Summer School

Do you want to broaden your horizon and travel? Do you want to meet new people from all around the world and develop yourself academically? Then this is the summer school for you! Palacký University Olomouc is glad to announce the third edition of SSCE which will take place between 19/7/2019 and 18/8/2019. This comprehensive summer school will give you great insight into European culture and architecture, while at the same time giving you the opportunity to spend time in the heart of Central Europe: the city of Olomouc.

Included are trips to three central European capitals:

  • Prague, Czech Republic
  • Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Vienna, Austria

Next to that, the SSCE 2018 will organize other activities aimed at giving you a thorough understanding of Central European history, knowledge which will prove invaluable in the current era of globalization.


  • Duration: 4 weeks (July 19 - August 18, 2019)
  • Credits: 5 ECTS
  • Regular price: EUR 850
    • Includes accommodation at the Palacký University Olomouc dormitories

The academic programme of the SSCE 2018 will include the following topics:

  • Christianity and Formation of the European East and West
  • Greek and Roman Legacy
  • Renaissance in European intellectual tradition
  • Hungarians in Central Europe: a phenomenon
  • Crusades: Uses and Abuses of the Christian Pilgrimage
  • Baroque culture and spirituality
  • Birth of modern nations in Central Europe
  • Gender roles in modern history (incl. communist regime)
  • Contemporary History of Central Europe
  • Dissident groups and opposition in CE under communist regimes
  • Europe and the world since 1900: from global leadership to periphery?

Also included are field trips all over the Czech Republic and Slovakia such as:

  • Brno, Špilberk
  • Kroměříž
  • Devín castle
  • Rožnov pod Radhoštěm
  • Bouzov castle
  • Javoříčko caves


Students of the summer school can stay in the dormitories of Palacký University Olomouc, in rooms for two persons. Every two or three rooms share a bathroom and a toilette, and on each floor there is a kitchenette. Bed sheets are provided, and internet is available in the dorms as well. Take a virtual tour of the dormitory!

Why Olomouc?

It is the university together with a great number of other educational institutions that makes Olomouc the top student city in the Czech Republic – every fifth person in the city is a student! The city is home to 23,000 students from all over the world, who prove every single day that there is a reason why Olomouc is referred to as the Czech Oxford. Students are literally all over the place, which only highlights the friendly or even family-like atmosphere of the city, which you will fall in love with at first sight.

Olomouc is more than a thousand years old, and currently is the fifth largest city in the Czech Republic. It has been an important centre during different historical periods, was the capital of Moravia until The Thirty Years War, and has been an archbishop‘s seat since 1777. Thanks to its rich history, there is a wonderful display of historical memorials, ancient churches, fountains, and romantic streets accompanied by the gorgeous scenery of the city parks. Click here to take a virtual walk through Olomouc!

Key Lecturers

See details about the lecturers:

Antonín Kalous

Antonín Kalous is a professor of medieval and renaissance history at Palacký University. He has studied in Olomouc and in Budapest and did research at various institutions in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Italy, the Vatican and the USA. He is the director of the ERASMUS MUNDUS Euroculture Programme at Palacký University. He teaches courses on central European history, on history of the Renaissance and of the papacy, works on academic writing and on history of religion.

In his research, he has focused on political, cultural and church history of Central Europe as well as on European Middle Ages in general. The main focus of his research is on the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, papal and church history. Apart from journal and book publications on these topics, he has edited a volume of The Transformation of Confessional Cultures in a Central European City: Olomouc, 1400–1750 published in 2015 in Rome.

Jan Stejskal

Jan Stejskal was born in Pardubice, the Czech Republic, in 1970. He has a M.A. in Medieval Studies from the Central European University in Budapest, Hungary and a Ph.D. from Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic. Jan Stejskal worked at the Radio Free Europe/ Radio Liberty in Prague as the archivist and information analyst, and later as the researcher at the Center for Theoretical Study (Charles University in Prague).

He spent four semesters in Italy as the American Academy Fellow (in Rome) and as the Harvard University Center for Renaissance Studies Fellow (in Florence). He also received the Fellowship of the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Sciences in Wassenaar.  He teaches history and historiography as the associate professor at Palacký University in Olomouc. His fields of interest are history of religion, especially Christian missions. He published books on medieval religious exile, on historical contacts between central and southern Europe, and essays on intertextuality in late medieval Europe. He also published his translations and editions of renaissance Latin texts.

Jiří Lach

Jiří Lach, born October 21, 1971, is a full professor of history (promoted November 1, 2015). He holds a doctorate (Ph.D.) in political science, and a second doctorate (habilitation) in history. He completed his M.A. studies in political science and history (Palacký University Olomouc, 1996) and sociology (Central European University in Prague). He has long-term teaching experience at Palacký University in Olomouc, Czech Republic (since 2000), J. Lach has taught as Fulbright Scholar at USMA West Point, NY, USA (spring semester 2003), as Louis Brown Fellow at Valdosta State University, GA, USA and J. G. Herder Professor at Friedrich-Schiller Universität in Jena, Germany (academic year 2008-2009).

He serves as the dean of the Faculty of Arts, Palacký University (PU) since 2010, and participates in teaching at the Department of Politics and European Studies (PU), and publishes actively on Czech and European historiography, Postwar European History and Czech History. He has actively participated at numerous international projects, grants and conferences, including the 20th International Congress of Historical Sciences (Sydney, Australia, 2005), and most recently at international conferences in Poland and Slovakia (October 2016).

Jitka Kohoutová

Jitka Kohoutová studied history and English philology in Olomouc. During her study stay in the Netherlands, she started to focus on gender in the modern history, and since then she has carried out several research stays abroad (France, UK, Bulgaria). Currently she teaches modern history at the Department of History, Palacký University Olomouc. Besides, she is the teacher and co-director of the Erasmus Mundus Master Programme Euroculture at the same university. She gained teaching experience from her mobility at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, USA, as well as from various summer schools in the Central-European region (e.g. Pázmány Péter Catholic University Budapest, Hunagry; Matej Bél University Banská Bystrica, Slovakia).

In her research, she specializes in the 19th-century cultural and gender history, with main focus on the construction of feminine and masculine identities, on the family history, motherhood and fatherhood, education towards the gender roles etc. She has published scholarly studies dealing with the gender roles and family values in the 19th-century middle-class families, and also presented the results of her research at the 21st International Congress of Historical Sciences in Amsterdam in 2010.


Niels Hexpoor
tel.: +420 585 631 092


Palacký University Olomouc, the Czech Republic, EU

International Relations Office, Křížkovského 8, 771 47 Olomouc

Fee and Application Form

Programme fee for one participant: EUR 850

The fee includes:

  • Accommodation* (4 weeks)
  • Lectures
  • Trips
  • Orientation day
  • Certificate of Attendance (transcripts with ECTS credits available only after successfully finishing the programme)

* Per person in double or triple room, + EUR 100 per person for a single room.

The fee does not include:

  • Food
  • Transport to and from the Czech Republic
  • Costs for obtaining passport, visa or other travel documents, insurance etc.

The participant must have travel insurance, medical and accident insurances.


March 31, 2019

Payment details, terms and conditions

Application form