First Faculty of medicine, Charles University (General medicine)

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About
University:

Charles university is the oldest and most prestigious university in Czech Republic. University is well-known around the world, since it is founded by a charter issued on 7th of April 1348 by Charles IV. When establishing University, model of Bolognas and Paris universities was followed. In the beginning, it had 4 faculties: theological, liberal arts, law and medicine. Charles university has been always a center of Czech intelligence and also center against supressing forces in Czech society. Students from Charles university lead demonstration against totalitarian regime, which ceased to exist in 1989. Nowadays, Charles university is place with modern unviersity life, involved in plenty of international cooperations and is playing an important role in a broad specrtum of European and global programmes.
There are 17 faculties, 3 university institutes, 6 other units and 5 service facilities at University. In total, there are 8074 employees of University – 4653 people form academic and research staff and 3421 is other staff.
University is ranked in TOP 2% of the approximatelly 18,000 institutions of higher institutions in the world. According to QS ranking, Charles was 279th best university in the world and according to Academic Ranking of World universities, it was among 201-300 best universities in the world.

Faculty:

First Faculty of Medicine is part of Charles University (there are 5 faculties of medicine within Charles university – 3 of them are in Prague, 1 in Pilsen and 1 in Hradec Králové). It is one of the first four founding faculties of the Charles University. There is almost complete spectre of medicine and health professions covered during studies: Faculty prepares future medical doctors, scientists and health professionals in a modern and a friendly fashion.
Currently, 1700 academics work at the Faculty, 330 of them are professors and docents. In average there is 1 teacher for every 3 students.
Employability of graduates of First medical faculty is one of the best in Czech republic. Around 99,7% of graduates (out of 453) from graduation year 2010/2011 found job within 6 months.

Every year there are around 4000 applicants mainly from Czech Republic, Slovakia and abroad (800 international students from 500 different countries), who would like to study at First Faculty of medicine. Currently there are 4500 students enrolled, teaching is organised within groups of 25 students. Every year there are 550 graduates within one of accredited study programs.

Recognition in EU and rest of countries :

Degree from First faculty of Medicine in Prague is fully recognized in European Union countries and in most countries for at least limited registration. Criterias in other than European countries may vary, therefore it recommended to ask governmental bodies about details.
The First Faculty of Medicine is listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools published by WHO, in Directory of Postsecondary Institutions published by US Department of Education.

Locality:

Prague is the capital of Czech Republic and one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
It is also listed on UNESCO list and called also city of 100 towers. River of Vltava flows through Prague. City of Prague played important role in history of Central Europe for ages. Nowadays it attracts not only plenty of students, but also millions of tourists. Here is the list of touristic attractions one should not miss: Old Town = Staré Město, New Town = Nové Město, Charles Bridge = Karlův most, Prague Castle = Pražský Hrad, Wenceslas Square = Václavské náměstí, Old Town Square = Staroměstské náměstí, Lesser Town/Lesser Quarter = Malá Strana, National Theatre = Národní divadlo. In 1992 the historical centre of Prague, all 866 hectares, was listed in the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage Register.

Scholarships offered:

The First Faculty of Medicine is taking part in programmes under Higher Educational Acts of 1965 and the Federal Student Financial Assistance Programs in the USA (Title IV, HEA programs). Furthermore, First Faculty participates in the Federal Family Education Loan Stafford Program. (OPE ID Number G33004).

Students may also earn scholarships awarded by the Faculty.
1. Scholarship for academic results – is awarded to 10% of all students according to their average marks. Concrete sum of scholarship is announced every year according to decision of dean.
2. Scholarship for special purpose: in case of participation in educational and research activities, work in laboratories, participation in the development of information technology and international cooperation and others, Dean may award the scholarship. Scholarship is calculated individually.

Accomodation for students:

Yes, students may ask for accommodation, which is provided by the Faculty, but are guaranteed only for 1st year students. Students usually stay at dormitories Komenskeho, Kajetanka and Hvezda. All information about dormitories from Charles university may be found here: http://kam.cuni.cz/KAMEN-1.html
Another and very popular option is flat sharing, which may reduce monthly cost to 150-200€ per month.

Study programmes
General medicine:

General medicine is 6-years undergraduate study programme. General medicine programme ends with degree of MUDr. – Medicinae Universae Doctor (MUDr.) – which equals to M.D. Tuition fee is 330 000 CZK for one year of General medicine.

Number of students accepted each year:

There are 140 students accepted to General medicine programme each year. On the other hand, competition is very taugh, and around studies of around 60% are closed in first years.

Money
Tuition fees:

Tuition fee for one academic year is 330 000 Kč (cca 12 212€).

Living costs:

Living costs for Prague are higher in comparison with other cities in Czech Republic. Minumum living costs are around 300€ per month, more realistic estimation is 500€ per month (11 EUR/ month is public transportation, meals in canteens start from 3 5 EUR per meal, accommodation starts from 150-200€ per month).

Total costs of stay for one studying year:

Total cost for one year of studying is around 17200€.

Admission criterias
Admission criterias:

Students must submit all documents needed (please check section Documents needed for entrance examination) and pass an entrance examination. There are specific criterias for applicants, who are taking A-levels final exams.

Entrance examination

Entrance examination is taking place in Prague and in other places (according to contracts with partners). Entrance examination contains from following subjects: written and oral examination taken in Englishfrom standard college biology, chemistry and physics or math and an interview (if applicant passed an entrance examination). Candidate must score at least 190 points from 240.
Calculators and periodic tables are not allowed.

Documents needed for an entrance examination:

Students must submit following:
1. notarized and translated copy of high school diploma (by Czech notary and in Czech language)
2. Electronically filled application form
3. US students must submit college degree
4. Applicants with A-levels must pass at least 3 advanced (A) levels subjects in the same academic year. There are following subjects needed: Biology and Chemistry + one another A level subject. Biology and chemistry must have grade C or better.

Documents needed for an enrollment:

1. Confirmation in Faculty database about attendance at enrolment
2. Signed Contract with the Dean of our Faculty
3. notarized and translated copy of high school diploma (by Czech notary and to the Czech language)
4. Long-term Visa, if applicable
5. Paid tuition fee (it has to be on faculty account at the day of enrollment)

Transfers of students

Transfers are possible in general – but only exams who have been marked with mark Excellent (A) or Very good (B), will be rercognised. Every student has to take an entrance examination and apply for 1st year of study. After recognition process, student may ask for being accepted to 3rd year maximally. Deadline for transfers usually ends at the beginning of May.
There is no guarantee, that student will be placed in higher study year.
All compulsory subjects need to be completed (Czech language and Physical education included) if student wants to be enrolled in higher study year.
Recognition of completed studies is not possible during the academic year, only in the second half of September.
If student decides to transfer his/her previous studies, there are following rules to be followed. According to Dean´s Provision no. 13/2015, only exams with mark Excellent (A) and Very good (B) can be recognized. Application form for recognition on each subject must be submitted together with transcript of records from previous study and university study report (index) from previous school. Finally, applicant must attach syllabus from previous study confirmed by previous school.
Vice-dean of Faculty wil decide, which subjects will be recognised.

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