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University of South Bohemia

We are a modern public university located in České Budějovice. Like our town, we offer a unique experience in a broad range of study programmes.

About us - What is USB?

We are a modern public university located in České Budějovice. Like our town, we offer a unique experience in a broad range of study programmes. We educate about 9 000 students at 8 different faculties in more than 200 programmes including bachelor's & master's degrees as well as doctoral programmes.

Our faculties: Faculty of EconomicsFaculty of Fisheries and Protection of WatersFaculty of ArtsFaculty of EducationFaculty of ScienceFaculty of TheologyFaculty of Health and Social SciencesFaculty of Agriculture and Technology.

We are proud to be a top-quality science & research centre specialising in education and research in natural, human, health and social sciences. USB proves its high standard by passing strict criteria of prestigious international rankings such as QS or THE. In the THE Young University Rankings 2024, the University of South Bohemia placed in the 251–300th place range globally and in the 1st place in the context of higher education institutions in the Czech Republic. Additionally, the QS World University Rankings 2024 scored USB in the 1001st – 1200th place range. Such excellent results are a sign that the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice is building on its previous successes in the THE Emerging Economies University Rankings 2022 (251–300 range) and THE World University Rankings by subject 2024:

'Life Sciences' (401–500 range), 'Physical sciences' (501 – 600 range), 'Education' (601+ range), 'Arts and humanities' (601+ range), 'Social sciences' (801+ range), and 'Clinical & health' (801+ range)

USB also placed 145th in the QS University Rankings EECA.

At USB you will benefit not just from the modern and dynamic environment but also from the individual approach to students that our staff of well-known scientists and professors consider essential. The campus includes many state-of-the-art facilities like the Science and Technology Park, Student Club and University pre-school facility. Given the new pavilions for the Faculty of Science, Faculty of Agriculture and Technology, Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters and the unique world-class CENAKVA centre focused on Fisheries and Protection of Waters located in Vodňany, you simply cannot go wrong. The University of South Bohemia is an attractive destination for students and an excellent calling card for graduates.

Come and experience it firsthand! We will be happy to welcome you here.

South Bohemian Region & České Budějovice

USB is located in the wonderful region of South Bohemia. The region and the city of České Budějovice have been evaluated as the best places to live in the Czech Republic in recent years. The country is located in the heart of Europe and it belongs to the top safest countries in the world. The city is situated 120km from the capital and its location allows comfortable travelling within the whole Czech Republic and central Europe. Considering that we are also located close to the borders with Germany and Austria, the list of possibilities is truly endless.

With its beautiful mountain ranges, national parks, winding rivers, countless ponds and other amazing natural sites, the region never stops inspiring us and it may just inspire you as well. Since the campus is also not far from the city centre, you can easily enjoy the historical atmosphere of the town and its nightlife in addition to all the outdoor activities like sports or hiking and many festivals going on throughout the year.

The Czech Republic and the South Bohemian Region boast one of the lowest costs of living compared to the rest of Europe. The costs of living depend on individual personal needs and you can easily compare the costs of other cities and the city of České Budějovice here.

Internationally friendly

USB is not only about interesting programmes and a wide range of courses in foreign languages. The University fosters close cooperation with more than 450 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 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.

Our History

The University of South Bohemia was established in 1991, but it built on the foundations of the pre-existing traditions of educating teachers, experts in agricultural production as well as theological studies and the tradition of fisheries.

The core of the University was formed by the Faculty of Education and the Faculty of Agronomy (both were active prior to 1991 as different institutions). The Faculties of Health and Social Sciences, Theology, and Biology (renamed as the Faculty of Science in 2007) were created together with the establishment of the University. The development of the institution was completed by the establishment of the Faculty of Arts in 2006 and the Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters in 2009. However, the University remains committed to improving the education and research offered and the history will most certainly continue to be written in the future.

Our Research

Research excellence has always been a top priority for the University of South Bohemia and we have been proud to be a major research & development centre of the region. We pride ourselves on constantly improving our buildings and laboratories, which are well-equipped with the latest technology. As such, they are a guarantee of the top-rate results.

The University's focus on research has also been confirmed by the comparative rankings of universities. One example for all, the 4ICU Czech University Ranking of colleges and universities in more than 200 countries, ranks the University of South Bohemia in the 1 431st place.

The University's research is of top quality as evidenced by major publications and 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 have also received much international recognition and many awards. On 22 July 2019 USB received the HR AWARD certification. For more information see the section Development.

Further Development & Funding

The University continuously works on securing fundings for further development. We build, maintain and modernise new and existing facilities to ensure excellence in material innovation (laboratory equipment, machinery and technology).

We design, collect, and develop ideas for the development of the university and its bodies. We convert the ideas into comprehensive project plans in order to obtain financial support. We also provide comprehensive management of the realisation of the University-wide projects of significant strategic importance, both in material   and administrative-financial terms.

The most important investment projects in recent years included the construction of the Centre of Aquaculture and Biodiversity of Hydrocenoses CENAKVA in Vodňany, unique on a European scale. We have also supported extensive rejuvenation of the campus park, building new pavilions or the modernisation of the existing pavilions of the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Agriculture and Technology and the Faculty of Fisheries and Protection of Waters, as well as the construction of the student club, the kindergarten and the renovation of the dormitories. We are planning to modernise the university auditorium, and to renovate selected classrooms across faculties to enable implementation of new learning trends.

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