ERASMUS programme - incoming students

ID: SK BANSKA01   /   ECHE: 48545-EPP-1-2014-1-SK-EPPKA3-ECHE

Faculty Erasmus Administrator: PhDr. Ingrid Balážová


Deadline for submissions

  • for winter semester: nomination to MAY 15, application to JULY 15
  • for summer semester: nomination to SEPTEMBER 30, application to NOVEMBER 15

Recommended language skills:

Subjects in foreign languages:

Bachelor study: SK: B1; EN: B1; D: B1; RU: B1; PL: B1; ES: B1; IT: B1, F: B1.

Master study: SK: B2; EN: B2; D: B2; RU: B2; PL: B2; ES: B2; IT: B2, F: B2.

Doctoral study: SK: B2; EN: B2; D: B2; RU: B2; PL: B2; ES: B2; IT: B2, F: B2.

A type of certificate for students: a confirmation from sending institution (signed by a staff of university or faculty or department). The sending institution on the nomination letter (name, e-mail, area of study, period of study) must notify the International Relations Office ( about their interest in studying at the Faculty of Arts at Matej Bel University two months prior to the deadline. Students must arrive at least 7 days before the academic year starts. Students in Bachelor and Master study programmes must attend courses minimum: 20 credits per one semester; PhD. students minimum: 10 credits per one semester.

Subject areas only in Slovak language: 225 History, 226 Philosophy and Ethics, 223 Mother tongue (Slovak language and literature), 813 Sports. Minimum recommended level SK - B2. 

Before arrival

Before you come to study here

Before you come to study here you must prepare yourself for a game called Bureaucracy. It's not really difficult, but you do have to remember ALL the rules. To make it as easy and smooth as possible we shall take you through the individual steps of the procedure. We are also including most of the forms to be filled in order to obtain all the necessary permits.


When you are nominated by your university as an Erasmus student, please fill the enclosed:

These documents send in time: Faculty of Arts Matej Bel University, PhDr. Ingrid Balážová, International Officer, Tajovskeho 40, 974 01 Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. We can accept PDF format of these documents  send by e-mail to

Without the application we can not send the acceptation letter!

The accomodation: the International Officer will arrange a room in residence hall (Študentský domov 3, Tajovského 51, Banská Bystrica) for all incoming students. The residence hall provide rooms with three bedrooms. Each floor has a shared kitchen with two electric cookers and a fridge. Students can use university wi-fi. Rents amount up to 61 EUR per month and you pay the fee for the period of stay in advance. (See Guide for International Students)

 Departmental Coordinators

  • Department of English and American Studies
    • doc. PaedDr. Jana Javorčíková, PhD.
    • Mgr Anna Slatinská, PhD., Mgr. Michael Dove
  • Department of Ethics nad Applied Ethics
    • prof. PhDr. Daniela Fobelová, PhD.
  • Department of European Cultural Studies
    • Mgr. Eva Höhn, PhD.
  • Department of Philosophy
    • Doc. Mgr. Juraj Šuch, PhD.
  • Department of German Studies
    • doc. PhDr. Zuzana Bohušová, PhD.
  • Department of History
    • Mgr. Imrich Nagy, PhD.
  • Department of Roman Studies
    • Mgr. Dagmar Veselá, PhD.
  • Department of Slavic Languages
    • Mgr. Anita Račáková, PhD.
  • Department of Slovak Language and Communication
    • Mgr. Alexandra Chomová, PhD.
  • Department of Slovak Literature and Literary Science
    • Mgr. Eva Pršová, PhD.
  • Department of Physical Education and Sports
    • Mgr. Natália Smoleňáková, PhD
  • Department of Translation Studies
    • PaedDr. Eva Čulenová, PhD.
  • Department of Social Studies and Ethnology
    • Mgr. Roman Hoffreiter, PhD.

 e-mail: first name.last (an example:

Visa and residence permit

  1. Nationals of the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland do not need visa for entering Slovakia. They should register at the appropriate foreign police office within 10 days after their arrival to Slovakia.
  2. Nationals of other countries should contact the nearest Slovak Embassy in order to get information about visa and residence permeit for temporary stay. See a part Visa and residenc epermit at this web site.

Health insurance

  1. Nationals of the European Union, the European Economic Area and Switzerland shoul obtain the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) from the health insurance institution to which they are affiliated before their arrival to Slovakia.
  2. We recommend to nationals of other countries to get their health insurance valid for their entire stay in Slovakia before their arrival to Slovakia.

The foreigner must submit a document confirming health insurance during the stay in the Slovak Republic. Students can arrange it in their own country.

Buddy system

ESN UMB BB is one of the Erasmus Student Network sections in Slovakia, located in the heart of Europe – Banská Bystrica. We were founded in January 2010 and our activity focuses on buddy system and organization of various events for Exchange students. Buddy system sustains the idea of Students Helping Students, in which home Slovak students help incoming foreign ones. We help them before their arrival with any questions they have about BB, organize events when they are here and provide information during the semester. We are doing our best to entertain Erasmus students and to have a good time all together. You can find more about our activities and the organization at the official website 


How to get to Banská Bystrica:

  1. Flights to Vienna (Austria). It is only 60 km from Bratislava. From the Schwechat airport there is a regular bus service to Bratislava (bus station).
  2. Flights from Prague to Bratislava's M.R. Stefanik Airport with the Czech Airlines.

The easist way from the airport in Bratislava to the bus or railway station is to take a taxi. The charge is cca 7 €/person to the bus station or railway station.  Banská Bystrica is about 206 km from Bratislava. Take a coach from the Autobus Station NIVY (it takes 3.5 to 4,5 hours) or the IC train (it takes about 3 hours). Please announce the date, time and place of your arrival in advance. We would like to be there to welcome you to Banská Bystrica and take you to your accommodation site.

Trains + Buses: (in Slovak - English - Deutsch languages)

Buses and trolleybuses in Banská Bystrica: (in Slovak - English languages). From railway station you can take buses no 34, 35, 36.

First days:

  • Arrival in Slovakia and Banská Bystrica, accommodation of student - International students have a tutor who helps them to plan their academic programs from the ESN UMB
  • Informative meeting with international relations officer
  • Personal visit to foreign police and registration office, completing materials for the stay in Slovakia (only non EU students)
  • Detailed information about study and time schedule of lectures
  • Meeting with representative of university, faculty ...

Within the duration of your study stay:

  • International students can visit International Relations Offices during opening hours or by arrangements made by e-mail.
  • International students can visit university library.
  • International students mustask for university ISIC card. 


Foreign students can stay at one of the following University residence halls:

  • Študentský domov 3, Tajovského 51.

Foreign students can stay at University residence halls Študentský domov 3, Tajovského 51, Banská Bystrica. The residence hall provide rooms with three bedrooms. Each floor has a shared kitchen with two electric cookers and a fridge. Students can use university wi-fi. Each floor has a cleaning lady who takes away rubbish and once a week wipes off floors. Bedding to go with your bed consists of a pillow, a duvet and bed lining (pillow case, duvet case, bed sheet). Clean bed lining is provided once a month. It is possible to get a blanket for a cca 1,7 € deposit per year. Laundry service is provided at Tajovského 51, at cca 2,50 € for 5 kg. The monthly accommodation fee ranges from 50,00 € to 61,00 € per month and you pay the fee for the period of stay in advance. 


In the halls there are student cafeterias. They are open for lunch (soup and main course) with three daily choices, one of them vegetarian. You buy vouchers per 1,52 € in advance. For lunch you stamp your choice on a voucher a day ahead. Lunches are served from Monday - Friday: 11.00 - 14.00. In the halls there is a shared kitchen on each floor where you can cook for yourself; you using your own cookware.

Sports Facilities Leisure & Student Organisations

Many activities are available: volleyball, basketball, aerobics, exercise in the fitness centre, swimming pool, tennis, karate in the Club of University Sports for All at ŠK Matej Bel University. Other sport activities are available in the surrounding area.

In the town, many cafēs are available. In Banska Bystrica you will find the British Council, The Alliance Français, the opera house, the Puppet Theater, and a few cinemas.

Students may participate in common students' organisations, such as folk dancing, folk singing, Academic mixed choir of Ján Cikker, The Mixed Choir Mladosť or group Živé kamene ("Living stones").

Some faculties have student parliaments. There are some organisations representing specific countries such as:

  • Euro-Atlantic Centre (by Faculty of Political sciences and International Affairs)
  • European Academy (by Faculty of Political sciences and International Affairs)
  • FPOLIT - France and French speaking countries (by Faculty of Political sciences and International Affairs)
  • VYCHPOLIT - orientation of Eastern countries (by Faculty of Political sciences and International Affairs)

There are also specific student organisation with subject of study like:

  • AIESEC (at Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Finance)
  • ESN UMB (European Students Network)
  • ELSA - European Law Student Association (at Faculty of Law)
  • Amnesty International and Street Law (by Faculty of Law).

Banská Bystrica, Traces throughout history