Interesting culture, medieval architecture and diverse nature
Slovakia, or officially, the Slovak Republic, is a country in Central Europe. Its long history and close neighbourhood with countries such as Czech Republic, Hungary, Austria, Poland, and Ukraine have made the Slovakian society highly multicultural. The diversity of nations and languages has a big impact on all aspects of life in Slovakia, especially for the field of education.
Higher education is free for both citizens of Slovak Republic and for foreigners in the case that they are studying in the Slovak language, which is not very difficult to learn. Education in English is also available, and although it is not for free, the prices are quite reasonable. The process of getting a residency permit is not as complicated as in some other European countries. In addition, even foreign student in Slovakia has the chance to get a grant from the government while studying. That grant varies from 250 to 1,000 euros per month.
In Slovakia, there are public (established by law), state (all military, police and medical schools), and private (established and financed by non-government institutions, but approved by the Ministry of Education) institutions of higher education.
The Slovak Republic is a part of the European Union, and as a result, a diploma from any Slovak University will have the same value in Europe as a diploma from any of the other EU countries. Moreover, Slovakia is an ideal place to live: it has the lowest rate of criminality in Europe! there are many places to visit, both cultural sights, e.g. medieval castles (180 castles in Slovakia!) as well as natural beauties, e.g. more than 6,000 various caves.
Top 3 reasons to study in Slovakia:
- Free education both for locals and foreigners
- A huge historical and cultural heritage, which is interesting to learn about
- Appealing nature, which allows for pleasant free time activities
Did you know this about Slovakia?
- 90 % of Slovaks have completed at least a secondary education – the highest score in the EU. It is a very educated nation.
- Bratislava, the Capital of The Slovak Republic, is the only national capital that borders two independent countries (Austria and Hungary).
- Most of the fun is connected with the situation, when people do not know the difference between Slovenia and Slovakia. The staff of the Slovak and Slovenian embassies meet once a month with their colleagues to exchange wrongly addressed mail.