Slovakia is located in the heart of Central Eastern Europe, its capital city being Bratislava. The country has a rich European history and traditions, beautiful nature, high-quality culture and wonderful people. Slovakia is a market-driven economy and its development is among the most successful of all Central European countries. It is fully integrated European country – member of the EU and NATO since 2004, member of Eurozone since 2009. Its stable economy attracts foreign investors. As a member of a Schengen zone, it is easily accessible and foreigners can enter not only through Bratislava or Kosice airport but also fly into Vienna, a major international airport just a 50-minutes drive from Bratislava.
Some basic figures include (year 2020): average monthly salary € 1,092; average labor cost of € 1,598; unemployment rate of 8.2%; population of 5.4 mil.; GDP of 94 bil.; literacy is 99% and life expectancy is 80ys for females and 72ys for males.
The higher education and research system is integrated into the European Education and Research Area. There are over 23 public and more than 10 private universities and colleges. The academic year starts September 1st and runs through August 31st , divided into two semesters (summer and winter). Winter courses run from mid-September through Christmas break with an exam period in January – mid/February. Summer courses start in mid-February through mid-May with the exam period in May-June. During summer break universities and research institutions provide limited services.
Applications are welcomed in all disciplines. Scholars may teach independently or co-teach with Slovak colleagues and they are also invited to give lectures or participate in seminars. If an applicant prefers combining teaching with research, the time distribution is based on the mutual agreement with the host institution. Assistance with supervising undergraduate and graduate student theses is welcomed. Language of instruction is English. Scholars can also build potential linkages for future cooperation both at the student and faculty levels. Applicants who do not have prior extensive academic or professional experience in Slovakia will be given preference. Affiliations are possible at a variety of academic and research institutions. Opportunities also exist for collaboration with public officials and professionals at other institutions. In such cases, double affiliations may be requested. An invitation letter is desirable, but the Commission can help arrange an appropriate placement.
Applicants are encouraged to see the Fulbright Commission’s website for current information on programs and living in Slovakia.
Slovakia country information can be found on the EU Portal