Masaryk University was established in Brno in 1919. Today, the university is made up of eight faculties, 130 departments, and more than 14,000 students. The Masaryk Communication Internship is a structured program, meaning class choice is purposefully created to produce an integrated and optimal educational experience for all program participants.
The Czechmates program is a structured program, meaning class choice is pedagogically proscribed to produce an integrated and optimal educational experience for all program participants.
This structure is clustered as follows:
Globalization – Culture, Communication, Globalization (3 US Credits)
Taught by Professor Elavsky, this course provides an in-depth overview of contemporary topics and subject matter that links students’ personal and professional identity to a broader understanding of global processes as they link to local, regional, national, and international concerns. Czechmate’s program participants will take this course in association with Masaryk University students from a range of countries, capitalizing on the opportunity for a deeper engagement (through grounded dialogues, collaborative groupwork and experiential learning) to more-effectively foster/elevate the cross-cultural acumen of all participants therein.
Region and Culture – (3 US Credits per course for a total of either 3 US Credits or 6 US Credits)
Students choose 2 more courses (which must be approved) related to their major and internationalization as they intersect the Central European context from a variety of disciplines including Media Studies, Business, History, Political Science, Agricultural Sciences, Kinesiology, International Relations, etc.
Czech Language for Foreigners - (3 US Credits)
Internships (15-20 hours/week (200 hours across the semester) - (3 US Credits)
Students on the program will complete an internship in Brno during the semester. Internships will be pre-arranged, done for credit, and involve local, regional, and international organizations across a spectrum of interests, including media companies, sports teams, IT start-ups, public administration offices (NGOs and social justice organizations, as well as city/university appointments), research labs, and entrepreneurial hubs. These internships provide engaged, meaningful and applied work experience through activities that nurture student understanding not only of skills particular to their area of study and educational goals but also related to intercultural communication in real-world professional settings and collaborative contexts.
See http://www.ceeconnect.org/internships-sites/ for current placement sites.
- Requirements for the program beyond the GPA requirement include: a specific focus on communication studies (major, etc.), a completed program essay, and a virtual/phone interview.
- There are a limited number of placements available for this program; students will be told of their acceptance with enough time to switch to a different study abroad program if necessary.
Most participants are housed in the Vinarska Residence Hall in Brno. Each room has a private bathroom and a mini-kitchenette with refrigerator, sink and stove. The Vinarska also has a pub, a canteen and a sports complex. Masaryk University has three canteens (menzas) that serve lunch and dinner, including vegetarian meals.
Costs (budget sheet)
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National Health Insurance
All students participating in this program are covered by the SUNY full health and accident insurance as well as medical evacuation and repatriation insurance.
In addition, students on this program must be enrolled in their host country's mandatory health insurance.
Students currently receiving financial aid can use their aid for overseas study, and may, in some cases, have their awards increased. Students not currently receiving financial aid may be eligible. Those interested in financial aid for this program should contact the financial aid office on their home campus.
Late applications are accepted on a space-available basis. Please contact our office at email@example.com for further details.
A non-refundable deposit of $250, applicable to the program cost, must be paid within 14 days of acceptance to the program in order to secure program participation. Any deviation from program requirements must be requested in writing and authorized by the Director of International Education and Programs before the final payment date.