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Palack University

The University of Palacký started teaching Medicine in English over 20 years ago, and since then has helped students from 15 countries to become confident and safe doctors. Students here have gone on to work across the world, including in the USA, Japan, Malaysia and Norway, with many securing jobs in highly prestigious institutions such as the Mayo Clinic and Harvard University. This course, lasting six years, features three pre-clinical years, two clinical years and one fully integrated placement year. Most placements take place a few minutes’ walk from the university campus in the University Hospital.

Situated in Olomouc, nestled in the Eastern part of the Czech Republic, the University of Palacký is just a 15-minute bus-ride from some excellent cross-country skiing. Described as one of the top 10 hidden treasures of Europe by the Lonely Planet travel guide, the city boasts beautiful 12th century architecture, a calm and tranquil environment and sensational churches and monuments (including a UNESCO World Heritage site). Fees at this university are EUR 10,000 per year.

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Palacký University

Undergraduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 6-year programme
  • 100
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • 3 A-levels
  • Admissions Exam
  • Panel - traditional
  • Desirable

Undergraduate Applicants

  • Minimum Admission Criteria
  • No. of places
  • Degree
  • GCSEs
  • A levels
  • Exam
  • Interview
  • Work experience
  • 6-year programme
  • 100
  • N/A
  • N/A
  • 3 A-levels
  • Admissions Exam
  • Panel - traditional
  • Desirable

The 6-year programme at Palacký is open to both graduate and undergraduate applicants, and consists of three pre-clinical years, two clinical years and one placement year. Pre-clinical teaching is delivered mostly through lectures and seminars, and covers Anatomy, Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Histology, and Physiology. This ensures that all students entering the clinical years are well prepared in the foundational knowledge that underpins Medicine. In year three, students are introduced to Pathology, Microbiology and Pharmacology, as they continue to perfect the theoretical subjects from years one and two.

The following two years feature placements in hospitals, clinics and GP practices in the Olomouc area. During these years, students will spend several weeks studying each of Internal Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Neurology. Time will also be spent learning some non-clinical aspects of medicine, such as Medical law and Social Medicine, ensuring all graduates are well rounded and have an appreciation for all areas of Medicine. The whole of the sixth year is devoted to fully integrated clinical placements, preparing the students for the final state examinations that, once passed, will provide students with the title MUDr (M.D.)

All applicants must have completed high school level education in their own country with a passing grade. While there are no subject pre-requisites or other grade requirements, students are expected to possess enough knowledge to pass the admissions exam, which will test their knowledge of Biology and Chemistry, as well as either Physics or Maths. It is therefore recommended that students have undertaken study in these subjects prior to application, though this is not compulsory.

Admissions Exam

All applicants must sit a written exam in Biology and Chemistry, and either Physics or Maths. These exams are set at the level expected in GCE A-levels.

  • The Biology test will examine candidates’ knowledge on topics including Cells, Evolution, General Characteristics of Living Organisms and Genetics.
  • The Chemistry test will examine candidates’ knowledge of topics including Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Basic Calculations in Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • The Physics test will examine candidates’ knowledge on topics including Mechanics, Molecular Physics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Optics.
  • The Mathematics test will examine candidates’ knowledge on topics including Logic, Algebra, Geometry and Integration.

A wide range of sample questions can be found at http://www.medicineinolomouc.com/what-we-require.

In order to be successful, candidates must score more than 40% in every test. There is also an overall score that must be reached, but this has not been released at the time of writing this guidebook.

Further to this, applicants who are not native English speakers must prove their level of English is sufficient to enter onto this English language course (B2 level minimum). This can either be done via the University using their internal exam, or through any of the following recognised exams:

IELTS – 6
TOEFL – 87
Cambridge Exams – FCE certificate

A level of 60% is required in the University’s English exam if candidates do not hold one of the above qualifications. Sample questions can be found at http://www.medicineinolomouc.com/what-we-require.

Policy on Re-applicants

Applicants may re-apply any number of times.

Policy on Deferrals

It is not usually possible to defer entry onto this course.

Application Deadlines

Applications open on November 1st on the year prior to admission. Applications close in July/August, but places are filled as suitable applicants are found so early application is recommended.

Application Documents

The following documents are required during the application process: Transcripts and certificates to verify your previous academic qualifications.
Curriculum vitae – a brief curriculum vitae setting out information on your life and education, including work, study and research experience.
Personal statement – in not more than 500 words, state what influenced you towards medicine. What are your future goals and plans? See our section on personal Statements on tips to make this stand out. 
Two passport-size photographs

Passporta photocopy of the page with a photograph and personal data

The application fee of CZK 580(equivalent in EUR). Please attach a copy of the bank order.

These should be sent to:
Registrar
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
Palacký University
Hněvotínská 3
775 15 Olomouc
Czech Republic
The application fee should be sent to the following account:
Bank name: Komerční banka Olomouc
Bank address: Tř. Svobody 14, 772 00 Olomouc, Czech Republic
BIC/SWIFT Code: KOMBCZPP
Account no. (IBAN): CZ9801000000433855090287
Account name: Palacký University
Payment reference: state your name and "application fee"

SELECTION PROCESS

The selection process is based on performance in the admissions exam and interview only. These are equally weighted.

INTERVIEW

Following the written exam, applicants must undertake an interview with the Board of Admissions. The purpose of this interview is to examine the students’ motivation to study Medicine, and is a good opportunity for students to discuss the contents of their personal statement in greater detail. The interview will be conducted in English, and will not feature any examination of scientific knowledge.

The competition ratio varies year-on-year, but in 2016 there were approximately 7 applicants per place.

Palacký University does not currently feature on the QS World University Rankings.

The 6-year programme at Palacký is open to both graduate and undergraduate applicants, and consists of three pre-clinical years, two clinical years and one placement year. Pre-clinical teaching is delivered mostly through lectures and seminars, and covers Anatomy, Biology, Biochemistry, Biophysics, Histology, and Physiology. This ensures that all students entering the clinical years are well prepared in the foundational knowledge that underpins Medicine. In year three, students are introduced to Pathology, Microbiology and Pharmacology, as they continue to perfect the theoretical subjects from years one and two.

The following two years feature placements in hospitals, clinics and GP practices in the Olomouc area. During these years, students will spend several weeks studying each of Internal Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and Neurology. Time will also be spent learning some non-clinical aspects of medicine, such as Medical law and Social Medicine, ensuring all graduates are well rounded and have an appreciation for all areas of Medicine. The whole of the sixth year is devoted to fully integrated clinical placements, preparing the students for the final state examinations that, once passed, will provide students with the title MUDr (M.D.)

All applicants must have completed high school level education in their own country with a passing grade. While there are no subject pre-requisites or other grade requirements, students are expected to possess enough knowledge to pass the admissions exam, which will test their knowledge of Biology and Chemistry, as well as either Physics or Maths. It is therefore recommended that students have undertaken study in these subjects prior to application, though this is not compulsory.

Admissions Exam

All applicants must sit a written exam in Biology and Chemistry, and either Physics or Maths. These exams are set at the level expected in GCE A-levels.

  • The Biology test will examine candidates’ knowledge on topics including Cells, Evolution, General Characteristics of Living Organisms and Genetics.
  • The Chemistry test will examine candidates’ knowledge of topics including Organic and Inorganic Chemistry, Basic Calculations in Chemistry and Biochemistry.
  • The Physics test will examine candidates’ knowledge on topics including Mechanics, Molecular Physics, Electricity and Magnetism, and Optics.
  • The Mathematics test will examine candidates’ knowledge on topics including Logic, Algebra, Geometry and Integration.

A wide range of sample questions can be found at http://www.medicineinolomouc.com/what-we-require.

In order to be successful, candidates must score more than 40% in every test. There is also an overall score that must be reached, but this has not been released at the time of writing this guidebook.

Further to this, applicants who are not native English speakers must prove their level of English is sufficient to enter onto this English language course (B2 level minimum). This can either be done via the University using their internal exam, or through any of the following recognised exams:

IELTS – 6
TOEFL – 87
Cambridge Exams – FCE certificate

A level of 60% is required in the University’s English exam if candidates do not hold one of the above qualifications. Sample questions can be found at http://www.medicineinolomouc.com/what-we-require.

Policy on Re-applicants

Applicants may re-apply any number of times.

Policy on Deferrals

It is not usually possible to defer entry onto this course.

Application Deadlines

Applications open on November 1st on the year prior to admission. Applications close in July/August, but places are filled as suitable applicants are found so early application is recommended.

Application Documents

The following documents are required during the application process: Transcripts and certificates to verify your previous academic qualifications.
Curriculum vitae – a brief curriculum vitae setting out information on your life and education, including work, study and research experience.
Personal statement – in not more than 500 words, state what influenced you towards medicine. What are your future goals and plans? See our section on personal Statements on tips to make this stand out. 
Two passport-size photographs

Passporta photocopy of the page with a photograph and personal data

The application fee of CZK 580(equivalent in EUR). Please attach a copy of the bank order.

These should be sent to:
Registrar
Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
Palacký University
Hněvotínská 3
775 15 Olomouc
Czech Republic
The application fee should be sent to the following account:
Bank name: Komerční banka Olomouc
Bank address: Tř. Svobody 14, 772 00 Olomouc, Czech Republic
BIC/SWIFT Code: KOMBCZPP
Account no. (IBAN): CZ9801000000433855090287
Account name: Palacký University
Payment reference: state your name and "application fee"

SELECTION PROCESS

The selection process is based on performance in the admissions exam and interview only. These are equally weighted.

INTERVIEW

Following the written exam, applicants must undertake an interview with the Board of Admissions. The purpose of this interview is to examine the students’ motivation to study Medicine, and is a good opportunity for students to discuss the contents of their personal statement in greater detail. The interview will be conducted in English, and will not feature any examination of scientific knowledge.

The competition ratio varies year-on-year, but in 2016 there were approximately 7 applicants per place.

Palacký University does not currently feature on the QS World University Rankings.

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

    The good thing is that, thanks to it not being such a big medicine faculty, the professors behave individually to each of us, they take time to explain things you need. You work in smaller groups and all the environment is very friendly and familiar.

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

    In the hospital the doctors are in their working hours so they don't have always time for you, sometimes you have to wait on the floor ... but you can see a lot and do a lot. English speaking students can have little bit of a problem with communications with the patients because there are not so much English speaking people in Czech like in other countries ...

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

    If you want to study here don't be afraid to try it, there are many people from abroad, many groups for foreign students, so you can feel like at home here. It's a cheap city, food, traveling everything so if you are from a poorer family it should not be a problem. The advice is to study in the first year really hard especially chemistry, because many students don't pass it and have to cancel their studies because of it (in the first year you don't have the option to repeat the exam more than 3 times then you have to quit)

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

    There are 3 books from biology, chemistry, physics from our university if you will study from it you will not have problems with writing the entrance exams, it will be easier for you. So buy it!