English Academic Foundation Course

English Academic Foundation Course

Duration:   Three 12-week terms (36 weeks)
Content:    20 hours of lessons a week

External English assessment exam in May or June



English Academic Foundation Course provides you with:

The English language skills to help you enter and participate in university programmes taught in English in the Czech Republic and elsewhere.

Classes of English for Academic Purposes, Academic Skills Development and an introduction to European culture.

Preparation for an internationally recognised English language exam.

An international team of experienced teachers.


By the end of the English Academic Foundation course you will have:

  • gained techniques for delivering presentations and taking part in discussions
  • learnt strategies for identifying key points in lectures and effective note taking
  • become familiar with the structure of and language used in a range of academic texts,
    and had practice producing them
  • an understanding of your strengths and areas for development in English




  • Secondary school leaving certificate
  • English proficiency level 4,5 IELTS (recommended)


The programme concentrates on the language, academic and intercultural skills you will need to succeed in a European higher education environment in English. In the language domain, the course will give you extensive practice in the areas tested in university entrance as well as internationally recognised exams, i.e. reading, listening, writing and speaking.

In the academic skills area, you will practice e.g. identifying relevant sources, interpreting and analysing them; identifying problems and proposing solutions based on appropriate knowledge; working in a team; and planning effectively to meet deadlines. Within the intercultural skills domain, you will broaden your knowledge of European culture and thus improve the ability to understand different cultural contexts; and you will practise your ability to adapt to different cultural settings.


✓  Course materials
  Administration of the application for an external assessment exam (e. g. IELTS, Cambridge, TOEFL)
Accommodation search assistance
Administrative support (visa, insurance, etc.)
Assistance for the duration of the course
Access to MU student events and MU campus (e. g. ICS)
Academic support and administration of applications for university placement in the Czech Republic

Sign on the course


Department of English and American Studies, Faculty of Arts

... is one of the original departments of the Faculty, and is a Czech research centre in the field of functional linguistics.

The Department offers a variety of programs taught by international staff (Czech Republic, UK, USA), and has its own language school.

Masaryk University

... is the second largest university in the Czech Republic and a highly-regarded teaching and research institution in Central Europe. It comprises 9 faculties and more than 200 departments.

The university offers courses in a range of traditional as well as emerging disciplines and emphasizes international cooperation with prestigious foreign universities and research institutions. MU organizes a variety of degree courses in English. The university also provides an exceptional support system for students with special needs.


... is a fast developing city with an excellent standard of living, very reasonable prices and an incredible student atmosphere. The company Quacquarelli Symonds ranked Brno as one of the world top student cities. It has recently been featured in the New York Times and the Guardian as a place to visit.

Brno, which is highly acclaimed for having a very good quality of life, is home to the European branches of many international technological and financial companies such as IBM, Red Hat and FNZ.

Department of English and American Studies, Faculty of Arts, Masaryk University,
Gorkého 7 / Arna Nováka 1
602 00 Brno
Czech Republic

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