Short Programmes, Winter & Summer Schools

Short programmes

Central Europe: Traditions, Crossroads and Challenges

  • Tailored Semester Abroad Program
  • Faculty of Arts
  • Duration: 12 weeks (March-May)
  • Credits: 30 ECTS

Program Overview

Since the 1990s Palacký University in Olomouc has been hosting more than twenty students from the University of Nebraska each year. The goal of the program is to provide the students with an intensive interdisciplinary insight into European history, culture and society and to expose and engage them in on-site research projects.

The curriculum was designed to provide a unique academic experience: covering key topics of Western Civilizations, the Holocaust, Central European history, and present day challenges. It also provides abundant opportunities of cultural immersion through a Czech language courses and extracurricular activities including many academic excursions. Students are also integrated into the campus through numerous events, walking trips, and fun activities like film screenings organized by the university's joint collaboration with ISHA Olomouc (The International Students of History Association). A free week in the middle of the semester enables student to make individual trips and explore other European countries.

Learning Outcomes

At the beginning of the program, students participate in an intensive three-day introduction to Czech culture as well as the orientation at the university and the city of Olomouc. Czech Language Course - Students will acquire basic knowledge of the Czech language and be submerged in the culture (e.g. folklore dancing evening). Session I: Western Civilization and the Holocaust - Students will gain a deeper understanding of the key topics of European history and culture. Session II: Central Europe in Context - Students will gain an interdisciplinary perspective of CE society and cultures. 18 speakers with various backgrounds will offer the lectures on history, art, media studies, political studies, sociology, environmental studies, and economics.

All field trips are academically interlinked with in-class sessions and are designed to provide better understanding of the discussed issues. The program lecturers guide all of the following trips: Prague and Dresden (4 days), Vienna and Venice (5 days), Krakow and Auschwitz (3 days), South Bohemia (5 days), short trips to Bouzov Castle, Kroměříž, Rožnov Open Air Museum. 

Scholarship Opportunities:

Successful graduates of the program are eligible for a waiver at Euroculture Erasmus-Mundus MA program at Palacký University (


Contact: Jan Stejskal, Ph.D., Academic Coordinator (e-mail:

Martin Elbel, Ph.D., Academic Coordinator (e-mail:

Winter Schools

Winter School of Management & Economics in the Context of the Czech Republic

The objective of the winter school is to provide the participants with a comprehensive view of the current economics and management related approaches in the context of the Czech Republic. At the same time, the participants will have the opportunity to experience the culture and atmosphere of the historical city of Olomouc (UNESCO). The academic programme will include the following topics: Introduction to the Czech culture and society; Intercultural communication with Czechs; Business communication in the Czech Republic; Introduction to the public economy of the EU and the Czech Republic; HR management; Management of remote global teams and virtual collaboration tools; Managerial decision making; Social business in the Czech Republic; Educational system of the Czech Republic and Central Europe.


  • The programme to take place on 15–25 February 2019 (Arrival: 14 February 2019; Departure: 26 February 2019)
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Tuition Fee:
    • Standard fee EUR 750
    • Early bird discounted price EUR 700.
  • 4 ECTS upon completion

Contact persons:
David Kosina (
Assoc. Prof. Jaroslava Kubatova (

Winter School of Central Europe & European Integration 2019

In the beginning of 2019, the Faculty of Law of Palacký University Olomouc will organize the Winter School of Central Europe & European Integration 2019. Focusing on European Integration in a Central European context, this Winter School will take place in February 2019.

  • 2-week programme
  • 700 EUR
  • 3 ECTS

The fee includes accomadation for the duration of the winter school.

More information to be announced.


Summer schools

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.


  • 30-day programme
  • July 20th – August 18th, 2019
  • Tuition fee:
    • Scholarship holders: free of charge
    • Paying participants: 885 EUR  or 22900 CZK
  • 8 ECTS upon completion

Contact: Mgr. Pavla Poláchová,

Summer School Central Europe: History & Culture – Architecture & Society 2019

Do you want to broaden your horizon and travel? Do you want to meet new people from all around the world and develop yourself academically? Then this is the summer school for you! Palacký University Olomouc is glad to announce the third edition of SSCE which will take place between 19/7/2019 and 18/8/2019. This comprehensive summer school will give you great insight into European culture and architecture, while at the same time giving you the opportunity to spend time in the heart of Central Europe: the city of Olomouc.

For details, visit

Summer School of English Language and Anglophone Culture

This comprehensive summer school will provide professional language training which we will be tailor made for the participant's needs. Apart from improving competences and skills in English, the participant will attend lectures about British, American and Canadian society and culture which we help them to understand the anglophone world from a global perspective. All classes will be taught by Palacký University professionals who have the expertise in the field. The courses will take place at the newly refurbished buildings of the historic Faculty of Arts.

Participants will be divided into four groups based on an initial placement test so that they would profit most from the tailor-made methods and materials used during the classes.

As a bonus, the participants will be provided with a mini-course of survival Czech and a mini-course of Czech culture and history.

The summer school will also organise field trips which will enable the participants to see and experience both cultural, historical as well as natural beauties of the Czech Republic.

The trips will include:

  • Kroměříž – UNESCO site – Archbishop's chateau, magnificent flower garden
  • Bouzov – castle and park
  • Teplice nad Bečvou – grotto and caves
  • Dolní Morava in Jeseníky mountains – Sky Walk and lift to the top of the mountain

Some additional and optional afternoon activities in Olomouc will include:

  • Archery
  •  Bowling
  • Zoo
  • Indoor cycling
  • Rose garden and green house

Programme fee for one participant: EUR 800

Course fee includes:

  • Accommodation in double or triple room (single rooms available for extra fee) with wi-fi
  • Lecturing & workshops (at least 50 contact sessions of teaching + teaching during the trips)
  • Trip costs Certificate of Attendance and final ceremoby

Course fee does not include:

  • Food
  • Air tickets to and from the Czech Republic, local transportation from and to the airport in Prague
  • Costs for obtaining passport, visa or other travel documents, insurance etc.

The participant must have travel insurance, medical and accident insurances.


  • 30-day programme in July 2019
  • Tuition fee:
    • Scholarship holders: free of charge
    • Paying participants: 800 EUR
  • 4 ECTS upon completion

Contact persons: Mgr. Pavlína Flajšarová, Ph.D. (, Mgr. Helena Tylšarová (

Summer School of Modern Asian Literatures: Tradition and Innovation

This summer school is dedicated to modern Asian literatures focussing primarily on China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea and Vietnam. Leading experts from around the world will offer theoretical and comparative courses on a wide variety of topics. The uniting theme of this year's school is the tension between the local tradition including religion, philosophy, local custom and folklore and the modern phenomena such as capitalism, communism, consumerism, free market economy, and globalisation which shaped the South and East Asian cultures significantly in the 20th century and will continue to do so in the future. The focus is on the cultural record (literature, film, theatre, comics, etc.) of this process in the local Asian literatures and cultures using both primary texts and translations.


  • 1-week programme, to take place in early June 2019
  • Exact date to be announced
  • Tuition Fee: 150 EUR
  • 1 to 6 ECTS upon completion

Contact person:

Summer School of Linguistics

This summer school focuses on the structure of spoken language, in particular phonology and prosody and its interaction with other language systems. It offers one week of courses on a wide variety of linguistic topics. This year’s theme is the structure of spoken language, focusing on phonology, prosody, information structure and discourse structure. Researchers from around the world will introduce students to highly specialized topics giving both hands-on experience and theoretical foundations. The summer school targets Research Master and PhD students. Both Asian and European languages are covered.


  • 1-week programme, to take place in early June 2019
  • Exact date to be announced
  • Tuition Fee: 150 EUR
  • 1 to 6 ECTS upon completion

Contact person:

Promotion of Physical Activity and Healthy Lifestyle

The Summer School 2019 is intended for those of you who are interested in all subject linked to physical activity, healthy lifestyle and sport. These subjects cover a broad area, which allows experts and students to share experience and expertise in their respective fields of interest related to above mentioned areas. During the last decades, physical activities, healthy lifestyle issues and sport have played an increasing role in the public health sector, at least in Western countries. Sport for all and elite sport are in the centre of public attention, both promising benefits for individuals and societies. Health, fitness and well-being, as well as education and social integration, entertainment, national presentation and identity are some of the assets which are currently discussed in connection with physical activities and sport. However, it is an open question if and under what conditions physical activity, sport and health-related lifestyle changes can meet these expectations.


  • 4-week programme (July-August 2019)
  • Tuition fee: 1290 EUR
  • 10 ECTS upon completion


Summer Law School Olomouc on Medical Law

Alternative Dispute Resolution in Healthcare

Alternative dispute resolution, ccomprising negotiation, mediation, arbitration and other techniques, is often praised for its cost-effectiveness and time-effectiveness, flexibility, confidentiality, and respect for unique aspects of a particular case. However, the use of ADR in healthcare also gives rise to many serious questions regarding its suitability and, in some cases, even legality. The Summer Law School will offer lectures and discussions on this fascinating topic that will be increasingly more important for both the theory and the practice of health law in the years to come.


  • 7th–21st July 2019
  • 1180 EUR
  • 5 ECTS


International Summer School in Refugee Law and Rights

Due to ongoing wars and prolonged hostilities in several parts of the world, the number of persons seeking an international protection in the EU countries has rapidly grown, making access to asylum and a full refugee protection an important but challenging task. This course offers both general training in refugee law and a specific case-study analysis of the access to asylum and application of asylum rights in EU, focusing on the Central and South-Eastern Europe. The training offered on this school focuses on the legal procedures for assisting refugee asylum claims, including practices of taking testimonies, finding COI information and documenting families. It also includes a comprehensive one-day simulation of the humanitarian relief and assistance response. Principal aim is to advance the skills for protecting asylum seekers and to help exchange and build expert and cooperation networks in responding to the current challenges of access to international refugee protection in the EU countries.

More information about last year’s school can be found on the school's official university website:


  • 10-day programme (August 2019)
  • 250 EUR
  • 12 ECTS

Contact: Dr. Selma Porobic (

GeoSpatial Summer School 2019

GIScience & Urban Environment

In June, the GeoSpatial Summer School 2019 focuses on providing and transferring new geosciences techniques and knowledge from experts to the students.


  • 1-week programme
  • 200 EUR
  • 5 ECTS


Maymester Program: Czech Study Abroad Program (Valdosta State University)

This programe is designed for the students from Valdosta State University and their partner universities. Its major aim is broadening of students understanding of political, historical, social and cultural dimensions of the European and especially Central European area. The set of lectures always concentrates also on actual problems and reflects current developments.


  • 3-week programme
  • Tuition Fee set by Valdosta State University
  • Credits by Valdosta State University

Contact: Mgr. Markéta Zapletalová, Ph.D (

Live and Learn in the Czech Republic

This five-week summer school takes place in June-July 2019 and students can apply for four programmes:

  • Creative Arts Therapies
  • Fine Arts Education
  • Drama-Therapy
  • Music Culture with Emphasis on Educational Aspects.


  • Duration: 5-week program
  • Price: 850 EUR
  • Credit: up to 6 ECTS