Medical School Application Guide

 

Jessenius Faculty of Medicine in Martin

 

Jessenius Faculty of Medicine in Martin

 

 

The Jessenius Faculty of Medicine is a co-educational medical school in Martin, Slovakia. It is the academic medical teaching and research arm of Comenius University, located in Bratislava. The university of Martin was established in 1969, which was then renamed in 1991 to Jessenius Faculty of Medicine, named in honour of Jan Jessenius, a medieval physician and humanist. It was the same year the university was opened to international students for an English run General Medicine 6-year programme. Since then there have been more than 4,000 graduates, not only from Slovakia but also from Europe, Africa, Asia, and America.The Faculty is on the World Health Organization listing of Medical Faculties, as well as being acknowledged by the ECFMG (Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, Philadelphia) for the USMLE (United States Medical Licensing Examination). The academic staff includes 171 full-time teachers, encompassing professors, researchers, experienced physicians, and general practitioners.Jessenius has consistently been Slovakia's number one medical school according to the Slovak University Ranking and Rating Association. The university has very strong links with the Martin University Hospital, which is the major teaching hospital, and has consistently been ranked amongst the best hospitals in Slovakia. The university offers a 6-year Doctor of General Medicine programme. The university teaching style is very traditional, where the first few years of the course focus on building a strong biomedical science knowledge, then the rest of the course builds clinical skills through several clinical rotations. The annual course intake is roughly 150 spaces, where approximately three candidates are interviewed for each place.

 

The picturesque city of Martin itself is located in Northern Slovakia, near the Turiec river and between the MaláFara and VeľkáFatra mountains. It is the 8th largest city in Slovakia, with a population of approximately 70,000. In the summer is it a great location for hiking, whereas in the winter Martin is very popular amongst skiers, home to one of the most significant ski centres in Slovakia. The town is rich with culture and history, as it was part of the Kingdom of Hungary until 1918.

 

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

 

*For more information, see the Admissions Exam section.

 

 

 

 

PROGRAMMES

 

The university offers a 6-year programme in English, available for both graduates and undergraduate applicants. The course is composed of 5,795 hours of theoretical education and practical training spread over 12 semesters.The academic year is divided into two semesters; winter and summer. Each semester consists of 15 teaching weeks at 30 hours of teaching per week, made up of lectures, seminars and practical training. The first three years focus on building a strong biomedical foundation, concentrating on the knowledge students will require in order to continue their studies in the clinical years.During the final three years, students rotate through different clinics and departments of MartinUniversity hospital. The final year is entirely devoted to rotations among Internal Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics, and Obstetrics andGynecology; preparing students for their final state examinations. Students who pass the obligatory state written examination, graduate with an accredited "MedicinaeUniversae Doctor” MUDr - Doctor of General Medicine (M.D.) degree, granted by the Rector of Comenius University.

 

The faculty also offers a one-year preparatory course in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Slovak and English Language. This course is for applicants who feel they do not possess the adequate knowledge required in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics for the entry exam. The course intends to prepare applicants for the exam and also the topics covered in first year. The course is provided by the Institute for Language and Academic Preparation for Foreign Students, Comenius University.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Grades

 

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

 

Admissions Exam

 

Once the university has reviewed the candidate’s application and verified that they have completed education to the required level, they are invited to sit the entrance exam.The exam consists of 100 questions in Biology and 100 questions in Chemistry, all 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 admitted.

 

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 by this university.

 

Widening Participation

 

The university is not currently engaged in any widening participation schemes.

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

If applicants are unsuccessful, they can apply for following admission cycles without disadvantage.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

The university does not allow applicants to defer their application.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Deadlines for the university depend on agreement with particular recruitment agencies, however for direct candidate this is usually in July, with dates released closer to the time.

 

Application Documents

 

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

 

  • Completed Application form
  • Completed Medical form
  • Certificate of Education
    • Documents certifying secondary school study completion
  • A Curriculum Vitae in English
    • On a separate sheet affixed to the application
  • A Birth Certificate with authorised English translation
  • A Passport photocopy
  • Four 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

 

There are approximately three applicants for each of the 150 places.

 

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 6-year programme in English, available for both graduates and undergraduate applicants. The course is composed of 5,795 hours of theoretical education and practical training spread over 12 semesters. The academic year is divided into two semesters; winter and summer. Each semester consists of 15 teaching weeks at 30 hours of teaching per week, made up of lectures, seminars and practical training. The first three years focus on building a strong biomedical foundation, concentrating on the knowledge students will require in order to continue their studies in the clinical years. During the final three years, students rotate through different clinics and departments of MartinUniversity hospital. The final year is entirely devoted to rotations among Internal Medicine, Surgery, Paediatrics, and Obstetrics andGynecology; preparing students for their final state examinations. Students who pass the obligatory state written examination, graduate with an accredited "MedicinaeUniversae Doctor” MUDr - Doctor of General Medicine (M.D.) degree, granted by the Rector of Comenius University.

 

The faculty also offers a one-year preparatory course in Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Slovak and English Language. This course is for applicants who feel they do not possess the adequate knowledge required in Biology, Chemistry, and Physics for the entry exam. The course intends to prepare applicants for the exam and also the topics covered in first year. The course is provided by the Institute for Language and Academic Preparation for Foreign Students, Comenius University.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Grades

 

The university does not have any specific minimum requirements nor any subject prerequisites. All 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 verified that they have completed education to the required level, they are invited to sit the entrance exam.The exam consists of 100 questions in Biology and 100 questions in Chemistry, all 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 admitted.

 

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 by this university.

 

Widening Participation

 

The university is not currently engaged in any widening participation schemes.

 

Policy on Re-applicants

 

If applicants are unsuccessful, they can apply for following admission cycles without disadvantage.

 

Policy on Deferrals

 

The university does not allow applicants to defer their application.

 

APPLICATION PROCESS

 

Application Deadlines

 

Deadlines for the university depend on agreement with particular recruitment agencies, however for direct candidate this is usually in July, with dates released closer to the time.

 

Application Documents

 

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

 

  • Completed Application form
  • Completed Medical form
  • 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 Curriculum Vitae in English
    • On a separate sheet affixed to the application
  • A Birth Certificate with authorised English translation
  • A Passport photocopy
  • Four 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

 

There are approximately three applicants for each of the 150 places.

 

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

 

Tarjei – Final Year Student from Norway

 

I was studying a year of pre-med, included in the Osteopathy education that I also was doing at the same time, when I figured out that I liked the medical subject way better than the manual medicine of Osteopathy I decided to go medicine. We were a group of friends who all sat down, read chemistry, biology and then went all-in on leaving Norway for an adventure in Slovakia.I believe the teachers and professors are highly educated within their own subjects, but the teaching style is quite the opposite from what we are used to in Scandinavia. A more rigid way of teaching, with little or no room for creativity or discussion. Sometimes this has caused problems and uproar, but we learn along the way, and during the later years it has created no major obstacles or difficulties.Our classmates are amazing, we all know each other and have helped each other out in desperate times of need. Sharing of info, having open forum on the internet etc. We have a great group of people from all over the world: Portugal, Poland, Norway, Sweden and some other countries.

 

My advice to prospective students is to prepare for the entrance exam as much as they can. Check out the school‘s web page in order to obtain knowledge about the requirements to be admitted, and the list of subjects tested on the entrance exam. Martin is a quiet place for students, but with an amazing student community. Parties during the weekend, hiking trips, bike riding, football, running, skiing, swimming, martial arts, hockey, you name it.It’s a nice place for students to live, safe and comfy. But I think most people wish to get back home after six years abroad, due to lack of family nearby, friends etc.You get used to the place after a while, even though it’s a very different place from what most of us are used to.

 

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