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How does the higher education system work?

The Slovak higher education system operates in three stages which are similar to the Bachelor, Masters and Doctorate stages in the UK system. The first stage usually lasts three or four years and graduates are awarded the degree of Bakalar. The second stage lasts a further one or two years and leads to the award of a Magister degree. The third stage is three years (full-time) or five years (part-time) research, and graduates are awarded the degrees of Philosofiae Doctor (PhD) or Artis Doctor (ArtD). A fourth stage award of Doctor Vied (Doctor of Sciences - DrSc) is awarded to outstanding doctoral researchers.

Slovakia has general universities and those specialising in agriculture, the arts, economics, education, medicine and technology. The military and police academies are higher education institutions.

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What courses are available?

Postgraduate courses usually take between two and five years to complete and most of the major subjects can be studied. Knowledge of Slovak is essential for postgraduate study, although the majority of higher education institutions offer some programmes in English or German. Courses taught in English are mainly in business, medicine and specialist technical fields such as agriculture.

For more information on studying in Slovakia visit the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic; it has some information in English, including an International Students' Guide to the Slovak Republic.

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Where can I study?

There are 22 state-run institutions of higher education in Slovakia and one private university. The Universities Worldwide website has details of the higher education institutions in Slovakia.

There are some private higher education institutions, mainly business schools. See ARRA - Slovakia for these and a list of official higher education rankings.

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What are the entry requirements for postgraduate study?

Applicants for postgraduate study must have completed a first degree (for Masters courses) or a Masters degree (for doctoral studies) equivalent to stages one and two in the Slovak system respectively. A valid passport and visa are required from certain countries. Students must have an adequate knowledge of the Slovak language by completing examined courses at Comenius University, Bratislava. There is an age limit of 30 for admission.

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When do I apply?

Closing dates for advanced and doctoral studies are variable and you should check with individual institutions.

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How do I apply?

Applications should be made to individual higher education institutions. Some universities offer online applications and a personal statement is usually required.

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How much will it cost?

Tuition fees for international students vary from £1,350 to £6,750 for one academic year. The exact amount is determined by the institution, according to regulations of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.

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Are any scholarships available?

Awards for postgraduate study may be available through the not found (id=62927) . Grants may also be available through individual institutions in accordance with cultural agreements.

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Are there any exchange programmes?

UK students on undergraduate degree programmes or postgraduate Masters and some PhD programmes may be interested in spending time studying in Slovakia through Erasmus. This programme is open to all subject areas, but check with your institution's Erasmus co-ordinator first (usually based in the international office) to see which countries they have links with and in what subject areas.

Slovakia participates in other multilateral or bilateral higher education programmes like Leonardo da Vinci Programme.

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Will my qualification be recognised in the UK?

Slovakia is a member of ENIC-NARIC, a network of national centres that aims to improve academic recognition of diplomas and periods of study in European Union (EU) member states, EEA countries and associated countries in Central and Eastern Europe. The website includes information on current issues on international academic and professional mobility, and on procedures for the recognition of UK (and other European) qualifications.


Written by higher education careers professionals

Date:  Autumn 2008 

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