You will be amazed by Slovakia’s beauty and hospitality once you decide to live and study in this small country with a big heart located in Central Europe. If you choose to study in Slovakia, you can have a lot of Europe at your fingertips – have breakfast in Budapest (Hungary), go for lunch in Bratislava (Slovakia) and enjoy your dinner in Vienna (Austria). The distances between these three big European capitals are really small. Moreover, the Slovak metropolis Bratislava lies on the Danube river, so you can take a boat trip to these neighbouring capitals as well as to the seven other countries along the Danube.
Accessible studies for everyone
The quality of Slovak universities has increased rapidly over the past few years. Slovak higher education institutions only offer accredited study programmes. The language of the programmes is generally Slovak, but the institutions also offer a number of study programmes in other languages, mostly in English. Have you got a real feel for languages? There are also study programmes taught in Hungarian, French, German or Russian. If you are really up for a challenge and want to take a full-time degree in the country’s native language, Slovak, you do not have to pay tuition fees - as long as you finish your studies within the standard length of the study. How great is that?!
More to Slovakia than only studying
If you choose to study in Slovakia, you will find out that it is not only about obtaining a degree. Slovak universities offer a lot of extracurricular activities, especially when student organisations are involved. You can do sports, sing in a choir, go hiking in the mountains and so much more. Slovakia encourages you to get to know the country, its people, culture and the beautiful nature, such as the High Tatra Mountains, which are ranked by the New York Times as one of the top 20 places in the world to visit. Next to the High Tatra Mountains, Slovakia is also home to seven UNESCO world heritage sites, which are definitely worth your visit.
From tradition to innovation
Slovakia is a progressive and dynamic country. It has developed from central economic planning to a fully open market economy using the euro. Modern technologies are being applied not only in the automotive industry, but also in the production of audio-visual home appliances, for example. Innovations and new services are nowadays an important factor. Every day, new companies are launched, buildings and city landmarks emerge, and living conditions improve. However, the Slovakians also make sure that their traditional values are well-maintained, folk music being one of them. In terms of safety, Slovakia belongs to the top 25 safest places to live in the world; you will feel at home instantly.
Stay and work after your studies
Do you want to conduct research and work in Slovakia after your studies? Although Slovakia is one of the younger countries in Central Europe, it offers an increasing number of opportunities to carry out excellent research, as well as possibilities to translate this into practical applications or business ideas. It has been an attractive destination for foreign investors, having one of the highest shares of medium- and high-tech exports in the European Union. Slovakia is also the number 1 producer of cars per capita in the world.
These days, Slovakia has a strong ambition to take another step forward in becoming a hub of innovation in the fields of IT and biotech. If you plan to work in research (or any other area), it is good to know that a diploma from any Slovak university will allow you to work in Slovakia as a foreigner without a special work permit. So, if you want to study in a small, welcoming and dynamic country within Central Europe that offers great opportunities once you have finished your degree, pick Slovakia as your place to study!
Find out more
For more information on studying in Slovakia, visit the Slovak Academic Information Agency (SAIA) website.
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