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Location: Brno, Czech Republic, Europe

Program Type: UMSL Exchange Program through the MAUI-Utrecht Network Consortium

Language of Instruction: English and/or Czech

UMSL Term Abroad: Academic Year, Spring

Approximate Dates Abroad:
Academic Year: Mid-September - July
Spring Semester: Early February - July

UMSL Study Abroad Eligibility Requirements.

Application Deadline: We encourage applicants to this program to apply early - your chances of admission are increased by doing so. Students interested in competitive locations, such as this one, should apply in February of the year academic year prior to term. For example, if you are interested in the Spring 2016, apply in January 2015. 

  • Fall/Academic Year: February 16 (final)
  • Spring: February 16 (final). If after this date, see a Study Abroad Coordinator to determine whether or not placement is still available.

Read about UMSL Student Experiences:

Nicole's Semester at Masaryk (food experiences)

Nicole's Semester at Masaryk (why Brno?) 


Subjects Available:

  • Biochemistry and Biotechnology
  • Biology
  • Business - Accounting
  • Business - Business Administration
  • Business - Finance
  • Business - Management
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Education - Elementary Education
  • English
  • Film Studies
  • International Relations
  • Journalism
  • Modern European Studies
  • Physics
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law or Law
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy and Administration
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Languages - Czech
  • Students with a high proficiency/native fluency may enroll directly in the regular university programs


The University: Masaryk University is the second oldest and largest university in the Czech Republic, the most selective and most desired university in the country.  Today Masaryk University comprises 9 faculties with more than 200 departments, institutes and clinics covering a broad range of academic disciplines and fields of research. The buildings of the university are concentrated close to Brno's historic old city centre, and on a modern campus on the outskirts of Brno. More than 42,000 students from the Czech Republic, Europe and the rest of the world study at the university.

Academics: Students may take courses in any of the above listed fields.

Housing: There are many different housing options near the city center and close to the university. It is very hard to feel lonely in Brno, especially if you live in the Vinaršká dorms in Old Brno. This is where all of the international students and a good portion of Czechs live. 

Activities and Programs: Exchange students may apply to be assigned a tutor (sometimes called "buddy" or "mentor").  The tutor can help to settle down in Brno. He or she can take you to the dormitory after arrival, help to arrange accommodation formalities, give you a hand in registering for courses and with various things you might need at the beginning or during the semester. Tutoring is, however, not a guaranteed service, but avoluntary help offered by Czech students.

Additionally, the Office for International Studies offers four weekend excursions to cities and other places of interest in the Central European region. When you’re not traveling, Masaryk University offers a lot of afterschool activities through the International Club. The International Club and various other student organizations are also always coordinating events and get-togethers for international students and internationally-minded Czechs. 


Location: With a population of almost 400,000, Brno is large enough to offer all the amenities of a major European city, but small enough to retain an intimate, friendly atmosphere. The city’s rich cultural attractions include theatre, opera and ballet performances, concerts by symphony orchestras and chamber ensembles, showings of the latest international films and film classics, and exhibitions at a wide variety of museums and galleries. The hundreds of local restaurants, bars, cafés and club cover a range from the cosy to the spectacular.

Sports facilities abound, while the surrounding countryside, reached within minutes by public transport, offers ideal terrain for hiking and biking during much of the year and cross-country skiing in winter. All of these opportunities are widely enjoyed by the students.

Thanks to its central location, Brno is also the ideal home base for exploring Central Europe. Most of the region’s great historical cities-Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Bratislava, Krakow, Wroclaw, Munich-are within easy reach of Brno by train or coach. Masaryk University organizes weekend trips for international students to these cities as well as to destinations within the Czech Republic.

International Office Website: http://ois.muni.cz/en/left-incoming-mobility

Course Offerings: http://ois.muni.cz/en/left-incoming-mobility/incoming-student/incoming-student-preparatorycourses/85-incoming-mobility/student/350-incoming-student-courses

Housing: http://ois.muni.cz/en/left-incoming-mobility/incoming-student/incoming-student-preparatorycourses/85-incoming-mobility/student/395-incoming-student-practicalities-accommodation

Clubs and Organizations: http://ois.muni.cz/en/left-incoming-mobility/incoming-student/incoming-student-preparatorycourses/85-incoming-mobility/student/371-incoming-student-practicalities-leisure


Cost Estimates for 2014-15*

Use the Budget Worksheet to compare the below cost to your personal budget or living on campus at UMSL.

Tuition $3789.60
HTH mandatory insurance $140.00
Books and course materials $40.00
Accommodations $1800.00
Meals & Personal Expenses $1020.00
Airfare $1500.00
Local Transportation $100.00
Other $250.00
TOTAL $8,789.60

Please note that the Czech government requires students to apply in person for the student visa. This means you may need to go to the Consulate in Chicago approximately 1-2 months before departure.

Course Equivalencies: Each student is responsible for researching what courses are available to take and for obtaining an UMSL equivalent course. The UMSL equivalent course number is the course for which you will receive credit on your UMSL transcript. Finding courses to take while you are abroad requires some time and research. More information is on the course equivalency page.

Upon Acceptance: Students will be required to submit supplemental materials, purchase HTH insurance, and participate in a mandatory orientation. More information will be distributed to all accepted students.

* UMSL tuition fees are based on 12 undergraduate credit hours at the 2014/15 rate - 2015/16 tuition rate TBA April 2015. Non-resident fees may apply.
* Costs are based off a five month semester. 
* Airline estimate based off of online search.
* Please note that expenses are ESTIMATES. Costs vary depending on the exchange rate, the inflation rate, individual spending habits, and amount of extra travel. The cost estimate above does not include visa expenses, personal expenses, independent travel, which vary widely from student to student.
*Program information is subject to change.






Some photos and text courtesy of Masaryk University