Charles University was founded in 1348, making it one of the oldest universities in the world. Yet it is also renowned as a modern, dynamic, cosmopolitan and prestigious institution of higher education. Charles University is ranked amongst the top 2 % of world universities. The whole university comprises 17 relatively independent and self-governing faculties, located mainly in Prague, but also in the cities of Pilsen and Hradec Králové.
We offer a broad range of study programmes and courses in various fields in both Czech and English (including medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, computer science, humanities, social sciences, physiotherapy, science and more). Our faculties educate almost 50,000 students, including over 9,000 international students coming to the university to obtain their degrees. We invite students to study in the heart of Europe and to join our broad academic community together with thousands of students from all over the world!
Where to find us
Ovocný trh 560/5
116 36 Praha 1
Faculty of Social Sciences
- Area Studies
- Balkan, Eurasian and Central European Studies (BECES)
- Corporate Strategy and Finance in Europe (CSF)
and next 27 programmes
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
- Algebra, number theory, and mathematical logic
- Atmospheric physics, meteorology and climatology
- Biophysics, chemical and macromolecular physics
and next 40 programmes
Faculty of Humanities
- Applied Ethics
- Deutsche und französische Philosophie
- Europäische Kulturzeitgeschichte
and next 9 programmes
Admission and entrance exams
Charles University comprises 17 independent faculties (schools). Each faculty has a specific application procedure and admission requirements. Most faculties hold their own entrance exams. If there is no entrance exam, applicants are assessed based on submitted documents.
Prospective students are advised to visit the website of the respective faculty to see what the specific admission requirements are.
Studies in English are mostly paid; the fees, as well as requirements, depend on the particular study programme. Studies in Czech language are free of charge; however, international students have to meet the same application and admission requirements as Czech students, and some faculties require a Czech language certificate.
General information on how to apply to CU for study programmes in foreign languages is available here.
Check the Central database of study programmes where you will find the online application, admission requirements, deadlines, tuition fees.
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Accommodation: All Charles University students have the opportunity to stay at Charles University Dormitories.
Czech language courses and preparatory courses for university studies are offered by our Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies.
Ovocný trh 560/5
116 36 Praha 1