Summer and Winter Schools
Earn college credits during your academic breaks with one of Masaryk University’s numerous summer and winter schools. Courses cover topics such as human rights, security, languages, science, media, culture, literature, and sociology.
Check out our lists with summer and winter schools and choose the one that suits you the most. And like us on our Facebook page Masaryk Summer.
- Why online winter schools
- List of winter schools
- Application & Contact
- Practical info
- Why MUNI summer schools
- List of summer schools
- Brno in summer
Why online winter schools
Masaryk University, the 2nd largest university in the Czech Republic, has a long tradition (over 15 years) of hosting summer schools in a large variety of offerings, as well as excellent services to our students.
Online summer schools provide numerous benefits for students at all times, but definitely during the current world circumstances.
5 reasons to attend to a summer school at Masaryk University
- A different perspective – Online summer schools enable students to attend classes that they may not be able to take at their home institution, or at least not from the same perspective. Masaryk University’s summer schools not only provide excellence lectures from experts in their field, they also provide a Czech and Central European perspective to topics such as International Relations, Security, Transformation, International Law and Human Rights.
- Enhance intercultural communication skills – By attending a summer school with a foreign university, students are introduced to students and faculty members from all over the world. Through encouraging discussing in class, group projects, and ‘virtual’ coffee hours, students are able to meet people from all over the world.
- Preparing students for their future career – The online summer schools organized through Masaryk University strive to prepare students for their future careers at the same time as focusing on the academics. The layout of the course, and grading structure are meant to provide students with skills beyond their academic course work. Now more than ever, it is important for students to learn how to virtually collaborate and present ideas. The summer schools offered by Masaryk University seeks to nurture these skills.
- Get ahead for next year – The intensive, 2.5 week online summer school with Masaryk University will provide students with 8 ECTS (or 4 US credits) allowing students to make up for courses they may have missed, or to help them get ahead for future semesters.
- Cost effective – Masaryk University’s summer schools have always been cost effective in comparison to many other offerings, and the same is true with the online summer schools. Academic rigor is not lost, however Masaryk University believes educational opportunities should be available to all.
List of winter schools
Generally, our winter schools were created to address a need for our colleagues from the southern hemisphere to enjoy their ‚summer school‘, but with the current COVID situation we have got to go online. This, therefore, creates an opportunity for the wider audience to attend, earn a credit, experience different academic culture, as well as to meet students from across the globe. The online winter school provide unique experiences with online site visits, such as excursions to the United Nations headquarter in Vienna.
Please see the list of offerings below:
Application & Contact
+420 773 772 672
Summer Schools Manager
+420 777 128 376
If you want to apply to World in Transition and Central European Transformation, International Relations and Threats to Global Security, International Law and Human Rights, Global Perspectives: Media, Communication, Culture, Literature, History and Culture in Central Europe or Summer Lab Research Internships follow this link. Do not forget to include all the necessary information (and documents if requested) including writing a short statement of purpose. We will contact you afterwards to tell you if your application was successful and to discuss the further steps with you.
For all other courses, contact the person or follow the link provided on the webpage of the respective program.
Please see program specific websites to see how to apply for a particular program.
If you have any questions or need assistance, do not hesitate to write to us at email@example.com. We are looking forward to welcoming you in Brno!
Arriving to Brno
It is possible to arrive to Brno by plane, bus, or train. It is recommended that you read the recommended travel information from your program coordinators about when to arrive, and any other recommendations.
Public transportation in Brno is very good, and is able to take you to your residence hall. We recommend you follow the instructions provided by your coordinator about which tram, bus, or trolleybus to take.
You need a valid ticket when using a public transport. The most convenient way is to pay after boarding with a contactless payment cards. Just tap your card against the reader every time you board a vehicle – you will find a few on board. If you do not have a contactless card, just buy a paper ticket before boarding AND validate it inside the vehicle (actually the validating machines are the readers). If checked, there is no excuse for having an unvalidated ticket.
Brno has limited taxis, however Uber works here. You can also try to download Liftago Taxi, a Brno specific app where you can order your taxi up to 15 minutes in advance.
Many countries do not require a visa for short term programs, however, it is important you confirm if you need a visa. You can find out more information about visa regulations here: https://czs.muni.cz/en/student-from-abroad/international-student-guide/visa-information
If you require a visa, please let your program coordinator know and they will issue you the appropriate documentation.
Currency and living costs
The Czech Republic uses Czech Koruna. If your program includes trips to Budapest, Vienna or Krakow you will also need Forint, Euro, and Zloty respectively. It is possible to exchange currency in Brno, once you have arrived we can provide you with recommendations of where to exchange your currency.
Euro, USD, CAD, AUD, and GBP are the easiest currencies to exchange and will get the best rate. If you are from a country with different currency, we strongly encourage you to exchange money into this currency before your arrival if you do not want to withdraw money from ATMs.
Brno is fairly inexpensive; however, students have been known to spend a lot of money in Prague, Budapest, and Vienna. A such, for a 3-week course, we recommend bringing €400-1000 EUR to cover meals, optional activities, souvenirs, etc. based on student feedback.
Why MUNI summer schools
10 reasons to attend to a summer school at Masaryk University
Masaryk University, the 2nd largest university in the Czech Republic, has more than 15 years tradition of hosting summer schools in a large variety of subjects. There is why you should apply for one of our summer schools:
- Brno – a unique place to live and study. It has something to offer for everyone: rich history and architecture, wide selection of restaurants, cafés and bars, modern sport facilities, a lake just outside of town.
- Major European cities right across the borders. Central Europe is a beautiful region with spectacular landscape and rich history, so why only sit in class when you can experience everything at first hand?
- Get contacts in your field of study thank to meeting people from all over the world.
- Enthusiastic lecturers who are experts in their fields. They love to share their knowledge with students and help them gain new perspectives.
- Get a different perspective in topics such as International Relations, Security, Transformation, International Law and Human Rights.
- Enhance your intercultural communication skills thanks to meeting people from all over the world.
- Prepare yourself for future career. The layout of the course, and grading structure are meant to provide students with skills beyond their academic course work and to learn them how to collaborate and present ideas.
- Get credits and get ahead for future semesters.
- Perfect on-site support: Local students are there for you after you finish class, they will help you discover or get acquainted with washing machines or public transportation. They will be your buddies to help you feel at home in Brno.
- Cost effective price in comparison to many other offers.
List of summer schools
- Global Perspectives: Media, Communication, Culture
- Energy Security Summer School
- Communication internship
- Summer School of the Archaeological Training Excavation
- Archaeological Conservation Summer School in Florence (Italy)
- Birth and Death of Democracy
- International Relations and Threats to Global Security
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- Qualitative and Mixed Methods Research Designs: From Designing to Publishing
- Summer School on Modern Methods to Study Biomolecular Interactions
- Summer School in New Approaches in Experimental Biology and Omics
- Theodor Herzl Joint Summer Seminar
- Team Psychology in Practice
- Behavior Approaches in Education
- Middle Ages in the Mirror of the 20th Century
- Rokštejn Castle Archaeological Summer School
- Responsibility and Interaction in Public Space
- English as a Medium of Instruction (EMI)
- Making and Re-Making Central Europe: Imperial Pasts, Imperial Aspirations, Wars and Revolution
- Summer School of Combatives
Brno in summer
Brno is a great place to live, even if just for a short period of time. As a student city (1/5 of the population are students) and an international city there is always something to do, and the Czech language isn’t a barrier. This means that exploring cafes, teahouses, restaurants and the local sites is easy, even without our amazing assistants. However, because we want you to get the most out of your experience, we have a team of local Czech students to show you their favorite things in Brno!
Summer is a particularly beautiful season in Central Europe. Czechs love to take advantage of the warm and sunny weather and transform the city to enjoy it to the fullest.
Brno has a picturesque historical center which livens up with crowds of people in summer. There are food festivals, coffee stands, vegetable markets… People go social dancing, or watch movies in open-air theaters. On any night there are scores of concerts or shows to choose from.
And when you want to take a break from city life, you can go swimming in the Prýgl lake at the edge of the city or take a boat across the lake to the nearby castle of Veveří. To the north of Brno, the beautiful caves with the Macocha gorge are one of the most attractive natural wonders in the region. You are also within spitting distance from the best wine-producing region in the country so go and taste local wine and take a walk through the vineyards.