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.

Czech for Exchange Students

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 The test, which is available on the website needs to be submitted to the same e-mail address.

Czech for Foreigners

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:

UPlift – Language School of the Faculty of Arts

A wide range of foreign languages is taught at the UPlift Language School of the Faculty of Arts. More information about the courses can be found on the website. UPlift focuses mainly on teaching university staff, teaching general language as well as academic English. Staff are regularly informed about discounted offers in the faculty newsletter.

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

Palacký University Olomouc
Faculty of Arts
tř. Svobody 26, Olomouc

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, 779 00 Olomouc, tel.: +420 585 633 571
(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:,
(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,

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.


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: 

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 Studies

The Summer School of Slavonic Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Palacký University in Olomouc organizes courses of Czech language designated for teachers, lectors and students of Czech language and literature, Slavonic studies, translators, journalists, businessmen and applicants from the general public interested in Czech language, literature and culture. The programme comprises of courses for beginners (A0) as well as advanced learners (B2, C1). The lessons are complemented with additional events – lectures and seminars (Czech language, literature, history, culture, etc.); grammar, conversation and translation workshops; correct pronunciation seminar; film club; theatre workshop; workshop of folklore dances; weekend trips, etc.
Courses of other Slavonic languages such as Russian and Polish are offered too in case of interest.

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