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    awca22 is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Entering FIrst Faculty of Medicine in Czech as a Foreigner

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    Hi I would like advices from all of you.
    Heres my story.

    I am from Honduras,Central America, I had been for 2-3 years in Engineering faculty and I really really dislike what I'm studying. My dream has always being a Doctor! I don't study in my country because med school here its really frustrating the conditions are so bad and is not accredited nowhere else than here.

    I had been looking for med schools in other countries and I found out that med school in charles university is what I wanted!

    My plan is like this:

    I will go next year in september and learn czech for a year in a intensive course, the people where I will be learning it, they say that a student can achieve b2 or c1 depending on how much you study.

    But my main problem is that I had really good grades on High School in physics math and biology but not so good in chemistry. I'm really worried because I have to validate my studies to study there but I have no idea how can I start validating my studies.

    I want to apply to charles university first faculty of medicine but in czech not the english one. Do you know how different is the admission procedure compared to the english one?

    I don't think I will have problems on the tests honestly.

    I would like someone that can advice me on how to validate my past studies in czech republic.
    DO you think I have a chance on entering the first faculty of medicine?

    Thanks! Hope someone can help me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by awca22 View Post
    I will go next year in september and learn czech for a year in a intensive course,
    Which means you will complete the intensive course on September 2015. The next set of entrance exams will be in June 2016. Hence you will have almost 2 years to prepare yourself, I think you will need it

    the people where I will be learning it, they say that a student can achieve b2 or c1 depending on how much you study.
    I agree this is possible, BUT, you will have to work very hard to achieve such a level. Unless you already know a Slavic language, Czech will be very difficult for you. In Prague, many people are speaking English and you do not need Czech to live comfortably here. The best advice I can give you is that once you move here live with Czech people in shared accommodation. DO NOT live or socialize with a people from your own country. Could you please provide the link for the school which you are thinking of studying at?

    I'm really worried because I have to validate my studies to study there but I have no idea how can I start validating my studies.
    You will need to have your high school certificate stamped by your foreign affairs department with an apostille stamp. They are only interested in the fact you have passed high school, and it doesn’t matter if you were an ‘A’ student or a ‘C’ student. You must contact the first faculty to discover precisely what you need.

    Do you know how different is the admission procedure compared to the English one?
    It is much more competitive to get into the Czech curriculum. For example, last year, almost 1958 students applied at the 2nd faculty (Studium - 2. lkask fakulta). I believe they only accept around 200 students. The number of applicants is somewhat inflated due to the fact that students would have applied to multiple faculties in the Czech Republic. I do know that in the Czech curriculum, they have a proper interview where they ask you questions of a scientific nature. In the English curriculum, the interview consists of questions such as, “Why Prague?” “Why our faculty?”

    I don't think I will have problems on the tests honestly.
    Actually, I think you will have problems. Whilst you had good grades in physics and biology at your high school, your curriculum would have been quite different to that studied in the Czech Republic. You said that you did not do well in chemistry, this is 1/3 of the of the written entrance test. Then you have the disadvantage that Czech is not your native language. You are aiming to gain entry into a very popular program (general medicine) and your competition will be against native speakers who have gone through the entire Czech schooling system. These entrance examinations are designed for these students.
    At my faculty (LF3), there are a number of students who came from Czech background (i.e. one parent is Czech) and could speak Czech at a conversational level but could not pass the entrance exam to get into the Czech program. When I asked them why they couldn’t pass they told me that even though they knew the language, they didn’t know the technical language that went along with science. They mentioned that in the countries where they completed high school (Germany, England), the curriculum was different to the Czech Republic so they weren’t adequately prepared for the entrance examination. The approach of these students is to complete their first year in the English program and then transfer to the Czech program at the start of the 2nd year. In this way, they do not need to take the entrance examination in Czech.

    I would like someone that can advice me on how to validate my past studies in czech republic.
    You need to contact the first faculty. I would email them firstly and if I didn’t get an adequate response I will call them. If they are not forthcoming with information, then call one of the other 7 faculties in the Czech Republic which are offering general medicine.

    DO you think I have a chance on entering the first faculty of medicine?
    Yes, I think you do but it will take a lot of hard work. There are many foreigners in the Czech curriculum but every single one I know comes from a Slavic speaking background (e.g. from Slovakia, Ukraine, Russia). I do know a student who from Somalia who this year is graduating from public health in the Czech curriculum and next year he will be studying medicine in Czech. So as you can see, it is possible to do it. It just requires a lot of hard work!
    Last edited by honzah; 09-17-2013 at 03:59 AM. Reason: typo

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    awca22 is offline Newbie 510 points
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    Lf1

    Which means you will complete the intensive course on September 2015. The next set of entrance exams will be in June 2016. Hence you will have almost 2 years to prepare yourself, I think you will need it
    Well most intensive courses are from September till May 30 from what I have seen. I will be entering to the intensive course con September 2014 and I will take the entrance exams on June 2015.


    I agree this is possible, BUT, you will have to work very hard to achieve such a level. Unless you already know a Slavic language, Czech will be very difficult for you. In Prague, many people are speaking English and you do not need Czech to live comfortably here. The best advice I can give you is that once you move here live with Czech people in shared accommodation. DO NOT live or socialize with a people from your own country. Could you please provide the link for the school which you are thinking of studying at?
    I know I have to work really hard, I am used to language learning (Japanese,French, English,Spanish) but never a Slavic language.
    Here are some Czech Intensive Courses I was looking, maybe you can help me choose one:

    Preparatory Year Course in Metropolitní univerzita Praha

    Czech language: 1 academic year--European Academy in Prague

    Language Courses in ****** Bata University in Zlin

    Charles University 1 Year Intensive Czech Course.

    Cant post Link, I still don't have 20 posts.

    I had this options, but if you know a better Czech Intensive Course just send a message here.

    You will need to have your high school certificate stamped by your foreign affairs department with an apostille stamp. They are only interested in the fact you have passed high school, and it doesn’t matter if you were an ‘A’ student or a ‘C’ student. You must contact the first faculty to discover precisely what you need.
    This takes a big weight from my shoulders, I thought it was a really difficult process. I will be contacting the First Faculty this week, I have to make sure of all this before I leave next year.

    It is much more competitive to get into the Czech curriculum. For example, last year, almost 1958 students applied at the 2nd faculty (Studium - 2. lkask fakulta). I believe they only accept around 200 students. The number of applicants is somewhat inflated due to the fact that students would have applied to multiple faculties in the Czech Republic. I do know that in the Czech curriculum, they have a proper interview where they ask you questions of a scientific nature. In the English curriculum, the interview consists of questions such as, “Why Prague?” “Why our faculty?”
    So approximately just 10-25% its accepted, What kind of questions they ask in that interview, i always thought the interview was different from the one of English curriculum.

    Actually, I think you will have problems. Whilst you had good grades in physics and biology at your high school, your curriculum would have been quite different to that studied in the Czech Republic. You said that you did not do well in chemistry, this is 1/3 of the of the written entrance test. Then you have the disadvantage that Czech is not your native language. You are aiming to gain entry into a very popular program (general medicine) and your competition will be against native speakers who have gone through the entire Czech schooling system. These entrance examinations are designed for these students.
    At my faculty (LF3), there are a number of students who came from Czech background (i.e. one parent is Czech) and could speak Czech at a conversational level but could not pass the entrance exam to get into the Czech program. When I asked them why they couldn't pass they told me that even though they knew the language, they didn’t know the technical language that went along with science. They mentioned that in the countries where they completed high school (Germany, England), the curriculum was different to the Czech Republic so they weren't adequately prepared for the entrance examination. The approach of these students is to complete their first year in the English program and then transfer to the Czech program at the start of the 2nd year. In this way, they do not need to take the entrance examination in Czech.
    Sorry If I sounded a bit arrogant.
    So you can get to the third faculty in English and transfer in the second year to Czech curriculum? I asked about that but they said it was not possible. My goal is to enter the first faculty of medicine and for that I have to learn Czech, technical Czech and practice biology chemistry and math in Czech. None of this exams sounds impossible from what I have seen on the syllabus, I think the main problem will be czech.

    Yes, I think you do but it will take a lot of hard work. There are many foreigners in the Czech curriculum but every single one I know comes from a Slavic speaking background (e.g. from Slovakia, Ukraine, Russia). I do know a student who from Somalia who this year is graduating from public health in the Czech curriculum and next year he will be studying medicine in Czech. So as you can see, it is possible to do it. It just requires a lot of hard work!
    Thanks for the advice! So then I will really work hard for this, and will use all of your advices. I am really thankful for having a really great answer. I will prepare for next year then!

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    Just a question -- Why only Czech Republic? If you are gonna learn a new language any how, why not learn German? And get into medical school in Germany. ( I must say though I donot know how competitive it is to get into German med school ?), but I am only saying this so that your post graduation/ residency/specialization after med school gets sorted. Cause doing specialization in eastern block, either pays you peanuts, or you will have to shell out money, so In that terms atleast you will have chances of doing it in Germany/ Austria/ Switzerland or other German speaking countries. Besides medical education in Germany ( undergrad) is completely free.

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    Well the reason I didnt took germany as an option was because of the cost of life in Germany compared to Prague.
    I am from a Latin American Country, I can learn the language in a year and study really hard for entrance exams but what I cant afford is the first months on germany its really expensive for me, I would love to live in germany but I cant afford it, or thats why I think.

    Can someone tell me if it is a huge difference in cost of life between germany and czech republic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by awca22 View Post
    I will be entering to the intensive course con September 2014 and I will take the entrance exams on June 2015.
    So you will have only 9 months. I'm certain that is not enough, I don't think you can do it in that time frame. I have talked with a number of Czech people and they agree with me. What are you doing now? Why not come to Czech Republic earlier?
    maybe you can help me choose one:
    Language Courses in ****** Bata University in Zlin
    I would go with the course in Zlin. The advantage in studying there is much less people will be speaking English/Spanish in that city when compared with Prague. As such, you will be required to use Czech more. As a side benefit, the cost of living there will be much less.
    So approximately just 10-25% its accepted, What kind of questions they ask in that interview
    Where did you get 25% from? 200/1958 ~ 10%.
    I know from the students who took the entrance exam at the 3rd faculty in 2011 that they had to read a scientific article and then they were asked questions based on this. I would imagine the oral exam varies from faculty-to-faculty and year-to-year.
    Sorry If I sounded a bit arrogant.
    You didn't sound arrogant, just a little too optimistic.
    So you can get to the third faculty in English and transfer in the second year to Czech curriculum? I asked about that but they said it was not possible.
    Who told you that?
    My goal is to enter the first faculty of medicine and for that I have to learn Czech, technical Czech and practice biology chemistry and math in Czech. None of this exams sounds impossible from what I have seen on the syllabus, I think the main problem will be Czech.
    No, it's certainly not impossible, however, in my opinion, doing that in 9 months is impossible for the majority of individuals. Also, why are you only considering the 1st faculty? There are 8 medical faculties in the Czech Republic.
    Last edited by honzah; 09-28-2013 at 12:36 PM. Reason: problem with quoted text

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    I would definitely like to go earlier, but I cant get on any course I would just be living there and see how life is there, also I will have a problem with my visa. I need my student visa first and I cant have it while I am there.

    I found a course in Marianske Lazne, its One-Year Language and Preparatory Program for Study at Universities in Czech Republic ( for medicine, veterinary and dentistry)
    that I will be entering, its a small town not so many people speak English I guess.

    Another user here said that you can transfer from one faculty to another, Honestly i didn't paid much attention to that.

    Well after the preparatory course I'm just interested on the faculties in Prague 1st 2nd and 3rd faculty. Haven't yet decided on which of the 3. Also I had been preparing for Czech like 6 months ago(vocabulary and grammar especially); I'm using this book: Czech Step by Step, I can learn some grammar and vocabulary but some words I cant pronounce them ... yet.

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    A friend of mine did the Czech course offered in Podebrady and he highly recommended it. I don't think it matters which location you choose as long as you immerse yourself into The local culture. There is quite a sizeable Central/South American population here and they tend to stick together (and speak in Spanish most of the time.) This wouldn't be very ideal in your case.

    There are a few foreigners studying in the Czech parallel at the First Fac. The ones I've come across were mostly from Africa and Middle-East.

    Also I don't want to scare you or anything but the competition is pretty intense in Czech parallel. So be warned and prepared to deal with any setbacks that might come along your way.

    Good luck!
    Last edited by shrey; 10-30-2013 at 12:41 PM.


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