Get off the beaten path and explore Brno, where the country's second largest and fastest growing university, Masaryk University, is located. Take courses in English either on ISEP-Exchange or in the ISEP-Direct Central European Students Program. TESOL programs are also available in the Spring semester.
Brno, Czech Republic (pop. 405,000)
Language of instruction: Czech; English, French, and German
Student Enrollment: 37,000
Office for International Studies
The historical capital of Moravia, Brno combines a rich cultural legacy with the vibrancy of a university city that is home to six higher educational institutions (of which Masaryk University is the largest) and over 75,000 students. Thanks to its strategic location at the heart of Central Europe, major regional centers such as Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Budapest, and Krakow, are within easy reach by train and bus. In the immediate vicinity of Brno, the Moravian highlands to the north and west offer outstanding opportunities for hiking, bicycling and skiing. Southeast of Brno is the Czech Republic's main wine-producing region, with its many ancient cellars, now linked by a new network of ecology-friendly bicycle trails.
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ISEP-Exchange: Academic year or semester exchanges
ISEP-Direct: Academic year or semester programs
ISEP-Exchange for International students.
ISEP-Exchange for US students.
ISEP-Direct site for students from all member institutions.
Academic year: September to May; Semester 1: September to December; Semester 2: February to May.
Option 1: ISEP Exchange in University-level courses
(archaeology, archive studies, art history, ethnology, esthetics, film studies, fine arts, history, languages & literatures, library science, linguistics, museum studies, musicology, philosophy, psychology, religious studies, social pedagogy & counseling, theatre studies); Economics and Administration
(commercial enterprise, company economics & management, financial enterprise, national economy, public economy, regional development & administration); Informatics; Education
(art education, drama in education, education for special needs, family education, fine arts, geography, history, languages & literatures, mathematics, music education, physical education, physics, social pedagogy, special pedagogy, technical education); Law; Medicine; Science
(animal physiology, anthropology, biochemistry, biology, biophysics, botany, cartography, cellular & molecular diagnostics, chemistry, ecology, eco-toxicology, geology, hydrology & geochemistry, mathematics, microbiology, molecular biology & genetics, physics, plant physiology, systematic zoology); Social Studies
(environmental humanities, international relations & European studies, media studies & journalism, political science, psychology, social policy & social work, sociology); Sports Studies
(kinanthropology, physical education & sport).
Option 2: ISEP-Direct: Central European Studies Program (CESP); Semester or Full Year
An interdisciplinary program designed for students at the upper Bachelor's and Master"s degree levels. CESP courses include studies of the social, economic, political and cultural transformations that have shaped Central Europe and the Czech Republic in particular at the end of the 20th century and the changes facing this region at the beginning of the 21st century. Language of instruction is English.
Option 3: ISEP-Direct Enrollment: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Program (currently Spring only)
The purpose of the program is to bring together Czech and English-speaking students in order to foster understanding and broaden both groups' social, academic and professional experience - all of which are a vital part of succeeding in teaching English as a foreign language. The program integrates the fundamentals of language learning theory and hands-on teaching practice. A unique aspect of this selective program is that native English speakers and non-native speakers study and practice together. In addition to the TESOL-related courses, students can choose from courses on applied linguistics, the Czech language, and a number of courses relating to the Czech cultural heritage.
Students who successfully complete the course of study earn the internationally recognized Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) issued by University of Cambridge ESOL.
Language of instruction is English.
Courses taught in English
For information regarding courses in English, please see Course Information
Housing and Meals
Option 1: ISEP-Exchange
International students live in a modern university residence that offers double rooms, each with an ensuite bathroom and kitchenette. Frequent and inexpensive public transport puts the university's faculties within easy reach. A meal stipend is provided; international students can benefit from very inexpensive meals in the university cafes and cooking facilities in their dorms.
Option 2: ISEP-Direct (CESP and TESOL)
ISEP-Direct fees include tuition, housing and meals. International students live in a modern university residence that offers double rooms, each with a bathroom and kitchenette. A meal stipend is provided; international students can benefit from very inexpensive meals in the university cafes and cooking facilities in their dorms.
The first day of Orientation week (Monday), students will be given a packet with an orientation week program. The International Student Club arranges a Buddy Program, including having a Czech student meet international students upon their arrival in Brno.
In addition to arrangements for registering for courses and obtaining all the various official documents, a typical orientation week includes tours of the university and its facilities, lectures on Czech culture and Czech society and on the Czech university system, an intensive course in Czech (ranging from "survival" Czech for complete beginners to various degrees of advanced courses for those who already have knowledge of the language), a welcoming party with Masaryk University teachers and students, a tour of Brno, visits to Brno museums, and a day-long excursion in the environs of the city (Maravian Carst).
See http://czs.muni.cz/en/in/students/studies/xprogram-isep for more details. More information is available at http://czs.muni.cz/en/in/students/studies/xprogram-isep. The webpage of the International Student Club: http://isc.muni.cz
The International Student Club on campus promotes and sponsors activities to help exchange students transition into life at Masaryk. A list of their activities can be found under the "Featured Programs" link
Orientation benefits are also included in your program. This includes arrangements for registering for courses and obtaining documents you will need. A typical orientation week also includes tours of the university and its facilities, talks on Czech culture and Czech society and the Czech university system, a mini-"crash course" in Czech, meeting with Masaryk University teachers and students, a tour of Brno, and a day-long excursion in to the city.
Masaryk also sponsors day-long excursions into the surrounding area, which are available for all ISEP students; however the costs are not included into the program fee for ISEP Exchange students. In the past, students participating in ISEP have traveled to places like Vienna, Budapest, Krakow, the Cerna Hora brewery and the National Park, Moravian Karst.
Founded in 1919, Masaryk University is the second largest higher educational institution in the Czech Republic. University facilities include several new university and faculty libraries, a wide range of sports facilities (gymnasiums, sports fields, rowing center, indoor and outdoor tennis courts), a botanical garden, and several student clubs at individual faculties. Total enrollment: over 37,000 students. Thanks to a loan from the European Investment Bank, the university is now engaged in building a new campus and refurbishing existing buildings; when completed, all the university's faculties, research centers, and residences will be equipped with the most up-to-date facilities.
programs allow students to participate in reciprocal exchanges with students at ISEP member institutions worldwide, while paying their home university tuition. Students attending US universities that are ISEP-Exchange members are eligible to apply for these programs at other international ISEP-Exchange member universities. Chances of placement vary by location.
programs allow students to enroll directly in a host institution abroad, instead of exchanging places with another student. Chances of placement are typically excellent for qualified applicants and some sites offer special academic programs and excursions. Students attending US universities that are either ISEP-Exchange members or ISEP-Direct members can participate in ISEP-Direct programs abroad.
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