Medical School Application Guide

 

Comenius University in Bratislava

 

Comenius University in Bratislava

 

 

Comenius University is the oldest and largest university in Slovakia. Founded in 1919, it takes its name from Jan Amos Comenius, a 17th-century Czech teacher and philosopher. Comenius University has more than 30,000 students and 2,000 faculty members, and is committed to the advancement and dissemination of knowledge and its understanding, aspiring to be a centre of academic excellence.

 

The Faculty of Medicine was also founded in 1919, making it one of the oldest faculties of the University. Being the first Faculty of Medicine in Slovakia, Comenius contributed considerably to establishing other faculties of medicine throughout the country. Due to its tradition and high standards, it has attracted the brightest students from all regions of Slovakia and worldwide. Since the academic year 2001/2002 the credit system has been introduced that is compatible with the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). The university has an annual intake of approximately 150 students, and receives 500-600 applications per year.

 

Bratislava is a sensational city with deep historical and cultural roots. It is situated in southwest Slovakia, on the left bank of the Danube river, near the borders with Austria and Hungary. Since January 1st 1993 it has been the capital city of the newly formed Slovak Republic. The city is home to around half a million inhabitants, making it the largest city in the country. The city itself has much to offer, such as art galleries, museums, night clubs, and theatres. Overall, Bratislava is a metropolitan city, offering a student all the comforts of a modern city at an affordable price. Fees for this course are €9,500 per year.

 

The Medical School Application Guide

At a Glance

Courses available

6-year programme

 
Undergraduate Applicants
Graduate Applicants
 
6-year
6-year
No. of places
150
150
Degree
N/A
Pass
Grades
Pass
Pass
Exam
Entrance Exam
Entrance Exam
Interview
No
No
Work experience
Not required
Not required

 

 

 

PROGRAMMES

 

The university offers a General Medicine 6-year programme in English, compiled for 12 semesters, where the academic year is divided into two semesters; winter and summer.The course is open to both graduate and undergraduate applicants. From the 1st to the 3rd year, the course focuses mainly on theoretical medicine, and some pre-clinical preparation including labs and practical classes. The remainder three years include diverse clinical experiences, at numerous hospitals in Bratislava, and students can choose elective subjects from the interdisciplinary program.The university also provides Slovak classes to students on its English programme, training students to practise medicine and communicate with patients effectively

 

The course initially builds a strong foundation by providing lectures based on human anatomy and physiological functions. The course then explores the basic principles of aetiology and pathogenesis, as well as the principles of treatment.The course is completed with complex education focused on diagnostics, differential diagnostics, therapy, and prevention of diseases.The university also offers doctoral training leading to a PhD degree, and is accredited to provide Residency Training programmes. Students who pass the obligatory state written examination, graduate with an accredited "Medicinae Universae Doctor” MUDr - Doctor of General Medicine (M.D.) degree, granted by the Rector of Comenius University. 

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Grades

 

The university does not have any specific minimum requirements nor any subject prerequisites. Students who have completed Secondary School education successfully and reached the age of 17 are eligible for this programme. 

 

Admissions Exam

 

Once the university has reviewed the candidate’s application and they meet the academic criteria, they are invited to sit the entrance exam.The exam consists of 100 questions in Biology and 100 questions in Chemistry, both multiple choice. The questions are set out in English and cover secondary school curriculum and applicants have 3 hours to complete the test. Candidates must score 60% or over to be considered.

 

The university provides a revision booklet that can be purchased from their website. The booklet contains 1000 example questions, 500 for Chemistry and 500 for biology. Applicants are recommended to use this booklet to revise for the exam.

 

Candidates are required to sit the exam at the University, which takes places mid-August, and costs €80.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

No access to medicine courses are accepted at this university.

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

If applicants are unsuccessful, they can apply for following admission cycles.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

The university does not allow applicant to defer their application.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

The application deadline is mid-May each year,and applications must be made directly to the university or via an agent.

 

Application Documents

 

Applicants must send the following forms to be considered for the programme:

 

  • Completed Application form
  • Confirmation of payment of the Entrance Exam
  • Certificate to confirm Hepatitis B vaccination
  • Certificate of Education
    • A-Level or its equivalent enabling the student to enter university in his/her country. Only the documents certifying secondary school study completion will be accepted.
  • A Birth Certificate with authorised English translation
  • A Passport photocopy
  • Three Passport sized photographs

 

As determined by the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic, every applicant must submit a notary authorised copy of the apostilled school leaving certificate and its notary authorised Slovak translation by a sworn translator. Signatures and stamps affixed to the original documents have to be verified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Notary’s Office of the issuing country and verified again by the Slovak Republic Embassy/Consulate Offices located in the applicant’s country.

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

The admissions department decides on the acceptance of students based on their age and academic eligibility for the programme, followed by their success in the entrance examination.

 

Interview

 

The university does not conduct interviews.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

Approximately 500-600 applicants apply each year, with the competition ratio of 4:1.

 

RANKING

 

Both Comenius University and Jessenius Faculty of Medicine were ranked 1st in Slovakia in 2016 by the Slovak University Ranking and Rating Association.

 

Both universities were ranked 42ndplace in Europe by the Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) in 2016, and 651st place worldwide in 2015 by QS World University Rankings.

 

PROGRAMMES

 

The university offers a General Medicine 6-year programme in English, compiled for 12 semesters, where the academic year is divided into two semesters; winter and summer. The course is open to both graduate and undergraduate applicants. From the 1st to the 3rd year, the course focuses mainly on theoretical medicine, and some pre-clinical preparation including labs and practical classes. The remainder three years include diverse clinical experiences, at numerous hospitals in Bratislava, and students can choose elective subjects from the interdisciplinary program.

 

The course initially builds a strong foundation by providing lectures based on human anatomy and physiological functions. The course then begins to explain the basic principles of aetiology and pathogenesis, as well as the principles of treatment.The course is completed with complex education focused on diagnostics, differential diagnostics, therapy, and prevention of diseases. The university also offers doctoral training leading to a PhD degree, and is accredited to provide Residency Training programmes. Students who pass the obligatory state written examination, graduate with an accredited "Medicinae Universae Doctor” MUDr - Doctor of General Medicine (M.D.) degree, granted by the Rector of Comenius University. 

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

The university does not have any specific minimum requirements nor any subject prerequisites. Students who have completed Secondary School education successfully and reached the age of 17 are eligible for this programme.

 

Admissions Exam

 

Once the university has reviewed the candidate’s application and they met the academic criteria, they are invited to sit the entrance exam.The exam consists of 100 questions in Biology and 100 questions in Chemistry, both multiple choice. The questions are set out in English and cover secondary school curriculum and applicants have 3 hours to complete the test. Candidates must score 60% or over to be considered.

 

The university provides a revision booklet that can be purchased from their website. The booklet contains 1000 example questions, 500 for Chemistry and 500 for biology. Applicants are recommended to use this booklet to revise for the exam.

 

Candidates are required to sit the exam at the University, which takes places mid-August, and costs €80.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

No access to medicine courses are accepted at this university.

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

If applicants are unsuccessful, they can apply for following admission cycles.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

The university does not allow applicant to defer their application.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

The application deadline is mid-May each year, and applications must be made directly to the university or via an agent.

 

Application Documents

 

Applicants must send the following forms to be considered for the programme:

 

  • Completed Application form
  • Confirmation of payment of the Entrance Exam
  • Certificate to confirm Hepatitis B vaccination
  • Certificate of Education
    • A-Level or its equivalent enabling the student to enter university in his/her country. Only the documents certifying secondary school study completion will be accepted.
  • A Birth Certificate with authorised English translation
  • A Passport photocopy
  • Three Passport sized photographs

 

As determined by the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic, every applicant must submit a notary authorised copy of the apostilled school leaving certificate and its notary authorised Slovak translation by a sworn translator. Signatures and stamps affixed to the original documents have to be verified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Notary’s Office of the issuing country and verified again by the Slovak Republic Embassy/Consulate Offices located in the applicant’s country.

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

The admissions department decides on the acceptance of students based on their age and academic eligibility for the programme, followed by their success in the entrance examination.

 

Interview

 

The university does not conduct interviews.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

Approximately 500-600 applicants apply each year, with the competition ratio of 4:1.

 

RANKING

 

Both Comenius University and Jessenius Faculty of Medicine were ranked 1st in Slovakia in 2016 by the Slovak University Ranking and Rating Association.

 

Both universities were ranked 42ndplace in Europe by the Emerging Europe and Central Asia (EECA) in 2016, and 651st place worldwide in 2015 by QS World University Rankings.

 

Medical Student Opinion

 

Tom 4th Year Medical Student from the UK

 

I started my studies in Brno in the Czech Republic, however transferred to Comenius after completing my first year. I had to take the entrance exam for Comenius, then get all my results from my previous University authorized and certified; which enabled me to get exemptions for all the subjects I previously took. I was initially scared, it's a big decision taking 6/7 years out of the country you grew up in, moving away from friends/family/girlfriend/boyfriend, you should only make this decision if you truly, 110% want to be a doctor. You find yourself having your 6th cup of coffee at 1am studying Microbiology, question yourself ‘did I do the right thing?’, then when you pass that exam, hearing the doctors say to you ‘you will make a fine physician’ then you know you made the right choice and continue to make the right choice.I expected to be feeling alone, all trapped in my room, missing my family, friends etc.. but you soon find yourself making friends all with similar aspirations, which will ultimately result in you forming better friendships that what you previously have. What really does stick out for me, is that when you study internationally, you mix with so many other people, with different backgrounds, cultures, traditions, languages and it broadens your mind of the world and the people within it.

 

Medicine is a tough subject, which is made even tougher if the teaching isn’t satisfactory. However, at Comenius the doctors, lecturers, teachers want you to succeed. They give you the necessary information at the start of the course, ‘what books to use, what are the best sources of information..’ what was also nice is that they provide their emails should you have any questions when studying at home. Not every subject is organized in a ‘fantastic’ manor, but the quality of the teaching is, what I mean by this is that sometimes you are left waiting to see when a ‘credit-test’ is or when to expect a ‘mid-term’, whereas in other subjects you get told from the first lesson when the tests are, so you can adequately prepare. The main thing for me is that the Doctors/Teachers “WANT” you to succeed. They are consistently behind you, motivating you and when you do pass their subject they will praise you and if you’re lucky even say ‘you will be a good doctor’ – hearing those words really makes you work harder in the future, believe me on that. My advice for future students is to read your high school Biology/Chemistry books. I know its not really good advice, but you will get the topics of the examination and I found all the topics overlap with my GCSE and A-Level courses I struggled with the timing in the Entrance exam, so make sure you time yourself adequately and don’t panic! Also bring a pencil and a rubber. as I only had a pen and if you make a mistake, you will NOT get another sheet.

 

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