• Vavroušek Scholarship – Call for Proposals

    The Department of Development Studies contributes to the costs of student’s activities abroad (such as internships or research stay) by the means of the Vavroušek scholarship. New call for proposals is open until 18th November 2016. For more information please consult the attachment.Call for proposalsApplication form

  • Job Opportunity – RISC Education

    RISC is seeking a new member of the Education Team, as a 1 year maternity cover post, to work collaboratively to design and deliver Global Citizenship education for teachers and student teachers across Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Click for more information.

  • Results of the Erasmus+ selection process

    Based on the applications and the personal interview, these students were selected for study exchange in the summer semester 2016–2017: Anna Lodinová – Ghent University; Tereza Petráčková – University of Turin; Dominik Obruča – University of Turin; Petra Nováková – Beit Berl College.

  • IDS students have a great chance to take part in student evaluation competition

    The Department of Development Studies aims to apply for participation in the Student Evaluation Competition organised by the Czech Evaluation Society in Prague, in order to compare the skills and capabilities of its student team with the teams of other Czech Universities. For more information about the competition, do not hesitate to contact the organiser […]


    Dear students,Department of Development Studies announces a call for applications for ERASMUS+ study stays in summer semester 2016-2017. All the requirements and conditions are described in the documents below. Take this chance and apply for study stay abroad. If you have further question do not hesitate to contact Mr. Syrovátka (for English speaking universities) or […]


Department of Development Studies

Our Mission

We are open and dynamically growing academic department. We provide education and conduct research in areas of development studies, environmental studies and foresight.

We want to inspire students as well as professional and general public and thus contribute to sustainable development of human society. We support personal growth and future employability of our students by individual approach to them and by focusing on international cooperation.

About us

With more than one decade of experience in the field of development studies, the Department offers wide range of development and environment-related programs.

Programs taught in English:

Programs taught in Czech:

  • International Development Studies bachelor program
  • Environmental Studies and Sustainable Development bachelor program
  • International Development Studies master program
  • International Development Studies PhD program


About Palacký University and City of Olomouc

Palacký University, established in 1573, is one of the leading centres 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 historical but dynamic city of Olomouc. The town itself is very old and
picturesque and it is surrounded by sports facilities and nature. According to Lonely Planet, Olomouc is one of „hidden gems“ of Europe. The city of Olomouc is also 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. Students surely appreciate low cost of living in Olomouc in comparison with other Czech cities. In this context, it is worth to mention that cost of living in Czech Republic is generally much lower than in Western Europe (see for example comparison of price level in Czech Republic and Germany).

Palacký University Olomouc has been included in several prestigious international university rankings.  According to the QS World University Rankings, Palacký University ranks within the 651st–700th position in 2016. The QS Rankings include the regional EECA Ranking (Emerging Europe and Central Asia) in which Palacký University has been included for three years in row, ever improving its position. Positive international reputation of Palacký University has been confirmed by the Times Higher Education World University Rankings where Palacký University holds the 601st-800th position.

More information about the Palacký University International Rankings.




Palacky University in Olomouc
Faculty of Science
Department of Development Studies
Třída 17. listopadu 12
771 46 Olomouc
Czech Republic
Phone: +420 585 634 988
Fax: +420 585 223 641



The department is situated in the city of Olomouc, the centre of the Olomouc region. Our department resides in the building of the Faculty of Science, which can be easily found near the city centre, between the Bezruč Park (Bezručovy sady) and the dormitory grounds called Envelopa. You can reach us by walking from the main train statin along the Třída Kosmonautů street within 10 minutes or by taking a tram no. 1 or 7 to “Envelopa” stop or no. 2, 4, or 6 to “Žižkovo náměstí” stop.  

In the building, we can be found in the first floor, northern wing.