Medicine and Pharmacy in English COMPLEX

This intensive programme is designed by Charles University experts in close collaboration with the university faculties to prepare international students for medical studies and a successful career. >>>

Place of teaching
September 2024
35 hours a week
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This programme is ideal for you if you demonstrate high academic potential but need support in any of the below areas:

  • Overcoming the academic gap between between your high school education and the Czech Republic for the admission process as well as to successfully master your university studies.
  • Going through the visa application process and the process of your high school studies recognition.
  • Settling smoothly into a different culture and understanding local customs.
  • Saving finances by mastering the Czech language in the foundation programme – thus enabling you to study at a Czech-language university for free (this applies to Czech public universities).

We have been successfully preparing international applicants for university studies for over 50 years. We know how to support you. Studying at university is great, but also demanding.


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High quality and modern teaching of academic subjects and languages – (35 lessons per week, 1250 lessons in total) delivered through lectures, seminars and study assignments in:


  • Basics of Czech language (includes professional Czech terminology)
  • Biology and somatology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Medical ethics
  • Professional English
  • Latin terminology in medicine

1. Uni preparation and guidance on university choice

  • Intensive preparation for entrance examination and university studies
  • University visits and individual consultations on your university choices and applications
  • Support in academic progress and attendance management
  • Access to Charles University libraries and lectures
  • Core textbooks, copyright materials, MS Teams and Moodle
  • Academically related excursions 

2. Settle down support

  • Support in settling into the Czech culture, informative workshops and advice from alumni
  • Cultural visits, sports, entertainment events
  • Support in handling everyday life situations (incl. guidance in medical situations)
  • Local SIM card
  • Access to the pan-european Eduroam wifi on all campuses
  • Assistance with arranging airport transfer on arrival 

3. Admin support

  • Assistance with submission of visa documents, immigration registration, diploma recognition, university application and advice on visa extension 

4. Additional Services

  • In addition to the above we can also help you with the following (for additional fee):


EN Web Absolventi videa 

  • Course introduction
    What motivated the young people to come to study in Poděbrady? What is their experience living in a beautiful small spa town near Prague? What advice do the guys have for those who will come to our preparatory course?
  • Interview with Mr. Hisanori, a student from Japan about his preparation for medical studies.
  • Interview with Mr. Ghaith, a student from UAE about his preparation for medical studies.
  • Webinar: Get European Higher Medical Education for Affordable Price
    In the Czech Republic, you can get a higher medical education in English for a reasonable price. In order to get high-quality European education in English, you need to pass exams in biology, chemistry and physics. At the webinar, we will tell you how to do this with our preparatory courses, how to apply for a visa and where you will live during the course.


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Feedback from the Student of the Medicine in English Foundation Programme at UJOP, Charles University  >>>

Mika Tamata, Japan



Your goal is to study successfully at a university in the Czech Republic.
Our goal is to prepare you for it.


The foundation programme starts with a one-week intensive Czech and English orientation course, accompanied by an introduction to Czech culture and history and basic information on the study centre and Charles University. Starting from the second week, the lessons in specialized subjects begin, which will prepare the students for the entrance exams for studies in economics fields.

The foundation programme kicks off with a two-week intensive Czech language course, during which you'll firmly grasp essential phrases, receive practical tips on life in the Czech Republic, and familiarize yourself with your study center and its surroundings (shops, pharmacies, etc.). Of course, you'll also learn more details about Charles University. Starting from the third week, your schedule will incorporate lessons in specialized subjects in the Czech language.



Mgr. Marika Constable

I teach English with a specialization in medical ethics. I have been studying historical connotations on the develpomnet of ethical codes in medicine for 30 years. My focus is on testimonial and hermeneutic injustice in the relationship between doctor-patient and individual-society. I have written scripts - "Basic Introduction to Bioethics and Medical Ethics." and I am also the head of the Summer Course for Czech Expatriates.

I have been working at UJOP Charles University since 2011.


„The most important aspect of studying my subject is to perceive the individual in their wholeness and dignity; empathy and respecting the autonomy of oneself and others; engaging in productive dialogue, moving away from frustrated monologues. My life motto: Get comfortable being uncomfortable. Stop arguing with reality. Get on with it.“

Mgr. Marika Constable


You can look forward to lectures, seminars and study assignments with feedback from teachers. Instructors combine theoretical instruction with practical assignments and practice to prepare students for the entrance exams and subsequent university studies (independent work, responsibility, time management). In the summer semester, students can attend lectures at selected universities.


There is no proper study without tests and exams. You will also write continuous tests and take final semester exams at the end of the semester. If you pass the final exams in the summer semester, you will receive a certificate of completion of the preparatory programme.


The COMPLEX programme is designed for students with a minimum of B1 level of English. Before starting the COMPLEX programme, students must provide a certificate of IELTS, TOEFL, Pearson PTE, Cambridge English. Exam comparability can be checked here: Comparison of English language test scores.


In January during your Medical Foundation studies, you will start deciding about your next university studies. You can consider to study the following:


  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Biomedicine
  • Dental studies
  • Biology 
  • Biochemistry 
  • Environmental sciences 
  • Chemistry 
  • Chemical engineering
  • Veterinary science 
  • Medical diagnostic and treatment technology 
  • Therapy and rehabilitation

Which university to choose? 

There is a large number of faculties at Charles University and other universities in the Czech Republic where you can study Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Physiotherapy and other disciplines in English. It may be difficult to choose the right one. Do not worry, our academic supervisors and class teachers will help you to find a suitable university for you. Among the best universities where our graduates continue their studies are (in alphabetical order)::


  • Charles University
  • Czech Technical University in Prague
  • Masaryk University in Brno
  • Palacký University Olomouc

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For students applying to study General Medicine and Dentistry at the 1st Faculty of Medicine in Charles University and the Faculty of Medicine of Charles University in Pilsen, the Czech Language Examination for the purpose of admission to medical faculties at C1 level is prepared. This examination is not part of the programme, and students pay for it separately. 



The foundation programme for medicine and pharmacy studies takes place at our campus in the centre of Poděbrady. You have the possibility to stay in a dormitory within a ten-minute walk from the castle, where the classes take place. There is also a large castle garden where various leisure activities take place. Poděbrady is easily accessible from Prague by train or bus and the trip takes about an hour. 



„I did not pass my entrance exam to Charles University, but I did not want to give up on my dream. My agency advised me of this Preparatory program. The course did really help me, as now I have got to the university I wanted. I am confident; I do have more knowledge than I did a year ago.

I find medical ethics really useful, as this topic I have not really learned about previously. We covered practical situations that can happen in the everyday life of a doctor. Now I have the chance to consider different aspects, and I will be able to make a well-thought-out decision faster.

ÚJOP is really flexible - for personal reasons, I could not join the program at the beginning. The staff here is very caring and made sure I felt welcomed and settled down well. I feel ÚJOP is a safe place to be and express myself freely.

My initial expectation was that the preparation year would be long and sad waiting for my university, but I was wrong. It is funny, but I am grateful that I did not get to the university straight away. Now I have more knowledge, more friends that are coming with me to the university. This year was definitely worth it!“ >>>


Farah, UAE, studied Medicine and Pharmacy in English COMPLEX, 2022/23


„I applied directly to the Faculty of Medicine of Charles University one year ago. During the exam, I realized there were topics I had never learned at school. I did not pass the exam.

I was recommended the preparatory program at ÚJOP CU. Throughout this year, I have learned subjects and topics I had not covered in biology, chemistry, or physics so far. This knowledge gave me the foundation to pass the entrance exam now, and I have been accepted for next year's studies.

Poděbrady is a nice and safe town. I recommend everyone to come here and study. During the year here, I visited many other places in the Czech Republic, such as Pilsen, Prague, and Hradec Králové. It is easy for foreigners to travel and navigate here. I also had time to go to other countries in Europe. Here we are in the center of Europe, so catching a train, bus, or plane is pretty cheap and easy. During the year, I found a group of new friends who helped me feel at home. We love watching football matches together and having a lot of fun in our free time.“ >>>

Hadi, UAE, studied Medicine and Pharmacy in English COMPLEX, 2022/23


„I was exploring my options to go to universities all over Europe. In the Czech Republic, I found the Faculty of Medicine of Charles University in Hradec Králové. It seemed pretty interesting. But that time it was too late because the admission was closed. So, I was about to lose one year, but I continued my search on the website, and I found the Medical preparatory course.

My main objective was to increase my knowledge and become more aware of the country.

Poděbrady is a small and pretty town; I familiarized myself with the environment: trains, buses, food, communication, banking system. Even though the Czech language is not that easy, with the support of the teacher, I acquired the basic knowledge and can get on with life here easily.“ >>>

Mark, UAE, studied Medicine and Pharmacy in English COMPLEX, 2022/23


I came to the Medical Prep course in ÚJOP because I did not cope well at the Faculty of Medicine of Charles University.

The preparatory year gave me enough time to revise as well as learn new skills to take care of myself. 

In addition to the English language, I also improved the Czech language enough to travel around the Czech Republic.

I love the fact that the school is located in a spa town. When I realized I will study in a castle on the riverbank, it seemed pretty interesting to me.

The school organizes lots of events like Christmas, Halloween, or St. Nicholas' day. It helps us to socialize with different people in our diverse community of students from both the English and Czech preparatory programs.“ >>>

Abdullah, Iraq, studied Medicine and Pharmacy in English COMPLEX, 2022/23


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 Winter semester:
  • 9 Sep 2024 – 24 Jan 2025

 Christmas holiday:

  • 23 Dec 2024 –3 Jan 2025
 Exam period:
  • 27 Jan 2025 –30 Jan 2025

 Summer semester:

  • 3 Feb 2024 –23 May 2025

 Exam Period:

  • 26 May 2025 –30 Jun 2025

 Teaching days:

  • Monday – Friday
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