Basic Information about the University and the Faculty

Charles University, one of the oldest universities in Europe, was founded in Prague by the Czech king and Roman emperor Charles IV in 1348. Over the centuries it has developed into a world-famous scientific and educational institution comprising 17 faculties, five of which are faculties of medicine. One of them was established in Pilsen in October 1945.

During its existence the Faculty has educated over 6000 doctors now practicing their profession both in the Czech Republic and abroad. The curriculum equals the programs of all European faculties. There are two courses of study - General Medicine, the duration being six years, and Dental Medicine being five and half years of study. At present every academic year there are 150 new students admitted for the study of General Medicine and 25 for Dentistry. The first two years are dedicated to the basic disciplines, such as anatomy, histology, embryology, biophysics, biochemistry and physiology. In the third and fourth year the pre-clinical subjects, such as pathological anatomy, pathological physiology, microbiology, and pharmacology are studied. The last years are fully dedicated to the clinical subjects. Bed-side teaching, however, starts in the third year. Students of the dental course also study the basic disciplines during the first two years as well as stomatological propedeutics. In the third year they start with clinical stomatology.

Teaching is generally performed in Czech, but in1992 our faculty introduced a Medical Course Program in English. Having completed the studies the students are graduate at a traditional ceremony held in Carolinum, the historical University Hall in Prague., receiving the diplomas of "Doctor of Medicine". This degree is widely recognized in many countries. The General Medical Council in Britain accepts this degree as a primary medical qualification for limited registration purpose, providing the doctor successfully passes the PLAB test.

The students do not only learn all the important facts about medical work but also get acquainted with the basics of scientific work and are led to carry out such work independently.

Studying at the Faculty of Medicine exacts high intellectual abilities and good moral qualities from our students. It is not the aim of the Faculty to produce a high number of graduates, but to educate professionally and morally well prepared doctors of high quality who are willing to dedicate their strength to caring for the progress of medical sciences.

Pilsen (in Czech Plzen) is a town about 85 km south-west of Prague, near the border of the Federal Republic of Germany. The town of almost 200,000 inhabitants houses the world-renowned Pilsner Urquell brewery, the Škoda factory and the University of West Bohemia. Pilsen frequently hosts various scientific congresses and gatherings. Buses and trains make frequent connections with Prague, the journey last 1,5 hour. There are numerous cultural facilities, such as theaters, concert halls, etc. in the city.

Conditions for the applicants:

  1. Applicant must present a secondary school certificate. Passes equivalent to the British GCE A Level are normally required in three subjects (Chemistry, Physics and Biology). Applicants who lack these qualifications can also be considered if their admission exam demonstrates satisfactory knowledge. Students may also follow a preparatory one year course.
  2. Applicant must satisfactorily pass the admission exam in physics, chemistry, and biology. Applicants are expected to have secondary school knowledge but the University allows for reasonable differences in levels of knowledge in students of different schools and countries.
  3. When accepted, the applicant must pay the annual fee, which for entrants in the academic year 1996/97 is 9,000.- US$ for General Medicine and 9,500 US$ for Dental Medicine (unless the signed contract between the Faculty and an appropriate agency states other conditions). The fee covers all instruction (lectures, seminars, laboratories, clinical training, tutorials and general healthy insurance that covers both illness and injury, while in the Czech Republic), also certain necessary texts such as laboratory manuals are provided. Student is entitled to use faculty facilities, including the Faculty Library, where all the necessary textbooks can be borrowed for a period of one year. For longer periods of time the students are expected to buy their own textbooks. The annual fee of 9,000,- US$ will not be increased during the student's period of study unless the value of the US$ falls considerably against other currencies. The fee doesn't provide for accommodation and food. Other expenses include a preventive medical examination, fees connected with the permanent stay permit and payments necessary for the translation and official recognition of secondary school certificates.
  4. Applicant must agree to learn the Czech language during the first two years of study in order to communicate with patients. The language course is organized by the Faculty and is covered by the fee.
  5. The Faculty takes no responsibility for applicant's success either in the admission exam or in the course of their studies, however, all students admitted have a fair chance to finish their studies.

Housing and Meals:

Students may use the modern student dormitories near the Faculty where two students usually share one room. There are also meal facilities at the Faculty. The price of a bed in a double room is 60 USD.

How to apply:

The applicant should send a completed application and copies of his/her secondary school certificates to:

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