Slowakei - Slovakia
Right at the heart of Europe and with a history intertwined with that of its neighbours, Slovakia has proudly preserved its own language and distinct cultural traditions. It was part of Czechoslovakia until the "velvet divorce" in January 1993. The subsequent independence years can be divided into several chapters.
The story in chapter one revolved around frosty relations with the European Union and Nato combined with rejection of economic reform. Chapter two saw a complete change of direction and moves to embrace all three, culminating in EU and Nato membership in 2004. For the first five years after independence, there was growing international criticism of the lack of respect for minority rights and the democratic process shown by the authoritarian prime minister, Vladimir Meciar. He led a string of coalition governments, pursuing nationalist and populist policies until October 1998 when an alliance of liberals, centrists, left-wingers and ethnic Hungarians ousted him, forming a new coalition with Mikulas Dzurinda as prime minister. During Mr Dzurinda's term of office (1998-2006), Slovakia forged ahead with an economic reform programme and saw a boost in foreign investment. His government also tried to improve the lot of minorities.
Slovakia's ethnic Hungarian community constitutes about a tenth of the country's population, and the status of this substantial minority has long been a source of tension between Slovakia and Hungary. The premiership of Mr Dzurinda's successor, Robert Fico, has been marred by regular sparring over the treatment of the Hungarian minority. Slovakia also has a significant Romany population which suffers disproportionately high levels of poverty and social deprivation.
The post-war Benes decrees, which called for the expulsion of 3 million ethnic Germans and 600,000 ethnic Hungarians from then-Czechoslovakia and the confiscation of their property, remain a sensitive issue in relations with neighbours.
The School of Business and Economics has the following Partner Universities as part of the ERASMUS Program:
1. Comenius University in Bratislava
Comenius University is the largest and oldest university in Slovakia and also hosts more foreign students than all other universities in the country. Approximately 30,000 students study in the 13 departments that make up Comenius University in Bratislava. The city of Bratislava is part of the “three capitals triangle” as Vienna is only 60km away and Budapest, 200km. The history of the city has been strongly influenced by people of different nations and religions, namely by Austrians, Czechs, Germans, Hungarians, Slovaks, and Jews. The city was the capital of the Kingdom of Hungary, once part of the Habsburg Monarchy and has been home to many Slovak, Hungarian, and German historical figures. Come and see for yourself how a rich and diverse history has shaped the Slovakian capital today!
- http://www.fm.uniba.sk/ -> English -> International Relations of the FM CU or click here
Contact for Incomings: Lýdia Selecká
- +421 2 50 117 493
The winter semester lasts 14 weeks and runs from the middle of September until the middle of December followed by an exam period that takes place from January to February. A Welcome Week precedes the start of lectures in September.
The summer semester also lasts 14 weeks and runs from the middle of February until the middle of May with exams taking place from May to June. A Welcome Week is arranged for new students in the beginning of February.
- 15 June is the registration deadline for the following winter semester.
15 November is the registration deadline for the following summer semester.
All exchange students within the Erasmus framework are offered a free Slovak language course. The 40 hours of language lessons will begin during the Welcome Week and will last throughout the semester. Other courses Erasmus students can take include those from the Faculty of Management, Faculty of Social and Economic Science, Faculty of Mathematics, Physics and Informatics, and many others. Lectures are held in English and Slovak.
- Faculty of Management: http://www.fm.uniba.sk/index.php?id=2537
- List of courses at the Faculty of Economics: http://www.fses.uniba.sk/index.php?id=3173
Housing is available to students in the “VM Mlyny“ dormitory in double and triple rooms. While a kitchen is shared by all rooms in the hall, meals are also available in the student canteens and cafeterias. There is also a health centre on-site, providing primary health and dental care.
Student Experience Reports from former Outgoing Exchange Students
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