Medical School Application Guide

 

PavolJozefŠafárik University

 

PavolJozefŠafárik University

 

 

PavolJozefŠafárik University was founded in 1959 in the city of Košice, located in eastern Slovakia.Kosice is the second largest city of Slovakia and is the home of the country’s major airport. The Medical school is located 15 minutes away from the picturesque town centre. The city has a well-preserved historical centre, which is the largest among Slovak towns. With a plethora of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, aristocratic palaces, cafes and restaurants, students here can enjoy a culturally enriching experience while studying at this prestigious university.

 

Named after a 19thcentury Slovak poet, philologist, and historian; Pavel JozefŠafárik, this university has many faculties among which the largest is the Faculty of Medicine. It is the oldest institution inthe University and was founded in 1948; 11 years prior to the establishment of University. Students here obtain expert knowledge in theoretical, pre-clinical and clinical subjects through lectures, seminars, specialised practice, and consultations through a modern and evidenced-based curriculum. The city’s largest hospital, University Hospital, is internationally recognised for its involvement in scientist’s research and the employment of internationally recognised doctors. All clinical teaching is conducted at University Hospital.

 

The university has been operating an English run General Medicine 6-year programme since 1995, which has grown phenomenally in recent years, going from 317 students in 2011 to 777 students in 2015. The university is also involved in international cooperation with other educational institutions within the Erasmus programme, affording students the chance to study part of their degree abroad.

 

The Medical School Application Guide

At a Glance

Courses available

6-year programme

 
Undergraduate Applicants
Graduate Applicants
 
6-year
6-year
No. of places
200
200
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 General Medicine 6-year programme in English, for both graduate and undergraduate applicants. Each academic year is divided into twosemesters; winter and summer. The first two years of the course focus on basic scientific knowledge, with modules ranging from biology to immunology, with integrated Slovak language lessons to aid communication with patients in the later years. The primary teaching modalities at this stage are lectures and seminars. The four final years focus on different specialties with several clinical placements. During this time, teaching moves increasingly into the clinical environment where real patients drive new learning in each different speciality. At the end of the 6th year, students who pass the obligatory state written examination graduate with an accredited "MedicinaeUniversae Doctor” MUDr - Doctor of General Medicine (M.D.) degree.

 

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 or subject prerequisites. Students who have completed Secondary School education successfully are eligible to apply for this programme.

 

Admissions Exam

 

All applicants must sit and pass the entrance exam set by the university. The exam consists of 100 questions in Biology and 100 questions in Chemistry, both multiple choice. Applicants have 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the test.

 

The test date for 2017/2018 entry cycle is 21/06/2017, and is conducted at the university.

 

Though it is not mandatory, the university recommends a two-week summer Preparation course ‘Pro Medicinae’. This course is for applicants who feel they do not possess the basic science knowledge requiredto pass the entry exam. The course intends to prepare applicants for the entrance exam and also the topics covered in first year.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

The only access course that is accepted by the university is the preparatory course they offer to guide students in taking the entrance exam.

 

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

 

  • 28/02/2017 – For applicants with a Slovak citizenship
  • 31/05/2017 – For applicants without a representative
  • 24/05/2017 – For applicants with a representative

 

Application Documents

 

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

 

  • Signed application form with fee of €40
    • An application form missing any information will not be accepted
    • The abbreviations for study programme in English are VL – GM for General Medicine and ZL – DM for Dental Medicine.
  • Medical confirmation of suitability to study, no older than 3 months
    • In English or Slovak
  • Confirmation of application and entrance exam fee payment
  • School Leaving Certificates
  • If Accepted, the applicants need to submit:
    • Birth certificate
    • Copy of Passport
    • ID photos

 

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. If the applicant’s country does not issue apostilles, then applicants must have their documents superlegalised, by the Ministry of Education, followed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and finally by the Embassy of the Slovak Republic.

 

Apostille/superlegalisation is not required of applicants who completed their secondary education in; Croatia, Hungary, Germany, Poland, France, Russia, Ukraine, and Romania.

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

The Dean of the Faculty decides on the acceptance of students based on their success in the entrance examination only.

 

Interview

 

The university does not conduct interviews.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

The university does not release the competition ratios for the Medicine course.

 

RANKING

 

The university was ranked 3rd in Slovakia and 1072nd globally in 2014 by the URAP (University Ranking by Academic Performance).

 

PROGRAMMES

 

The university offers a General Medicine 6-year programme in English, for both graduate and undergraduate applicants. Each academic year is divided into two semesters; winter and summer. The first two years of the course focus on basic scientific knowledge, with modules ranging from biology to immunology, with integrated Slovak language lessons to aid communication with patients in the later years. The primary teaching modalities at this stage are lectures and seminars. The four final years focus on different specialties with several clinical placements. During this time, teaching moves increasingly into the clinical environment where real patients drive new learning in each different speciality. At the end of the 6th year, students who pass the obligatory state written examination graduate with an accredited "MedicinaeUniversae Doctor” MUDr - Doctor of General Medicine (M.D.) degree.

 

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS AND ELIGIBILITY

 

Grades

 

The university does not have any specific minimum requirements or subject prerequisites. Students who have completed Secondary School education successfully are eligible to apply for this programme.

 

Admissions Exam

 

All applicants must sit and pass the entrance exam set by the university. The exam consists of 100 questions in Biology and 100 questions in Chemistry, both multiple choice. Applicants have 2 hours and 30 minutes to complete the test.

 

The test date for 2017/2018 entry cycle is 21/06/2017, and is conducted at the university.

 

Though it is not mandatory, the university recommends a two-week summer Preparation course ‘Pro Medicinae’. This course is for applicants who feel they do not possess the basic science knowledge required in to pass the entry exam. The course intends to prepare applicants for the entrance exam and also the topics covered in first year.

 

Access to Medicine courses

 

The only access course that is accepted by the university is the preparatory course they offer to guide students in taking the entrance exam.

 

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

 

  • 28/02/2017 – For applicants with a Slovak citizenship
  • 31/05/2017 – For applicants without a representative
  • 24/05/2017 – For applicants with a representative

 

Application Documents

 

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

 

  • Signed application form with fee of €40
    • An application form missing any information will not be accepted
    • The abbreviations for study programme in English are VL – GM for General Medicine and ZL – DM for Dental Medicine.
  • Medical confirmation of suitability to study, no older than 3 months
    • In English or Slovak
  • Confirmation of application and entrance exam fee payment
  • School Leaving Certificates
  • If Accepted, the applicants need to submit:
    • Birth certificate
    • Copy of Passport
    • ID photos

 

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. If the applicant’s country does not issue apostilles, then applicants must have their documents superlegalised, by the Ministry of Education, followed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and finally by the Embassy of the Slovak Republic.

 

Apostille/superlegalisation is not required of applicants who completed their secondary education in; Croatia, Hungary, Germany, Poland, France, Russia, Ukraine, and Romania. Please contact your local representative for more information on this.

 

SELECTION PROCESS AND INTERVIEW

 

Selection Process

 

The Dean of the Faculty decides on the acceptance of students based on their success in the entrance examination only.

 

Interview

 

The university does not conduct interviews.

 

COMPETITION RATIOS

 

The university does not release the competition ratios for the Medicine course.

 

RANKING

 

The university was ranked 3rd in Slovakia and 1072nd globally in 2014 by the URAP (University Ranking by Academic Performance).

 

Medical Student Opinion

 

Victor 5th Year Student on the General Medicine Programme, from Israel

 

1. What are the good things about studying Medicine at this university?

 

I decided to go to Slovakia to study medicine as the Faculty of Medicine in Kosice has a great cooperation scheme with Israel, so I was offered to study my first year in Tel-Aviv. After that I came to Slovakia – in total it is my 4thyear as medical student here in Slovakia.To be honest, I had few concerns before coming to Slovakia. I did not know much about it; how well is the country developed, what the culture is like, or the attitude toward foreigners. After I came here I realised that the local people are much more welcoming and open; I feel completely safe and supported here. The level of the professors and lecturers at the Faculty is very impressive. Their knowledge is really comprehensive; however, some lecturers can lack passion when teaching. But all in all, teachers, professors and their assistants do their best.

 

My advice for future students is to revise for the entrance examination as much as possible, maybe buy books to help with basic biology, chemistry and biochemistry. The entrance examination consists of 100 questions from Biology and 100 questions from Chemistry, and there is a databank available, which is perfect for preparation. After being accepted they should probably buy the Atlas of Human anatomy and Histology book and start reading them through, since these will help them during the first year and half, and will remain a very important source of information throughout their whole medical career.

 

 

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