Palacký University is the second oldest institution of higher learning in Czech Republic.
It was founded in 1573 as the University of Olomouc. Its medical faculty was established in the late 18th century. The university was later renamed as Palacky Universitý in honor of Frantisek Palacký who was a national revivalist, politician and historian.
Today it has more than 23.000 students at 8 faculties, covering fields from health sciences and medicine through modern and classical languages, philosophy, teacher training, sciences, law, and theology. The university also has more than 1000 teachers and research fellows, and its most famous alumni is Gregor Johann Mendel, whom many know as the ‘Father of Modern Genetics‘.
In 1993 its medical faculty began offering full-time degree courses in General Medicine entirely in English; and it has attracted students from all over the world. The university is situated in the second most important historical city in Czech Republic-Olomouc, which gives students access to the many historical sites of the country.
Palacký University is a modern institution providing high quality teaching combined with research and supported by state of the art facilities – libraries, computer facilities, laboratories, etc. Housing is guaranteed for all international students in modern, fully equipped dormitories and dining halls are located in six different parts of Olomouc. The University excels in many research areas - among the strongest we can mention biomedical sciences, nanotechnologies, quantum optics, education science and others.
The University participates in many European programmes of cooperation in education and research. It has more than 300 Erasmus partners in 28 European countries and 60 bilateral agreements with universities around the world. The student population includes more than 1600 international students from all over the world.