Studying in Brno, Czech Republic

Brno at a glance

Brno is an ideal student city because of the fact that it is much cheaper than many other popular international student destinations, while providing plenty of study choices in its 33 faculties, belonging to 13 higher education institutions. Almost 90,000 students choose to enrol in an undergraduate or a graduate degree in Brno.

Brno’s central position in Europe also places it close to many famous must-visit cities. However, Brno itself provides plenty of places to visit and enjoy, including both significant cultural landmarks and more modern creations and activities.

Brno is located in the Southeastern part of the Czech Republic, at the confluence of the rivers Svitava and Svratka, and the region has been inhabited since prehistoric times. Brno is situated at the crossroads of ancient trade routes, which have joined northern and southern European civilizations.

Studying

Studying in Brno

Find plenty of study degree choices whether related to the fields of humanities, engineering and technology or business. Universities offer plenty of undergraduate and graduate degree options including Bachelors of Science, Bachelors of Arts, MBAs, Masters of Science (M.Sc.), Masters of Arts, PhDs and other degree studies. Enrol in accredited programmes on popular international topics as well as more specialised disciplines. Examples include: economics, law, chemistry, political science, psychology, finance, teacher training, business administration, sociology, computer science, and more. University short course study options are also available in order to get quick in depth knowledge on specific topics. Part-time studies as well as long-cycle Master’s degrees (requiring 5 years to complete) are also available for international students.

Semester exchange study opportunities are available with other universities around the world.

Teaching is conducted in Czech, English or both on the top universities of Brno. Seek volunteering options also available in the city, some offered by the universities.

Universities in Brno offer a lot of afterschool activities through clubs and student associations coordinating events and get-togethers for international students and Czechs.

Career

Career opportunities in Brno

The various and unique cultural sites in Brno make international student tourism one of the main industries in the city, but not the only one. A large number of institutions related to research and development have offices in the city such as the Central European Institute of Technology (CEITEC) or the International Clinical Research Center in Brno (ICRC). A significant number of companies in Brno activate in various fields of engineering, with a special focus on software development. Some examples of companies in Brno include: AVG Technologies, IBM, AT&T, Honeywell, Siemens, SGI, Red Hat, Motorola, and others.

While studying in a Czech university in Brno you may have the chance to take an internship in one of the companies above, and more.

Brno is also the seat of judicial authority of the Czech Republic, so you’ll find many institutions operating in public administration and law.

Life

Brno city life

International students in Brno will have plenty of activities to get involved in, visits inside the city and in its surroundings. You will feel the laidback lifestyle of the city while interacting with the locals, who some call more Bohemian than the Bohemians in Prague.

From over hundreds of historical sites you can visit, some landmarks you shouldn’t miss while studying in Brno include:

  • Špilberk Castle
  • Cathedral of St. Peter and Paul. built during the 14th and 15th centuries
  • Veverí Castle
  • Abbey of Saint Thomas where Gregor Mendel discovered the new science of genetics.
  • Brno Ossuary - second largest in Europe
  • The Labyrinth under Vegetable Market - a system of underground corridors
  • Villa Tugendhat – UNESCO World Heritage Site

There are also many beautiful old parks in which you can relax such as: Lužánky Park, Denis Gardens, or Špilberk Park, featuring unique garden architecture

Brno hosts motorbike and other races on the Masaryk Circuit, the Road Racing World Championship Grand Prix is one of the most prestigious races. There are many venues where you can practice football, horse riding, hockey, handball, basketball and even baseball or American football.

The central location of Brno means you can easily travel to major cities close by, such as Prague, Vienna, Bratislava, Berlin, Dresden, Budapest.

International atmosphere in Brno

Brno is a highly international European destination, largely thanks to its student population. Universities attract students from all over Europe, as well as the United States and Asia. You’ll hear many languages spoken in this student city full of surprises, getting easy access to cultures all over the world. Due to the Brno’s history of foreign relations, the city maintains business partnerships worldwide, while higher education institutions also collaborate with other universities abroad.

The local population is made up of Czechs, Slovacs, Ukranians, Vietnamese and Poles. You’ll be able to speak English with the international students, but locals might not be as English-proficient.

Weather Brno

While studying in Brno, you should keep in mind that the local weather exhibits cold winters and hot to warm summers. In recent years, the temperatures have begun to grow, exceeding 30°C (86 °F) in summer. Average lows in winter reach -5°C (22°F).

Costs

Accommodation costs in Brno

Accommodation options for students include:

  • Halls of residence – very inexpensive: 3 to 4 EUR/night
  • Renting an apartment outside the city centre – 260 EUR/month
  • Home stays with local families
  • Some hostels and hotels also have affordable prices, especially for short stays

Living costs in Brno

Living costs for students in Brno are cheap, much cheaper than the nation’s capital. An average living budget per month is around 350 – 450 EUR. Monthly food costs will also amount to a minimum 150 EUR.

Universities in Brno

In the course of more than 110 years BUT has matured into an internationally recognized institution offering a cutting-edge education based on the latest scientific and professional knowledge delivered at eight faculties and Institute of Forensic Engineering covering a broad spectrum of fields ranging from technical and scientific disciplines through economics to the arts.

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One of Masaryk University’s top priorities is scientific research. In addition to attaining a leading position in research grant competitions, the university has made considerable financial investments – especially at its newly erected campus – in order to enhance research and teaching capacity, facilitate the development of tools for the transfer of knowledge and improve support for research and innovation.

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