Higher education opportunities in the Slovak Republic

From the academic year 2014/2015 full-time study in the Slovak language in the standard length of study at public universities (there are 20 public universities in Slovakia) is free of charge regardless of nationality.

List of the Slovak Universities:


The language preparation for the studies can form a so-called Zero level, according to the rules, which apply to the specific school. The Slovak language courses are run by the Institute for Language and Academic Preparation for foreign students.


Some schools offer courses in foreign languages, e.g. English:



  • Scholarships of the Government of the SR

The provision of scholarships of the SR Government is a long-term component of development assistance by the SR, which is a programme and project activity of the SR Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the framework of the international community.

The scholarships cover the first year of the preparation course of the Slovak language and following five (or six) years of the university studies of the selected subject.

(5 places for Moldovan students), deadline for the applications: 29 May


  • Scholarships of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic

The scholarship of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic is designed to support academic mobility of the foreign university students, graduates and university employees (academic stays). Its amount covers expenditures related to stay in the Slovak Republic. The scholarships. The scholarships last 3 months for the academic stays and 5 months for the students and graduates.

deadline for the applications: 31 May


  • The National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic

The National Scholarship Programme of the Slovak Republic is intended to support mobility of foreign students, PhD students, university teachers and researchers to stay at Slovak universities and research institutions. The Programme supports the following types of scholarships:

- scholarships for foreign university students (enrolled at least in the 6th semester) to take part in Master study over a period of 1 semester at Slovak universities.

- scholarships for foreign PhD students to take a part of PhD study over a period of 1 to 7 months at Slovak universities or research institutes.

- scholarships for foreign university teachers and researchers over a period of 1 to 7 months to carry out teaching or research at Slovak universities, research institutes or nongovernmental organisations conducting research.

deadline for the applications: 30 April / 31 October (for the summer semester)


  • Modernization Program Slovensko 21 (Slovakia 21)

The Programme provides 10-month language and academic preparation at the Institute of Language and Academic Preparation for Foreign Students of the Center of Further Education of the Comenius University in Bratislava (UJOP) with the monthly scholarship granted by the Government of the Slovak Republic (during 10 months).

After graduating from the 10-month language and academic preparation, the students apply for full university (master’s/engineer, or PhD.) study in the Slovak Republic, in the study programs with technical orientation. The further university study in Slovak language is provided free of charge, however students must cover their living costs by themselves.

deadline for the applications: 10 June


Further information about scholarships and studying in the Slovak Republic: https://www.minedu.sk/scholarships/