Study in Slovakia


Slovak Higher Education is comprised of public, state, and private schools of higher education (colleges):

  • Public schools of higher education are the basic case. The vast majority of schools of higher education are public. They are financed by the government and business activities.
  • State institutions of higher education are military, police and medical schools. Corresponding ministries in the government finance these programmes.
  • Private institutions of higher education are rare. They are established and financed by non-government institutions, but approved by the Ministry of Education.

Academic organization


Studies are organized within the following study programmes and „stages“:

  • Stage 1: Bachelor study programmes lasting 3 years;
  • Stage 2: Master study programmes lasting 2 years;
  • Stage 3: Doctor study programme lasting 3 – 5 years;
  • General & Dental Medicine- 6 year programme;
  • Specialization studies in medicine;
  • Study fellowship for purpose research.

General application requirements


The main requirement for entering a Bachelor degree programme or a combined 2nd level degree programme is the completion of high school studies with a “maturita” – schoolleaving examination. Admission to a follow up Master’s degree programme depends on the completion of the relevant Bachelor degree programme.

Students who would like to study a full study programme should apply directly at the respective higher education institution.

Admission requirements for international students are generally the same as for Slovak nationals. International Baccalaureate holders meet general requirements for admission to higher education institutions in Slovakia. Every faculty determines its own criteria for students’ admissions.


Study method


Teaching includes various forms of instruction such as lectures, seminars, exercises, laboratory work, projects, practical training, consultations, etc.

Programmes in Slovakia are delivered full-time or part-time and can be pursued on campus or by enrolling in a distance study programme, or a combined method of learning.


Study Visa


If an EU/EEA/Swiss national intends to stay in Slovakia longer than 119 days, he/she is obliged to submit the notice of stay to the foreign police office within 10 days since his/her arrival to Slovakia. After 90 days, EU/EEA/Swiss nationals are obliged to apply for registration of residence in the Slovak Republic. Students from non-EU countries staying in Slovakia longer than 90 days have to apply for temporary residence permit for the purpose of study. You have to apply abroad at the Slovak embassy/consulate competent for your country.

Complete application consists of the following documents:

  • Filled-in application form- Application for the temporary residence.
  • 2 recent photos 3×3.5 cm
  • Valid passport
  • A document in the Slovak language as a proof of purpose of your stay
  • Proof of sufficient financial resources for the stay
  • Criminal records apostle translated to Slovak language

The embassy of the Slovak Republic will make an interview with the applicant for the temporary residence for the purpose of the preliminary assessment of the application. The interview will be conducted in the state language or another language.

Note: medical checkup, you need to pass during the first 30 days from your entry in Slovakia

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Living in Slovakia


  • Most higher education institutions offer housing in dormitories. The price of accommodation in a dormitory vary from 70-100 € per month.
  • A one bedroom flat can cost around 300-350 € per month including utilities, while a 2 bedroom flat can go as high as 400-450 € per month.
  • Great number of gothic churches, medieval towns and macabre medieval torture inventions.
  • In Slovakia, there are state and private health care providers. State or private general practitioners provide an initial medical examination.
  • The theatre network consists of 4 state funded professional theatres, 22 theatres under the competence of selfgoverning municipalities, more than 40 independent theatres established by private owners/legal entities and 4 minority language theatres throughout Slovakia.
  • Lunch is the main meal and Slovaks are more used to eating out for lunch than for dinner.
  • Great hiking routes in the mountains and national parks.
  • Take a cruise on river rapids on a traditional wooden flatboat.
  • Beautiful castles from all periods abound in Slovakia – some as eerie ruins and others as fully restored museum pieces. These are usually a short trip away from a major city.
  • Slovaks and Czechs are one of the best hockey players in the world, along with Canada and the Scandinavians.