Information for Students

Teaching and the exam period

As of 2 September, the operation of the university follows a university traffic-light system. Please find more details on the websites of MU faculties.

The spring semester started on 1 March 2021 and ended on 30 May 2021. The exam period starts on 31 May 2021 and ends on 11 July 2021 (see the approved 2020/21 academic year schedule). 

Teaching follows the updated guideline no. 2/2020

FFP2/KN95 respirators or surgical mask following the regulations must be worn in MU premises.

The autumn semester 2021 at Masaryk University will start on Monday 13 September 2021, and it is hard to estimate how the pandemic will evolve in the upcoming months. MU management hopes that everything will be normal and classes will be in-person, but our teachers are preparing for online classes as well to ensure the high quality of teaching. Final decisions will take place in August at the latest. In case the autumn semester has to be online, international students will still be welcome to come to study in Brno, as was the case in Autumn 2020 and Spring 2021.

Testing

Students are allowed to be present in in-person practical classes. The dean of each faculty will make the final decision about which programmes and study fields will open for in-person teaching.

This does not concern final-year students of the Faculty of Social Studies, Faculty of Economics and Administration, Faculty of Law and Faculty of Informatics. These faculties will continue with online classes as before.

Students attending in-person classes must be regularly tested for COVID-19 (RT-PCR test of antigen testing). Students are required to take the test every 7 days. The result of the test must be uploaded into IS.

People who received the first dose of vaccine against COVID-19 at least 22 days previously do not need a negative test result. People who had COVID-19 within last 180 days also do not need a test.

A test is not necessary for consultation with the teacher or advisory service, however, some workplaces may require it. Please always check the requirements of a specific faculty.

The student may get an RT-PCR test on their own. There are several options for antigen testing:

  1. At the MU testing point (Brno Exhibition Centre) – the test result must not be older than three days before the start of teaching. The result of the test must be uploaded into IS.
  2. At any other testing point operated by a health services provider; the test result must not be older than three days before the start of teaching. The test result must be uploaded into IS.
  3. Using a self-administrated test. The test for COVID-19 must be performed on the day of the first return at the class the student will take a photo of the test result and upload it to the IS. Students living in the dormitories can use the self-administrated test as well, but tests must be taken in front of the reception.

Students living in the dormitories:

  • All students living in Masaryk University dormitories are required to be tested once a week. Testing for these students follows the same structure as those in practical classes. Students can use the self-administrated test, but tests must be taken in front of the reception.

MU testing point:

  • MU testing point s located at the Brno Exhibition Centre: use entrance for pedestrians, gate 1, tram stop “Výstaviště – hlavní vstup (Výstaviště – main entrance)”.
  • There are time slots reserved for MU students every day and during the weekends. Please find more details about time slots at the registration system.
  • To register for a test, students use an application in the Information System.
    • Students with Czech Public Health insurance number: please use the first table for registration
    • Students without Czech Public Health insurance number: please use second table "MUNI antigen - test for foreigners"
  • Students must have an insurance card.
  • The student will receive the test results via SMS within 60 minutes to a Czech or Slovak telephone number. A printed confirmation is not issued.

Payment conditions for testing are as follows:

  1. For Czech students, i.e. students with full Czech health insurance coverage, tests (1 test every 3 days) are covered by their health insurance company.
  2. For international students who will get tested at the MU testing centre and their health insurance company does not cover testing, tests will be paid for by their faculty (if they are students enrolled with the faculty). Tests administered to students enrolled in international programmes will be covered by the MU Rector’s Office.
  3. International students who get tested at a different testing centre operated by a health services provider and their health insurance company does not cover testing, will have to pay for the test themselves.
  4. Students may also use self-administered testing kits to test themselves. However, MU will not be distributing these kits. Students will have to purchase them on their own. A faculty may decide to reimburse students for such self-administered tests. Please follow the information provided by your faculty to learn more.

If you are a holder of the European Health Insurance Card – EHIC (i.e., you are a resident of the EU, EEA or Switzerland), you may file an application with the Czech General Health Insurance Company (Všeobecná zdravotní pojišťovna, VZP) for the registration of your card. You may do so in person at VZP offices in Brno or via e-mail at info@vzp.cz (you will be asked to submit evidence in the form of your EHIC and an ID document; the maximum size of attachments is limited to 5 MB). The registration will provide you with a certificate issued by VZP, which substitutes for the European Health Insurance Card and contains your personal identification number valid within the Czech Republic. This certificate and personal identification number can be used for testing in the Czech Republic. 

Certain people are exempt from testing: people who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days, whose self-isolation period has already passed, who have no symptoms of COVID-19 or who received the first dose of vaccine against COVID-19 at least 22 days previously.

 

FAQ on testing

You didn’t receive a text message with the test results? Write to info@covidtestbrno.cz. We will try to respond as quickly as possible. Or call +420 770 130 932 (Monday–Friday, 8:30–12:30 and 1:00–3:00). 

How is the swab taken? For antigen tests, swabs are taken from the nose and the back of the throat.

I have a serious health issue, and a swab cannot be taken from my nose. How will you test me?  If you have serious health problems, bring a confirmation from your doctor. The testing personnel will determine an appropriate testing method for you.

Are you going abroad, and you need test results in English? Since 2 February 2021, we have been offering the possibility to request tests results in the English language for the purpose of travelling abroad. The request must be made when you reserve a time slot. The results are sent within 24 hours of the test. This service costs 200 Kč. You must bring a national identity card or passport with you.

What if your antigen test comes back positive, but you have no symptoms? If your antigen test comes backs positive and you are asymptomatic, a confirmation PCR test will be conducted at the testing site. You will receive a text message with a link to the reservation system to make an appointment. The results of the PCR test to confirm your antigen test results will be sent within 48 hours.

MU hotline: +420 777 553 773, 8:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m., Monday–Friday

 

How does testing work step by step?

Please see details in the MU Information system.

Vaccination

As of Friday 11 June, the Ministry of Health of the Czech Republic has officially opened registration for COVID-19 vaccinations for everyone, including foreigners or people without public insurance. You can register through the Ministry of Health’s Central Reservation System (also available in English).

International students should follow the instructions below:
  • Information for students with European Health Insurance Card (EHIC), i.e. residents of EU, EEA or Switzerland: Those with EHIC who want to be vaccinated in the Czech Republic should register with the Czech public insurance to sign up. EHIC holders should follow the instructions below on how to file an application with the VZP to complete the ‘auxiliary registration’.
    • If you are a holder of the European Health Insurance Card– EHIC (i.e., you are a resident of the EU, EEA or Switzerland), you may file an application with the Czech General Health Insurance Company (Všeobecná zdravotní pojišťovna, VZP) for the registration of your card. You may do so in person at VZP offices in Brno or via e-mail at info@vzp.cz (you will be asked to submit evidence in the form of your EHIC and an ID document; the maximum size of attachments is limited to 5 MB). The registration will provide you with a certificate issued by VZP, which substitutes for the European Health Insurance Card and contains your personal identification number valid within the Czech Republic. This certificate and personal identification number can be used for vaccination in the Czech Republic. 
  • Information for students without European Health Insurance Card (EHIC): You can register for a vaccine as a self-payer. The registration system will offer vaccination places usually situated in one of the large hospitals and foreigners will have to pay for vaccine right there. Self-payers should pay a maximum of 810 CZK for one dose (i.e. 1620 CZK for two-dose vaccines (Pfizer / BioNTech)). Payment will always be made on the spot, even if the foreigners have commercial insurance. Reimbursement can then be arranged with your insurance company following the rules of your insurance.
  • Information for students with private health insurance: Students should register using the information on the Government’s Covid Portal.

Masaryk University is not a provider of this vaccination process, however, we prepared for you the registration guideline below.

Self-payers registration guideline for the COVID-19 vaccination in the Czech Republic
  • Go to https://registrace.mzcr.cz/samoplatci and switch to English.
  • Enter your phone number (non-Czech numbers can now be used) and check the box for your GDPR consent.
  • Enter the PIN that comes to your phone on the webpage that pops up (less than 1 minute).
  • Fill out the form, including selecting a vacation centre. Brno is in the region 'Jihomoravský'.
  • When choosing your vaccination centre keep in mind the availability of
    • Fakultní nemocnice u sv. Anny 60 spots/week starting 19 June
    • Fakultní nemocnice Brno (exhibition centre) 400 spots/week starting 1 July
    • You can check site capacity and approximate waiting times here.
  • Click 'send request'.
  • Wait for your second PIN (this may take up to a week).
  • Once you receive your second PIN, log in and select your date and time. Keep in mind that you must come for a second jab exactly 42 days later. You cannot reschedule. Make sure that you show up to receive your second dose at the scheduled time.
Further details: 

If you have any questions, please contact ockovanicovid@muni.cz.

Travelling and visa information

Entering the Czech Republic
  • use Masaryk University arrival app and find out more about rules of your entry
  • New requirements to enter the Czech Republic as of Friday 5 February:
    Starting 5 February, the rules for entry of all persons to the Czech Republic changed. The rules differ depending on if the country you are arriving from is listed as “dark”, “green”, “orange”, “dark red”, or "grey". Please see below rules that apply to you:

Rules for entering the country:

The list of countries for entry measures to the Czech Republic (last update: Wed, 23 June):

  • Green countries (countries with a low risk of infection): Albania, Australia, Austria, Balearic Islands, Bulgaria, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Lebanon, Lichtenstein, Macao, Madeira, Malta, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Poland, Romania, San Marino, Serbia, Slovakia, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, the USA, the Vatican
  • Orange countries (countries with a medium risk of infection): Austria, Azores, Balearic Islands, Canary Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Germany, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Norway, Portugal (including Madeira), Slovakia, Switzerland
  • Red countries (countries with a high risk of infection): Andorra, Belgium, Croatia, Canary Islands, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, France, Greece, Ireland, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Monaco, Portugal (including the Azores), Slovenia, Sweden or Switzerland
  • Dark-red countries (countries with a very high risk of infection): Spain, the Netherlands and all other countries not listed above or below (in grey countries)
  • Grey countries (countries with extreme risk of infection): Botswana, Brazil, Colombia, Eswatini, India, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Nepal, Peru, South African Republic, Tanzania (including Zanzibar and Pemba), Zambia, Zimbabwe

Please see the details at the website of Ministry of Interior.

Masaryk University arrival app

Use this application and find out under which conditions you can enter the country:

See also:

Visa information

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

Travelling outside the Czech Republic

Masaryk University full-degree students going for placements abroad in spring 2021: please find more information on the website of MU's Centre for International Cooperation.

COVID-19 disease – What to do: prevention, symptoms, high-risk contacts or testing

Are you currently a MU international student in Brno and you need help with any COVID-19 related issue? This tool was created to guide you in case you do not know what to do in your situation. Please read carefully and follow the steps that apply to your case. If you still have a specific question or anything is unclear to you, contact your coordinator.

Helplines and contacts: 

  • +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 44 86 86: Centre for International Cooperation, Masaryk University 
  • list of English-speaking doctors in Brno

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.

Libraries and computer laboratories

Libraries, computer labs, study rooms, and community rooms may open following the government measures and decision of the dean. Before visiting the library, check the information about the entry at your faculty or economic unit. See more details at the websites of MU libraries and faculties.

The e-loan service allows members of the MU community to read study materials from MU’s library collections online, although downloading and saving them is not possible.

Canteens

The operation of canteens is regulated by the director of MU Accommodation and Catering Services (SKM MU) and the MU Crisis Board based on the current epidemic situation.

It is compulsory to wear FFP2/KN95 respirators in canteens and seating arrangements in are adjusted so that social distancing can be ensured. Please find more details here: https://www.skm.muni.cz/menza?en.

Ready-made meals must be ordered two days in advance (via WebKredit or MobilKredit), but when you come to canteens without food ordering, you can choose from at least five meals.

Dormitories

The operation of dormitories is regulated by the director of MU Accommodation and Catering Services (SKM MU) and the MU Crisis Staff based on the current epidemic situation. For more information, please see the Accommodation and Catering Services website.

Social events are prohibited in the dormitories. It is mandatory to wear FFP2/KN95 respirators indoors. 

All students living in MU dormitories are required to be tested once a week. Testing for these students follows the same structure as those in practical classes. Students can use the self-administrated test (you can buy them at the reception), but tests must be taken in front of the reception. See details in the section Testing.

Certain people are exempt from testing: people who have recovered from COVID-19 in the past 180 days, whose self-isolation period has already passed, who have no symptoms of COVID-19 or who received the first dose of vaccine against COVID-19 at least 22 days previously.

Academic ceremonies

Academic ceremonies and large events can be held if current legislation is followed.

Management and MU bodies

Czech Law allows for all MU collective bodies to operate remotely. If it is not necessary to have a face-to-face meeting, the MU Crisis Staff recommends using electronic tools to hold meetings. These tools must enable secret and public voting.

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

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