The Faculty of Arts is one of the largest faculties of the University of Ostrava with a tradition since 1991. Currently, the Faculty has more than 2000 students and over 120 academic staff. The Faculty of Arts is composed of twelve departments, half of which are focused on teaching philological disciplines, while the remaining departments specialize in selected social sciences and other humanities such as psychology, sociology, history, philosophy, art history and cultural heritage, Czech literature and literary studies.

An integral part of the faculty is scientific and research activity, which is provided by four scientific research centres. Thanks to them, academic staff and students can participate in important national and international scientific projects. The intensive scientific research activity is evidenced by the number of monographs, scientific journals and other publications published both by the Faculty of Arts and especially in cooperation with prestigious domestic and foreign publishing houses.

Internationalisation is also among our priorities. We make sure to expand the range of courses for mobile students, include courses taught in a foreign language in the regular curriculum, support and develop student and academic mobility and actively participate in many international projects and events.

We believe in the values common to the entire University, namely:


The buildings of the Faculty of Arts are located in the very centre of the historical core of Ostrava. They also include the departmental libraries, the faculty study room and the university bookstore OU SHOP. The Faculty's location in the heart of the city makes it ideal for active involvement in public and social life, and the Faculty cooperates with important cultural and educational organizations, non-profit institutions, and the private and public sectors. The faculty offers all the above-mentioned groups, among other things, various types of additional studies that increase their qualifications and competitiveness on the labour market.


Ostrava still sometimes has a reputation as a city of miners and heavy industry, but that time is long gone. Now it is becoming a vibrant cultural centre for the whole region, with technical museums and monuments to be found all over the city. The most famous of these is the Dolní Vítkovice area, which hosts annual events such as the Colours of Ostrava music festival or Beats for love.

Reclaimed areas are complemented by preserved original natural sites and protected areas. Among the most important of these are the Bělský les, one of the largest wooded areas in the middle of an urban development in Europe, or the unique Ema heap, Ostrava's famous pulsating "volcano".

Explore the offerings of this unique city below.

Visit Ostrava

Ostrava Info

Map of Tips from Locals

Ostrava Expat Centre

Colours of Ostrava

Beats for Love

If you long for nature, the Moravian-Silesian Beskydy Mountains are very close by, the highest point of which is Lysá hora, reaching 1,323 m above sea level, and which is a very popular place for hiking with beautiful views. But there are plenty of other beautiful places to visit in the entire Moravian-Silesian region, of which Ostrava is the centre. Let's take a look.

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Updated: 16. 04. 2024