Study in Slovakia: Education in Slovakia

Since becoming independent in 1993, Slovakia has invested heavily in higher education.

This means that Slovakia is home to great schools, among them are Comenius University, the country’s oldest university, in Bratislava, the University of Economics Bratislava and the Bratislava International School of Liberal Arts. Slovakia also boasts some good specialized schools. Among them are the Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, the Constantine the Philosopher University, also in Nitra, and the Technical University of Kosice. 

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Slovakia is part of the Bologna Process. This means that its higher education system is split into three levels, called tiers. These tiers are:

  • First Tier - this is the undergraduate level. Bachelor’s degrees normally take three or four years to complete. Specialized subjects, like medicine and engineering, will normally take the extra year.
  • Second Tier - this is the postgraduate level. Master’s degrees normally take two years to complete. Some qualifications, like teaching certificates, sometimes only take one year.
  • Third Tier - this is the doctoral level. PhDs normally take three to five years to complete. Some students choose to teach whilst researching, so this takes PhD qualifications up to the five-year mark. 

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Slovakia is part of Erasmus. This means that you can take part of your qualification, or even an internship, outside of Slovakia. You can even get a bursary while you study or work. 

Many undergraduate degrees are taught in Slovak, with many postgraduate qualifications being available in both English and Slovak. That being said, Slovak and English are used across all three tiers of higher education.

Study in Slovakia

This section gives you an overview of what it's like to study abroad in Slovakia. Take a moment to find out more about the lifestyle and opportunities in Slovakia.

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Student Visas

Do you need a visa to enter Slovakia to study? Learn more about the student visa process, and what you need to enter the country, depending on your citizenship. This section tells you what you need to know.

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Housing & Living Costs

No matter where you study abroad, it’s important to create a budget in advance so that you’re prepared. Therefore, we’ve detailed average living and housing costs so that you can get a better idea of what you would be paying as a student in Slovakia.

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Tuition Fees & Scholarships

Tuition fees for degree programs in Slovakia can vary. Fees are still fairly low. You can find out more about this in this section, as well as information on scholarships.

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Language & Culture

Slovakia is famed for its nature. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, and more! We also talk about how to stay safe in Slovakia in this section.

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Application Process

Learn more about how to apply to schools in Slovakia in this section. This section also covers the importance of your motivation letter.

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Last update: 30 May 2021


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