Scholarship to Study in Slovakia

The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of Slovakia provides various scholarships to Slovak Nationals, Students from European Union member countries and International students. Scholarships are also offered by many other public funded and privately owned institutions. Here are details about important scholarships to study in Slovakia.

Scholarships of the Government of the Slovak Republic for Selected Developing Countries 

The Slovak government provides scholarships to pupils coming from developing countries who wish to go for higher education in Slovakia

Eligible countries: Eastern Europe, Asia and Middle East students

Level: All degree levels- bachelor, master and doctorate

Eligibility Criteria: 
Candidates who wish study the bachelor and master degree programme in Slovak institutions must meet the following criteria: 
  • Candidate’s aged 18 to 26 are eligible to apply for Slovakia Government scholarships 
  • Candidates must pass a school leaving examination and hold a secondary school leaving certificate. The educational document achieved in a foreign country must be evaluated by the Centre for Recognition of Diplomas (Stredisko na uznavanie dokladov o vzdelani), Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic.
  • Candidates must fulfill the acceptance criteria for higher education. 
Candidates who wish to go for doctoral study programmes in Slovakia universities must meet the following criteria:
  • Candidates aged 23 to 35 years are eligible to apply for Slovakia government scholarship.
  • Candidate must hold a master’s degree. The educational document achieved in a foreign country must be evaluated by the Centre for Recognition of Diplomas, Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic. 
Candidates must mention their doctoral area of study in the Slovak government scholarship application, along with the acceptance letter from the institution in Slovakia

Scholarship benefits: The Slovak Republic Government scholarship covers monthly grant, tuition and accommodation. 

Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic Scholarships

The Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of Slovakia offer scholarships to students for study at Slovakia public universities. The Ministry of Education of Slovakia provides to scholarship holders university study free of cost.

The scholarships are as follows:
  • 10 places for students for semestral/ 5-months study stay
  • 7 places for graduates for semestral/5-months study stay
  • 2 places for 3-months academic stay
Scholarship benefits: The scholarship covers living costs in the Slovak Republic. 

10 Places for Students for Semestral/ 5-months Study Stay

Eligibility Criteria: Candidates who wish to pursue first, second and third cycle degrees-bachelor, masters and doctoral degree in Slovakia must fulfill the following criteria:
  • Candidates must study at a foreign university in a course/programme that is related to one the candidate is applying for in Slovakia
  • Candidate’s age must be between 18 and 26
Scholarship benefits: A monthly stipend of 280€, education at chosen Slovak public university, accommodation in student residence halls, and health care. 

7 Places for Graduates for Semestral/5-months Study Stay

The Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic offers 7 places to graduates who wish to pursue full-time doctoral studies in Slovakia University.  The Ministry of Education provides scholarship for doctoral studies in English or Slovak language as per the acceptance of the university in Slovakia or academic department of the Slovak Academy of Sciences.

Eligibility Criteria:
Candidates must meet the following criteria: 
  • Candidates must hold a master’s degree in a related field
  • Candidates aged 23 to 25 are eligible to apply for this scholarship
Applying ways and means: Candidates must fill out an application form and submit it along with the preliminary letter of acceptance from academic department in Slovakia. 
Scholarship benefits: A monthly stipend of 330€, education at chosen Slovak public university, housing in student residence halls and dining halls at a fee equivalent to pupils with Slovakia citizenship, and health care.

2 Places for 3-months Academic Stay

The Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic offers 2 places to graduates of foreign universities who wish to continue their education or research. The Ministry of Education of Slovakia offer scholarship to candidates for academic stay at public universities of Slovakia or at academic institutes of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. 

Eligibility Criteria:
Candidates must meet the following criteria: 
  • Candidates must hold a master’s degree in a related field and work at foreign academic institute or university 
  • Candidates aged 30 to 50 are eligible to apply for this scholarship
Applying ways and means: Candidates must fill out an application form and submit it along with the preliminary letter of acceptance from academic department in Slovakia.
 
Scholarship benefits: A monthly stipend of 550€, education at chosen Slovak public university, accommodation of collegiate type and employee dining halls, and health care.

National Scholarship Programme

The National Scholarship Programme provides mobility support for international pupils, PhD pupils, university teachers, researchers and artists to stay at universities and research institutions in Slovakia. The programme is financed by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of Slovakia. 

Course level: Master’s and PhD programme

Scholarship provider: Slovak Government

Eligibility: Following students are eligible to apply for this scholarship-
  • University students who are studying master’s degree at an international university abroad, and who are invited to study in Slovak Republic by public, state or private university in Slovakia.
  • International PhD students who are invited by public, state or private university or research institutes to take part in PhD programme in Slovakia.
  • International university researchers and teachers who are invited by the public, state or private university in Slovakia to perform research or teaching at Slovak research institutes, universities, or non-governmental organisations carrying out research activities.
Scholarship duration: 
  • For university students, the duration of scholarship is 1 to 2 semesters
  • For PhD pupils, university researchers, teachers and artists, the scholarship duration is 1 to 12 months
Eligible Countries: Nationals of following countries are eligible to apply for national scholarship programme-
  • EU member states- Spain, Austria, the Netherlands, Denmark, Bulgaria, Greece, Poland, Belgium, Malta, the Czech Republic, Latvia, Slovenia, Cyprus, Portugal, Luxembourg, Estonia, Italy, Finland, Sweden, Germany, Romania, UK, and France,
  • Countries that are a part of the Bologna process: (non-EU member states) – Georgia,  Albania, Switzerland, Andorra, Iceland, Republic of Macedonia, Armenia, Serbia, Moldova, Azerbaijan, Norway, Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Turkey, Montenegro, Croatia, Liechtenstein, Ukraine, and Russian Federation.
  • USA, Canada, Mexico, Latin American countries and Central American countries
  • Belarus
  • Vietnam, Australia, South Africa, China, Korea, Egypt, Japan, Taiwan, India, New Zealand, Indonesia, Thailand, and Israel
Scholarship benefits: This scholarship covers living expenses during the candidate’s stay at universities, research institutes or non-governmental organizations in Slovakia for study, research, lecture or artistic activity.

Applying ways and means: Candidates must apply online by filling out the application form. Submit the requirement documents along with the form. 

Modernisation Programme Slovakia 21

The Modernisation Programme Slovakia 21 is a programme of the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of Slovakia for secondary school graduates.

According to the programme, a 10-month language course at the Institute of language and academic preparation for foreigners and compatriots of the Comenius University in Bratislava is free of charge. Students who successfully complete their language course can go for higher education studies at the Slovakia public higher institution. 

Eligible Countries: Montenegro, Serbia, Belarus, Republic of Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ukraine, and Moldova. 

Applying ways and means: Candidates must fill in an application and submit it along with the required documents: 
  • Educational level document: It must be legalized by the Ministry of Education or Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the home country and the Slovak Embassy.
  • Higher education institution study results
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Birth certificate
  • Medical certificate
Application deadline: 31 May .

Bilateral Intergovernmental Agreements on Research, Education and Cultural Cooperation 

The Government of Slovakia has concluded bilateral agreements on research, educational, and cultural cooperation with many countries in order to promote exchange programmes providing scholarships for pupils and researchers who want to study or carry out research at universities in Slovakia and research institutes of the Slovak Academy of Sciences. 

Course/level: Study and research stays; and language courses

Eligible countries: Nationals of following countries are eligible for bilateral programmes:
India, Slovenia,  Luxembourg, Austria, Poland, Belgium, Israel, France, Belarus, Lithuania, Romania, Bulgaria, the USA, Republic of Macedonia, Germany, Kazakhstan, China, Croatia, Mexico, Spain, Cyprus, Finland, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Denmark, Russian Federation, Egypt, Norway, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Serbia, Moldova, Turkey, and Portugal.

Following are the bilateral programmes: 

Programme Action Austria

Slovakia cooperation in science and education is a bilateral programme between Slovakia and Austria. The Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic and the Federal Ministry for Science and Research of Austria funds the programme on the basis of an agreement signed in 1992. The programme is managed and regulated by Slovak Academic Information Agency (SAIA). Scholarships are given to master’s and PhD students; researchers for short-visits and for summer course in Slovak language and culture.  

Fulbright Program – J. W Fulbright Commission for Educational Exchange in the Slovak Republic 

The Fulbright Commission is a bilateral organisation for educational exchange in the Slovakia formed by executive agreements between the Slovak Republic and the United States. The programme supports educational, research and cultural exchanges between the Slovak Republic and the United States.

The Fulbright Commission manages the awards for research and study, and also gives information and advice on study prospects for nationals of both countries. 

Fulbright Lecture and Research Scholarships: This scholarship allows the candidates to carry out research in different academic and professional areas, or lecture at a Slovak higher education institution. T

Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA): This programme is for candidates having degree in American literature, English, Applied linguistics or History. The ETA candidates will be placed in secondary schools; wherein they have to teach for a minimum of 15 hours per week. 

Fulbright Specialists Programme: This programme is for US professionals and faculty to join up their professional fellows in the Slovak Republic on developing the curriculum and faculty and other related activities.  

CEEPUS – Central European Exchange Program for University Studies 

The Slovak Republic is a part of the CEEPUS programmes along with the following countries: Poland, Albania, Republic of Macedonia, Austria, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Moldova, Croatia, Slovenia, Czech Republic, Montenegro, and Romania.

This programme supports the following:
  • Semester stays of 3 to 10 months for pupils and PhD students
  • Short term stays of 1 to 2 months for pupils and PhD pupils preparing their final thesis
  • Stays for guest-university lecturers for 1 month
Scholarship provider: Scholarships are paid by the National CEEPUS Office in the Slovak Republic. 

Scholarship amount:
  • For University students: 280€ per month, 
  • For PhD pupils and university teachers:  470€ per month
Application dates and deadline
  • For candidates within a CEEPUS network, the deadline for summer semester is October 31; and for winter semester, it is June 15.
  • For other candidates, the deadline is November 30.

International Visegrad Fund 

The International Visegrad Fund encourages the cooperation between the V4 group countries: Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic and Poland.
Funding for: Educational, research, cultural and scientific projects; youth exchanges and tourism promotion

The Fund operates under the Visegrad Scholarship Programmes: 

Intra Visegrad Scholarships: for students who are from the Visegrad Group (V4) countries and wish to study in any Visegrad Group country other than the country of which they are the citizens.

In Coming Scholarships:  for students who want to study at accredited private or public universities or the national academies of sciences institutes in the V4 countries

Out Going Scholarships: for students holding Master’s degree from Visegrad Group countries to study at accredited private or public universities or the national academies of sciences institutes 

Visegrad Taiwan Scholarship: for nationals of Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland or Hungary can apply to study or carry out research at some of the higher education institutions accredited by the Government of the Republic of China. 

There are grants for short-term projects of 6 months, mid term projects of 12 months, and long term projects of 36 months. Also, there are university grants   of 10,000 –euro- per course and 40,000€ per degree programme. 

Programmes Financed by the European Commission

There are many educational programmes that are financed by the European Commission for the co operation among the EU countries and EETA countries; or for co operation between the EU countries and the third countries. 

Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) 

The LLP is an educational programme. Slovakia became the part of this programme in 2007. The programme supports and strengthens learning opportunities from childhood to old age. The LLP is divided into 4 sectoral/ sub programmes:
  • Comenius programme: for school education- kindergarten, primary and secondary schools. Students and teachers can be a part of this programme.
  •  Erasmus programme: is for formal higher education and preparation at higher level. The programme supports student and professor mobility between higher education institutions.
  • Leonardo da Vinci programme: for professional and vocational education.  This programme is for employees, workers and apprentices.
  • Grundtvig programme: Deals with adult education, and is for teachers, adults and related institutions that are involved in the adult education field.
  • Transversal programme: for lifelong learning programmes, supports language learning, distribution of information, development of innovative information nd communication technologies, etc.
  • Jean Monnet programme

Erasmus Mundus 

The Erasmus Mundus programme supports mobility and cooperation in the field of higher education between EU countries and the third countries.

Tempus Programme

This programme is an educational programme of the EU(European Union) that supports economic and social developments/changes in partner countries. It emphasize on building up the higher education system for all EU countries and partner countries, split up into three groups:
  • West Balkan (CARD): Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Monte Negro, Croatia, Albania, Macedonia.
  • East European Countries and countries of central Asia: Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Turkmen, Gruzia, Aserbajdzan, Belarus, Tadzikistan, Moldavia, Ukraine, Russia, and Kazakhstan Kyrgyzia.
  • Mediterranean Countries (MEDA): Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Palestinia, Israel, Lebanon, Egypt, Syria, Jordan.
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