ERASMUS programme - incoming students


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

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.

Application documents

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 documents 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. 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.

 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.

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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).

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").

Banská Bystrica, Traces throughout history

 Departmental Coordinators

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