North-American Culture Studies

Extended application deadline: May 1 – August 31

Given the current situation, the management of the faculty extended the application deadline. Students who will be unable to get a visa in time will start with the first semester online and then they will come to the Czech Republic for their second semester in Spring 2021. The admission process for degree programs in English will be online. You do not have to come to Brno to pass an entrance exam. Details of the study, admission requirements, etc. can be found on the program’s website.

General Information

The programme combines literary and linguistic instruction and provides a broader cultural overview of the countries in North America, combining both Anglophone and Francophone and Spanish-speaking regions, from Canada to the United States through Mexico and the Caribbean. The programme is designed so that the students gain an overview of each of the two cultural areas at the same time and are instructed on their mutual linguistic, literary, and cultural influences. For this reason, the programme is structured in a modular manner. The mandatory part of the curriculum consists of core courses that have a methodological section in which students learn the basic theoretical approaches toward the concept of identity of oneself, of the other, and of various social groups, and focus on the concept and its various manifestations in literature, linguistics, and culture. The core section is followed by a variety of in-depth courses in which students gain orientation in the specific cultural phenomena in the Anglophone, Francophone, and Hispanophone worlds. The two compulsory modules combine either the Anglophone-Francophone area or Anglophone-Spanish-speaking area, allowing for an informed comparison. The advantage of the North American study programme lies in the fact that it offers excellent material for the study of some highly topical issues of today’s world: otherness, migration, immigration, and cultural and linguistic phenomena associated with integration in areas where different ethnic groups, languages, and cultures interact. In this respect, North America represents a model laboratory allowing us to study the processes that increasingly confront European and Czech society.

A successful graduate is able to
  • demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the linguistic, literary, and cultural phenomena at the intersection of two cultural regions of North America
  • be equipped with practical language skills and theoretical tools enabling an analytical approach to the cultural areas in question

Why should I choose this program?

Students of the Department of English and American Studies have put together a nice information guide about the North-American Culture Studies program. It was published in the student magazine Re:Views and you can read the whole article here.

Read the article

Graduate Employment

Graduates can work wherever good bilingual skills and critical thinking are needed and where attention is paid to issues of cultural relations, such as the issues of otherness, social and cultural exclusion, migration, and immigration.

Admission Requirements

Eligibility Criteria

This fee-paying degree program is open to:

  1. Those holding a Bachelor's degree in a field related to programs taught at faculties of arts, faculties of social studies, faculties of education and faculties of economics, and those with knowledge of English and French/Spanish. Knowledge of English must be at the C1 level.
  2. Those holding Bachelor's degrees in other disciplines within the humanities, liberal arts or social sciences from colleges or universities located in English-speaking countries (i.e. the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand) may also be considered for admission on an individual basis. Those in this category should contact the Department of English and American Studies prior to applying: admission@phil.muni.cz.

You do not have to come to Brno personally to take the entrance exam. The result of the admission process depends on the quality of the documents that you provide. Those will be assessed by the admission committee and you will be notified about the results via e-mail.

Terms of Admission
  1. Meet the eligibility criteria set out in the paragraph above.
  2. Submission of an electronic application in the Masaryk University Information System.
  3. Submission of two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a teacher.
  4. Submission of a Statement of Purpose (750 words maximum) in English, explaining why the applicant wishes to study in this degree program accredited in English and why the applicant wishes to study in this Department.
  5. Submission of a copy of the applicant's Bachelor's thesis or its equivalent (Honour's Thesis, Senior Thesis, etc.) or 15 pages of applicant´s original academic paper.
  6. Submission of a CV (Curriculum Vitae) detailing the candidate's professional/academic experience.
  7. Submission of a transcript of university/college studies, which must include: dates you attended the institution, titles of courses and examinations you completed, and the marks received.
  8. Demonstrate English-language skills at the C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Language by submitting one of the following certificates (not more than one year old at the time of the submission of the application). Accepted certificates:
    • IELTS Academic (minimum acceptable score: 7.0),
    • Certificate of Cambridge Proficiency in English with a mark of A or B,
    • TOEFL iBT score of 95 or higher,
    • Graduates of colleges or universities located in English-speaking (i.e. the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, the United States, Australia, and New Zealand) need not submit test scores.
  9. Demonstrate French-language/Spanish-language skills at the B1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Language by submitting one of the following certificates (not more than one-year-old at the time of the submission of the application):
    • French: DALF at the B1 level
    • Spanish: DELE at the B1 level
Entrance exam

The evaluation of the applications will be done in two steps:

  1. Evaluation of the submitted documents.
  2. An oral interview (via Skype on request if step 1 is passed).

Admission to study program will be offered to those applicants selected by the Department's Entrance Exam Committee, based on a complex evaluation of the applicant's language skills, academic record, recommendations, and motivation.

Application Deadlines

1 January - 30 April for the enrollment in the Fall semester
1 July - 31 October for the enrollment in the Spring semester

Documents set out above in the Terms of Admission are required to be provided in digital form and attached to the online application by April 30th or October 31st.

Contact

admission@phil.muni.cz

Courses

Tuition Fee

Tuition fees:
€ 1,900/academic year (degree program taught in English)

    Students who require a visa and who are denied one will be refunded 90 % of the school-fee only if they send us confirmation that their visa was denied. The money will be returned by bank transfer only.

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).

Our English Language & Literature study program has ranked 201–250.

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Courses of Czech for Foreigners

All students of this program are entitled to study two semesters of Czech for foreigners free of charge. It is not obligatory but it might be handy.

Contact

If you have any questions regarding the application and admission procedures or the tuition fees, please contact us at admission@phil.muni.cz.

Irena Rodriguez Točíková


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However, if you would like to know more about what is it like to study at Masaryk University, how is the life of a student at the Faculty of Arts or if you have some questions that require personal experience, we have a solution for you as well! You can contact our student ambassador at ambassador@phil.muni.cz.

Kristýna Bajgarová

“I never thought I would be studying in Brno one day. But now, I am more than grateful for this opportunity. Thanks to my studies in North American Culture Studies programme at the Department of English and American Studies, I have the possibility to connect all the languages I love the most, English, Spanish and French. I truly believe that Masaryk University can help broaden your horizons as much as you are willing to, but remember, study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes (by Leonardo da Vinci).

(PS. "study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes" is a quote by da Vinci, it would be better to italicize it or make it bold, but I can't do it here.)”

Kristýna Bajgarová
Student of our Master's program North-American Culture Studies

Kristýna Bajgarová

“I never thought I would be studying in Brno one day. But now, I am more than grateful for this opportunity. Thanks to my studies in North American Culture Studies programme at the Department of English and American Studies, I have the possibility to connect all the languages I love the most, English, Spanish and French. I truly believe that Masaryk University can help broaden your horizons as much as you are willing to, but remember, study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes (by Leonardo da Vinci).

(PS. "study without desire spoils the memory, and it retains nothing that it takes" is a quote by da Vinci, it would be better to italicize it or make it bold, but I can't do it here.)”

Kristýna Bajgarová
Student of our Master's program North-American Culture Studies

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