Winter semester: 9 September 2024 – 24 January 2025
Christmas holiday: 23 December 2024 – 3 January 2025
Exam period: 27 January 2025 – 30 January 2025
Summer semester: 3 February 2024 – 23 May 2025
Exam period: 26 May 2025 – 30 June 2025
Teaching days: Monday – Friday (from 8 am)
The preparatory programme starts with a two-week intensive English and Czech orientation course, accompanied by an introduction to Czech culture and history and basic information on the study centre and Charles University. Starting from the third week, the lessons in specialized subjects begin, which will prepare the students for the entrance exams for studies in medical fields.
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 ILPS 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 in language and in your specialized subjects 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.
Preparatory programmes in English take 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