Organisation and form of study
Form of studies
The full-time form of studies prepares graduates of secondary schools for their future career, classes are distributed throughout the whole working week.
The combined (part-time) form of studies is intended for those who cannot study in the full-time form due to the time constraints. Students attend tutorials – intensive block sessions, mainly on Friday and Saturday, 8 days in the semester in total.
The curriculum of both forms of studies is the same, the courses are divided as follows:
- Compulsory courses – these courses are compulsory for all students of the given study programme/field of study.
- Compulsory options – these courses shape the student’s expertise. Students have to choose several courses from a list proposed by the university in order to obtain a given amount of credits, they choose their specialisation within their study programme.
- Optional courses – these courses allow students to deepen their specialisation. They can either focus on professional experience and choose courses enhancing practical knowledge and skills usable in practice or on knowledge and choose courses deepening their expertise and preparing them for the subsequent Master’s degree.
Forms of teaching
The students may encounter the following forms of teaching, i.e., lectures, seminars, workshops, tutorials (block scheduling), case studies and self-study.
- Lecture – a form of teaching where students are given information essential for further work and activities in seminars or workshops and for a well-done case study. The main aim is to introduce the issue and provide the background for self-study.
- Seminar, Workshop – a form of teaching where students are expected to be active and to participate in the class. The aim is to deepen knowledge of the thematic areas covered in lectures and to provide some hands-on experience.
- Tutorial – a form of block scheduling that is not evenly distributed throughout the semester but is realised in the form of one-time or repeated block sessions scheduled for several hours. An advantage is that since the topics are discussed one after another, the connections among them are easily perceived. Tutorials are the main form of teaching in the combined (part-time) form of studies and serve for the presentation of the subject matter, assignment of course literature, eventually assignment of essay topics etc.
- Specialisation – a set of compulsory options and optional courses that deepen or enhance student’s knowledge and skills in a particular area.
- Professional experience – an integral part of education in all years of study. Students gain their professional experience in contractual workplaces of the university or, if approved by the Counselling and Career Centre, in other enterprises and institutions in the region.
Standard period of studies
The standard period of studies in the Bachelor’s degree programme is three years, divided into six semesters.
The standard period of studies in the subsequent Master’s degree programme is two years, divided into four semesters.
The academic year is organised according to the timetable for the particular academic year.