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 units, individual organizing schools offer the 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 the Czech and Slavonic studies who are over 18 years of age. The courses are, however, open to all those interested in the Czech language, literature, history, and culture.
Who can apply for an SSSS scholarship in 2022?
Applicants over 18 years of age from the following countries and territories can apply for an SSSS scholarship in 2022:
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, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the USA and Vietnam.
The scholarships can be granted only to candidates who are properly recommended for the award by the appropriate authorities of the partner countries or by the diplomatic missions of the Czech Republic (the lists of institutions authorised to receive applications in the aforementioned countries are provided below).
The scholarship includes:
- board (breakfast, lunch, dinner) and lodging;
- registration and tuition fees;
- trips and excursions organised within the framework of the course curriculum;
- some Summer Schools provide also a public transport pass (cf. please the SSSS information materials below).
The scholarship does not include:
- expenses for international transport;
- insurance costs;
- visa processing costs.
How to apply?
The application form is available here:
A CV written in Czech or English must be attached to the application as well as a copy of ID card or passport in the case of applicants from countries outside of the EU/EEA. The institutions collecting applications may also request other documents (e.g. a letter of motivation, a language proficiency certificate etc.).
The application includes a statement by the applicant that he/she can participate in the course activities during the entire period of the respective SSSS course.
The number of slots provided to the countries listed above and their distribution among individual Summer Schools is determined by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (MEYS). More details on the choice of courses for which applications can be filed are provided by the institutions that collect the scholarship applications.
The application forms with the attachment(s) must be submitted to the appropriate institutions authorised to receive the SSSS scholarship applications (agencies/Ministries of the partner countries or Czech diplomatic missions). If in doubt, please contact the Czech Embassy in your country.
Where to file the SSSS scholarship application:
- institutions receiving applications (all countries apart from Germany, the USA and the Russian Federation): Institutions_receiving_applications_2022.pdf;
- institutions receiving applications in Germany: Institutions_receiving_applications_Germany_2022.pdf;
- institutions receiving applications in the USA: Institutions_receiving_applications_USA_2022.pdf (78.30 KB);
- institutions receiving applications in the Russian Federation: Institutions_receiving_applications_Russian_federation_2022.pdf.
Applications sent directly to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic or to the relevant Summer Schools will not be processed!
The closing dates for applications are fixed by the appropriate institutions authorised to collect the scholarship applications and at their discretion. It is advisable to check the closing date as soon as possible.
Selection of candidates
The institution authorised to receive the scholarhip applications shall nominate: i) regular nominees, and ii) substitute nominees (up to twice as many as regular nominees), and deliver the nomination and application dossiers to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports by 31 March 2022 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 as soon as possible after this initial message that he/she receives from the Summer School organizer. If the candidate is unable to attend the Summer School concerned, he/she should immediately notify the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic (contact e-mail: Magdalena.VillatoroSladkova@msmtcz) as well as the contact person at the relevant Summer School. Please note that a failure to notify us in time may hinder another applicant from utilizing the free scholarship.
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports reserves the right to place any candidate recommended for the scholarship award at a Summer School different from the preferred option(s) indicated in the scholarship application form.
Attendance cancelled by the scholarship-holders
If any of the officially recommended and admitted SSSS participant is unable to attend the summer course for previously unforeseen reasons, he/she is required to immediately notify the Department of International Relations, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports, by sending an e-mail at: Magdalena.VillatoroSladkova@msmtcz as well as to the appropriate Summer School so that the free place can be offered to a substitute.
If the overall number of scholarships offered to a particular partner country is not fully utilized by the regular nominees and substitutes, such scholarships may be provided to candidates from another country.
Health insurance is NOT included in the scholarship. Scholarship-holders are strongly advised to arrange for the appropriate health insurance policy covering their travel and entire stay in the Czech Republic. More information can be provided by the Czech Embassies in the eligible countries.
Neither the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic nor the universities that organize the SSSS bear any responsibility or liability for the reimbursement of any health care-related costs that may be incurred during the scholarship-holders' stay in the Czech Republic or for any repatriation expenses.
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.
Detailed information on the regulations governing entry and residence on the territory of the Czech Republic is available on the website of the Ministry of the Interior. Foreing nationals (both regular nominees and substitutes) who are obliged to obtain a visa before arriving in the Czech Republic are advised to 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 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
Those interested can apply for admission to the SSSS courses as self-payers who will cover all the relevant expenses themselves. Information on this option is available on the organizers' websites (cf. the information materials below).
Courses dates and more details on the Summer Schools of Slavonic Studies 2022
- Organizers of the Summer School of Slavonic Studies - contact information.docx
- Organizers of the Summer School of Slavonic Studies - contact information.pdf
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 of the course organizers (listed alphabetically)