Charles Medical University, Third Faculty

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Charles Medical University was founded in 1348 by the Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire and the Bohemian King, Charles the Fourth. Since its inception, it has a tradition of teaching a diverse student body in a variety of languages: originally, Latin was used as the official language, later accompanied by Czech, German and most recently, English. Today, the English-taught students form a considerable proportion of the medical course.

First Faculty of Medicine with almost 1 200 staff members and 3 400 students represents the largest medical faculty in the Czech Republic. It is an integral part of Charles University from its foundation by the King of Bohemia and Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire Charles the Fourth in 1348. As such, it is also the oldest medical faculty in Central Europe. It is one of the founding four faculties of the Charles University. The First Faculty of Medicine founded in 1348 ranks among the fifteen oldest medical schools in the world. Teaching and research at the faculty cover almost the entire spectrum of medicine and health professions from the full range of basic sciences through clinical specialties. Some disciplines are unique to the school at the national level. Since it is not only a teaching, but also a research institution, they bring to education the most modern findings and technology.

University education at the First Faculty of Medicine provides several different degree programs. The greatest number of students pursues a six-year programme of General Medicine (leading to a MD degree), or a five-year programme of Dental Medicine (leading to DMD degree). These two clinical programmes are offered both in English and Czech languages. There are other three to four year Bachelor’s programmes in health professions (e.g. nursing and other specialties), some with a Master’s option, offered to date only in the Czech language.

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Course Duration:

Medicine: 6 years
Dentistry: 5 years
Term start: September


Medicine: 360,000 CZK/€13,300 approx. per year
Dentistry: 360,000 CZK/€13,300 approx. per year

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Charles Medical University is located in Prague in the Czech Republic. Prague is the capital and largest city of the Czech Republic and is the 14th largest city in the European Union. It is also the historical capital of Bohemia. Situated in the north-west of the country on the Vltava river, the city is home to about 1.26 million people, while its larger urban zone is estimated to have a population of nearly 2 million Prague is home to a number of famous cultural attractions, many of which survived the violence and destruction of 20th-century Europe. Main attractions include the Prague Castle, the Charles Bridge, Old Town Square with the Prague astronomical clock, the Jewish Quarter, Petřín hill and Vyšehrad. Since 1992, the extensive historic centre of Prague has been included in the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The city of Prague lies between oceanic climate and humid continental climate. The winters are relatively cold with average temperatures at about freezing point, and with very little sunshine. Snow cover can be common between mid-November and late March although snow accumulations of more than 20 cm (8 in) are infrequent.
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About 3400 students are enrolled in the First Faculty of Medicine. Most teaching facilities are located in historical buildings in the center of Prague, near Karlovo náměstí, I. P. Pavlova and Albertov. The majority of clinical instruction takes place at the General University Hospital in Prague, but other teaching hospitals include the Military University Hospital in Prague, Thomayer Teaching Hospital, Bulovka Hospital and Motol University Hospital. The students are guided by a teaching staff made up of more than 110 professors, 150 associate professors and more than 700 assistant professors. The fundamental aim of the faculty is to provide prospective doctors a wide medical education with a solid theoretical base, capability of scientific & medical thinking and communication. Teaching and research at the faculty cover almost the entire spectrum of medicine and health professions from the full range of basic sciences through to clinical specialties. Some disciplines are unique to the faculty. Since the faculty is not only a teaching, but also a research institution, the most modern findings and technology is incorporated into the curriculum. Charles University also offers a wide range of opportunities for students and staff to pursue their pastimes and hobbies. Besides boasting a plethora of student societies, the University also has several sports complexes and other interesting places where people can meet and spend their free time. Research and teaching at Charles University is scattered over many different sites, complicating the life of the University as a cohesive academic community. However, leisure activities hold a powerful potential to overcome this obstacle. In addition to a range of music and drama societies and film clubs, the University also hosts many exhibitions during the academic year in the Cross Corridor of the Carolinum. Rare faculty collections from specific fields, often displayed in specialized museums, reflect the University’s rich and fascinating history.
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Are there any Local Mosques? Yes there are many mosques in Prague, especially in the centre Can you get Halal food? Halal meat is widely available and there are also some halal restaurants Are there other students from the UK? Yes Do the locals understand English? Yes, mostly How can you travel around Prague? The metro, trams and buses are used by two-thirds of Prague's population and cover the majority of the city What type of weather does Prague have? The winters are relatively cold with average temperatures at about freezing point, meanwhile summers are warmer when compared to the UK