The Central European Studies Program (CESP) at Masaryk University is an interdisciplinary program designed for students at the upper Bachelor's degree and Master's degree levels who are seeking a challenging educational experience in the heart of Europe and wish to develop the global perspective they will need in the future.
Courses include studies of the social, economic, political and cultural transformations that have shaped Central Europe and the Czech Republic in particular at the end of the 20th century, and the changes facing Europe in a broader perspective in the beginning of the 21st century. Courses, each of them semester-long, are taught in English.
Enrolment is open to undergraduate students in their third or fourth year. Magister/master's level students following a European model may apply for study during their third, fourth, or fifth year. For US students, the minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement is 2.75 overall.
Program cost (ISEP Direct fees may vary):
|FEES||Semester 1||Semester 2||Full Year|
|Other surcharges total||$190||$190||$360|
Application form is available online
Housing and meals
Accommodation and meals are included in the program fee. Students live in modern university dormitories sharing double rooms (each with an ensuite bathroom and kitchenette) with Czech or other foreign students. Students will be receiving a scholarship to cover their housing and meals costs. They have access to university computer centres, sports facilities, canteens and laundries. Find more information about dormitories here.
The orientation week program includes an intensive "survival Czech" course, introductory talks on Czech culture and society, a tour of Brno and visit to the city museum, a reception bringing together international and Czech students as well as Masaryk University faculty, and excursions to the surroundings of Brno. More details about MU Orientation Week.
Please note that not all the courses are opened in every semester. Check the information in the IS system if the course is offered in the semester you are studying.
- CZS05: Cultural Anthropology of Post-Socialism (credits: 8 ECTS)
- CZS13: Development of Ethnic Relations in the Czech Republic (credits: 8 ECTS)
- CZS32: Czech Cinema (credits: 6 ECTS)
- CZS33: Music in the Czech Lands (credits: 6 ECTS)
- CZS35: Fiction, Facts and Reality in Modern Czech Literature (credits: 6 ECTS)
- CZS50: Intercultural Communication (credits: 6 ECTS)
- CZS51: History of Central Europe (credits: 6 ECTS)
- CZS52: Democratization and Democracy in the East-Central Europe (credits: 6 ECTS)
- CZS55 Approach to Migration in Europe & V4 countries (credits: 6 ECTS)
- Czech for Foreigners (8 ECTS)
"CESP offers the appropriate study opportunity for students with almost every academic background at Bachelor or Masters level interested in the Central and Eastern European region. The program has a wide range of modules covering economics, social science and languages as well as the Arts. Students can flexibly combine modules of their choice offered by other faculties with the CESP. I focused on economic and social aspects and enjoyed being taught by outstanding Czech academics. Teaching methods and material as well as university facilities are modern and up to western standards. I had an excellent semester and enjoyed living in such a driving central European metropole as Brno."
Bjoern Jindra, University of Wolverhampton