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Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Type of Program:
Direct Enrollment
Language of Instruction:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Jamie Weaver
Internship Available:
Non-Penn State Students:
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid, Whole World Scholarship
Program Description:
Czech Republic Telc


Program Overview

Masaryk University is an internationally-recognized research institution with almost 40,000 students. It boasts an extensive English language curriculum and active student organizations, and 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. The university is located in Brno (in the Czech Republic), a city that is recognized for its industry, culture and innovation. It is an optimum gateway for exploring the beauty and complexities of European culture from its heart as it is located 2-3 hours from Vienna, Bratislava, Budapest, Krakow and Prague. 

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Education Abroad Credits

Students in the Czechmates Summer program will take one course, and have the option to do an 3-credit internship after the program. The course is as follows:

  • Globalization Perspectives – Media, Communication, Culture: Through a culturally-immersive learning framework, students in this course will explore how globalization (as process, practice, and system) intersects evolving conceptions of media, communication and culture as international phenomena.
Students from all majors are welcome, as the course is specifically designed to both link up with a wide array of disciplinary perspectives related to the subject, as well utilize student diversity regarding backgrounds and majors as a means to mutually enhance our understanding of the topics and perspectives we will engage in the course. Utilizing directed engagements with the Czech and Central European cultural context (visiting Prague, Bratislava, Vienna, Budapest, Brno, Telc and Southern Moravia), students will explore the Local as a context for understanding the Global, considering how their own culture, media, and means for communication (language, technology, symbolism, etc.) frame and connect their knowledge and personal experience of the world to broader understandings of their identity and perspective in the world.

The 8 week mentored internship sites include placements in the following fields: Advertising, PR, Journalism, Media Studies Social Justice, Arts, Sports, IT, Business, Marketing, International Relations, AG/Food Science and Research.

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.


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program provider. 

  • Students from all majors are welcome to apply.
  • After students submit an application, they will be interviewed by CEEConnect staff before acceptance into the program

Housing and Meals

Czech Republic (Brno)

Students will reside in dormitory-style housing with other Masaryk University students. They will have double rooms which include a bathroom and kitchenette, and access to computer labs, cafeterias, laundry and other university facilities. 

Program Costs

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 the Funding Study Abroad section 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 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 clicki the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

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.

Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2017 02/01/2017
02/15/2017 TBA TBA
Summer 2018 02/01/2018
02/14/2018 05/15/2018 08/03/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing. Program end dates vary based on whether student selects internship option.

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