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Comenius University

Comenius University
Study abroad through MAUI-Utrecht at the largest university in Slovakia.
Location: 
Bratislava, Slovakia
Language of Instruction: 
Slovak
English
Term: 
Fall
Spring
Academic Year
Academic Disciplines: 
Economics
Pharmacy
Biology
Chemistry
Geography
Geology
Environmental Science
Psychology
Anthropology
Community Health
Exercise Science
Program Type: 
Semester or Academic Year
Highlights: 
  • Take a preparatory Slovak language course and attend largest university in all of Slovakia
  • Join a club through the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) to further immerse yourself in the study abroad experience
  • Go hiking and skiing in the mountains where snow-cover lasts for 130 days out of the year
Program Summary: 

Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia is the largest university in the country. Named after Czech teacher and philosopher Jan Amos Comenius, Comenius University was founded in 1919 after the establishment of Czechoslovakia. The university has multitude of academic disciplines that make home to roughly 30,000 students and 2,000 faculty members. 

Comenius University has the following faculties: 

  • Medicine
  • Law
  • Philosophy
  • Natural Sciences
  • Education
  • Pharmacy
  • Physical Education and Sports
  • Mathematics, Physics, and Informatics
  • Roman Catholic Faculty of Theology
  • Evangelical Lutheran Theological Faculty
  • Management
  • Social and Economic Sciences

Within each of these disciplines there are a number of majors for students to declare. It is evident that the university has quite an academic presence in both Slovakia and all of Europe.

MAUI-Utrecht is a total immersion program, meaning that exchange students will be taking classes, joining clubs, and living with other students and locals attending the university. It is recommended for students to be independent and fast learners and are open to many different adventures and opportunities. 

Location: 

Comenius University is located in Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia. Bratislava is home to about half a million people, and more civilians reside in its greater metropolitan area. The city borders both Austria and Hungary since it resides in the southwestern corner of Slovakia, and it is the only national capital in the world that borders two other countries. 

Bratislava is known to be a political, cultural, and economic market for Slovakia, so it fits as the perfect location for Comenius University. Besides multiple universities being housed in Bratislava, the city also has a multitude of museums, galleries, and theaters. It is home to the Slovak president and parliament as well. Large businesses and financial institutions are also located in Bratislava. Basically, Bratislava is a prime place to live in if you want an immersed Slovak experience.

Bratislava is rich with history that has been influenced by a number of religions and nationalities. Austrians, Czechs, Hungarians, and Slovaks have all been involved in the upbringing of the city. Jews and Serbs have also been of great importance to the history of Bratislava. 

Academic Information: 

A number of faculties are open to MAUI-Utrecht exchange students. Some faculties are taught in English while others are instructed in the host language. The list of undergraduate/graduate areas of study open to MAUI-Utrecht are listed below:

  • Management
  • Social and Economic Sciences
  • Law
  • European Studies
  • Pharmacy
  • Central European Studies
  • Medicine
  • Natural Sciences
  • Education
  • Sport and Physical Education

Out of all of the disciplines listed above, all are taught in English besides Education and Sport and Physical Education.

Each of the academic faculties has a list of specified majors, and these majors will be open to MAUI-Utrecht exchange students. For example, some of the majors are: Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Psychology, etc. Visit the Comenius University website for more information on different course offerings. Students will sign up for courses before arrival, and a faculty coordinator will help with this process. Upon arrival, students will formally select classes as well. 

There is a mandatory Welcome Week the week before classes begin, and this acts as an orientation session for incoming international students. It is free of charge. A preparatory language course for incoming students is also available. 

The general dates for the two semesters are:

  • Semester 1: End of September - Middle of February (examinations in January and February)
  • Semester 2: Beginning of January - Beginning of July (examinations in June and July)

Early exams are available to international exchange students upon request. 

The application for Comenius University can be downloaded

Housing: 

Housing assistance is available for MAUI-Utrecht exchange students. The application is separate from the academic application, and students will receive an email a few months prior to the beginning of the semester with more information. Students can apply for housing before they've been accepted into the university, and this is strongly encouraged.

Students have two dormitory options, but the placement depends on the faculty study of choice. The two dormitory options are listed below:

There are no campus meal plans available for students.  

Further Reading: 

For more information (especially regarding costs and deadlines), please contact Jenna Hunter-Skidmore at jmhunter@ku.edu or stop by the Study Abroad Info Center in 105 Lippincott for Walk-In Advising. 

More information can be found on the Comenius University MAUI-Utrecht website or the general university website


Announcements

Deadlines extended for selected Winter Break, Spring Break, and Spring semester-long study abroad programs! See below for full list of programs: 

Programs with Extended Deadlines (PDF)

 

Study Abroad Financial Advising
The Office of Study Abroad has weekly 'You Can Afford to Study Abroad' Financial aid and Scholarship Info Sessions/Open Meetings on Wednesday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 pm and Thursday afternoons from 12:30-1:30 pm in room 203 Lippincott Hall.  For those that can not attend the weekly Info Sessions, we also offer individualized study abroad financial planning as well as financial aid and scholarship advising for students.  Please visit 108 Lippincott Hall or call 785-864-3742 to set up an appointment.

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