The Freemovers programme is for students who as part of their studies at Masaryk University want to complete a month to semester-long foreign placement in their filed and do not have the chance to utilise other funding (for example the Erasmus+ programme, from the faculty, etc.). As a Freemover you can go on a placement to any country in the world.
You can find out about the students who went on placements as Freemovers can be found here (only in Czech).
- Participation Conditions
- Financial Conditions
- Before Departure
- While Abroad
- After Return
- Studying in accredited full-time or combined study programme at MU.
- The programme is available for students at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. At the time of submitting the application the student must have completed at least the first semester of bachelor’s studies.
- The student must demonstrate a knowledge of the foreign language in which they will be conducting their placement.
- Unlike the Erasmus+ programme this programme is not intended for financing a graduate placement.
- During the period of the placement and payment of the grant studies at the MU home faculty cannot be interrupted or ended.
- This programme requires that MU students submit an application for recognition of courses/credits from a foreign placement after completion of the placement; you can find further information here.
- The basic monthly rate is 8 thousand per month of the placement (from the development programme for the support of mobility) + an individually calculated part in the case of studies in a country with high living costs.
- The grant is not there to cover all expenses connected with studies abroad as it assumes that the student will make up the difference.
- It is not possible to simultaneously draw on a grant for this placement from EU sources (for example Erasmus+) and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport.
- In justified cases it is not out of the question to gain a grant from the faculty stipendium fund, the region, foundations, etc. to make up for part of the costs. The student is obliged to inform the CIC if they gain further support. If you have gained a different grant or have applied for such, or if in the Training Agreement the receiving organisation has ticked to show that it will in any way support you, provide an overview of all anticipated income and expenses for the given foreign placement.
- The specific amount of the grant is set according to the time spent at the foreign university and according to the possibilities of the project. If you do not go on a placement for a whole number of months, the amount of the grant for the last incomplete month is calculated as follows:
- 1 to 7 days: no financial support
- 8 to 20 days: 1/2 the financial support for a month
- 21 to 30 days: the complete financial support for a month
- The grant will be transferred to the student’s bank account entered into the IS MU.
- We should caution outgoing students who are also employees that on the given foreign studies that it is not possible to have travel expenses paid at the same time by their employer.
Application to foreign institution:
Those interested must first contact their preferred foreign institution, agree the conditions for acceptance and get a signed Training Agreement.
Application at the CIC:
- The application for the Freemover grant programme is submitted electronically.
- The application is completed in Czech/Slovak, or English.
- The application does not need to be sent in paper form.
- The signature of the person authorised by the faculty is not necessary because it is already in the appendix “Training Agreement”. Detailed information from individual faculties and the names of authorised people can be found here.
Essential appendices to the application:
- Training Agreement signed by all three parties (you can find the form in the section Documents):
- a working plan for the placement confirmed by the student, department (guarantor of the student traineeship) and the responsible representative of the foreign host institution
- the working plan must give the number of the credits the student will be awarded for the placement. The credits are awarded by the home faculty on the basis of the length of the placement
- do not forget to save a scan of the Training Agreement as evidence in the IS. Keep the original/part original of the TA as after your return you may be asked to present it.
- Motivational letter (in Czech/Slovak or English)
- Copy of proof of knowledge of language, in which you will communicate in the course of your work (not applicable to students of languages)
- the results of language exams at MU
- confirmation from a teacher from the MU Centre for Language Education (Language Proficiency Report)
- the results of an international exam (for example for English FCE, CAE or TOEFL)
- if you do not have any documentation of your English you can take part in a test at the CIC; further information here
- study results from previous study in the given foreign language will be recognised (for example if you have already studied abroad through Erasmus)
- student, who is in the first semester of their studies and previously studied at a different school submits the “Transcript of Records” or the appendix to the diploma from previous studies
- if your target institution accepts you on the basis that they have checked your language knowledge and confirm this in the letter of acceptance or in the Training Agreement, no proof is necessary
Criteria for the selection of candidates:
- formal criteria: handing in a complete application on time
- letter of motivation
- previous grant-financed placements abroad; priority is given to candidates who have not yet studies abroad/not been on a traineeship
- language knowledge
- study results
- due to the limited budget priority is not given to the extension of placements which began as part of another programme such as for example Erasmus+, CEEPUS, etc.
You will receive notification by e-mail.
Before departure it is necessary to:
- Document the placement in the IS, in the section “Placements”. In the box “programme” choose “freemover”. Upload a scan of the completed and signed “Training Agreement”.
- Arrange health insurance for the entire duration of the placement abroad with the journey there and back and including the costs of repatriation (for the case of transport after an unexpected operation, etc.). In EU countries, etc. we recommend additional insurance, further information here. We also recommend liability insurance.
- Request a grant. In order to pay the grant onto the account it is necessary to submit an electronic application for a grant – the specific link in the IS will be provided to you by the CIC coordinator if you are accepted on to the programme.
- In the application give the precise anticipated dates of the start an end of the foreign placement (not the length of your stay).
- Normally we pay the grant onto the account as a lump sum (for example for the whole semester provided it falls within a single calendar year). After receipt of applications we pay grants in bulk mostly on the 20th day in month (in July and August a different date may be set).
At the end of the placement have the documents that you will need after your return issued: Confirmation of Placement Period (which you can find in the section Documents).
- Have the authorised person at the faculty/department complete the concluding part of the Confirmation of Placement Period (which you can find in the section Documents). The authorised person should also indicate the number of credits given for the placement. In the case that you finish in December or January, immediately give a scan of the document to the CIC coordinator.
- Upload the completed Confirmation of Placement Period to the placement documentation in the IS and submit an electronic application for recognition of credits/courses from a foreign placement. You can find further information here.
- Caution: not adhering to the conditions of the programme, and especially not submitting the final documents, results in the student losing their right to the grant for mobility support.
- Within 6 weeks of the end of the traineeship send electronically to the CIC the Final Report on the Placement (which you can find in the section Documents). Reports from students on a foreign placement as Freemovers are published in the CIC database (only in Czech).