Brno, Czech Republic, an internationally recognized hub for industry, culture and innovation was selected by the NY Times as "a place to go" in 2016 in light of its inviting and compelling local culture. Offering a distinct mix of traditional (Czech) and cosmopolitan (global) experiences, it is an optimum gateway for exploring the beauty and complexities of European culture from its heart, located 2-3 hours from Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Krakow and Prague.
Masaryk University is an internationally-recognized research and teaching institution whose student population is fully-international in scope through its Erasmus affiliation. With its extensive English language curriculum and active student organizations, the university presents a multitude of experiential learning opportunities as well as support and integration services to both assist and augment students as they adjust and extend the ways they independently learn about the world.
Brno’s Central European context provides a unique setting (small in size, post-communist, EU member) for understanding cultural and media transitions as a function of globalization’s processes. Students in this course will engage directly with the Czech culture to explore evolving conceptions of media, communication and culture, and reflect upon how their own culture, media, and means for communication frame and connect broader understandings of their identity and perspective in the world. Class themes center on Czech cultural, media, and professional contexts, and students will visit multinational corporations, government institutions, and culturally significant sites, including the cities of Prague, Bratislava, Budapest, Vienna, and Telc.
Students will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution and all grades will count toward the students’ cumulative GPA. Education Abroad courses may not be taken Pass/Fail. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State. To understand how the credits earned in this program will work into your degree audit please meet with your academic advisor and the program leader.
Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program leader.
This program is only available to regularly enrolled Penn State undergraduate students.
Students from all majors are welcome to apply.
Housing and Meals
Students will reside in dormitory-style housing with the international student body of Masaryk University. Some meals will be provided.
For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully. Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.
Financial Aid & Scholarships
Penn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid
packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.
The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships.
Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit theFunding Study Abroadsection of the Global Penn State website.
For More Information
For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative.
For more information, please contact Michael Elavsky, the faculty leader for this program in the College of Communications. You may also schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.
For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.
How to Apply
If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page.
You must complete the following materials in your application:
Education Abroad Questionnaire
One academic recommendation
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.
Application deadline: February 1, 2018
Studying Abroad with a Disability
Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.