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Masaryk University

Masaryk University
Founded in 1919, Masaryk University is the second largest higher educational institution 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
Highlights: 
  • 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
Program Summary: 

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.

Location: 

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.

Academic Information: 

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.

Please use the Masaryk Course Selection Guide and Masaryk Course Equivalency List to learn how to find courses available.

Housing: 

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.

Life Abroad: 

On-Site Orientation

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

Language Notes

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.

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

Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (PDF)

 

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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