Admission

Here we first describe the entry requirements for the bachelor’s, master’s and PhD programmes for the academic year 2018/19, and then explain how to submit your application. If you are interested in spending only one or two semesters at our university as an exchange student, please check our exchange programmes.

1. Bachelor’s Entry Requirements

The goal of the admissions review process is to select from the pool of applicants those individuals who show the capability and diligence expected of Charles University students. To apply for the Bachelor of Computer Science programme given in English you must

  • hold or be working towards a School Leaving Certificate  (Diploma) or its equivalent; in cases required by law, a certification of equivalence of education must accompany the application;
  • meet the Reasoning Requirements, and
  • provide sufficient proof of English Language Proficiency.

To submit your scores electronically, please use the following Institution codes:

TOEFL 3184 SAT 7249 ACT 6790 IB 000147

There are two selection rounds each year: a winter round with submission deadline February 28, 2018, and a spring round with submission deadline May 31, 2018. Applicants from outside the European Union and the Schengen Zone are advised to apply in the winter round to have enough time for obtaining a student visa or long-term residence permit for the Czech Republic.

School Leaving Certificate (Diploma)

Depending on the country in which you completed secondary school or high school, you must submit the following documents:

  • For applicants from Germany, Poland, Hungary and Slovenia: secondary school leaving certificate and, if the school certificate does not clearly show the content and scope of subjects that you have studied, also certified secondary school transcripts with an official translation into English or Czech (if issued in a different language to these).
  • For applicants from all other countries: secondary school leaving certificate together with certified secondary school transcripts accompanied by official translations into English or Czech (if issued in a different language to these).

If you have not yet completed your secondary education but you are about to complete it soon, let us know. You can provide us with the documentation later; however, you must have completed your studies before enrolment.

Reasoning Requirements

The table below summarizes the minimum Reasoning Requirements for the undergraduate Computer Science programme at Charles University in Prague. If you have not yet studied in this programme, you must achieve the minimum score for at least one of the qualifications listed here or provide us with comparable results for other recognized qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, German Abitur, Bagrut in Israel, HKDSE in Hong Kong or STMP in Malaysia (specific required scores for other internationally recognized qualifications will be provided on request). If you have already studied in this programme, you must take our Entrance Examination (i.e., Mathematics Entrance Test).

Test Minimum score
SAT Composite Score (Math + Reading + Writing in Old SAT) / (Math + Reading & Writing in New SAT) 1650 / 1190
SAT Subject Test in Mathematics, level I or II 700
ACT Composite Score 24
ACT Mathematics 24
International Baccalaureate Diploma 32
International Baccalaureate Mathematics HL 6
GCE A Level and GCE AS Level* (not including General Studies, Critical Thinking or Key Skills). A A B
GCE A Level Mathematics and GCE AS Level Mathematics* B
Mathematics Entrance Test at Charles University in Prague, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics (optional)** 40

*Applicants who receive their A Level results after the application deadline will be given conditional offers in June or July on the basis of their predicted grades; the offer will be confirmed after the results come out.

**Applicants who do not sufficiently demonstrate the necessary reasoning requirements by May 9, 2018, or with their application, will be invited to take the Entrance Examination in Prague.

Entrance Examination

The Entrance Examination takes place in June 2018 in Prague, organized by the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University. It consists of 10 problems, each worth a maximum of 10 points, for a maximum total score of 100. You might wish to look at a sample test (pdf) the 2013 test (pdf), the 2014 test (pdf), the 2015 test (pdf) or the 2016 test (pdf). The Entrance Examination is not compulsory — it is an alternative to the other ways of demonstrating you meet our reasoning requirements listed in the table above.
For the Entrance Examination, the only equipment that you will need is stationery. The use of any other equipment is not permitted.

Compliance with the admission requirements into the Computer Science programme given in Czech is an alternative to the above minimum Reasoning Requirements.

To submit your scores electronically, please use the following reporting codes:

TOEFL 3184 SAT 7249 ACT 6790 IB 000147

English Language Proficiency

All applicants must have an adequate command of English in order to enrol on an English-taught programme at Charles University. An applicant’s proficiency level in English may be demonstrated by language tests; any language test results should not be older than two years. The only exemption from this requirement is for students who have completed at least two years of their previous education with English as the sole language of instruction in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK and USA.

The table below summarizes the minimum requirements in the various tests of English that we recognize; you must meet the minimum score for at least one of the tests listed here, or provide us comparable results for other recognized qualifications (if in doubt please contact us to obtain specific required scores for other internationally recognized English Language qualifications).

Test Minimum score
TOEFL Paper / Computer / Internet based 550 / 213 / 80
SAT Critical Reading and Writing in Old SAT / Evidence-Based Reading and Writing in New SAT 550 in each part / 550
ACT English and Reading 24
International Baccalaureate English 6
IELTS 6.5
Cambridge ESOL FCE A level
Cambridge ESOL CPE, or Cambridge ESOL CAE Passed
City&Guilds International ESOL, or City&Guilds International Spoken ESOL Expert level
The European Language Certificates Level TELC English C1
UNIcert English for Mathematicians Level C1
Melab 77
Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE) Pass
Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) 605
General State Language Examination in English in the Czech Republic Pass

2. Master’s Entry Requirements

The goal of the admissions review process is to select from the pool of applicants those individuals who show the capability and diligence expected of Charles University students. To apply for our Mathematics or Computer Science Master’s programmes given in English you must:

  • hold or be working towards a Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma and provide a certified copy thereof; in cases required by law, a certification of equivalence of education must accompany the application,
  • have sufficient academic background in the relevant fields (see below for details); this can be demonstrated by passing the specialized entrance examination in June 2018 in Prague that is organized by the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, or by providing transcripts (academic records) of your previous education accompanied by syllabi of the completed courses; promising students who do not have this background may be admitted with the provision that they complete the missing Bachelor’s courses,
  • have sufficient command of the English language; this can be demonstrated by providing your results in one of the standardized English tests that we recognize (see below for details).

You are also welcome to accompany your application by

  • a statement of purpose in which you describe your reasons for applying to the proposed programme, your study and possibly also research interests and future career plans,
  • letters of recommendation as recent as possible from professors and employers who can comment on your recent professional accomplishments and your qualifications for pursuing a Master’s degree in mathematics or computer science.

There are two selection rounds each year: a winter round with submission deadline February 28, 2018, and a spring round with submission deadline May 31, 2018. Applicants from outside the European Union and the Schengen Zone are advised to apply in the winter round to have enough time for obtaining a student visa or long-term residence permit for the Czech Republic.

Academic background

In this paragraph we summarize the minimum knowledge required for applicants in the various study programmes and study branches offered at our faculty.

Master of Computer Science
Study branches Theoretical Computer Science, Computational Linguistics, Discrete Models and Algorithms, Computer Graphics and Game Development, Software and Data Engineering, Software Systems, Artificial Intelligence: background in calculus, linear algebra, discrete mathematics, probability, computer programming, algorithms and data structures, computer organization, and the theory of automata and formal grammars.

Master of Mathematics
Common requirements for all study branches: a sound background in linear algebra, real and complex analysis, measure theory and probability theory.
Study branch Mathematical Structures: Common requirements + group theory, mathematical logic.
Study branch Mathematics for Information Technologies: Common requirements + commutative and computer algebra, theoretical and applied cryptography.
Study branch Mathematical Analysis: Common requirements + general topology, functional analysis, ordinary and partial differential equations.
Study branch Numerical and Computational Mathematics: Common requirements + numerical mathematics, functional analysis, ordinary and partial differential equations.
Study branch Mathematical Modelling in Physics and Technology: Common requirements + classical mechanics, functional analysis, ordinary and partial differential equations.
Study branch Probability, Mathematical Statistics and Econometrics: Common requirements + mathematical statistics, Markov chains.
Study branch Financial and Insurance Mathematics: Common requirements + mathematical statistics, Markov chains, financial mathematics.

Academic records demonstrating the necessary background must show the dates of enrolment and the subjects or courses taken, together with the units of credit or time allotted to each subject. The records must also include a complete description of the institution’s grading scale or other standard of evaluation. Unless academic records and diplomas are routinely issued in English by the institution, the official records in their original language must be submitted with an authorized, complete, and exact English translation.

Entrance Examination – Master’s Programme
Applicants who do not sufficiently demonstrate the necessary background listed above by May 9, 2018, or with their application, will be invited to take the entrance examination in Prague. The entrance examination for a master’s programme at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics at Charles University consists of four problems, each worth 25 points. In case of an incomplete solution a proportional number of points will be awarded. The maximum total score is 100. The minimum score for admission is 40 points out of 100. The examination has a structure depending on the study programme and study branch (follow the links to see a more detailed description of the topics for the entrance examination as a pdf):

Master of Computer Science
All study branches: Computer Science (4 problems, e.g., logic, automata theory, programming, theoretical computer science). You might wish to look at some sample tests: the 2012 test (pdf), the 2013 test (pdf), the 2014 test (pdf) and the 2015 test (pdf).

Master of Mathematics
Study branch Financial and Insurance Mathematics: Mathematics (2 problems), Probability and Statistics (1 problem), Financial Mathematics (1 problem). You might wish to look at some sample tests: the 2013 test (pdf) and solutions (pdf), or the 2014 test (pdf) and solutions (pdf), or the 2016 test (pdf) and solutions (pdf).

All other study branches: Mathematics (4 problems). You might wish to look at some sample tests: the 2013 test (pdf) and solutions (pdf), or the 2014 test (pdf) and solutions (pdf), or the 2016 test (pdf) and solutions (pdf).

English Language Proficiency

The English language requirements are the same as for the bachelor’s programmes.

3. PhD Entry Requirements

Application’s submission: by April 30, 2017
Entrance examination date: June 22 or June 23, 2017
Alternative entrance examination date: June 30, 2017, can be requested only in exceptional cases

Information on the Admission Procedure

To start the admission procedure you need to submit an application. In this application you choose a study programme and branch, state an expected doctoral thesis topic (from those offered by the branch of study), and choose an advisor. We recommend discussing these at the department concerned before submitting your application. To apply for one of our doctoral study programmes you must hold or be working towards a master’s diploma and have the necessary abilities for research at the faculty. The latter consist mainly in knowledge of the chosen field and of the English language, and an ability for independent creative work as well as teamwork. Assessment of these abilities is based on documents submitted with your application and on the entrance examination, if the latter is not waived (see below). The entrance examination has two parts – examination in expertise in the field and examination in the English language.

Subject Entrance Examination

The subject entrance examination takes the form of a discussion about the chosen study programme and the intended doctoral thesis topic. The committee judges the applicant’s interest in the field, motivation, expertise and overall readiness for doctoral studies. The level of knowledge expected is that required to have passed the state final examination of the corresponding master’s study programme and branch at Charles University. The applicant must demonstrate his/her insight into the basic areas of science relevant to the chosen thesis topic. The committee also takes into account documents submitted with the application, namely a statement by the proposed supervisor, recommendation letters, CV, and letter of motivation.

Waiver of Subject Entrance Examination

You do not need to take the entrance examination when you are given an opinion in favour of acceptance by your proposed supervisor, by the head of the proposed training unit, and by the chairman of the corresponding Council for Doctoral Study Branches (RDSO), and you satisfy at least one of the following conditions:

  1. your work has been recognized in the SVOČ competition in computer science, mathematics, or teaching of mathematics (for study programmes Computer Science, and Mathematics);
  2. your work has been recognized at the Czech-Slovak Student Conference on Physics (for study programme Physics);
  3. your original scientific work on a relevant topic has been published, or has been accepted for publication, in a reviewed medium indexed by MathSciNet, SCOPUS or ISI Web of Knowledge database;
  4. you have finished a master’s study programme in Physics, Computer Science, or  Mathematics in the academic year 2016/2017, and your grade in each part of the state final examination is “excellent” or “very good” (for study programmes Physics, Computer Science, and Mathematics);
  5. you have gained at least 120 credits in the master’s study programme Physics, Computer Science, or Mathematics in academic years 2015/16 and 2016/17, and your average grade is at most 1.5, where 1=“excellent”, 2=“very good”, and 3=“satisfactory” (for study programmes Physics, Computer Science, and Mathematics);
  6. you have achieved other remarkable results testifying to your ability for doctoral studies.

You need to apply for a waiver, including documentation that you satisfy some of the above conditions, by no later than May 31, 2017 in case of points 1,2,3,5 and 6, and by June 20 in case of point 4. In mid May all applicants without a waiver receive an invitation to take the entrance examination from the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. If the Faculty approves the waiver, the invitation ceases to apply.

English Language Proficiency

All applicants must have an adequate command of the English language, i.e., at least at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment. An applicant’s proficiency level in English may be demonstrated by the language tests listed below (in some cases we recognize the exam only with a minimum score or level). The only exemptions from this requirement are applicants who have completed at least two years of their previous education at secondary or university level with English as the sole language of instruction in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK and USA.

  • General State Language Examination in English in the Czech Republic
  • examination in English at Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
  • TOEFL (paper) – 550 points
  • TOEFL (computer) –  213 points
  • TOEFL (internet) – 80 points
  • IELTS – 6.5 points
  • Cambridge ESOL CPE
  • Cambridge ESOL CAE
  • Cambridge ESOL FCE – A level
  • City & Guilds International ESOL IESOL and ISESOL, expert level
  • TELC (The European Language Certificates) – TELC English level C1
  • UNIcert – level C1
  • Melab – 77 points
  • Examination for the Certificate of Proficiency in English (ECPE)
  • Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) – 605 points
  • Vancouver English Centre (VEC) level / online score – 13–14 / 74

You need to demonstrate your English language proficiency by April 30, 2017, in exceptional cases by September 30, 2017.

Admission to Studies

You will be admitted to study if you demonstrate your English language proficiency as described above, successfully pass (or get a waiver of) the subject entrance examination, and if a supervisor in the required study programme is available.

Application Form Requirements

The admission procedure commences with the submission of an application. In the application you choose a study programme and branch, and you state an expected doctoral thesis topic (from those offered by the branch of study), and choose a supervisor. We recommend discussing these at the department concerned before submitting your application. Applications are to be submitted via the Student Information System of Charles University. You need to fill in the application form, confirm it, and submit it in the system. Electronically submitted applications do not need to be sent in paper form.

After the completion and submission of an electronic application, the information system generates a 6-digit ID number for each applicant; this ID should be given in any subsequent correspondence about the application with the Department of Student Affairs.

An application fee must be paid for each application. The fee is to be paid by the application submission deadline to the bank account below with the 6-digit ID applicant number as a “specific symbol”. The fee can be paid in euros (EUR), as well as in Czech crowns (CZK). The application fee is non-refundable. You can pay the fee by postal order or by bank transfer; the faculty cannot accept payments in cash. When paying by bank transfer, please be aware that you are obliged to pay any additional fees charged by the banks (especially applicable when paying from abroad).

Bank details for the application fee:
Bank: Komercni banka
Account number: 21210277/0100
IBAN: CZ49 0100 0000 0000 2121 0277
SWIFT: KOMB CZ PP
Variable symbol: 1
Constant symbol: bank transfer 0308, postal order 0179
Specific symbol: 6-digit ID number generated by the Student Information System.

A certified copy of your master’s diploma (or a certificate of completing a university education) needs to be delivered as soon as possible after submitting your application, and in any case no later than September 30, 2017. This is not required from students and graduates of Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. If the application is not completed and confirmed, or the application fee is not fully paid by the due date, and any such deficiencies are not corrected in the additional time that may be permitted to rectify the situation, the application is considered to have not been submitted.

Attachments to your Application

  • a document proving completion of a master’s study programme;
  • statement by the proposed supervisor, by the head of the proposed training unit, and by the chairman of the corresponding Council for Doctoral Study Branches (RDSO);
  • two letters of recommendation (recommended);
  • a brief CV and a letter of motivation (recommended);
  • supplementary documents required if you are applying for a waiver of the entrance examination (as detailed above).

4. How to Apply

1. Take the standardized tests (SAT, ACT, TOEFL, …) and submit your scores.

We strongly recommend that applicants complete their standardized tests in time. If for satisfying our reasoning requirements (bachelor’s applicants) or demonstrating sufficient academic background (master’s applicants) you prefer to take the entrance examination organized by Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, then you are not obliged to take one of these standardized tests.

2. Collect all required documents and information including

  • personal details (name, date and place of birth, citizenship, permanent residence address, correspondence address, email address, passport number),
  • name and address of your secondary school,
  • school leaving certificate and related documents,
  • standardized test scores.

3. Fill in the electronic application form. Here you can view a sample application in pdf; the official Czech version is followed by an English translation. Please note that the pdf that is generated from your online application is for your reference only; in particular, please do not send it to us.

4. Submit the application online. If you have any questions regarding your application, please write to admission@mff.cuni.cz. Please make sure to upload with your application all the required documents as specified above. For TOEFL, SAT, ACT and IB, you should have your test scores sent directly to the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Charles University, Prague. Here are our institution codes: TOEFL 3184, SAT 7249, ACT 6790, IB 000147.

Please note that an application without the required documents cannot be processed. Also, for enrolment we require an official copy of each document that you have submitted with your application (i.e., to submit your application a scanned copy of the relevant document is sufficient, but to complete the admission process you have to provide an official document – e.g., a copy verified by a notary, or an original).

The application fee for applications for the academic year 2018/2019 is 600 CZK.

5. What happens then? After we have received your complete application, you will receive a letter of acknowledgement by email. Then the review committee will carefully process all applications and from these make a selection of the best. If your application is successful, we will send you a letter of acceptance and an information pack explaining the next stage of the admission process. If we decide that we are unable to offer you a place, you will receive a letter from us to let you know this.

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