Charles University

About Charles University

Charles University was started in the year 1348. While in more than 670 years of its existence it has undergone a several number of changes. The University holds an great importance to specific criteria within, which is attached on both to the classical scientific disciplines (philosophy, theology, mathematics) and more advanced in modern disciplines  like (ecology, computer science, social work, gender studies), or it too has some disciplines, which is oriented towards a specific profession (e.g. the medical and health sciences, law, pharmacy, teaching, social work, translation and interpreting, archiving network).

Charles University also strives to encourage the students in first position to think smarter or critically, they are just excellence in their training or teaching or guide them to make the most of their potential and also offer  them a comprehensive university education so as to enable them to succeed in their certain demanding professions.

About the University location 

Charles University is the one of the oldest universities in the city among all, it does not have one joint or connected campus. The academic facilities usually occupy many locations throughout the city of Prague and three major of the faculties are located in other main cities (two of them in Hradec Kralove, one in Pilsen). The historical main or very old building from the 14th century called Carolinum, which is situated in the Prague Old Town and constitutes that as the university’s center. It is the seat of the rector and of the Academic Senate of Charles university. The old Carolinum is also the main venue for the official academic ceremonies such as matriculations or graduations.

The Botanical Garden of the Charles University, was actually maintained by its Faculty of Science, which is located in the New Town. While its academic publishing house is Karolinum Press and the university also operates several other museums.

Ranking of Charles University

According to the Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking), Charles University ranked in the top 1.5 percent of the world’s best universities in the year 2011. The university also ranks THE ranking at the world’s 256 positions and also QS ranked by in position of 198 across the world. It also reached its level of 201st to 300th out of 17,000 universities worldwide. It is the best university in the Czech Republic and also the most oldest among all, and one of the best universities in Central and Eastern part of Europe, which has overtaken by Russian Lomonosov Moscow State University at 74th place.It was placed 31st in Times BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2014 (after 23rd University of Warsaw).

It also ranked in the year 2013 as 201–300 best in the World among 500 universities, which was evaluated by Academic Ranking of World Universities (Shanghai Ranking), 233rd among 500 in QS World University Rankings, 351–400 among 400 universities in most of Times Higher Education World University Rankings and 485th in CWTS Leiden Ranking of 500 universities.

Academic Calendar of CU

The calendar is defined in the Rector’s Measure, stipulating the start dates of semesters, the university holiday schedule, and the end date of the academic year. The calendar also indicates the period during which students can enrol for course units provided by their faculty and other faculties.

The academic year is divided into two semesters (winter and summer) or into blocks. Each semester, year or block consists of teaching periods, examination periods and vacations.

The fall semester begins at the start of October and the summer semester in the middle of February. The number of teaching weeks and the length of the examination period are determined by faculty deans.

International Admissions process in Charles University

Charles University offers an increasing number of study programmes taught in foreign languages like German, French, and English. The most common foreign language of instruction is English. There is, of course, a large range of study programmes being taught in Czech. The degree programmes and fields of study at Charles University connect its long tradition in the humanities, natural and medical sciences with the most modern scientific approaches. The quality of education at Charles University meets the highest European standards.

  • Tuition fees are usually charged for study programmes in foreign languages.
  • The university provides all study programmes in the Czech language free of charge.

University Management

There are a number of bodies and councils which advise and govern the university: the Rector, the Academic Senate and the Research Board. Other university bodies are the Internal Evaluation Board, the Board of Trustees and the Bursar.

University Regulation

A student of a public higher education institution is subject to Czech national legislation, including the Higher Education Act and all internal regulations of the relevant higher education institution or its parts. The student’s obligation to comply with these legislative and regulatory requirements is stipulated in Section 63 (2) of the Higher Education Act.The internal regulations of a public higher education institution are subject to registration by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports; if they are found to violate the applicable laws and regulations of the Czech Republic, registration will be denied.

Study Programmes

Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD Programmes

The system of study at Charles University has been designed more accordingly to maximize the University’s integration into the international community of higher education institutions (HEIs) and to support student mobility.

The system creates flexible learning pathways for the student with best practices between different degree programmes – not only the programmes which are offered or provided by Charles University’s faculties, but also programmes run by other universities (including institutions abroad). The system is organized in three tiers: Bachelor’s degree programmes, follow-on Master’s degree programmes and PhD programmes. The degree programmes and fields of study at Charles University draw on its long tradition in the humanities and in social, natural and medical sciences.

Education at Charles University

Do you need to update your professional knowledge or improve your qualifications? Would you like to learn more about a field that interests you? Charles University organizes a wide range of lifelong learning programmes – and Charles University alumni are welcome to take part. In accordance with the University’s Lifelong Learning Code, these programmes are divided into professional programmes (focusing on participants’ professions or careers) and general-interest programmes. Most lifelong learning programmes are taught in Czech.

  • Lifelong learning: Lifelong learning programmes also include short-term and long-term courses additional with a range of other events – excursions, seminars, film screenings, discussions and more. The programmes are divided into two basic types: professional programmes (focusing on participants’ professions or careers) and general-interest programmes.
  • Post-Master’s examinations (examen rigorous): Graduates of Master’s degree programmes – who hold the degree ‘magistr’ (Master) – can take a post-Master’s State Examination in the same field. This ‘examen rigorous (‘rigorózní zkouška’ in Czech) includes a defence of a post-master’s dissertation (‘rigorózní práce’ in Czech); this is an approximate equivalent of the M.Phil

The Required document of Students to  study in Charles University for International Students

  • Scanned mark sheet copies of 10th and 12th
  • A valid passport
  • Migration Certificate
  • Bank statement of your guardian to confirm that you can afford your tuition fees and living cost for the visa process
  • Medical certificate that has complete reports on HIV and vaccination if applicable
  • Passport size photos for the visa process
  • A filled up an application form
  • Admission invitation letter from the university you have applied for admission
  • Air tickets

Visa and Accommodation

Visa and International Protection

Information about the visa process for students is available:

The students are addressed by the Charles university authority, with the details along with the Ministry Approval, the notification will be sent to the students once they have confirmed their seats.


All Charles University students can live at Charles University Dormitories (approx. CZK 80 – 180 per night, CZK 290 per night for high standard rooms). For reservation, you can directly contact the Reservation department.

Average Living costs per year for students

Food (2,000 – 3,000 €)

Accommodation (dormitory – 1,770 €)

Books (university libraries for free) (158 €)

Public transportation (135 €)

+ Health insurance

+ Visa, admin fee, student ID card, recognition of secondary education

+ Entertainment, winter clothes etc.


Total (average): 5,100 € per year

Private housing

The prices of accommodation vary considerably according to size, occupancy, quality and location. It is not difficult to find private accommodation in our university cities. For a 2-bedroom flat (two rooms and kitchen) situated in the centre of Prague, you can pay about CZK 12,000 – 20,000. It can be half as expensive in Pilsen and Hradec Kralove.

Tuition Fees and Scholarships

Financial support for students in study programmes taught in foreign languages is organized by the individual faculties. Our faculties also offer tuition fee reductions or merit-based scholarships for excellent study results after the first year of studies.

Fees for studies program in English

Studies in English and other foreign languages (German, French, Russian) are subject to tuition fees. The tuition fees range from CZK 0 (some PhD programmes) to CZK 400,000 per year, depending on the faculty and study programme. Check the Central database of all study programmes for the programme.


A general overview of scholarships for studies in the Czech Republic is available on the website of Study in the Czech Republic or the website Study in Prague.