Bachelor in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE)


Program Description

Modeled on the Oxford PPE (BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics), the Prague BA in PPE is an English language undergraduate study program. It allows students to explore foundations of domestic and international politics and economics in a manner that is underpinned by philosophical rigor and includes courses aimed at fostering critical thinking about social developments in the world and sensitivity to ethical challenges in political decision-making in the environment marked by cultural diversity, economic inequality and conflicts of the objectives of the agents.

By equipping students with diverse tools of rational analysis of the complex social realities of our time, PPE develops exceptional problem solving and critical thinking abilities useful not only to future politicians, diplomats, public servants, human rights activists and journalists, but also to future financiers, industrialists and to a range of other careers and activities which require drawing connections among political, economic, social and cultural phenomena. Since all compulsory courses have to be taken during the first three semesters of the program, from fourth semester onwards students will be free to select their own specialization pathway and will be able to put greater emphasis on either politics alone, or on politics and economics, or on politics and philosophy, choosing elective courses, seminars and the topic of their bachelor thesis according to their preferences regarding their future professional career.

Description of verification and evaluation criteria

Every applicant needs to provide (in addition to her/his application form) following documents:

  1. CV (in English);
  2. Copy of a diploma to show completed secondary studies, or confirmation of ongoing secondary studies in the academic year that those studies will be completed;
  3. Transcript of marks and academic results from previous secondary studies;
  4. Document showing level achieved in the English language;
  5. A brief (English) essay - on a topic related to PPE (length - 4000-5000 characters including spaces)

Ad 2. Confirmation of studies may be substituted with a transcript of marks, provided that these are from the same academic year as the application.

Ad 4. Applicants who are native speakers of English or whose studies were conducted in English do not need to provide evidence of their level of English. Other applicants should provide either IELTS test score report, TOEFL test score report, or Cambridge Language Certificate. The score should reach the B2 level. While these certified scores can be substituted by a decent secondary school exam grade, preference will be given to candidates with internationally recognized test scores.

Only test results from within the previous two calendar years can be accepted.

All documents which are not originally in Czech, Slovak or English must be officially translated into English. Only complete applications will be considered. Personal data will be used exclusively for organizing the course’s enrollments.

The admission committee will assess individual applicants with regard to their (i) academic background (grades from previous secondary studies): 0-30 points, (ii) English proficiency: 0-30 points, (iii) Essay on PPE topic: 0-40 points. The final ranking of applicants will be determined by a sum of awarded points (ranging possibly between 0-100). The point limit for accepting applicants is set by the Dean.

A necessary condition for being accepted is the completion of secondary education. Applicants who undertook secondary studies abroad must have these studies officially validated in the Czech Republic.

Conditions for admission

Admission to Bachelor's studies is conditioned by completed secondary education confirmed by a school-leaving certificate.

Verification method: other form
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Career Prospect

Due to its interdisciplinary character, BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics (PPE) equips students with diverse tools of analysis of social phenomena, and develops exceptional problem solving abilities useful to future politicians, diplomats, public servants, local government officials, researchers and policy analysts, journalists, NGO activists, but also financiers. The ability to appreciate the importance of cultural factors for analysis of political processes is enhanced by the fact that the student body is highly diverse, enriching the class discussions with different sensitivities, and enabling students to learn how to feel comfortable and function effectively in an international milieu.

Last updated Mar 2020

About the School

Charles University (CU) was founded in Prague in 1348 by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and belongs among the oldest, largest and most prestigious universities in the world. Charles University is c ... Read More

Charles University (CU) was founded in Prague in 1348 by the Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV and belongs among the oldest, largest and most prestigious universities in the world. Charles University is currently ranked among the top 2% of the world´s universities in Shanghai University’s Academic Ranking of World Universities. It is the number one university in Eastern Europe according to the The Webometrics Ranking of World Universities. Read less