Central European Studies (Bratislava, Slovakia) and Summer School of Slovak Languge: At a Glance

University: Comenius University
Fields of Study: Central European Studies, Slavic Studies, Political Science, International Relations, Slovak, German, Hungarian, Polish, Slovenian
Dates: February 16, 2017 to June 30, 2017 - Spring
September 10, 2017 to February 15, 2017 - Fall
September 10, 2017 to June 29, 2018 - Academic Year
September 10, 2017 to June 29, 2018 - Full Degree
August 05, 2017 to August 26, 2017 - Summer
Credit: 16-18 - Spring
16-18 - Fall
32-36 - Academic Year
32-36 - Full Degree
4-6 - Summer
Deadlines: January 09, 2017 - Spring
February 25, 2017 - Fall
February 25, 2017 - Academic Year
February 25, 2017 - Full Degree
March 31, 2017 - Summer
Price: $6,600 - Spring
$6,600 - Fall
$11,800 - Academic Year
$11,800 per year - Full Degree
$3,300 - Summer
Housing: Residence Hall
Minimum Age: 18

Program Highlights:

This is a unique program that focuses specifically on the languages and cultures of Central Europe in a comparative perspective, within the framework of the university’s BA program taught entirely in English. Our semester, year, and BA programs are ideal for students who want more in-depth knowledge of the Central European region and the languages spoken there (Slovak, German, Hungarian, Polish, and Slovenian), while the summer program emphasizes the Slovak language and culture. And with your campus being in Bratislava, the heart of Central Europe, you will be immersed in the local culture and be able to learn about the region first hand!

The University:

Comenius University in Bratislava is the oldest and largest university in Slovakia. It was founded in 1919 and follows the university tradition of the Academia Istropolitana which was established in Bratislava by Matthias Corvinus, the Hungarian King, in 1465. Today, there are more than 30,000 students studying at 13 departments, being taught by 2,000 faculty members. Comenius University hosts the highest number of foreign students among all universities in Slovakia, with exchange students coming from 27 different countries. The university has close contact with many important European educational institutions and it strives to offer not only academic excellence, but also a wealth of cultural and social opportunities for students.

The City:

Bratislava is the capital of Slovakia and is home to 450,000 people. The city is located on the banks of the stunning Danube River and is nestled in between Austria and Hungary and at the foot of the Low Carpathian Mountains. Tell your friends that you are studying in the only national capital that borders two independent countries – Austria and Hungary! Bratislava is the political, cultural, and economic center of the country, which is evidenced by the many government buildings, universities, museums, theaters, galleries and business and financial institutions. In your free time you can stroll the streets of the historic Old Town and drink a cup of coffee while gazing at the Bratislava Castle or St. Martin’s Cathedral. History and culture will be at your fingertips and our on-site staff will make sure that you are fully immersed in the Slovakian way of life. Since Bratislava is home to a number of major Slovak universities, you will have plenty of local college students to socialize with.

Courses & Descriptions:

SEMESTER/ACADEMIC YEAR STUDIES Choose from a wide variety of language courses (Slovak, German, Polish, Slovenian, and Hungarian) and other courses that focus on relevant cultural and social issues facing the region. SUMMER This intensive program is designed to improve and extend the students’ Slovak language competence, as well as increase their level of expertise in Slovak literature and culture. The summer school is the oldest summer language school in Slovakia (founded in 1965), and every year around 160 participants from more than 30 different countries study here. The program includes 80 hours in language instruction plus an additional 20 hours of language learning during field trips and excursions. BA STUDIES Have you ever thought of completing your BA degree in Europe? Then this is a great opportunity for you to complete an internationally-recognized BA degree in the heart of Europe. The main goal of the BA studies is to master the languages, as well as social and cultural aspects of the Central European area. Graduates will have mastered at least three languages of the region (Slovak, Hungarian, German, Polish, or Slovenian) at the level corresponding with the needs of general communication both in spoken and written form. Training in languages will concentrate on mastering elementary skills in translating and the techniques used in simultaneous and consecutive interpreting. During their studies students will master the general competence of area studies, i.e. global knowledge of the issues of cross-cultural communication skills. At the same time they will focus on the elementary theoretical and methodological knowledge of linguistics and literary science and become acquainted with the history and culture of the region of Central Europe.

Sample Course Listing

COM: Architecture of Central Europe around 1910 - Credits: 2

COM: Cultural Geography of Central Europe - Credits: 2

COM: Czech-Slovak Relationships in the 20th Century - Credits: 2

COM: Integration of Migrants in Slovakia - Credits: 2

COM: Introduction to History of Central Europe - Credits: 2

COM: Language Policy in Central Europe - Credits: 2

COM: Slovak Society – Sociology of Central Europe - Credits: 2

COM: The EU and Central and Eastern Europe during/after the Global Crisis - Credits: 2

COM: The Habsburg Empire in the 19th and 20th Centuries - Credits: 2

COM: Slovak Language - Credits: 2

COM: German Language (All Levels) - Credits: 2

COM: Hungarian Language (All Levels) - Credits: 2

COM: Polish Language (All Levels) - Credits: 2

COM: Slovenian Language (All Levels) - Credits: 2

Transfer Credit:

Comenius University is fully accredited by the Slovak Ministry of Eduction. With prior approval of your advisor, the courses should seamlessly transfer back to your home university. Before applying it’s important to speak with the study abroad advisor at your home institution to obtain pre-approval for your courses and determine how many credits you’ll receive. Every educational institution has different policies about transferring credit, so we encourage you to follow your institution’s regulations.

After completing the program, we’ll send your registrar or study abroad advisor an official transcript with the course titles, credit hours, and grades. Your university will need this transcript to transfer credit.

Financial Aid:

It is possible to transfer your financial aid to pay for some or all of the program costs. The first step is to check with your home institution’s financial aid advisor before applying. Since every home institution has different rules, only your advisor can tell you what kind of aid can transfer. We are happy to provide you with a certificate of enrollment or any other documents that your university might require.

There are also many scholarship opportunities available. Learn more on our scholarships page.

Application Deadline(s):

January 09, 2017 - Spring

February 25, 2017 - Fall

February 25, 2017 - Academic Year

February 25, 2017 - Full Degree

March 31, 2017 - Summer

Late applications will be considered on an individual basis.

Applying for our programs is simple! Fill out the on-line application form and wait for more information from us.

Why Study Here

Meet a Diverse Student Body

Comenius University hosts the highest number of foreign students among all universities in Slovakia, with exchange students coming from 27 different countries.

Enjoy the Cosmopolitan City

Bratislava, as the national capital, is a cosmopolitan city – overflowing with cultural and social events. It is a perfect setting for a college campus.

Live, Eat, Breathe History

A little bit of history can be uncovered on every one of Bratislava’s charming cobblestone streets – the Old Town has been well preserved and remains the same as it was during medieval times.

Get a Bang for Your Buck

Bratislava is an affordable destination – your dollar still goes a long way!

Be in the Center of It All

Since the city is located on the border of Austria and Hungary, it’s like you get three countries in one! During the weekends, you can explore these countries or travel further to other European cities. Bratislava is a perfect home base for your travels.

Prices

  • $6,600 - Spring
  • $6,600 - Fall
  • $11,800 - Academic Year
  • $11,800 per year - Full Degree
  • $3,300 - Summer

What's Included

Tuition and Fees

The program includes full tuition and fees at Comenius University.

Official Transcript

Two months after completing the program, we’ll send your home university an official transcript from Comenius University. This allows you to transfer credit back to your university (with prior approval from your advisor). The transcript contains the course title, grade, and credit hours for each course.

Housing

Students live in double rooms at a university residence hall. The rooms are furnished with beds, closets, and desks, with access to a shared bathroom and kitchenette on the floor. This is a great way to meet other students at the university!

On-site Program Director

Throughout the program, you’ll receive on-site support from the Program Director. The director will meet you at the airport, lead the orientation session, organize activities, and be available 24-hours a day.

Airport Transfers

In order to make your arrival go smoothly, your Program Director will meet you at Bratislava International Airport. He/she will take you in a taxi to your housing and help you move in. At the end of the program, the Director will also take you to the airport before departure.

In-Country Orientation

You’ll take part in an orientation session at the beginning of the program. The Program Director will provide you with helpful advice and tips for living in Bratislava, review the schedule of activities for the program, distribute cell phones, and teach a survival Slovak class.

Use of a Pre-Paid Cell Phone

During the orientation session you’ll be provided with a cell phone and a number of initial minutes. You’ll be responsible for recharging your phone with minutes. A cell phone is a great way to keep in touch with your friends and family back home. Also, text messaging is a popular and economical way to communicate with your friends in Bratislava.

Transportation Pass

To help you travel smoothly around Bratislava, we’ll provide you with a transportation pass that can be used on all buses and  trams.

Activities & Excursions

Activities and excursions will be planned throughout the semester. These activities are designed to help you get to know Bratislava and the Slovak culture better. Some sample activities include: a tour of Bratislava, museum trips, art galleries, bowling, films, concerts, and many more. For semester, year, and full-degree students, there will be one overnight excursion to Budapest, Hungary and a day trip to Vienna, Austria. For summer students, there will be field trips to selected regions of Slovakia and a day trip to Vienna.

Health Insurance

You’ll be provided with a short-term accident and sickness medical plan that is designed especially for students studying abroad.

Meals (Summer Students)

For summer students, the program includes 3 meals a day in the residence hall cafeteria. This is a great way to socialize with other participants and sample Slovak cuisine.

International Student Identity Card

All students are issued a complimentary International Student Identity Card (ISIC), which gives you great student discounts on airfare, rail passes, accommodation, sightseeing, food, shopping and more. Over 40,000 discounts are available around the world!

What You'll Need

Meals (Semester, Year, BA Students)

For semester/year/BA students, meals are not included, but you will have a kitchen available in your residence hall so that you can cook your own meals. Food is very affordable in Bratislava. Many students also like to eat out. There are small cafes and quaint restaurants close to the university for you to enjoy.

Spending Money

Bratislava is an affordable European city to live in. You will need to bring spending money for food, personal items, additional travel, and entertainment.

Round-trip Airfare to Bratislava

Student travel agencies provide great deals on airfare to Bratislava. The average round-trip ticket costs around $800.

Textbooks

Generally textbooks are much cheaper in Bratislava and professors use a lot of readers and photo copies rather than expensive books. You should plan on bringing $100 per term for books.

Pre-paid Phone Cards for Your Cell

At the beginning of the program you will be provided with a Slovak cell phone and an initial amount of minutes (ca. $30). During the program you will need to purchase your own phone cards to refill your minutes. Your Program Director will show you where to buy these.