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SK SLOVAKIA
Are you a non-EU citizen wishing to study in Slovakia? You can find information below on the conditions to fulfil and procedures to follow, as well as the rights you can enjoy during your stay.


To begin or continue in studies in Slovakia you must:

  • be registered in an educational institution seated in Slovakia;
  • obtain temporary residence for the purpose of study.

Any type of temporary residence in Slovakia allows you to study without any additional permits.

If you are subject to visa requirements, you will need to obtain an entry visa at the embassy in your country of citizenship or residence before arrival.


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Where to apply


You can either apply in person for a temporary residence for the purpose of study at the embassy in the country of your citizenship, or country of residence or directly in Slovakia, at the Alien Police Department (if you are already legally residing in the country).

If a visa is required, you must obtain an entry visa at the embassy in your country of citizenship or residence before arrival.

Documents required

You must prove you have been admitted to an educational institution seated in Slovakia, accredited by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport.

To obtain temporary residence for the purpose of study you must submit:

  • a completed and signed official application form in Slovak;
  • a valid passport and two colour photographs;
  • a document proving enrolment for study or confirmation of an administrative organization managing a programme under contract with the competent state authority, or international agreement (letter of award of a scholarship);an extract from the Criminal Register from the country of your citizenship and from all countries where you resided in the past three years for more than 90 days during 6 consecutive months (this does not apply to several cases stipulated by law);
  • an extract from the Criminal Register from the country of your citizenship and from all countries where you resided in the past three years for more than 90 days during 6 consecutive months (this does not apply to several cases stipulated by law);
  • a document proving financial means;
  • a document on your accommodation in Slovakia (foreigners studying at a university in Slovakia do not have to enclose a confirmation of accommodation ).

Third-country nationals applying for residence for the purpose of study are exempted from paying an administrative fee when submitting their application.

Further requirements

All documents issued by official authorities abroad must be translated into Slovak by a court appointed translator and properly legalised (apostille or higher legalisation of documents). No submitted document should be older than 90 days on the day of application. It is possible to submit documents issued or verified by the official authorities of the Czech Republic in Czech language.

You must enter the territory of the Slovak Republic within 180 days since the day the residence was granted.

You must report the beginning of your residence at the Alien Police Department within three working days from your arrival to Slovakia.

Within 30 days after collecting your permit in the country, you must submit a medical report confirming that you do not suffer from a disease constituting a threat to public health (this can be prolonged by 60 days if requested). Within 3 working days after collecting your permit in the country you must conclude a health insurance.

Submitting an application for temporary residence does not entitle you to reside in Slovakia. Until you obtain the temporary residence, you are entitled to stay in Slovakia only on the basis of a valid visa, another residence permit, or within the visa-free regime

Duration of validity of permits

Residence permits are granted for the duration of the studies envisaged, but cannot exceed six years.

When the purpose of your residence status ceases to exist (i.e. you properly finish your studies) your residence remains valid for another 30 days (the so called protective period).
Appeals
  • You can file an administrative appeal to the Directorate of Alien Police/Directorate of Border and Alien Police.
  • You can file a judicial appeal to the Regional court.

Further information

More on visas

More on scholarships and recognition of diplomas

More on residence permits


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Change of status

Change of status is applicable. If the purpose for which you were granted the temporary residence status changes, you must apply for new temporary residence status at the Alien Police Department.

Employment during studies

As a student, you will not need a work permit or confirmation to work for less than ten hours per week and 20 hours per week in case of a university student and 10 hours per week in case of students of language courses.

If you wish to work more than 10/20 hours per week, you should change the purpose of your temporary residence from study to employment. University students can work maximum 20 hours per week and students of language courses are entitled to work maximum 10 hours per week.

As a student you may also undertake a business activity.

Employment after studies

You may change your status to a worker at any time during your studies, i.e. finishing your studies is not a prerequisite for applying for temporary residence for the purpose of employment or business.

You do not need a work permit or confirmation to fill the vacant position in case you finished your high school or university studies in Slovakia. In this case to be employed in Slovakia you need to apply for temporary residence for the purpose of employment.

You will need to obtain a work permit for employment.

Long-term residence

After five years of continuous legal stay in Slovakia, a long-term residence permit may be issued by the local Alien Police Department, based on your place of residence. The time period of temporary residence for the purpose of study is counting as half of its length.

More on permanent residence for five years

More on permanent residence for unlimited time period

More on long-term residence

Family Reunification

You can bring your family members to join you. Family members include your spouse of at least 18 years of age, your and your spouse’s unmarried children younger than 18 years, your unmarried children younger than 18 years of age, unmarried children of your spouse younger than 18 years of age, your dependent unmarried children older than 18 years or dependent unmarried children of your spouse who cannot provide for themselves due to a long-term unfavourable health condition, your dependent parent or parent of your spouse who lacks appropriate family support in the country of citizenship or dependent family members pursuant to an international treaty. The Alien Police Department shall grant your family members permission for temporary residence for the duration of your temporary residence.

Your family members may conduct business and be employed during their stay in Slovakia. However, they need to obtain a work permit for the first 12 months after being granted temporary residence.


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