General information for prospective students
The Faculty of Sciences boasts high quality teaching, an excellent research and academics who are leading professionals in their disciplines. The Faculty is divided into five principal parts, each of which is responsible for teaching and research in one of the five main subject areas practiced at the Faculty (biology, chemistry, geography, geology and environmental science).
We aim to attract highly motivated and talented students from around the world who wish to study at top level university. The international students receive the same education as the Czech students, who are selected according to a high standard. Winter and summer semesters last for at least 13 weeks, with examination periods in between them; the pregraduate students are obliged to pass up to five examinations after each semester. The main holidays are in August. The students are enrolled in September.
Studies at the Faculty of Sciences are intended primarily to prepare students for a professional career in science and teaching (at high schools) in biology, chemistry, geography, geology and environmental science. They are divided into three cycles:
- A bachelor's degree cycle (generally 3 years), which leads to a Bachelor's degree (Bc., which is internationally recognized Czech abbreviation for B.A. title) - open only in Czech language
- A master's degree cycle (generally an additional 2 years), which leads to a Master's degree (Mgr., which is internationally recognized Czech abbreviation for M.A. title) - open only in Czech language
The faculty at present offers 12 study programmes at the Bachelor level and 11 study programmes at the Master level. These programmes are opened only in Czech language.
There are some subjects taught in English on bachelor and master level, which are intended both for participants of Czech programmes and for exchange (ERASMUS) students.
Charles University offers paid one year intensive preparatory course of Czech language for foreigners. Those courses are designed as preparation for University study in the Czech Republic.
Study programmes taught in Czech are free of charge.
- Postgradual studies (usually 4 years), which lead to the awarding of a Doctorate (Ph.D). - open in Czech and in English language
The aim of the Doctoral Studies is to lead students to independent research and to provide them the appropriate qualifications. The specific study programme is organized in a full-time (internal) or a part-time (external) mode of study.
Study programmes taught in Czech are free of charge. Study programmes taught in English are subjects of tuition fees.