Short Programmes & 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 (www.euroculture.upol.cz).

Website

Contact: Jan Stejskal, Ph.D., Academic Coordinator (e-mail: jan.stejskal@upol.cz)

Martin Elbel, Ph.D., Academic Coordinator (e-mail: martin.elbel@upol.cz)

Summer schools

Summer School Central Europe: History & Culture – Architecture & Society 2018

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!

After the success of the first edition, Palacký University Olomouc is glad to announce the second edition of SSCE which will take place between 21/7/2018 and 19/8/2018.

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.

Included are trips to three central European capitals:

  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Vienna, Austria

Next to that, the SSCE 2018 will organize other activities aimed at giving you a thorough understanding of Central European history, knowledge which will prove invaluable in the current era of globalization.

Summary                                                                                                                                      

  • Duration: 4 weeks (July 21 - August 19, 2018)
  • Credits: 5 ECTS
  • Early bird price: EUR 650
  • Regular price: EUR 750
    Includes accommodation at the Palacký University Olomouc dormitories

The academic programme of the SSCE 2018 will include the following topics:

  • Christianity and Formation of the European East and West
  • Greek and Roman Legacy
  • Renaissance in European intellectual tradition
  • Hungarians in Central Europe: a phenomenon
  • Crusades: Uses and Abuses of the Christian Pilgrimage
  • Baroque culture and spirituality
  • Birth of modern nations in Central Europe
  • Gender roles in modern history (incl. communist regime)
  • Contemporary History of Central Europe
  • Dissident groups and opposition in CE under communist regimes
  • Europe and the world since 1900: from global leadership to periphery? 

Also included are field trips all over the Czech Republic and Slovakia such as:

  • Brno, Špilberk
  • Kroměříž
  • Devín castle
  • Rožnov pod Radhoštěm
  • Bouzov castle
  • Javoříčko caves

Contact:

For detailed information visit www.ssce.upol.cz.

English Language and Anglophone Culture

The summer school will take place from July 12, 2018 to August 10, 2018 at the Faculty of Arts, Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic.

The comprehensive summer school programme provides professional language training which is tailored to the needs of the participants. Apart from improving their English skills and communicative competence, the participants will attend useful lectures about British, American and Canadian society, history, and culture which will help them understand the Anglophone world from a global perspective. All classes will be taught in English by Palacký University professionals who have expertise in the field.

The courses will take place in the newly-refurbished buildings of the Faculty of Arts which is situated in the heart of Olomouc, a beautiful historic city in the centre of Moravia.

As a bonus, the participants will be provided with a crash course of survival Czech and a short survey of Czech culture and history.

The summer school also organizes several field trips which will enable the participants to see and experience the culture, history as well as natural beauty of the Czech Republic.

The planned field trips include the following visits:

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

Some additional and optional afternoon activities in Olomouc include:

  • Archery
  • Bowling
  • Zoo
  • Indoor cycling
  • Rosegarden and greenhouse

Programme fee for one participant: EUR 650

For more information contact:

Pavlína Flajšarová, Vice-Dean for International Relations, Faculty of Arts, Head of the Summer School

Helena Tylšarová, Head of the Academic and Organisation Committee

Drama Therapy

  • Code of the study programme: DRA1118PU
    The programme is designed to provide the opportunity to earn up to 10 credits.
  • Duration: July12 -August 16, 2018 (5 weeks)
  • Venue: Faculty of Education, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • Capacity: The maximum capacity is 16 students per class

Brief Content:

General topics and themes of the course:

  • Drama Therapy
  • Expressive Therapy
  • Music Therapy
  • Workshop of Theatre Art Therapy
  • Trip to Prague, Vienna and Jeseníky Mountains.

Programme fee for one participant: EUR 620

Programme fee includes:

  • Accommodation (5 weeks, per person in double or triple room, + EUR 160 per person on single room.)
  • Lecturing & workshops (24 academic sessions)
  • Transportation from airport to campus
  • Trip costs to Prague, Vienna and Jeseniky Mountains
  • Visits to ZOO, Bowling, Laser Arena, Rope Park, AquaPark, Fortress of Knowledge
  • Certificate of Attendance and Transcript with ECTS credits

Programme fee does not include:

  • Food Air tickets to and from the Czech Republic
  • Costs for obtaining passport, visa or other travel documents, insurance etc.
  • The participant must have travel insurance, medical and accident insurances.

Deadline for registration: April 2, 2018

Application form

Website

Contact: Dr. Vojtech Regec, Course Director and Vice-Dean (e-mail: vojtech.regec@upol.cz)

Creative Arts Therapies

  • Code of the study programme: CAT1118PU
    The programme is designed to provide the opportunity to earn up to 10 credits.
  • Duration: July 12-August 16, 2018 (5 weeks)
  • Venue: Faculty of Education, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • Capacity: The maximum capacity is 16 students per class

Brief Content:

General topics and themes of the course:

  • Music Therapy
  • Visual Art Therapy
  • Expressive Therapy
  • Spontaneous Creativity
  • Interactive Activities
  • Trip to Prague, Vienna and Jeseníky Mountains

Programme fee for one participant: EUR 620

Programme fee includes:

  • Accommodation (5 weeks, per person in double or triple room, + EUR 160 per person on single room.)
  • Lecturing & workshops (24 academic sessions)
  • Transportation from airport to campus
  • Trip costs to Prague, Vienna and Jeseníky Mountains
  • Visits to ZOO, Bowling, Laser Arena, Rope Park, AquaPark, Fortress of Knowledge
  • Certificate of Attendance and Transcript with ECTS credits

Programme fee does not include:

  • Food
  • Air tickets to and from the Czech Republic
  • Costs for obtaining passport, visa or other travel documents, insurance etc.
  • The participant must have travel insurance, medical and accident insurances.

Deadline for registration: April 2, 2018

Application form

Website

Contact: Dr. Vojtech Regec, Course Director and Vice-Dean (e-mail: vojtech.regec@upol.cz)

Fine Arts Education

  • Code of the study programme: ART1118PU
  • The programme is designed to provide the opportunity to earn up to10 credits. Duration: July 12 -August 16, 2017 (5 weeks)
  • Venue: Faculty of Education, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • Capacity: The maximum capacity is 16 students per class.

Brief Content:

General topics and themes of the course:

  • Ceramics
  • Graphic Arts
  • Graphic Design
  • Intermedia
  • Metal and Jewellery
  • Trip to Prague, Vienna and Jeseníky Mountains.

Programme fee for one participant: EUR 620

Course fee includes:

  • Accommodation (5 weeks, per person in double or triple room, + EUR 160 per person on single room.)
  • Lecturing & workshops (56 academic sessions)
  • Visits to galleries and exhibitions
  • Transportation from airport to campus
  • Trip costs to Prague, Vienna and Jeseníky Mountains
  • Visits to ZOO, Bowling, Laser Arena, Rope Park, AquaPark, Fortress of Knowledge
  • Certificate of Attendance and Transcript with ECTS credits

Course fee does not include:

  • Food
  • Air tickets to and from the Czech Republic
  • Costs for obtaining passport, visa or other travel documents, insurance etc.
  • The participant must have travel insurance, medical and accident insurances.

Deadline for registration: April 2, 2018

Application form

Website

Contact: Dr. Vojtech Regec, Course Director, Vice-Dean (e-mail: vojtech.regec@upol.cz)

English Language Training Course

  • Code of the study programme: ELT1118PU
  • The programme is designed to provide the opportunity to earn up to 10 credits.
  • Duration: July 12 -August 16, 2018 (5 weeks)
  • Venue: Faculty of Education, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • Capacity: The maximum capacity is 16 students per class.

Brief Content:

General topics and themes of the course:

  • Language Practice
  • Language Skills - Reading and Writing
  • Phonetics
  • American Literature
  • Introduction to ELT Methodology
  • Trip to Prague, Vienna and Jeseníky Mountains.

Programme fee for one participant: EUR 620

Course fee includes:

  • Accommodation (5 weeks, per person in double or triple room, + EUR 160 per person on single room.)
  • Lecturing & workshops (24 academic sessions)
  • Transportation from airport to campus
  • Visits to ZOO, Bowling, Laser Arena, Rope Park, AquaPark, Fortress of Knowledge
  • Trip costs to Prague, Vienna and Jeseníky Mountains
  • Certificate of Attendance and Transcript with ECTS credits

Course fee does not include:

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

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

Deadline for registration: April 2, 2018

Application form

Website

Contact: Dr. Vojtech Regec, Course Director and Vice-Dean (e-mail: vojtech.regec@upol.cz)

Music Culture with Emphasis on Educational Aspects

  • Code of the study programme: MED1118PU
    The programme is designed to provide the opportunity to earn up to10 credits.
  • Duration: July12 -August 16, 2018 (5 weeks)
  • Venue: Faculty of Education, Palacký University Olomouc, Czech Republic
  • Capacity: The maximum capacity is 16 students per class.

Brief Content:

General topics and themes of the course:

  • History and Theory of Non-Artificial Music 1
  • Course on Musical Creativity
  • Choral Singing1
  • Ensemble Playing1
  • Harmony1
  • Trip to Prague, Vienna and Jeseníky Mountains.

Programme fee for one participant: EUR 620

Course fee includes:

  • Accommodation (5 weeks per person in double or triple room, + EUR 160 per person on single room.)
  • Lecturing & workshops (24 academic sessions)
  • Visits to Moravian Philharmonic, Moravian Theatre, Music Institute and Organ
  • Transportation from airport to campus
  • Visits to ZOO, Bowling, Laser Arena, Rope Park, AquaPark, Fortress of Knowledge
  • Trip costs to Prague, Vienna and Jeseníky Mountains
  • Certificate of Attendance and Transcript with ECTS credits

Course fee does not include:

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

The participant must have travel insurance, medical and accident insurances

Deadline for registration: April 2, 2018

Application form

Website

Contact: Dr. Vojtech Regec, Course Director and Vice-Dean (e-mail: vojtech.regec@upol.cz)

Summer School of Slavonic Languages

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Duration: 4 weeks/2 weeks (July-August)

The Summer School of Slavonic Languages focuses on developing Czech language skills and cultural immersion into the Czech culture by providing intensive Czech language courses with a focus on literature, history and culture (fine arts, music, etc.) The academic program offers numerous experiential workshops such as theatre workshop led by local actors, folklore dances, as well as extracurricular activities such as film screenings, social events and many more engaging activities.

The course is designed for a wide range of participants: foreigners living in the Czech Republic, international students of the Czech language and literature or Slavonic studies, as well as scholars, translators, journalists, and anybody interested in the Czech language, literature, history, and culture. The curriculum is tailored to the needs of the participants. All language courses are taught in several levels and there is a possibility of a customized program based on the individual's preference of topic-based courses and the preferred length of the program (i.e. 2 or 4 weeks). Moreover, the participants can choose to develop other Slavonic languages such as: Russian and Polish. After the completion of the course, participants will receive Certificate of Palacký University.

Field trips are an academic part of the program. Participants will have a chance to visit culturally important sites in the Czech Republic during the weekend and one-day trips.

Scholarship and discounts available:

Participants can apply for a scholarships awarded by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic by contacting the Czech Embassy in their home country.  Discounts are available also for early-bird registration.

Website

Contact: Dr. Petr Pořízka, Course Director (email: LSSS@upol.cz)

Summer School on Medical Law

  • Duration: 8–22 July, 2018
  • Venue: Faculty of Law, Palacký University Olomouc
  • Credits: 5 ECTS
  • Early bird price: EUR 690 (prior April 30)
  • Regular Price: EUR 780 (after April 30)

The price includes accommodation, meals, academic and social programme.

Summer Law School on Medical Law is organized by Faculty of Law of Palacký University in Olomouc. Students from various European universities will have the opportunity to work with and learn from Czech and international medical and health law experts and discuss topics such as home births, vaccination, euthanasia,  mental health law a ethics in pharmaceutical law, forensic medicine and many more. Students will also be privileged to attend a professionally commentated autopsy in a dissecting room. This will be both a practical and extraordinary experience.

Social and cultural events are also an important part of the curriculum. Students will take part in events such as sightseeing tours in the historic town center of Olomouc and view all of the architecturally valuable monuments the city has to offer, a trip to spectacular surroundings of Olomouc, spectacular caves in a nature park, national evenings, a Welcome Dinner and final Gala Ball.

Website:  www.slsolomouc.com 

Contact: Mr. Daniel Pospíšil, daniel.pospisil@upol.cz

International Summer School in Refugee Law and Rights

  • When: August, 10th – August, 19th, 2018
  • Registration deadline: May 31st
  • Credits: 6 ECTS
  • Early bird price: EUR 250 (prior May 31st)
  • Late registration price: EUR 350 (after May 15th)
  • Organiser: Humanitarian Studies Section, Palacký University Olomouc

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 an access to asylum and a full refugee protection an important but challenging task. Based on previous success of CESI International Summer Schools in refugee protection (2012-2015) at University of Sarajevo, this year’s International Summer School in Refugee Law and Rights transferred to Palacky University Olomouc with long-standing tradition of humanitarian studies, will once again offer both general training in refugee law and a specific case study analysis of the access to asylum and application of asylum rights in four countries of the Central and Southeastern Europe: Bulgaria, Hungary, Croatia and the Czech Republic. 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 but includes also a one-day simulation of refugee influx situation and humanitarian relief and protection 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.  

For detailed information visit www.refugees.upol.cz.