North-American Culture Studies

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.

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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 programme 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 (e.g. the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean, Africa and Asia) 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. Submission of an electronic application in the Masaryk University Information System.
  2. Submission of two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a teacher.
  3. Submission of a Statement of Purpose (750 words maximum) in English, explaining why the applicant wishes to study in this degree programme accredited in English and why the applicant wishes to study in this Department.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 countries (e.g. the United Kingdom, Ireland, Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand and the English-speaking countries of the Caribbean, Africa, and Asia) need not submit test scores.
  7. 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

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.

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).

In addition, all students with foreign degrees (except as set out below) must submit their Bachelor's degree for official recognition by the Czech Republic's Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports. As this process ("nostrification") can take several months, it is recommended that applicants submit this paperwork concurrently with their application. Applicants without this official recognition are not permitted to enroll at the University. Detailed instructions can be found here.

  • Holders of degrees from universities located in countries with which the Czech Republic has a treaty on the bilateral recognition of academic degrees and titles (at the present time: Germany, Hungary, Poland, and Slovenia), please click here.
  • Holders of degrees from universities located in Slovakia should follow the instructions set out here.

Students enrolled in the degree programme accredited in English wishing to transfer to the degree programme accredited in Czech (i.e. from the fee-paying to the no-fee programme) must successfully pass the entrance exam process set out for that degree programme. These students must also demonstrate a knowledge of Czech at the C1 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

Application

Create your application here.

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 Fees

Tuition fees:
€ 1,900/academic year (degree program taught in English) for the academic year 2019/2020
€ 2,000/academic year (degree program taught in English) for the academic year 2020/2021 and following

    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.

Programs taught in Czech are completely tuition fee, but a serious working knowledge of Czech is required.

If you are interested in studying in Czech or would like to improve your command of the language, you might consider registering in a preliminary language course one year prior to your enrolment at Masaryk University.

The one-year-long preparatory course is designed specifically for students seeking enrolment into a university degree program taught in Czech. This course will help you develop your Czech language skills and/or improve your existing knowledge of the language to enable you to pass the entrance exams and pursue the degree of your choice at Masaryk University. In addition to improving your level of Czech, this course will also provide you with a better understanding of Czech society and culture.

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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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Czech Courses

All students of English language programs will have the possibility to attend Czech language courses free of charge.

Scholarships

Scholarships provide financial support for students. You can be awarded a scholarship for good grade average, for instance, or as part of scholarship programmes published by MU or individual faculties in accordance with the MU Scholarship Code.

Accommodation Grant

Masaryk University students who meet conditions set out in section 8 of the MU Scholarship and Bursary Regulations may be awarded an accommodation grant. The accommodation grant is paid out by MU in two scholarship periods: 1 January to 30 June and 1 July to 31 December. For more information click here.

Scholarship programme in support of humanitarian activities

The Rector's Scholarship Programme in Support of Humanitarian Activities Implemented by MU Students is established as per Rector's Provision No. 8/2015. The purpose of this scholarship programme is the granting of special-purpose scholarships in accordance with section 91, subsection 2, letter e) of the Higher Education Act by Masaryk University (hereinafter referred to as “MU”). The scholarship programme is designed to support MU students who have chosen to engage in voluntary humanitarian activities of society-wide significance, thus demonstrating their affiliation with values espoused by MU. For more information click here.

Rector’s scholarship programme

The Rector's Scholarship Programme is stipulated by the Rector's Provision 8/2012 (Czech only). The purpose of the scholarship programme is to support inter-faculty or inter-university student activities. These activities are linked in particular to the development of formal and informal education, supporting the development of strategic objectives and the development of the values of MU and the representation of the university (socially, culturally, and in the areas of sport and scientific research). for more information click here.

Scholarship for artistic and cultural activities of Faculty of Arts´ students

Faculty of Arts offers this scholarship to support exceptional projects that develop association and organization culture at the Faculty. Supported events range from organization of debates and lectures, exhibitions, concerts and plays to publishing student magazines and others. The call for applications is open twice a year - in February and in September. It is regulated by the rules set out in this document (in Czech): Stipendijní program pro podporu spolkové, kulturní a umělecké činnosti studentů Filozofické fakulty MU

Average-grade scholarship

This scholarship will be awarded to students that comply with the following conditions:
1. students of bachelor and master full-time programs at the Faculty of Arts;
2. in the past semester have completed at least 31 (without recognition) ECTS;
3. the average grade during their studies is between:
       a) 1.0 and 1.2 and their average is among the top 10 % of all students in their respective study program OR
       b) 1.21 and 1.4 their average is among the top 10 % of all students in their respective study program;
4. during their whole studies they have never received an F, N or X grade (including recognition);
5. they have not passed the standard study time of the program (6 semesters for Bachelor and 4 semesters for Master);
6. they do not have any unpaid study fees for their present or past studies programs at the Faculty of Arts.
Students do not have to apply for the scholarship, it will be assigned to them automatically if they fulfill all the requirements. For more information (in Czech) about the scholarship click here

Visegrad scholarship

Master and post-Master scholars and researchers who are citizens of the Visegrad countries can apply for scholarship to study at any accredited university/institute within V4 and in Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Georgia, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia, and Ukraine. And the Master and post-Master scholars and researchers who are citizens of these countries can apply for a scholarship to study in the Visegrad countries.

    • Study period/length of support is 1–4 semesters for full-time Master’s level studies, or 1–2 semesters for post-Master’s full-time studies/research
    • The amount of the support is €2,300/semester for scholar + €1,500/semester for the host institution

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