ISEP Direct Programme

The interdisciplinary programme is designed for students at the upper Bachelor's degree and Master's degree who are seeking a challenging educational experience in the heart of Europe.



About ISEP Direct Programme

Masaryk University is a member of the ISEP consortium. Students from other ISEP member and affiliated universities are able to come to Masaryk University via ISEP Exchange and ISEP Direct. For many students, ISEP direct is a better model for them. As an ISEP student, you can choose between 'Intern in the Czech Republic' and 'Study in the Czech Republic' for a semester or year abroad.

ISEP Students can choose from one of the following academic tracks in 'Study in the Czech Republic'




Regular University Courses

This program allows participants to choose from a broad assortment of degree programs and combinations, from natural sciences to the humanities, at ten different faculties: Law, Medicine, Pharmacy, Science, Arts, Education, Economics and Administration, Informatics, Social Studies and Sports Studies

Students looking for a variety of coursework in English across multiple fields of study

Central European Studies Program

This interdisciplinary program, designed for students at the upper bachelor’s and master's degree levels, includes studies of the social, economic, political and cultural transformations that have shaped Central Europe and the Czech Republic in particular at the end of the 20th century and the changes facing this region at the beginning of the 21st century.

Students in their 3rd or 4th year of their bachelor’s degree or first year of their master’s degree, who are interested in politics, history, and culture of Central Europe

Sports, Health, and Management Program

This semester-long program offers a wide range of Sports Studies classes. Students choose from up to ten courses per semester which broaden their horizons in the area of sports practice, health in sports, sociology and psychology in sports, and sports management.

Students looking to study sports, exercise science, and sports management in a city of sports lovers!

Intern in the Czech Republic (CzechMates internship)

The CzechMates program offers a unique opportunity to pursue your personal and professional development in a global context. Students participate in custom made internship opportunities for 15-20 hours/week (for a total of 200 hours throughout the semester) and enrol in a minimum of 3 additional classes at Masaryk University.


 Students who wish to combine practical experiences with a semester abroad. Internships can be found in the fields of communications, information sciences and technology, arts/architecture liberal arts, education, social justice, environmental/agricultural sciences, and business.

Housing and meals

Students have access the university's dormitories sharing double rooms with Czech or other foreign students. They have access to university computer centres, sports facilities, canteens and laundries. Find more information about dormitories here (for pricing and room descriptions) or in the International Student Guide (on how to get MU accommodation, how to get to the residences,…).

Programme details

Course details

Students in all ISEP programmes are able to choose from a broad assortment of courses offered in English, the full list can be found in the information system here.

Depending on the specific track students choose, there may be specific courses students are encouraged to take 




Regular University Courses

No specific courses recommended, students can choose from the full offer.

Central European Studies Program

Students are encouraged to take courses that focus specifically on the Central European theme such as: Czech New Wave (film studies), Challenges of Post-Communism: From the Collapse of the Soviet Bloc to the Central and Eastern Europe, Approach to Migration in Europe & V4 countries, Intercultural communciation. However, students can also select courses from the full module.

Sports, Health, and Management Program

Students choose from up to ten courses per semester which broaden their horizons in the area of sports practice, health in sports, sociology and psychology in sports, and sports management.

Intern in the Czech Republic (CzechMates internship)

Students must take the course 'Globalization – Culture, Communication, Globalization' as well as the Applied Internship course. Students can then choose 2-3 courses from the full offer available at Masaryk University.


What are ECTS?

ECTS are the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System, i.e. the way credits are awarded within Europe. The conversion from ECTS credits to your home institution's credit system is defined by your home institution. Please refer to your Study Abroad Advisor for detailed information.

Application & tuition fees


  • Current enrolment at an institution of higher education
  • For US students, the minimum grade point average (GPA) requirement is 2.75 overall.
  • Completion of a minimum of 2 semesters at undergraduate level
  • Minimum level B2 English language proficiency or above. Example of minimum requirements: TOEFL iBT 79, IELTS 6, Cambridge B2 First (FCE), or comparable certification

Application requirements

Students must complete an application on the ISEP portal

Programme fees (per semester)

Students applying via ISEP pay ISEP directly. The ISEP fee not only includes the Masaryk University fees, but also the ISEP application fee and ISEP health insurance which is required. 

Included in ISEP cost

  • Orientation Week (social and cultural activities and Czech Language course)
  • Czech Language course
  • ISIC card (required of all students)
  • International Student Club Membership (ESN)
  • Czech SIM Card
  • Cultural and Social activities
  • Volunteer opportunities
  • Buddy Program
  • 24-hour emergency phone
  • Access to full university course offer (hundreds of courses)
  • Internship placement, mentoring, and hands on approach (if selecting Intern in the Czech Republic)

Estimated additional costs (per semester)

  • Room: €1,200
  • Meals: €1,200
  • Insurance: €450
  • Airfair round-trip: €1,400 (from USA/Canada)
  • Additional personal expenses: €500
  • TOTAL approximately: €4,750
Non-european students

Non-european students and information about visa

The Czech Republic requires non EU citizens to apply for a student visa for all studies over 90 days. Once the application deadline has closed, and students are accepted into the programme, Masaryk University sends the proof of accommodation and the document of the purpose of stay. Originals of these documents are required for applying for the visa. We encourage all students to research the visa requirements and understand the process and to apply as quickly as possible.

Students must have valid passports at the time of applying for the visa, and in most cases submit their passport with the visa application, so the visa sticker can be added.

The standard processing time for student visas is 60 days AFTER the application has been received. However, we encourage students to give themselves 90 days, so as to not be stressed waiting for their visa to arrive.

For example:

  • Flying out 1 September? Apply by 1 June.
  • Flying out 1 February? Apply by 1 November.
After acceptance

After acceptance

Once placed by ISEP with Masaryk University, students will need to complete an internal Masaryk University application (very short) so we are able to issue the necessary documents and put the students into our university system. Students should have a valid passport at the time of submitting this application, as the passport information is required for our visa documents. 

Once students complete the MU and ISEP steps confirming their placement, students will be contacted by our Welcome Office regarding the following topics:

  • Visa application and process (if necessary - apply 60-90 days prior to planned arrival, information provided after acceptance)
  • Course registration (signup is roughly 1-2 months before the semester start)
  • Accommodation registration (signup is roughly 1-2 months before the semester start)
  • Student buddy sign up (signup is roughly 1 month before the semester start)
  • Orientation Week (signup is roughly 1 month before the semester start)

In the meantime students can review the International Student Guide for more information.

Programme dates

Application deadlines:

  • Autumn semester: April 1
  • Spring semester: October 1

Academic Calendar:

The official dates are below, however in most cases, students are able to take their exams before the Christmas holidays in the case of the fall semester, and by the end of May in the case of the spring semester. Please note - it is the students responsibility to confirm this with teachers during the first week of classes, if the exam dates are later in the syllabus.

Autumn semester 2023
Accommodation from 7 Sept 2023
Official arrival date 10 Sept 2023
ADMISSION (compulsory)
for new students
11 Sept 2023
Orientation Week 10 to 16 Sept 2023
Autumn semester 18 Sept to 22 Dec 2023
Exam period 2 Jan to 16 Feb 2024
Accommodation to 16 Feb 2024
Spring semester 2024
Accommodation from 8 Feb 2023
Official arrival date 11 Feb 2024
ADMISSION (compulsory)
for new students
12 Feb 2024
Orientation Week 11 to 17 Feb 2024
Spring semester 19 Feb to 24 May 2024
Exam period 27 May to 5 July 2024
Accommodation to 5 July 2024

* dates for 2024/2025 academic year will be released by early 2024.

More information can be found in our International Student Guide here

Skyler Gubbels

“When I was choosing where to study abroad for one semester, Masaryk University was one of my top picks. I must say, I am really impressed with my choice – not only with modern campus buildings but also with the quality of classes and interesting teachers who are a big inspiration for me. I am really happy that I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and go study abroad, these days have been the best months of my studies. The semester flew by so quickly and I really do not want to leave. I wish I could stay here longer with my new friends from all over the world. It’s been an amazing experience for me.”

Skyler Gubbels
University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA

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