Practicalities

Your arrival - how to get to Brno?

Brno has a small international airport in Tuřany. You can also get to Brno from Prague's International Airport or from Vienna International Airport by taking the Student Agency buses. Tickets are available in Student Agency ticket office at Prague’s International Airport, Terminal 1 or at the bus driver on Vienna connection or online at www.studentagency.eu .

A general website about the transport connection within the Czech Republic is accessible at www.jizdnirady.cz. Find there information about all connections which go from Prague to Brno by trains or buses.There are train connections from Prague Main Railway station directly to Brno Main Railway Station. In addition, there are also couch lines from Prague Bus Main Station Florenc terminal to Brno.

ISIC card:

This card is issued only for full-degree students at Masaryk University and can be used even outside the university for getting some discounts. This card includes a chip and bar code, and serves as a multifunctional card used at the university libraries, copy machines and canteens. Each year, active students pay a small fee to keep the card valid.

ISIC

Internet access at Masaryk University:

All MU students and employees can use the wifi network of MU which is accessible in most of the university premises (there are also internet sockets for cable connection in some libraries, halls). To set up your laptop to MU network, you have to choose one of the networks and connect.

The ultimate guide to MU wifi network here:

Wireless Wi-Fi Connection

DPMB - Brno City Public Transport:

Brno has a comprehensive and relatively cheap system of public transport (trams, trolleys, and buses) – the information about the integrated public transport system:

Public transport system in Brno

Where to buy a city transport pass?

Bank account:

Each Masaryk University student should have a bank account in the Czech Republic, to be able to get university scholarships. Exchange students (not receiving any scholarship from MU) can choose not to open an account in the Czech Republic. 

If you are opening a bank account in the Czech Republic, just know that you can get a student account in any Czech bank on the basis of confirmation of studies.

The below mentioned bank and its branch is just a tip, look/ask for other banks in the Czech Republic: google "banks in Brno". A tip: Komerční banka, nám Svobody 21 (Freedom Square). They speak English – just ask for STUDENT bank account (with student benefits) and use the confirmation of studies from the enrollment pack to get one.

Registration after arrival – long-term stays, long-term visa:

Ministry of the Interior — Dpt. for Asylum and Migration Policy 
(Ministerstvo vnitra—OAMP)
 

Hněvkovského 30/65
Tel.: 543 213 313, 974 620 830 (incl. telephone appointments)

Office hours: 
Mo, We: 8.00 – 17.00
Tu, Th: 8.00 – 14.00
Fr: 8.00 – 11.00 (upon invitation)

Visa and immigration information

Czech Police Office for Foreigners:

Cejl 62b
Tel: 974 628 131
Fax: 974 628 140
e-mail: oppbm@mvcr.cz

Office hours:
Mon & Wed 8:00-17:00
Fri 8:00-13:00

Medical Insurance:

Health care in the Czech Republic is provided on the basis of health insurance. Students are responsible to find and pay for their own insurance. According to recent changes in Czech law, travel medical insurance valid for a long-term visa must be contracted with a company authorized to provide insurance services in the Czech Republic (i.e., by EU-based companies).

Unless exempt due to citizenship or special circumstances (see if you are exempt), you must provide proof that you hold Czech medical insurance before the visa/residence permit is affixed to your travel document. The insurance must cover the entire period of your stay in the Czech Republic determined in accordance with the period your permit has been issued for. Companies that provide adequate medical insurance in the Czech Republic include MaximaPVZPUNIQAErgoSlavia and others.​

More about medical insurance

University Catering Services:

There are cafeterias at almost every faculty, and four university canteens. The canteens offer five kinds of meals: two meat meals, one non­meat meal, a vegetable meal, a low­fat meal (poultry or fish), salads, fruits and deserts. 

Students take their meals through their SUPO or catering account and a valid university card. The card is activated by depositing money on your canteen account, at any cash counter of the catering services. 

About canteens and snack bars

Libraries at Masaryk University:

Masaryk University does not have one single central library. Instead, library information structure consists of 9 central faculty libraries (each provides services to its home faculty) and specialized libraries. After you register to one library, you automatically become the member of all libraries. Use your chip card and your UCO (student ID number) to register.
 

All libraries have a common catalog with a joint search: http://aleph.muni.cz/  - you can use your UCO and secondary password to make bookings, and follow your loans; but non-authenticated search is possible too.

Masaryk University libraries

The Faculty of Education library

Orientation Week:

Orientation activities are offered to all students. The orientation week includes presentation of the university and the faculty, introduction to university facilities and information system, tour of Brno city, lecture on Czech culture and a survival Czech language workshop. The International Student Club can arrange a tutor for you to help you with the practicalities, and it organizes many informal events during the week to help the new students settle down. 

The CIC (Centre for International Cooperation) and the ISC (International Student Club) run an extensive orientation week prior to every semester for all international students.

Orientation Week

ISC – International Student Club MU Brno o. s.:

Komenskeho nam. 2, 602 00 Brno, Czech Republic
Tel.: + 420 774 774 831  

Tutoring (= Masaryk University students helping international students for free) & many other activities like:

  • Country presentations
  • Trips & excursions    
  • Culture events
  • SocialErasmus    
  • Language classes
  • Sports      
  • Games
  • Parties

International Student Guide

Erasmus Student Network MUNI Brno