The Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies, Charles University (ILPS CU) is a scientific-educational workplace and is one of the many parts of Charles University.
ILPS CU has developed over sixty years of tradition of teaching Czech as a foreign language and is the only institution in the Czech Republic that prepares foreigners – scholarship holders of the Government of the Czech Republic for studying at Czech universities. It also organizes various Czech courses for all those interested in the Czech language and Czech culture. Foreign language courses and post-secondary courses of various specializations for Czech citizens have a tradition at ILPS CU. Teaching is provided by study centres, which also provide students with accommodation and meals.
Apart from Prague, the study centres are also in Poděbrady.
Since September 1981, ILPS CU has been working as a facility of Charles University for the organization and methodology of preparing foreign students for study at Czech universities and for teaching other foreigners. Methodological and research activities of the Institute are connected with teaching. The theoretical and research work of the ILPS CU teachers focuses on teaching Czech as a foreign language and teaching vocational subjects for foreigners in Czech, many of which are part of international projects and grants.
For the entire existence of ILPS CU, its teachers have been involved in teaching Czech abroad as Czech language teachers under international and inter-university agreements. For teaching Czech at foreign lectorates, the ILPS CU team of teachers prepared a special Czech textbook.
For foreigners ILPS CU offers a large number of intensive daily Czech courses, a number of summer courses, online Czech courses, a Czech course for doctors.
Every year, the largest number of students at ILPS CU study on year-long preparatory courses (the courses include not only general Czech, but also Czech for special purposes and subjects according to the applicant's specialization). The ILPS CU preparatory courses are very intensive (35 hours a week).
For Czechs, ILPS CU offers post-secondary courses (preparation for medical and natural science fields with or without studying English), online English courses and a summer English course. Successful development of "turnkey" language courses for employees and top management of companies operating on the Czech market are of great importance for ILPS CU.
The ILPS CU team is an exclusive member of ALTE (The Association of Language Testers in Europe) in the Czech Republic. It has developed an internationally recognized Czech Language Certificate Exam (CCE). The exam can be taken at levels A1-C1.
At ILPS CU, it is also possible to take the Czech language examination for granting permanent residence, and it is the only institution in the Czech Republic that offers the opportunity to take the Czech language examination for granting Czech citizenship.