About Us

The International Relations Office (IRO) is a central international department of Palacký University Olomouc.

In 2019, the University was awarded with the prestigious 2019 EAIE Award for Excellence in Internationalisation, the 2019 Czech National Quality Prize for Social Responsibility in the category of large and medium-sized public sector organisations, and the internationally recognised Committed to Sustainability Award while being included in the database of the European Foundation for Quality Management.

It is in this contextuality that IRO provides information and pieces of instruction related to the study and traineeship mobility and to funding options for students and staff alike. IRO is the key central coordinator for the Erasmus+ programme and it provides information about other exchange programmes within the European Union, UP interuniversity collaboration and many other programmes as well. As to the Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships and Capacity Building projects, within the last 3 years, Palacký University Olomouc (UP) has coordinated 8 Erasmus+ KA2 projects and participated in another 10 KA2 projects as a partner.

In 2018 and 2019, IRO coordinated the process of the Monitoring Internationalization of Czech Higher Education (MICHE) at UP and now it participates in the UP Internationalisation Strategy 2021+ agenda and pays attention to the UP engagement in international associations, i.e. the EUA, Aurora, Magna Charta networks.

IRO is also in charge of incoming foreign students studying at UP under short-term exchange programmes, study abroad programmes and it has been developing comprehensive international student and staff services with the support of the local ESN branch in Olomouc.

IRO Staff

Please contact particular IRO officers according to the type of your request. In addition to the central UP IRO staff described below, each of the eight UP faculties has its own International Relations Officers who are in charge of their particular international agendas at the faculty.

International Relations Office (IRO)

PhDr. Dalibor Mikuláš, Ph.D.
Head of the International Relations Office

Mgr. Martina Baleková
Aurora Administrative Officer

Ing. Martina Buráňová
Study Programmes in Foreign Languages and IP Coordinator

Mgr. Zuzana Hamdanieh
Incoming Students Erasmus+, Merrill programme

Mgr. Lenka Haničáková
Outgoing Students Erasmus+ (students K - Ž)

Mgr. Niels Hexspoor
Summer and Winter Schools

Ing. Bronislava Hošková
Economist

Mgr. Tereza Kalousková
Erasmus+ KA107 - International Credit Mobility, Non-EU Incoming Students, cooperation agreements

Bc. Eva Kulihová
Economist

Mgr. Eva Ohnisková, DiS.
Erasmus+ KA107 - International Credit Mobility, Summer and Winter Schools

Mgr. Magda Pařilová (Vice-Rector’s Office)
Contact person for "Režim Student", Admissions Officer

Mgr. Štěpánka Přidalová
Incoming student coordinator for Cooperation Agreements (Central & South America), event management, web admin

Mgr. Marie Raková 
Outgoing Students Erasmus+ (Traineeships KA103, KA107, Scholarship Program UP (Outgoing students, Erasmus+ KA107 also incoming students) 

Petra Soldánová
Erasmus+ KA107 - Employees, Nebraska Semester Abroad

Mgr. Yvona Vyhnánková
Institutional Coordinator

Mgr. Vladimíra Žlutířová
Outgoing Students Erasmus+ (students A - J)

Main activities of the UP IRO

Cooperation Agreements

Palacký University Olomouc has more than a thousand cooperation agreements in place with partner HEIs from all around the world either within the Erasmus+ programme or within  the direct bilateral/multilateral academic collaboration.  All of the mentioned contracts are available for consultation at the IRO.

Study abroad

  • Every September, the Ministry distributes, as part of international cultural agreements scholarships to higher education institutions. Information about the scholarships is available at its website. For details, please contact the international relations officer of the faculty through which you submit your application.
  1. Quota scholarships. Applicants submit their applications to the Dean’s Office to be forwarded to the UP Rector’s Office.
  2. Competition scholarships (competitive selections). Applications are submitted via the Dean’s Office to the Academic Information Agency of the MEYS Centre for International Cooperation in Education.

Please go to www.dzs.cz for more information about the types of scholarships.
Please refer to Current openings and Study abroad for more information.

Study Abroad Programmes

The UP IRO prepares and partly organizes exchange programmes for foreign students in the Czech Republic and all affairs related to the students’ studies in Olomouc, while also providing tutor-coordinators, classrooms, and helping to organize their extracurricular activities.

The following programmes are held every year:

EU programmes

1.     Administration of ERASMUS+ programme at UP - information both for students and teachers

2.    CEEPUS

UP promotion and representation abroad

The International Relations Office prepares and organizes the participation of UP in international conferences and education fairs abroad, e.g. NAFSA (Association of International Educators) in the USA, APAIE (Asia-Pacific Association for International Education), EAIE (European Association of International Education), fairs in Ecuador, Colombia, Ukraine, Italy, Russia, China, Kazakhstan, Indonesia and other countries.

Recent UP Awards and Recognition

2020

  • The "Aurora European University Alliance" project was selected as one of the 6 best projects nominated for the STUDY IN award for work in the field of internationalization and will be included in the final selection round
  • Largest Erasmus + KA107 grant (International Credit Mobility) in the Czech Republic
  • The Aurora Alliance (UP is a member) was awarded the European University Alliance grant

2019

  • EAIE Award for Excellence in Internationalisation
  • Czech National Quality Prize for Social Responsibility 
  • Committed to Sustainability Award
  • Centre for International Cooperation in Education (DZS) Award for CEEPUS (International Cooperation in Computer Science, Faculty of Education, Palacký University Olomouc)

2018

  • Largest Erasmus + KA107 grant (International Credit Mobility) in the Czech Republic