Czech Language Courses

Czech for Foreigners

The courses of Czech language for foreigners are organized by the Language Centre, which is a part of the Faculty of Arts. The Department of Czech Studies guarantees professional Czech language education for foreigners at Palacky University; a field guarantee: Mgr. Darina Hradilová, PhD. (darina.hradilova@upol.cz).
The courses are taught in English, German, Russian and Czech languages. The Department is able to offer you a large variety of courses according to your specific demands. The Basic Czech Course aims to quickly provide a communicative competence in Czech. You will be provided with textbooks and other teaching materials. At the end of your course you can take a Certificate Exam specifying the level of your knowledge at levels recognised within the EU. You´ll also get University certificate of graduation of life – long learning programme. 

Foundation Year of Czech for Foreigners

  • Two-semester intensive course (preparatory for a follow-up study in Czech)
    • minimum 4 and maximum 8 people in a group
    • 600 lessons (or number of lessons adjusted to participants' needs)
    • 87 000,- CZK/person (or according to the number of lessons)
    • books and all study materials included
    • admitted applicants are provided an admission letter and a proof of accommodation, documents needed for visa application
    • accommodation at university dorms booked
    • possibility to use university facilities for free
    • graduation certificate at the end of the course

The Foundation Year of Czech for Foreigners is organized by the Language Centre (Faculty of Arts, Palacký University).

For more information please contact: czechff@upol.cz.
Faculty of Arts, Palacký University, reserves the right to accept or deny an applicant. Underage applicants (less than 18 years of age) will not be accepted.

Before applying for our course, please pay attention to the most frequently asked questions

Fill in your online online application.

Native speakers of Russian could also use another course.


Bachelor´s degree study programme

The programme Czech for foreigners is taught at the Department of Czech Studies with English as the language of instruction.

The graduate (a non-native speaker of Czech ) of the study programme has the B2 level command (communicative competence) in the Czech language that allows him/her communicate effectively in all everyday situations or participate in professional discussion pertaining his/her specialization. The graduate has a proper philological training: he/she is acquainted with elementary theoretical description of the studied language and with the literary canon of the language, he/she is able to understand authentic texts, both general and artistic. The graduate is prepared to apply his/her knowledge as a commercial translator/interpreter, as a tourist guide, as an author of simple commercial texts (instructions, informational brochures, etc.), he /she is prepared to teach Czech at the elementary level as a first-line lector in his home country.

Entrance exams, fees and terms

Contact: Mgr. Darina Hradilová, Ph.D., darina.hradilova@upol.cz 


Czech for exchange students

The course Czech for Foreigners is taught at the Department of Czech Studies and is intended for all exchange students (Erasmus, CEEPUS, bilateral contracts between UP / parts of UP and foreign universities etc.).

The course includes two lessons (90 min.) per week and is divided into four levels: beginners, beginners+ (for students from Slavonic countries), intermediate and advanced. The code for enrollment of this course in STAG is CJPC1 (fall semester) and CJPC2 (spring semester). Students who regularly attend the course and pass the final test are given 4 ECTS points. Optionally, students can enroll an oral exam in Czech (code CJPZ1 and CJPZ2 for 1 ECTS point).

The timetable, placement test and other instruction

Contact: Mgr. Darina Hradilová, Ph.D., darina.hradilova@upol.cz 


Summer School of Slavonic Studies

The Summer School of Slavonic Studies at the Faculty of Arts of Palacký University Olomouc organizes courses of Czech language (50 or 100 lessons) intended 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 program 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 and excursions, etc.

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.

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.

For more information please see www.lsss.upol.cz.