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Masaryk University

Masaryk University
Study business, humanities, and social sciences in English at the second largest university in the Czech Republic.
Location: 
Brno, Czech Republic
Language of Instruction: 
English
Czech
Term: 
Fall
Spring
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
Accounting
African/African American Studies
American Studies
Anthropology
Biology
Business
Business Administration
Chemistry
Classics
Communication Studies
Economics
English
Environmental Studies
European Studies
Finance
Geography
Global & International Studies
Health
History
Human Sexuality
International Business
Journalism
Linguistics
Management & Leadership
Marketing
Math
Museum Studies
Peace & Conflict Studies
Pharmacy
Philosophy
Political Science
Psychology
Religious Studies
Russian
East European & Eurasian Studies
Slavic Languages & Literatures
Sociology
Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies
Community Health
Exercise Science
Humanities
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
Fulfills KU Core 4.2
Exchange Program
Highlights: 
  • Study in Brno, a lively university town in the heart of Europe.
  • Choose from a wide variety of classes taught in English.
  • No foreign language proficiency required.
Program Summary: 

Founded in 1919, Masaryk University is the second largest university in the Czech Republic. It is a prestigious central European university considered the most selective in the country. Masaryk is internationally recognized for its quality research and teaching and its internationalization efforts.

University enrollment tops 32,000 and includes more than 600 international students from more than 60 countries. University buildings are divided between two campuses - one near Brno's historic city center and a modern campus on the outskirs of Brno. University facilities include multiple libraries and state-of-the-art laboratories as well as a wide range of sports facilities such as gyms, a rowing center, and tennis courts. Students also have the opportunity to participate in a variety of student clubs and extracurricular activities.

Masaryk University offers an extensive list of courses taught in English in a broad range of subjects. It continues to be an appealing study abroad destination because of its course selection, the student-friendly atmosphere of Brno, affordability, and its central location in Europe.

Location: 

Brno is the second largest city in the Czech Republic and the historical capital of Moravia. Located in the southesastern part of the country, Brno combines a rich cultural legacy with the vibrancy of a university city. Brno is home to six higher educational institutions (of which Masaryk University is the largest) and more than 75,000 students. The city boasts many local museums, galleries, and places of architectural interest. The large student population and an abundance of cozy cafes, interesting restaurants, and nighttime hot spots give this city a lively feel where students will feel right at home.

Brno also offers many opportunities for outdoor sports activities such as hiking, bicycling, and skiing in the surrounding Moravian highlands. The city is conveniently located in the heart of Central Europe, with major European cities such as Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Budapest, and Krakow within easy reach by train or bus.

Academic Information: 

Courses in English are available in more than 200 academic departments spanning the full range of humanities, social sciences, business and economics, and natural sciences. Students will enroll in courses with local Czech students as well as other international students. Exchange students can take courses in any of the following 9 Faculties (Schools):

  • Faculty of Arts
  • Faculty of Economics and Administration
  • Faculty of Education
  • Faculty of Informatics
  • Faculty of Law
  • Faculty of Medicine
  • Faculty of Science
  • Faculty of Social Studies
  • Faculty of Sports Studies

KU Business students should select courses primarily within the Faculty of Economics and Administration.

Course Information

Students typically earn 12 to 18 credits during one semester abroad. You are encouraged to use the following resources to research available courses and to determine if these courses will meet your academic requirements at KU:

Masaryk Course Catalog: Search among course options in English available at Masaryk University. The catalog is organized by faculty and term. Use the Masaryk Course Selection Guide for additional guidance and information on credit and grade conversion.

KU Course Equivalency Database: This is a list of courses currently pre-approved for KU credit (approved equivalency) and courses that students have had approved for KU credit in the past (possible equivalencies). Use 'Masaryk' in the search field.

Czech Language Courses: All students participate in a Survival Czech course during Orientation Week. Additionally, students can elect to take a Czech language course for credit during the semester. Learn more about the options for studying Czech at this link.

Credit Approval Process

Visit the Credit Approval Process page for detailed information on the procedure for obtaining KU course equivalency approval for courses you plan to take abroad. All courses taken and grades earned while abroad must be posted as KU equivalents on a student’s KU transcript and grades will figure into a student’s KU GPA. The relevant KU academic department will make the final decision regarding posting of credit, and their application toward graduation.

Housing: 

Students stay in university student residence halls. Most residence halls have double rooms with a bathroom and mini kitchenette. All rooms are equipped with internet access via LAN cable (all other university buildings have wireless internet). The residence halls are dispersed throughout the city, but within walking or public transportation distance of the main campus. Each residence hall has amenities such as a cafeteria, canteen, gym, and laundry facilities.

Life Abroad: 

Orientation Week

All students attend a week-long orientation at the start of the semester. Orientation Week includes help with course enrollment, registration, and other university requirements, plus a variety of cultural and social activities designed to introduce students to the university and life in Brno. Sample Orientation Week activities include:

  • Tour of the university and its facilities
  • Welcome party
  • City tour
  • Visits to museums, theatres, and other activities around Brno
  • Survival Czech crash course
Eligibility: 

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.

Add Course: 
Community Media
ZUR354
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency
Media, Society and Culture
ZUR393a
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Intercultural Communication and the Media
ZUR589m
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Public Relations
ZUR589n
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency
Journalism Ethics
ZUR393g
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency
Popular Music as Communication
ZUR393h
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Status: 
No Equivalency
Visual Messages and the Media
ZUR589c
This course counts as both COMS 335 (3) AND COMS 499 (1) for a total of 4 credits.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Spring 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Spring 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
See Note
Current Reflection of New Media
ZUR589j
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
APPROVED Equivalency
KU Credit Hours: 
3
Media Transformations in Contemporary European Societies
ZUR589l
The Department of Communication Studies has determined there is no COMS equivalent.
Language of Instruction: 
English
Date Reviewed: 
Fall 2015
Equivalency Valid Until: 
Fall 2020
Status: 
No Equivalency

Announcements

Study Abroad Information Center
Walk-in advising
Monday - Friday. 9AM - 5 PM
Lippincott Hall, Room 105
1410 Jayhawk Boulevard
Contact: studyabroad@ku.edu

Study Abroad Financial Advising
Financial Aid and Scholarship Info Session
Wednesday, 4:00 pm &
Thursday, 2:00 pm
105 Lippincott Hall

 

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