- Study in Brno, a university town and the second largest city in the Czech Republic
- Take classes in English in the heart of Europe
- No foreign language proficiency required
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, a rowing center, indoor and outdoor tennis courts), a botanical garden, and several student clubs at individual faculties.
Total enrollment is over 37,000 students. Masaryk's many exchange programs attract students from all around the globe with as many as 600 international exchange students a year. Students come from over 60 countries on all continents, creating an exceptionally rich cultural and linguistic mix.
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 cities 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.
Courses are available in the full range of humanities, social sciences, business and economics, and natural sciences.
KU Business students studying at Masaryk University should plan to primarily take courses within the department of Economics and Administration, but others can take a wide variety of courses in any department.
Masaryk University dorms have double-rooms with a bathroom and mini-kitchenette. All rooms in the dormitory are equipped with Internet access (LAN), but they do not have a wireless connection. However, all MU buildings (except for the dormitories) are equipped with wireless networks. All dorms, located throughout the city, are within 25 minutes by walk, or 15 minutes by the means of public transport, from the campus.
When students arrive in Brno they will be given a packet with an orientation week program and information materials about Masaryk University, Brno and the Czech Republic. The International Student Club will arrange for a Czech student to wait for a foreign student at the place of his/her arrival in Brno. The orientation will include arrangements for registering for courses and obtaining all the various official documents. It will also include:
- tours of the university and its facilities
- lectures on Czech culture, Czech society and on the Czech university system
- a Czech intensive introductory course
- a welcoming party with Masaryk University teachers and students
- a tour of Brno
- visits to Brno museums and theatres
- a day-long excursion in the environs of the city
Students do not need any prior Czech in order to study at Masaryk University. An intensive mini-crash course in survival Czech forms part of the orientation-week program for international students. During the semester, weekly Czech lessons for international students are taught by members of the Department of Czech for Foreigners.
Open to KU students with Sophomore standing by the beginning of the program who have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. There is no language requirement.