What English language degree programmes does the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSV UK) offer?
Currently, FSV UK offers one English language Bachelor´s degree programme, thirteen English language Master´s degree programmes, including three double-degree programmes: International Masters in Economy, State and Society (IMESS) in partnership with UCL School of Slavonic and East European Studies; Corporate Strategy and Finance (CSF) in partnership with University of Strasbourg and European Politics and Society (EPS): Vaclav Havel Joint Master Programme.
FSV UK also offers five PhD degree programmes in English. Please go to Admissions to see more information.
When is the application deadline for English language degree programmes?
The early admissions deadline for academic year 2017/18 is 28th February 2017, the regular deadline is 30th April 2017. The deadline for EPS programme is 31st May.
What are the general eligibility requirements?
Prospective undergraduate students need to have completed secondary education. Those applying to graduate programmes must hold a bachelor diploma in a related field of study.
What do applications need to include?
completed application form
copies of all relevant diplomas and transcripts
motivational letter explaining why you would like to study at Charles University
short academic resume detailing all relevant qualifications and experience
students who are not native speakers should include details of any tests of the English language they have taken or any other proof of their English language ability
Please go to Admissions to see more information.
Do I need to be fluent in Czech?
No. Knowledge of the Czech language is not expected. All your subjects will be taught in English. However, if you would like to learn Czech, we do offer four levels of Czech as a Foreign Language courses to our international students. In most cases the credits thus earned will count towards your degree credit total.
Do you require an internationally recognised Certificate of Proficiency in English?
It is assumed that applicants will have sufficient knowledge of English to attend classes and write papers in the English language. Students who are not native speakers will be asked to demonstrate their ability to study in English, e.g. by presenting the results of any language tests they have taken or by submitting a letter from their school. Although we welcome TOEFL and IELTS, they are not necessarily a condition of entry. A real ability to study in English is more important.
Do I need to have my international degree recognised in the Czech Republic?
Yes. Under Czech law, students who have obtained their High School diploma and their Bachelor´s or Master's degree abroad are required to obtain an official document (called "nostrifikace" in Czech) to say that their degree is recognised in the Czech Republic, before they can register for a degree programme at a Czech university. In theory, the recognition process should be completed by students before they register for their first day of classes. In practice this is impossible. We will therefore register all successful applicants provisionally for the first semester, while they work on their papers.
For more detail see the Recognition of Previous Secondary Education page.
What are the tuition fees in the academic year 2017/18?
Tuition fees for all programmes are 6 000 EUR/year, except:
IMESS programme: the fee is 8 900 EUR per year spent in Prague.
CSF programme: 6 000 EUR per the first year of study. At the University of Strasbourg students are required to pay administration fee 300 EUR only.
SEC programme: tuition fee for the SEC programme is 4 000 EUR per year. For students from countries with a lower gross national income (GNI) per capita we offer a scholarship 2 000 EUR per year.
EPS programme: the tuition fee is 8 000 EUR per year.
Are there any scholarship possibilities?
FSV UK directly administers "University Scholarships for Students from Developing and Transition Countries". These scholarships (funded indirectly by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport) offer students a 50% waiver of school fees, plus a one-off lump sum payment towards living costs. The application deadline for the academic year 2017/18 is 30th April 2017. Further details are on our Development Scholarships page.
Students can also apply for scholarships NOT administered by FSV UK:
"International Visegrad Fund (IVF) Scholarships" comprise of a fixed-rate contribution of 3000 EUR towards school fees (paid direct to the university), plus two lump-sum payments (one for each semester) to help with living costs. FSV UK accepts approximately 5-6 students with IVF funding. This scholarship is available for all programmes.
For more details see our Scholarships and Funding page.
When do your semesters begin and end?
The winter semester usually runs from the beginning of October to mid-February. The Spring Semester usually runs from mid-February to the end of June. The exact dates for each academic year can be found in our Academic Calendar.
Do you have a mid-year intake?
No. All our programmes begin in October. Mid-year enrolment is not possible, although some students may choose to begin their studies as visiting students in our Short Study Visits programme, and continue on as degree students from the beginning of the following academic year. However, you should be aware that an acceptance into our Short Study Visits programme does not guarantee you a place in one of our degree programmes.
As an international student, am I allowed to take part in university’s exchange programmes?
Definitely! As a degree-seeking student in our English language programmes you have the same rights and opportunities as students in our Czech language programmes. However, because student status is conditional on the payment of school fees and/or various scholarships, some special conditions apply.
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