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. 

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. 

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! 

See budget and estimated expenses 

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 relatively structured program includes 3 required classes:  

• Culture, Communication and Globalization 

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

• Czech for Foreigners (2 ECTS) 

Students then choose two additional classes from a variety of disciplines including 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 30 ECTS which ISEP recommends is the equivalent of 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: 

 
 
 
 
 

Int’l/Global Studies 

 
 
 
 

Political Science 

 
 
 
 

Communication & Strategic Communication 

 
 
 
 

Balkan Politics and Security 

 
 

EU Political System 

 
 

Video Journalism 

 
 
 
 

Research Methods & Tools 

 
 

American Political Institutions 

 
 

Media Literacy 

 
 
 
 

International Law & Human Rights 

 
 

Political Issues & Social Policy in the EU 

 
 

Media, Politics, and Society 

 
 
 
 

International Relations & Threats to Global Security 

 
 

Evolution of British Politics 

 
 

Culture and Media 

 
 
 
 

Human Rights in Post-Conflict Societies 

 
 

Post-Communist Politics 

 
 

Intercultural Communication

 

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

  • Business Recommended!

    Business Communications

  • Communication: Recommended!

    Advertising Journalism

  • International/Global Studies Recommended!

  • Language and Culture

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Library and Information Science

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 3 or higher

Special Application Instructions

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

Students will need to complete a special CzechMates application in addition to their ISEP application. This will include an online form, essay, as well as an interview. Masaryk University will contact ISEP participants after their ISEP application has been received to complete the program application process and schedule an interview. Decisions will proceed on a rolling basis from the ISEP Priority Deadline.

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 optional  internship as well as a course on Globalization.  

The program requires at least 30 ECTS/15 U.S. credits per semester, including the optional internship. It includes 15 hours of class time per week. The optional internship includes a seminar class as well as short bi-weekly meetings. 

Students should use the website for course availability link above to search for remaining courses to meet the 15 credit requirement. If courses are not currently listed for the semester you intend to apply, please use the courses that were offered for the prevous 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. 

Semester dates typically run as follows:

Fall

Arrival and orientation: First week in September

Courses start: Last week of August

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

Spring

Arrival and orientation: First week of February

Courses start: Second week of February

Exams: Last two weeks in May

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