Criteria & Requirements

Eligible Applicants

The International Development Studies (IDS) and Foresight for Environment and Development (FED) programs are open for applicants with a completed undergraduate degree preferably in areas relevant to the program, such as development studies, environmental studies, geography, economics, international relations and sociology. The programs seek applicants with excellent academic results, strong interest in the program and proficiency in English.

Admission Requirements

The deadline for the applications in any academic year is 31st May (23:59 CET). 

In the first step of the application, you must fill in the e-application and submit the following documents through it. Once you open the e-application, you have to select the following combination: Faculty of Science, Master, FED/IDS.

Be aware that you have to fill in the application and upload the documents at one time as it is not possible to save the application and continue later. Incomplete applications will be considered as ineligible.

Please note that the university charges an administration fee of 650,- CZK per application (an equivalent of around 25 €, depending on the current exchange rate).

All applicants are required to submit the following documents:

Proof of nationality

Proof of nationality – scan of the passport

Copy (scan) of a diploma

Scan of the original/certified copy of a diploma proving completed tertiary education (bachelor/master/PhD). If the original is in language other than English, the certified copy must be in the form of a certified translation into English.

Copy (scan) of a transcript of records

A scan of the original/certified copy of the transcript of records of all the completed university courses at the time of application. If the original is in a language other than English, the certified copy must be in the form of a certified translation into English.

Proof of English proficiency

A scan of original/certified copy of the certificate of the knowledge of English at the minimum level of B2 (according to CEFR) – the minimum level of English skills: TOEFL – at least 79 points; IELTS – at least 6.5 points. Other comparable certificates indicating required level of English language may be accepted.

The English certificate rule does not apply to native English speakers and to students who completed their studies in a program fully taught in English. In these cases, the declaration of honor stating that you are either an English native speaker and/or a student who finished their tertiary studies in a program fully taught in English must be uploaded.

Curriculum Vitae

Curriculum Vitae of maximum two A4 pages.

Motivation letter

A motivation letter of maximum 1000 words.

Two letters of recommendation

2 letters of recommendation – preferably written by academic referees (e.g. your former university lecturers that are able to judge your academic qualities and potential).

The letters must include date, name, institution, position, signature and contact details (phone number and email) of the person recommending you.

All the documents must be in one of the following formats (.jpg or .pdf) and they have to be labeled in the following order:
● 1_Family name_passport
● 2_Family name_diploma
● 3_Family name_transcript
● 4_Family name_language certificate OR 4_Family name_declaration of honor
● 5_Family name_CV
● 6_Family name_motivation letter
● 7_Family name_recommendation_1, 7_Family name_recommendation_2

Selection Criteria

Eligible applications are assessed based on academic merit (the relevance of the degree/courses studied and overall grades), motivation, references, and curriculum vitae.

Please note that ineligible applications will not be assessed.  

Within 14 days after successfully completing the application and submitting all the required documents, you will receive an email from Ms. Eva Komlossyová (eva.komlossyova@upol.cz) confirming that your application meets all the requirements and that the Department of Development and Environmental Studies will propose you for the admission. You will also be informed about the further procedures.

PLEASE, CHECK YOUR EMAILS REGULARLY, INCLUDING THE SPAM FOLDER!

Diploma Recognition („nostrification“)

The nostrification of your diploma (i.e. the recognition of the diploma from your completed tertiary education) is one of the conditions for being accepted to IDS/FED program. The purpose of this process is to have your university degree and qualification recognized in the Czech Republic. You can find the list of required documents and the description of the procedure at the Palacky University Olomouc website. We recommend you to check the guidelines before applying for the program in order to become familiar with the process and know all the documents you will be required to hand in at a later date. It is not required to have your diploma recognized at the time of application.

If you are pre-selected for the program, you will have to apply for the diploma recognition. The process can take up to 60 days. For diploma recognition, students need to fill in the application form and prepare a number of obligatory documents (see here). Therefore, we recommend you to start the process as soon as possible, in order to have your diploma recognized no later than the date of your registration to the program (the beginning of September of the respective year). You will be requested to hand in your diploma recognition when registering for your studies.

Without the diploma recognition, the selected candidates cannot enroll in the program.