provides education in social pedagogy, focusing on social work and special pedagogy;
has over 600 graduates;
offers over 60 further education courses;
collaborates with over 50 social service providers and 70 educational establishments.
Jabok – the Institute of Social Pedagogy and Theology – was established by the Salesians of Don Bosco – the worldwide religious order of the Catholic Church whose mission is to educate the youth. The educational activity of the school is based on Christian values and Salesian educational style, but the study program is offered to everyone regardless of beliefs or belonging to a church community. It is a catholic, ecumenically school.
Our school educates in social pedagogy and theology, which is carried out in two fields of study - Social Work and Special Education. The study is offered in full time and distance forms.
Jabok aims to educate and train future social and pastoral workers, educators, leisure time educators, teaching assistants, teachers in kindergartens for children with special needs.
The aim of the study at the Jabok Institute is to prepare students for the above mentioned professions, based on scholarly knowledge and methods. At the same time Jabok educates students so that they can provide professional pastoral care. This study contributes to the holistic personal development of students within Christian values. Except for social work, education and psychology subjects, students are also educated in the fields of theology, philosophy, and foreign languages. An integral and important part of the whole study is placement in different social work organizations.
The school provides students with services of a school chaplain, school psychologist, and social and legal counselor. Full-time students can stay in a student hostel on school premises.
The endowment Fund Janua Jabok supports students in need and provides financial help according to their economic situation.
Jabok International Office
Ing. Iveta Kaňková
head of the international office
Erasmus+ (Vocational Education and Training)
Mgr. Petr Jandejsek, Th.D.
Erasmus+ (Higher Education / Vysoké školy)
Salesian Institutions of Higher Education (IUS)
Dr. Ing. Alois Křišťan, Th.D.
Ing. Bc. Ivana Adámková
Erasmus+ Programme: Student and Staff Mobility
- students for the purposes of studying or training with us,
- teaching and other staff in higher education institutions and staff of enterprises for purposes of training or teaching.
If you want to study social work, social pedagogy and intercultural work with us then first you must be nominated by your home institution of higher education. The Erasmus coordinator at your institution will have to sign and stamp your application form when you have completed it to confirm that you have been officially nominated.
Nominations must be sent to the Jabok International Office (see contact details above) before the given deadline. You can send it by post or scanned in pdf format as an e-mail attachment. We will confirm it and send it on to the European Office. Our college does not require a Transcript of Academic Records from you.
To apply for Erasmus exchange study programme at Jabok College, these documents must be signed by the Erasmus coordinator (either Institutional or Departmental) at your home institution and afterwards submitted to the Erasmus coordinator of Jabok:
- Learning Agreement
- Student Application Form
- Registration Form
Deadline for application
30th April for the winter term and for the whole academic year
31st October for the summer term
Academic year at Jabok College is divided into 2 semesters:
Winter term: 1. 9. - 31. 1. (January - exam period)
Summer term: 1. 2. - 30. 6. (June - exam period)
Grading system and transcript of records
Jabok uses the ECTS system (see ECTS credits below). We use this grade distribution transfer table:
|1 – Excellent (excellent performance)
|2 – Very Good (above the average standard but with
|3 – Good (generally sound work with a number of
|4 – Fail (unsatisfactory performance)
|To successfully pass the examination means to
achieve the result excellent, very good or good.
|PASS – student’s achievement in some subjects are
graded only as ‘pass’ = student has obtained
|% of successful students
normally achieving the grade
|outstanding performance with only
|above the average standard but
with some errors
|generally sound work with a
number of notable errors
|fair but with significant
|performance meets the minimum criteria
|FAIL – some more work required
before the credit can be awarded
|FAIL – considerable further work
The European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) indicates a workload-based
system for measuring and comparing study results. The student is awarded a certain number
of ECTS credits for each course which reflects the workload necessary to successfully
complete a course. Credits are awarded only when the student has fulfilled the course
requirements stated by the teacher, such as regular attendance, activity during the lessons,
completion of ongoing tasks etc. The credits are allocated by the individual departments in
accordance with the standard workload determined by the respective study and examination
- one academic year corresponds to 60 ECTS credits, the whole study to 180 ECTS
- hours per credit point = 26-30
Transcripts of Records (ToR) are issued within 5 weeks to both incoming and outgoing
students. ToR of incoming students include a description of or a link to the national grading
Accommodation in Prague
Jabok will try to offer incoming students accommodation in its own student hostel. However, this cannot be guaranteed. In any case, we will assist in finding available accommodation in Prague.
Visas and health insurance
Students are responsible for obtaining their own health insurance and visas, residence and work permits, or other necessary documents.
If you are a citizen of an EU or EFTA country, you do not need a visa. However, you have to register with the police within 30 days of your arrival in the Czech Republic. If you want to do any paid work in the Czech Republic, you will also need a work permit.
If you are a citizen of another country, you will need a visa (or a long-term residence permit for the purpose of studies). For more information click here. If necessary please contact the nearest Czech Embassy for details of the application process and the documents you will need. Please note that the process can take 2 to 3 months, and you will need confirmation that you are accepted as a student in order to apply for the visa.
Students with special needs
Jabok has a limited infrastructure to welcome students and staff with disabilities. They are most welcome in Jabok and they will be treated on equal basis and provided special assistance, e.g. through School counselling centre. However, people with physical disabilities must take into account that the building is not completely barrier-free. The school strives to be fully barrier-free.
Incoming students must be capable of studying in either English or Czech (or both). We usually offer one or two courses in German, but this is not enough for a full workload. We do not require a language certificate from you, but we expect you to have language skills equivalent to level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.
Courses for incoming students
- Autumn 2024
English for Social Work and Education I
German for Social Work and Education I
Czech for Beginners I
Sociocultural Orientation Course for Foreigners I
Native American Indians (selected contexts)
Excursions in Social/Educational Organisations - Germany
Methods of Physical and Game Activities
Halliwick Concept of Swimming
Introduction to Czech Social / Educational System
Professionality and Virtues in Helping Professions
- Spring 2025
English for Social Work and Education II
German for Social Work and Education II
Czech for Beginners II
Sociocultural Orientation Course for Foreigners II
Using mindfulness techniques in teaching
Methods of Physical Movements and Well-Being
Excursions in Social/Educational Organisations - Czechia
Poverty and Hope in Theological Perspective
Introduction to Czech Social / Educational System
JABOK European Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) (PDF 2,3 MB)
JABOK European Policy Statement (EPS) (PDF 107 KB)
Why Study and Practice in Prague
Below are a number of reasons you might want to study social work, social and special
pedagogy, and intercultural work in Prague as an Erasmus student.
• Jabok College was established in 1993 as one of the first institutions of its kind.
• Jabok is a small school with a friendly atmosphere among students and between students and teachers.
• Students have a 75% discount on buses and trains in the Czech Republic, so you can visit other Czech towns while you are here
• It is also easy to get to other Central European cities such as Vienna, Krakow, Budapest, or Dresden
• We offer interesting courses in English.
• We arrange an orientation programme for Erasmus students including an introduction
to the Czech language and visits to places of interest, as well as information about your studies.
• During the semester we arrange trips to sites of cultural and historical interest.
Jabok Library is an organizational unit of Jabok – the Institute of Social Pedagogy and Theology. The library is public and is open not only for students and academics but also for professionals and the general public.
The library collections holds 20 thousands books to borrow, serials, theses, DVDs etc. in Czech, English and German focused on areas such as social work, pedagogy, psychology, ethics and theology. Please visit our online catalog for more details.
Contact the library:
phone: +420 211 222 410
Jabok – the Institute of Social Pedagogy and Theology
120 00 Prague 2
phone: +420 211 222 440
data box: ss6mu8q
registration number: 45769621
tax registration number: CZ45769621