We know the financial part of PhD studies can be stressful and difficult. We will try our best to help you with the situation and to smooth the process.
There are ways to make some side money during your studies. We will describe them in next few paragraphs. Please note that all following options are highly individual and do not have to apply to all our students. At the same time, there will be different opportunities for our students that are not mentioned here. Neither of which is guaranteed from our department or university.
Palacky University runs multiple programs aimed to fund your research. This funding can be crucial for your research and for your studies. Those programs are running independently on the study timetable, so you will be best to check them on your own. To mention a few, you should investigate IGA – Internal Grant Agency; GAČR – Grant Agency of Czech Republic; AIA – Academic Information Agency.
The downside of most mentioned agencies is that the application usually needs to be in Czech language. In this case, we recommend talking to your supervisor.
On top of those programs, our university supports students with accommodation stipend. If you are a foreigner, you should be eligible to receive a small but nice financial support for living (ranging from 2000 CZK to 3000 CZK). Once you are accepted, you simply submit an application via the student portal.
Our department periodically looks for new talents to broaden the academic team. There might be suitable openings that you will be able to apply and get a stable income. Those positions are not always open and may not be available for English speaking students, but from time to time, you can get a good opportunity.
Your state agency. Sometimes, the country of origin may offer some scholarships. As the applicants for our programs are diverse, we cannot cover the opportunities here. Google is your friend in this case.
Olomouc is beautiful student city with one huge advantage, distance – everything is in the vicinity. UPOL university is a city campus, which creates an amazing environment for studies and living.
There are two accommodation options: University dormitories or renting your own/shared apartment. Our university provides variety of options for short-term and long-term accommodation, which is always near the city center and can be utilized by students and visitors. This option can be more costly, but you have assurance of easy communication even from abroad.
A second option is renting your own/shared room or apartment, which can be significantly cheaper than university-maintained accommodation. There are a lot of options for renting, but the setup is slightly harder and can be exhausting when doing from abroad and our university cannot help you with that. Students usually rent single rooms in shared apartment with other students, or even their own apartment. All depends on financial resources of students.
The most used option is combining those two options together. Starting in university-maintained accommodation for first few months to a year, until you get well accommodated in our city and you are comfortable to look for your own apartment.
One option that our university offers is accommodation stipend – more in Fees and Funding chapter.
Health insurance (non-EU citizen)
For studies and mainly for your residence permit, you will need a proof of health insurance. Our university unfortunately does not provide any insurance for our students, so you will have to acquire it by your own. We have some major insurance companies that offer insurance, but to cover it here wouldn’t be sufficient or efficient. One of the most known is state run insurance company VZP (Všeobecná zdravotní pojišťovna), which should meet all your needs, but there are others that might suite your needs better.
You will need the basic insurance coverage to fulfill your visa requirements. It usually does not include more advanced procedures and dental but should be enough for most common tasks. The insurance cost depends highly on your person, but usually ranges from 500 to 700 EUR.