Information for Students

Teaching and exam period

Mass contact teaching at Masaryk University was cancelled until the end of the teaching period of the spring semester on 15 May.

The MU Crisis Board recommends mass lectures for more than 100 students to be organized in distance mode everywhere it is possible without significant loss of teaching quality.

The deadlines for submitting the final theses are set at the individual faculties so that students have the opportunity to complete their studies in the spring semester 2020. Additionally, the faculties are recommended to announce additional dates in September for the final state examinations and students can choose which date fits them better. Exceptions for certain faculties may apply, and students should look for information directly from their faculty

Decision of the rector of Masaryk University no. 4/2020 sets special rules for studies for the spring semester 2020. For the purposes of study it is possible to use tools for distance learning, teaching and examination. If the characteristics of the course does not allow teaching in distance mode, the programme guarantor, in agreement with the teacher, will decide on the compensation in the form of block classes announced for the period from 16 May. For courses that can no longer be taught at all, students will be given an exceptional “S” evaluation. This means that this course is considered to be successfully completed (including the appropriate number of credits). The evaluation does not count towards the grade average and will be specifically described in the Diploma Supplement. 

The exam period is from 18 May to 30 September 2020, and the dates will be offered throughout the period, including during the summer months, so that students have enough opportunities to take the exams. 

All forms of course completion are possible and MU Crisis Board recommends to complete courses in distance mode. Deans may further decide that the state examination (bachelor, master, or doctoral) or the defence of the dissertation can be carried out in distance mode.

The issue of distance examination is regulated by the Methodological Guideline for Distance Examination and Course Completion, accompanied by technical recommendations for conducting online exams and state exams.

The autumn semester will start on 5 October 2020 and will last until 17 January 2021 (see the approved Academic Year Schedule 2020/21). 

Communication, e-learning and libraries

Consultations and other communication with students will be carried out at the maximum use by remote communication tools (telephone, e-mail, teleconferencing through MS Teams, etc.). 

It is recommended to make maximum use of electronic tools available at it.muni.cz. Various electronic databases are accessible from it.muni.cz/en/closed-libraries-wont-stop-you

After the State of Emergency ends, i.e., from 18 May, remote access to the e-prezenčka application is longer be available. By 1 June, the operation of libraries and study rooms will be fully resumed. Computer study rooms, including CPS, will remain closed for now.

Travelling and visa information

Entering the Czech Republic

Foreigners from other EU countries:

  • From 15 June, there are updated rules of entering the Czech Republic. The Czech government has divided European countries into three categories based on the risk of infection. Foreigners from countries shown in green on the map may enter Czech Republic without a COVID-19 negative test or compulsory quarantine, foreigners from countries shown orange or red must provide evidence of a negative test for coronavirus or enter quarantine for 14 days. The current map is available on the website of the Ministry of Health.
    • currently, all EU countries are „green“, so all EU citizens may enter the Czech Republic without any restrictions.
  • The Ministry of Health evaluates the data once a week and updates the classification of countries, based on the development of the local epidemiological situation. Please check the information regularly. Please follow updates from the Ministery of Interior

Foreigners from non-EU countries:

  • Foreigners from the so-called "green non-EU countries" can enter the Czech Republic without a negative test for COVID-19 or mandatory quarantine. As of 10 June, foreigners from these countries may enter the Czech Republic without any restrictions:
    • Andorra, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Monaco, Norway, San Marino, Switzerland, Vatican City and The United Kingdom.
    • Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, South Korea and Thailand.
    • This list is constantly updated, current information can be found here.
  • Foreigners from other non-EU countries can enter the Czech Republic only with a negative test for COVID-19 or must enter mandatory quarantine. You can be tested for COVID-19 in the Czech Republic, for more details please contact the Regional Public Health Department in Brno.

See also information for incoming exchange students (autumn 2020).

 

Visa information

For details on issuing visas and residence permits, please see the information from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic.

 

Travelling outside the Czech Republic

MU Crisis Board recommends Masaryk University full-degree students from abroad to complete their spring 2020 studies at universities abroad primarily in distance mode and to travel abroad only in absolutely necessary cases, f. e. if travelling back to the universities is a fundamental condition for the successful completion of the study placement.

Masaryk University full-degree students going for placements abroad in autumn 2020: please find more information on the website of Centre for International Cooperation of Masaryk University.

Libraries

Libraries at individual faculties currently operate in a limited mode. Please find details described in this news, but the situation can change quickly, so please follow the websites of the individual libraries.

After the State of Emergency ends, i.e., from 18 May, remote access to the e-prezenčka application will no longer be available. From 18 May, libraries will operate in limited mode. By 1 June, the operation of libraries and study rooms will be fully resumed. Computer study rooms, including CPS, will remain closed for now.

Canteens

From Monday 25 May, MU canteen will fully reopen its services again. See more info here: https://www.skm.muni.cz/menza?en.

Dormitories

Dorms remain in service. If you live there, please consider the utmost consideration for others, including the staff.

The MU Accommodation and Catering Services inform students at dormitories about changes concerning dormitory discounts and the possibility of returning to dormitories from 24 April 2020 at this location. Please find all the details here.

The dormitories are an exception to the rector's ban on entering MU buildings for students who have not made a declaration of the absence of symptoms. Violation of this prohibition will lead to disciplinary proceedings. However, the exceptions for the dormitories applies to students who come from abroad and will not manage to make Covid-19 test before arrival and therefore will have to go into a quarantine dormitories will accommodate these students. However, they will not be able to attend classes or examinations at the time of the ordered quarantine.

Please follow the news regarding accommodation here.

Academic ceremonies

Academic ceremonies are attended by a maximum of 500 people at the same time.

Matriculation and graduation

Matriculations of newly-admitted students will not take place in autumn 2020.

The MU Crisis Board recommends:

  • Not holding graduation ceremonies until 31 August. Exceptions will be resolved by the Vice-Rector for Studies and Quality, on the basis of the Dean's request.
  • Holding Associate and Doctoral graduation ceremonies from September.
  • Planning Bachelors and Masters graduations in agreement with the Faculties for the period October-December in suitable Faculty premises and in the Scala University Cinema.

Masters graduation ceremonies will take place at all Faculties. Possible cancellation of Bachelors graduation is left to the decision of the Deans.

Management and bodies of MU

The declaration of State of Emergency does not apply to meetings of the Academic Senates, Scientific Councils and other bodies of MU or its parts. Cancellation of free movement restrictions from 24 April allows convening personal meetings of academic senates.

However, the law allows all MU collective bodies to act remotely. If a personal meeting is not necessary, the MU Crisis Board recommends using electronic tools for distance meetings in proceedings.

Emergency measures do not apply to administrative and other proceedings (including disciplinary proceedings). Cancellation of movement restrictions from 24 April allows you to act without restriction. If personal meetings are not necessary, it is recommended to using electronic tools for distance meetings in proceedings.

Psychological counselling

The coronavirus epidemic affects not only the physical but also the mental health of humans. If you need the help of a psychologist in the current crisis, you can use the online consultation offer.

Students of Masaryk University can make use of psychological counselling, which is provided by the Masaryk University Students’ Advisory Services. Currently, the psychological counselling could be done only online due to government regulations. In the current crisis situation, MU Students’ Advisory Services has established a special emergency psychological counselling service with a shortened online consultation regime (Skype, e-mail) for coronavirus pandemic related topics. The request must be sent to the e-mail address koronavirus@muni.cz. Include in the subject of the report: Psychologist - student help.

You can also read this recommendation for the public written by Miroslav Světlák, Head of the Department of Psychology and Psychosomatics (Masaryk University) and or special website of the Department of Psychology of FSS MU. 

Covid-19 testing locations in Brno

Please find the details here

If you are experiencing symptoms of Coronavirus Disease

If you experience symptoms of emerging respiratory disease (fever above 38°C, cough, breathing problems), stay at home, limit contact with others, contact a doctor via phone or email or other established helplines and follow their instructions. If you do not have a doctor in the Czech Republic, do see the list of English-speaking doctors in Brno here. 

Helplines: 

  • +420 724 810 106, +420 725 191 367 or +420 725 191 370: nonstop helpline of the National Institute of Public Health 
  • 112: medical and rescue service (as well as fire and police service) 
  • +420 777 46 56 56: Centre for International Cooperation, Masaryk University 

If you have trouble that operators of Czech helplines do not speak English, please contact the helpline of Centre of International Cooperation at Masaryk University.

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