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Geographical studies

The JU Institute of Geography and Spatial Management runs first, second and third cycle programmes of study.

The first cycle (undergraduate) study programmes are 3 years (6 semesters) long and require 180 ECTS points to be completed. At the first year of study all the students have to do the same courses. From the second year on, the students study the courses of the speciality of their choice, including:

- Physical geography,

- Socio-economic geography,

- Spatial management and regional development,

- Tourism.

The students are supposed to complete the courses which are obligatory for all (O), the courses obligatory for their speciality (OS), and the optional courses of their choice. The students study under the supervision of their chosen tutor, who offers them guidance and assistance and teaches workshop-courses, including laboratory work, projects and pre-seminar classes. The number of ECTS points which the students are required to accumulate by completing courses of their choice is being increased year by year. The courses obligatory for a given speciality are usually optional courses for other students at the same time.

The second cycle (graduate) programme of study is a 2 year (4 semester) programme during which the students are required to accumulate 120 ECTS points. Besides the limited number of courses obligatory for all students (O), it is also required to complete all courses obligatory for the students of a given speciality (OS) as well as some optional courses. The following specializations are available to candidates during the admission:

- Functioning of natural environment and environmental management,

- Hydrology, meteorology and climatology,

- Socio-economic geography,

- Spatial management and regional development,

- Tourism,

- Geographic information systems,

The studying process is supervised by the academic supervisor, who approves the list of optional courses chosen by the student. He or she also acts as an MA thesis advisor to the student.

The third cycle (doctoral) programme of study is a 4 year (8 semester) programme. The course of studies is very individualized and, besides the courses obligatory for all students (philosophy or economy, obligatory lectures, seminar) it also includes participation in academic meetings, seminars, workshops and conducting research related to the topic of the doctoral thesis.

The students of all cycles may receive scholarships and other forms of financial assistance. The programmes of study are administered with the use of a central electronic system, USOS. The students can take part in MOST and ERASMUS exchange programmes and participate in the activities of the Society of Geography Students and the EGEA Association.


Earth Sciences in a Changing World - new field of study!

Earth sciences in a changing world is an undergraduate interdisciplinary programme that offers a rigorous international and comparative perspective on the contemporary global system. Its mission is to foster creative thinking about complex global problems and to equip students with the analytical tools and cross-cultural understanding to guide them in that process.

The main goal of the programme is to provide basic knowledge in geography, geology and anthropogenic transformations in the environment and their impact on the lives of local communities and global change. Students gain the ability to observe and interpret phenomena and conduct basic analytical work both individually and teamwork. They also develop adaptability to changing socio-economic environment, civic responsibility and independence.

See more here: Earth sciences in a changing world