaching they are receiving. The first and second year of the course make up Cycle 1, which is essentially a pre-clinical module. In these years, students are given a strong grounding in basic biomedical sciences and the theoretical principles underpinning medicine, allowing them a foundation upon which to build their medical knowledge in the later years.

Students are also given the opportunity to follow particular interests through free-standing optional courses such as Latin. Cycle 2 is made up of the 3rd and 4th year and introduces clinical medicine via modules such as Theoretical Foundations of Clinical Medicine as well as Clinical and Pathological Foundations of Medicine. As in Cycle 1, students are able to select their own optional modules to further their personal interests. In the final two years of the course, Cycle 3 features complete immersion in clinical settings and rotations in a variety of specialties including Internal Medicine and Surgery, Neurobehavioral Sciences and Preventative Medicine. International students are given Czech Language lessons during the first three years of the course with the expectation that students reach a good level of communication by the end of year 2. This is to ensure that they are able to communicate with patients and staff once they begin their clinical placements.

There are no real minimum academic requirements for this course as anyone with poor grades previously can choose to be considered based on their performance at the school entrance exam + interview. However, students who have achieved high grades in high school are exempt from taking the entrance exam and can essentially be admitted based on these grades only. Applicants must achieve the following results to be exempt from taking the entrance exam:

A/AS levels

Applicants must have a minimum score of AAB in Chemistry, Biology and either Mathematics OR Physics A levels. Note that the exams must have been taken since the 2014/2015 academic year.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Applicants must have accumulated a minimum of 19 points in 3 subjects from Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics OR Physics taken at Higher Level. The exams must not have been taken before the 2014/2015 academic year.

US

Applicants must have achieved an overall minimum score of 85-90% in the SAT, with exams not taken before 2014/2015.

Admissions Exam

The entrance exam is held in Prague in May and June. However, international applicants may sit the exam in a number of different European countries:

The entrance exam is made up of two sections: a multiple-choice exam and an interview. The multiple-choice test covers three subjects: Chemistry, Biology, with the final subject being either Physics OR Mathematics (applicants choose their strongest subject). There will be 30 questions on each subject, with only one correct answer for each question. The maximum number of points on offer is 90. The university does not release its cut-off mark.

Applicants who pass the written exam will progress to interview, the details of which can be found in the Interview section below. A syllabus and example questions for the entrance exams can be found on the university website: http://www.lf3.cuni.cz/3LFEN-13.html.

Policy on Re-applicants

Candidates are welcome to reapply.

Policy on Deferrals

Deferred entry is only possible in very special circumstances – for example military service.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

The university hosts an Open Day at the beginning of January in the main building of the Third Faculty of Medicine. Deadlines for application submission depend on when the applicant wishes to sit the entrance exam:
  • on 15th March 2016 for the entrance examination in April 2016
  • on 31st March 2016 for the entrance examination in May 2016
  • on 30th April 2016 for the entrance examination in June 2016
  • on 31st May 2016 for the entrance examination in July 2016

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • Application form for Admission to study in English – General Medicine
  • Verified copy of high school leaving certificate certified with an Apostille by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Education of the country of study with an official transcript including all marks/grades and number of hours.
  • Photocopy of the 1st page of the passport (with a statement that applicants agree to provide their personal data for admission and signed) 2 x passport size photos
  • Admissions fee: 20 euros made by bank transfer

SELECTION PROCESS

There are two routes of entry onto the course:

  • Applicants can sit the entrance exam with admission based on their performance in the multiple choice exam and the interview. There are 60 places on the course for students entering via this pathway.
  • A maximum of 25 students are admitted each year without having to sit an entrance exam. An applicant who achieves a high standard at school leaving exams will be exempt from taking the entrance exam. Instead, their place will be determined through their academic achievements, and students will be ranked in order of their study grade averages. The top 25 applicants will then be offered a place on the course. Applicants wishing to be considered for admission without an entrance exam must submit an extra application form for the remission of the entrance exam, along with their admission application form.

Interview

The interview follows on from the entrance exam and is therefore only applicable to those applying via the entrance examination route.

The interview will involve the following:
  • Interpretation of a popular scientific text
  • Evaluation of communication skills
  • Ability of independent judgement
  • General overview of the applicant
  • There is a total of 30 point on offer for the interview.
  • Following interview, all applicants will then be ranked on the basis of their combined exam and interview scores. The number of points required for admission onto the course will be determined by the Dean of faculty.

The Third Faculty of Medicine in Charles University receives approximately 4 applications for every place each year.

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

The Third Faculty of Medicine at Charles University offers a 6-year programme open to both graduates and undergraduates. The course is divided into three cycles, each providing students with different elements of the course. Teaching is delivered mainly through problem-based learning (PBL), which is supplemented with early clinical contact to provide students with the real-world applications of the teaching they are receiving. The first and second year of the course make up Cycle 1, which is essentially a pre-clinical module. In these years, students are given a strong grounding in basic biomedical sciences and the theoretical principles underpinning medicine, allowing them a foundation upon which to build their medical knowledge in the later years.

Students are also given the opportunity to follow particular interests through free-standing optional courses such as Latin. Cycle 2 is made up of the 3rd and 4th year and introduces clinical medicine via modules such as Theoretical Foundations of Clinical Medicine as well as Clinical and Pathological Foundations of Medicine. As in Cycle 1, students are able to select their own optional modules to further their personal interests. In the final two years of the course, Cycle 3 features complete immersion in clinical settings and rotations in a variety of specialties including Internal Medicine and Surgery, Neurobehavioral Sciences and Preventative Medicine. International students are given Czech Language lessons during the first three years of the course with the expectation that students reach a good level of communication by the end of year 2. This is to ensure that they are able to communicate with patients and staff once they begin their clinical placements.

There are no real minimum academic requirements for this course as anyone with poor grades previously can choose to be considered based on their performance at the school entrance exam + interview. However, students who have achieved high grades in high school are exempt from taking the entrance exam and can essentially be admitted based on these grades only. Applicants must achieve the following results to be exempt from taking the entrance exam:

A/AS levels

Applicants must have a minimum score of AAB in Chemistry, Biology and either Mathematics OR Physics A levels. Note that the exams must have been taken since the 2014/2015 academic year.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Applicants must have accumulated a minimum of 19 points in 3 subjects from Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics OR Physics taken at Higher Level. The exams must not have been taken before the 2014/2015 academic year.

US

Applicants must have achieved an overall minimum score of 85-90% in the SAT, with exams not taken before 2014/2015.

Admissions Exam

The entrance exam is held in Prague in May and June. However, international applicants may sit the exam in a number of different European countries:

The entrance exam is made up of two sections: a multiple-choice exam and an interview. The multiple-choice test covers three subjects: Chemistry, Biology, with the final subject being either Physics OR Mathematics (applicants choose their strongest subject). There will be 30 questions on each subject, with only one correct answer for each question. The maximum number of points on offer is 90. The university does not release its cut-off mark.

Applicants who pass the written exam will progress to interview, the details of which can be found in the Interview section below. A syllabus and example questions for the entrance exams can be found on the university website: http://www.lf3.cuni.cz/3LFEN-13.html.

Policy on Re-applicants

Candidates are welcome to reapply.

Policy on Deferrals

Deferred entry is only possible in very special circumstances – for example military service.

APPLICATION DEADLINES

The university hosts an Open Day at the beginning of January in the main building of the Third Faculty of Medicine. Deadlines for application submission depend on when the applicant wishes to sit the entrance exam:
  • on 15th March 2016 for the entrance examination in April 2016
  • on 31st March 2016 for the entrance examination in May 2016
  • on 30th April 2016 for the entrance examination in June 2016
  • on 31st May 2016 for the entrance examination in July 2016

APPLICATION DOCUMENTS

  • Application form for Admission to study in English – General Medicine
  • Verified copy of high school leaving certificate certified with an Apostille by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Ministry of Education of the country of study with an official transcript including all marks/grades and number of hours.
  • Photocopy of the 1st page of the passport (with a statement that applicants agree to provide their personal data for admission and signed) 2 x passport size photos
  • Admissions fee: 20 euros made by bank transfer

SELECTION PROCESS

There are two routes of entry onto the course:

  • Applicants can sit the entrance exam with admission based on their performance in the multiple choice exam and the interview. There are 60 places on the course for students entering via this pathway.
  • A maximum of 25 students are admitted each year without having to sit an entrance exam. An applicant who achieves a high standard at school leaving exams will be exempt from taking the entrance exam. Instead, their place will be determined through their academic achievements, and students will be ranked in order of their study grade averages. The top 25 applicants will then be offered a place on the course. Applicants wishing to be considered for admission without an entrance exam must submit an extra application form for the remission of the entrance exam, along with their admission application form.

Interview

The interview follows on from the entrance exam and is therefore only applicable to those applying via the entrance examination route.

The interview will involve the following:
  • Interpretation of a popular scientific text
  • Evaluation of communication skills
  • Ability of independent judgement
  • General overview of the applicant
  • There is a total of 30 point on offer for the interview.
  • Following interview, all applicants will then be ranked on the basis of their combined exam and interview scores. The number of points required for admission onto the course will be determined by the Dean of faculty.

The Third Faculty of Medicine in Charles University receives approximately 4 applications for every place each year.

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

  1. 1.What are the good things about studying Medicine at this university?
    Charles University in Prague was founded back in the 14th century and has a great well-deserved reputation abroad. There are three medical faculties in Prague, another one in Hradec Kralove and the last one in Pilsen. Studying medicine at any of those faculties is overall a privilege and Charles University graduates are well accepted around the world. Plus, Prague is such a nice city to spend couple of years of your life in
  2. 2.What is not so good about studying Medicine there?
    I honestly don't see any disadvantages of studying at Charles University. The quality of the education provided is comparable to other European medical faculties and especially the curriculum at my (Third) faculty of medicine is similar to those in UK (I heard).
  3. 3.What advice do you have for someone thinking of studying Medicine there?
    Some faculties give out some books full of test questions similar to those that will appear in the entrance exam, although you shouldn't rely just on this.
  4. 4.Do you have any tips on how to get in?
    First, you should make sure to gain sufficient knowledge of high school biology, chemistry and physics. Usually there is a second round of the entrance exam (at least at Second and Third Faculty), where a committee of 3 doctors interviews you. Nothing to be scared of, they mostly test your motivation to study medicine and general knowledge.