Category Archives: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
When should I arrive in Brno?
- Orientation week run by MIMSA in co-operation with Masaryk University starts on the 10th of September, with a Tour of the Campus (to show you where your lessons are) and then a Scavenger hunt around Brno to familiarize yourself with important places for students in the City.
When do I have to come to Registration?
- In your acceptance bundle that you received, there will be a notice which has the date you are supposed to come to registration. PLEASE come on that day and not on any day, as there are a large number of students to process and a limited amount of time each day.
How easy is it to get to campus (University) from the centre of Brno?
- It is very easy to get to Campus from the centre of Brno please see the following link here for details on how to get to registration or refer to our “Brno for the first time” section
How do I apply for the halls of Residence?
- The application is done online and there is a link on this website on the right hand side under “Useful links”.
Is it difficult finding an apartment in Brno, if you do not speak English?
- No, most of the agents in Brno speak English and are very pleased to help when looking for apartments. We suggest that you first check our partners here first to see if there is anything suitable for you. We would also recommend that you think about finding an apartment BEFORE Orientation Week and the first week of University, as you will have little time to hit Ikea, to find furniture.
- We recommend you to on arriving in Brno head for the Vodafone store, a vast majority of the students have Vodafone tariffs and if you also join it will make calling them much cheaper than if you are on another network provider. A link to Vodafone can be found here
- For internet connections your landlord might be able to get you one that is in your building already, if not then we suggest that you head for one of the O2 stores in Brno to sort out a reasonable deal.
Does not speaking Czech make it difficult living in Brno?
- There is no correct answer to this. It does make some things a bit tricky but, with a bit of pointing and a Czech phrase book you will be fine in a matter of weeks. The University insist on us attending Czech language lessons until the end of the 4th year, by which time you should have a good grip on the language and culture too.
Are there lots of people from my country in the University?
- The likely answer is yes, there will most likely be someone else from your country at the University. The main nationalities we currently have at the University, are Portuguese, British, Greek, Norwegian, Swedish, Israeli, Cypriot, Austrian, Polish, American, Canadian, Nigerian and French just to name but a few. During Orientation week, we encourage you to integrate with people of every nationality as it will make your life easier in your classes in which you may not be with someone of your own nationality.
Do I need to complete Nostrifikace immediately on arriving in Brno?
- No, the process is better done when you are settled in your studies and does not need to be done before the end of your 1st year. So do not panic if you don’t have all the documents completed for registration, you are not the only one. You will be given all the information about this at registration.
Where do I buy my books?
- The book list for first years is contained in the Education section of this website and all information on books for each year is contained here. There is a book sale run by MIMSA during the first week however, there are a limited number of the appropriate books available and there are also a limited number of books in the library for our students meaning that a lot of the time you are forced to buy the books from new-
- You can pre-order the books from the Faculty Book Shop by emailing them on email@example.com. Unfortunately their website is in Czech should you want to visit it then we suggest you use a program such as Google translator or Google Chrome to help you their website is here.
- It should be noted that the costs on websites such as amazon will likely be cheaper than those found in the bookshop at the campus, but that some faculty addition textbooks are only available at the faculty bookshop.
Where do I buy food, stationary or furniture?
- There are a number of supermarkets in Brno. Albert, Lidl, Tesco and Bila just to name a few. To buy stationary there is Vagner store on Česká street (2nd floor) and also Tesco Department store, on the 2nd floor are good places to start.
- Buying furniture is very easy- You can check the Ikea website here for instance to get an idea of the costs of things. There is a free bus to Ikea leaving outside Vankovka shopping centre and takes you directly there. There is a delivery service for furniture once you have bought it. Should you wish to hire a car, we recommend our partners who can be found at www.pujcovnaautbrno.cz.
- PLEASE NOTE: our current students may have items for sale, please refer to our for sale section here
- Furniture movers: http://www.stehovanistanek.eu/en/ they speak Czech only … but are very efficient.
Foreign police registration for people from NON-EU countries:
There are two types of registration:
- short term schengen visa basis
- long term czech visa basis
The set of documents is almost the same: if you have a short term visa, you bring your passport, insurance card and pozvani (czech official invitation letter you presented at the embassy), other wise bring your passport together with insurance and the rent contract / any other proof of accommodation. In the first case, your registration is electronic only (you will have no proof of the fact that your registered your stay) but in the second it is electronic plus a stamp in your passport.
Not registering at the FP may lead to rejects in future visa requests, or even a ban to enter Schengen space (esp. in case of long term visas).
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