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    Question Anyone going to the 2nd faculty of medicine of Charles uni?

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    Hi everyone!
    Is there anyone who has been accepted and is going to go to the 2nd faculty of medicine of Charles uni this year?
    Or someone who is currently studying there..?
    I was accepted, but I need some more information about the degree program, quality of facilities and accommodation etc.
    Like accommodation wise, whats the best (and affordable) place to stay and the most convienient? What would be the costs for a month?
    I'm a Sri Lankan, and I'm a bit nervous because I dont know the language and all. And i don't know anyone there.

    If someone could help me, that would be great!
    Thanks!
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    I have been accepted and most likely will attend. I don't go there currently, so I can't help you out directly, but I've been debating different options and have some information that I got from a current 5th year student there that I can pass on. What follows are his words, slightly modified because he was answering some comparative questions, in an email to me:

    The teaching is excellent. Charles University has an outstanding world wide reputation and it has brand new and fantastic facilities. You will have the pleasure of brand new state of the art equipment. They have built a whole new building for the pre-clinical years and it's pretty cool. Also construction for brand new Pediatrics building is underway some of which is already open.

    The first year is one of the hardest. You have tests every week, lectures every day but there are plenty of libraries on Prague, one 24h library so finding a place to study wont be hard. Even with all this work you will still find MANY opportunities to party. So many restaurants, bars, cafes, clubs etc. you name it Prague has it. Many students go away some weekends to see Czech republic and there are some amazing things to see.

    Everything you want and need is here in Prague and will give you the experience of a lifetime which you will never get a chance to have again. There is no other city I would choose to study in and at the end of the day I wouldn't do a single thing differently.
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    I don't know too much about housing. I plan on living in the student dormitories for a few months til I'm familiar enough with the town and settled in, then find a flat. It seems like the best option.

    Hopefully this was a bit helpful

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    Thanks! :)

    Yes, that information helps, thanks! Its just such a big decision because its what will be the foundation and shape my higher education so I need to be sure I'm making the right one. Even I have been debating through a lot of options. Also, because its quite an expense.
    Have you decided that you are attending for sure?

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    Yep, it is a very big decision. Yes, I will be attending for sure. My final decision came down to Masaryk in Brno vs. Charles Second in Prague. I chose Charles after hearing great things about both schools from current students because, quite simply, I would rather spend 6 years of my life in Prague than Brno if both schools will provide a good and comparable education.

    Good luck on your decision. If you choose Charles, see you Freshers week!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shen_1 View Post
    Hi everyone!
    whats the best (and affordable) place to stay and the most convenient? What would be the costs for a month?
    The 2nd faculty is not near a metro station and as such you should either live within walking distance of the faculty or a bus stop which goes to the faculty.
    If you go to the 2nd faculty website and click on [Contact] it will tell you all the transport options for getting to the 2nd faculty.

    Personally, I would try to stay near the faculty/hospital as I like to be walking distance. However, I'm not sure what it's like near the faculty as I have never visited motol. A friend at the 2nd faculty told me some students live close to faculty but she prefers to be closer to the center.

    If you'd prefer to be "closer to the action" then I would recommend you stay near Anděl metro station. There is a bus which takes 12minutes to the faculty from Anděl. There are many nice restaurants and bars near here and a metro station too. I know a girl from the 2nd faculty who lives at Anděl. In regards to cost, I found a room with an ensuite at Anděl for 10,000CZK per month when I was looking 1 year ago. This included all electricity, internet, water etc. If you want the details of this place just PM and I will give it to you.

    Don't bother with Kolej (student dormitories), they charge foreign students more than the Czech students and as such you are much better of finding your own shared accommodation. Possibly it's not a bad idea to start of with to meet people and then move out very quickly with them.
    Last edited by honzah; 07-12-2012 at 03:49 PM. Reason: typos, grammar

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    The area near Motol is fairly dead, from my limited perspective of only being out there a couple times. I'm actually in Prague now and I second Honzahs option of getting a flat near the Anděl metro station. It'll be easy to access the center, as well as the faculty. Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by honzah View Post
    Don't bother with Kolej (student dormitories), they charge foreign students more than the Czech students
    Do you know how much that would be? Will it be more expensive than a room at a flat?
    But anyway yes, like you said the best choice would be to stay in the dorm for a while to make some friends and then move out, wouldn't it? But by then would all apartments be taken?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Empyreal View Post
    I'm actually in Prague now and I second Honzahs option of getting a flat near the Anděl metro station. It'll be easy to access the center, as well as the faculty. Good luck
    Did you visit the university premises and Motol hospital? What do you think?
    And noticing that you are from Seattle, are you planning to return to the US after your studies? Do you know if it's going to be more tough to get a residency placement since the 2nd faculty is not CA approved? Even if we have good USMLE scores

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    Quote Originally Posted by shen_1 View Post
    Did you visit the university premises and Motol hospital? What do you think?
    And noticing that you are from Seattle, are you planning to return to the US after your studies? Do you know if it's going to be more tough to get a residency placement since the 2nd faculty is not CA approved? Even if we have good USMLE scores
    I visited the Motol hospital and some of the University premises but not a lot, I had no one to show me around. The Motol hospital is quite nice and very modern seeming - a good hospital that's up to Western standards. I can't comment much on the actual campus/area of teaching as I didn't have a chance to see it, really.

    Yes, it will be more tough without CA approval, simply because it reduces the number of places we can do residency. I believe it limits us to around 42 states, due to other states that follows CA's list. There are no exceptions to the list, so if you're set on practicing in CA or one of the other states that follow the list, don't attend the school. It's possible it'll be added and given a grandfather clause, but it's nothing to bank on so for all intents and purposes I consider CA and the other states out of the question.

    Given good USMLE scores though, I certainly think it is very feasible to get residency placement in the US, which is what I intend to do. IMGs can do pre and post matching, which USMGs can't. This is a small token considering that we do seem to face tougher odds, but it definitely helps from what I understand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shen_1 View Post
    Do you know how much that would be? Will it be more expensive than a room at a flat?
    I just dug up an email from last year from the 2nd faculty regarding information about accommodation (I was accepted there but choose the 3rd faculty instead):

    Accommodation for the admitted 1st year students can be arranged at the halls of residence for University students. These are situated within the district of Prague and are easily accessible by public transportation. The students are accommodated in pleasant double-bed rooms. The cost for night is approx. 200- 250 CZK. Please remember that number of rooms is limited.
    ie around 6000 - 7500 czk per month

    At face value, this seems rather cheap but you have to share the room with someone else and as such it is quite expensive. Also a basic room is, very basic! Just two single beds, wardrobe, desk, chair. It is very small! There is a communal bathroom which is shared by multiple rooms.

    In Prague, the dormitories are not located on campus and usually not in the best locations relative to the campus location, bars and restaurants.

    Quote Originally Posted by shen_1 View Post
    But anyway yes, like you said the best choice would be to stay in the dorm for a while to make some friends and then move out, wouldn't it? But by then would all apartments be taken?
    It is one option but there are some disadvantages to this. If you live with the people you study with you will see them all the time, at University and home, for me this would be too much, I want some variety. The advantage with this option is that you can share textbooks, notes and information with your housemates.

    As to all the good apartments being gone this is impossible. Prague is the capital city and there aren't that many students here relative to the population. Furthermore, most of the students are Czech and they tend to stay at Kolej, live with their parents or in apartments which are most likely not in the same price bracket as yours. Just make sure you have found a place and settled in before University starts on 1st October otherwise it will be too stressful to handle.

    Last year a fellow student moved into Kolej and she only lasted 3 days there and then went to a hotel. She told me that it was horrible and that the internet wasn't working so there was "no way out of there to find other accommodation". Having said that, I know a few students who spent the year there so it's not that bad. but if you're a "comfort" type of person then it's not for you.

    Personally, I think the best option is to look for accommodation on the shared accommodation websites that Czech people use. I managed to find accommodation close to my faculty and with a Czech person. You can use these websites to do it:

    Prodej byt?, pronájem byt?, prodej dom?, pronájem dom?, prodej pozemk?... - bezrealitky.cz
    e SPOLUBYDLENI.cz | spolubydlc byty pronjem podnjem

    For the same price you pay at Kolej, you could get your own room at Anděl with shared accommodation.
    Last edited by honzah; 07-13-2012 at 10:24 AM. Reason: removed 'the'

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