Information for Applicants

... for Bachelor's studies

In Bachelor's studies, the KAA offers only one study program. This program is offered in two accreditations - Czech (Anglický jazyk a literatura) and English (English Language and Literature). English accreditation is designed for foreign students whose Czech language is not enough to master TSP (Study Prerequisite exam organized by the University). For other applicants the Czech accredited program is a possibility. Within the Czech accredited program, you can choose between three study plans (single subject, major and minor), within the English-accredited program there is only one study (single subject).

Entrance examinations in an English-accredited program do not require the applicant's physical presence, they are based on the materials attached to the application form. Tuition fees are paid in an English accredited program.

In the Czech accredited program, the entrance examination consists of a TSP (Study Prerequisite exam organized by the University) and a field test organized by KAA.

Degree programme specification

In the program English Language and Literature you will acquire an overview of the histories, cultures and literatures of English-speaking countries, mainly the UK, USA, Canada and Australia. You will also learn about basic linguistic theories and will be introduced to the theory and practice of translation. Lectures and small group seminars are designed to develop students’ analytical and critical thinking. Emphasis is also placed on developing skills needed for working in independent and creative ways, as well as using both written and spoken English appropriately in various contexts and environments.

Apart from translation courses, all teaching, instruction and exams are in English. Our faculty include both Czechs and native speakers and our standard curriculum is regularly complemented by intensive courses and guest lectures and seminars offered by international experts in their respective fields. Topics covered by international guests range from contemporary pop culture, interdisciplinary and creative pedagogy, to specific cultural phenomena. In the past we have hosted, for example, courses on Anglo-American TV series, urban walking in literary contexts, or the cultural meanings of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, etc.

During your studies, you will improve your language skills to B2-C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. You will also learn to prepare in English presentations, write argumentative essays, and critically assess films and literary texts. You will also learn to carry out research and write a thesis. English Department students are encouraged to travel to our partner universities across Europe and in North America through Erasmus+ program or through other grants and scholarships.

The Department of English and American Studies supports a number of extracurricular activities. Every year our students in the Department’s theater group The Gypsywood Players rehearse and premiere a play; students organize a Halloween party and Creativity Night through Escape (the English Students Club). Students also manage and publish a high-profile student magazine Re:Views as well as a department newsletter, the KAArdian.

Is the English Language and Literature program right for you?

If you are interested in learning more about how language, literature, and film work, if you enjoy discussing and thinking critically about what you read and watch, if you like the history and culture of English-speaking countries, then this program is the right one for you!

Practical Training

No practical training or work experience is required in this program. However, students can travel abroad through the Erasmus+ internship training program which allows them to gain practical experience on various positions in, for example, English language schools, translation agencies, etc.

Access to Further Studies

Students can continue in their studies in one of the following master’s programs: a philology-focused Master’s degree in English Language and Literature; an area studies Master’s degree in North American Cultural Studies; a Master’s degree in Upper Secondary School Teacher Training in English Language and Literature; and the translation-oriented Master’s degree English Language Translation.

Occupational Profiles of Graduates

The graduates of the English literature and language Bachelor’s degree program are able to communicate on a complex level in both written and spoken English and they are equipped with knowledge of the historical, social and cultural contexts of English-speaking countries. Apart from finding jobs in the field—teaching English at language, primary and high schools and in translation—our graduates may also find employment in jobs and positions which require independent, critical thinking, creativity, and excellent communication and language skills. These may include, for example, editorial work, positions in the publishing industry, tourism, the NGO sector, or international departments of companies.

... for master's studies

KAA offers four study programs (English Language and Literature, English Language Translation, North American Cultural Studies and Upper Secondary School Teacher Training in English Language and Literature).
English Language and Literature (single subject full-time and combined) and North American Cultural Studies (specialization Anglophone and Francophone Area Studies/ Anglophone and Hispanophone Area Studies) are offered in two accreditations (Czech and English; the difference between the two accreditation is the same as above)
English-Language Translation (single subject full-time study) and Upper Secondary School Teacher Education in English Language and Literature (single subject full-time study and combined and combined major / secondary) only in Czech accreditation.

Degree programme specification

This degree study programme is divided into two tracks: Linguistics and Literary and Cultural Studies. Each student chooses one specialization and the focus of their studies is in that track. All students must complete five type A/required courses. The remainder of the programme consists of type B/selective and type C/elective courses that the student chooses based on the track chosen. The student then writes a Master’s thesis based on the track and relevant coursework. With the exception of some courses in translation, all teaching, coursework, and exams in this study programme are carried out in the English language.

Apart from translation courses, all teaching, instruction and exams are in English. Our faculty include both Czechs and native speakers and our standard curriculum is regularly complemented by intensive courses and guest lectures and seminars offered by international experts in their respective fields. Topics covered by international guests range from contemporary pop culture, interdisciplinary and creative pedagogy, to specific cultural phenomena. In the past we have hosted, for example, courses on Anglo-American TV series, urban walking in literary contexts, or the cultural meanings of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, etc.

English Department students are encouraged to travel to our partner universities across Europe and in North America through Erasmus+ program or through other grants and scholarships.

The Department of English and American Studies supports a number of extracurricular activities. Every year our students in the Department’s theater group The Gypsywood Players rehearse and premiere a play; students organize a Halloween party and Creativity Night through Escape (the English Students Club). Students also manage and publish a high-profile student magazine Re:Views as well as a department newsletter, the KAArdian.

Is the English Language and Literature program right for you?

If you are interested in learning more about how language, literature, and film work, if you enjoy discussing and thinking critically about what you read and watch, if you like the history and culture of English-speaking countries, then this program is the right one for you!

Practical Training

Practical Training in this field of study is not a compulsory part of the study. However, you can go abroad for Erasmus + traineeship, where you put your knowledge into effect and gain experience in various positions. For example, in educational institutions, non-profit organizations or translation agencies.

Access to Further Studies

Further studies are possible in the doctoral degree study programmes of English Linguistics or Literatures in English. Further education is possible both in full-time or combined form.

Occupational Profiles of Graduates

Graduates with this degree are capable of complex written and oral expression in English. They have a deep knowledge of the literatures, cultures, and histories of the major English-speaking countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Ireland, and the Commonwealth countries. They are able to analyse various forms and functions of language in diverse genres and communicative situations. In addition to work in the fields of translating, interpreting, editing, journalism, tourism, and teaching at both the secondary and tertiary levels, graduates are well-suited for any profession that demands the ability to think and express themselves independently and critically.

... for doctoral studies

The Department of English and American Studies offers the following doctoral programmes:

  • English Linguistics – designed for applicants with a near-native knowledge of Czech. The programme can be studied
    • without specialization
    • with specialization in Experimental and Applied Linguistics
    • with specialization in English and Czech Translation
  • English Linguistics - designed for students with no knowledge of Czech; tuition fee applies to the programme. The programme can be studied
    • without specialization
    • with specialization in Experimental and Applied Linguistics
  • Literatures in English –designed for applicants with a near-native knowledge of Czech
  • Literatures in English - designed for students with no knowledge of Czech; tuition fee applies to the programme