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Study-related Info (courses and important dates)

Academic calendar

You can find the academic calendar here. Note that the dates may vary according to your faculty, so select Faculty of Arts (FF).

Academic calendar

Orientation week

The Centre for International Cooperation (CZS) and the ESN MUNI Brno (Erasmus Student Network) run an extensive Orientation Week prior to every semester. You have an opportunity to participate in Orientation Week with its colorful programme which will help you organize your administrative and study duties and further experience a little bit of Czech culture and Czech language and meet and have fun with both the Czech and other international students at parties, workshops, etc.

You do not have to buy the complete OW package with all the activities, however, it is necessary that you participate at the compulsory meetings (Monday: Opening and Admission in Scala cinema, Tuesday: Emergency & Safety, Wednesday: Introduction at your faculty). 

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Course catalogue

Courses taught in English can be found on the websites of Masaryk University’s faculties. Masaryk University uses the ECTS system.

You will find the courses taught at the Faculty of Arts here. You can narrow down or specify your search by choosing a specific term or teaching language.

Course catalogue

Czech language courses

Every degree student in an English-taught program is entitled to study 2 semesters of the Czech language at the Department of Czech for Foreigners for free.

The university also offers other courses of Czech for Foreigners. More information can be found on the website of the Center for International Cooperation (CZS) 

The main difference is that the CZS offers a course named Survival Czech which will help you to get by in simple day-to-day situations, meanwhile the courses offered by the Department of Czech for foreigners offer various levels according to your needs and are meant especially for those who are planning to apply for study programs in Czech.

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Grading system and ECTS

At Masaryk University, the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) is used. At Masaryk University, 60 ECTS represents the ideal workload for one year’s full-time study or 30 ECTS/semester, but it depends on you - it is your responsibility to even out the workload.

Grading scale depends on the type of the exam. For exams (zkouška) the grading scale goes from A to F (A, B, C, D, and E being passing grades and F meaning failed); for credit (zápočet) the possible outcomes are Z (započteno = passed) or N (nezapočteno = failed); for colloquium there is either P (prospěl/a = passed) or N (neprospěl/a = failed).

Credit requirements

You need at least 20 ECTS to be able to pass to the next semester (or 45 ECTS for the last two semesters combined, e.g. if in the previous semester you reached 35 ECTS, this semester you need just 10 ECTS to qualify for next semester).

In order to finish:

  • Bachelor studies, you need 180 ECTS.
  • Master studies, you need 120 ECTS.
  • PhD. studies, you need 240 ECTS.

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ISIC card for new students

For your daily stay at the university, you will need an ISIC card. There is a chip in the card that will allow you to open certain classrooms and computer rooms. You will also need your ISIC card for staying at the dorms (and for paying your rent).

Where to get the ISIC card?
  1. Click here.
  2. Select "First card ISIC Card for Full-time students".
  3. Click on "Add to shopping cart".
  4. Click on "Order" and follow the instructions.

The amount to pay for the ISIC card is 180 CZK.

As soon as your ISIC card is ready to be picked up in the International Relations Office (in about 2-5 business days), you will receive a message.

IMPORTANT NOTICE

The ISIC card will not be issued without you being enrolled in the studies and without your photograph.
Photographing for the ISIC card can be done every Wednesday and Friday from 10 am until 11 am or by appointment.

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Directions and transportation

How to get to Brno from Prague

If you arrive to Prague by plane, you will have to get from the airport to the city center. Luckily, Honest Guide has prepared some useful tips so that your trip goes as smoothly as possible. Check out especially one of these three videos: one - two - three.

BY BUS

There are several bus companies operating buses from Prague to Brno. The yellow RegioJet buses also leave directly from Prague’s Václav Havel airport (you will have to change buses at the main bus station Florenc in Prague, but one ticket is valid for the whole journey by both buses). There is a ticket office of Student Agency at Terminal 1 in Prague. You can buy your ticket in advance and pay by credit card – it is really easy. FlixbusEurolines and other companies operate buses from the bus station Florenc – you can get there by another bus operated by Student Agency or ask for directions at the airport. Student Agency and Flixbus will drop you off at the Grand Hotel bus station in Brno, while other companies usually stop at Zvonařka bus station.

You can check all the connections at idos.cz.

BY TRAIN

To get to Brno by train, you will first need to get to Prague’s main railway station (Praha - hlavní nádraží). If you are coming from the airport, please do not forget to count at least 2 hours extra time to get to the railway station – it does not take that long but since you do not know the way, you must count some extra time to find it and time to buy the ticket at the railway station to be on the safe side! You can use the Czech Railways (České dráhy) or Regiojet. You can also download their apps and you don´t have to print the ticket.

Trains arrive at Brno main train station (Brno - hlavní nádraží).

You can check all the connections at idos.cz.

How to get to Brno from Vienna

BY BUS

Student Agency and Flixbus operate direct buses from Vienna’s Schwechat airport and both stop at the Grand Hotel bus station in Brno. LEO Express leaves from the airport but stops at Zvonařka bus station. Other buses leave from bus stations in Vienna – ask for directions at the airport.

You can check all the connections at idos.cz.

BY TRAIN

You can also travel from Vienna airport or from the Vienna main station (Wien Hauptbahnhof) by train – at the airport, there is a railway station in front of the arrivals hall. You can check the schedules and buy your ticket online here. Type Wien in the “From” field and Brno hl. n. in the “To” field. You will have to change trains at Wien Hauptbahnhof and possibly in Břeclav as well.

Trains arrive at Brno main train station (Brno - hlavní nádraží).

You can check all the connections at idos.cz.

    How to get to Brno from Bratislava

    BY BUS

    From Bratislava bus station (Autobusová stanica) there are connections by various bus companies including Regiojet and Flixbus. To check all the connections, go to idos.cz or cp.sk.

    BY TRAIN

    You will have to take the train from Bratislava main station (Bratislava - hlavná stanica). There are many connections and the journey takes only 1h30.

    Trains arrive at Brno main train station (Brno - hlavní nádraží).

    To check all the connections, go to idos.cz or cp.sk.

    From Brno airport to the city center

    From some destinations, there are direct flights to Brno Airport

    Taxi service from the airport – offered by the Foreigners.cz agency. It is highly recommended to order a taxi at least one day before (Online ordering here). A price list and order form can be found here.

    Public transport – bus E76 (every 30 minutes) or N89 (at night). Both will take you to the “Hlavní nádraží” stop. You can continue basically anywhere in Brno from there. You can check bus timetables online here. Switch the page to English (bottom right side) and type Letiště Tuřany – terminál in the “From” field and Hlavní nádraží in the “To” field. The journey takes around 20 minutes, but don’t forget to buy a ticket at the airport.

    Train stations in Brno

    Normally, all trains arrive at Brno main train station (Brno - hlavní nádraží). However, the station is currently under reconstruction. Long-term train diversion in Brno: most trains do not arrive/depart from the main railway station ‘Brno hlavní nádraží‘. Trains from and to Prague, Vienna and Budapest (Bratislava) stop at ‘Brno dolní nádraží‘ and ‘Brno-Židenice‘ stations. We would recommend you to get off at Brno dolní nádraží and take the replacement bus n°61 that runs between Brno dolní nádraží and Brno hlavní nádraží. Czech Railways and Regiojet tickets are valid on this line.

    Bus stations in Brno

    The biggest bus companies like Regiojet and Flixbus stop at The Grand Hotel bus station – Autobusové nádraží u Hotelu Grand .It is located very close to the main railway station. You will only have to walk 5 minutes to get to the public transport stop “Hlavní nádraží” and then you can hop on a tram or a bus that will take you wherever you need to go.

    All the other bus companies go to the main bus station (autobusové nádraží) Zvonařka. It is located a bit further from the city center (10 min walk to the main train station, 20 min walk to the main square (náměstí Svobody)), but you can take the bus nr. 61going from Dolní nádraží. It will take you to the main train station where you can change to other trams or buses.

    Getting around Brno

    The public transport system consists of trams, city buses and trolley buses. Buses operate 24 hours a day, trams until 11 pm.  The main railway station (“Hlavní nádraží”) is the central interchange point of all night trams and buses.

    The interval between most (trolley)buses and trams range from 5 to 15 min from Monday to Friday, during weekends, the intervals are a bit longer. The average interval between most trams is approximately 8 minutes during rush hour on working days; otherwise every 10–15 minutes. In any case, if you miss your connection, there's no need to worry that you would have to wait a long time for your next bus/tram.

    Also, during the night there are special night buses. Night buses leave every 30–60 minutes depending on the line and the all meet at Hlavní nádraží.

    You can check the connections at idos.cz or you can just use google maps.

    TICKETS

    Tickets are sold at ticket vending machines, DPMB shops, kiosks and railway stations and via SMS (only with a Czech sim card) at the stop. You can also buy a ticket for a higher price on the bus, just ask the driver and be sure to have the exact amount of money. Or you can simply use one of these apps: Sejf, DPMBinfo or Poseidon.

    STUDENT PASS

    If you are a student younger than 26 years of age, you are entitled to a reduced-student rate pass for two zones which is most practical (cost: 275 CZK per month and 685 CZK quarterly, transport pass plus a plastic card cover 30 CZK). In order to obtain this pass, you need to take your ID document (passport), a photo and a special form you will receive from the Centre for International Cooperation to one of the DPMD stores, for example at the main station. 

    TIPS FROM LOCALS

    If you´d like to read some tips from locals or expats that have lived in Brno for years now, check out this blog where a Ukrainian student describes her experience with public transport in Brno.

    Getting to the Faculty of Arts

    Faculty of Arts (Filozofická fakulta, FF) has buildings in different parts of the city. However, most of the classes take place in one of the buildings in the main complex at Arna Nováka. There you will also find all the administration including our International Relations Office (C building, 1st floor).

    Depending on where you live, there are more ways how to reach the faculty by public transport. However, the easiest way is probably the tram no. 12. If you get off at Grohova tram stop, you will find our faculty just around the corner. To see the location of all our buildings, click here

    Map of MU buildings

    MU buildings mobile app

    MU owns over 100 buildings and uses over 200 other buildings. The application gives you access to university buildings and their location on the map and other useful information.

    To find out more, click the button below.

    MU buildings mobile app

    Book your buddy

    Tutors are students of Masaryk University who volunteer to help you with settling down in Brno. He or she can take you to the halls of residence after your arrival, help you to arrange accommodation formalities and also help you with other staff that you might need during your stay in Brno. Tutoring is not a guaranteed service, but a voluntary help offered by Czech students.

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    Accommodation and Catering

    Student dormitories

    Masaryk University offers 3825 beds in 11 student accommodation facilities in different parts of Brno for different prices.

    At all halls of residence, there is Internet connection, a laundry room, a TV room, and a study room. All rooms are equipped with a fridge.

    You can find an overview of student dormitories here.

    Pricelist is here.

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    Student Cantines

    Masaryk University offers catering in 13 cantines, restaurants or snack bars that are located in different parts of the city. 

    If you have an active ISIC, you can benefit from discounted student prices. You will pay with your ISIC, but first, you need to top up your Kredit boarding system. It is interconnected with the SUPO system (The Public System of Remittances and Claims of Persons). Boarders with a deposit account can use cashless transfers of finances (recharging) between SUPO and Kredit (manual as well as automatic) in the application WebKredit. In WebKredit you can also see the daily menu and prices.

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    Other forms of accommodation

    If you don´t want to stay at student dorms, you can always consider other forms of accommodation such as renting a single room or sharing a flat with your friends. There are many ways how to find the best deal - we suggest you take a look at some of these facebook groups here, here (in Czech) or here (also in Czech). Or you can check out this web page where you can specify what you´re looking for and narrow down your search results.

    Brno Districts

    If you can’t or don’t want to live at student dorms and you are looking for a private or shared flat, try looking at this guide prepared by Brno Daily where they summarize the main districts of Brno with their pros and cons.

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    10 Best Places to Eat in Brno after Midnight

    There are many good restaurants and pubs in Brno. But what if you need a late-night bite, no matter if you’re coming home from a party or if you were studying in the non-stop study room at Komenského nám.? Brnodaily.cz has all the answers for you, check it out here.

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    Where to Eat and Drink

    Web gotobrno.cz has reviewed the best places to eat and drink in Brno. Check out all the best venues here.

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    Living in Brno

    QS World University Ranking

    The QS World University Rankings by Subject are compiled annually to help prospective students identify the leading universities in a particular subject. Research citations, along with the results of major global surveys of employers and academics are used to rank universities. 

    In the 2019 Ranking, our university has improved its score in many areas and a total of 8 study programs have to the top 550 best subjects (up from 5 in 2018). Archeology has entered the list for the first time and it made it to the 150 - 200th position, which is the best of all the programs offered by Masaryk University.

    Other programs listed in the 2019 QS Ranking:

    • English Language & Literature (Faculty of Arts): 201–250
    • Linguistics (Faculty of Arts): 201–250
    • Agriculture & Forestry: 201–250
    • Biological Sciences: 351–400
    • Medicine: 401–450
    • Archaeology (Faculty of Arts): 151–200
    • Computer Science & Information System: 451–500
    • Chemistry: 501 - 550

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    SIM card

    There are 3 main mobile providers in the Czech Republic:

    You can also use the prepaid service of other providers such as Kaktus or Tesco Mobile.

    If you become a member of ESN (International Exchange Student Network) you will get free Vodafone SIM card with a special tariff for international students - 3 GB of data and unlimited SMS within the Vodafone network per month within a 50% discount for 6 months. 

    Brno USE-IT map

    USE-IT stands for no-nonsense tourist info for young people. USE-IT maps and websites are made by young locals, are not commercial, free, and up-to-date. Some also have a visitors desk, mostly run by volunteers. Every USE-IT publishes a Map for Young Travellers that will guide you through the city in a no-nonsense way. Get a USE-IT map of Brno here or find out more here.

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    Public holidays in Czechia

    You can find the list of Czech public holidays here

    Public holidays

    Waste collection fee

    Masaryk University is not responsible for this waste collection fee and is not able to provide further information. If you have any queries, please use the contact details below.

    From 1 January 2013, the local fees for Brno municipal waste collection shall be paid by all foreign nationals (EU and non-EU) staying in Brno for more than 3 months (a detailed description is also available at the City of Brno web pages). The aforesaid are obliged to 1) pay the fee for the respective number of months and 2) report this fact to the fee administrator (read on).

    This is only an informative list of details, the description in full is available at the web pages of the City of Brno.

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      Health insurance

      Unless exempt due to citizenship or special circumstances (see if you are exempt), you must provide proof that you hold Czech medical insurance before the visa/residence permit is affixed to your travel document. The insurance must cover the entire period of your stay in the Czech Republic determined in accordance with the period your permit has been issued for.

      The Faculty of Arts highly recommends PVZP insurance company since this company covers expenses related to COVID-19 treatment. Masaryk University has also a special agreement with this insurance company so your insurance will cost you less than elsewhere.

      Travel medical insurance during a stay longer than 90 days

      Health insurance (5-10 months)

      Health Insurance (12-24 months)

      Medical aid

      With your health insurance, you are entitled to visit any general practitioner or dentist. If you have eye problems or any other problem you should first visit a general practitioner, who will examine you and then, if necessary, arrange for you to see a specialist.

      Unless it is urgent, we recommend making an appointment in advance on the phone. Don't forget to take the insurance card, number or any document proving your insurance.

      Faculty of Medicine has also put together a list of GPs and other doctors that speak English. You can find the overview here

      Find out more (CZS)

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      Support Center for Students with Special Needs

      The Teiresias Center (the official name is the Support Center for Students with Special Needs) has been an office of the Rectorate at Masaryk University since 2000. The Center's primary task is to provide maximum accessibility to all accredited degree programmes at the University for the visually impaired, the deaf and hearing impaired, people with limited or restricted mobility and people with other types of disabilities.
      In the University's organizational structure, the Center is one of the offices at the Rectorate to be concerned with student issues, along with the Office for Studies and Office for Student Welfare.
      The Center also coordinates the life-long education programme for the blind. This programme's objective is to allow the blind, regardless of age or social status, to enhance their education in accredited subjects.

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      Housing

      The Accommodation and Catering Services of Masaryk University (SKM MU) is a purpose-built facility of the university that provides the operation of canteens and accommodation facilities at Masaryk University (www.skm.muni.cz). 

      We will send you all the necessary information concerning your application for dormitories by e-mail in advance.

      Studying Czech on your own

      If you would like to start learning Czech on your own, you can try Duolingo or Memrise. With these apps, you can study Czech whenever you have just a few minutes of free time. 

      Alternatively, you can also check out this list of study portals and materials put together by the South Moravian Regional Center for the Support of the Integration of Foreigners. They even offer Czech language courses that are free of charge for EU nationals

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      Free Public Barbecue Spots in Brno

      With higher temperatures, it’s tempting to get out to some quiet place, pop a few beers, or grill a špekáček or two with friends. Grilling season is officially on in Brno.

      Since 2016, there are a few public grill spots one can use in the city. Three of them are located on the outskirts of the city on the beaches of Brno Dam and one more in Lužánky park. To find out more, click here.

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      IT

      IS (Information System)

      Masaryk University's IS is a website where you administer your studies at the university - you can register for courses, see your timetable and much more. 

      When in doubt, consult this handy and well-arranged guide to our IS. There you will find all the useful tips and instructions on how to register and enroll in courses, where to find your exam results and much much more.

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      SUPO

      SUPO is a university system of settling payments for services generated by the ISKaM accommodation system, among other things.

      It acts as a kind of your own university bank account (but it is not a real bank account) that you will use to pay for your accommodation (if you live at student dorms), meals (at university cantines) and for printing (in university libraries).

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      Wi-Fi connection

      A majority of Masaryk University’s premises is covered by Wi-Fi network enabling internet connection from laptops, tablets, and mobile phones. MU uses Eduroam, a worldwide network, which enables internet connection at most of the academic institutions around the world based on the principle of unified login. If you already have access to Eduroam, you can use it at MU as well. If you don't, you will get access after you start your exchange at MU.

      There is also a second, auxiliary, Wi-Fi network MUNI.

      You can find the necessary settings and other kinds of advice here.

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      Work

      Can I work during my studies?

      According to 435/2004 Sb. Zákon o zaměstnanosti (Employment Law) § 98, foreign students who are undertaking full-time study accredited programs are allowed to work and they have full access to the labor market (including during the summer).

      Should you need a work permit, you should contact the local branch of the Employment Office (Úřad práce), find out more here. It is subject to an administrative fee of CZK 500. It is issued for:

      • a definite period of time, the maximum of two years (a foreigner may apply for an employment permit repeatedly);
      • six months in case of seasonal employment; the permit shall be issued for no longer than six months within a calendar year and may also be issued repeatedly provided that a period of at least six months elapses between the individual employments.

      Detailed information about the work permit can be found on the website of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs.

      How to find a job?

      Most popular job portals in the Czech Republic are:

      It is usual to send an e-mail to a potential employer; phone calls are not normally preferred. You should send a CV together with a cover letter. Be prepared for an interview.

      Wages

      Salary information (June 2020) :
      Minimum gross salary for full-time jobs (40 hours per week): 34,600 CZK per month or 87.30 CZK per hour
      Average gross salary for full-time jobs (40 hours per week): 34,077 CZK per month (in Q1 2020 )
      Median gross salary for full-time jobs (40 hours per week): 29,333 CZK per month (in Q1 2020)
      Typical rate for part-time jobs: around 110 CZK per hour for administrative work

      Types of work permits

      EU/EEA OR SWITZERLAND CITIZENS

      Citizens of EU/EEA countries and Switzerland or their family members do not need an employment permit, Employee Card or Blue Card to be employed on the territory of the Czech Republic. These nationals have the same legal status as citizens of the Czech Republic, as the country is a member of the European Union. For more information have a look at the portal of the Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic.

      OTHER THAN EU/EEA (SO-CALLED THIRD COUNTRY CITIZENS)

      If you are a third-country citizen (i.e. not an EU/EAA or Swiss citizen), you are allowed to work while studying, but please bear in mind that you are staying in the Czech Republic on basis of a visa for study purposes, therefore paid work cannot be your primary occupation during your stay. Your work should not affect your studies.

      Third-country students studying in the Czech Republic in a present (daily) form of studies in a degree program accredited by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports don’t need an employment permit. The employer is only obliged to notify the relevant regional office of the Public Employment Service at the start of your work.

      Third-country students who come only for student exchange or study in a distance form of studies are allowed to work without an employment permit too, but only if they are up to the age of 26 and their performance of work does not exceed 7 consecutive calendar days or a total of 30 days within a calendar year.

      In all other cases, the citizens who do not come from the EU/EEA countries or Switzerland may be employed in the Czech Republic if they have obtained an employment permit and a residence permit, or an Employee Card or an EU Blue Card (both cards combine a work permit and a residence permit in one document). The local Employment Office shall always be the relevant one for issuing the employment permit. The procedure of application for such a permit is described here. The work permit is issued for a definite period of time, a maximum of two years, however; a foreigner may even apply for an employment permit repeatedly. Please note that the work permit is only valid provided the following attributes are specified in the decision: the employer, the type of work you will be performing, and the location where your work will take place.

      If you are a third country citizen, you obtained your university education in the Czech Republic, you have already finished your studies, and you wish to stay in the Czech Republic for work purposes, you have to apply for an employee card. Foreign nationals who have obtained a university education in the Czech Republic have free access to the labor market. In this case, the employee card serves merely as a long-term residence permit where the stated purpose of the foreign national’s stay (longer than 3 months) is employment.

      For more information have a look at the dedicated portal of the Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic.

      For obtaining legal advice contact the Integration Centre Prague or the Association for Integration and Migration.

      EU BLUE CARD

      EU Blue Card is a work permit issued by 25 out of 27 EU Member States to highly-qualified non-EU citizens. Its intention is to stimulate economic development by making Europe a desirable destination for qualified workers to practice professional knowledge and skills as well as allowing free movement within the European Union for non-EU citizens.