1. What is a validation examination (nostrification / recognition examination)?
A validation examination, also called nostrification or recognition examination, is an examination which can be assigned to an applicant whose knowledge and skills achieved in a foreign coutry are not considered clearly equal to education acquired in the Czech Republic. Passing the validation examination proves the applicant’s education is equal to education provided in the Czech Republic according to the relevant education programme(s).
Applicants who are not Czech citizens do not take the validation examination in the subject Czech language and literature. The validation examination is usually taken in the Czech language. Anyone who declares they do not understand the language in which the proceedings are held is entitled to a translator/interpreter registered in the list of translators. Applicants arrange the assistance of translator/interpreter at their own expense.
2. Should I prove my English proficiency for studying a UCT Prague English degree programme?
UCT Prague requires that students have a good command of English to be able to study successfully at our university. Therefore, prospective students are asked to present a proof of their English language skills.
Non-Native English Speakers
The minimum requirement is level B2, according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Recognised certificates are: Cambridge ESOL: minimum PET/FCE; TOEFL iBT: minimum score 80; IELTS: minimum band score 5.5
Other acceptable formats (if the student does not have any internationally-recognised certificate):
- Certificate issued by a language center at the sending institution (it will be accepted only if it confirms the minimum language skills level B2)
- Certificate issued by a language school (it will be accepted only if it confirms the minimum language skills level B2)
- > Confirmation of language knowledge issued by a language center or a language school in case the student does not have any of the official documents mentioned above
Native English Speakers/ Studies in English language
Students whose mother tongue is English are exempted from this obligation. Students who study a programme in English at their home university need to submit a confirmation thereof.
3. I would like to apply for the Bachelor degree programme starting in the Winter (Fall) semester. I will receive my final high/secondary school diploma in May or July, so I am not able to meet the application deadline of 31 March for internationals students. Do you take into consideration this fact?
Yes, we do. You can apply for the Bachelor degree by providing the Transcript of Records without the last semester of your high school study and by providing a provisional certificate of graduation in May or July issued by your school. This way you will meet the application deadline at the end of March.
However please keep in mind that the Nostrification certificate must be submitted at the date of Enrollment at the latest.
4. Do I need to send hard copies of my application documents?
No, you don‘t need to do that at the moment of submission of the application. Hard copies of all application documents shall be provided only by succesfful applicants.
If you are admitted to studies, the hard copies of the application documents, verified along with > international agreements, shall be sent by regular mail by 15th August to:
University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague
Department of International Relations
166 28 Praha 6
5. Will I receive financial support from UCT during my studies?
University of Chemistry and Technology might award financial aid for excellent study results or in cases of hard circumstances of a student. Students can apply for financial aid from the second semester of their studies at UCT. More information on financial aid here.
6. When will the decision about acceptance / non-acceptance be available?
The application materials are assessed to determine successful applicants during May. Applicants shall be notified about their acceptance / non-acceptance from 10 June (Bachelor and Master applicants) or by the end of June (PhD applicants). Detailed information is in the document Admission Proceedings for the Academic Year 2020/21.
7. Is entrance examination required?
Not generally. Bachelor applicants are selected based on the average of marks in Chemistry and Mathematics on the annual school reports of the three pre-final years and on the semi-annual report of the final year of the secondary school (eight marks in total). If the candidate does not have the sufficient number of marks in these subjects, the missing marks are taken from other subjects of natural sciences (e.g. Physics or Biology). More information here.
Master and PhD applicants might be asked to prove sufficient educational background to satisfactorily commence their studies. Such applicants, who will have to sit an admission interview, will be notified in advance. Interviews are held in the period of 1st May - 31st May, usually via Skype.
8. Will accommodation be provided by the University?
If you are interested, accommodation might be reserved for you in the UCT Prague Halls of Residence based on your application for accommodation. Application for the UCT Prague Halls of Residence will be accepted from 1st July. More information in the section Accommodation.