Internationalization of academic life at FEM, CULS, is considered to be one of the main priorities for the faculty development. It is our goal to have large numbers of foreign students study here, taught by foreign professors, and to have our students and teachers work at partner universities and be involved in inter-university international projects. Rather than isolation, the real, everyday internationalization of all forms of academic life leads to the achievement of European standards of quality and success in the competition for Czech and foreign students.
The fact that in this area our Faculty strides in the right direction and at a brisk pace, is reflected in its holding the second place in the ranking of economic faculties of the Czech Republic in the field of internationalization for 2015, which is published annually in Hospodarske noviny (Economics Newspaper). The largest Faculty of Economics of the Czech Republic (FEM) in the category of internationalization of academic life has taken place right behind the smallest Faculty of Economics of the Czech Republic (Institute of Economic Studies at Charles University) (see Table). This is important information for students who plan to study at FEM, CULS, and the current students who can combine their study at FEM with foreign mobility at some of the many partner universities abroad. This partner network of universities is really extensive and encompasses virtually all regions of the world. Most students depart for one or two semesters for their international mobility abroad within the ERASMUS+.
EM CULS is becoming alma mater for a growing number of foreign students. Their number in all forms of study has approached 2000 and currently they come from 65 countries. It is an honor for us as well as a commitment that such a high number of foreign students are choosing our faculty for their university studies.
The main language as well as a tool for the development of international cooperation today is primarily the lingua franca of the present - the English Language. FEM, CULS, now offers three bachelor degree courses in English (Business Administration, Economics and Management and Informatics) and four master's disciplines (Business Administration, Economics and Management, Informatics and European Agrarian Diplomacy). When the regular and exchange students are included these study programmes are now attended by around one thousand Czech and foreign students.
An advanced form of internationalization of academic life is the inter-university cooperation in issuing the so-called double diploma (double degree). This arrangement allows our students to obtain a diploma from the FEM CULS and also a diploma from a foreign partner university. At the undergraduate level, this option is open to anyone interested in a diploma from Grenoble Business School, Cesar Ritz Colleges Switzerland, Hotel Institute Montreux, the University of Applied Sciences Bielefeld, and the ISC Paris Business School. At the graduate level it is possible to obtain a second diploma at Grenoble Business School, University Cranfield, the Catolique University of Lyon, Wageningen University and Research Centre, China Agricultural University and the Cuban State University in Krasnodar. At all these institutions the language of instruction is English.
A popular form of complementary activities in international cooperation of universities is summer schools FEM CULS organizes summer schools every year for American, Portuguese, Russian, Kazakh and other students. The duration and focus of the summer schools vary according to the requirements of foreign universities. Summer school for the students from Ohio State University and the University of Missouri has been organized annually since 1992. Last year was there were 16 such schools. We also organize summer schools in China and the US for our students. Within the framework of CULS our students can attend summer schools in, for example, Vietnam, India and Indonesia.
Additionally, for the foreign applicants who wish to study at FEM CULS the faculty organizes one-year and half-year preparatory language and specialised courses that aim to prepare them to study here in the Czech as well as in the English study programmes. This academic year 17 such courses are preparing more than 300 young foreigners from more than twenty countries for future studies at the FEM.
Students from universities in other countries can also study at the Faculty of Economics and Management in the Freemover and Selfpaying Exchange programmes.