Admission Requirements

Here we first describe the entry requirements for the bachelor’smaster’s and PhD programmes for the academic year 2020/21, 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 have shown 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 High 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

The application deadline is April 30, 2020. Applicants from outside the European Union and the Schengen Zone are advised to apply well before the deadline to have enough time for obtaining a Student Visa or Long Term Residence Permit for the Czech Republic.

High School Graduation Certificate (Diploma)

Each applicant into a Bachelor programme must deliver an officially authorized copy of a secondary school graduation certificate and, if the school certificate does not clearly show the content and scope of subjects that were studied, also certified secondary school transcripts with an official translation into English or Czech (if issued in a different language to these). Those applicants, who completed their secondary education at a secondary school abroad, must deliver one of the following documents:

  • a document about a general recognition of equality or validity of a foreign secondary school graduation certificate in the Czech Republic (so called "nostrification"), or
  • a document confirming obtaining a European Bacalaureate, or
  • a foreign document about a foreign secondary school education if it is automatically recognized in the Czech Republic, according to its international agreements, without further official processing (secondary school graduation certificate from Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia), or
  • a foreign document about completing secondary education which will be assessed by the faculty itself (no fee is being charged). Detailed information on how the condition of obtaining secondary education should be proven by the alumni of foreign secondary schools, as well as additional information, may be found on faculty webpages, here: https://www.mff.cuni.cz/en/students/general-rules/recognition-of-foreign-university-degrees-and-studies.

The officially authorized documents must be physically sent to the Study Office of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics preferebly by June 30, 2020, and by September 30, 2020 at the latest.

If you do not deliver the document about a completed secondary education, you will be neither accepted nor enrolled for bachelor studies. If you have not completed your secondary education yet but will 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. You must have at least one of the qualifications listed here or provide us comparable results for other recognized qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, German Abitur, Bagrut in Israel or STMP in Malaysia (specific required scores for other internationally recognized qualifications may be provided on request). Any test results should not be older than three years.

Test Minimum score
SAT Composite Score (Math + Reading & Writing), including a score in Mathematics of at least 620 (in the Old SAT, Composite Score (Math + Reading + Writing) 1790, including a score in Mathematics of at least 620) 1240
SAT Subject Test in Mathematics, level I or II 700
ACT Composite Score, including a score in Mathematics of at least 26 26
International Baccalaureate Diploma, including a score in Mathematics HL or Further Mathematics HL of at least 6 32
GCE AS Levels or GCE A Levels (not including General Studies, Critical Thinking or Key Skills), including an A in Mathematics AAB
 

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

An applicant must have an adequate command of English in order to enroll on an English-taught programme at Charles University. Proficiency in English may be demonstrated by one of the standard language tests listed below; any language test results should not be older than two years. Students who have completed at least two years of their previous education with English as the sole language of instruction in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, UK, Republic of South Africa or USA are exempt from this requirement. Applicants who provide us with comparable qualifications demonstrating proficiency in English also meet our requirements.

The table below lists the various tests of English that we recognize, and gives the minimum score that should be obtained.

Test Minimum score
TOEFL Paper / Computer / Internet based 550 / 213 / 80
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (in the Old SAT, 550 in both parts Critical Reading and Writing) 550
ACT English and Reading 24
International Baccalaureate English 6
The International English Language Testing System (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 have shown the capability and diligence expected of Charles University students. To apply for our Computer Science or Mathematics 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;
  • 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).

Bachelor’s or Master’s Diploma

  • Each applicant into a Master’s programme must deliver an officially authorized copy of a Bachelor’s or Master’s diploma, or a confirmation of a  faculty or university concerning a successful completion of Bachelor’s or Master’s studies. This requirement does not apply to students and graduates of Bachelor’s or Master’s studies at the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics of the Charles University.

The applicants who graduated from a higher education institution abroad, must deliver one of the following documents in order to prove their previous education: a document about a general recognition of foreign higher education in the Czech Republic obtained according to § 89 and 90 of the higher education law of the Czech Republic (so called "nostrification"), or a foreign document about a foreign higher education if it is automatically recognized in the Czech Republic, according to its international agreements, without further official processing (diploma and diploma supplements from Slovakia, Poland, Hungary, Slovenia), or a foreign document about completing higher education which will be assessed by the faculty itself (no fee is being charged). Detailed information on how the condition of obtaining previous Bachelor’s or Master’s degree should be proven by the alumni of foreign higher education institutions, as well as additional information, may be found on faculty webpages, here: https://www.mff.cuni.cz/en/students/general-rules/recognition-of-foreign-university-degrees-and-studies. The officially authorized documents must be physically sent to the Study Office of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics preferebly by June 30, 2020, and by September 30, 2020 at the latest. If you do not deliver the document about a completed education, you will be neither accepted nor enrolled for Master’s studies.

In addition to this, depending on the programme for which you are applying, you also must

  • Computer Science programmes: have sufficient academic background in the relevant fields (see below for details); this should be demonstrated by solving a given take-home assignment correctly and on time, and by providing transcripts (academic records) of your previous education accompanied by syllabi of the completed courses (i.e., you must submit both the assignment and the transcript). For the take-home assignment, you may consult your notes, textbooks, Internet resources, friends etc. but the submitted solution must be your own work. To correctly solve the take-home assignment means to obtain at least 70 per cent of the maximum score. Solving the take-home assignment is not obligatory for the applicants for the study programme Computer Science – Language Technologies and Computational Linguistics.
  • Mathematics programmes: have sufficient academic background in the relevant fields (see below for details); this can be demonstrated by providing transcripts (academic records) of your previous education accompanied by syllabi of the completed courses.

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.

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, logic, 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 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.
Study branch Mathematics for Information Technologies: Common requirements + commutative and computer algebra, theoretical and applied cryptography.

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. These 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 concerned, the official records in their original language must be submitted with an authorized, complete, and exact English translation.

English Language Proficiency

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

Please note that an application cannot be processed without the required documents having been received, nor can it be processed if the application fee has not been paid. Also, for enrolment we require an official copy of every 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 must provide an official document – e.g., a copy verified by a notary, or an original.

3. PhD Entry Requirements

Application’s submission: by April 30, 2019
Entrance examination dates: June 20, 2019 – June 21, 2019
Alternative entrance examination date: June 28, 2019, can be requested only in exceptional cases

Information on the Admission Procedure

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. The latter consists mainly of the knowledge of the chosen field, English language, and the ability of independent creative work as well as teamwork. The assessment of these abilities is based on the 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 the expertise in the field and examination in the English language.

Admission for studies

Admission for studies will be granted to the applicants, who

  • Submitted a complete application form together with all obligatory attachments before the deadline,
  • they were granted an entrance examination waiver or they successfully passed the entrance examination,
  • they successfully passed the language examination or they got a waiver of it

Invitation to subject entrance examination

The invitation to the subject entrance examination will be sent to those applicants, who

  • submitted a complete application together with its obligatory attachments 2,3 and 4 before the deadline,
  • paid the application fee,
  • did not obtain the confirmation of the waiver of the subject entrance examination before mid-May 2019.The invitation to an entrance examination is delivered through the University Electronic Information System. 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.

Entrance examination

The entrance examination consists of two parts, subject and language one. The subject part of the entrance examination takes the form of a discussion about the chosen study programme. The committee gives the applicant three questions related to the chosen study programme. The committee judges the correctness of the answer, the knowledge of the field and overall readiness for doctoral studies. Each answer is evaluated on the binary Pass/Fail scale. The applicant must obtain three passing grades. If the applicant has chosen one of the thesis topics offered by the faculty and has obtained an approval of a future supervisor, or if the comittee accepts the annotation of the applicant‘s own topic, the applicant will successfully pass the exam with only two passing grades from three questions.

The language entrance examination consists of a written test containing 100 questions (completing gaps in a text, i.e. choosing the correct word for each gap). The exam verifies that the applicant has an adequate command of the English language, i.e. at least at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This is an equivalent of 50 correct answers.

Waiver conditions of the entrance examination

Waiver conditions of the subject entrance examination

The subject entrance examination may be waived for applicants who have chosen one of the thesis topics offered by the faculty and obtained an approval of a future supervisor, and for whom at least one of the following conditions applies:

  1. Their work has been recognized in the SVOČ competition in computer science, mathematics, or teaching of mathematics (for study programmes in the fields of Computer Science and Mathematics);
  2. their work has been recognized at the Czech-Slovak Student Conference on Physics (for study programmes in the field of Physics);
  3. their 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 databases;
  4. they have finished a master's study programme in the field of Physics, Computer Science, or Mathematics in the academic year 2018/2019, and their grade in each part of the state final examination is „excellent“ or „very good“ (for study programmes in the field of Physics, Computer Science, and Mathematics);
  5. they have gained at least 120 credits in the master's study programme in the field of Physics, Computer Science, or Mathematics in academic years 2018/19 and 2019/20, and their average study grade (according to the Code of Study and Examination, Art. 8, Par. 13) is at most 1.5, where 1=„excellent“, 2=„very good“, and 3=„satisfactory“ (for study programmes in the field of Physics, Computer Science, and Mathematics);
  6. they have achieved other remarkable results testifying their ability for doctoral studies.

It is necessary to apply for the waiver and prove that the applicant satisfies some of the above conditions, by no later than May 31, 2019 in case of points 1,2,3,5 and 6, and by June 20 in case of point 4.

Conditions for a language examination waiver

The language examination will be waived if the applicant fulfills at least one of the following waiver conditions:

A. The applicant spent at least two years of his/her previous education at secondary or university level with English as the sole language of instruction in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, India, Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, South Africa, UK or USA.

B. The applicant does not need to take the language examination of English if (s)he has already passed one of the following exams (in some cases we recognize the exam only with a minimum score or level):

  • 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 – (Grade A, B, C)
  • 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
  • International ESOL and Spoken ESOL – Expert LanguageCert and Mastery LanguageCert

The language examination waiver and the compliance with one of the conditions mentioned above must be requested before April 30, 2019 (or, in exceptional cases, before September 30, 2019).

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 document certifying the completion of a university education at Master's level needs to be delivered as soon as possible after the application submission, and in any case no later than September 30, 2019.; for students graduating between September 1, 2019 and September 30, 2019, the deadline is extended till October 22, 2019. This is not required from students and graduates of the Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics.

Attachments to your Application

  • a document proving completion of a master’s study programme;
  • 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.

2. Collect all required documents and information including

  • personal details (name, date and place of birth, citizenship, permanent 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 formHere you can view a sample application in pdf; it consists of a Czech and English part. 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 Charles University, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. Here are our institution codes: TOEFL 3184, SAT 7249, ACT 6790, IB 000147.

The application fee for applications for the academic year 2019/2020 is 640 CZK. Please note that an application cannot be processed without the required documents having been received, nor can it be processed if the application fee has not been paid. Also, for enrolment we require an official copy of every 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 must provide an official document – e.g., a copy verified by a notary, or an original).

5. What happens then? After we have received your complete application, the review committee will carefully process all applications. 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 your application is not successful, you will receive a letter from us to let you know this.

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