Introduction

The Czech Republic is a land locked country in central Europe. Its capital, Prague, is ranked sixth on the Tripadvisor list of the world’s best destinations, and the country is home to some of the finest examples of architectural splendour anywhere in the world. From snowy mountains to rolling country hills, the Czech Republic is truly a spectacular place.

There are three medical schools in the Czech Republic that offer medical courses in English: Charles University, Masaryk University and Palacký University. However, Charles University has five separate faculties of medicine, each of which selects and admits its own students and have unique courses, giving a total of seven medical courses for applicants to choose from. Overall, Czech universities accept 270 English-speaking students onto medical courses per year.

Courses

The courses at Czech medical schools are all six years in duration, and follow a traditional pattern. The first two years are concerned with theoretical teaching in the basic sciences, before students undertake pre-clinical training in years three and four, and finally clinical practice in the later years. All students are provided teaching in the Czech language in the early years, to ensure they are prepared to enter the clinical environment and communicate effectively with patients and staff. Teaching is delivered primarily through lectures, small-group sessions and tutorials, though Problem-Based Learning is employed at the third medical faculty of Charles University.

Academic Requirements

All of the Czech medical schools require students to have completed secondary education in their respective country (i.e. have completed A-levels, IB, high school). Beyond this, applicants need to pass each local medical school’s admissions exam, which can be relatively challenging. In some universities, candidates with the highest grades may apply for exemption from the admissions exam, enabling automatic entry onto the course.

Admissions Exam

All of the Czech universities require their applicants sit an internal admissions exam. These are set by the university, and are designed to test the applicants’ knowledge of Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths. The level of the questions is equal to the amount of knowledge expected from someone who has achieved good results in their high-school education. Some of the schools offer information on the topics that are tested, as well as providing recommended resources for candidates to use as preparation.

Medical Student’s Opinions

The country itself is reportedly one of the best things about studying in the Czech Republic. Living costs are low, and the plethora of cultural opportunities available provides a unique opportunity for foreign students. Students also feel a great sense of pride in where they are studying, and enjoy the friendly atmosphere. Students have reported to us that the language barrier can cause a problem, and that the courses can occasionally feel disorganised. However, most of the feedback describes the medical schools in the Czech Republic as fantastic places to study.