Here we first describe the entry requirements for the bachelor’smaster’s and PhD programmes for the academic year 2019/20, 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 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, 2019. 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); please fill out the following form.

The officially authorized documents must be physically sent to the Department of Student Affairs of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. 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 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 (see below for details),
  • 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).

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

  • Computer Science programme: have sufficient academic background in the relevant fields (see below for details); this can 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.
  • Mathematics programme: 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

  • 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.

The application deadline is April 30, 2019. 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.

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 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); please fill out the following form.

The officially authorized documents must be physically sent to the Study Office of the Faculty of Mathematics and Physics. If you do not deliver the document about a completed education, you will be neither accepted nor enrolled for Master's studies.

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.

3. PhD Entry Requirements

The requirments for the academic year 2019/2020 have not been released yet.

Application’s submission: by April 30, 2018
Entrance examination date: June 21 or June 22, 2018
Alternative entrance examination date: June 29, 2018, 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.

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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