For the vast majority of people, who take into consideration studying abroad, Slovakia is not an obvious choice. Despite its charm, this country does not seem to be regarded as a study opportunity for foreign candidates.
It is caused by several difficulties students face while applying to Slovak universities. However, if you get accepted, you will certainly appreciate the beauty of this country, which surprisingly is southern countries alike.Three-tier systemAs in other European countries, the three-tier system is present in Slovakia. It begins with the so-called “studia bakalarskie”, which are more commonly known as the bachelor\"s’s degree, which depending on course selection lasts three or four years. Awarding a bachelor\"s degree is preceded by bachelor\"s’s defence and the national exam. While being awarded the bachelor\"s degree you are able to continue your education on a master\"s degree course, that lasts one or two years. Similarly to the bachelor\"s degree, master\"s degree ends up with both master\"s’s defence and the national exam. Depending on specification of the course chosen, student is awarded with one of the following: engineer (inžinier), master\"s (magister), or doctor (doktor) on six-year medical studies. There is as well a possibility of choosing uniform master\"s studies, which are the combination of both the bachelor\"s and master\"s studies. Furthermore, master\"s graduates can continue their education on doctoral degree. However, students who graduate from vocational schools and conservatories, that last 2 or 3 years, receive the title of diploma specialist (DiS or DiS.art).Furthermore, on many Slovak universities, you have the opportunity to start teacher training, which is a separate educational path that offers learning of two selected objects, such as: Geography and English. You should also know that studies at public universities are free of charge for EU citizens, which makes non-Slovak candidates undergo the same requirements. Thus, regardless of the language of the course you have chosen, in most of the universities you have to pass the aptitude test in Slovak.Recruitment ProcessDepending on the course you have chosen, recruitment process might differ significantly. However, most often universities require translated secondary school certificate, a copy of the identity card, valid health insurance and an exam fee. In many cases you might be asked to deliver documents by the regular post or even personally. Many courses offered by the Slovak universities are available in foreign languages, with English being the most common. Even though universities rarely require language certificates, your proficiency will be tested during the interview, which is a common step in the recruitment process. In fact, direct verification of the candidate’s skills is the most important aspect of the application. Application deadlines vary, but typically the process lasts till the end of February. Pay attention to the dates of the exams as well, since they are obligatory for all students and are usually held in late June or early July. Exams might be both written and oral, taking the form of an aptitude test checking your abilities and critical thinking skills. Information on the application process, range of material, grading system, etc. should be delivered by the university. On many universities you can have the opportunity of using paid consultancy on exams.There is as well, an opportunity to pay for university (rates can be as high as 5,000 euros per semester), which would enable the candidate to skip entrance exams and focus instead on successful completion of the interview.Proficiency in the Slovak LanguageLearning the Slovak language is undoubtedly the primary issue. This is perceived as a mandatory requirement, that allows the candidate to apply for Slovak universities. No worries, there are many institutions that offer intensive courses. Learning centres for foreigners are located at almost each and every university. Language course can be taken at the Institute of Languages Preparation for Foreign Students, which costs approx. 3,400 euros (the price does not include entry fees, accommodation, meals and examination). Many people attend three-week course of Slovak language as a part of Studia Academica Slovaca program, that is organised by the J. Komeńskiego University in Bratislava.Stay permitStay longer than 90 days requires permanent residence card, which you can get in the local police department for foreigners, where you must deliver 3 photos, certificate of admission, a photocopy of the identity document, a statement of sufficient funds, accommodation and the stamp duty.AccommodationThe vast majority of Slovak universities offer accommodation in dorms. Their standard might differ significantly, however their price is relatively low - approximately 80-90 euros a month. However, if you are willing to stay in dorm, you should reserve your place early on, since the number of dorms is limited, and places are guaranteed only for students with scholarships and students who take part in exchange programs. When it comes to apartment rental in Slovakia, the best option is to use Slovak portals with accommodation offers, where average price for 2 room apartment is 250-300 euros.More information of each and every Slovak university to be found on my-studies.com.If you have any additional questions concerning the recruitment procedure, send as a message to: email@example.com. We will do everything to dispel your doubts.