Message from the Vice-DeanDear Students,
I would like to invite you to choose the Faculty of Law, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen for your study period in the heart of Europe, in the Czech Republic.
The Faculty of Law is the youngest of the four law faculties in the Czech Republic, providing a vibrant and exciting environment fostering research and academic growth since its founding in 1993.
Studying in the heart of Europe is an experience unlike any other. The royal city of Pilsen was founded in 1295 and soon developed into a centre of trade. Its historical wealth can still be seen today – from the gothic Cathedral of St. Bartholomew to the Great Synagogue, which is the second largest synagogue in Europe. Today, Pilsen is a young and dynamic city booming with its friendly and diverse student population. You will make new friends from all over the world since Pilsen is an excellent starting point for exploring the rest of Europe. In just over an hour you can reach Prague, a crossroads of train, bus and plane routes to all major European cities. Being an European citizen gives you a lot of advantages and you should not miss this chance to explore your abilities through exploring the world.
We hope you make that decision and we can welcome you at our Faculty of Law in West Bohemia and provide you with a wide range of educational, cultural and social opportunities.
Welcome to Faculty of Law, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen
JUDr. Monika Forejtová, Ph. D.
Vice-Dean for International Affairs
About the FacultyThe Faculty of Law, UWB was established in 1993 by Pilsen lawyers, with the support of the city of Pilsen and personalities from the Institute of State and Law, Czech Academy of Sciences. The first graduation of graduates took place in 1998, since then the faculty produced more than 4,000 graduates.
The Faculty of Law employs experts who are known for their great erudition and their outstanding work in the legislative processes such as the preparation of the Civil Code, the Law on Corporations, the Insolvency Act, the Penal Code, the International Law Act, the Law on juvenile justice and fundamental amendment to the Criminal Procedure Code.
Most of the professors are members of advisory bodies of the Government, judges, respected lawyers, executers or arbitrators. The Scientific Council of the faculty consists of distinguished authority as constitutional court judges, judges of the Supreme Administrative Court, deans of faculties of law.
About PilsenPilsen is the fourth largest city in the Czech Republic. It is located in western Bohemia. It is an important industrial, commercial, cultural, and administrative center.
The city was founded on the confluence of four rivers - Uhlava, Uslava, Radbuza and Mze - by the Czech king Wenceslas II in 1295. Situated on the crossroads of two important trade routes and close to Prague, Pilsen experienced an immediate rapid growth. Nowadays, the Pilsen metropolitan area covers 125 square kilometres. Its population is 165, 000 inhabitants.
The rich cultural and economic standard of life in Pilsen is particularly enhanced by its heritage. In 1989, the ancient town center was declared a historical landmark to be carefully preserved. The rich architectural gems here include Gothic St. Bartholomew’s Cathedral, Renaissance City Hall, Baroque reconstruction of the Archdeacon’s house and Franciscan Monastery, and the recently re-opened Great Synagogue of Pilsen. Many Pilsen public buildings, such as the city theatre, museum, the Burgher Hall or houses with Mikolas Ales’s sgraffiti, date back to the 19th century.
In an effort to increase the quality of education in the area, the University of West Bohemia was founded in the city in 1991. The array of secondary schools, grammar schools, and art schools is impressive. Several international institutions are also located here: Alliance Francaise, the British Library and the Austrian Library. The spiritual tradition of the city was strengthened when the Bishopric was opened in 1993. Performances in the J. K. Tyl Theatre belong among the most valuable traditions of the Pilsen culture.
Pilsen is a center of international cultural events and festivals that include the Smetana Days, the Theatre Festival, International Drawing Biennial, Skupa’s Plzen, and the International Big-Band Festival. The Pilsen Cultural Summer offers various open-air-stage concerts in the city center.
Given the numerous woods and rivers that surround Pilsen, recreational possibilities for the citizens and visitors are very wide. Short day trips to outlying historic sites can be also easily made from Pilsen.
Pilsen is the EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE in 2015.
For more information visit: http://www.pilsen.eu/
Erasmus +The Erasmus+ programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work. Erasmus+ provides opportunities to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad for students and employees. The Erasmus+ programme encourages student and staff mobility throughout Europe and promotes multilateral cooperation between higher education institutions in Europe, and between higher education institutions and enterprises. Students from an Erasmus partner university can study for a semester or the whole academic year, in selected courses at UWB without tuition fees. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), which has been implemented at UWB, enables foreign students to obtain credits for these courses after return to their home university. Recommended workload for Erasmus students is 30 ECTS credits per semester. More information on the various activities can be found on the website of the National Agency for European Educational Programmes (NAEP).
How to applyIf you wish to study at the Faculty of Law in Pilsen, UWB under the Erasmus+ programme:
- Check with your home university if it has an agreement with the Faculty of Law in Pilsen, UWB
Download: (list of Erasmus+ Bilateral Agreements)
- Ask your home coordinators about the selection and nomination process at your home institution. Your home coordinator has to nominate you officially by an e-mail sent to the Erasmus+ coordinator of UWB.
- Please complete the online application form here:
Courses of Faculty of Law can be found at:
Please complete the application form (including the section „Courses“) before May 15th (for winter term) or November 30th (for summer term).
For those students with VISA requirements, please submit the application form by May 1st (for winter term) or November 1st (for summer term).
Futher information about the application procedure can be found at:
Please fill in the Application form and Accommodation form as well within the deadlines mentioned and send it to UWB Erasmus coordinator:
Lucie Šmuclerová, E-mail: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org tel: +420 377 635 799
Course catalogueYou can choose from the Course catalogue - http://www.zcu.cz/en/study/studijni-predmety/fpr/
Grading systemDescription of the institutional grading system:
|Points||Grade (six-step classification scale)||Examination (six-step classification scale)||University of West Bohemia examination (“zkouška”) (four-step classification scale)||University of West Bohemia subject pass (without examination (“zápočet”)|
“výborně” (i.e. “excellent”)
|R subject pass achieved (“započteno”)|
“velmi dobře” (i.e. “very good”)
“dobře” (i.e. “good”)
|0-50||F,FX||4||4 “nevyhověl” (i.e. “fail”).||subject pass not achieved (“nezapočteno”)|
Czech for foreignersFor those of you who are interested in taking Czech language course (equals 5 ECTS credits) follow this link and add the abbreviation of the course to your Learning agreement on portal in section “Courses” as well:
- Basic Czech (for absolute beginners), code UJP/CZK1
- Basic Czech 2 (for false beginners), code UJP/CZK2
Academic calendarThe Academic Year is divided into two semesters: Winter Semester from 21st September 2015 to 31st August 2016 and Summer Semester from 15th February to 31st August 2016.
7. 9. Registration for upper classes
21. 9. – 18. 12. Winter semester classes
11. 11. Ceremonial session of the UWB Scientific Board (Rector´s Day: afternoon classes cancelled after 12.00)
4. 12. Deadline for announcing winter semester exam dates
19. 12. – 3. 1. 2016 Winter holiday
4. 1. -12. 2. Examination period
29. 1. Deadline for the decision of the minimum number of students being sufficient for the opening of mandatory-elective and elective courses.
8. 2. – 12. 2. Additional registrations (deadline can be extended by the Dean)
15. 2– 13. 5. Summer semester classes
19. 2. Deadline for the successful completion of duties for the first study semester
24 - 25. 3. Easter holiday (Thursday and Friday)
29. 3. Deadline for announcing summer semester exam dates
16. 5. - 1. 7. and 22. 8. – 31. 8. Examination period
2. 7. – 21. 8. Summer holiday
31. 8. Deadline for obtaining credits and passing exams in academic year 2015/2016
Buddy systemBuddy system - ESN (Erasmus Student Network) is a reception programme of the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen. Its aim is to provide help to foreign students with adapting to different conditions and reducing the culture shock.
The foreign student is assigned a buddy, a local Czech student, who is to help in case the incoming student needs an assistance. The "buddy" also becomes a guide helping the foreign student to get familiar with the city of Pilsen and the local student life.
Students registered in the Buddy system also organize events, trips etc. for the foreign students in the cooperation with the international department of the University of West Bohemia.
You will find more info on: http://www.esn.zcu.cz
University wide contractsITALY Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy http://www.unimi.it/ENG/
Università degli Studi di Udine, Italy http://www.uniud.it/it
Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy http://offweb.unipa.it/
Università degli Studi di Trieste, Italy http://www2.units.it/internationalia/en/
SPAIN Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, Spain http://www.usc.es/
Universidad Jaume I, Spain https://ujiapps.uji.es/
Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Sevilla, Spain https://www.upo.es/portal/impe/web/portada
University de Vigo, Spain http://www.uvigo.es/uvigo_en/
Universidade da Coruña, Spain https://www.udc.es/
Universitat de València, Spain http://www.uv.es/
PORTUGAL Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Portugal http://www.unl.pt/
GERMANY Universität Bayreuth, Germany http://www.uni-bayreuth.de/de/index.html
Universität Passau, Germany http://www.uni-passau.de/
Universität Greifswald, Germany http://www.uni-greifswald.de/
Technische Universität Dresden,Germany https://tu-dresden.de/
Hochschule für öffentliche Verwaltung und Finanzen Ludwigsburg, Germany
AUSTRIA Donau-Universität Krems, Austria http://www.donau-uni.ac.at/en/
UNITED KINGDOM University of South Wales, UK http://www.southwales.ac.uk/
FRANCE Université Jean-François Champollion de Albi, France http://www.univ-jfc.fr/
Institut d´Etudes politiques de Toulouse, France http://www.sciencespo-toulouse.fr/
Université de Limoges, France http://www.unilim.fr/
TURKEY Yeditepe University Istanbul, Turkey http://www.yeditepe.edu.tr/education/international Ankara University, Turkey http://en.ankara.edu.tr/ Izmir University, Turkey http://www.izmir.edu.tr/iro/ Yildirim Beyazit University, Ankara, Turkey http://www.ybu.edu.tr/
GREECE Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece https://www.auth.gr/en
CYPRUS Neapolis University Pafos, Cyprus http://www.nup.ac.cy/
HUNGARY University of Szeged, Hungary http://www.u-szeged.hu/ University of Pécs, Hungary http://pte.hu/english University of Debrecen, Hungary http://www.unideb.hu/portal/en POLAND Uniwersytet Jagielloński w Krakowie, Poland http://www.uj.edu.pl/ Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej Lublin, Poland http://www.umcs.pl/ Uniwersytet Mikołaja Kopernika w Toruniu, Poland https://www.umk.pl/en/ Uniwersytet Łódzki, Poland http://www.uni.lodz.pl/ Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu, Poland https://amu.edu.pl/ ROMANIA University of Bucharest, Romania http://www.unibuc.ro/e/ Alexandru Ioan Cuza University of Iași, Romania http://www.uaic.ro/ LATVIA University of Latvia, Riga, Latvia http://www.lu.lv/eng/ LITHUANIA Vilnius University, Lithuania http://www.vu.lt/en/ CROATIA University of Rijeka, Croatia https://www.uniri.hr/ Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek, Croatia http://www.unios.hr/ BULGARIA University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria https://uni-plovdiv.bg/pages/index/44/ ESTONIA University of Tartu, Estonia http://www.ut.ee/et SLOVAKIA Comenius University of Bratislava, Slovakia https://uniba.sk/ Trnava University in Trnava, Slovakia http://www.truni.sk/ Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Slovakia https://www.upjs.sk/ Matej Bel University in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia http://www.prf.umb.sk/
Access EU! - EEIGAccess EU! - EEIG is a European Economic Interest Grouping established in Brussels in order to:
- facilitate economic activities of its Members;
- develop partnerships between its Members and their Associates;
- improve conditions under which its Members operate;
- enable its Members further growth.
The international officeOther information for exchange students at:
Summer language schoolThe International Summer Language School (ISLS) has been organised by the International Office, University of West Bohemia, Pilsen, Czech Republic since 1990. It offers intensive language courses at various levels. You can choose from the following 8 languages:
- Czech for Foreigners
In 2004 the International Summer Language School received the European Language Label Award for Innovation in Language Teaching. The ISLS was held for several years under the auspices of the President of the Czech Commission for UNESCO, Doc. MUDr. Jaroslava Moserová, DrSc.
Summer school of lawThe SUMMER SCHOOL OF LAW is organised by the Department of International Affairs, Faculty of Law, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
We can offer you one week full of education and of new knowledge. You will make new friends from all over the world since Pilsen is an excellent starting point for exploring the rest of Europe. You can travel with us to the most beautifull cities in the West Bohemia.
Since 2007 we have hosted hundreds of Czech and foreign students from many European countries and Israel.
Faculty of Law offers you the course EN 09 in English - COMPARATIVE LEGAL STUDIES (Enforcement of Justice) and you can be awarded by 4 ECTS.
The topic ENFORCEMENT OF JUSTICE is one of the major issues we offer you to study in Pilsen. Every year we create a new programme for you.
Summer School of Law is organized within the International Summer Language School.
More information regarding the International office of the University can be found on the following website: http://international.zcu.cz
Interesting detailsThe SUMMER SCHOOL OF LAW first took place in 2007 with 20 students and 5 lecturers. Since then the number has increased (students and lecturers) from all parts of the Czech Republic and abroad. We hope to meet students from any of our partner universities as: Bulgaria, Croatia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Hungary, Italy, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, the U.S., Turkey etc.
One of the most loyal participants to the SUMMER SCHOOL OF LAW is Charles Hall, PhD., dr. h. c. from the University of Memphis, Tennessee, the USA, who is coming every year as a lecturer and a coordinator of a group of students. We appreciate the support of prof. Paul Okojie, from Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester Law School, a specialist in International Criminal Law. In November 2007 both of them were awarded the honorary title dr. h. c. (doctor honoris causa) from the University of West Bohemia.
WE HOPE TO MEET YOU IN PILSEN!
JUDr. Monika Forejtová, Ph.D.
Vice-Dean for International Affairs
Sady Pětatřicátníků 14
306 14 Pilsen
Room: PC 314
Phone: +420 377 63 7440, +420 377 63 7441
Assistant for International Affairs
306 14 Pilsen
Room: PC 314
Phone: +420 377 63 7440, +420 377 63 7441