General information

EUC Number (Charta): 50334
Erasmus Code: CZ PRAHA07
Charles University founded in 1348 is one of the oldest universities in the world and nowadays belongs to the most eminent educational and scientific establishments in the Czech Republic which are recognized in both the European and global context. It is an outstanding cultural institution due to its scientific and pedagogical results and its unique historical tradition.

Charles University now contains 17 faculties (14 in Prague, 2 in Hradec Králové, and 1 in Plzen), 4 collegiate institutes, 5 additional establishments for educational, scientific, research and developmental activities and other creative activities and for information service, 5 university-wide facilities and the vice-chancellor´s/ rector´s office as an executive establishment for Charles University management. There are more than 8 000 University employees, 4 618 of them are academic and research workers.

Over 50 495 students study at Charles University (approximately one fifth of all the students in the Czech Republic) in more than 270 accredited academic programs with 600 departments. 18 325 students are studying for bachelor´s degrees, 24 629 students are studying for master´s degrees, and over 7 541 students are in PhD programs. There are more than 8 000 foreign students—. 2 657 of which study in English language academic programs. Over 5 000 participants graduate from continuing education courses every year.

Scientific and research activities form the basis on which the doctoral and master´s programs are based at Charles University. Scientific results of CharlesUniversity workplaces measured by the amount of financial means provided to universities in the Czech Republic make approximately one third of this financial means. Charles University aims to be recognized as a competitive research university on the world stage.

Charles University stresses international cooperation with prestigious educational and scientific establishments. Charles University has entered into 450 bilateral contracts and 170 international partnerships with foreign universities.

The scope of Charles University can be characterized also by its income amount which is cca 5 billion Czech crowns per year. 41% of this amount comes from educational funding, 27% from competitive research grants, and 26% is its own income.

Charles University is an accredited public university, it is an autonomous scientific and educational establishment. The rector is head of Charles University; the Academic Senate is the supreme self-regulating academic organ. Other organs: the Academic Council and bursar, the Board of Directors is responsible for implementation of public interest in Charles University activities, the Senate consisting of prorectors, bursar and chancellor makes the consultative body of the rector. The deans are heads of faculties which are independent to a large extent; other parts of Charles University are managed by their directors.


Network memberships

Coimbra Group
Conférence Internationale des Instituts Universitaires de Traducteurs et Interprètes (CIUTI)
Conseil Européen pour les Langues (European Language Council) (CEL/ELC)
Danube Rectors' Conference (DRC)
European Association for International Education (EAIE)
European Distance E-Learning Network (EDEN)
European Network of Occupational Therapy in Higher Education (ENOTHE)
International Association of Universities (IAU)
International Forum of Public Universities (IFPU)
Network of Universities from Capitals of Europe (UNICA)


ranked 276 by QS World University Rankings (2011)
ranked 267= by QS World University Rankings (2010)
ranked 226 by Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities (2009)
ranked 229= by THE - QS World University Rankings (2009)
ranked 201-302 by Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) - Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2008)
ranked 266 by Performance Ranking of Scientific Papers for World Universities Top 500 (2008)
ranked 290 by Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) Ranking of World Universities (2007)
ranked 201-300 by Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) - Shanghai Jiao Tong University (2006)
ranked 248 by Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) Ranking of World Universities (2006)

Faculties / Schools

1LF - 1. lékařská fakulta (First Faculty of Medicine)
3LF - 3. lékařská fakulta (3rd Medical Faculty)
FHS - Fakulta humanitních studií (Faculty of Humanities)
FSV - Fakulta sociálních věd (Faculty of Social Sciences)
FTVS - Fakulta tělesné výchovy a sportu (Faculty of Physical Education and Sport)
FaF - Farmaceutická fakulta (Faculty of Pharmacy)
FF - Filozofická fakulta (Faculty of Philosophy & Arts)
MFF - Matematicko-fyzikální fakulta (Faculty of Mathematics and Physics)
PedF - Pedagogická fakulta (Faculty of Education)
PF - Právnická fakulta (Faculty of Law)
PrF - Přírodovědecká fakulta (Faculty of Science)
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