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Charles University Second Faculty of Medicine

Located in: Czech Republic

  • The Second Faculty of Medicine is located in Prague, one of the most beautiful and safe capitals in Europe, with rich traditions in medicine
  • Cooperates with the Motol University Hospital, where many lectures and world-class practical training are held
  • The faculty boasts modern theoretical and preclinical departments, ensuring students receive a comprehensive medical education

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Location
Prague, Czech Republic
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Courses
Medicine
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Graduate Entry
No
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Entrance Exam
Yes
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  • The Second Faculty of Medicine is located in Prague, one of the most beautiful and safe capitals in Europe, with rich traditions in medicine.
  • Cooperates with the Motol University Hospital, where lectures and world-class practical training are held. The faculty boasts modern theoretical and preclinical departments, ensuring students receive a comprehensive medical education.
  • It is conveniently situated approximately 50 minutes away from the heart of Prague by subway. Moreover, it is easily accessible, being just 20 minutes away from the airport by car or bus. This makes the campus easily reachable for students, ensuring a convenient and well-connected location.

About Charles University Second Faculty of Medicine

The Second Faculty of Medicine is located in Prague where the main campus of Charles University is. At this time, the faculty offers only a medicine course taught in English. The faculty is cooperating with the Motol University Hospital where many lectures and practical training are held.

Charles University was established in 1348 and nowadays has 17 faculties located in three different cities - Prague, Hradec Kralove and Pilsen. It is one of the oldest and largest Czech Universities. The university offers several undergraduate medical programmes in English.

Prague is the capital and the most populated city in the Czech Republic. 

  • Lecture Halls and Advanced Facilities:
  • The hospital's larger lecture hall accommodates around 300 seats; the theoretical building offers a 200-seat hall.
  • The Lecture hall showcases the anatomy department and modern dissection room with advanced tables equipped with air conditioning to minimise exposure to smells associated with preserving bodies using necessary liquids like ethanol.
  • The hospital has excellent transportation connections and is near downtown, featuring a dedicated subway station.

Modern Building and Facilities for Theoretical Studies

  • The building for theoretical studies, located just one bus stop away from the hospital, opened in 2022.
  • It features a newly established office space, including a kitchenette with a microwave for student lunches. Additional facilities include a cafe, study rooms, and rest areas for students during breaks. Students can also enjoy summer terraces with parasols, which are popular during the summer months.
  • The theoretical building is easily accessible by public transport, providing convenience for students.

Multicultural Environment and Supportive Community

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Charles University is proud to have a multicultural student body from diverse countries.

The studying process is enhanced thanks to the use of small study groups for personalised attention. Teachers allocate time for individual consultations and addressing student challenges. That encourages an open environment for questions and discussions.

That enhances the focus on creating a supportive "new family" for students during their six years abroad. Ideal for students who value a friendly atmosphere and direct interaction with teachers.

Zoom Chats with Current Students:

The great care Charsles Universit takes for the students is also evident in the regular Zoom chats organised, offering insights from current students. The scheduled sessions happen regularly, usually once a month. On those calls, current students, including a 6th-year and a 3rd-year student, share their perspectives. This is real student experiences shared, allowing applicants to ask questions and gain diverse insights.

Courses Offered at The Charles University Second Faculty of Medicine

The Medical programme consists of theoretical and practical sessions. In the first 2 years, you will have mostly lectures about the foundations of scientific subjects and the human body. In the following years, you will be involved in training programmes in the cooperation hospital. Also, you will be required to take summer clerkships in your home country or anywhere else you choose. 

Since it’s hard sometimes to find a teaching hospital for your clerkships, many European Universities, including Charles University, take care of that instead of students. The clinics and hospitals that are in cooperation with them are happy to welcome every student.

Curriculum Overview and Clinical Exposure

The first three years of the program focus on theoretical subjects, including anatomy, histology, and biology, often abbreviated as AHE. Subsequently, the next three years shift the focus to clinical subjects. Importantly, our students engage with actual patients right from the first year, thanks to nursing classes and an introduction to clinical medicine. By the third year, they participate in check language classes in the hospital, providing valuable exposure to real patients. Located in the largest hospital in Central Europe, our small yet impactful faculty ensures that students have numerous opportunities to interact with patients and gain hands-on experience. The hospital handles the most challenging cases, allowing students to encounter and work on diagnoses that may be uncommon.

Clinical Rotations and Specialization Options

Neurology module in the fifth year: 3 weeks in the adult section and 2 weeks in the children's section, but the graduates are not obligated to choose paediatrics as their field. During the studies, students take advantage of Anatomash, a virtual dissection table, alongside real cadavers.

Hospital Prestige and Student Research Opportunities:

The hospital ranks among the best, if not the best, in the Czech Republic, ensuring a high standard of medical care. The quality of science at our faculty is exceptional, allowing students to actively participate in research right from the start. Students interested in subjects like physiology, pathophysiology, or anatomy can approach teachers to engage in research tasks early in their academic journey.

Notably, the university offers a unique opportunity for students to be involved in scientific endeavours without the necessity of graduating first. With a previous focus on paediatrics, our faculty maintains a special emphasis on specific pediatric disciplines. While our general medicine program aligns with other Prague faculties and Charles University faculties in Pilsen and Hradec Kralove, we differentiate ourselves through a distinctive approach and emphasis on early student involvement in scientific research.

This faculty doesn’t offer a graduate entry pathway and doesn’t accept student transfers.

The Second Faculty of Medicine is located at V Úvalu 84, 150 06 Prague 5, Czech Republic.

Contact us now for FREE to learn more about your options to study here.

Financial Support and Scholarship

The faculty doesn't provide financial support or scholarships. The only exception is for the best students, who get significant discounts of up to 70,000 Czech crowns. However, foreign students are often supported by their respective governments. Examples include loans from the US government for American students and Swedish students receiving support from their government.

 Unlike some American universities, Czech universities, including this one, don't offer scholarships to financially support students in need.

Individualised Internships in Home Countries

Students have the autonomy to organise internships in their home countries, termed summer practice in nursing and general practice medicine. This initiative requires independent arrangements, often leveraging existing contacts in their home countries. In case of difficulties, the faculty offers support in arranging internships in Prague.

Incentives and International Opportunities

Opportunities for internships within the Erasmus framework and through the International Federation of Medical Students in various global locations.
Free mover program available to financially support students arranging internships independently.
Commonly used for internships in the US, aiding students interested in working there after graduation.

Charles University Second Faculty of Medicine Tuition Fees

The MD course lasts 6 years and the annual tuition fees are around .

Charles University Second Faculty of Medicine Admission & Entry Requirements

The entry requirements for the admission ranking are based on your secondary school graduation certificate and your results on the entrance exam. The exam consists of 60 questions from Biology, Physics, Chemistry and Logic. Each subject has 15 questions. Applicants have 75 minutes to complete the test.

Applicants who achieve high results in the written part will be invited for the second part of the entrance exams - the interview. Its purpose is to evaluate your English proficiency and skills to discuss and defend your opinion.

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The competition for admission to Charles University Second Faculty of Medicine is absolutely fierce, and navigating the application process alone can be confusing and challenging. The university has strict application requirements and legal procedures that must be fulfilled, as well as submitting specific documents that require translation, notarisation, and legalisation. Failure to meet these requirements will lead to your application getting turned down. However, our outstanding admissions team, which is known as the best in Europe, is here to offer comprehensive support. We can manage the entire application process, ensuring thorough handling of all legal formalities. Furthermore, our strong partnership with Charles University gives us a deep understanding of their application process and entrance exam. We provide full assistance throughout the application journey, ensuring that you present an exceptional submission that guarantees getting accepted to this prestigious medical school. Additionally, our excellent preparatory materials will thoroughly prepare you for the challenging entrance exam, giving you everything you need in order to conquer it. With Medlink Students by your side, you can sidestep the confusing part about applying to study medicine abroad and concentrate on the most important thing - getting ready for the entry examination.

The university is offering certain students with outstanding academic credentials the possibility of exemption from the entrance examination. Contact us now for the criteria under which a possibility of exemption will be offered.

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Preference for In-Person Entrance Exams:

Previous experience with online exams during COVID led to suboptimal outcomes that added to the strong belief in the importance of personal presence in entrance exams and asserted that Zoom interactions cannot replicate the same experience.

That is why Charles University encourages applicants to either attend exams in a foreign country or come to Prague.

Facilitating Entrance Exams Globally

However, recognising the difficulty of in-person entrance exams, the faculty collaborates with agencies in Dubai and London and plans to expand to India as well in cooperation with the Gyanberry agency, providing more accessible exam locations for applicants from around the world. That is strong evidence of the university's acknowledgement of the challenges faced by international students in terms of travel and visa processing.


Transfer Criteria

Detailed criteria for transfers are available on the faculty website under the "Part for Applicant" section. You can get additional information by simply contacting us today, and one of our advisors will help you with all the questions you may have. 

In short:

  • Transfer applicants are required to demonstrate excellent academic performance at their current faculty.
  • They are limited to a maximum of three differences in the current faculty's curriculum.
  • Completion of the entrance exam is mandatory for transfer applicants.
  • Recognition of subjects is possible when meeting criteria and having similar syllabuses.
  • Emphasis on maintaining academic standards and aligning curriculum to facilitate smooth transfers.

Entrance Exam Logistics:

For the students and their families, the university has tours organised on the day of the entrance exam, offering applicants a glimpse into the faculty and the city. 

Exam dates in Prague are at the end of May and end of June, providing flexibility for applicants to visit.

Alternatively, agencies can organise entrance exams abroad, with faculty representatives, ensuring fair and strict evaluation.

Faculty representatives travel to various locations like Lisbon and Dubai for exam sessions to double down on the strict measures in place to maintain the integrity of the exam process.
Applicants are encouraged to visit Prague before admission, providing the opportunity to see the faculty, meet people, and experience the city.  Personal visits help applicants make informed decisions, reducing the likelihood of disappointment later. It also helps with admission details, including exam rules and alternative pathways, which are accessible on the faculty website.

Uniform pricing is in place, no matter where the exam is held, maintaining consistency regardless of location or timing.

New Admission Options 

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A New admission option is being introduced for the next academic year. No entrance exam will be needed, and admission will be based on IB or SAT results. Details available with Medlink Students advisors. 

Entrance Exam Process:

Written-test

The written test consists of 75 questions, each with four answers, making it a challenging multiple-choice format. Questions are intentionally tricky, with multiple correct answers for most except logic. Success in the written part indicates preparedness for the demanding field of medicine. Successful candidates proceed to the oral interview, a brief meeting with three faculty members. An oral interview involves answering questions provided on small papers.


Oral Interview: 

Applicant selects one paper with two ethical questions unrelated to sciences but pertinent to medicine (e.g. cloning, mapping the human genome, euthanasia).
Evaluation is based on English proficiency and ability to express opinions and defend them, often facing probing questions from the committee.
Points earned from both written and oral parts determine admission, with no set limit on the number of seats.
Admission is not competitive against other applicants; success depends on individual knowledge and points attained.

Accreditation

All of the medical faculties at Charles University are recognised by the World Health Organisation and are listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools.
Graduates here receive a globally recognised diploma, which gives them the right to continue their studies to a higher degree or start practising everywhere around the world.

Accommodation

There are 11 dormitory buildings in Prague that belong to Charles University. They offer low-cost prices but well-equipped rooms and facilities. On the first floor of each building, you can find a vending machine for snacks, coffee, and tea.

The rooms are single, double and triple. They are furnished with beds, desks, chairs, wardrobes, shelves and wardrobes. There are private bathrooms and heating systems. The kitchens and washing rooms are shared.

Other areas you can find in the dorms are study rooms and gyms, and somewhere you can even find small markets in the building. The monthly rent for a bed in the dorm is around €300, including utilities and using the facilities in the building. Catering services are also offered but not included in the rent, and you must pay separately if you want to use it.

Renting your own one-bedroom flat in Prague costs between €600 and €700, based on the location. Some additional expenses like food, transportation and utilities, will cost you around €600 per month.

Living Costs in Prague

Living costs vary based on accommodation choice, with university dormitories generally more affordable than rented apartments.
Personal expenses can be influenced by factors such as cooking ability and dining preferences.
Annual public transport pass in Prague priced at €70 after a student discount.
Living costs are relatively affordable compared to other countries.
Dormitory rent is estimated at around €240 per month, offering a budget-friendly housing option.

Campus Life and City Amenities

From faculty team celebrations to dancing group events and graduation ceremonies, campus life can be amazing. Located in the stunning city of Prague, the campus offers a comfortable lifestyle. With excellent and affordable public transport, students can easily navigate the city. Prague provides a wealth of amenities, including restaurants, pubs, and libraries. While the second faculty may not be as large as the first faculty, our close-knit community can become a second family to students. 

Student Life

Managing Late Arrivals and Visa Assistance

Instances of students arriving later due to delayed approval of student visas or residence permits are common. Because of that, Charles University has flexible arrangements to accommodate late arrivals, ensuring students can commence their studies.

Charles University has the acknowledgement of the advantages offered by agencies in assisting admitted students with visa applications. The university is recognising its role in facilitating visa processes for students.

International Student Support

Beyond academic support, the faculty offers a proactive approach to students' overall experience. There is a dedicated coordinator for international students addressing everyday needs and concerns. Students get assistance with various tasks, from finding local shops to handling unforeseen situations. They have direct contact with the coordinator, including a provided phone number for immediate assistance.

Czech Mom and Parental Support

Students affectionately refer to the coordinator as their "Czech mom." They have a pre-arrival meeting on Zoom in August to guide students on practical aspects of arrival and settling in. Things like assistance provided on airport ticket purchase, navigating to the dormitory, and interactions with dormitory staff.

Student Activities and Support Services:

A wide range of cultural and sports activities are offered to students. Things like workshops are available, covering areas such as suturing or first aid.

Elective courses include activities like a crash car simulation in a first aid course.

The Association of International Students provides a buddy programme that organises sports, cultural events, and tutoring, which ensures various ways for students to stay connected and avoid feelings of loneliness or confusion.

Freshers Week and White Code Ceremony

- Exclusive to second faculty, there is a Freshers Week organised to assist newcomers in settling into a foreign country. It includes Intensive check-ins in the mornings and a variety of afternoon activities and tours. The week is being coordinated with the help of upper-year students to provide a supportive start. It concludes with a White Code Ceremony, where new students receive their first white code with the faculty emblem. Parents are also invited to meet faculty representatives, ensuring transparency and support.  This shows that the faculty management recognises the importance of balancing studies with community-building and orientation activities.

Term Dates

The academic year starts at the beginning of October and the winter semester lasts until mid-January. The examination session is from the end of the semester until mid-February.

The summer semester starts after the winter exams and finishes at the end of May followed by a one-month examination period.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Charles University's Second Faculty of Medicine located?

The Charles University Second Faculty of Medicine is located in Prague, Czech Republic, a city famous for its beautiful buildings, safety, and rich medical traditions.

What type of clinical training could students anticipate at Charles University's Second Faculty of Medicine?

Students get world-class clinical training at Motol University Hospital. The faculty emphasizes a hands-on approach, enabling students to get practical experience early in their studies.

What extracurricular activities are offered for students at Charles University's Second Faculty of Medicine?

The faculty provides a number of student clubs and groups which appeal to a wide range of interests and provide a well-rounded educational experience.

Is the curriculum of Charles University's Second Faculty of Medicine recognized internationally?

Yes, the curriculum of Charles University Second Faculty of Medicine is in line with GMC criteria, enabling graduates to practice as doctors in the UK. Furthermore, the course is recognized by the Medical Board of California, which creates work opportunities in the United States.

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