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Study medicine in Prague
Everything you need to know about the 3rd faculty of medicine
Prague is one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Affordable living costs and study life makes it perfect choice for foreign students. There is international airport V. Havla with connections from all directions.
The oldest university in Europe developed excellent quality for its students. The English program runs since 1991/1992 and educated already thousands of students.
Medical degree from the 3rd faculty of medicine is internationally recognised in the European Union, as well as many other country worldwide.
The 3rd faculty of medicine offers studies in the English language for international students. The study program is accredited since 1991/1992 and graduates get degree of Medical doctor (M.D.). Students come from various countries, such as Greece, USA, Germany or Norway. The study program is organised in 3 cycles: 1st cycle in 1st and 2nd year, there are basic biomedical sciences, 2nd cycle contains principles of clinical medicine and 3rd cycle contains clinical preparation from Internal Medicine; Surgery; Gynaecology and Obstetrics; Paediatrics and Preventive Medicine.
Duration of the studies are 6 years. The tuition fees per one year is 330.000CZK (approximately 13400€). There are 90 students planned to be admitted in 2022/23. Students can apply for scholarship based on their marks, but it will cover maximum 5% of their tuition fees.
The application for study program in English language and whole admission procedure is really straightforward and student friendly. Applicants will submit the application form online and pay application fee (820CZK - 33€). They will get access to Charles university administration system which is important for overview of applications and their current status (which is useful especialy if you plan to apply to more medical faculties within Charles University).
The faculty is offering direct admission for students with exceptional results from SAT, IB or A-levels (which conditions must be met before 15th of March), otherwise students need to write entrance exam.
Entrance exam is organised in person in Prague or with cooperative agencies in various countries. It has 2 parts: multiple choice with 30 questions from biology, 30 questions from chemistry and 30 questions from Physics / Mathematics. The maximum number of points is 90. Successful applicants will be invited to oral part of the exam that includes interpretation of a popular-scientific text, – evaluation of communication skills, – ability of independent judgment, – general overview. Applicants can score maximum 62 points. The best students will be offered place to study.
The Charles University has totally 5 faculties of medicine - 1st faculty of medicine, 2nd Faculty of medicine, 3rd faculty of medicine in Prague, Faculty of medicine in Pilsen and Faculty of medicine in Hradec Kralove.
The 3rd faculty of medicine is offering study program General medicine in English language.It has over 2200 students and 173 professors or associated professors. The history of the faculty started in 1953 with the name the Medical Faculty of Hygiene (LFH) in the Vinohrady University Hospital Complex. There are various research projects running at the Faculty within 21 domestic and 3 international grants. English study program is running since academic year 1991/92, so right after theFall of Comunism in Czechoslovakia.
Foreign students are obliged to master Czech language by the end of the 2nd year of studies so that they can communicate with patients and hospital staff during their clinical training. The Third Faculty of Medicine is accredited by the U.S. Department of Education for the study of U.S. students. Students are encouraged to take part in exchange or reseaach programs, such as Erasmus Plus, 4EU Plus Network, IFMSA or the Charles University Strategic Partnership.
Teaching facilities of the 3rd faculty are located at various places around Prague, including the University Hospital Královské Vinohrady, Psychiatric Centre Praha, Hospital Na Bulovce, Thomayer Hospital, Institute for Mother and Child Care, Hospital Na Homolce, Central Military Hospital and The National Institute of Public Health. Prominent experts of the Czech Academy of Sciences and Institute of Clinical and Experimental Medicine also participate in the teaching.
Admitted students will get option to stay at dormitories in Prague. It is mandatory to file a request in order to book it. The complete list of dormitories: Student residence Jednota Student residence Budeč Student residence Švehlova Student residence Jižní Město - Kolej Vtava Student residence Jižní Město - Kolej Otava Student residence Na Větrníku Student residence Hvězda Student residence Kajetánka Student residence Komenského Student residence 17. listopadu Student residence areál Hostivař. There are single, double or triple rooms and prices vary from 4-7€ per night for students.
Students can visit also canteens (Kantyna) for studens and enjoy discounted prices for students. There are located at various places, especially at dorms or close to faculties. Payment is done by student card where balance needs to be uploaded before payment. One meals price will vary from 3-7€ in the most of cases.
It is mandatory to have recognition of secondary school certificate completed. The process is called nostrification and the following documents must be submitted:
- High-school leaving certificate
- Original or verified copy Translated to Czech or English Authenticated with an Apostille or Superlegalisation
- official transcript including all marks/grades and number of hours
- copy of the first page of your passport passport-size photo
Please note that not all secondary school documents must be apostilled / superlegalised. For some countries (Check nostrification rules in the Czech Republic) it is OK to submit secondary school leaving documents with notary stamp from Czech Notary or Czech Embassy. IB graduates have also option to ask their IB institution to send their certificates and marklists directly in electronical form to the school.
Prague is one of the most touristic places in Europe. There are millions of visitors that come there for fun, business or studies. Students may get to Prague by car, flight (Airport of Vaclav Havel - Letiste Vaclava Havla) - flight destinations or by bus. If you came by flights, there are several ways to get to the city: you can hire taxi (you can order Bolt or Uber also by downloading their app), hire Prague Airport Shuttle (price 22-30€ per passenger, but with direct drop at the dorm or place of your choice) or take buses 119 that takes you to subway stop Nádraží Veleslavín and bus 100 that takes you to subway Zličin. Subway is popular and modern way of transfer in Prague.
If you wish to travel to the 3rd faculty, take subway line A and go to stop Želivského.
Students need to prepare also budget for living in Prague. As per the latest updates from Numbeo.com from 2022, price of cheaper meal is 200Kč (around 8€), 1kg of tomato 77kč (around 3€), 1kg of banana 35kč (around 1,4€), single ticket in public transport 32€ (1,3€) and taxi starting rate 44kč (1,8€) and 28Kč (1,2€) per kilimeter. To sum it up, the rent will be 3000-7000Kč in shared appartments or dorms, food 3500-5000Kč per month, transport 300-350Kč per month. It is recommended to have the budget of at least 400-500€. The local currency is Czech Crown, with converstion rate approximately 24-25 Czech crowns per 1 euro.
Information for accepted students - visas
Once you get accepted, you need to submit required documents to the Faculty. There is also useful step by step guide provided by the University to give you more details about the study or visas requirements: https://www.lf3.cuni.cz/vademecum/en
Accepted students from outside of EU or EFTA are required to take the long term visas or long term residence. The documents with sworn translations must be provided at the Czech embassy according to the residence of the student. Compared to other countries (e.g. Slovakia), police clearance certificate needs to be provided only upon request of the embassy and can be maximum 6 months old. Submitted documents (bank declaration, PCC or other supportive documents) needs to be translated by official translator from list of Czech Sworn translators. run by Ministry of Justice. Embassy might accept also translations from abroad (especially in case of submission at embassy outside of the EU or EEA), make sure to double check the requirements before starting of the procedure. One of the documents needed for visas is medical insurance. You can arrange is with AXA.
Contact me to get more information about the application process to the 3rd faculty, visas process for students to the Czech Republic or any related question to studies of medicine in Europe. I will respond within 24 hours in most of cases.
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