Education in Slovakia
Slovakia provides for ten years of mandatory education. Students enter primary education in their 6th year, second primary education will take them from 10-15 years of age, and “high” schools are for those 16 and older until they reach university age.
Most Universities in Slovakia are government owned and operated although since 1990 there are more private and religious options. These “Private Spice” forms of higher education remain rare in the country. These are privately financed schools of higher education that are privately operated but approved by the Ministry of Education.
The education season is from August through May each year, with the opportunity for summer classes. School days are Monday through Friday.
Stage 1 “Bachelor” Programmes last 3 to 4 years. A Stage 2 “Masters” program will last an additional 1 to 3 years. Doctoral programs can take an additional 3 to 4 years.
Slovakia provides higher education for its students at no charge. Costs for higher education in Slovakia for foreign students can range from 2,000 to 8,000 USD per school year. This is for tuition only. Living expenses would be on top of the estimate.
If students apply at a school of higher education, and there happen to be more applicants than spaces available at that particular school, students will need to take and pass, an entrance examination. These examinations can take very different forms at each particular school, depending on the demand for entrance.
The level of education in Slovakia is considered quite high when compared to other countries in the world. Many materials however, are a bit outdated and there is not the free independent thinking that is seen on other university campuses across the globe.
Because it is still emerging as an economic power, Slovakia offers opportunities not available elsewhere. It is a forward-thinking, progressive country that has a very bright future.
Students will have to keep in mind that health insurance is mandatory in Slovakia.
If you are interested in furthering your education in a country that has emerged from under communist rule and is growing as a democratic republic, you should consider your options in Slovakia.