Incoming students

Basic Information

Charles University

  • Full legal name of the institution: Univerzita Karlova v Praze
  • Erasmus code: CZ PRAHA07
  • Address: Ovocný trh 3, 116 36, Praha 1
  • Country: Czech Republic (Česká republika)
  • Web address: http://www.cuni.cz/UKENG-1.html
  • Head of the institution – Rector: Prof. MUDr. Tomáš Zima, DrSc., MBA
  • Head of the International Relations Office: Ing. Ivana Halašková, e-mail: ivana.halaskova(at)ruk.cuni.cz
  • Institutional Erasmus coordinator: Mgr. Michal Maršálek, phone: +420 224 491 310, e-mail michal.marsalek(at)ruk.cuni.cz
  • Incoming students: Mgr. Ivana Herglová, phone: +420 224 491 710, fax: +420 224 229 487, e-mail: ivana.herglova(at)ruk.cuni.cz
  • Erasmus web address (University): http://www.cuni.cz/UK-928.html

Faculty of Mathematics and Physics

  • Official Name: Faculty of Mathematics and Physics
  • Address: Ke Karlovu 3, 121 16 Praha 2
  • Country: Czech Republic (Česká republika)
  • Web address: http://www.mff.cuni.cz/to.en/
  • Dean: prof. RNDr. Jan Kratochvíl, CSc.
  • Faculty Coordinator: RNDr. Ondřej Pangrác, Ph.D.
  • Erasmus Office: Mgr. Dagmar Zádrapová, phone: +420 221 911 223, e-mail: dagmar.zadrapova(at)mff.cuni.cz

The University’s Past and Present

Charles University, the oldest university in Central Europe, was founded in 1348 by the Holy Roman Emperor and Czech King Charles IV, in what is now called the Old Town – the very centre of the city and the oldest part of Prague. To this day, the only surviving original Gothic building, Carolinum, houses the University’s administration and the Aula Magna, a big hall for ceremonial assemblies. The rest of the university occupies historical buildings in the centre or is scattered in various Prague districts.

The four original faculties (Theology, Law, Medicine, and Arts) have multiplied into sixteen, with the current number of 34,000 students and 3,400 teaching and research staff. After the dramatic and repressive periods of German occupation (1939–1945) and the communist regime (1948–1989), Charles University has become an autonomous institution of higher learning, observing the principles of academic freedoms as declared in the Magna Carta of European Universities, maintaining and developing academic cooperation with 125 universities around the world. Since 1990, the University has been actively involved in various European educational and research programmes. The year 1998 marked both the University´s 650th anniversary and its inclusion into SOCRATES, with steadily growing number of student and teacher exchanges.

The Faculty of Mathematics and Physics was founded in 1952 and it currently offers a variety of study programmes in mathematics, physics, and computer science with a number of lectures taught in English.

For more information about Charles University, see the university web, or the Charles University brochure available from the Karolinum Publishers Bookshop, Celetná Street 16, CZ-110 00 Prague 1.

Academic Calendar

The academic year is divided into two semesters. The winter semester starts on October 1 and ends in mid-February. The spring semester usually starts in the 3rd week of February and ends at the end of June.

  • Winter Semester / classes: 1st week of October – 2nd week of January
  • Examination Session I: mid-January – mid-February
  • Spring Semester / classes: 3rd week of February – 3rd week of May
  • Examination Session II: late May – end of June

For exact dates see here.

Courses taught in English

  • Link to the course catalogues of Charles University
  • Link to the faculty catalogue for lectures in English

Erasmus Club

Erasmus students are welcome to take part in a range of leisure activities with the Erasmus Club run in cooperation with the Faculty of Sciences.

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