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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.

 


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Where to apply


Temporary residence for the purpose of study

You can either apply in person for a temporary residence for the purpose of study at the embassy or consulate 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 or consulate in your country of citizenship or residence before arrival.

Temporary residence for the purpose of study is not required during the first 90 days from entering Slovakia.

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;
  • 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 (this does not apply to university students or commuters).

Further requirements

You must enter the territory of the Slovak Republic within 180 days since the day the residence permit 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. Within 3 working days after collecting your permit in the country you must conclude a health insurance. 

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.

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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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.

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.

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, by 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.

 


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