Summer Schools of Slavonic Studies (SSSS) are study courses organized by several public universities in the Czech Republic. Courses are held annually during the summer months (July, August, September). Their duration ranges from 3 to 4 weeks. The length of the course is determined by the organizing school.
Within the framework of their educational blocks, the individual organizing schools offer Czech language courses at various levels of proficiency, selective seminars focused on the Czech literature, culture and history, leisure activities including theater, music and dance performances, excursions, sightseeing tours, etc.
The courses are designed for foreign students, specialists (teachers, translators, interpreters) and academics in the field of Czech studies and Slavonic studies who are over 18 years old. However, they are open to all those interested in the Czech language, literature, history, and culture.
Who can apply for an SSSS scholarship in 2023?
In 2023 applicants from 18 years of age from the following countries and territories can apply for an SSSS scholarship:
Albania, Austria, Belgium – Flemish Community, Belgium – French Community, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada (Alberta), China, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Israel, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Mexico, Mongolia, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the USA and Vietnam.
The scholarships are only granted to candidates nominated by the appropriate authorities of the partner countries or by other authorized nominating agencies, e.g. the Embassies of the Czech Republic abroad and other partner institutions (see below).
The scholarship includes:
- Accommodation and meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner)
- Enrollment and tuition
- Trips and excursions
- Some Summer Schools also provide public transport tickets
The scholarship does not include:
- International transport costs
- Insurance costs
- Visa processing costs
How to apply?
The application form is available here:
The application also includes a CV written in Czech or English. The institution receiving the application may also require other documents (e.g. a letter of motivation, language certificate(s) etc.).
The application also includes a statement that the candidate can participate in the entire duration of the SSSS course.
The number of places provided and their distribution among individual Summer Schools are determined by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS). Further information on Summer Schools open to applicants from individual countries should be provided by the institutions receiving scholarship applications.
The application form with the attachments must be submitted to the appropriate institution receiving applications (see the list below). The selection of nominees is usually performed by the Embassies of the Czech Republic, but the authority organizing the selection proceedings can be also an agency/Ministry in the country concerned. More detailed information can be provided by the respective Embassy of the Czech Republic in any given country.
List of institutions receiving applications:
List of institutions receiving applications in Germany:
List of institutions receiving applications in the USA:
Applications sent directly to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (MEYS) or directly to the Summer Schools will not be processed!
The closing date for applications is fixed by the institution that gathers the scholarship applications.
Selection of candidates for scholarship awards
The institutions receiving scholarship application and performing the selection proceedings recommend: i) regular nominees, and ii) substitutes (up to twice as many as regular nominees), and deliver their nomination to the MEYS by 31 March 2023 at the latest.
Successful candidates will be contacted directly by the organizer of the respective Summer School.
Each successful candidate is obliged to confirm his/her participation promptly to the organizer of the Summer School concerned. If any candidate is unable to attend the Summer School, he/she is requested to immediately inform the MEYS (contact email: Magdalena.VillatoroSladkova@msmtcz) and the contact person at the relevant Summer School.
The MEYS reserves the right to place any candidate at a different Summer School than the one mentioned as the first choice in his/her application.
Resignation/withdrawal of application
If any of the officially nominated and admitted SSSS participants is unable to attend the course due to unforeseen reasons, he/she is obliged to immediately inform the Department of International Relations of the MEYS, using the e-mail address Magdalena.VillatoroSladkova@msmtcz, as well as the relevant Summer School so that a substitute candidate can be contacted soon enough.
If the scholarship quota (regular nominees and substitutes) provided to any given partner country at one of the organizing schools is not utilized, it is possible to offer such free slots to candidates from another partner country.
Health insurance is NOT included in the scholarship. It is strongly recommended that successful candidates arrange their travel health insurance for their entire stay in the Czech Republic. More information can be provided by the Czech Embassy in the candidate's country of stay or origin.
Medical care for EU/EEA citizens who are properly insured in their home countries is provided in compliance with the European Parliament and Council (EC) Regulation No. 883/2004, as last amended, and its implementing Regulation No. 987/2009, as amended by Regulation No. 465/2012 - detailed information is available on the website of the Health Insurance Bureau.
Please note that the expenses for repatriation are not covered by the provisions of the aforementioned European Regulations, and it is therefore advisable to obtain an insurance policy to this end even if you come from an EU/EEA country.
Neither the MEYS nor the universities organizing the SSSS bear any responsibility or liability for any health care costs or repatriation costs that may be incurred by the scholarship-holders during their visit or as a result of their visit to the Czech Republic.
Detailed information on the regulations governing the entry and residence on the territory of the Czech Republic is available on the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and also on the websites of the relevant Embassies of the Czech Republic.
It is recommended that both regular nominees and substitutes from non-EU/EEA countries apply for their visas well in advance.
Personal Data Processing
Basic information on the processing and protection of personal data by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (MEYS) is published in the Czech language at: http://www.msmt.cz/ministerstvo/zakladni-informace-o-zpracovani-osobnich-udaju-ministerstvem, translation in English at: http://www.msmt.cz/contacts-and-informations/data-protection-officer.
Participation in SSSS as a self-payer
Anyone ready to cover the relevant expenses can also apply for admission to the Summer School of Slavonic Studies as a self-paying participant. Information for self-payers on how to register for the course of their choice is available on the websites of individual organizing schools.
Dates of the Summer Schools of Slavonic Studies:
Podebrady – Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies, Charles University, 3 – 28 July 2023
Pilsen – Institute of Applied Language Studies, University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, 8 – 28 July 2023
Brno – Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University, 22 July – 19 August 2023
Olomouc – Faculty of Arts, Palacky University in Olomouc, 15 July – 13 August 2023
Prague – Faculty of Arts, Charles University, 20 July – 17 August 2023
Ceske Budejovice – Faculty of Arts, University of South Bohemia in Ceske Budejovice, 13 August – 4 September 2023
Contact person at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports
Magdalena Villatoro Sladkova
Department of International Relations
Tel: +420 234 811 714
Detailed information materials: