Language Courses

Each faculty offers classes of foreign languages. Philology departments, in particular, also provide courses for students of other departments and faculties. For more details, check the UP Portal or the department offices or ask your Czech classmates. In addition, there are specialized centres, or departments, that focus on foreign language skills.

Survival Czech

Free course offered to Erasmus students

This is a short four days' course organized during the orientation week. It's intended for real beginners to teach them basic phrases, to let them understand regards, requests, formulate simple questions used in an everyday contact with Czech people. To participate in the Survival Czech Course students have to register in advance, a registration form is sent to all students. Participants of the survival course are offered to continue in a semester course.

For details, please visit www.kb.upol.cz

Czech Language Course

Palacký University provides free courses of Czech for Foreigners to international short-term students throughout the academic year. The course starts at the beginning of each semester. You will be asked to take a placement test first to identify your language skills and select the appropriate course. There are always courses for beginners, intermediate and advanced learners. Students who regularly attend the course, fulfil the tasks and pass the final exam are granted credits for the semester course. Updated information regarding the placement test, instructors, classrooms, etc. is provided in the Orientation Week and also on the Czech for Foreigners web. For enquiries, write an e-mail to darina.hradilova@upol.cz. The test, which is available on the website needs to be submitted to the same e-mail address.

Aside from Czech language courses designed for international short-term students, there are also tailored courses of Czech language for prospective international students, who are planning to join a Bachelor's or Master's programme.

The paid courses are organized by the Language Centre at the Faculty of Arts.

Address and contact:
Language Centre of the Faculty of Arts, Vodární 6, Olomouc, e-mail: czechff@upol.cz.

UPlift – language school of the Faculty of Arts

You can study various languages at the language school of Palacký University. The University offers subsidized academic English courses for international students. For more information about the courses, visit their website. You could also take up Czech as a foreign language as part of your study programme. Furthermore, UPlift offers individual and group courses of Czech for Foreigners to university employees.

All employees and graduates of the Faculty of Arts receive a 10% discount on public courses.

Address:
UPlift
Faculty of Arts, Křížkovského 5, Olomouc
www.uplift.upol.cz

Language centres at Palacký University

Language Centre at the Faculty of Arts

Aside from general language courses of all levels, the department provides a range of specialised courses in bachelor’s and master’s programmes, for instance courses specializing in various disciplines (sociology, economy, history etc). Moreover, students can choose from a wide range of academically and professionally oriented courses, e.g. Academic English, Business English, and Professional Communication in English.

Address and contact:
Vodární 6, 771 80 Olomouc, tel.: +420 585 633 571
email: gabriela.grulichova@upol.cz, www.cjv.upol.cz
(STAG abbreviation/code: KAL and CJV)

Department of Languages at the Faculty of Law

The Foreign Language Department of Faculty of Law specializes in technical language with a focus on legal terminology. You will learn grammar and vocabulary, as well as legal terminology of the basic legal sectors in selected countries, including a comparison of foreign-language names for identical or comparable institutions. The classes also focus on legislative, executive, and judicial powers in the given language in comparison with Czech terminology. The Department also provides courses of legal Czech to French-speaking students.

Address and contact:
The Faculty of Law, tř. 17. listopadu 8, Olomouc,
tel.: +420 585 637 537, email: alena.opichalova@upol.cz,
www.pf.upol.cz/menu/struktura-pf/katedry/katedra-jazyku/
(STAG abbreviation/code: KJA)

Department of Foreign Languages at the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

If you are a medical student, you may contact the Department of Foreign Languages of the Faculty of Medicine.
Address and contact:

Hněvotínská 3, Olomouc, www.ucjlf.upol.cz

The Confucius Institute — the Centre for Chinese Language

Have you ever wanted to learn Chinese or calligraphy? The experienced team of tutors and graduates of the Department of Asian Studies offers lectures and training in various aspects of China and Chinese culture.

Address and contact:
Křížkovského 8, Olomouc, tel.: +420 585 631 256
e-mail: konfucius@upol.cz, konfucius.upol.cz

British Centre

Whether a native speaker or a user of English as a second language, the British Centre is here for you. It is a specialized centre situated in a beautiful and calm environment of the historical heart of Palacký University.

The Centre offers:

  • Wide range of textbooks, various types of books, magazines, feature films on DVDs ƒ  
  • Free registration for Palacký University students and employees ƒ  
  • Courses of English language for intermediate and advanced levels (B2, C1, C2) focused on preparation for Cambridge Exams FCE, CAE, and CPE:
    • 90-minute classes taught by experienced teachers
    • maximum of 10 students in a study group
    • textbook and “mock test” included in the price of the course
  • Cambridge exams in cooperation with the British Council. About 20 terms from September to June—both paper-based and computer-based exams.

Contact:

Palacký University Olomouc—Library
British Centre
Biskupské nám. 1 | 771 11 Olomouc
GPS: N 49°59.59616‘, E 17°26.01220‘
T: +420 585 631 874 | E: bc@upol.cz 
www.bc.upol.cz 

Opening hours:

Monday: closed
Tuesday: 9–12 13–17
Wednesday 9–12, 13–17
Thursday: 13–17
Friday: 9–15
Saturday: 9–12
Sunday: closed

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.

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