University of South Bohemia

USB is a young and dynamic educational institution with a top quality science and research centre, variety of interesting study fields and individual approach to students.


The University of South Bohemia (USB) is a public university located in České Budějovice. It specializes in education and research with a focus on natural, humanist and social sciences. The university educates nearly 10,000 students and offers more than 220 bachelors, masters and doctoral study programmes at 8 faculties: Faculty of Economics, Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters, Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Theology, Faculty of Health and Social Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture

Thanks to its natural surroundings, the university offers a lot of possibilities to discover the natural beauties of the region such as beautiful mountain ranges, national parks, winding rivers, countless ponds and other amazing natural sites. It is an excellent place for hiking and other sports and free time activities. The university is perfectly situated within the city of České Budějovice, not far from the city centre, so you have the possibility to enjoy both - relax and at the same time the pleasant atmosphere and nightlife of this friendly and cultural city.

Due to the location of the Czech Republic in the heart of Europe, the South Bohemian Region borders with other significant European countries, e.g. Austria and Germany, so if you want to see more, you can easily access them too. The costs of living in the Czech Republic are not as high as in Western Europe and the country belongs to the safest countries in the world. More about the South Bohemian Region here

The University of South Bohemia belongs to the top centres for education and research within Central and South Europe.

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Internationally friendly university

USB is not only about interesting programmes and a wide range of courses in foreign languages. The University fosters close cooperation with more than 300 universities around the world, supports foreign studies and research trips by students and academic staff and offers a lot of exchange opportunities.

It also provides cross-border study in Biological Chemistry and Bioinformatics at the Johannes Kepler University in Linz and offers the opportunity of double degree studies at other selected universities.

The international prestige of the University of South Bohemia is also evidenced by active research teams posted in various parts of the world, such as the Arctic and Papua New Guinea.

Top science and research centre

Throughout its existence, the University of South Bohemia has become a major research and development centre in South Bohemia.

New buildings and laboratories, well equipped with the latest technology, are a guarantee for the top-rate results.

The university’s focus on research is also confirmed by the comparative ratings of universities. Let’s look at one for all, the 4ICU Czech University Ranking of colleges and universities in more than 200 countries, in which the University of South Bohemia is ranked in 1,431st place. 

The university boasts major publications and quality research. Scientists from the University of South Bohemia publish the results of their work in the most prestigious scientific journals such as Nature, Science and PNAS. They also receive international recognition and awards.

University history

The University of South Bohemia was founded in 1991, following the long tradition of educating teachers and university experts in various fields of agricultural production, theological studies and the tradition of fish farming and fisheries.

The University originally consisted of two faculties - Faculty of Education (since 1948 a branch of the Faculty of Education of Charles University, which later became an independent faculty) and the Faculty of Economics (since 1960 part of the Prague University of Agriculture). The three newly created faculties became the University’s foundation stones: Faculty of Biology, Faculty of Theology and Faculty of Health and Social Studies. In 2006, the Faculty of Philosophy, then one year later, the Faculty of Economics were established. The original Faculty of Biology was replaced in 2007 by the Faculty of Science. The Faculty of Fisheries & Protection of Waters was founded in 2009.

University as it is today

The campus park rejuvenation is still in progress, new pavilions for the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Agriculture and Faculty of Fisheries & Protection of Waters were being developed, as well as a Science and Technology Park and some residential halls have already been reconstructed too. Since 2016, the complex also includes a new Student Club and University kindergarden. Another major achievement, measured on a European scale, was the development of a unique centre, focused on Fisheries and Protection of Waters, the CENAKVA in Vodňany.

The University of South Bohemia is an attractive destination for students and an excellent calling card for graduates. According to an available survey, the standard unemployment rate of the university graduates is around 5%.

The University has a long tradition of quality education, it is dynamic, modern and still in progress.

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