June 19, 2017

Olomouc is Czech Oxford

Olomouc has the highest density of university students in Central Europe

Palacký University is an example of an old university in a small town, like Yale University in New Haven or Oxford. The town of Olomouc has 100,000 inhabitants and 25,000 university students (including those at Moravian College Olomouc), which is the highest density of university students in Central Europe. The town itself is very old and picturesque and it is surrounded by sports facilities and nature. If we add the genius loci of Olomouc, it is no wonder that Palacký University is often referred to as the Czech Oxford.

Olomouc would not be the same without Palacky University and the same holds true the other way around. University gives the city its unique atmosphere of a student city (they say that during the semester, every fifth person you meet on the street is a university student) and its graduates often stay and live in.

Every semester comes more and more students to Palacky University from all around the Europe in ERASMUS exchange program.

Palacký University, Olomouc is the oldest university in Moravia and the second-oldest in the Czech Republic. It was established in 1573 as a public university led by the Jesuit order in Olomouc, which was at that time the capital of Moravia and the seat of the episcopacy. At first, it taught only theology, but soon the fields of philosophy, law and medicine were added.

The University of Olomouc is named by František Palacký, a 19th-century Moravian historian and politician.