Useful Information

Before your stay

Your stay in the Czech Republic

Students coming from EU countries do not need a residence permit; they must, however, have a valid passport or identity card.

Foreigners coming to the Czech Republic must comply with applicable legislation. For details on visa and residence requirements, please consult the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic: https://www.mzv.cz/jnp/en/information_for_aliens/index.html

Further details on the visa requirements are also available on the website of the International Relations Office of Palacký University: https://www.upol.cz/en/students/guide/visa-travel/#c1942

All foreign nationals must maintain valid health insurance throughout their stay in the Czech Republic, for more details see: https://www.upol.cz/en/students/guide/visa-travel/#c2089

Staying at the university dormitories

Exchange students have pre-booked accommodation at university dormitories, usually at the Envelopa or Neředín campus. The Envelopa campus is within 10 minute walking distance from the Faculty of Arts. For more details on dormitory accommodation, please see: https://skm.upol.cz/en/accommodation/basic-information/

Available courses

Courses available for exchange students

Getting to Olomouc

If you do not travel by car, you can get to Olomouc by train or by coach. If you travel by plane, you can fly to Prague or Vienna, Austria.

For further details see the website of the International Relations Office of Palacký University: https://www.upol.cz/en/students/guide/visa-travel/#c1723


During your stay

Academic Calendar for Exchange Students

Semester 1

Arrival at the dormitories September 12-13, 2020
Orientation week semester 1
(Exchange students)
September 14-18, 2020
Beginning of classes September 21, 2020
End of classes December 18, 2020
Examination period beginning January 2, 2020
Examination period end February 12, 2021

Semester 2

Arrival at the dormitories February 6-7, 2021
Orientation week semester 1
(Exchange students)
February 8-12, 2021
Beginning of classes February 15, 2021
End of classes May 14, 2021
Palacky University Olomouc
Academic Week
February 15-21, 2021
Examination period beginning May 17, 2021
Examination period end June 30, 2021

The academic calendar for the following academic year is usually published in April.

Registering your stay with the Immigration Police

European Union students have a statutory duty to register with the Immigration Police within 30 days of their arrival in the Czech Republic, if their intended stay is longer than 30 days (Section 93 of Act No. 326/1999). Third-country nationals have to register within 3 days. To register, students must fill in the Registration Card form.

When registering with the Immigration Police, students must present a completed Registration Card form, a travel document and proof of health insurance (e.g. European Health Insurance Card). If you are staying at Palacký University dormitories and intend to stay there for the whole study period, you do not have to report to the Immigration Police unless you need a confirmation of your registration. The Accommodation Office will take care of your registration.

Seeing a doctor

There is no GP available at the Envelopa Dormitories. If you have difficulties finding a general practitioner, or a specialist, the General Health Insurance Company of the Czech Republic (VZP) should be able to find you one.

In urgent cases, students are advised to go to the Accidents and Emergencies Department of the Olomouc University Hospital. The opening hours are from 3 pm to 7 am on week days and from 7 am to 7 pm at weekends. You must produce a proof of medical expenses insurance. If you need to go to hospital, take tram 1, 5 or 6 in the direction of “Nová Ulice” and get off at the “Fakultní nemocnice” stop.

Identification cards

Each student or scholarship holder is entitled to receive Palacký University identification card. The cards are issued by the Identification Card Office of the University Computer Center. Students may either opt for the ISIC card or for the Palacký University card. For more details and contact details, see: https://cvt.upol.cz/en/identificationcards/

Eating at university canteens

For more details on eating at university canteens, see https://skm.upol.cz/en/dining/basic-information/

Dormitory Accommodation Office

If you have any questions about accommodation of international students for periods exceeding 1 month, please contact Ms. Ilona Utěkalová: https://skm.upol.cz/en/contacts-of-skm/

For general information about dormitory accommodation, please see: https://skm.upol.cz/en/accommodation/basic-information/

Contact details of liaison officers for international students

Each department of the Faculty of Arts has designated a coordinator responsible for stays of international students at the respective department; see the contacts. The coordinator is responsible for approving the Learning Agreement and should help the students at the beginning of theirs stays (organization of study at the department etc.).


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