The Pre-Program which is organized by Study Centre Poděbrady offers all international students who plan to study in English – Medicine, Dentistry, Economy, Physiotherapy or Engineering at any Faculty in the Czech Republic thorough and intensive preparatory training aimed at the following objectives: To maximize the student's chance of entering the Faculty of his/her interest by teaching him/her the subjects whose knowledge is a prerequisite for passing the entrance exam.
Note that the entrance exam assumes the knowledge of biology, chemistry, math (for engineering students only), physics, English language at the level achieved after completion of Czech secondary (high) school. Therefore, the course synchronizes the level of achieved secondary education with the one required for successful studying at the Faculties.
To give the student essential basics in the Czech language; successful communication in this language is required for practical training in a hospital during medical studies in the Czech Republic. To improve the student's command of English, and thereby boost the efficiency of his/her studies. Native speakers will have additional Czech language lessons instead.
To help the student in adaptation to the Czech lifestyle as well as in settling of all the necessary papers, permissions and other official documents required by the Czech administrative and legal bodies.
The Pre-Program in Podebrady has an established position in the Czech Republic (it was launched in 1994). The overwhelming majority of students who attended this course are now regular students at a number of Faculties of Medicine and Economy; often these students rate among the best in the class. Every year, in May and June, there is a series of organized entrance exam sessions, e.g. for the First Faculty of Medicine in Prague Charles University, the Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Kralove Charles University.