The city of Brno is located in South Moravia, 200 kilometres east of the capital Prague, and is the second largest city of the Czech Republic.
The city is a unique cultural centre of the whole region. There are permanent theatre ensembles, opera, ballet and musical stages, a philharmonic orchestra, and you can also visit a number of museums, galleries and libraries, a recently modernized observatory and planetarium, a zoo and a botanical garden. Each year, Brno hosts over 20 festivals celebrating culture and theatre.
Brno is remarkable for its unique functionalist architecture, including an icon of functionalism -Villa Tugendhat, which is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Dominating historical features of the city are the fortress of Špilberk Castle and the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul. The unique medieval Ossuary under St. James Church is a new tourist attraction, as well as a complex of underground corridors and cellars running underneath the entire downtown.
Masaryk University, located in Brno, is the second-largest public university in the Czech Republic and the leading higher education institution in Moravia. At present it comprises nine faculties with over 200 departments, institutes and clinics. Recognized as one of the most important teaching and research institutions in the Czech Republic and a highly-regarded Central European university, it has been infused with a strong democratic spirit ever since its establishment in 1919. The university also plays a major role in the social and cultural life of the South Moravian Region.
Language Centre is a Masaryk University educational and research institution that provides resources and services for members of all faculties who need foreign languages for their study, research or personal interest. More than eighty teachers and lecturers at eight faculty departments offer courses aimed at non-specialist language learners in English, German, French, Spanish and Russian focusing on academic and specific/professional language skills in Bachelor, Master and Doctoral programmes in regular full-time and distance study modes.