Slovakia

Slovakia is a country that is not well known to many Australians or New Zealanders.  It is a country located in the central part of Europe that has numerous museums, galleries, mineral springs, fortified castles, wooden churches and ski mountains.  Students on exchange to Slovakia do not need to speak Slovak.  An intensive 5 day language course is provided on arrival and is included in the program fee.

School

Bojnice Castle, Stefan Kacena
Credit: Slovakia Tourist Board

The school year begins on September 1 and ends in late June.  The year is divided into 2 semesters with a week’s school holidays over  Christmas. The 1st semester ends in February with a week’s school break before the 2nd semester begins. There are short breaks between classes and students stay at school for lunch.  Most schools are co-educational and instruction is in Slovak but there is the possibility of participating in an English language high school program, where your lessons would be held partially in English and partially in Slovak. The teacher –student relations in Slovak schools are much more formal than in Australia or New Zealand. With your host siblings (if any) or school friends, you will have the chance to participate in after-school sports or club activities. Some students choose to attend art schools or sporting clubs (soccer and ice hockey ) in the afternoon.

Family

Banská Bystrica, Jaroslav Tomko
Credit: Slovakia Tourist Board

As in most countries, there is no typical type of host family.  Families in Slovakia may live in suburbs or cities, in towns or rural areas.  Families may or may not have teenage children living at home.  Life in Slovakia for many of its citizens is based on the family and the community life of their village or town. In the rural areas the traditional way of life in Slovakia and Slavic culture has been preserved. In this culture anyone who behaves in a very self-confident way is considered arrogant. Slovakians are a little reserved at first but polite and modest in their behaviour towards family and friends.  Food in Slovakia  has a number of similarities with  other Central European countries influenced by German and Polish  food culture. Meat is the main dish for many families, along with big portions of dumplings, potatoes or rice topped with a sauce.

Program Departure Price Discount Deadline Application Deadline
Semester August 2019 $10,500 NZD February 28, 2019 April 15, 2019
Year August 2019 $10,750 NZD February 28, 2019 April 15, 2019