Academic Calendar & Organization of Study

Academic Calendar

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.

The academic year starts on 1 September 2023 and ends on 31 August 2024. The winter semester classes end before Christmas. Exams are scheduled throughout January. The summer semester begins in the middle of February and classes end 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

Arrival at the dormitories

8 - 10 September 2023

Winter semester (beginning of classes)

18 September 2023

Winter semester (ending of classes)

15 December 2023

Christmas break

18 December 2023 - 2 January 2024

Examination period beginning

2 January 2024

Examination period ending

9 February 2024

Arrival at the dormitories

2 – 4 February 2024

Orientation week Summer semester (for Erasmus+&Exchange students)

5 – 9 February 2024

Summer semester (beginning of classes)

12 February 2024

Summer semester (ending of classes)

10 May 2024

Palacký University Olomouc Academic week

19 - 25 February 2024

Sports Days

7 May 2024 (Rector's holiday)

Examination period beginning

13 May 2024

Examination period ending

30 June 2024
(6 September 2024 at the latest)

The academic calendar above is general for the whole university and might differ for particular faculties, especially for the FHS nad FMD whose calendars are listed bellow.

Academic Calendar for Faculty of Health Sciences

Academic Calendar for Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry

Public holidays in CZE

Public holidays in the Czech Republic are days of national significance and are observed by the government and businesses throughout the country. These holidays are an important part of Czech culture and are usually associated with religious, historical, or cultural events.

On these days, some of the government offices, banks, schools, and many businesses are closed, and public transportation operates on a reduced schedule. Many Czechs use these days as an opportunity to spend time with family and friends, attend church services or cultural events, or participate in traditional celebrations.

Overall, public holidays in the Czech Republic play an important role in preserving the country's cultural heritage and provide an opportunity for Czechs to come together to celebrate and reflect on their history and traditions.

Restoration Day of the Independent Czech State,

New Year's Day

Den obnovy samostatného českého státu,

Nový rok

1 January

Good Friday

Velký pátek

29 March (for 2024)

Easter Monday

Velikonoční pondělí

1 April (for 2024)

Labour Day

Svátek práce

1 May

Victory Day

Den vítězství

8 May

Saints Cyril and Methodius Day

Den slovanských věrozvěstů Cyrila a Metoděje

5 July

Jan Hus Day

Den upálení mistra Jana Husa

6 July

Statehood Day

Den české státnosti

28 September

Independence Day

Den vzniku samostatného československého státu

28 October

Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day

Den boje za svobodu a demokracii

17 November

Christmas Eve

Štědrý den

24 December

Christmas Day

1. svátek vánoční

25 December

St. Stephen´s Day

2. svátek vánoční

26 December

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