Slovakia (SloMSA) - Kosice - Pavol Jozef Šafárik University
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Attendance of at least 80% is required in order to obtain the SCOPE Certificate.
Bring your IFMSA student handbook/logbook.Filling out the handbook/logbook is required in order to get the certificate.
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Jakub Lences

Košice is the biggest city in eastern Slovakia and in 2013 was the European capital of Culture together with Marseille  France. It is situated on the river Hornád at the eastern reaches of the Slovak Ore Mountains near the border with Hungary.
Slovakia’s second largest city is a historic treasure trove, as well as a lively melting pot of nationalities. The Old Town’s (stare mesto) pedestrian – only cobble – stone main square is lined with baroque and neo-classical mansions. In fact, Kosice has the largest preserved urban area in the country. It also has Slovakia’s most beautiful cathedral in the middle of the oval-shaped main square. 



The Faculty of Medicine at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice is an institution with over 65-year long history. Teaching of medical students began in September 1948, and since then it has educated over 12 thousand of them for their prospective profession. Since 1992, it enables international students to complete their medical studies in the English language - young people from forty countries of the world avail themselves of this opportunity at present.

The Faculty of Medicine at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice is the oldest faculty of this University. It provides doctoral study in the study branches of General Medicine and Dental medicine, as well as Bachelor's and Magister's degree study programmes in Nursing, Physiotherapy, and Public Health. It also offers PhD study and post-graduate training of health professionals, including specialized education. In addition to its teaching activity, the Faculty is engaged in abundance of scientific and research activities in both national and international projects, using its unique laboratories and equipment funded by the European Structural Funds. Orientation of the Faculty at major research projects increases the quality of research output, rating, and prestige of the Faculty of Medicine at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, including the focus on the quality of learning that observes current knowledge of medical science.

The Faculty of Medicine consists of 60 units – institutes, departments, scientific research and experimental workplaces, and special-purpose facilities. Its modern high-rise building is located in close proximity to the L. Pasteur University Hospital, where students take the bulk of their practical training. Its teaching base represents a total of 11 medical institutions that allow students a direct contact with patients and employment of modern treatment methods.

The Faculty of Medicine at Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice is an agile institution that enjoys its unique position in the development of medical science and in education of physicians in the field of human medicine not only for covering the societal demand of Slovakia, but also in many other countries of the world - Europe, Asia, Africa, America, and Australia. It is very successful in fulfilling its basic social mission - educating high-quality physicians and implementing top-quality medical research. Quality teaching at this Faculty provides a very good basis for employment of its graduates in the labour market.


SCORE (Standing Committee on Research Exchange) is executive committee for research internships. SCORE offers medical students exchange program. Student will be able to visit hospital clinics or to work in labs. Through IFMSA we offer the opportunity for month to participate in a research project. The projects focus on all areas of medicine for example in Košice you can choose project from department of Occupational Medicine and Clinical Toxicology, Department of Medical and Clinical Biochemistry or Department of Experimental Medicine. The entire project database can be consulted on the website of IFMSA. Students can choose from a diverse range of basic clinical research projects or projects combined with laboratory work. What techniques and methods will be used? It depends on deparment, students can reach and develop practical experience in microbiological and biochemical techniques, cell cultures techniques, molecular analysis, theoretical training for working with the in vitro Simulator of Human Intestinal Microbial Ecosystem. We are looking forward to you!!!


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Student Halls of Residence UPJŠ Medická 4 and 6 are located near the center of Košice, few meters away from the bus stop and five minutes walk from shopping center Galeria. There is nearby hospistal and Faculty of medicine (just across the road). In the front of the campus is large parking lot.
In the campus we also have gym, fitness and tenis courts.


The international airport in Košice is just 6 kilometres south of the city centre. There are daily flight connections with the Slovak capital Bratislava. At present, Košice has regular international air connections with the likes of Prague, Vienna and London. Airport Košice has a non-stop general aviation service for private and commercial travellers. For more information about all flights, visit

Train connections from Vienna, Bratislava and Prague will take you right to Košice city centre. The comfortable journey by EC/IC train from Prague takes 8 hours, while from Bratislava it is just under 5 hours.  Košice is also linked by rail to Budapest, with two direct connections – morning and afternoon, with the journey taking around 3.5 hours. Kiev is another destination that the city has direct connections with. For more information, visit  or

There are direct bus links from Košice to numerous European capitals, i.e. Paris, Rotterdam, Brussels, London, Frankfurt, Berlin, Munich, Zurich, Geneva, Rome, Florence, Venice, Prague and Vienna. There are several connections daily between Bratislava and Košice. There is also a direct shuttle bus from Budapest Airport to Košice, tickets for which can be bought as part of your flight ticket. For more information, visit  or


Trams, trolley buses or buses will take you to the places more distant from the city center. You can buy tickets ( no-transfer ticket for 4 stops, transfer ticket for 30 or 60 minutes, 60 minutes night ticket, 24 hour ticket , 7 day ticket ticketr for 1 month . The are availible at news agents, ticket machine or from the driver for one Euro. A 60 minutes ride can also be paid by sending and SMS message to 1166 (only slovak mobile operators).
We recommend you to buy one month ticket - it is cheapest .


Social program is guaranteed especially for July and August and we offer both local and national social program on weekends. During the rest of the year activities are offered by students  and contacts persons on a personal basis.

During the summer months ( July and August ) also a trip 'Get to know Slovakia' is organized when all 4 LCs meet together and for 4 days travel around the most beautiful parts of Slovakia.

  • Take in the view at Spis Castle

  • Hike through the waterfalls at Slovenský raj

  • Sip a glass of red wine in the Modra Vineyards

  • Admire the ice stalagmites in the Dobšinská Ice Cave

  • Levoca and Kezmarok city



We look forward to welcoming you to the city that we love so much. We hope you have a pleasant stay in Košice!
If you have any questions don't hesitate to contact our LEO ( 

Warm hugs from Slovakia!