Coronavirus – Information and Recommendations
CANCELLATION OF CONTACT TEACHING AT MU, BAN FOR NEW PLACEMENTS ABROAD DURING SPRING 2020, State of Emergency in the Czech Republic
On March 12, 2020, the Czech government declared a State of Emergency in the country for 30 days due to prevention for COVID-19 disease spread. You can find specific rules that apply for this state of emergency at Masaryk University website.
Due to the newly issued measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus, COVID-19, by the Czech Government, the Rector has decided to cancel all contact teaching till 15 May 2020. At the same time, academic ceremonies and mass events organized by Masaryk University has been cancelled as a preventive measure. These measures are valid from 11 March to 15 May 2020.
Due to the spread of coronavirus, the MU Rector issued an extraordinary measure on March 11, which forbids sending students for placements abroad for the spring semester 2020. It is also forbidden to receive visiting staff at MU.
**Please scroll down for information for MU outgoing students**
INFORMATION FOR INCOMING INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AT MU
Although the rector of MU has extended the cancellation of contact teaching until 15 May, it still stays true that most of the classes allow online learning. If online learning is possible for your course, completion of the course, including exams, should be available as well. Please check with your teachers if online learning and completion is possible for your courses
If you are still in the Czech Republic you have two options. You can either stay here or return to your home country. If you leave, you also have two options, complete your mobility entirely online or cancel it and finish the semester at your home university. You have to discuss this decision with your home university and ask them what your options are.
We understand that staying here might be safer for you than travelling/returning to your home country, or that there might not be available flights at the moment. We don’t have any information about the dormitories closing, you can keep living in the dormitories until you stop being a student of Masaryk University.
Psychological counselling for MU international students
INFORMATION FOR OUTGOING STUDENTS OF MU
Exchange placements - recommendations of CZS MU
In connection with the current development of the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak, and based on new information and recommendations of the Masaryk University Crisis Staff, the Centre for International Cooperation (CZS) recommends following:
- All students currently studying in areas of the spreading coronavirus should end their placement and return to the Czech Republic and enroll at MU for the Spring semester. This concerns risk areas which were defined by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic.
- Do not travel to risk areas, as long as the risk of becoming infected remains.
- In the case of a current placement abroad, especially in risk areas, follow the basic recommendations of the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic (in Czech language) to reduce the risk of infection.
In case you decide to end your exchange study placement:
- Immediately contact your university or faculty coordinator and follow their instructions (both home and host university).
- The decision to end a placement in a risk destination should be treated as a superior force (force majeure) and student’s will be eligible for a proportion of the scholarship for the period of their placement abroad for which they were present.
- The Erasmus+ programme (or other scholarship programme) may refund students their costs connected with their exchange placement if provided by an appropriate proof of payment. This applies, for example, accommodation paid for the entire term, long-term tickets to public transport, etc. Specific cases must be consulted with your Erasmus+ coordinator.
- To be included in the spring semester at the home faculty of MU (if relevant), contact the relevant office for studies or foreign department. In case of return to your home country, contact your home university coordinator regarding next steps.
- Take the necessary precautions after returning from a risk destination.
- Do not attend any classes or common university areas of the (canteens, libraries, dormitories) for 14 days.
- Monitor your medical condition carefully and stay at home in case you experience symptoms of emerging respiratory disease (fever above 38 °C, cough, breathing problems), stay at home, limit contact with others, contact a doctor via phone or email or other established helplines and follow their instructions. If you do not have a doctor in the Czech Republic, do see the list of English-speaking doctors here.
If you decide to return home and continue your studies at host university on-line:
- Contact your university or faculty coordinator immediately and inform them on your decision. Proceed according to their instructions.
- After your return from abroad, adhere to the necessary precautions enforced by respective organs (the government, the Ministry of Health, sanitary stations etc.), even more so after a return from high-risk destination.
- Your mobility will have been officially terminated along with the financial grant (scholarship) tied to the stay in the receiving country. Nevertheless, you can study on-line courses at the receiving university, if the university allows the exchange students to do so.
- University-enforced prohibition of outgoing mobilities during the spring semester 2020 stays valid. Consequently, if you decide to proceed in the exchange studies on-line, it is necessary to finish them on-line as well. There will not be any possibility of returning to the university abroad during the course of the spring semester 2020. In case of the host university returning to the full-time teaching mode (even though the resumption of the full-time mode seems now improbable), the semester will be finished by some alternative means to your convenience.
- The decision to terminate the mobility at the Host University (not only in the risk areas) prematurely is dealt with according to the force majeure procedure, meaning that the students will retain a proportionate part of their scholarship for the time spent at the university abroad.
- The Erasmus+ programme (or any other programme with a scholarship) is able to financially compensate the students for the costs tied to the premature termination of the mobility, if they are credibly supported by necessary proofs of payment. This includes for example accommodation paid in advance for the whole semester, public transport card etc. Individual cases need to be discussed with the project coordinator.
- To be re-enrolled into the spring semester at the home faculty of Masaryk University, contact respective office for student affairs.
If you decide to continue your stay in the risk area:
- Immediately contact your university or faculty coordinator and inform them about your decision.
- Be aware that making such a decision is at your own risk and responsibility. Although CZS will try to provide you with the necessary support, CZS cannot be held responsible for any medical complications. Be aware that making the decision to stay is at your own risk and responsibility. Although CZS will try to provide you with the necessary support, CZS cannot be held responsible for any medical complications. Be also aware that if you decide to stay in risk areas your insurance may not be valid in this case. There may be high medical expenses for your treatment should you fall ill. Please make sure to verify your insurance company information.
- In order to receive a scholarship, it is necessary to fulfil the condition of a verifiable placement at a foreign university, especially if the university provides online education. The presence at a foreign university must be therefore proven by an up-to-date confirmation of presence at the given university issued for example by its foreign department, confirmation of accommodation (dormitory) or another conclusive document.
- Terms and conditions of individual mobility programs, including the need to receive a minimum of 20 ECTS, remains in force.
- During your placement abroad, especially at high-risk destinations, follow the instructions of the host university, local authorities or other official authorities and follow the basic rules of hygiene and disease prevention.
The information and recommendations will be updated based on the decision of the MU Crisis Staff. Please note that contacts below are available for students and staff.
Exchange stay participants should follow these measures:
- Follow official sources of important information as well as verified news. Useful links are listed below.
- Follow the advice and recommendations of the relevant representative offices, local authorities and host university.
- Consider the current individual situation and its risks (health, academic, travel).
- Carefully follow hygiene principles such as hand washing, limit contact with sick people, monitor your own health, avoid places with higher concentration of people, in case of respiratory problems also abide by the basic rules of hygiene while coughing and sneezing, use of disinfectants, etc. Particular measures are listed on the website of the Ministry of Health or WHO.
The areas what are considered as the countries with high risk of transmission of infection are defining by the Czech Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Health as of 13 March 2020:
- South Korea
- United Kingdom
CZS MU recommends following the information of local authorities, host universities and other relevant official sources of information:
- Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic
- Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic
- Dům zahraniční spolupráce
- World Health Organisation
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
- National Institute of Public Health
- Media with verified sources (Czech television, etc.) in English:
- English speaking doctors (for consultations during the office hours)
- Masaryk University
- Web page https://czs.muni.cz/en/news/86-coronavirus-en
- Centre for International Cooperation
- Web page https://czs.muni.cz/en/
- Telephone (WhatsApp, Viber) +420 777 46 56 56
- Emergency contacts of Czech representative organs
- The helpline of National Institute of Public Health
- +420 724 810 106
- +420 725 191 367
Be part of our comMUNIty!
Dear new members of our MUNI family,
we would like to welcome here both degree and exchange students and offer you some opportunities, so that you can be more involved in MUNI’s life!
We are looking for our new friends who would:
1. participate in photo and video shoots at the faculties,
2. take over the @masaryk_university Instagram account for a day,
3. become an ambassador for Masaryk University.
As a reward, you will get some university merch (usually something, that is not available for anyone else) and if participating on bigger projects, a financial reward!
If you are interested, you can fill in a short form here (it is not binding in any way):
Photo and Video shoots
Want to have your time at MUNI forever remembered on film? Volunteer to be in one (or more) of the video and photo shoots taking place during the Spring semester 2020. All international students are invited to apply.
Students interested in showing the “real life” at Masaryk University are able to take over the @masaryk_university Instagram account for a day and show what a day in the life is like in Brno. Past takeovers can be seen in the story highlights on our Instagram page under each faculty.
This program allows students to be representatives of Masaryk University when they go home and to encourage more students to come and study at MUNI. Students will receive information about the university to effectively promote their studies here, and will receive custom MUNI merchandise that is only available to student ambassadors.
Link to the form: bit.ly/helpmuni
CONSENT TO THE PROCESSING OF PERSONAL DATA
By giving this consent to the processing of personal data you are giving your consent to Masaryk University Reg. No.: 00216224, with its head office at Žerotínovo nám. 9, 611 77 Brno, contact address Komenského nám 2, 602 00 Brno (hereinafter the “administrator”), processing your personal data under the conditions given hereunder.
Extent of processing of your personal data
The administrator will process your personal data in the extent that you provided it in the context of the marketing activities of the administrator, namely by signing up for e-mail communication. The administrator will process the name, surname and e-mail address.
Purpose of processing your personal data
The administrator will process your personal data for the purposes of direct marketing (i.e. offering the products and services of the administrator, but not however those of a third party) including sending commercial communications in the sense of Act No. 480/2004 Coll., on Certain Information Society Services and analyses of you behaviour concerning these commercial communications for the purpose of sending personalised offers of services.
Legal basis of processing of personal data
The legal basis of this processing is your consent and the fact that your personal data are essential for the fulfilling of the individual purposes of direct marketing, which you have opted to subscribe to. Personal data are processed in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation – Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council (EU) 2016/679 dated 27/4/2016 - (hereinafter GDPR).
Period for which your personal data will be processed
The administrator will process your personal data for the purposes of direct marketing, for a period of 3 years from the granting of granting consent to the administrator for the sending of an e-mail Newsletter or visiting an event organised by the administrator, provided you do not withdraw this consent.
Withdrawal of consent to the processing of personal data
People with access to your personal data
The administrator and its employees will have access to your personal data.
Contact data for the administrator
Contact data for the commissioner for protection of personal data
Your rights in regard to the protection of your personal data
The right to raise an objection
You have the right to raise an objection against the processing of your personal data, if the administrator processes it for the purposes of direct marketing. The objection must be submitted to the administrator. In the case that you raise an objection against processing for the purposes of direct marketing, the administrator will no longer process the personal data in that extent, unless they demonstrate justified reasons for processing which outweigh your interests or rights and freedoms or for the determining, exercising or defending of legal claims. For further information on this law see in particular Art. 21 of the GDPR.
Right to lodge a complaint with the supervisory office
At any time you may submit a complaint concerning the processing of your personal data or non-fulfilment of the duties of the administrator arising from the GDPR to the supervisory office. In the Czech Republic the supervisory office is the Office for Personal Data Protection, with its head office at Pplk. Sochora 27, 170 00 Praha 7, www.uoou.cz.
The duty to provide personal data. Consequences of not providing personal data
You provide your personal data entirely voluntarily. You have no duty to provide it. In the case that you do not provide your personal data, you are not threatened by any sanctions. Nonetheless if you do not provide the administrator with personal data, they will not be able to send you individual commercial communications for which you subscribe (for example without your e-mail address the administrator will not be able to send a newsletter or an invitation to a course). It is however entirely up to you whether you wish to receive these communications or not.
Practical info on Homecoming
We are glad to hear that you think about coming for the MUNI HOMECOMING 2019! We are looking forward to it immensely (and hopefully you do too :-)).
As for some practical info:
Do not book hotel Garni via booking.com, or you will not get the discount. Only book via writing the email! Other hotels have the booking method specified.
If you’d like to have even more luxurious accomodation, see the end of this letter for more information.
We’ll try to get some rooms directly in Vinařská dormitory, but since there will still be some students, it is unsure if it will work out. We’ll keep you posted.
Do not hesitate too much with the booking, because there will be lot of people coming even from the Czech Republic and the hotel could get full.
1) Your full name
2) Date of birth
3) Year and study field from your stay at MUNI
I will send you scanned signed invitation letter via email.
Please share the information among your friends from studying here, so we can meet in as large number as possible :-) Especially if you have some FB groups from the time of your stay etc.
Thank you again for coming, it will be incredible!
More on accommodation:
Orea Hotel Voroněž ****
Křížkovského 1458/47, 603 73 Brno
Use a promo code to book a room on this link: MUNI100
Promo code: MUNI 100
Holiday Inn Brno ****
Křížkovského 20, 603 00 Brno
Included: Breakfast, air-conditioned room, WiFi, RelaxZone with sauna and Minigym
Use promo code MUNI 100.
Best Western Premier Hotel International Brno ****
Husova 200/16, 602 00 Brno
Book via the webpage here: https://www.hotelinternational.cz/rs/ubytovani/
Promo code: MUNI 100
Courtyard by Marriott Brno ****
Holandska 12, 639 00 Brno, Czech Republic
Book via the webpage here: https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/brqcy-courtyard-brno/
Promo code: MUNI 100
BARCELÓ BRNO PALACE HOTEL*****
Šilingrovo náměstí 2, 602 00 Brno
OR book via the webpage https://www.barcelo.com/cs/
Promo code: MUNI 100
Hotel Continental Brno ****
Kounicova 680/6, 602 00 Brno
Book via the webpage https://www.continentalbrno.cz/page/cz/homepage
Promo code: MUNI 100
Register for the Orientation Week!
The CIC (Centre for International Cooperation) and the ISC (International Student Club) run an extensive orientation week prior to every semester. You have an opportunity to participate in the orientation week with colourful programme which will help you organize your administrative and study duties and further experience a little bit of Czech culture and Czech language and meet and have fun with both Czech and other international students at parties, workshops, etc.
The registration starts on 10. 07. 2017 and ends by 30. 7. 2017. Even if you can't make it for the whole time, you can participate on different activities, sometimes for a small fee.
For more information, look HERE.
Activities and events
The orientation week package is limited to 500 people, so do not hesitate for too long.. By paying the OW fee you will have free entrance to all activities mentioned below. Otherwise see where you will be allowed to attend.
COMPULSORY FOR EVERYONE:
- Compulsory admission (everyone will get a registration package with important documents, survival kit, travel guide, maps, etc.)
- Practical Tour of Brno
- Student Activities Fair (Emergency & Safety presentation)
- Tour de Dormitory
- MU System Training (IS, ISKaM, SUPO, etc.)
FREE FOR EVERYONE:
- Second-hand market
- Introduction at faculties/Faculty Tour
- Student Activities Fair
PAID ACTIVITIES/EVENTS (free for OW package students, entrance fee for the others):
- Movie Night (50 CZK)
- Welcoming Party (50 CZK)
- International Dinner - Share Your Plate (free with a plate of food / 100 CZK without plate)
ONLY FOR OW PACKAGE STUDENTS:
- Beer & food / Coffee & cake tour
- Survival Czech (crash course)
- Free entrance vouchers + discounts
- Brno City Game (limited)
- MU gifts