Study

Information for incoming students

The Department of Archaeology offers a possibility for Erasmus+ participants to study at undergraduate, graduate or doctoral level or to come for an internship (fieldwork, laboratory work).

Person of contact at the Department: Mgr. Luboš Chroustovský, Ph.D. (chrousto@kar.zcu.cz).

More information about International office of the University of West Bohemia is available at http://international.zcu.cz/index.php?stranka=uvod-en-0&cat_id=141.

The list of available courses (all of them are instructed in English):

WINTER SEMESTER

Introduction to Archaeology 1 (KAR/UDAA1), 4 credits, Winter

Mgr. Luboš Chroustovský, Ph.D. (chrousto@kar.zcu.cz)

The aim of this course is to introduce students to the archaeological terminology and general overview of changes in the human culture from the Palaeolithic to the Medieval Ages.

Issues of the current archaeology (KAR/PSA), 10 credits, Winter/Summer

Prof. PhDr. Martin Gojda, CSc. (gojda@kar.zcu.cz)

Student will obtain a comprehensive idea about development of the archaeological theory and method during the 2nd half of 20th century and about their current state, with emphasis on the Middle European region. The archaeology will be introduced as a discipline of wide thematic extent which goes over its own limits to the other social and natural sciences and which is able to participate in many debates about historic as well as up-to-date issues.

Landscape Archaeology 1 (KAR/KRAA1), 4 credits, Winter

Prof. PhDr. Martin Gojda, CSc. (gojda@kar.zcu.cz)

This lecture series is dedicated to introducing problems associated with the study of the prehistoric and historical (cultural) landscape, the relationship between human settlements and the natural environment, and the mutual relationships between separate categories of social space. It is oriented towards deepening students' basic knowledge of non-destructive methods of field research, and their application in the investigation of past settlement systems (the forms and structures thereof). It provides a lucid introduction to the main fields applicable in landscape reconstruction (historical and settlement geography, cartography, historical ecology) and introduces the categories and archetypes of European cultural landscapes. The lecture series is complemented by training in particular in modern non-destructive methods for the archaeological investigation of the landscape.

Medieval and Postmedieval Archaeology 3 (KAR/ASNA3), 4 credits, Winter

Doc. PhDr. Pavel Vařeka, Ph.D. (vareka@kar.zcu.cz)

The aim of this course is to teach students the system of the archaeological sources of the time period analysed. Individual parts of the course will include movable and immovable artefacts, practic approach will be emphasized (recognition of particular site types and pottery.

British Archaeology (KAR/BRIT), 3 credits, Winter

Prof. PhDr. Martin Gojda, CSc. (gojda@kar.zcu.cz)

A course on British archaeology is intended to familiarise the student with the archaeology of Britain from the Palaeolithic to the present day. The course will compare and contrast British methods and organisations with that of the Czech Republic, and include the many interdisciplinary subjects that complement archaeology.

SUMMER SEMESTER

Introduction to Archaeology 2, (KAR/UDAA2), 4 credits, Summer

Doc. PhDr. Pavel Vařeka, Ph.D. (vareka@kar.zcu.cz)

Introduction to study of the archaeology of Middle Ages and Early Modern era, with accent to Middle Europe.

Landscape Archaeology 2 (KAR/KRAA2), 6 credits, Summer

Prof. PhDr. Martin Gojda, CSc. (gojda@kar.zcu.cz)

This lecture series is dedicated to introducing problems associated with the study of the prehistoric and historical (cultural) landscape, the relationship between human settlements and the natural environment, and the mutual relationships between separate categories of social space. It is oriented towards deepening students' basic knowledge of non-destructive methods of field research, and their application in the investigation of past settlement systems (the forms and structures thereof). It provides a lucid introduction to the main fields applicable in landscape reconstruction (historical and settlement geography, cartography, historical ecology) and introduces the categories and archetypes of European cultural landscapes. The lecture series is complemented by training in particular in modern non-destructive methods for the archaeological investigation of the landscape.

Fieldwork practice (KAR/TEPA), 12 credits, Summer

Doc. PhDr. Pavel Vařeka, Ph.D. (vareka@kar.zcu.cz)

Students will make acquaintance with running of the standard field archaeological project. The praxis requires the active involvement of students to all phases of the research, i. e. the planning of the project, survey, excavation and recording.

Current information on the other modules designed for the foreign students offered by the Faculty of Philosophy and Arts is available at http://www.ff.zcu.cz/en/zahranicni-vztahy/erasmus.

Students sign up for the modules at the Study Department located on the Sedláčkova St. 38. Here, the person in charge of all matters concerning international students is Mrs Pavla Ludwigová (room no. SO 104, ludwigo@ff.zcu.cz).

Further information regarding individual modules and studying in the Czech Republic can be obtained from the modules’ tutors (see the list above) or exchange tutors in charge of particular international agreements (Department of Archaeology: dr. Luboš Chroustovský chrousto@kar.zcu.cz).

Regarding matters related to your studies, exceeding both the competence of the study department and the modules’/exchange tutors please contact the Associate Dean for Study Affairs, dr. David Šanc (room no. SO 212, dsanc@kap.zcu.cz).

Basic information for outgoing students of archaeology

What is ERASMUS+?

The Erasmus programme is aimed at higher education, co-operation between higher education institutions, specialized training at the university level and co-operation between higher education institutions and businesses (ZČU has been involved since the academic year 1998/99). For students, the ERASMUS programme (ERASMUS+ since 2014) represents an opportunity to obtain a grant for a study stay abroad. The stay can be undertaken in the period between 3 and 12 months at universities in EU member states and other countries.

Students can choose a study stay at a foreign university or an internship in a foreign institution.

To obtain detailed information on the Erasmus programme, see http://www.naerasmusplus.cz for the Czech Republic, http://international.zcu.cz/index.php?stranka=uvod-cs-0&cat_id=161 for University of West Bohemia and https://ff.zcu.cz/zahranicni-vztahy/erasmus for the Faculty of Arts and Philosophy.

Who is Erasmus+ intended for?

  • Students (citizens of any country) registered at their home university in the Czech Republic as regular students of a full-time, part-time, long-distance or doctoral study programme.
  • Students who have completed at least the first year of their BA study programme at the time of the study stay (when going, you are enrolled in at least the second year of your BA study programme). We do not recommend going in the programme’s last semester. The internship can be undertaken in any year.
  • The stay can take between 3 and 12 months in one study cycle (BA, MA, PhD); the different mobility types are added together.
  • For detailed information on the conditions see
    http://www.naerasmusplus.cz/cz/mobilita-osob-vysokoskolske-vzdelavani/pro-studenty
    http://international.zcu.cz/index.php?stranka=uvod-cs-0&cat_id=182&.

Where to go on Erasmus+?

Up-to-date information on foreign universities enabling Erasmus+ stays is provided in the following table.

UniversityCountrySubject areaBA MA PhDLanguageLevelWeb
University of AmsterdamNLArchaeologyyes yes noDutch, EnglishB2-C1 www.uva.nl
Artois UniversityFHistory and Archaeologyyes yes noFrenchB1www.univ-artois.fr
Comenius University in BratislavaSKArchaeologyyes yes yesSlovak, EnglishB2www.fphil.uniba.sk
Babes-Bolyai University Cluj-NapocaROArchaeologyyes yes yesHungarian, EnglishB2www.ubbcluj.ro/en
University of HelsinkiSFArchaeologyno yes yesFinnish/Swedish, English B2, CEFRhttp://helsinki.fi/university
Jagiellonian University KrakowPLInternational Relations, Area Studiesyes yes noPolish, EnglishB1-2www.en.uj.edu.pl
University of ŁódźPLArchaeologyno yes yesEnglish, PolishB1-2www.iso.uni.lodz.pl
University of OuluSFHistory and Archaeologyyes yes yesFinnish, EnglishB2www.oulu.fi/english
Nicolaus Copernicus University in ToruńPLHistory and Archaeologyyes yes yesPolish, EnglishB2www.umk.pl
Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in WarsawPLHistory and Archaeologyyes yes noEnglish, Polish;B2B2www.uksw.edu.pl

How to join Erasmus+?

Students join the programme via a tender, timed and managed within the full competence of the faculty/department. More detailed information can be found on the website of the faculty (https://ff.zcu.cz/zahranicni-vztahy/erasmus/), department (http://kar.zcu.cz/aktuality.php) or directly with the guarantors of the individual Erasmus contracts (for KAR – Mgr. Luboš Chroustovský, Ph.D., email: chrousto@kar.zcu.cz).

Those interested will complete an application form (see international.zcu.cz/_formulare/1318847850.doc) and write a CV and a cover letter in the Czech language and in the language of the foreign university. Sending all of this to the contact person via email (chrousto@kar.zcu.cz), they will subsequently attend a tender (upcoming dates below). The tender will have the form of an oral interview testing language competence and motivation for travelling abroad. The application forms of the selected students will then be submitted to the International Relations Office. The foreign institution will be informed by e-mail about the selected ZČU students and will respond by sending its instructions and requirements to them.

Before departure, the project coordinator will furnish the student with a Financial Agreement stating the grant amount. This stipend is the same for all students leaving the Czech Republic on study stays within the Erasmus+ programme. The stipend is conceived of as a contribution to the increased living expenses abroad; some financial participation on the part of the student is, therefore, expected. The grant amount per month is fixed; an overview of stipend rates for the academic year 2015/2016 can be found here. The number of students delegated, as well as the length of their stay, can be subject to subsequent change depending on the amount of funds allocated by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports.