Charles University is Prague’s largest university, the most prestigious in the whole country, and also the oldest in all of Central and Eastern Europe. Founded in 1348, it originally consisted of four faculties, and was sanctioned by Charles I himself. The University was multicultural from the start, consisting of Czech, Bavarian, Saxon and Polish students and teachers. Though for some time the University was run by religious sects and declined in its independence and standing, by the middle of the 19th century Protestants and Jews were admitted, and German became a major language of teaching, eventually splitting the University into Czech and German sections.
Charles University has almost 50,000 Czech students, and over 4500 international students come to the university to obtain their degree annually. The university is composed of 17 relatively independent and self-governing faculties, which are located in Prague, Pilsen and Hradec Králové.
Study at Charles University
The university is comprised of 17 faculties: three Theological Faculties (Catholic, Evangelical, and Hussite), a Faculty of Law, three Faculties of Medicine, and Faculties of Pharmacy (in Hradec Kralove), Arts, Science, Mathematics and Physics, Education, Social Sciences, Physical Education and Sport, and Humanities.
Studies in English
Being the multicultural institution that it has been throughout the ages, it’s no wonder that Charles University is very open to international students. Besides its premier academic tradition, there’s the ever-present culture in the city, not to mention enough pubs and clubs to make you forget everything you learned at the last lecture.
Charles University in Prague offers accredited degree programs at Bachelor’s, Master’s and PhD levels. Another possibility to study at the university is to take part in short-term courses of various types offered by the faculties within the framework of lifelong education programmes. Graduates of these courses will obtain certificates or credits. Students may also spend a part of their studies at CU on the basis of intergovernmental agreements, exchange programmes or study abroad programmes. For a full listing of courses and degrees, and application details, please refer to the University’s website, as courses and degrees offered change every year.
- Carolinum (Carolinum houses medical faculty offices, the University Club and is occasionally host to academic ceremonies)