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, rowing center, indoor and outdoor tennis courts), a botanical garden, and several student clubs at individual faculties. The total enrollment is over 37,000 students. Thanks to a loan from the European Investment Bank, the university is now engaged in building a new campus and refurbishing existing buildings. When completed, all the university’s faculties, research centers, and residences will be equipped with the most up-to-date facilities.
Main CampusBrno, Czech Republic Campus Website20,000+ on Campus250,000+ residents in BrnoLanguage(s) spoken on campus: Czech, English
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 centers 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.
The International Student Club on campus promotes and sponsors activities to help exchange students transition into life at Masaryk. A list of their activities can be found under the "Featured Programs" link.
Orientation benefits are also included in your program. This includes arrangements for registering for courses and obtaining documents you will need. A typical orientation week also includes tours of the university and its facilities, talks on Czech culture and Czech society and the Czech university system, a mini-“crash course” in Czech, meeting with Masaryk University teachers and students, a tour of Brno and a day-long excursion into the city.
Masaryk also offers day-long excursions into the surrounding area, which are available for all ISEP students; however the costs are not included in the program fee for ISEP Exchange and Direct students. In the past, students participating in ISEP have traveled to places including Vienna, Budapest, Krakow, the Cerna Hora brewery and the National Park, Moravian Karst.