Laura, PR Intern, Lithuania

"I am extremely grateful for this opportunity, it was one of the best decisions of my life."

Laura, PR Intern, Lithuania

Sebastian, Light Designer, Poland

"I received a very good support. The colleagues helped me with everything."

Sebastian, Light Designer, Poland

Quentin, IT Specialist, France

"The best part was the culture. It is very interesting and beautiful."

Quentin, IT Specialist, France

Shane, Financial Assistant, UK

"I told to myself: Why not to apply, why not to have a beautiful experience?"

Shane, Financial Assistant, UK

Arba, Financial Analyst, Albanian studying in Austria

"I was involved in different types of tasks and I was trusted to execute them independently."

Arba, Financial Analyst, Albanian studying in Austria

Lucas, Startup Project Coordinator, Brazil

"I’m enjoying the work; it meets my professional and academic background."

Lucas, Startup Project Coordinator, Brazil

Keerthi, Mechanical Engineer, India

"I received more then i expected. Keep up the good work, Placement Slovakia."

Keerthi, Mechanical Engineer, India

Emanuel, Accountant Trainee, Portugal

"I put theory into practise and I got to know financial activity of a large company."

Emanuel, Accountant Trainee, Portugal

Vitor, Executive Assistant, Portugal

"Please come! Do not stay at home; rather travel, meet new people and explore Slovakia."

Vitor, Executive Assistant, Portugal

Daniel, Online Marketing Operator, Spain

"What will I miss the most? My job, probably."

Daniel, Online Marketing Operator, Spain

Miguel, Web Developer, Portugal

"I met amazing people and fall in love with a city that I did not even know few years ago."

Miguel, Web Developer, Portugal

Monica, Marketing trainee, Indian studying in Austria

"I am treated as full-time employee, which is great."

Monica, Marketing trainee, Indian studying in Austria

Vinay, Mechanical Engineer, Indian studying in Germany

"It is fun to learn new things; language and to explore new places."

Vinay, Mechanical Engineer, Indian studying in Germany

Pedro, Industrial Engineer, Portugal

"I am having a blast here!"

Pedro, Industrial Engineer, Portugal

Joao Pedro, Communication Assistant, Portugal

"My colleagues have become my friends. What can be better?"

Joao Pedro, Communication Assistant, Portugal

Pablo, Mechanical Engineer, Spain

"I like the travelling opportunities Bratislava offers."

Pablo, Mechanical Engineer, Spain

André Lagos, Project Coordinator assistant, Portugal.

“A few days after my arrival, I was already feeling like home”

André Lagos, Project Coordinator assistant, Portugal.

Tahmina Mumtaz, Junior SAP specialist, Pakistan

"I believe that this experience will enable me to follow my future endeavours in a defined way, and nourish me professionally.”

Tahmina Mumtaz, Junior SAP specialist, Pakistan

Language

Although more and more Slovaks can speak English, especially the young ones, you might face communication problems in some cases. We highly recommend interns to start learning key Slovak phrases before their arrival. Free basic Slovak language lessons are widely available on the internet. Below you can find a list of useful words and phrases in Slovak:

Formal greetings: Dobré ráno (good morning), Dobrý deň (good afternoon), Dobrý večer (good evening), Dobrú noc (good night), Dovidenia (goodbye)

Informal greetings: Čau (Hi), Ahoj (Hello), Maj sa (see you) 

Mr – Pán / Mrs – Pani

Goodbye – Ahoj, Dovidenia (more polite)

Excuse me – Prepáčte / Pardon

Please – Prosím

Thank you – Ďakujem

How much? – Koľko?

How much is it? – Koľko to stojí?

Sorry – Prepáč

Yes – Áno / No – Nie

My name is – Volám sa

Where is? – Kde je?

Help – Pomoc

I don’t know – Neviem

Nice to meet you – Teší ma

What is this? – Čo je to?

I don’t speak Slovak – Nehovorím po slovensky

Do you speak English? – Hovorite po anglicky?

One ticket please – Jeden lístok prosím.

One ticket to Vienna – Jeden lístok do Viedne.

How will I get to this address? – Ako sa dostanem na túto adresu?

Turn right – Zaboč doprava / Turn left – Zaboč doľava / Go straight – Choď rovno.

Working

The working week in Slovakia usually consists of 40 hours including lunch breaks. Monday to Friday are usually divided into 8 hour days with lunch breaks (30-60 minutes), taken between 11am – 2pm.

Bank holidays:

1 January: Day of the Establishment of the Slovak Republic

6 January: Epiphany / The Three Magi

March/April: Good Friday

March/April: Easter Monday

1 May: International Workers' Day

8 May: Day of victory over fascism

5 July: St. Cyril and Methodius Day

29 August: Slovak National Uprising

1 September: Day of the Constitution

15 September: Day of Blessed Virgin Mary, Patron Saint of Slovakia

1 November: All Saints' Day

17 November: Struggle for Freedom and Democracy Day

24 December: Christmas Eve

25 December: Christmas Day

26 December: St. Stephen's Day

Useful phone numbers:

112 Emergency – 112 is the principle emergency phone number which can be dialled in all European Union member states, including Slovakia.

Other services can be reached as follows:
150 fire brigade / 155 ambulance / 158 police / 159 city police

Costs

Prices vary greatly in Slovakia, depending on the region and the size of the town/city. The monthly rent for a standard level one bedroom flat can vary from 300€ to 450€ per month depending on the city (Bratislava or smaller towns) and also the location within the city. Sharing a flat is a cheaper option, which we recommend as the most suitable type of accommodation during your placement. Renting one room in a three bedroom flat varies from 150€ per month to 250€ per month. Transport across the country is usually very cheap, train tickets are less than 1€ for distances lower than 20kms and approximately 19€ for distances up to 500kms. (A minimum monthly budget of 400€ is usually a sufficient amount to cover accommodation, transportation and basic living costs when based in Bratislava for example).