Charles University Exchange

Language Requirement: None
Academic Standing by Program Start: Sophomore or Above
Location: Europe, Czech Republic
GPA: 3.0
Program Overview
Application deadline extended to June 15 for Spring Semester 2023.

In this exchange program, you will enroll directly in classes at Charles University. Charles is the oldest, largest and most prestigious university in the Czech Republic. The University has 17 Faculties and 53,000 students enrolled in more than 270 accredited academic programs and 600 departments. The University provides unique opportunities for exchange students to take full advantage of the culture and lifestyle that is uniquely Prague with easy access to the City Center.  Charles does not have a central campus. Faculties and departments are scattered around Central Prague. UO students can enroll for classes at the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Humanities, Faculty of Mathematics and Physics, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, and Faculty of Social Sciences. 

Charles has a Psychological Counselling Centre that provides services to help students deal with challenges in emotional, interpersonal, and academic/career–choice situations. Charles provides ongoing support for students with special needs including special aids, assistants and specialist guides for selected sports for students with disabilities. LGBT students are supported by Charlie, a support and advocacy group that offers ongoing activities and organize events to integrate LGBT students into the larger community.  The Charles University International Club schedules a variety of social, cultural and sporting events for both international and Czech students, and helps international students through their stay in Prague. 
The City of Prague is considered by many to be the most picturesque in Europe. Nicknamed the "City of 100 hundred spires," some of the buildings in the Prague's Old Town date back as far as the Ninth Century. "New Town", situated adjacent to the Old Town, was constructed by Charles IV in the 14th Century. Located next to the River Vlatva in Central Bohemia, modern Prague is home to more than 1.2 million people and ranks among the cultural gems of the continent. Listed as a UNESCO's World Heritage Site, the city is full of life with magnificent museums, festivals, and a vibrant and globally renowned film industry.  

Dates and Deadlines
Term Year Deadline Arrival Date Departure Date
Fall/Winter Semester 2022-23 2/1/2022 Late September Mid-February
Academic Year 2022-23 2/1/2022 Late September Early July
Spring Semester 2023 6/15/2022 Mid February Early July
Academic Details

The academic year at Charles is divided in two semesters. The winter semester starts at the end of September and finishes before Christmas with an exam period in January of the following year. The summer semester starts at the end of February and finishes at the end of May with an exam period in June. 
Exchange students at Charles University have access to a large variety of coursework available in English, which are attended mainly by international students. UO students can apply for courses at the following faculties: 
Faculty of Mathematics and Physics  
Faculty of Physical Education and Sport
Faculty of Social Sciences 
Faculty of Arts 
Faculty of Humanities 

Important: Most of the courses should be chosen at one faculty, possibly from the offerings of the faculty corresponding to your UO major. This faculty will then be considered your host faculty at Charles.  After admission by your host faculty, you may apply to one or two courses at one other faculty as well. 
Most are small at Charles University and require a lot of interactive learning (presentations, participation, etc.), It is highly advisable to do your weekly reading as Charles places emphasis on out of classroom learning. Students usually get three opportunities to take final exams for each class. 

Charles University uses the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) which is a workload-based system for measuring and comparing study results. Courses are usually valued at 4-6 ECTS credits. ECTS credits are transferred to the UO at the rate of 1 ECTS credit = .75 quarter credits. 

Undergraduate exchange students are asked to apply to at least four courses, graduate students to at least three ones. Students attending Charles must register for 30 ECTS in the fall semester and in 30 ECTS in the spring semester.  

Note: You should consult with your UO academic advisor before submitting your course enrollment to Charles University. 

Course Equivalencies

UO students: please refer to the UO Course Equivalency Process and the UO Office of the Registrar Course Equivalency Database.

Non-UO students: Actual credit awarded is determined by the relevant department at your university in consultation with the study abroad office. Check with your study abroad advisor for more information.

Application process

Applying for an exchange program involves 2 steps. First, you will complete the GEO application process and interview. Selection for this program is based on a review of your online written application, transcripts, recommendations, and completion of the interview process. After your initial application is complete, GEO will review it and select successful candidates for nomination to Charles. Nominations are made in March for the fall semester and in September for the spring semester of the following year.

Next, you will need to complete a secondary application for the host university. After being nominated by GEO, students will receive instructions regarding the secondary exchange application for Charles. This typically includes an application form for Charles, and providing documents such as your transcript, copy of passport, study plan, curriculum Vitae, and a cover letter outlining your study plan at Charles University.
The exchange application form requires you to indicate which courses you want to enroll. Courses must be selected using the links for the three participating faculties (departments) provided above. Students must also indicate if they want to apply for housing with Charles University. 

Charles University makes the final decision regarding acceptance into the program

Housing Description

Accommodation of exchange students in student dormitories is arranged by the receiving faculties. They are mostly lodged in the Vetrnik and the Hvezda dormitories, which are not within walking distance to certain faculties. Students typically live in double-occupancy rooms with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Single rooms are not available. Bed linens are provided but cooking utensils and towels are not.  
If Charles University arranges accommodations, the accommodation agreement will be included as part of the acceptance letter. If a you would like to find accommodations on your own, it is important to note that an accommodation agreement is already necessary when applying for a visa. Talk to your GEO advisor if you want to pursue independent housing.

Travel Advisories

GEO programs are under continuous review during this period of global uncertainty and limited travel. All program details outlined on this page, including program cost, are subject to change if global or location-specific conditions require modifications to program structure.

To learn more about COVID regulations while studying abroad, visit our FAQ page.