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Palacký University Olomouc

4.1 out of 5 (29 ratings / 27 reviews) Olomouc, Czech Republic
Palacký University in Olomouc is one of the important Central European centers of education and research, and in a number of fields it achieves European and world-class results. 



Palacký University in Olomouc ( Universitas Palackiana Olomucensis ) was founded in 1573 and with its almost 450-year tradition is the second oldest university in the Czech lands after Charles University, and the oldest in Moravia. 


In 2020, 21,824 students studied at UP. At present, UP consists of eight faculties and offers studies in 840 study programs.


In January 2021, a new university institute, the Czech Advanced Technology and Research Institute (CATRIN), opened, which was created by integrating the scientific teams of the CRH, RCPTM and ÚMTM scientific centers. The Rector of Palacký University has been Martin Procházka since May 2021.


Career Centre focuses on developing students's skills, establishing relationships between students and employers, it organizes workshops and offers personal consulations. You will find them at

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Student services

Several departments are in charge of international relations at Palacký University. The central office – the International Relations Office (IRO) – is at the Rector‘s Office and organizes the orientation week and incoming student coordinators are ready to assist you with general administration (confirmation of study period, etc.) during your stay at UP.

In each faculty you can find a faculty IRO. Faculty international relations officers (coordinators) administer all other international programmes, such as CEEPUS, AKTION, DAAD, Freemover, mobility within international agreements of the Czech Ministry of Education, etc.

Housing services

All rooms are equipped with a desk, a bed with pillow and blanket and closet space for each student. Bedclothes are provided, towels are not. It’s possible to change duvet covers, pillowcases, bedsheets and coverlets every two weeks. 

All student rooms have shared facilities – bathrooms and kitchens. Kitchens are equipped with a kettle, a cooker and a microwave, in some cases with an oven as well. 

International Relations Office of Palacký University (IRO) is providing us with information about incoming students. Please, talk to your IRO officer about the accommodation reservation. If you have any special requirements, please, specify that to the IRO officer as the information is then passed to us. 

Library services

The Armoury - the Central Library si located at the heart of the Palacký University in Olomouc, it provides all sorts of library services, 280 000 documents on all topics, large study space and additional services. There are hundreds of study places and up-to-date environment in the historical building, which also hosts specialized departments centralized for the whole Palacký University Library. 

ICT services

The main task of this centre is to administer the university computer network and its information administration systems. The ITC employees provide technical support for the university e-mail network and applications such as UP Portal, STAG, etc. Furthermore, identification cards are managed and made at UP ITC ID Card Office. 

Medical services

If you need assistance because of a physical disability, please contact the Support Centre for Students with Special Needs: The centre is at the Faculty of Education. Counselling is available on personal request. If need be, the counselling can take place outside the Centre's premises.

Student Life

Sports facilities

The main goal of the UP Academic Sport Centre (UP ASC) is to ensure a rich offer of attractive sport and recreation activities for UP students and employees at unbeatably low prices. UP ASC coordinates all its activities with the UP long-term vision. 

More than three dozen regular sporting activities, several summer and winter sports courses, and educational programmes for lecturers are staffed by five UP core employees and six dozen external lecturers. Registration is required in order to make use of the UP ASC sport programmes.

Student clubs

At Palacký University at present, there are about thirty student organisations and associations, uniting hundreds of active students throughout UP’s eight faculties. In February 2018, the UP Student Club was opened for these organisations, in a space housed within the UP Central Library (Zbrojnice – Armoury).

The Club room is primarily intended for organising meetings and training sessions for members, screenings, workshops and thematic lectures. At the Club, organisations have basic technical equipment at their disposal, such as a data projector and screen, Internet connection, and printer. There are also meeting areas, bulletin boards, a flip chart, relaxation zone and lockable spaces for storing materials. 

Student Reviews

My opinion about UPOL
Eliška Eliášová rated 4 out of 5 stars

I am very proud and contended with the study in Olomouc. University Palacký offer a lot of possibilites of learning the languages and skills neccesarry for future job.

It's a great university, city and country!
Constanza Oportus rated 5 out of 5 stars

It's a really friendly environment for foreigner students. The university as a whole is willing to help if you have problems or any issue, and during the pandemic it took great care of exchange and foreigners students. A more English-friendly website could be an improvement. Also, I study a full-English-language program, but still it has some requirements of translation...

Bc. - cultural anthropology and philosophy
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Studying cultural anthropology was great, I learned a lot; I learned how to do an anthropological research together with interesting facts. About studying philosophy: I appreciate the historical overview, the intensive style of teaching. However, the study of philosophy did not meet my expectations - I lacked an insight into contemporary philosophy, which we could apply...

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