Short-term studies in theology in Prague - for Erasmus and non-Erasmus students
The short-term studies programme is intended primarily for students who are (or have been) studying theology or a related subject at a university or institute of higher education in their own country and who wish to come and study at our Faculty for a year or a semester before returning to complete their studies at home. Many of the students on the short-term studies programme come through the EU Erasmus exchange programme, but it is also open to non-Erasmus students. Knowledge of Czech is not necessary, because students can choose from a range of courses taught in English and a few in German. Students with a sufficient knowledge of Czech can also attend any of the courses taught in Czech on our Master's programme, but it is normally expected that all short-term studies students attend at least one course per semester in English or German. The short-term studies programme does not lead to the award of any diploma or degree, but students are issued with a transcript of records showing the courses they have successfully completed, and the number of ECTS credits awarded, which will usually be recognised by their home university.
For Erasmus students
The short-term studies programme is of course ideal for exchange students coming through the EU Erasmus programme (part of the Lifelong Learning Programme), who receive a small scholarship. Our Faculty already has Erasmus agreements with about 30 partner universities in other European countries – ask the Erasmus coordinator at your university if you have an Erasmus agreement with us.
Application procedure for Erasmus students: Full details of the application procedure and the necessary forms can be found at the website of Charles University's Erasmus office. The courses we will offer in the next academic year are not usually published until June or July, so when you fill out the courses you will take the best thing is to give courses we are teaching this year. If necessary you can fill out another Learning Agreement later. We offer a similar range of courses in English (and a few in German) each year, although some of the individual courses may change. Here are lists of the courses taught in English and German and the courses taught in Czech.
The final date for receiving applications from Erasmus students is: 15 June for the winter semester and 31 October for the summer semester.
The short-term studies programme is of course also open to non-Erasmus students if they meet the profile outlined above.
Application procedure for non-Erasmus students: Fill out this application form and send it to the Office for International Relations, together with (1) confirmation that you are or have been studying theology or a related subject at university level (e.g. confirmation of matriculation or copy of diploma) and (2) confirmation of your English language skills (a certificate or confirmation from your university that you are capable of studying in English, at least to B1 standard). Applications should normally be sent by 31 July (for the winter semester) or 15 December (for the summer semester), but if you need a visa then you will have to apply much earlier. On receiving your application, we will send you official confirmation of acceptance.
The Office for International Relations at the Faculty arranges an orientation fortnight for students on the short-term studies programme during the two weeks before the beginning of the wnter semester (usually the last two weeks in September). In the mornings there will be an optional introductory course in the Czech language for beginners, and in the afternoons there will be some other events and meetings to help students with orientation in Prague and in their studies.
Please let the Office for International Relations know whether or not you want to attend the Czech language course and/or the afternoon events in the orientation fortnight.