Palacký University Olomouc
Palacký University, established in 1573, is one of the leading centers of teaching and research in the Czech Republic. It comprises eight faculties at the present time and offers degrees in a wide range of disciplines, including medicine and other natural sciences, humanities, social sciences, as well as legal education. In the recent years, one of the highest priorities of the University is to strengthen international cooperation with other higher education institutions. Up to date, more than 1 700 international students study at Palacký University.
Palacký University is located in the historical but dynamic city of Olomouc. The town itself is very old and picturesque and it is surrounded by sports facilities and nature. The city of Olomouc is well-known for its high density of university students: over 24 000 students in the city of 100 000 inhabitants make Olomouc the city with the highest density of university students in Central Europe.
International Development Studies (IDS) is a graduate two-year full-time program designed not only for students with development studies background but also for students and practitioners from related fields who are interested in international development. The program provides students with key knowledge and skills for a deeper understanding of problems affecting developing countries, including the skills for qualitative and quantitative research.
The aim of the IDS is to prepare professionals for careers in development policy and practice. Upon successful completion of the program students will be equipped to work in the field of international development in public sector, private industry, as well as in governmental and non-governmental organizations at both national and international levels. Students can also find the opportunity to work as experts in projects run in low-income countries, especially organizing and administering the projects both in the donor and in the target country, in diplomatic service, or in the academic sector.
A plenty of scholarships and international opportunities are available to IDS students. The Merit Scholarship and Master Course Scholarship for Foreigners are granted to students with very good study results, while Vavroušek and Mobility Scholarships are designed to support internships and student research projects in the field of development cooperation. The Department of Development Studies is currently cooperating with more than twenty universities within the ERASMUS+ and ERASMUS MUNDUS programs. ERASMUS program financially supports and makes possible carrying out a part of students' study program at a university in another European country. The department also offers field trips to developing regions or to international institutions and international development organizations.
About the School
It is the university, together with a number of other educational institutions that makes Olomouc the top student city in the Czech Republic – where every fifth person in the city is a student!