University of South Bohemia
The University of South Bohemia is a public educational and research institution of the university type, with eight faculties offering a selection of tertiary education programmes.
University of South Bohemia is a state university, founded in 1991. It is located in the regional centre of South Bohemia, the town of České Budějovice (population approx. 100 000), about 150 km south of Prague. The town was established in the thirteenth century as a “King’s town” by the Czech King Přemysl Otakar II at the confluence of the rivers Vltava and Malše.
History and characteristics of the University of South Bohemia
USB is a research university focusing mainly on natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. A significant aspect of the scientific research activities is close cooperation with the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. The university comprises eight faculties, which are located in the historical centre of the town and on the university campus on its western edge. The campus also comprises student residences, a Rector’s office and the buildings of the Biology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
Applicants for the Bachelor’s, Master’s, and Doctoral degrees may choose from 229 majors with a range of further specializations. The study of 24 majors is conducted in English and 3 in German. All faculties and institutes provide PhD study programmes in chosen fields of study and the majority of them have the right to name professors and associate professors.
The university participates in the Erasmus exchange programme, Erasmus Mundus, Comenius, Aktion, FM EHP/Norska, Yggdrasil-Research stay in Norway, Leonardo da Vinci, Fulbright Commission, and other programmes concerning international cooperation in research, development, and innovation. In 2007 the first cross-border common study programme, Biological Chemistry, was initiated with the Johannes Kepler University of Linz, Austria.
The preparation of other crossborder programmes is in progress, e.g. with the University of Passau, Germany. The university is the Local Contact Point for the EURAXESS Czech Services Centre: Researchers in Motion, which provides foreign scientists with help and advice in arranging stays in the Czech Republic.
The dormitories hold 2300 places. All rooms (mostly double rooms) are connected to the academic computer network and the Internet. There is a modern cafeteria located on campus which has several branches in the town to cater for students with lectures there. Sports facilities include gyms, an athletics stadium, and basketball, volleyball, and tennis courts.