Academic Calendar & Organization of Study

The academic year is divided into two semesters. Each semester is 13 weeks long. Winter semester starts in late September; in the last week before Christmas there are no classes because it is a “credit week”, which is one week of mostly written tests which are either a completion of the courses themselves or a prerequisite of registering for an oral exam in the exam period. The exam period goes on through January until mid-February. The summer semester runs from mid-February to mid-May. The last week is again a credit week, with the exam period lasting until the end of June.

Academic calendar 2017/2018

The academic year starts on September 1st 2017 and ends on August 31st 2018. The winter semester ends before Christmas. Exams are scheduled throughout January. The summer semester begins in the middle of February and ends in the middle of May with exams continuing until the end of June.

  • With approval from respective departments, students can take examinations also before the official examination period.
  • Winter semester at the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Health Sciences starts on September 11, 2017 and ends on January 5, 2018.
  • Summer Semester at the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Health Sciences starts on February 12, 2018 and ends on May 25, 2018.

Arrival at the dormitories


September 9 - 10, 2017

Orientation week Winter semester


September 11 - September 15, 2017

Winter semester (beginning of classes)


September 18, 2017*

Winter semester (ending of classes)


December 17, 2017*

Christmas break


December 18, 2017 - January 1, 2018

Examination period beginning*


January 2, 2018

Examination period ending


February 11, 2018

Arrival at the dormitoriesFebruary 3 – 4, 2018

Orientation week Summer semester


February 5 – 9, 2018

Summer semester (beginning of classes)


February 12, 2018*

Summer semester (ending of classes)


May 13, 2018*

Palacký University Olomouc Academic week


February 19 - 25, 2018

Sports Day


May 9, 2018

Examination period beginning *


May 14, 2018

Examination period ending


June 30, 2018 
(September 6, 2018 at the latest)


The schedule and instruction methods logically vary between faculties and disciplines. Classes can start in the early hours of the morning (7am) and run until 8pm at the latest. Individual classes are 45 mins or 90 mins long. Lectures tend to be longer, followed by shorter, more practical seminars or exercises. At lectures, students mostly passively listen to the presentation, while at seminars, active participation and homework in the form of readings, essays, exercises or seminar papers are required. UP students may combine disciplines freely and attend courses outside their home departments or even faculties. It may happen that a course primarily designed for one particular year is also attended by students of higher or lower years. Everything depends on the capacity of the course and the instructor’s decision.

As the method of instruction and course requirements are determined by the instructor, always check with them for details before registering in the course!

Medical students follow their own specific rules and a fixed schedule which they can complement with optional courses. 

Course completion

Some courses may be completed through good attendance and the fulfilment of continuous tasks throughout the semester or by submitting a semestral project or paper, without the need for another exam. However, completion of the majority of courses requires first the acquisition of a “credit” and then passing an exam. The “credit” is usually a written test. It may consist of an essay, but mostly it is a classic test with open- or closed-ended questions. Credit tests are mostly held in the last week of the semester. By acquiring the “credit” you either complete the entire course or qualify for an exam. Exams are held in the exam period. They may be written, but are very often oral. Prior to the exam, students receive relevant topics or questions and need to revise the contents of the course in the semester. At the oral exam you discuss the selected topic with the instructor; the test can take anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour or more, again depending on the discipline, instructor, and logically on how you are performing in the exam. If you fail your “credit” or exam, you can do up to two retakes. Note that many courses are concluded only with a credit or “kolokvium” (oral assessment through discussion), i.e. only the pass/fail evaluation, without a grade (A, B, C, D, E, F). If your home university requires grades, remember to choose courses that are concluded with an exam. UP cannot give you grades for courses that are concluded with a “credit” or colloquium.