Short Programmes, Winter & Summer Schools

Short programmes

Central Europe: Traditions, Crossroads and Challenges

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

Programme 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 programme 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 programme, 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 programme 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 programme are eligible for a waiver at Euroculture Erasmus-Mundus MA programme at Palacký University (


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

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

Summer schools

Summer School of Slavonic Studies

16 July – 14 August 2022

The Summer School of Slavonic Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Palacký University Olomouc (LŠSS FF UP) 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).
Courses of other Slavic languages such as Russian and Polish are offered too in case of interest.
Our students receive a certificate of their language level at the end of the course based on results from the final test. Students that do not pass the final test or do not attend the whole course obtain a confirmation of their participation at LŠSS FF UP.
Since 2018, our summer school course has been certified in the ECTS system and students who meet the given requirements are entitled to 8 ECTS credits back at their home university.

Contact: Mgr. Pavla Poláchová,
For more information, visit

International Summer School in Refugee Law and Rights

15–25 August 2022

  • Registration deadline: June 15st
  • Credits: 3 ECTS
  • School fee: 400 EUR (*donation contribution)
  • Detailed information on

Due to recent Russian Federation's aggression on Ukraine and the ongoing war with massive scale displacement of civilians, our 9th International Summer School in Refugee Law and Rights will be donated to V.N Karazin Kharkiv National University in Ukraine and transformed into the Aurora Alliance Capacity Development Support Programme summer school entitled ‘War-displaced Persons’ Protection Rights - Case study Ukraine. It will be co-organized between V. N Karazin Kharkiv National University in Ukraine and Palacký University Olomouc in Czech Republic.  The school will be hosted in exile by Palacký University Olomouc and offer a 10-day hybrid training programme, possible to attend both in-person and/or online.

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 (

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