Study Abroad in Central Europe—You Won’t Regret It! Past Review

By (Oklahoma State University - Stillwater) - abroad from 02/08/2018 to 05/25/2018 with

Masaryk University: Brno - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

What did you gain/learn from your experience abroad? Was it worthwhile?
It was absolutely worth it. I had unforgettable experiences, made incredible friends, and had to learn to adapt in a way you don’t have to when you travel for a short time period.

Personal Information

How much international exposure did you have prior to this program? 1 month - 6 months

Review Your Program

* Overall educational experience

Academic rigor, intensity, resources, etc.

The classes I was enrolled in were generally very easy, and my professors ranged from very good to very bad.

* Host Country Program Administration

On-site administration of your program

All of the administrative staff at Masaryk was excellent, they worked to accommodate international students, and the international student club ESN was amazing!!

* Housing:

How satisfied were you with your living arrangements?

Our room was a good size, but old and dingy, far from the city center, the staff hardly spoke any English in an international student dorm, and once we saw a mouse.

* Food:

You can get pretty much whatever you want in Brno, and for a good price!

* Social & Cultural Integration:

How integrated did you feel with the local culture?

It was a little hard to meet Czech students since I spent all my time with other international students and the Czechs are generally reserved people.

* Health Care:

How well were health issues addressed during the program?

I never really had any need to use their healthcare.

* Safety:

As long as you use your head, Brno is extremely safe!

If you could do it all over again would you choose the same program? Yes

I feel like I got so much more out of my program than my friends who studied in Western Europe


* Money: How easily were you able to live on a student's budget?

(1 = not very easy/$200+ on food & personal expenses/week, 2.5 = $100/week, 5 = very easily/minimal cost)

Brno is a very affordable city!


* Did your program have a foreign language component? Yes
How much did the program encourage you to use the language?

0 = No encouragement, 5 = frequent encouragement to use the language

I took Czech classes, but Czech is very difficult and when people hear you struggling with Czech, they pretty much automatically switch to english

Direct Enrollment/Exchange

* Did you study abroad through an exchange program or did you directly enroll in the foreign university? Direct Enrollment

Other Program Information

* Where did you live?

Select all that apply

  • Dorm
* Who did you live with?

Select all that apply

  • Americans
  • International Students
* Who did you take classes with?

Select all that apply

  • Local Students
  • Americans
  • International Students
About how many local friends did you make that you will likely keep in touch with?

A Look Back

* What did you like most about the program?
  • The international community
  • The location
  • Brno
* What could be improved?
  • Housing situation
  • The exchange process at Osu
* What do you know now that you wish you knew before going on this program? I think my previous traveling prepared me for this adventure