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International Foundation Year

National Visa (Type D
- long stay)

Welcome to the application process!

Foundation Year 2021 - 2022 Foundation Year 2021 - 2022

Application for National Visa

The visa issued for a stay longer than 90 days, however, for a maximum of one year. If it is issued for granting a residence permit in Slovakia, the visa is issued for a period of 90 days. In case of of the language education, its validity is limited to 31 July of the given academic year. If you are allowed to stay longer than for a year, the national visa will be replaced by a temporary residence before the day of its expiry. The long-term visa holders are allowed to travel to other Schengen member states (outside the borders of the state which issued the visa); however, these stays cannot exceed 90 days in any 180-days period.

More information:

1. Application for National Visa

The application must be signed by the applicant; in case of minors or persons lacking legal capacity, the application must be signed by their legal guardian, who is required to enclose a copy of the document identifying him/her as the applicant’s legal guardian.

2. Photograph

Recent full-face colour photograph (3 x 3.5 cm)

3. Valid travel document (passport)

The travel document must be valid for at least three months longer than the expected validity of the visa requested and it must have been issued within previous 10 years. The document shall contain at least 2 blank pages.

4. Admission Letter

Admission Letter is the document that demonstrates the purpose and conditions of the planned stay in Slovakia.

5. Travel medical insurance

The insurance must cover all costs that may arise in connection with the repatriation of the applicant to his/her home country due to health problems, urgent medical treatment, emergency hospital treatment or death. Travel insurance must be valid for all Schengen Member States and the entire length of the applicant’s stay. A minimum insurance coverage of 30 000 € is required. Family members of EU or EEA nationals are exempt from the obligation of submitting travel health insurance

6. Accommodation-related documents

E.g.: letter of award or hosting agreement in case they specify accommodation provided, voucher/reservation confirming hotel accommodation and services provided, personal letter of invitation confirming that the applicant will stay at the inviting person’s place

7. Documents confirming sufficient means of subsistence

e.g.: cash in a freely convertible currency, travel cheques, bank account statement confirming that the applicant has had a regular income (salary, pension) in the previous 6-12 months, other documents safeguarding funds in a convertible currency. (€215 per month)

8. Visa application fees

Visa application 33 €

    Who is this course for?

    If you want to study for an undergraduate / graduate degree in Slovakia but don’t meet the academic grades or Slovak / English language requirements, or would like a more gentle and supportive start to your time in a new country, you can study the International Foundation Year first.

    When you complete your foundation year you can apply to public universities in Slovakia. Each university and faculty has their own entry criteria for each course and you will receive support throughout the application process.

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