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Palacký University Olomouc

Palacký University Olomouc is one of the most important Central European centres of education and research. In 2020, more than 21,000 students studied in accredited study programmes, exchange programmes and lifelong learning programmes at eight faculties. It is one of the very top Czech universities, and ranks among the best universities in the world, according to international rankings.


Palacký University Olomouc is the oldest university in Moravia and the second oldest in the Czech Republic. Its history goes back to 1573. The development of Olomouc's university throughout four centuries has reflected the milestones in European and Czech history.  


In 2020, 21,824 students studied in 840 accredited study programmes at eight faculties that offer 840 Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral study programmes. Applicants may choose from a broad variety of programmes, ranging from theology, education, physical culture and sports, through humanities, social sciences and arts, to natural, medical, and health sciences. The credit system at UP is fully compatible with ECTS – The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System. The prestigious status of the university in Olomouc is confirmed each year by the vast numbers of young applicants, as well as mature students such as seniors and other interested persons.


The doctoral study programmes are organized by the Olomouc University Social Health Institute (OUSHI) and the Faculty of Theology. Some of the research areas are as follows: qualitative research in the field of health, certified DIPEx methodology, cultural psychology and ethnic minority research, spirituality, public health, health and personality, Church history and applied ethics, Christian philosophy and others.

OUSHI is currently a partner in a Horizon 2020 project called SHAPES, researching age friendliness and the use of technology to improve the life of senior citizens.


The aim of the social and spiritual determinants of the health programme is to prepare graduates for independent research in selected specializations with the use of the bio-psycho-socio-spiritual model of health, who should be able to critically examine, develop and place the information into the current and international specialized context. Prospective employers include academia, public health organizations, governmental bodies, NGOs.  

Students of the theology programmes will find employment in academic, research, administrative or pastoral positions within the entire Catholic Church.  

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University Ranking

Academic Ranking of World Universities by Shanghai Jiao Tong University
601 100
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QS World University Rankings by TopUniversities
631 20
651 -50
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World University Rankings by Times Higher Education
801 200
1001 -200
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Best Global Universities Rankings by U.S. News & World Report
611 -43
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Student services

Students are supported by the student office at the Faculty of Theology as well as the international relations office. Thanks to their extensive experience with the Erasmus programme our staff is happy to address any issues and challenges that may arise during your stay and study in the Czech Republic. In addition, the Institute of Social Health has established a dedicated position of a Foreign PhD Coordinator, assisting the applicants and students during the entire application, acceptance and studying process.

Housing services

The university provides accommodation to students if required. The dormitories are situated either a 10-minute walk or a 15-minute tram ride from the main building of the university. There are several single-rooms available, however, most students share rooms with another student.

Library services

The university library provides in-house use for studying in the library and also loan services for studying outside of the library. Charge out services are limited to students and employees of the university. Students are free to use the internet connections for their notebooks, Wi-Fi, computer rooms and clubrooms.  

ICT services

Wi-Fi access is provided free of charge at all university areas. Computers are available to use in the university library. All information and services are accessible via a university app called UP Portal.

Medical services

The university has its own contracted GP who provides medical care to foreign students. Students coming to the Czech Republic to stay are advised to take out a temporary medical insurance offered by the General Health Insurance Company of the Czech Republic (VZP). In urgent cases, students are advised to go to the Accidents and Emergencies Department of the Olomouc University Hospital.

Campus life

Just like other European universities with a long history, Palacký University does not have a “university campus” as known from overseas. However, all the university buildings accommodating classrooms, library, dormitories, sports facilities are located in or around the historical centre of Olomouc, most of them within walking distance. Olomouc is a beautiful, vibrant university city compared to British Oxford, loved by many and praised by Lonely Planet. The downtown offers all necessary shops, restaurants, cafes, cinemas, theatres, clubs and everything else a student needs.

Sports facilities

Sport activities are organized by the UP Academic Sport Centre. Palacký University students and employees can choose from a wide range of sport activities. You can use playing fields located in close proximity to the dormitories or take part in various contests in the UP Sports Hall. In addition, facilities such as tennis courts, a minigolf course, a laser arena, a go-cart track, and a paintball field are available.

Student clubs

There are about thirty student organisations and associations at Palacký University, uniting hundreds of active students, such as ESN, Christian Fellowship, film club, Japanese club, association of psychology students, choir, etc. In February 2018, the UP Student Club was opened for these organisations, in a space housed within the UP Central Library. The Club room is primarily intended for organising meetings and training sessions for members, screenings, workshops and thematic lectures. The Student Club is constantly accessible, based on a shared calendar of room use.

All Palacký University programmes are accredited by the National Accreditation Bureau for Higher Education. The offered PhD programmes are credited in line with the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation system.

Olomouc, Olomoucký Kraj, Czech Republic

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