Applying to Medical School · March 1, 2018
A Guide to Medical Universities in Slovakia
Slovakia is a land-locked country in Eastern Europe. It is a beautiful country, with nine national parks and several mountain ranges contributing to its appeal. There are three medical schools in Slovakia that offer English language programmes: Pavol Josef, Jessenius Faculty of Medicine and Comenius University, each named after a notable figure from Slovakia’s vivid history.
All the Medicine courses offered in the Slovak Republic are 6-year programmes, with each year divided into two semesters. Following graduation, students are required to sit the state written examination, which allows them to practice Medicine in Slovakia and all EU countries, permits them to sit the USMLE in the USA and the MCCEE in Canada, and provides access to work in many other countries across the world.
Degrees completed in this country are accepted in all EU countries, as well as Israel and India, and permit graduates to take the USMLE in the USA, the MCCEE in Canada.
All three Slovakian medical schools that offer an English language course are6-year programmes, consisting of two or three pre-clinical years, and three or four clinical years.A traditional approach to pre-clinical education is taken, with lectures and seminars making up the bulk of teaching early on. The subjects covered in the first three years include anatomy, physiology, embryology, histology, pathology, and biochemistry, among many others. The clinical years feature integrated placements in hospitals and health centres within Slovakia, providing students with the skills required to work as a qualified doctor.
All three of the universities provide teaching in the Slovak language in the early years, allowing students to communicate effectively with patients and doctors as they enter the clinical environment.
There are no minimum grade requirements or subject pre-requisites for entry onto any of the English medical courses in Slovakia. Applicants must be aged 17 or over at the commencement of the course, and have completed secondary education in their home country (i.e. finished high school or college).
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Mr Gerens Curnow
Mr. Gerens Curnow is a Medical Student from the University of Exeter. He is the winner of the Educator Development Committee Award from the Association for the Study of Medical Education. He is the author of three of our Medical School Application Guidebooks.