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Bachelor's programs offered entirely in English.
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Why should I study here?

The current history of our university begins in 1906 with the establishment, by decree of the Austro-Hungarian Emperor Franz Joseph I, of a Faculty of Agriculture at the Czech Polytechnics in Prague. Professor Julius Stoklasa, a renowned specialist in soil chemistry, became the first Dean of the Faculty. From its very outset (1906–1907), the Faculty developed its own vital activity, based to a large part on the selflessness of its teachers and students.

WWI temporarily halted the development of the Faculty, but with the foundation of the Czechoslovak Republic in 1918, the Faculty started to develop in a very dynamic way. Reforms in the sphere of education in the newly founded Czechoslovak Republic led to structural changes at the Czech Polytechnic (renamed Czech Technical University in Prague in 1920). The Faculty of Agriculture was transformed in 1920 into a College of Agriculture and Forest Engineering. It was still part of the Czech Technical University. The College of Agriculture and Forest Engineering was initially situated in the Prague 2 district, in the Gröbe Villa in Havlkovy Sady.  In 1936 it moved to a new building near the Czech Technical University in Prague 6—Dejvice district.During WW2, all the Czech universities were forcibly closed (from 1939 to 1945). After WW2, and after the takeover of the government in Czechoslovakia by the Communist party (in 1948), the mission of the College of Agriculture was to educate agronomists and engineers for the state-operated farms (expropriation of privately owned farms and collectivisation of farmland was the core policy of the Communist government in the area of agriculture, starting in the 1950s and ending in 1989). The Department of Forest Engineering was transformed into a Forestry Management Institute (until 1964, it remained part of the Czech Technical University). In July 1952, the College of Agriculture became a University of Agriculture with 3 Faculties—Faculty of Agronomy, Faculty of Mechanisation, and Faculty of Agricultural Economics. The University of Agriculture grew gradually in size during the 1960s. In the academic year 1960–1961, a fourth faculty was established in České Budějovice. 

In 1964, a modern university campus was built in the township of Suchdol, about five kilometres from Prague 6—Dejvice district.After the downfall of the Communist regime in 1989 and the establishment of democracy and free market enterprise in Czechoslovakia, the University of Agriculture started a new chapter in its development. The Faculty of Forestry was fully reinstated in 1990 and became part of the university, moving to a new building within the university campus in 1997. Later on, in 2006, the Faculty of Forestry was divided into two faculties: the Faculty of Environmental Sciences and the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences.

Further reforms in the higher education policy of the Czech Republic ensued. On 1 January 1995, based on Act No. 192/1994 Coll., the University of Agriculture was renamed to the Czech University of Agriculture Prague (Česká zemědělská univerzita v Praze, acronym ČZU) and became a public university, managed and administered by the Rector’s Board, elected every four years by the University Academic Senate, and supervised by a Board of Trustees. Accreditation of all study programmes remained in the competence of the Czech Ministry of Education, i.e., the State Accreditation Commission for Higher Education Institutions. In 2000, following up on the EU Bologna Declaration, a 3-year bachelor, 2-year master, and 3–4 year doctoral studies system was implemented. In 1999, CZU signed the Socrates Erasmus Charter and started to send the first exchange students to partner universities in the EU in the framework of the Socrates Erasmus Life-Long Learning Programme. In 2007, the University Academic Senate changed the official English name of the Czech University of Agriculture to Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, abbreviation CULS, thus reflecting the full scope of its future educational and research objectives. The official Czech name of the university remains Česká zemědělská univerzita v Praze, acronym ČZU. 

What are the admissions criteria?

As with most large public universities, the admissions criteria vary from program to program.  Broadly speaking, most have an application deadline in March and require an entrance exam held in Prague. Some allow AP scores to substitute for the exam. Applicants will need to get an apostille for their diploma before arriving in Prague and will need to get this nostrified when they arrive as a student.

What is student life like?

Before you enroll in your 1st year of studies, you will have to go to the study administration office, the dormitory administration, and fill out official forms (e.g., application for an ISIC card, registering as a student residing at the Halls of Residence/Dormitories, etc.). One of the advantages of the CULS campus is that all Faculties, Halls of Residence, Sports Centre, etc. are situated in one place. First and second-year students are involved in sports activities organized by the CULS Department of Physical Education (DPE). These include traditional sports, such as swimming, aerobics in its various forms, bodybuilding, volleyball, basketball, football, and floorball. Students can also take part in other sporting disciplines, according to their choice. Older students can participate in optional sports events.

Scholarships & Funding

There are various scholarship options offered by the various departments.  It is usually in the form of a tuition discount based on grades after the first year or semester.

Housing options.

The school offers housing on campus which is primarily used by international students.  The dorms are quite basic with shared rooms and bathrooms but cost only 120 euros a month.  The campus is a good way from the city center (about 30 minutes on public transportation) so the dorms are a good option to start with.  Of course, rooms in private residences are often nicer in Prague and generally cost between 220-260 euros per month.

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Additional notes.

Though this is another large public university, it did not feel as overwhelming as the others.  Part of this is because everything is located on one campus—even housing!  The departments are fairly self-contained and the facilities are modern and extremely well maintained.  I was told that some faculties are more internationalized than others and that the faculties of Economics, Forestry, Environmental Sciences, and Tropical AgriSciences are more international and student-friendly, while the others are a little more old-fashioned when it comes to their teaching and approach to internationalization. 

What most impressed me about this school was the joint emphasis on academics, research, and practice, which occurs both on campus in their laboratories, experimental gardens, and such, and on practice-related trips that occur within some departments.

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