PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

• Cathedrals, castles, an historic town center—step into Brno, the second largest city in the Czech Republic, and explore countless cafés, beautiful architecture, and a thriving art scene. Centrally located and a ton of fun, you’ll love this quirky, youthful college town! 

• Intern in this hub for innovation, technology, and the arts! Past interns have worked for media companies, sports teams, IT start-ups, NGOs, research labs, and entrepreneurial hubs. 

• As an intern, you’ll receive additional support and guidance from Program Director Michael Elavsky, PhD. He’ll get you connected with a great internship and prepare you for a global career. 

LIFE ABROAD  

Walkable and bikeable, Brno is a relaxed college town with lively town squares, farmer’s markets, outdoor dining, cute courtyards, breweries, pubs, and coffee shops. Great museums, art galleries, historic architecture, and city parks make it easy to stay busy. Grab a bike or take the tram from campus to your internship site. 

LIVE 

Live right on campus! At Masaryk, you’ll have access to a furnished, shared room with access to a bathroom and kitchenette. A cafeteria, snack bar, and spaces to relax and exercise are available nearby. Please note, ISEP students pay their housing fees directly to the residence hall in Brno. Masaryk University arranges housing for ISEP students based on the number of days they stay in the residence. Please plan for approximately $1120 USD for housing for a semester. 

DINE 

Czech food is all about comfort and warmth—think dumplings, fried cheese, creamy sauces, and potato pancakes! Brno has lots of restaurants and coffee shops to enjoy, or you can cook with friends in the shared dorm kitchen. Multiple grocery stores within walking distance of campus make it easy to do some shopping to stock your pantry, and on-campus “canteens” (dining halls) provide affordable and quick meals. Plan to budget $230-$300 USD for meals and groceries each month for a comfortable lifestyle. 

EXPERIENCE 

As part of the CzechMates internship program, you will take a class with other interns where you can connect and share experiences together. This seminar will help you reflect and articulate your internship experience for future job interviews and deepen your professional development. Beyond the internship experience, the Masaryk University community offers plenty of student activities and opportunities to get involved. 

Enjoy a guided city tour and a crash-course on Czech language and culture during Orientation Week. On campus, be sure to ask your “buddy” for their top Brno recommendations.  Attend the student activities fair to find ways to get involved and make local friends. Sign up during orientation week for multi day excursions (for an affordable price) to top destinations like Budapest, Vienna, and Krakow.  

EXPLORE 

Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Budapest and Krakow are within easy reach by train and bus. Just outside Brno, the Moravian highlands offer outstanding opportunities for hiking, bicycling, and skiing. To the south, spend a few days enjoying the local wine region’s countless ancient cellars, which are easy to explore by bike!  

INTERN 

Intern with local company or organization as part of the CzechMates program and gain valuable global experience! Pair the 200 hour for-credit internship with coursework at Masaryk University and an American-style class dedicated to preparing and guiding you through the internship experience. Internships are available with NGOs, international organizations, media companies, sports teams, IT start-ups, public administration offices, research labs, and entrepreneurial hubs. Engage in meaningful work experience and develop intercultural communication in a real-world professional setting. This program is a great fit to prepare for a career in advertising, public relations, strategic communication, journalism, social justice, sports communication, business, marketing, international relations, or policy.  

What We Love About Brno 

Brno is a classic European college town—affordable, fun, beautiful, and well-connected to the rest of Europe. It’s a great base for a semester because you can take classes you need and stay busy during the week and travel easily on the weekends! 

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Program Website

Course Description

Masaryk’s study + internship program offers a unique opportunity to pursue personal and professional development in a global context.  It is particularly appealing to students studying in the fields of communications, information sciences and technology, arts/architecture liberal arts, education, social justice, environmental/agricultural sciences, and business. 

The structured program includes 2 required classes:  

• Globalization Course

• Weekly Internship course that is an integrated part of the internship experience itself and meets separately from the internship. 

Students then choose two to three additional classes from a variety of disciplines including, but not limited to Media Studies, Business, History, Political Science, Agricultural Sciences, Kinesiology, and International Relations. 

The credit bearing, 200-hour internship requires approximately 15-20 hours per week of time in the workplace throughout the semester. 

The chart below reflects some of the more popular classes students have taken in the past.  Use this to get started on planning your own program abroad at Masaryk University! 

Credits Earned 

Students who complete the program in good standing can expect to earn 24-30 ECTS which ISEP recommends is the equivalent of 12-15 U.S. Credit Hours. Each course will be worth approximately 5-6 ECTS.  

If you use financial aid, please speak with a qualified financial aid advisor to understand your academic obligations and the requirements for using financial aid. 

Sample Classes Available: 

Sociology

Political Science

Computer Science/

Informatics

Finance

Sports Studies

Applying sociology. Qualitative methods

It’s Fake News!

Machine learning and natural language processing

Financial Management

Physiology of Sport and Exercise

Sociology of gaming

Culture and Politics of Populism

Constraint programming

Management and Insurance

Exercise & Sport Psychology

Sociological Diagnoses of our Times

Women, Politics and Media

Statistics for Computer Science

AI in Finance

Theory and Practice of Personal Safety

Sociology of identity

Elections and campaigning

Principles of Computer Graphics

Financial Mathematics

Physical Activity and Lifestyle Change

Sociology of Communism

Money and Politics

Enterprise Networking, Security, and Automation

Labour Economics

Sociology of Sport

 

For detailed instructions on how to search for all available courses, please click on the "other academic conditions" dropdown link below.

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Grace Glancy 703-504-9975 | GGlancy@isep.org Thank you for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I’ll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.

Academics

Undergraduate
(in English)

*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Biology

  • Business Recommended!

    Business Communications

  • Communication: Recommended!

    Advertising Journalism

  • Education

  • History

  • Hospitality and Tourism

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

  • Language and Culture

  • Law/Criminal Justice

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Library and Information Science

  • Social Sciences:

    Political Science and Government Sociology

  • Sports Studies

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 3 or higher
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 80
  • LPR Required
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

The program's requirement is also 3.0 U.S. GPA.

Students are required to submit an internal application following their placement which is required of the host institution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email. All students participating in the internship program must speak with Director Michael Elavsky prior to be confirmed for the course.

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible. 

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

Special Needs Support

  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

Course syllabi are available for the  internship (6 ECTS) as well as a course on Globalization (6 ECTS).

The program requires at least 20 ECTS per semester, including the internship but students must check with their home university about minimum credit requirements as the home university may require more ECTS. Classes meet for about 8-10 hours per week and the internship is about 15-20 hours per week. The internship includes a seminar class as well as short weekly meetings. 

Students should use the website for course availability link above to search for remaining courses to meet the credit requirement. If courses are not currently listed for the semester you intend to apply, please use the courses that were offered for the previous academic year as a reference point for the courses that will likely be offered during your semester or year abroad. 

Students can take courses across faculties, however, it is recommended that students take the majority of their courses within one faculty. 

Academic Calendar:

Fall

Arrival and orientation: Early September

Courses start: Mid-September

Exams: Can be arranged to end before the Christmas Holidays in December

Spring

Arrival and orientation: Early February

Courses start: Mid-February

Exams: Last two weeks in May

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