GENERELL MEDISIN I SLOVAKIA
Jessenius medisinske fakultet i Martin, Slovakia
General Medicine: 6-year program
Degree Awarded: MUDr (Medicinæ universæ doctor) - M.D. Doctor of General Medicine
Admission Requirements: Secondary School Certificate, a good command of English
Entrance Exams: multiple choice tests in Chemistry and Biology
Tuition fee: € 9,500 per year
Admission fee: € 400 paid within the enrollment date by admitted students only
Living Expenses: approximately € 500 per month
COMENIUS UNIVERSITY, JESSENIUS FACULTY OF MEDICINE
The Comenius University founded in 1919, is the oldest and largest university in the Slovak Republic. The beginnings of undergraduate training of medical students in Martin date as far back as 1962 when a detached working place of the Faculty of Medicine of Comenius University in Bratislava was set up in the area of the Martin hospital – a renowned centre of postgraduate training for doctors.
In 1991, our Faculty, as the first medical faculty in Slovakia, opened enrolment to international students. For these students, General Medicine education is provided in the English language or they can also join the Slovak language program. Over the last 30 years there were more than 4,000 graduates not only from Slovakia but also from about 30 countries of Europe, Africa, Asia and America.
The Faculty provides courses in a General Medicine Program (6 years). Graduates in General Medicine receive the degree MUDr. (Doctor of Medicine).
The academic staff includes 171 full-time teachers. The teaching staff encompasses also part-time professors, researchers, experienced physicians and general practitioners as well. At present there are more than 1,100 undergraduate full-time students studying at the faculty, about 120 of which came from twenty nine other countries.
The faculty has its own Student hostel with a capacity of more than 1,000 beds. The Library and the Study – Information Center is located at the Student hostel. The Library also provides The Jessenius Faculty of Medicine, Comenius University, Martin, and has both scientific and study literature for international students. Students have free access to the Internet at both the Faculty and the Student hostel.
Clinical instruction for our students takes place in Martin University Hospital with about 1,000 beds and staff of 2,200 of which about 300 are physicians.
The Jessenius Faculty of Medicine, Martin, is also associated with leading health institutions in the world, e.g. the World Health Organization, Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE), Association of Medical Schools in Europe (AMSE), Medical Education and Didactics Network MED-NET.
With a population up to 70,000 the central Slovakian town of Martin is situated in the well known picturesque Turiec Garden” wreathed by the Vel'ká and Malá Fatra mountains. The town lies in picturesque surroundings offering its visitors excellent possibilities for walking and hiking in summer and skiing in winter. Martin is an important recreational center with one of the most significant ski centers in Slovakia. Martin is the seat of large engineering plants, it has one of the largest printing complexes in the world, paper, shoe and furniture industries, and a newly-erected Volkswagen factory.
Students of the Faculty can choose their accommodation either in a rented flat or at the Faculty’s student hostel.
Accommodation at the Student Hostel is in rooms with a toilet, shower, kitchenette and a refrigerator. Washing machines are at the disposal for all hostel residents. The rooms have also connection to the internet. The rent at the Hostel varies from approx. 100 to 266 EUR a month depending on type of the room and the room occupancy (single or double room).
Rented flat in the city centre costs approx. 300 – 1,000 EUR a month.
MEALS AND DRINKS
At the Hostel there is a student canteen and a small shop where you can buy simple meals. There are also small kitchens on each floor. Menus in restaurants offer a wide choice of European meals. International restaurants appear as well. You can also find pizzerias, buffets, cafes, or many places offering fast food.
The geographical location of Martin provides excellent opportunities for sports activities. In each season it is possible to go walking, hiking, or cycling. In close vicinity of Martin there are 3 well known ski centres with down-hill slopes of all skill levels.
In the city you can find several fitness centres and two indoor swimming pools. Horse riding is available in the area surrounding Martin. The Turiec river and its tributaries provide excellent possibilities for sport fishing.
There are many disco clubs in Martin, the Theatre and several cinemas. Museums and galleries in the city organise exhibits, concerts and other educational and artistic events on a regular or special occasion basis.
It the city centre there are many shops and a department store. They are open from 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 12 am on Saturdays.
Five-minute drive or fifteen-minute walk from the city centre there is a shopping area with several shopping centres open every day from 9 am to 8 pm. TESCO Store is open non-stop 24 hours a day (except for Easter and Christmas).
Slovakia is a small but beautiful country. By train you can traverse it in 8 hours, by airplane it is possible to fly round it in 1 hour. Within the area of 49,036 square kilometres you can find beautiful mountains of the High and Low Tatras, Small and Big Fatra as well as fertile lowlands in the South and East of the country. Although Slovakia is predominantly moun- tainous - 60% of its territory spreads from 300m up to 2655m above sea level - it is a green country, covered with leafy and needle leaved forests, green meadows and fields interwoven with smaller and bigger rivers like rivers the Váh, Hron, Ipeº, Hornád, Tisa, Morava ... and the Danube. Upon each strategically important hill you can find a well-preserved castle, or at least its ruins. The total number of castles, palaces and manor-houses in Slovakia is 232. Under many of the mountains is a karst, granite or ice cave, the total number of them is 3,800. 12 of them are open to the public.
Slovakia has approximately 1,200 thermal and mineral springs and balneological treatment is of world standard. And where is this pic- turesque country located? If you look at the map of Europe you can see that Slovakia is lo- cated directly in the heart of it, bounded in the north by Poland, northwest by the Czech Republic, southwest by Austria, south by Hungary and east by Ukraine.
The population of Slovakia is 5,500,000. The capital Bratislava with a population of 520,000 is just 65 km from Vienna, Austria, and Martin is appoximately 280 km by car from Vienna.
The official language in the Slovak Republic is Slovak. English and German are spoken and understood in the main tourist areas. You can acquire the basic knowledge of Slovak either during the 1 st year of preparation study in Slovakia, or in the course of the first 2 years of your medical study.
Slovakia has a continental climate with cold winters and warm summers. The coldest month is January (0°C) and the warmest is July and August (26°C). The warmest place in Slovakia is the city of ·túrovo - situated on the bank of the Danube river, close to the Slovak- Hungarian border. The coolest place in Slovakia is on the peak of Lomnick˘ ‰tít (2,632 m) with average temperature of -3,7°C.