ISEP is an international non-profit organization headquartered in Arlington, VA. ISEP coordinates student exchanges between the United States and other countries (US-to-International). In addition, ISEP has an international-to-international program facilitating exchanges between ISEP member universities based outside the United States. Masaryk University started ISEP exchange program with International-to-US exchange in the academic year 2003/2004 and extended cooperation on International-to-International a year later.
In addition, University introduced ISEP Direct program from the academic year 2004/2005 for the first time. ISEP Direct students can participate either in CESP (Central European Studies Program) or TESOL TE (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages).
ISEP Exchange or Direct track
Masaryk University offers two options for ISEP students:
ISEP Exchange track
Applicants who apply for exchange track are able to choose from courses across schools. Check out courses offer at overview of school courses' lists offered in other languages than Czech.
Students receive accommodation and meals stipends to cover their room and board costs. It will fully cover 21 meals a week and full rent at Masaryk University halls of residence. They participate in on-site orientation for free. See a program of the orientation week.
ISEP Direct track
Applicants who apply for direct track are able to choose from either Central European Studies Program courses, and/or TESOL TE. A majority of selected courses has to come from Central European Studies Program or TESOL TE program. In addition to this compulsory selection they can also consider other courses mention in ISEP exchange track (see above).
Students receive accommodation and meals stipends to cover their room and board costs. It will fully cover 21 meals a week and full rent at Masaryk University halls of residence. They participate in on-site orientation for free. See a program of the orientation week. Additionally, they participate in semester-long Czech language for foreigners for free for all levels (from beginners to advance knowledge).
Application process (home institution is a member of ISEP)
First step: ISEP application. See more details on official websites of ISEP organization (www.isep.org) or consult it with your home university ISEP advisor.
Secondly: ISEP students placed and accepted at Masaryk have to fill MU online application out (Accept the security warning if you are requested to do so). They should also receive Masaryk University Institutional Information sheet from home university ISEP coordinator.
A few hints to go through online application quickly and successfully:
- When filling it in, please do not use any special signs and letters (ä, ů, ł, ŝ, etc.)
- Do not write all letters capital or all letters small when filling in your name and address.
- Write your first name into the name field, your last name into the surname field and your middle name(s) into the middle name field (exactly as it appears in your passport).
- Write in the e-mail address you will use for your correspondence with us.
- In this application, you can apply also for an accommodation in our halls of residences and for the participation in the orientation week.
After the application is filled in and submitted, it will be automatically saved in our online database and sent to both you and us via e-mail. Consequently, Masaryk University will automatically send you documents you will need for completion of visa application via regular post service (confirmation of accommodation and confirmation of purpose of the stay. Both written in Czech).
All ISEP accepted students who are not EU states citizens are obliged to be in possession of long term student at time of arrival to the Czech Republic with no exceptions.
Visa application process with the embassy might take up to 60 days, therefore it is highly recommended to apply for it as soon as possible. Masaryk University will send you documents required for visa purposes from its end automatically via regular post. Keep in mind that collection of all required documents for visa application may extend visa application process from your end.
The CIC will send you the documents mentioned above as soon as we receive your completed application from ISEP Central Office.
For more information about the visa application process check the website of the Czech Embassy in your country (see the list of Czech Embassies and Consulates worldwide). Please note that Czech law requires that all foreigners (including students) have to show a travel health insurance plan with minimal requirements arranged with one of the insurance companies from the special list or with any insurance company worldwide, but with translation of all documents into Czech language.
Czech language courses
Masaryk University also offers Czech language courses to international students. During Orientation Week, Centre for International Cooperation organizes Intensive Czech language course and it is free.
Every semester, Masaryk University is also opening Semestrial Czech language course for foreigners. Semester fee is € 73 for ISEP Exchange; participants of ISEP Direct can visit this course for free.
Are the practical aspects of studies at Masaryk University available?
Yes, see the practicalities section.
Does everybody have to apply for the Czech students visa?
Yes, except for students with EU citizenship.
How will ISEP students receive stipends for room and board?
Stipends for accommodation and meals will be deposited only on bank account open with Czech bank. Students will open a bank account in Brno after their arrival. Consequently, they are responsible for depositing money from their Czech bank account to Accommodation servis account in order to pay for rent. Money from board stipend can be used for meals purchase in students' canteen, restaurants or students can cook at halls of residence.
Do ISEP students fill out Host Institution Enrolment Form?
If it is required by home institution ISEP students have to fill it out. But Masaryk University will issue a transcript of records after the term. Therefore, Masaryk does not require HIEF to be filled out.
When does the courses registration happen?
ISEP students receive “Courses registration dossier” two months before classes start. It means that they have got an access to the Information system which is an on-line tool for administration of studies at Masaryk University. Moreover, students are able to register for courses on-line and use an information system e-mail address. Students are responsible for the registration for courses on time.
Who pays the accommodation deposit?
Everybody. All students who were accepted by our office are obliged to pay the accommodation deposit on-line before their arrival to Brno to secure a place at MU dorms. You will be emailed instructions advance enough.
Have Czech language courses got codes for courses registration?
Yes, but the codes will be given to students after taking a placement test in Brno. As students do not know which group they will be placed into, they cannot register for the course before the arrival.
Which grading system Masaryk University work with?
Masaryk University works with European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). Further description of this system as well as type of courses evaluation is available in practicalities section.