Information for applicants with visual impairment
This page includes:
- Open houses at each faculty
- Entrance examination dates
- National Comparative Exams
- Preparatory course for the entrance exams
- Information for study possibilities for applicants
Open houses at each faculty
- Faculty of Science (19/1/2013 and 22/1/2013 from 9:00 a.m., Kotlářská 2, Brno or on the Brno – Bohunice campus)
- Faculty of Law (10/1/2013 from 3:00 p.m., Veveří 70 on the first floor in classroom numbers 136 and 140)
- Faculty of Sports Studies (22/1/2013 from 10:00 a.m. on the Brno – Bohunice campus in the building A11, auditorium (aula) 114)
- Faculty of Economics and Administration (28/1/2013 from 1:00 p.m. in the building of the FEA, Lipová 41a, CitiHall, auditorium (aula) P1)
- Faculty of Education (12/1/2013 in the buildings of the FE at Poříčí 9/11 and Poříčí 31, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the Office for Studies, each department will hold presentations at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 a.m.)
- Faculty of Medicine (12/1/2013 at 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. and 16/1/2013 at 3:00 p.m., on the Brno – Bohunice campus, Kamenice 5, in the Pavilion A22, auditorium (aula))
- Faculty of Informatics (15/1/2013, 23/1/2013 and 31/1/2013 from 12:30 p.m., Botanická 68a, Brno)
- Faculty of Arts (18/1/2013 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m., Arna Nováka 1, Gorkého 7, Veveří 28, Janáčkovo nám. 2a, Komenského nám. 2, Brno)
- Faculty of Social Studies (18/1/2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Joštova 10, Brno)
Entrance examination dates
- All applicants to all faculties of Masaryk University (with the exceptions of the Faculty of Social Studies and the Faculty of Medicine) must take the Learning Potential Test, which is held on 4 and 5 May 2013 in Brno and on 4 May 2013 in Bratislava.
- The main criteria for acceptance at the Faculty of Social Studies are the results of the National Comparative Exams, specifically the Test of General Academic Prerequisites and the Test in Social Science Fundamentals, which are held exclusively on 8/12/2012, 9/2/2013, 9/3/2013, 6/4/2013 and 8/5/2013. The exams are administered by the Scio company. Applicants must submit and pay for the university application and the application for exact dates of the National Comparative Exams separately.
- Entrance exams at the Faculty of Medicine are scheduled for 14/6/2013 (for undergraduate study), 14/6/2013 or 15/6/2013 (for Master's degree applicants), and 26/6/2013 (for students continuing to Master's degree programs); this includes tests in biology, chemistry, and physics with the exception of applicants for the Masters programme who will take a test based on the Bachelors programme. Applicants with excellent study results at the secondary school may be accepted for study without an entrance exam.
Applicants applying to study some majors at the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Education, and Faculty of Science must take additional tests from their chosen field of studies. The dates are as follows:
- Faculty of Arts: 6-7 June 2013 (information and test samples can be found here)
- Faculty of Education: 17-28 June 2013 (information can be found here)
- Faculty of Science: 4 May 2013 (information and test samples can be found here)
Applicants to the Faculty of Sports Studies, in addition to the Learning Potential Test, must take a practical entrance exam in physical education and some of them also a science test (those applying for Regeneration and Nutrition in Sport or Physics of Physiotherapy) on 4-5 May 2013. You can find more information here in Chapter 10. You will also find videos describing the requirements for each sport discipline and mathematics and biology test samples on this page.
Applicants for the field of study Theory and Practice of Ancient Music, offered by the Faculty of Arts, take a practical exam.
National Comparative Exams
The Faculty of Social Studies and the Faculty of Informatics take into account National Comparative Exam (NCE) results when considering applicants. The dates for the NCEs are as follows:
- 8/12/2012 – Test of General Academic Prerequisites (hereinafter GAP) in both its basic (hereinafter B) and extended (hereinafter E) forms, Test of General Academic Prerequisites in Slovak language (hereinafter GAP Sk).
- 9/2/2013 – GAP B/E/Sk, Social Science Test (hereinafter SST)/Mathematics Test (hereinafter MAT).
- 9/3/2013 – GAP B/E, SST/MAT, Foreign language tests (English or German).
- 6/4/2013 – GAP B/E/Sk, SST/MAT and Biology tests.
- 8/5/2013 – GAP B/E/Sk, SST, Biology/Foreign language (English or German) tests.
- 1/6/2013 – GAP B/E/Sk, SST tests.
Applicants to the Faculty of Social Studies must take the National Comparative Exams, specifically the GAP and STT tests. However only exams taken on 8/12/2012, 9/2/2013, 9/3/2013, 6/4/2013, and 8/5/2013 shall be recognized. They must take each GAP and SST test at least once (they can take them several times). The applicant's best scores from each test are used for the admissions process by the Faculty of Social Studies.
Successfully passing the National Comparative Exams is one way that applicants can be accepted to the Faculty of Informatics and the Faculty of Economics and Administration. The Faculty of Informatics accepts applicants whose test results from the GAP, GAP Sk or Mathematics tests are in the top 30 %. The results from the first five exam dates are taken into account. Detailed information about conditions for recognizing GAP results as an alternative form of admissions can be found on the webpage of the FEA and webpage of the FI (in the form of Request for Entrance examination remission).
Preparatory course for the entrance exams
The Teiresiás Centre offers you the opportunity to attend a course preparing you for the entrance exams focused on the Learning Potential Test. Coursework includes solving sample test questions. The course also focuses on honing your skills using compensatory aids for the visually impaired. At the conclusion of the preparatory course, applicants should have enough information to determine an appropriate strategy for passing the entire test.
If you are interested in this course, please fill out the application located here: www.teiresias.muni.cz/prihlaska. The introductory meeting of the preparatory course is scheduled for 10 March 2013.
Some faculties offer their own preparatory courses focused on field-specific tests. If you are interested in our preparatory courses, contact our Student's Office (e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org), who will: help you with your application, adapt study materials, assist you with getting to the testing location, or if necessary can help you during the test. You can find a list of preparatory courses and information about them on here: www.is.muni.cz/obchod/vzdelani/pripravky/.
Information for study possibilities for applicants (and their parents or teachers)
Masaryk University in Brno has a tradition of educating students with visual impairments, and interest in such education is constantly growing. Therefore, we believe that many of you have heard information about studying at Masaryk University from your friends and classmates, or from your teachers. We still however kindly request high school students and graduates to contact our Students' Office before submitting an application, or as soon as possible. By contacting us in time, you can avoid misunderstandings and save time.
We also kindly request the study departments of each faculty and teachers to inform our Students' Office about students with visual impairments interesting in studying.
Which field of study should I choose?
You should spend most of your energy on this question, and do not limit yourself just to subjects that your friends study or to subjects that you like right now. MU offers more fields of study then applicants might normally think. You can find a list of fields of study on the Masaryk University webpage (www.muni.cz/?lang=en) in the section Information for study applicants, as well as in two places in the Masaryk University Information System:
- In the Degree Programmes, Fields, and Specializations section you can view lists of accredited fields by faculty. These lists do not necessarily reflect current admissions; this means that not all fields of study displayed are actually admitting new students – however, this applies only in a few cases. If you are not sure what type of work each field involves, you can look up all of the courses offered by those fields in the Course Catalogue.
- When submitting an e-application you will once again be required to select a field of study from a list of fields. This list however contains fields of studies that are currently admitting students.
Masaryk University does not in principle exclude the visually impaired from any of its accredited fields of study, although we must state that most fields of study offered at the Faculty of Medicine and at the Faculty of Sports Studies require sightedness (e.g. general medicine, dentistry, team and ball sports). This is also true for fields of study dealing with the exact living sciences (biology and chemistry). There are, however, many other fields of study that pose no serious technical problems to students with visual impairments.
Currently, there is a large percentage of students with visual impairments studying in various popular social science fields: psychology, special education, and social work. This is so despite the fact that in these fields students with visual impairments can only partially master all of the necessary knowledge and achieve professional independence and competitiveness – common methods of work in these professions are unavoidably based on sight.
In contrast there are many fields of study that are not dependent on sight, such as modern and Classic philology at the Faculty of Arts, theoretical exact sciences at the Faculty of Science, and various legal and computer science fields, which, despite growing interest, have yet to receive the attention they deserve.
Applicants are also often unsure when deciding between full-time studies and combined studies, between studying in a Bachelor's or Master's program, etc. The range of options is so large that it is truly advantageous to consider them all beforehand, as well as considering all other circumstances, such as: your interests, your high school grades, your knowledge, your chances of successfully passing the entrance exam, technical possibilities for aiding in studying, etc.
How do I take the entrance exams?
1. Please fill out an electronic application; the application form is available in the Masaryk University Information System, at is.muni.cz/prihlaska/?lang=en. On this form you will be able to list your disability for the purposes of the admissions process. If you do not want to fill the form out by yourself, we can help you fill it out in our office.
2. Applicants should expect to take the same written entrance exams as required of all students by individual faculties and fields of study:
- the learning potential test,
- other specialized entrance exams.
3. Masaryk University allows students to write using any standard method including methods for the visually impaired and blind:
- magnified or color-adapted printed writing or writing displayed on a screen
- optical or electronic magnifiers
- a laptop or a computer with speech or tactile output
- Picht Braille typewriter, etc.
You can specifically agree on a method after having applied to study here; we recommend you contact us beforehand either by e-mail or telephone and make an appoint to visit us in person.
4. Masaryk University offers applicants various preparatory courses for entrance exams in the spring. Our center is authorized to adapt these courses for you; however, it would be wise to consult with us about the usefulness of attending such a course. If you are interested, Masaryk University offers older versions of entrance exams for practice; you can also take a practice entrance exam in our centre.
5. Based on the information you provide us with, Masaryk University will prepare a written exam for you in the form you have requested, and will invite you to the exam via registered post. In order to maintain objectivity, the university will provide you with technical equipment (i.e. hardware and software) with the same parameters that you are used to using for taking the exam.
6. You will take the test in the Teiresiás Centre. We can provide you with a guide to our centre; the time allotted to you to take the exam will be extended (by a maximum of twice the standard time).
7. If you are not immediately accepted by the dean of the faculty in the first round of admissions due to a low exam grade, do not let this discourage you. As part of the admissions process you are allowed to call for a review of your exam, which may lead to success.