Hey all, I've long been promising myself that I give a short overview of the summer school in Brno that I attended this year. I've been receiving some private messages with questions as well. So I'll reply to those in this post publicly again, hoping that it might be useful for someone who is interested in that opportunity. The Summer school of Slavonic Studies (Letní škola slovanských studií) is organised every summer by the Faculty of Arts at the Masaryk University in Brno. I am an Estonian citizen, so I applied for a scholarship for the summer school through the Estonian ministry of education and research. Apparently every year a certain number of scholarships is reserved for Estonian applicants and I'm pretty sure that it's the same for other countries. The application then went to the Masaryk university through the Czech ministry of education and after waiting quite a few months I got a letter directly from Brno telling me I was accepted. The summer school lasts four weeks, started in July and ended in August this year. There were roughly 160 or so people, divided into 7 different levels and further into groups inside each of the levels. My group, for example, had only 10 people, which I think was a pretty good number. There is an entrance test on the first day, the results of which are used to make up the groups. The test can be taken with explanations in English or German as well. Complete beginners simply write their name on the test and leave. To my great surprise and despite the 244(!) mistakes I had in my entrance test, they put me into the "mírně pokročili" group, which meant that no English or German was used in the classes, everything was in Czech from the very beginning. I had severe headaches for the first week, but then it started getting better and after two weeks I was already pretty happy with the arrangement, since I could really actually see some progress. The classes lasted from 9 AM to around 2 PM, followed by lunch in the university canteen (not always the tastiest of choices, but generally it wasn't too bad). Breakfast was also served at the same place, might have been 8-9PM or so, but I'm not sure, since I hardly ever made it there. Considering the pauses it was then 4 hours of classes every day (5 academic hours). In the afternoons, lectures and seminars on various topics were also offered. Those were meant for more advanced students, but if there were more people interested from the lower groups, they could also organise translation to English or German. There was also a film program running through the whole month, probably two films per week or so. The students were all accommodated in the "Družba" hostel of the Masaryk University. Two people in a room, the point seemed to be that no two people from the same nation should live together Since close to half of the people were from Germany, it generally meant that everyone had a German roommate, except of course the Germans The hostel was nice and cosy, tram connections to the centre every 10 minutes or so. Bathroom shared for 2 rooms / 4 people. And right beside the hostel, as I had actually already found out last year when I was visiting Brno, is the Alterna pub, which always appears to be an impossible obstacle on the way of getting home to sleep anytime before 4 AM Every week there was also a trip to a beautiful place or another around Moravia (and once also to Prague), but unfortunately I never made it to any of those either, since they all started inhumanly early. So I had to make up my own daytrips, which was lots of fun as well. The trips were usually organised on Fridays, so there was another day of classes on Saturday and then a free day on Sunday. And, as expected, it all ends with a big party, which was a lot of fun, but not so much the next day when I had to make it to Latvia driving alone in just 1,5 days OK, so that's pretty much it. I'll certainly try to get there next year as well. If anyone has any more questions, they're of course welcome. H.