Slovakia is truly a unique, inspiring place. Nowhere else in the world can you find such a range of natural wonders, rich folklore, and unique attractions and entertainment within such a small country. Apart from their studies, international students fall in love with Slovakia for its natural scenery and storied history, friendly people, culture, and traditions – right in the heart of Europe.
Located in the center of Europe, Slovakia is bordered by the Czech Republic (west) and Austria (south-west), Poland (north), Ukraine (east), and Hungary (south). Slovakia’s territory spans about 49,000 square kilometers and is mostly mountainous. Mountains, lowlands, valleys, lakes, caves, and forests are just some examples of the natural beauty found year-round across the country. The country’s population is over 5 million and is mostly comprised of ethnic Slovaks. The capital and largest city is Bratislava. The official language is Slovak, a member of the Slavic language family.
Official name: Slovak Republic/Slovakia (Slovenská republika/Slovensko)
Capital city: Bratislava
Official language: Slovak
Location: Central Europe
Type of government: Parliamentary democracy
President: Andrej Kiska
Member of the European Union: Since 2004
Currency: Euro (€)
Largest Cities: Bratislava, Košice, Prešov, Žilina, Banská Bystrica, Nitra
Local time: GMT + 1 HR
Bratislava – Vienna 80 km
– Budapest: 200 km
– Košice: 400 km
Košice – Budapest: 270 km
– Kraków: 250 km
The “Beauty on the Danube” is just one of the names given to Bratislava, the Slovak capital. The city spreads along the base of the Small Carpathians beside the longest river in Europe, the Danube. Bratislava is one of the youngest capitals in the world, but its rich history has been chronicled for over two thousand years. Visitors are drawn to the intimacy of the city, which constantly pulses with life and culture. The most attractive part of Bratislava is Staré mesto (Old Town), where you can wander the narrow streets and admire the impressive historical monuments. The city center is full of hidden spots, cozy cafes, and excellent restaurants. A modern metropolis, the city serves as a venue for a diverse range of cultural and sporting events and year-round entertainment that complement the unforgettable atmosphere of this picturesque city.
Slovakia has a long tradition of academic excellence in higher education. The first university in the territory of present-day Slovakia was founded in 1465. The first technical university in the world was founded by Maria Theresia in 1762 in Banská Štiavnica, a former European center of mining and technological development. Nowadays, Slovakia has many fully-accredited universities that follow the principles of the Bologna Declaration. Slovakia provides students with three levels of study: Bachelor’s (3-4 years), Master’s(4-6 years), and PhD. (3 years in addition to the Magister program).
Students in Slovakia enjoy the benefits of its competitive, progressive higher education system. The Slovak academic year begins on 1 September and ends on 31 August of the following year, and is composed of 2 semesters (the winter semester from September to January, and the summer semester from February to June). Students are assessed according to the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). Grades are provided on a lettered scale, with A (1) representing excellent and FX (4) representing a failing grade. Students have access to a wide range of student organizations, special programs, and student discounts and deals offered throughout the country. Graduates of Slovakia’s universities go on to find lasting career success in the corporate, non-profit, and government sectors – both in Slovakia and abroad.