History and present day
Although in 2013 Palacký University in Olomouc celebrated 440 years since its establishment, which makes it the second oldest university in the Czech Republic, it is far from an oldfashioned institution. On the contrary, in recent years it has become one of the fastest growing schools of its kind. If we add the genius loci of Olomouc, nearly twenty-five thousand students and three thousand employees, it is no wonder that Palacký University is often referred to as the Czech Oxford. The history of Palacký University began in 1573, when, as an originally Jesuit college, it was granted all the rights of other European universities. The modern history of the university dates to 1946, when it was restored after World War II under its present name. Over the centuries the Olomouc University primarily focused on teaching theology, medicine, mathematics, physics, and cartography. The reputation of the university is evidenced by its alumni, who have included the renowned general of the Thirty Years‘ War, Albrecht von Wallenstein; the founder of genetics, Gregor Mendel; and astronomer Karel Slavíček who worked for the Chinese emperor. The university enjoyed its greatest boom after the Velvet Revolution in 1989, when the number of faculties settled at today‘s eight.
- Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Theology
- Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
- Faculty of Health Sciences
- Faculty of Arts
- Faculty of Science
- Faculty of Education
- Faculty of Physical Culture
- Faculty of Law
More than just studying …
The eight faculties of Palacký University offer over three hundred degree programmes and their combinations, with many courses available in foreign languages. Basically, everything is included, ranging from theology, teacher education, law, physical education, sport through humanities, social sciences, art history, varied sciences, medicine and healthcare sciences.
The Olomouc University places emphasis on the individual approach and instruction of foreign languages, study abroad programmes and practical training with professionals in the field. On the other hand, students are given sufficient space for their extracurricular activities, whether in university sports facilities (the docks, gym, sports fields), culture (film clubs, student theatres, magazines) or in the context of social events (“Majáles” festival, dance balls, departmental parties). There is something for everyone!
Summer School of Slavonic Languages
The Summer School of Slavonic Languages (SSSL) at the Faculty of Arts of Palacký University in Olomouc organizes courses of Czech for foreigners and other courses of Slavonic languages (Russian and Polish in particular) for students from other countries. The Summer School is designed for professors, senior lecturers, lectors and students of Czech language and literature, Slavonic studies, for translators, journalists, and the general public interested in Czech language, literature, history, and culture. The School also holds courses for beginners.
The courses are held in English and Czech, based on the students’ levels. The lessons are complemented with additional events—film club, theatre workshops, workshops of folklore dances, two one-day trips, a weekend trip to Prague, etc. More information is to be found here.
The Confucius Institute
The Institute was officially opened at Palacký University in Olomouc on 26 September 2007.
The founding bodies, with certified schooling status, are Palacký University in Olomouc and Beijing Foreign Studies University. Apart from language courses, the Institute also trains teachers and promotes the Chinese culture in the Czech Republic, including screenings of Chinese films, lectures, etc. In addition, it provides consultation in education and trade, etc. A lot of thought went into the concept of the courses at the Confucius Institute. It is characterized by a step by step approach, along with coherence in terms of instruction.
For more, please visit konfucius.upol.cz.