Incoming students 

Welcome to our website for incoming students. Throughout this website we hope that you will find everything you need to successfully transition into an FSS student! On this page you will find a timeline of steps you should take depending on which semester you are starting. On the pages below you will find additional useful information. 

Whenever in doubt, please feel free to reach out to your student ambassador and they will be happy to point you in the right direction! (or visit our 'Get to know FSS' page to find the best point of contact!

Below is the timeline of the important steps to take before arriving in Brno.

Fall admission
  • March-June

    Apply for student visa

    Students who need to apply for a student visa should start the process as soon as they are admitted and have decided to attend Masaryk University. Original documents will be sent to students as soon as the addresses are confirmed by our admission office. 

    Students should review the local embassy page so they know what are the requirements. Process time can take on average 60-90 days from the submission of the visa, however it has been known to take longer (up to 6 months) for certain countries and students should start as soon as they are able - and keep us updated on the process!

    For more information on if you require a student visa, you can visit the website for the Centre for International Cooperation. 

  • June-August

    Register for courses

    There are three things you must do before each semester.
    1. Enroll for the term
    2. Register for courses
    3. Enroll for courses

    Registration is the first step of selecting the courses.

    • Registration: The registration period determines the interest of students in courses. Students can obtain better time stamps for capacity-limited courses.
    • Enrollment: During this period there is an automatic enrollment / confirmation of subjects for which enrollment conditions have been met (capacity, prerequisites, etc.). Only at the moment of enrollment do you acquire the right and obligation to study the course.

    You can change your courses during the first two weeks of the semester with no penalty.

    You should first review your recommended study plan, and then register for courses

    Study plan by programme:

    Bachelors programme:
    International Relations and European Politics

    Masters programmes:
    Conflict and Democracy Studies
    Cultural Sociology
    Energy Policy Studies
    European Governance
    International Relations and European Politics
    Joint Master Programme in International Relations: Europe from the Visegrad Perspective
    Public and Social Policy and Human Resources
    Sociology

  • August

    Register for Accommodation

    Students who wish to live in the dormitories will receive information on how to register late July/early August. To view the different dormitory options you can visit their website here. You can also view more information about general accommodation options in Brno at the International Student Guide on the Centre for International Cooperation's website.

  • mid-August

    Register for Orientation Week

    Orientation week is mandatory for all students, unless an exception has been made (only in the case a visa is not ready)

    Orientation week is always the week before classes start. For 2021, that means orientation week is 5-11 September 2021. 

    Mandatory sessions of orientation week is free for students. However, there is a fee to participate in the full orientation week including participating in the organized social activities and/or Survival Czech. More information about orientation week, and the schedule can be found here

  • two weeks before the start of the semester

    Course Enrollment

    Enrollment is the second step of selecting the courses.

    • Registration: The registration period determines the interest of students in courses. Students can obtain better time stamps for capacity-limited courses.
    • Enrollment: During this period there is an automatic enrollment / confirmation of subjects for which enrollment conditions have been met (capacity, prerequisites, etc.). Only at the moment of enrollment do you acquire the right and obligation to study the course.

    If you are only registered but not enrolled in a course you are not considered to be taking the course. Students can reach out to the study advisor or directly to the teacher regarding questions about enrollment.

    You can change your courses during the first two weeks of the semester with no penalty.

  • Before departing home

    Don't forget to bring with you the following:

    1. Paperwork for the verification of your previous studies (for more details look here). Depending on your country there may be lots of steps, so please review this process at least 1 month before departure!

Below are the key steps to take after arrival during your first semester

  • First weeks of Arrival

    Obtain your ISIC card

    Students of full-time studies at MU are issued the International Student Identity Card (ISIC). 

    In order to obtain an ISIC/student identity card, you need to:

    1. enrol in studies
    2. obtain an official photograph. Identity card photographs are taken at enrolment but you may arrange an alternate time with the Institute of Computer Science
    3. order your identity card via the MU Information System (Czech only) and pay the associated fee
    4. Please collect your card through your faculty's Office for Studies following the beginning of the autumn semester. In case your card is lost, stolen or damaged, please report this to the Office for Studies. Your card will be locked in order to prevent abuse and a new one will be issued.

    Student Identity Cards within MU
    Your student identity card has the following functions:

    • student identification and MU affiliation
    • access to buildings and classrooms
    • access to university computer rooms
    • access to libraries and library services
    • access to copy and print services in libraries and computer rooms
    • access to catering services in university canteens.
    • Your card is valid for a year, after this you just need to purchase a 'sticker' for the next term. Should you return after a period of interrupted or terminated studies, card validity will be automatically restored.
  • Pay tuition

    Tuition Costs

    Bachelor: €1100/semester
    Masters: €1500/semester
    PhD: €750/semester

    How to Pay

    Students can pay online in the Shopping Centre using a card or bank transfer, or students can visit the cash office at the Rectors office to pay in Euros or Czech CZK.

  • Open a Czech bank account

    This is not mandatory - however if you receive a scholarship from the university (and almost all international students are eligible for the accommodation grant) you will need to have a Czech bank account. 

    We do not advise students on which bank to create an account with. However some key things to consider are the following

    • Under 26 - most banks will have special accounts for students 
    • Over 26 - some banks have required money incomes of 10,000czk or more, or you will have to pay a slight fee
    • Does the bank provide its website in English?
  • Get a Czech phone number

    This may not be mandatory if you have an EU phone number, however for students from outside the EU, it can be a good idea to open a Czech plan, or do a 'pay as you go' plan with Vodaphone, T-Mobile, AT&T or one of the other companies. 

  • First two weeks of the semester

    Finalize your schedule

    During the first two weeks of the semester you can add or remove any classes you wish - however you should be careful about changing compulsory classes, as they may be requirements for future classes you wish to take, or only offered once a year. You can change your courses during the first two weeks of the semester with no penalty.

  • November

    Apply for Accommodation Grant

    For more information about this grant please visit the University's website

Spring admission
  • October-December

    Apply for student visa

    Students who need to apply for a student visa should start the process as soon as they are admitted and have decided to attend Masaryk University. Original documents will be sent to students as soon as the addresses are confirmed by our admission office. 

    Students should review the local embassy page so they know what are the requirements. Process time can take on average 60-90 days from the submission of the visa, however it has been known to take longer (up to 6 months) for certain countries and students should start as soon as they are able - and keep us updated on the process!

    For more information on if you require a student visa, you can visit the website for the Centre for International Cooperation. 

  • early December

    Register for Orientation Week

    Orientation week is mandatory for all students, unless an exception has been made (only in the case a visa is not ready)

    Orientation week is always the week before classes start. For 2022, that means orientation week is 6-12 February 2022. 

    Mandatory sessions of orientation week is free for students. However, there is a fee to participate in the full orientation week including participating in the organized social activities and/or Survival Czech. More information about orientation week, and the schedule can be found here

  • December/January

    Register for Accommodation

    Students who wish to live in the dormitories will receive information on how to register late July/early August. To view the different dormitory options you can visit their website here. You can also view more information about general accommodation options in Brno at the International Student Guide on the Centre for International Cooperation's website.

  • January

    Register for courses

    There are three things you must do before each semester.
    1. Enroll for the term
    2. Register for courses
    3. Enroll for courses

    Registration is the first step of selecting the courses.

    • Registration: The registration period determines the interest of students in courses. Students can obtain better time stamps for capacity-limited courses.
    • Enrollment: During this period there is an automatic enrollment / confirmation of subjects for which enrollment conditions have been met (capacity, prerequisites, etc.). Only at the moment of enrollment do you acquire the right and obligation to study the course.

    You should first review your recommended study plan, and then register for courses.

    You can change your courses during the first two weeks of the semester with no penalty.

    Study plan by programme:

    Bachelors programme:
    International Relations and European Politics

    Masters programmes:
    Conflict and Democracy Studies
    Cultural Sociology
    Energy Policy Studies
    European Governance
    International Relations and European Politics
    Joint Master Programme in International Relations: Europe from the Visegrad Perspective
    Public and Social Policy and Human Resources
    Sociology

  • two weeks before the start of the semester

    Course Enrollment

    Enrollment is the second step of selecting the courses.

    • Registration: The registration period determines the interest of students in courses. Students can obtain better time stamps for capacity-limited courses.
    • Enrollment: During this period there is an automatic enrollment / confirmation of subjects for which enrollment conditions have been met (capacity, prerequisites, etc.). Only at the moment of enrollment do you acquire the right and obligation to study the course.

    If you are only registered but not enrolled in a course you are not considered to be taking the course. Students can reach out to the study advisor or directly to the teacher regarding questions about enrollment.

    You can change your courses during the first two weeks of the semester with no penalty.

  • Before departing home

    Don't forget to bring with you the following:

    1. Paperwork for the verification of your previous studies (for more details look here). Depending on your country there may be lots of steps, so please review this process at least 1 month before departure!

Below are the key steps to take after arrival during your first semester

  • First weeks of Arrival

    Obtain your ISIC card

    Students of full-time studies at MU are issued the International Student Identity Card (ISIC). 

    In order to obtain an ISIC/student identity card, you need to:

    1. enrol in studies
    2. obtain an official photograph. Identity card photographs are taken at enrolment but you may arrange an alternate time with the Institute of Computer Science
    3. order your identity card via the MU Information System (Czech only) and pay the associated fee
    4. Please collect your card through your faculty's Office for Studies following the beginning of the autumn semester. In case your card is lost, stolen or damaged, please report this to the Office for Studies. Your card will be locked in order to prevent abuse and a new one will be issued.

    Student Identity Cards within MU
    Your student identity card has the following functions:

    • student identification and MU affiliation
    • access to buildings and classrooms
    • access to university computer rooms
    • access to libraries and library services
    • access to copy and print services in libraries and computer rooms
    • access to catering services in university canteens.
    • Your card is valid for a year, after this you just need to purchase a 'sticker' for the next term. Should you return after a period of interrupted or terminated studies, card validity will be automatically restored.
  • Pay tuition

    Tuition Costs

    Bachelor: €1100/semester
    Masters: €1500/semester
    PhD: €975/semester

    How to Pay

    Students can pay online in the Shopping Centre using a card or bank transfer, or students can visit the cash office at the Rectors office to pay in Euros or Czech CZK.

  • Open a Czech bank account

    This is not mandatory - however if you receive a scholarship from the university (and almost all international students are eligible for the accommodation grant) you will need to have a Czech bank account. 

    We do not advise students on which bank to create an account with. However some key things to consider are the following

    • Under 26 - most banks will have special accounts for students 
    • Over 26 - some banks have required money incomes of 10,000czk or more, or you will have to pay a slight fee
    • Does the bank provide its website in English?
  • Get a Czech phone number

    This may not be mandatory if you have an EU phone number, however for students from outside the EU, it can be a good idea to open a Czech plan, or do a 'pay as you go' plan with Vodaphone, T-Mobile, AT&T or one of the other companies. 

  • First two weeks of the semester

    Finalize your schedule

    During the first two weeks of the semester you can add or remove any classes you wish - however you should be careful about changing compulsory classes, as they may be requirements for future classes you wish to take, or only offered once a year. You can change your courses during the first two weeks of the semester with no penalty.

  • November

    Apply for Accommodation Grant

    For more information about this grant please visit the University's website

Welcome to the Faculty of Social Studies. Whether you're planning to study your bachelors, masters, or PhD with us, we are excited to have you join our FSS community. 

To the left you will see a time line of steps to complete before your first semester starts. These are targeted mostly for BA and MA students - so some steps may not be for PhD students!

You will also find sections on this page that have more detailed information on Academics, Getting to know FSS, FAQs, Important paperwork, and social activities to join.

If you have any general questions for students, please feel free to write our ambassadors. You can find there information here. If you have important questions about documents, enrolling, etc. please write to Klára Němečková at 217236@mail.muni.cz

You are running an old browser version. We recommend updating your browser to its latest version.