Slovakia is located in central Europe and has population of about 5,4 millions of inhabitants. It is parliamentary democracy.
Slovakia has borders with 5 countries: Poland, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic and Ukraine. Many foreigners still replace it with its ancestor, Czechoslovakia, which ceased to exist on 1st of January 1993. In spite of that, relationship between Slovakia and Czech Republic is fantastic and companionable.
Slovakia is member of European Union (since 1st of May 2004), NATO and other important economic, social or human-right international institutions. It is parliamentarian democracy, where president has only representative function.
There are two really important facts related to life in Slovakia: firstly, currency used in Slovakia is Euro. Slovakia is part of Eurozone since 1st of January 2009. That means, that you can travel freely from one country of Eurozone to another without need to change your currency. Secondly, Slovak Republic is part of Schengen area. In other words, one can travel freely within member countries of Schengen Area, only with Identification Card.
Slovakia is country with one of the highest productivity within European Union, which means, that living standards are on rise. Still, price level is pleasant, especially compared to Western countries. Just a few examples: beer at pub is 1,50€, monthly ticket for public transportation is around 10€, living at dormitories starts from 80€ a month. Living costs of student will be around 300€ – and one covers comfortably all his / her costs.
Nature and countryside of Slovakia
Being a student in Slovakia has various advantages – besides moderate living costs and internationally recognised diploma, you can enjoy breathtaking nature. Nine national parks, deep valleys, large forest or beautiful lakes – that are only part of wonders of Slovak nature. If you are lucky, you can meet wolvers, bears, chamois or lynx during your expeditions.
Mountains present unique chapter in Slovakia, since they form landscape of country and helped to preserve colorful regional traditions and identities. To be precise, each mountain range has a national park by the same name: High Tatras, Low Tatras, Lesser Fatra, Small Carpathian, Pieniny, Slovak Paradise, Poloniny and Muránska planina.
There are plenty of activities that are available for international students such as yachting, windsurfing, rowboat, periplus, water skiing, rowboat, periplus, fishing or even hunting. Options are not limited, so why not making your first step toward diploma?