As many other educations systems, the Slovakian one is organised with ECTS – European Credit Transfer System. There are credits awarded for passing credit tests, exams or colloquium. Students need to obtain 30 credits for one semester or 60 credits per study year. There are three levels of higher education in Slovakia: first level is Bachelor, second level is Masters and third level is Doctoral study programme (or PhD). Bachelor studies end with a degree ‘Bakalár’ (abbreviation Bc.), Masters programmes end with a ‘Magister’ (abbr. Mgr.), “Inžinier” (abbr. Ing.), “doktor medicíny” (abbr. MUDr.), “doktor stomatológie” (abbr. MDDr.) and “doktor veterinárnej medicíny” (abbr. MVDr.). Finally, doctoral level ends with degrees of “philosophiae doctor” (abbr. “PhD.”) or “artis doctor” (abbr. “ArtD.”) which is offered in the field of art. All study programmes must be accredited by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of Slovak Republic.
Fees per study programme in a foreign language vary from 750€ to 11.000€ per study year. They are considerably lower than in other countries, which is one of the many reasons why students from all over the world study in Slovakia.
No matter the reason, paying high tuition fees can be a source of stress for many. However, there are many options for financing your studies, including the use of scholarships. There are various scholarship opportunities available for international students looking to study in Slovakia. Depending on your country of origin and the level of studies, there are different options for funding. To explore what scholarship options are available, check this scholarship database.
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are not required to obtain a visa but need to register with the local authorities within 90 days of their arrival. Generally, all non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens must hold a student visa along with a residence permit. The visa has to be obtained before traveling to Slovakia. Upon arrival in Slovakia, you are able to apply for a residence permit.