Masaryk University links tradition with dynamic development. It was founded in 1919 and named after T. G. Masaryk, the first President of Czechoslovakia. It is the second largest university in the Czech Republic, with more than 43,000 students. Today, the university comprises over 1,200 fields of study at nine faculties – Social Studies, Law, Medicine, Science, Education, Economics and Administration, Informatics, and Sports Studies – and more than 200 departments and institutes. The university premises are concentrated close to Brno’s old city center, with parts of the faculties of natural sciences, medicine and sports situated in the new campus in the South of the city.
Masaryk University has become one of the fastest growing and most sought-after universities in Central Europe. Original research is a priority and students are encouraged to take an active part in it. The university is dedicated to the overall support of research and innovation, also focusing on the transfer of knowledge into the sphere of applied science and commercial use. This determination is clearly visible in the modern teaching and research area at the university campus at Brno-Bohunice and in the first Czech polar station in Antarctica.
Studies at Masaryk University are truly international. Ten percent of its degree students come from abroad, and each year, there are hundreds of exchange students from around the world. Throughout the recent decades, the university has established solid and stable links with a number of prestigious foreign universities and research institutions. The university is a member of Compostela Group of Universities and Utrecht Network, and it is involved in numerous mobility programs – Erasmus LLP for Europe, and Erasmus Mundus, ISEP and other schemes for cooperation with Asia, Australia, and the Americas. Besides the international programs, MU has connections with a large number of institutions around the world, which enables its students to select from a wide variety of mobility options throughout the course of their studies.
Masaryk University was the first in the Czech Republic to introduce a structured three-cycle curriculum and the ECTS system of credits. Within its 90 years of existence, the university has been the alma mater of 134,000 alumni, who report high satisfaction and good career prospects in their graduate surveys.
MU and its International Student Club (ISC) provide a comfortable environment for international students to study and live in. The ISC provides plenty of opportunities for students’ social activities, while the university offers numerous study and leisure facilities, such as several sports grounds and premises, libraries, computer centers (some open 24/7), etc.
The EUNIS Elite Award winning information system of Masaryk University smooths the administration of studies, and facilitates the learning processes. To its students and employees, the university can offer superb facilities from research laboratories, modern libraries, computer rooms and specialized centers. Students can find accommodation in 9 dormitories located in quiet areas of the city.
Masaryk University ranks as the most open in Europe according to the Webometrics ranking.
Faculty of Social Studies
The Faculty of Social Studies was established in 1998 and it is among the newest and most dynamic parts of Masaryk University. Its social science tradition dates back as far as 1921, when I. A. Bláha, a direct pupil of Émile Durkheim, established the Department of Sociology. Since the 1920s, sociology and psychology have been taught at the Faculty of Arts, and joined by other disciplines, they established a unique social studies school in the late 1990s. The Faculty has continued developing dynamically while focused on education in the fields of sociology, political science, psychology, social policy and social work, media studies and journalism, environmental studies, international relations, European studies, gender studies, social anthropology, and recently, also security and strategic studies and energy security studies. It strives for a connection between education and the research performed by the departments as well as by its large-scale research teams. Thus, its courses are permanently enriched with the latest gnosis of both basic and applied social science.
The Faculty of Social Studies covers a diverse scope of research and teaching. It comprises seven departments, three research institutes, specialized units of IT support, and a comprehensive library. It educates more than 4,300 students in full-time and part-time forms of study and also participates in the life-long learning scheme. The Faculty is located in a recently reconstructed building in the city’s historic center, offering its students and employees excellent conditions for study and work. It houses modern lecture halls, a research library, several computer labs, specialized desktop publishing studios and multimedia rooms, as well as a student club with a cafe and a gallery for student activities. The glazed patio hall, amazing with its layout and architecture design, is a common location for social gatherings.
The Faculty of Social Studies is sought-after by Czech as well as international students. It has witnessed enormous interest in studies since its establishment as the social sciences studies offer a unique opportunity to examine still unmapped social and political changes and, also, individual adaptations in the complex world. The Faculty currently offers seven Master’s degrees taught in English (see the website linked above, Admission) and all doctoral programs are also held in English. Some of the degrees are taught in international cooperation as joint and double degrees. Integral parts of the classes are other courses held in English (more than 160 per academic year), many of them offered by visiting professors.
Whole-university International Office web – A-Z Guide: practical information for students
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