František Palacki University (UPOL)

Palacki University was founded in 1573 and is the second oldest university in the Czech Republic. The university consists of 8 faculties. The training is conducted according to 243 curricula accredited by the Ministry of Education of the Czech Republic, 18 of them are taught in a foreign language. Palacki University has more than 23,000 students, which is a fifth of the total number of residents of the city of Olomouc.

Olomouc University is among the top five research universities in the Czech Republic. The most popular faculties among foreign students are: Medical, Philosophical and Faculty of Natural Sciences.

Olomouc University is named after the historian František Palatsky and is one of the oldest in the Czech Republic


Official name:
Univerzita Palackého v Olomouci, UPOL, Palacký University Olomouc


Type of university: state

Language of instruction: Czech

Faculties: 8

Number of years of study: 4-9 years

Training program:
bachelor's, master's, doctoral studies


Faculty of Medicine

  • General medicine;
  • Dentistry.

Entrance Exams: Applicants must pass a test in physics, chemistry and biology.  

Faculty of Medical Sciences

  • Physical therapy;
  • Nursing;
  • Obstetrics;
  • Assistant radiology doctor.

Faculty of Philosophy

Bachelor's degree programs:

  • Andragogy;
  • English Philology;
  • Chinese Philology;
  • Theater studies;
  • Film studies;
  • Philosophy, etc.

Entrance exams: it is necessary to pass a written test on the prerequisites for SPF training or on the profile of the specialty. For some programs, applicants are additionally interviewed.

Faculty of Natural Sciences 

Bachelor's degree programs:

  • Molecular Biophysics;
  • Nanotechnology;
  • Applied Chemistry;
  • Discrete mathematics;
  • Ecology and environmental protection, etc

You can apply: before 03/15/2023

Faculty of Law

Bachelor's Degree program:

  • Law in public administration 

Entrance Exams: Applicants take the SCIO National Comparative Exam on general prerequisites for learning and the basics of social sciences.

Faculty of Education

Bachelor's degree programs:

  • Special preschool pedagogy;
  • Drama therapy;
  • English Teacher;
  • Math Teacher;
  • Teacher of Czech language and literature. 

Entrance exams: Students can take a creative, written or oral exam, depending on the chosen specialty. Some are asking to take a National test on the prerequisites for learning.

Faculty of Physical Culture

Bachelor's degree programs:

  • Physical therapy;
  • Physical education and sports;
  • Protection of the population;
  • Recrealogy;
  • Coaching and sports;
  • Coaching and sports.  

Entrance exams: Applicants can take a written test (depending on the specialty), an essay, an oral exam or an interview. 

Faculty of Theology

Bachelor's degree programs:

  • Charity and social work;
  • International social and humanitarian work;
  • Theological studies.

The main conditions for admission to Palatsky University:

  • Confirmation of completed secondary/higher education;
  • Certificate confirming the level of proficiency in the Czech language not lower than B2;
  • Successful completion of entrance tests (depending on the faculty).

Previously, in order to stay in the Czech Republic, expelled foreign students bought language courses to extend their residence permit. As a rule, they applied for such a service to the same centers where they studied and prepared for admission to the university.

The situation escalated around such schools, which stamped papers for renewal. Mostly students who dropped out of universities due to insufficient knowledge of the Czech language. Apparently, the migration authorities decided to break this vicious circle and stop the legalization of stay in the Czech Republic.

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