ISEP (International Student Exchange Program)
Masaryk University is the only university in the Czech Republic that is part of the ISEP international network, which allows students to study for the same cost as in the Czech Republic at more than 150 universities in the USA and at dozens of other universities in 50 countries around the world – for example in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and various countries in Latin America, Asia and Africa.
You can find a list of host universities on the webpages of the ISEP organisation. You can follow your study placement in the USA with a traineeship of the same length (Academic Training), which allows you to legally work in the USA in your field of study – you can find further information here. Within the ISEP programme MU does not support students at European universities, since mobility in Europe is possible via the programme Erasmus+.
- Participation Conditions
- Financial Conditions
- Before Departure
- While Abroad
- After Return
- Participants in the ISEP programme must be full-time bachelor's and master's degree students at Masaryk University.
- At the time the application form is filled out, applicants must be in the second to fourth years of their studies at MU. This means in years 2, 3, or 4 of the bachelor's program, in the first year of the regular master's program, or in years 2, 3, or 4 of the "long" master's program.
- The minimum length of the study placement is one semester and the maximum is two. You can follow your study placement in the USA with a traineeship of the same length (Academic Training), which allows you to legally work in the USA in your field of study – you can find further information here.
- You may participate in the program only once during the course of your studies at MU.
- We recommend that MU students of law and medicine weigh their participation in the mobility program carefully, because of the differences in the educational systems for these disciplines both in the USA and in other countries (although participation is feasible for MU students who get permission from their home faculty).
- Throughout the time you study abroad under ISEP, you must maintain active status as a full-time student at MU—in other words, you cannot terminate or interrupt your studies, nor can you change to a status other than full-time student.
- For each semester of study the student has a duty to get 20 ECTS, or the equivalent in the credit system of the host university.
- The given programme requires of MU students that after the end of their placement they submit an application for recognition of courses/credits from their foreign placement. You can find further information here.
The host institution:
- charges no tuition fees for the host institution (except for ISEP Direct)
- provides regular full-time study with full credit at MU (more on credit for study abroad)
- offers fully subsidized housing and meals at the host institution or a stipend to cover these costs (from the host institution)
- the maximum possible grant from the CIC is 15 thousand crowns per month. Each year the CIC tries to gain the funds for the provision of these grants, but despite this the award of this grant is not guaranteed and is not a right. The CIC reserves the right to reduce or not provide the grant.
- students must still pay their MU tuition (if they are tuition payers)
- students must contribute to paying the accommodation and meals allowance of a foreign student studying at MU for each semester they study at the university abroad
- for the 2017/2018 academic year, the cost was CZK 37.000 per semester
- an administrative fee paid to ISEP for overseeing placement at the university:
- non-returnable administrative fee for applications of 100 USD
- a fee of 325 dollars for organising the placement. This is paid by the student once they agree to the place at the host university
- mandatory ISEP health insurance: around $86 per month (at current rates), purchased in whole months, for the entire length of studies.
- travel expenses
- study materials
- visa fees, SEVIS fee (USA)
- pocket money (between $150-$400 per month)
- other (varies depending on costs connected with the stay for a particular country, exam fees, etc.)
The application process for the ISEP program involves two steps:
- 1. Submission of electronic application to the CIC
- The electronic application form to the CIC application process is available here. First register using the student No. (in the case that you do not already have application data) and then complete the online application form. This will be available about two months before the actual call.
- 2. Submitting the ISEP electronic application form, which the student submits after they have successfully gone through the CIC selection process. Further information on the completion of the ISEP application form is available from the CIC coordinator.
CENTER FOR INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION ELECTRONIC APPLICATION FORM
Electronic application forms will only be accepted from students if they are completed by the deadline, if they contain all attachments, and if the letter of recommendation is delivered to the Center by the closing date.
On the application form, students select the foreign universities at which they would like to study. The minimum is a single university, the maximum ten universities. The number of universities selected does not figure into the decision, but applicants should keep in mind that selecting a larger number of universities will boost their chances of successful placement (for nomination to ISEP). Sort the universities selected in accordance with the instructions that accompany the electronic application for the ISEP program (see below).
A list of host universities for which students may submit applications in the current round may be found on the ISEP website. The list is located at isepstudyabroad.org > Find a program > Select university (Masaryk University) > Select semester, year, language.
After filling in all parts of the electronic application form, you must upload the following documents through the online interface. They will become part of your online Center application for the ISEP program:
- An academic motivation letter in English or in the language in which your foreign studies will take place (there should be a maximum of three of these letters, one for each of the top three schools on your application form, a maximum of three institutions). In each letter, explain why this institution would be beneficial for you in realizing your academic goals (maximum length one A4 page for each institution).
- Proof of knowledge of a foreign language. For studies in English, it is essential to present the Centre with evidence of your knowledge of English.
- Accepted forms of proof include the TOEFL and IELTS certificates, as well as the CAE and FCE (level B2), or an English major at MU (Faculty of Education and Faculty of Arts).
- Other students must demonstrate their knowledge by passing a test in the English language organized by the Centre for International Cooperation (see below).
- Applications for the English language test may be submitted via the online form found here. Students who have taken this test in the past and wish to retake it must ask coordinator for permission.
- The level of the test corresponds to the European B2 level. The test covers listening comprehension, lexical and grammatical knowledge, and reading comprehension. It lasts 60 minutes. Dates(s) of English tests can be found at the link above.
- Caution: In some cases the nominated student who does not have a certificate must, after successful completion of the CIC application process, take a TOEFL or IELTS exam (see enrolment rules of individual universities on the ISEP website). The result off this exam must be known by 15 February to begin studies in the autumn semester and by 1 September for the start of studies in the spring semester.
- Letter of recommendation from teacher at MU (even external staff) in English must be written on the given form (Academic Reference form can be found in the Documents section) and delivered in a sealed envelope, which the teacher signs across the seal. The letter of recommendation can also be sent by the teacher by e-mail from the IS by the deadline for submission of applications to the CIC, on the given scanned form (Academic Reference – both parts). In other forms the letter of recommendation will not be accepted for the ISEP programme.
- Your complete academic record from IS MU in English, along with any other relevant university course work declared in your application. Your academic record must be confirmed by the study department of the relevant faculty. The diploma supplement must be submitted for any studies completed at MU or elsewhere.
Students who have been selected will be invited for a personal interview in English (or in the applicable language of instruction) after the end of the initial selection procedure.
Electronic applications are evaluated according to the following criteria:
- academic motivation letter (40 %)
- instructor’s letter of recommendation (10 %)
- proof of language knowledge (20 %)
- academic results (study percentile at MU 15 %)
- electronic application (15 %)
- The program coordinator will inform you of the next steps to be taken by email as soon as you have been chosen in the Centre's selection procedure.
- The ISEP program at the Centre for International Cooperation requires MU students to submit an application for recognition of the subjects/credit from their study abroad. More information is available here.
- Within the first 30 days of the start of the semester abroad, you must make changes to the Learning Agreement and acquire the signature of the foreign institution and the person authorized by the faculty to indicate in what way the subjects are recognized and their credit value.
The CZS (ISEP programme) requires of MU students that they submit an application for the recognition of course/credits from their foreign placement. You can find further information here.
Within 30 days after the mobility's end students must complete the final report. The report is accessed via the ISOIS application (choose “Final Reports” in the “Programme” section).