Living costs in Olomouc
Before Your Arrival to Olomouc
We strongly recommend you read carefully through the prf.upol.cz and upol.cz websites, especially the sections Practical Information and Studying. It is recommended to arrive in Olomouc at least one week before the start of the semester. This will allow you to attend Orientation Week organized by the International Office of Palacký University. Register yourself into the Buddy System provided by ESN UP. The “Czech Buddy“ System can make your arrival much smoother and easier.
After Your Arrival to Olomouc
Please report your arrival in person to dr. Martin Schlossarek (room 2.007, 2nd floor of the Faculty of Science building). It is also necessary to contact Ms. Dana Gronychová from the Study Affairs Office (room 1.005, 1st floor of the Faculty of Science building). You will be given instructions on how to register into your accommodation, how to use the Study Agenda portal and how to get your ISIC card during your meetings with Ms. Gronychová and dr. Schlossarek. The ISIC card gives you access to the university cafeteria and library. Additionally, you will be used to create an account on moodle.upol.cz (see the instructions on the website) which will be used to deliver course materials.
If you have not already done so, please read thoroughly the prf.upol.cz and upol.cz websites, especially the sections Practical Information and Studying. Please do not forget to read through the Study and Examinations Code. It is important to note that each student is responsible for checking the current information on the department website on a regular basis as well as regularly read all emails delivered to his/her university email address (check e-mail section in portal.upol.cz).
All students need to report their place of residence to the Foreign Police within three (3) working days after their arrival to the Czech Republic. For additional information regarding this issue or on how to extend the residence permit, please follow this link. It can be very useful to ask for help in these and many other issues while in the Czech Republic using the “Czech Buddy” System provided by ESN UP.
Czech for Foreigners
The academic calendar is available here. Please keep in mind all important deadlines and dates.
How to get to Olomouc
Olomouc is located in the middle of Moravia (Eastern part of the Czech Republic) and it is very easily accessible by bus or train. There is a really quick connection from Prague by train or on highway via Brno. From Vienna you can reach Olomouc using bus or train. Olomouc is also comfortably accessible from Poland or Slovakia.
Prague: Václav Havel Airport (280 km)
Bratislava: M.R. Štefánik Airport (210 km)
Vienna: Vienna International Airport (260 km)
Krakow: John Paul II (265 km)
You can reach Olomouc from all these airports by train or bus.
Tickets for the train routes operated by České dráhy (Czech Railways company) can be purchased online at www.cd.cz/eshop.
By bus or train
Travelling by bus or train is very comfortable, fast and cheap in the Czech Republic. You can search all the bus and train connections on idos.cz.
For all the important information related to the master thesis please read the master thesis rules and also download the master thesis form. General rules from „Rules for completing master thesis“ are also valid for all essays which students write during their studies.
The most important sources for master thesis and essays should be from Electronic Information Resources (EIRs). Popular resources include JSTOR, EBSCO and Web of Science. EIRs are fully accesible when using the university´s internet connection (including university dormitories). If you want to access EIRs also from another internet connections, you can use the Shibboleth connection (click on the Shibboleth link next to the resource which you want to use and follow the instructions; however, this option is not available for all resources) or you can set up VPN connection.
The submission of the master thesis can be done only by students who meet the criteria to apply for Final Exams.
Students shall not plagiarise with respect to their diploma theses or any essay. Plagiarism means any case in which the author of the diploma thesis intentionally, directly or indirectly, uses a published or unpublished work, part of a work or manifested idea of another person in order to create an impression that the work or idea is his/her own.
Only students who have completed at least 120 credits and the minimum amount of credits from each block of subjects can apply for the Final Exams (see below). Students must apply for the Final Exams via portal.upol.cz at the beginning of the semester (the system of subscription is the same as for the subscription of subjects and exams during the studies). Students must also apply for a concrete date of exams via portal.upol.cz a few weeks before the Final Exams are held.
- IDS blocks and minimum amounts of credits
- Compulsory courses: 76 credits
- Compulsory options 1: at least 6 credits
- Compulsory options 2: at least 12 credits
- Compulsory options 3: at least 14 credits
- FED blocks and minimum amounts of credits
- Compulsory courses: 80 credits
- Compulsory options 1: at least 6 credits
- Compulsory options 2: at least 22 credits
The Final Exams are composed of four subjects. Each subject contains approximately 20 different topics. Each student draws one topic from each subject at the beginning of the exam. Once the student has drawn the four questions, they are given a 15-minute period in which the are allowed to use only pen/paper to organize and prepare. After the preparation period, the oral exam begins with each of the four questions taking approximately 10 minutes.
In a graduation ceremony, the students officially leave Palacký University, taking the academic pledge and receiving a diploma which entitles them to use the academic degree.
Graduation ceremonies take place in the faculty building at the end of June or at the beginning of July for those who have successfully finished their studies* in June and in November for those who finish their studies in August. Graduation ceremonies feature university insignia and university officials wearing academic gowns.
In case that students leave the Czech Republic before the Graduation Ceremony, he/she can claim their diploma which entitles him/her to use an academic degree at the Study Department. The Study Department guarantees that this diploma can be ready for graduates within five weeks after his/her successfully completion of studies. However, it is important to note that the diploma cannot be sent to students via postal services.
For more information about the Graduation ceremony and related issues please contact Ms. Dana Gronychová from the Study Affairs Office.
*Student must pass final exams and successfully defend his/her thesis in order to finish successfully his/her studies.
The first graduation ceremony of IDS students was held in the building of Faculty of Science on 25 August 2016.
Students who are interested in seeking an internship during their studies should consult the International Opportunities section and/or the intlag.upol.cz web page. In case you need further advice related to internships, please contact dr. Simona Šafaříková.
For more information about the scholarships provided by Department of Development and Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science or Palacký University, please consult the Tuition Fees & Scholarships section. In case you have any additional questions related to the Vavroušek Scholarship, please contact dr. Martin Schlossarek. In case of any questions related to ERASMUS+ scholarships, please contact dr. Simona Šafaříková. In case of any questions related to any other scholarship provided by university or faculty, please contact Ms. Dana Gronychová.