Study at Comenius University in Bratislava
The Comenius University in Bratislava is one of the top universities if you are looking to study Medicine, Dental Medicine or Pharmacy in English in Europe. Celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2019, it is the largest University in Slovakia and its faculties are located in the capital city of Slovakia. The Comenius University is one of the most prestigious educational institutions in Slovakia and is very international, with over 2,000 students coming from different parts of the world and more than 300 bilateral exchange agreements with partner universities from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Germany, France, USA, etc. It is also worth mentioning that Comenius University in Bratislava ranks among the top universities in the world! For its 100 years, this University combines both – the history and the wisdom of the past and the modern, new, exciting opportunities of the present.
The University offers a 6-year study program in Medicine and Dentistry and 5 years in Pharmacy in English. The University has two Faculties of Medicine – one in the capital city Bratislava and one in Martin, a city located close to the border between Slovakia, Poland and the Czech Republic. All the programs are taught in English language. Furthermore, they are accredited by the Accreditation Committee of Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic.
Comenius University has been home to some of the most popular people of different spheres of the political, the artistic and scientific life in the country. Some of the alumni include the former Slovak President, Prime-Minister, etc. This makes the university one of the most reputable educational institutions in the region!
Furthermore, our team has gathered a lot of experience with Comenius University - our Manager International Students, Eng. Dimitar Tsikandelov, has recently had a meeting with a university representative!
Medical study programs in English language
The university offers a variety of high-quality education programs such as General Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmacy in English language. These programs can be studied in both English and Slovak language and the entry requirements depend on the educational background of the candidates as well as the study program they choose. Below, you can find the most important details for each study program, and if you have any specific questions, do not hesitate to contact our admission team at [email protected].
Study Medicine at Comenius University in Bratislava
If your dream is to be a Doctor and if your passion is to conduct research in the field of Medicine, then the Faculty of Medicine of Comenius University in Bratislava and the 6-year study program General Medicine should be your choice. The study program General Medicine is offered in Slovak and in English language. Therefore, you will meet many locals but also international students during your education in Slovakia. In the academic year 2001/2002 the credit system was introduced that is compatible with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). After the 6-year period of education and successfully passing the state exams you will graduate as a Doctor of Medicine (MUDr. degree). The first three years of the studies focus on theory and pre-clinical training, whereas the second half of the education provides medical students with hands-on practice in the medical field. Any graduate of the study program General Medicine at Comenius University in Bratislava meets the requirements to work in any country in the European Union. The tuition fee for the study program General Medicine in English is 9500 EUR per year. You will study Slovak language as a subject in the first two years of the degree in order to be able to speak with patients later on. Some of the subjects you will study during your education are:
- First-year Medicine in English: Anatomy, First Aid, Biology and Human Genetics, Nursing, Medical ethics, etc.
- Second-year Medicine in English: Physiology, Microbiology, Medical Psychology and Communication, etc.
- Third-year Medicine in English: Surgical Propedeutics, Pathological Anatomy, Internal Medicine, etc.
- Fourth-year Medicine in English: Neurology, Oncological Propedeutics, Surgery, etc.
- Fifth-year Medicine in English: Forensic Medicine, Paediatrics, Urgent Medicine, etc.
- Sixth-year Medicine in English: Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Surgery, etc. with the focus being on gathering practical experience with patients.
Study Dentistry at Comenius University in Bratislava
Dental Medicine is another prestigious program that you can study in English at Comenius University. The length of the program is 6 years and you graduate with a Master's degree (MDDr. - Dental Medicine Doctor). Throughout the first three academic years you will be able to learn more about the human body and the dental aspects of it as well as prepare for the practical work and clinical experience which is present in the second half of the Dental Medicine degree. Upon graduation, students acquire sufficient theoretical knowledge which will help them recognize and deal with common infectious diseases as well as provide them with the needed practical experience about the preventive treatment of various patient's conditions. The yearly tuition fee for Dentistry in English at Comenius University is 11 000 Euro. Keep in mind that passing an entrance exam is a must in order to get admitted in Dental Medicine at Comenius University.
The dental program includes many interesting subjects that inspire students and provides them with great theoretical background and real-life experience:
- First-year Dentistry in English: Medical Chemistry for Dentistry, Preclinical Dentistry, First Aid, Dental Materials and Technologies, etc.
- Second-year Dentistry in English: Medical Microbiology, Pathological Anatomy, Immunology, etc.
- Third-year Dentistry in English: Dental Radiology, Preventive Dentistry, Restorative Dentistry, etc.
- Fourth-year Dentistry in English: Ophthalmology, Orthodontics, Oral Surgery, etc.
- Fifth-year Dentistry in English: Managment of a Dental Practice, Maxillofacial Surgery, Periodontology, etc.
- Sixth-year Dentistry in English: Epidemiology, Forensic Medicine, etc.
Study Pharmacy at Comenius University in Bratislava
The Faculty of Pharmacy at Comenius University in Bratislava offers a 5-year Master’s degree in Pharmacy and a diploma that will be recognized even if you decide to work abroad after you graduate. If you like to discover and conduct scientific research as well as learn more about the most modern pharmaceutical technology, this Master program is definitely an option you should consider. Students at the Faculty of Pharmacy have the chance to be part of many activities, incl. scientific research and pharmaceutical practice, which contribute to their excellent knowledge in the field of Pharmacy. This way, graduates will acquire practical skills which will allow them to work in various disciplines, incl. Chemistry, Biology, Medicine and Pharmacy. The annual university fee for Pharmacy in English is 7 500 EUR.
During your first year as a student in Pharmacy at Comenius University you will have the following subjects: Physics, Latin Language, General Biology, etc. In second year students are introduced to more advanced subjects like Immunology and Pathology. Third-year Pharmacy in English provides students with more insight into the following subjects: Radiopharmaceuticals, Pathobiochemistry, Pharmacognosy. In fourth year, some of the obligatory courses include: Drug Analysis, Pharmaceutical Technology and Retail Pharmacy, Legislation and Ethics. In fifth year students focus on their diploma thesis preparation. In addition, the faculty offers numerous interesting elective courses!
Furthermore, the Faculty of Pharmacy provides PhD study programs in English which are also accredited. You can go for either full-time or part-time PhD program - the university provides these two options! Students who choose to attend the PhD studies full-time are eligible to apply for a scholarship, provided they have an EU nationality.
Entry requirements and admission criteria at Comenius University in Bratislava
Each University has its specific entry requirements when it comes to the admission of students. Make sure to contact our admission team which will assess your diplomas and qualifications and let you know if you are eligible to apply for Medicine, Dentistry or Pharmacy at Comenius University.
The admission procedure for the study programs General Medicine and Dental Medicine at Comenius University are similar. The candidate must prepare a specific set of application documents which include an application form, copy of passport/ID card, diploma for secondary education, passport sized pictures and others. Please keep in mind that these documents must be prepared in a specific way in order to be legally valid and accepted by the University. For more information about the admission steps please contact our team at [email protected].
The application documents required by the Faculty of Pharmacy are a little bit different - their number is higher in comparison to the documents needed to apply for Medicine or Dentistry in English. It is important to emphasize that all documents must be prepared according to the university's requirements. We provide full application assistance, so if you need additional information about the admission process at Comenius University and how the documents should be prepared, please do not hesitate to contact us!
Keep in mind that students must pass an entrance exam in order to be accepted at Comenius University. The study programs are quite competitive, but the team of Inter HECS provides excellent entrance exam preparation which will help you get a spot at the university!
Apply to study at Comenius University in Bratislava
The application at Comenius University in Bratislava consists of preparation and submission of required application documents. Students must make sure to register by a specific deadline and to not miss the date for submission of the documents. All students who are late with the documents will not be considered for admission. The team of Inter HECS has a lot of experience with student recruitment, so we are here to make sure that your application is submitted on time!
In addition, all candidates are required to sit an entrance test. Our team is ready to provide you with study materials that will help you prepare better for the exam and for the successful admission at the university. Each year our students get an excellent score in the entrance exam!
Life in Bratislava, Slovakia
Slovakia is located in Central Europe and has five neighboring countries: Austria, Czech Republic, Poland, Ukraine, Hungary! Its convenient location makes it possible for international students to travel around Europe during their studies but also to meet many tourists from all over the world. Thanks to the location, Slovakia has also been influenced by different cultures and religions, which makes living there once in a lifetime experience! English language is widely spoken in Bratislava as the capital city of Slovakia is a home of many different cultures and people from all over the world. Other languages you might overhear include German, Russian, Hungarian.
Bratislava is one of the smallest (with around 500.000 residents) but also most historical capital cities in Europe. It is located in the southwestern part of Slovakia, only an hour and a half from the capital of Austria, Vienna! In the capital city you can enjoy the spirit of 21st century with modern architecture and the big shopping centers as well as the history of the city. Stare Mesto or the Old Town of Slovakia's capital will take you back in time to experience the astonishing Slovak culture and cuisine. Students often go there for a walk along the old streets and enjoy summer and winter concerts at the Old Town Hall. There are many cozy coffee shops, international restaurants but also small pubs where you can feel the Slovak spirit. Other famous sightseeing places that you can visit include the 15th-century castle, many interesting history and music museums, the Slovak National Theater and the Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Slovak National Gallery which is even housed in an 18th-century palace. Did you know that each year the beautiful city of Bratislava welcomes more than 1 million tourists?
Living costs and accommodation in Slovakia
Accommodation expenses in Bratislava vary depending on the many factors such as the location, size of the apartments as well as the furniture. The monthly rent goes between 490 and 1000 EUR, so most students prefer to share a flat with friends from university. The fee for the TV/Internet is around 15 EUR per month. Utilities fee vary between 109 and 170 EUR per month but of course depend on each person individually. Basic lunchtime menus in the business district costs around 7 EUR and a combo meal in a fast food restaurant costs 6 EUR. Public transportation is quite affordable - a single ticket amount to around 1 EUR and a monthly card is around 30 EUR.