Information for incoming students
Excursions and trips
The International Students club organizes a variety of day trips and one-day excursions as part of the Czech background course during each semester. In recent years, we have organized a trip to major points of interest in Moravia and in and around Brno. You can have a look at the web page for international Erasmus students who studied at Brno University of Technology. The web page contains plenty of pictures from excursion and trips taken in the Moravian Carst, Budapest, Černá Hora etc. Look at: http://isc.vutbr.cz/satellite/gallery.
Free time activities
Brno's cultural life is extremely rich and varied. National Theatre companies in the Janacek and Mahen Theatres play full-scale operas, ballets and plays, while the city's two experimental theatres, the Goose on a String and HaDivadlo companies, offer exciting and controversial alternatives to more traditional productions. Those interested in a dose of Western culture can find the latest films in the original English, alongside films in Czech for the more adventurous, at the city's many cinemas and two multiplexes. Notable among Brno's numerous galleries is the Moravian Gallery, featuring works by major Czech and international artists, and the Brno City Museum (located in the historical Spilberk Castle), featuring several exhibits dedicated especially to the city's rich history. The State Philharmonic Orchestra performs regular concerts in various halls, often featuring the work of great Czech composers such as Dvorak, Smetana and Janacek, whose creative life was so closely linked with Brno. The city was also a major centre of the Functionalist movement in architecture between the wars, and today buildings such as Mies van der Rohe's landmark Tugendhat Villa (recently designated a UNESCO World Heritage site) are open to the public.
Brno offers a wide range of sporting and recreational opportunities. The city of Brno also provides dozens of sporting facilities, including three indoor swimming pools, six open-air swimming pools and two winter stadiums. The enormous Boby Centrum, the largest of these facilities, boasts squash facilities, a bowling alley and some of the best workout facilities in the Czech Republic, not to mention the country's largest discotheque. The Brno Lake, easily accessible by public transport, is a popular site for swimming and outdoor recreation. Golf, hiking and skiing are also available in the area. Below are some other web pages that might give you some useful information: