Foreign Students at UEP

9 Oct

Each year, more and more students from abroad are interested in studying at UEP. There are students from 49 countries studying at UEP this semester.

Internationalization is one of the long-term priorities of UEP. Foreign students study in the Czech language or in study programs held in foreign languages.

In 2006, there were 2 546 foreign students studying – in Czech – at UEP’s six faculties; 1 750 of those studied at the bachelor level, 720 at the masters level and 76 at the doctoral level. The percentage of foreign students at UEP exceeds 14 %. Most foreign students come from the Slovak Republic, Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus and Vietnam. The majority of them study at the Faculty of International Relations, the Faculty of Business Administration and the Faculty of Finance and Accounting.

Those students who study in foreign languages come to UEP in terms of exchange programs, joint degree study programs or paid study programs. The acceptance of foreign students at UEP is a necessity in order to also send UEP’s Czech students abroad. The Exchange program is based on the principle of reciprocity and without increasing the number of specialized courses in foreign languages, these bilateral agreements could not be realized. Similar to Czech students, foreign students have to pass education to the extent of 30 ECTS credits. The credits earned are then accepted by their home universities. For autumn semester 2007, UEP accepted 155 exchange students. Thirteen of them are studying in the CEMS program – a Joint Degree – Master in International Management.

There are a similar number of foreign students studying in the paid programs, which are focused on the specifics of doing business in Central Europe. CESP (Central and East European Studies Program) is a one or two semester long study program. This semester, there are more than 100 CESP students – mostly from the USA, Canada and Italy. In the masters study program called International Business – Central European Business Realities, there are 21 students in the first year and 14 students in the second year. Participating students are really multicultural – among others, they come from the Philippines, Taiwan, the USA, Finland, Greece, Ghana, Turkey and Palestine. This program is conceived as a double degree – select students gain a diploma from UEP as well as a diploma from the partner university. At the moment, the double degree is being pursued by the first group of three French students.

Prof. Ing. Hana Machková, CSc.
Vice-President for International and Public Relations