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Academy of Performing Arts in Bratislava

Academy of Performing Arts was established in 1949 and from this time it was evolved to one of the most prestigious institution in area of the artistic education and research in region. Academy of Performing Arts is a public university type and provides higher education with BA, MA, PhD and ArtD degree courses in full-time programmes and in selected degree courses in distance – learning programmes. Faculty of Music and Dance offers the study in the branch of musical arts at several departments (keyboard instruments, wind and string instruments, church music, opera singing, concert singing, choral and orchestra conducting, opera direction, theory of music, dramaturgy and management, dance interpretation and choreography). Faculty of Music and Dance realizes several concerts, projects and festivals (festival Orfeus, performances of Opera studio, several concerts of Symphonic orchestra of Academy of Performing Arts and chamber ensembles, workshops such as Orchestra Academy for conductors, student´s concerts and projects, etc.) every year, which are dedicated to students, professional community and broad-spectrum of public.  (Source: the university’s website)

Degree Courses Taught in English: Yes
Online/Distance courses offered: TBC
Bachelors Course Duration: Semesters (N/A) Years (N/A)
Masters Course Duration: Semesters (4) Years (2)

None required.

Good command of English required.

EU students are allowed to work in Slovakia without any work permit. For detailed and up-to-date information on working in Slovakia, please visit the European Commission’s EURES website:



In the Slovak capital Bratislava you will certainly find a University suitable for you, but if you do want to go somewhere else there are some other important university towns including: Banská Bystrica, Košice, Liptovský Mikuláš, Nitra, Prešov, Ruzomberok, Trnava, Trencín, Zvolen and Zilina.

Generally as an EU student you will apply to a university on the same terms as any Slovak applicant. Your work of study in Slovakia will be graded according to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). This will make it very easy to transfer your grades and/or degree(s) both to and from Slovakia. The academic year in practice stretches from September to June and is divided into two semesters. The main teaching language has long been Slovak, however today Slovakia offers many undergraduate and graduate programs in English.

Dormitories are offered by most Higher Education Institutes in Slovakia, you will generally share a room with one or two other students or if it is offered, have a room of your own. A bathroom is usually shared between two rooms or more. Some halls of residence have their own fitness centres, sporting facilities and swimming pools etc.

If you are going to study in Slovakia as a free-mover student (NOT through exchange), however, you are not guaranteed a place in a dormitory. Be sure to contact the school in mind for more specific information and arrangements. Another way to find housing is by renting an apartment privately, it is recommended in this case to sign a lease with your Slovakian landlord defining precisely the terms and conditions of your stay in the apartment.

Slovakia is coloured by a very rich, old and diverse folk culture of songs, fairy tales, dances, literature, music and art. Slovakia holds over 50 museums nation wide including the Slovak National Museum in Bratislava, this one is well worth a visit if you are curious about Slovak history, nature and archeology. Bratislava also holds the Slovak National Gallery. In the summer there are a range of music and culture festivals taking place in Slovakia, most in Bratislava and other larger cities.

Some of the most popular sports in Slovakia include: Ice hockey, football (soccer), basketball, handball, volleyball and water polo. The Men’s Ice Hockey World Championships were actually hosted by Bratislava in 2011.  So although studying abroad can be very rewarding on its own, you must not forget to get out of the library for some adventure. Slovakia is world famous as a skiing destination and offers over a thousand slopes and pistes for both the beginner and the more experienced.  However if you are looking for a real challenge, your visit to Slovakia will give you a great opportunity to try out cross-country skiing or even “ski-alpinism”. This is a combination of alpine skiing, mountaineering and cross-country skiing carried out in the most extreme conditions, for example the Tatra Mountains.

Slovak mountains are also ideal for hiking. Many consider Slovakia a hiker´s paradise due to its varying terrain with basins, valleys and hills mixed into the lowlands. 350 km of marked hiking paths in the Tatra national Park offers you protected flora and fauna surrounded by ice age mountain lakes and waterfalls such as the Obrovský and Kmetov Falls.  The Tatras is a must-see destination when visiting Slovakia, with 25 of its peaks reaching beyond 2,500 metres above sea level. For shorter strolls and river rafting adventures you should visit the Pieniny national park to the east of the High Tatra range.


Note: Any citizen of the EU/EEA or Switzerland together with citizens of Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Serbia and Ukraine or persons having permanent residence in a member state studying full time in Slovakia without exceeding the standard length of study, are also exempt from the duty to pay tuition fees at public or state higher education institutions.