Programmes in English

General Info

The Programme which is organized by Study Centre Poděbrady offers all international students who plan to study in English – Medicine, Dentistry, Economy, Physiotherapy or Engineering at any Faculty in the Czech Republic thorough and intensive preparatory training aimed at the following objectives:

To maximize the student's chance of entering the Faculty of his/her interest by teaching him/her the subjects whose knowledge is a prerequisite for passing the entrance exam. Note that the entrance exam assumes the knowledge of biology, chemistry, math (for engineering students only), physics, English language at the level achieved after completion of Czech secondary (high) school. Therefore, the course synchronizes the level of achieved secondary education with the one required for successful studying at the Faculties.

To give the student essential basics in the Czech language; successful communication in this language is required for practical training in hospital during medical studies in the Czech Republic.

To improve the student's command of English, and thereby boost the efficiency of his/her studies. Native speakers will have additional Czech language lessons instead.

To help the student in adaptation to the Czech life-style as well as in settling of all the necessary papers, permissions and other official documents required by the Czech administrative and legal bodies.


Tuition Fee Payment

Payment must be made prior to the start of the course, students with visa requirements must submit payment before a study confirmation is issued. See the contract regarding study, Article 3, "Tuition"... "Payment is due prior to the issuance of the letter of acceptance, unless other arrangements have been made by the contracting parties."

The Programme is an open programme! This means that any international student can apply for and enter this course, either as an individual or through an agent, provided the student fulfills the following criteria. Firstly, completed secondary education must be proved (certificate of completion with all relevant information – see Necessary Documents Required for Study). Secondly, students must be of the minimum age of 17 when taking the entrance exam at the Faculty of Medicine. Thirdly, the level of English should be, to the benefit of the student, at a good conversational level as instruction is given in this language.

As it is stated above, there are no quality of study related conditions which would limit the entry of prospective students to this course. This implies that all students can enter regardless of the extent and type of education. Students from the U.S.A. and Canada are therefore not obliged to pass the MCAT!! Upon entering the course, however, the students will sit the so-called "entrance information exam" the only purpose of which is to provide instructors with basic information about the level of student knowledge.

Students who would like to study can fill out an application form and forward it to the following address:

Each international student studying in the Czech Republic and who is a Czech government scholarship holder has to undergo a physical examination. This can be arranged in his/her home country but must be submitted no later than 30 days after the exam. The fee for a physical exam in the Czech Republic is approximately CZK 5,000.

Payment information

The tuition fee is for the academic year. It covers basic instruction and a basic study material.

Komercni banka
Na Prikope 33
114 07 Praha 1
Account Number: 271838690257/0100


Cooperating Faculties

The Programme in Podebrady has an established position in the Czech Republic (it was launched in 1994). The overwhelming majority of students who attended this course are now regular students at a number of Faculties of Medicine and Economy; often these students rate among the best in the class. Every year, in May and June, there is a series of organized entrance exam sessions, e.g. for the First Faculty of Medicine in Prague Charles University, the Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Kralove Charles University.




Course Organization and Schedule

The course is organized in such a way to reflect the typical academic year at any given faculty. The course is therefore divided into two terms:

  • The winter term which begins at the end of September and finishes at the end of January.
  • The summer term which begins in February and finishes at the end of May.

The official winter recess begins sometime in the middle of December and ends during the first week in January (specified each particular year); the summer recess is not held; however, there is a study break of approximately two weeks between the end of the summer term and the official entrance exams in addition to public and religious holidays.

Instruction is held five days a week beginning at 8:00 a.m. Classes are broken into 45-minute periods with a short break after 90 minutes. Class attendance is mandatory!! Upon entering the course the student signs a contract where all the conditions (attendance included) are specified.


Testing Policy


During the course, the student's progress is monitored and evaluated by written tests (the most important criterion) as well as by his activity in the class.


There are two categories of tests:


A.  Official tests – the entrance information test, 1st and 2nd semester tests. The results of these tests are crucial for the student's evaluation; they constitute the base for a course report which is officially sent to parents and other concerned individuals or bodies.

B.  Progress tests – these constitute the smaller exams which are given typically every two weeks to test the actual progress and knowledge of the presented topic. The results serve to monitor general topic understanding.


Test formats have been refined and restructured to meet the criteria and format of the entrance exam tests.



Presented Subjects

Programme – Biology and Somatology

Lector: Prof. Emil Rudolf, Ph.D. (Department of Medical Biology and Genetics, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Kralove)

Recommended study materials:          
N.P.O. Green, G.W. Stout, D.J. Taylor (ed. E. Soper): Biological Science 1&2 Second edition, 1996, Cambridge University Press, M.B. Roberts: Biology – a functional approach, Fourth edition, 1986, Nelson, J. L. Hopson, N.K. Wessells: Essentials of biology, 1990, McGraw-Hill Publishing company

Optional study materials:          
E. Rudolf: Biology – a comprehensive guide for premedical students, Internet sites and hand-outs

Due to the nature of the requirements for the entrance exam in biology, the topics of the course are mainly focused on general biology, genetics and somatology (human biology). Animal biology is not a subject of this course, however, when body systems are discussed, some facts considering these systems in animals are provided to show the students important developmental comparisons. In addition to that, some infectious diseases, as well as zoonoses and parasite-based diseases are discussed.

Programme - Physics

Lector: RNDr. Martin Melcer, Ph.D.

Recommended study materials:  Frederick J. Bueche, Eugene Hecht: College Physics, Eleventh Edition, Schaum's outlines

Optional study materials:  Roger Muncaster: A-Level Physics, Fourth Edition

Programme - Chemistry

Lector: MUDr. Pavel Tomšík, Ph.D., Mgr. Alena Mrkvicová, Ph.D.

(Department of Medical Chemistry, Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Kralove)

Recommended study materials:  George Odian, Ph.D., Ira Blei, Ph.D: General, Organic, and Biochemistry for Nursing and Allied Health, Schaum´s outlines (after consultation with the lector)

Optional study materials: Internet sites and hand-outs

Programme - Mathematics

Lector: RNDr. Martin Melcer, Ph.D. (UJOP UK Podebrady)

Recommended study materials:  Philip A. Schmidt, Ph.D., Frank Ayres, Jr.,Ph.D.: College Mathematics, Schaum´s outlines, Fred Safier: Precalculus, Schaum´s outlines, Karel Lhotsky – Exercise book

Optional study materials: Lectures, official general math book (after consultation with the lector)

The whole syllabus of the pre-programme course is prepared to summarize the knowledge of secondary school in biology, physics, math, and chemistry and to prepare students for the entrance exam carried out by the faculties in the Czech Republic. Furthermore, the course prepares students for often stressful conditions that are encountered during the first years of their study and enables them to get better accustomed to the life in Czech society.

Topics were selected with respect to the previous requirements of the particular faculties in the Czech Republic. Different faculties have slightly different entrance exam requirements.


Necessary Documents Required for Study

Documents needed for the Czech Educational Office.

The international student who wants to study at the faculties in the Czech Republic must have his/her secondary education recognized by the Czech Educational Office.

Required certificates:

  • validated reports of study from each academic year of secondary study
  • validated copy of the final examination certificate
  • a full description of all taught subjects – number of hours must be included (weekly)
  • validated Czech or English translation of all above mentioned certificates (reason – Czech Educational Office requires all documents in Czech therefore the Czech translation is needed).

All documents must be legalized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country you studied or by a notary of this country and the Czech Embassy/Consulate.

The copies without the validating stamp will not be recognized!



Accommodation is provided in two student dormitories in double-bedded rooms with a bathroom (Hotel house situated in Jana Opletala str. 77, Poděbrady) and in double-bedded rooms with a shared bathroom (the dormitory situated in Jana Opletala str. 1065, Poděbrady). In the case you want to stay in the Hotel house, make a booking in advance.

The students can use, among others, the school library, study rooms and the sports centre.

There is a possibility to provide temporarily an accommodation in the dormitory for your relatives or friends, who will accompany you.

Meals are not included.

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