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- Name: Masarykova Univerzita
- Name (English version): Masaryk University
- Country: Czechia
- Mail: [email protected]
- Website: https://www.muni.cz/en
- Study programmes: https://www.muni.cz/en/admissions/bachelors-and-masters-studies#study-programmes
- Student guide: https://czs.muni.cz/en/student-from-abroad/international-student-guide
ŽEROTÍNOVO NÁM. 617/9
601 77 BRNO
Accessibility information about the city of Brno
How you can contact the disability office
- By going to the office
- By phone (call or text relay service)
- Via formal request from study department
- Video relay service
Other ways to contact the disability office
Students with fewer opportunities
Procedure to be recognised as a student with fewer opportunities
Necessary documents to provide
What can students expect?
Procedure to be recognised as a student with a disability
Special requirements are recognised as special needs based on student's official request. The application is available in the Masaryk University Information system. The request is approved by the vice-dean of the student's faculty. Following (or preceeding) the request, a meeting between the student and a Teiresias Centre staff member is arranged to discuss the requirements and available service provisions. The interview focuses on the actual impact of student's medical condition on his/her studies. It covers previous experience with services, study habits, behavior in stressful situations etc.
Upon approval by the vice-dean, the service provisions (description of the difficulties as well as a list of reasonable adjustments) are displayed in the Masaryk University Information system. This information is available only to student's teachers and study counsellors.
Necessary documents to provide
- confirmation of the study provision from home institution
- medical report
- report from a pedagogical & counselling centre
What can students expect?
About the Teiresias Centre
The official name is the Support Centre for Students with Special Needs has been a central office of Masaryk University since the year 2000. The Centre's primary task is to provide maximum accessibility to all accredited degree programmes at the University for the visually impaired, the deaf and hearing impaired, people with limited or restricted mobility and people with other types of disabilities. In the University's organizational structure, the Centre is an independent body under the direct jurisdiction of rector and supervised by the vice-rector for studies.
Study related information
- Centre has an extensive number of classrooms available to students with special needs,
- Centre provides courses which supplement or replace standard classes, mainly those of highly specialized courses of Faculty of Informatics, Faculty of Medicine or Faculty of Science.
- Centre organizes special physical education for students with disabilities.
- There is also a library and publishing section, which provides electronic, tactile and hybrid study literature and materials of all kinds for the University's library for the visually disabled, materials for courses in accredited degree programmes as well as life-long learning courses, and where possible for other Czech schools and the general public.
Communication with the (incoming) students
- After initial contact and prior to the student's arrival, the mobility coordinator for students with special needs arranges a first kick-off meeting with the incoming students to learn more about their special requirements.
- This is mainly to give the centre an idea about the range of services, which will need to be provided upon student's arrival.
- Depending on the special requirements, specialists might get involved to provide input on the available service provisions. These might include colleagues from the Library section, Visual communication section, or the Special IT section, all stationed within the Teiresias Centre at MU.
- Shortly after the arrival a student counsellor for a specific faculty will get in touch with the student to finetune the reasonable adjustments with regards to the student's chosen courses.
Services and adjustments for students with disabilities
Adjustments can be made available for students under certain conditions, based on a needs assessment upon arrival at the University.
What adjustments for studies can be made for students?
- May bring a note taker to educational activities
- May bring a personal assistant to educational activities
- May bring a Sign Language interpreter to the educational activities
- May request adjusted courses materials: size, font and font size, braille, etc.
- May request the course material in digital format
- May use a laptop, tablet or iPad during lectures
- May use elevators and other access facilities on campus
What adjustments for exams can be made for students?
- May bring a note taker to oral and written exams
- May bring a personal assistant to the exam for practical help at the beginning and end of the exam
- May bring a Sign Language interpreter to oral exams
- May move the exams to the appropriate catch-up exam period within the same exam period
- May take a seat in separate exam room for written exams
- May take more preparation time before the oral exam
- May take more time for the written exam
- May use a laptop, tablet or iPad with assistive software during exams
Other adjustments and services for students with disabilities offered at the institution
What is the procedure to request a preparatory visit?
What can be expected from the preparatory visit?
Depending on the arrangements, you'll meet with the Teiresias Centre staff, as well as, see the Centre's premises. You'll have the opportunity to visit the faculty and get a first glance at Brno.
Financial support for incoming students with disabilities
The university as such has a number of scholarships available to a wide range of students (for more information see this website). As for students with special needs, we provide advice on the available resources, such as Erasmus+ special needs grant, which is granted by national agencies and incoming students should apply for it before their travels.
Medical and psychological support
Where to seek medical services?
Contact for psychological support/counselling
Accessible services at the residences
Information is also provided for students with disabilities
All the meassures directly or indirectly related to studies is provided by Teiresias Centre. For example, during any study-related activity the student with special needs has the right to a personal assistant, who will help him/her get to where he/she needs to be and ensure the accessibility of all materials needed. If necessary, this assistant can be available for activities that are not directly related to the disabled student’s studies and the university will share the costs with other subjects that provide personal assistance. For support not related to studies we give the student a list of NGOs that provide support for these purposes.