Slovakia

For the essential information about studying in Slovakia and applying for higher education programmes, visit the website of the Slovak Academic Information Agency (SAIA n.o.).

  • Population: 5,426,252 (2016)
  • Capital: Bratislava
  • Geographical size: 49,035 km2
  • GDP: €80.958 billion (2016)
  • Official EU language(s): Slovak
  • Currency: Euro
  • Student visas and immigration
  • Scholarships and financial support
  • Number of higher education institutions: 36
  • Number of students in higher education: 221,200 (2012, Euromonitor International from national statistics/UNESCO)
  • Number of international students in higher education: 9069 (2012, UNESCO)
  • Language of instruction: Most higher education programmes in Slovakia are taught in Slovak, but you will find many taught in English (and sometimes in other languages, e.g. German, French, Hungarian, Russian, Spanish), too. For more information, see the ‘Study in Slovakia: Study programmes offered in foreign languages’ publication available from SAIA n.o..
    For information about study programmes offered in Slovak language see Portalvs.sk/.
  • Typical tuition fees: Students studying full-time in Slovakia without exceeding the standard length of study do not pay a tuition fee, if they study a programme offered in Slovak language. However, they usually must pay a tuition fee if their full education is carried out in another language.
    The tuition fees for study programme at any level are set by each institution individually. Fees for study programmes offered in foreign language vary from 700 € to 10,000 € per one academic year.
    Information on fees for all programmes can be obtained from the international relations office of the respective institution.
  • Average length of a full-time higher education programme in Slovakia:
    • Bachelor’s degree programme: 3 - 4 years
    • Master’s degree programme: 2 - 3 years
    • Doctorate/PhD: 3 - 4 years

Slovakia – or the ‘Little Big Country’ as we say – has been a member state of the European Union since 2004. It is located in the heart of Europe, with the Danube River on the West-South and with the border to Ukraine in the East.

Slovakia is a progressive and dynamic country, but also a traditional one, and thus very diverse. The society has gone through dynamic changes in the last 2 – 3 decades. From central economic planning to a fully open market economy, Slovakia is now the biggest car producing country (per capita) in the world. Modern technologies are being applied not only in the car industry, but also for example in the production of audio-visual home appliances. Innovations and new services are nowadays an important factor for us. New companies are started every day, new objects or city landmarks emerge, life conditions are improving, but we keep our traditional values as well.

Slovaks are skilful and resourceful people who have managed to succeed with successful and innovative companies and projects which are respected also by a demanding international community.

We are well represented in science, culture and sports. World-changing inventions are associated with the names of Joseph Maximiliam Petzval (inventor of photographic objective lens), Jozef Murgaš (inventor of the wireless telegraph), Jan Bahýľ (inventor of the helicopter), Štefan Banič (inventor of the parachute), Aurel Stodola (founder of the theory of steam and gas turbines), Ivan Alexander Getting (inventor of GPS), and others. In the field of culture, we are internationally famous for the founder of pop art, Andy Warhol, as well as for opera singing, painting and photography. Slovakia is also coloured by a very rich, old and diverse folk culture of songs, music, dances, fairy tales and art. Some of the most popular sports include ice hockey, football and cycling.

With a university diploma, the chances to find a job in Slovakia are high. International students from outside the European Union studying in Slovakia full-time can work during their studies for up to 20 hours a week - and after finishing their studies at a Slovak university, they can work in Slovakia without any special work permit.

Studying in Slovakia is not only about a professional career, it is also about getting to know the country, the culture, the nature... Slovak universities offer their students a lot of extracurricular activities, especially when student organisations are involved – you can do sports, sing in a choir, go hiking in the mountains with other students and much more.

For the essential information about studying in Slovakia and applying for higher education programmes, visit the SAIA n.o. website.

A few times per year, the Study in Europe Facebook page hosts a question and answer live session with the people behind the National Information portals.

Here are the question and answers for Slovakia: 

Please can you tell me about the expenses of studying in Slovakia?

For information about studying in Slovakia, you can check SAIA's website.
There, you will see that the tuition fees per academic year are from 1,000 € to 10,000 € (depending on the study programme). However, students do not pay tuition fees, if they study a programme offered in Slovak language (more information about study programmes offered in Slovak language can be found at www.portalvs.sk – in Slovak language only

I would like to do an MBA. I have work experience, but I’m 34. Will I be eligible?

This university is offering MBA programmes. Concerning your age, you can contact them directly: The School of Management in Trencin: www.vsm.sk

Can I know the admission requirements?

Admission requirements for international students are, in general, the same as for Slovak
nationals. The principal requirement for entering a bachelor’s degree programme (3–4 years of full-time study) or a programme combining 1st and 2nd level (5–6 years of full-time study) is the completion of a full secondary general education or vocational education with a “maturita” – school-leaving examination. Admission to a follow-up master’s degree programme (2–3 years of full-time study) depends on the completion of a relevant bachelor’s degree programme or its equivalent. Admission to doctoral studies depends on the successful completion of a 2nd level degree study programme. 

In justified cases, the academic senate of the respective faculty/HEI may appropriately adapt them upon the proposal given by the dean/rector. International Baccalaureate holders meet general requirements for admission to HEIs in Slovakia. For the admission process, documents of your previous education must be recognised by the Slovak Republic. 

International applicants, who do not meet all the requirements for admission, may be required to attend preparatory courses, including Slovak language courses. Such courses are offered by the Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies of the Centre for Continuing Education at the Comenius University in Bratislava (www.cdv.uniba.sk/en). Courses of Slovak language are also organised by other universities in Slovakia. 

Every faculty/HEI determines its own criteria for students’ admission. Students should ask for information and apply for admission at the faculty of their choice. Updated information on Slovak and English study programmes is available on the websites or at the international offices of the respective HEIs/faculties.

The publication “Study in Slovakia – Study programmes offered in foreign languages” with a list of study programmes offered in English and other languages by Slovak HEIs can be found at the SAIA website www.saia.sk. For the administration of admission proceedings, fees apply – the amount is set by the respective HEI and the information can change each year, therefore, please, consult the website of the HEI of your choice.

What are the available postgraduate courses, and the cost?

Study programmes in Slovakia are usually offered in one of the three levels of higher education, but a HEI may join the first two levels of higher education into a single whole. The first level is a bachelor study programme. Study programmes of the second level and those of the first two levels of higher education joined into a single whole are: Master study programmes, Engineer study programmes, Doctor study programmes. Study programmes of the third level are doctoral (PhD) study programmes. 

Information about Studying in Slovakia is here and you can contact us, SAIA (Slovak academic information agency) via our FB: @Study in Slovakia. 

I would like to study in Slovakia – how do I go about it?

Please, see our webpage about "Study in Slovakia".

If you have any question, feel free to contact us here, or through SAIA - Study in Slovakia