University of the Third Age - U3V

The U3V started its activities in 2011 and provides general, leisure and non-vocational education at university level to people in later life, which universities traditionally include in their lifelong learning offer. The University of the Third Age also offers the possibility of education to Vestec seniors close to their homes - lectures are held once a fortnight in the Biocevo building (Průmyslová 595, Vestec) in the form of virtual lectures on the Internet. The University of the Third Age is a project of the Czech University of Agriculture in Prague.

Each year there are 2 semesters on different topics. For the summer semester of the school year 2022/2023 we have chosen the following topics:

  1. Everyday life in Baroque Bohemia and Moravia

    Teaching sponsor: prof. PhDr. Jaroslav Čechura, DrSc.

    When we look at the history of a particular time, we always, as if unconsciously, start with the rulers - kings, emperors or, in modern times, presidents. But Czech history did not have only Charles IV, Jan Žižka or Wallenstein. There were generations of as if "forgotten" common people, men and women. They must have had their own history, their own life stories. If the archives offer enough documents, we can study them with the same interest and success as the crowned heads. And so this course traces the everyday life of these people who lived in the Czech countryside centuries ago, offering themes that illuminate the full breadth of our ancestors' lives. This includes crime, sex, the life course of a common woman, but also, for North Moravia, the witch trials or a figure closely associated with them - H. F. Boblig. These themes reveal that rural life was not just about work, labour, but there were many interesting stories of once living people whose fates can bring a different perspective on our past. And this knowledge is the main purpose of the whole lecture series.


    • Sex in the Dark Ages
    • Ordinary life in the Baroque (life without the glitter of Baroque splendour)
    • Crime and everyday life
    • The Myth of the Witch Trials in Northern Moravia
    • Boblig versus Lautner, good versus evil?
    • A Little History of a Big World (The Adventurous Life of a Simple Woman)
  2. Early Renaissance Art in Italy

    Lecturer: Mgr. Martin Pavlicek, Ph.D.

    A series of lectures on the history of art dedicated to early Renaissance art in Italy, i.e. art associated with the 15th century and especially with the city of Florence.


    • Origins, principles and discoveries of the early Renaissance
    • Filippo Brunelleschi
    • Masaccio
    • Donatello
    • Sandro Botticelli
    • Andrea del Verrocchio

The lectures will take place in 2023 on 31 January, 14 February, 28 February, 14 March, 28 March and 11 April 2023 as online lectures, i.e. from home.

In the winter semester 2022/23, lectures on the topics of ICONOGRAPHY and BAROQUE CLENOTES were held.

In the summer semester 2022 the following lectures were held on the topics ARMY NEAR REMOTE, CZECH HISTORY IN RELATIONS II

In 2020, the spring semester of the U3V was held on the theme: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519): the Renaissance uomo universale. In 2019, the spring semester of the U3V was held on the theme: Gems of Baroque Sculpture in the Czech Lands, and the autumn semester on Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

Citizens of retirement age (i.e. eligible for a retirement pension) or disabled pensioners can apply. The price remains long-term 300 CZK/ student/ semester. Semesters start in October and February and include 6 video lectures.

Those interested in studying at U3V can apply at:

  • tel.: 313 035 501 (municipal office)
  • tel.: 724 211 721 (Libuše Jarolímková)
  • e-mail:

Prerequisites for successful completion of the course: 80% attendance, completion of tests. For more information about U3V and study requirements, please visit:

Students who complete the entire study programme in the prescribed six semesters will receive a "Certificate of Graduation from the University of the Third Age" upon graduation in Prague - Suchdol. Since its establishment, we have already had several graduates in Vestec.