UW-Eau Claire is part of the ISEP-Direct network that gives our students access to many universities worldwide. The best way to think of an ISEP-Direct experience is to imagine that you are going to study in Czech Republic just as international students come to study at UW-Eau Claire. If you are independent, flexible, and adventurous, ISEP-Direct programs are a good choice for you.
Explore the Czech Republic, located at the crossroads of eastern and western Europe! In past years, the program has offered day-trips or weekend excursions to a number of cities in the region. In recent years these have included Vienna, Budapest, Bratislava, Prague and Krakow.
Brno, (pronounced burr-no), the capital of the Czech province of Moravia, is the second largest city in the Czech Republic (pop. 405,000). The city's historical center, complete with cobblestone pedestrian zones, has fascinating architecture spanning the whole period from the Middle Ages to the present day. Home to six universities and 44,000 students, Brno offers many cultural activities and an active student life.
Your host in Brno is Masaryk University, the second-largest public university in the Czech Republic. With nine colleges and more than 200 departments, institutes and clinics, Masaryk is one of the most important teaching and research institutions in the country. The university also plays a major role in the social and cultural life of the South Moravia Region.
HOUSING & MEALS
You will live in university dormitories, sharing double rooms with Czech or other international students. Each room has a bathroom and kitchenette. You will have access to university computer centers, sports facilities, cafeterias and laundry facilities. You will receive a meal stipend to buy meals in the university cafeterias or to purchase groceries and cook on your own.
Students can choose between the Central European Studies program and the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages program which each include a list of courses to choose. To learn about eligibility requirements, academic offerings, and the academic calendar; click here: Academics - Czech Republic (ISEP-Direct)
Below you will find more information on program costs: Fall 2015, Spring 2015
Each international student is paired with an English-speaking Czech student "tutor". Your tutor will meet you upon arrival in Brno, take you to your residence and help you settle in to your life at the university. In addition, the International Student Club offers extracurricular activities such as trips, and language classes.
Masaryk is a popular site for ISEP students, with 10-15 students there each semester. The University offers a week-long orientation that includes an intensive "survival Czech" course, a tour of Brno and visit to the city museum, a reception bringing together international and Czech students with Masaryk University faculty, and excursions to the surroundings of Brno.
Meet with a peer adviser about the program. Check the link to see which programs have peer advisers this semester.
Schedule a general advising appointment with CIE staff by calling 715-836-4411.
Get some video advice from past peer advisers about study abroad. Scroll down
View online info session “First Steps to Study Abroad”.
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The opportunities for personal growth, European travel, and international relationships were more than I can even count. I would say that this semester has given me so much to work with in my future, and has made me realize that what I have to offer this world is vast and exciting! -Clare
This program made me become more independent. It has taught me so much about different countries, cultures and people. I feel like a lot of people don't know a lot about the Czech Republic, but it is so good! I also like that the program is located in Brno, not Prague, because I really got to feel immersed in the culture and not get stuck in the touristy parts of the country. The Czech Republic is really a hidden gem! - Taylor, Spring 2013
In addition to program travel, Brno is on the main north-south railway line in Central Europe, making most points in Europe easily accessible. The Czech Republic also has great bus connections to many major European Cities.
IS ISEP FOR ME?
The best way to think of an ISEP-Direct experience is to imagine that you are going to study at a university abroad, just as international students come to study in the U.S. If you are independent, flexible, and adventurous, ISEP-Direct programs are a good choice for you. Here's why:
Because you may be the first UW-Eau Claire student going to an ISEP university, you will not have all of the details available to you that you could expect if you chose one of the more group-oriented UW-Eau Claire programs.
Communication with your host university may take longer. You will need to be flexible and willing to live with a fair amount of ambiguity as your prepare to go abroad. For example, you will most likely not know exactly how your classes from your ISEP host university will transfer to UW-Eau Claire until after you actually register for classes.
You may be the only UW-Eau Claire student going to a particular ISEP-Direct site. However, you may also be one of a large number of international students at your site, and you may need to ask many questions to find your way around at first.
HOW TO APPLY:
To apply, read the application instructions on the How to Apply Page. Then return to this program brochure page, and click the 'apply now' button at the top of the page.