International cooperation


The Department of Human Geography and Regional Development of the Faculty of Science has long been very active in establishing international relations. This concerns not only the cooperation with many prestigious foreign universities but also the cooperation with leading foreign scientists and academics who regularly visit the department in order to participate in discussions, lectures and forums. In this respect, a specific example is the Erasmus programme. The Erasmus programme is a flagship of the European Union programme in the field of education and professional preparation focused on the mobility and cooperation within the university education in Europe. The programme is intended for the students and university lecturers and academics that work (study, teach, train) at the partner European university. The Department of Human Geography and Regional Development has long-term positive experience with the Erasmus programme. Within the Faculty of Science, most incoming and outgoing exchange students are precisely those associated with this department. Foreign students and teachers have a key interest in interdisciplinary and other interesting fields of study that the department offers: Political and Cultural Geography and Economic Geography and Regional Development.

International Partner Universities

In the current academic year 2017/2018 the Department of Human Geography and Regional Development cooperates with these partner universities on a bilateral basis:

Liverpool John Moores UniversityEngland
International University of StrugaMacedonia
University of EvoraPortugal
University of LodzPoland
University of AntwerpBelgium
KU LeuvenBelgium
Sv. Kliment Ohridski University of SofiaBulgaria
University of BonnGermany
University of HannoverGermany
Ludwig Maximilian University of MunichGermany
University of MünsterGermany
University of Cologne (Köln)Germany
The University of BarcelonaSpain
The Autonomous University of BarcelonaSpain
University of GranadaSpain
University of SalamancaSpain
University of TartuEstonia
University of ToursFrance
The University of ZadarCroatia
Eotvos Lorand UniversityHungary
University of BolognaItaly
Lithuanian University of Educational SciencesLithuania
University of LatviaLatvia
Buskerud and Vestfold University College, KongsbergNorway
Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)Norway
University of MinhoPortugal
University of CoimbraPortugal
University of LisbonPortugal
University of KrakowPoland
University of GdanskPoland
University of WarsawPoland
University of Silesia in KatowicePoland
Alexandru Ioan Cuza UniversityRomania
University of OradeaRomania
University of LjubljanaSlovenia
University of MariborSlovenia
Matej Bel University in Banska BystricaSlovakia
Constantine the Philosopher University in NitraSlovakia
University of Presov in PresovSlovakia
The Catholic University in RuzomberokSlovakia
Pavol Jozef Safarik University in KosiceSlovakia
University of SS Cyril and Methodius in TrnavaSlovakia
Comenius University in BratislavaSlovakia
University of Eastern FinlandFinland
University of TurkuFinland
Istanbul UniversityTurkey
Sakarya UniversityTurkey

Information and courses for foreign students

For foreign students the Department offers many courses which are primarily taught in English. We can offer a wide range of geographical courses that can provide students with up-to-date knowledge on human geography, local and regional development, political and cultural geography and international relations. These courses correspond with the research activities of the academics based in the Department, therefore we can provide you with a high standard of teaching.

We are proud that we can give students a unique opportunity to study global phenomena and their interplay with the reality of the Czech Republic. Furthermore, we will provide students with a mosaic of regional knowledge from this unique border region and the local specificity of a rapidly transforming city. Studying local processes in a globalising world will help students to better and more comprehensively understand the geographical nature of the Czech Republic, its position, as well as its interconnectedness with the world. Exchange students can also systematically work on their Bachelor/Master's Thesis under the supervision of one of the Department's teachers, and participate in research projects run by the Department.

At our newly refurbished Department, students will enjoy a friendly atmosphere and a combination of modern teaching methods (lectures, seminars, group discussions and student presentations) aimed at enhancing students' study skills. There is also access to a well-equipped library with thousands of up-to-date texts, and access to scientific databases, internet connectivity (WI-FI, Eduroam) and computer rooms. Students may also enrol in other courses taught at the University of Ostrava, including language courses (English, German, Spanish, Russian, French, Italian, and Polish), other individually taught courses at our Department, and courses (including Physical Geography) offered by different departments and different faculties. We offer students maximum flexibility to arrange their studies according to their own individual needs, although Geography will remain the main component of their study.

At the Department, we intensively promote an interdisciplinary approach to education and research and we also welcome different and complementary approaches to our field of study. We regularly host world-renowned professors who help to enrich the Department's academic life. In the recent period, numerous internationally respected academics have visited the Department:

  • Dr. Sean Carter, University of Exeter
  • Prof. Olivier Crevoisier, University of Neuchatel
  • Prof. Noel Castree, University of Manchester
  • Dr. Jason Dittmer, University College London
  • Prof. Klaus Dodds, Royal Holloway, University of London
  • Prof. Derek Gregory, University of British Columbia
  • Prof. Robert Hassink, University of Kiel
  • Dr. Tim Ingold, University of Aberdeen
  • Prof. Vladimir Kolossov, Lomonosov Moscow State University
  • Prof. Klaus Kunzmann, University of Dortmund
  • Prof. Joanne Sharp, University of Glasgow
  • Prof. Kristian Stokke, University of Oslo

Contact the international coordinator

  • Mgr. Lukáš Laš, Ph.D.
    Function: Departmental Academic Coordinator for International Cooperation and Mobilities
    Phone: +420 553 46 2370, +420 733 622 589

Updated: 06. 04. 2021

Courses for foreign students

Courses for foreign students in the academic year 2017/2018