Description of the study programme
Study programme dPO - Politology
Study Grade of study - III. - doctoral, study form - full time, study type - Single degree study
Document type: Description of the study programme
The name of the university Comenius University Bratislava
The seat of the university Šafárikovo námestie 6, 818 06 Bratislava
The name of the faculty Faculty of Arts
The seat of the faculty Gondova 2, 81102 Bratislava
Institution body for approving the study programme:
Akreditačná rada UK
Date of the study programme approval or the study programme modification:
03.06.2022
1. - Basic information about the study programme
a) - Name of the study program and its number according to the register of study programmes.
Political science, 107666
b) - Degree of higher education and ISCED-F education degree code.
III. level, code 864
c) - Place(s) of delivery of the study programme.
Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Arts, Gondova 2, 811 02 Bratislava 1
d) - Name and number of the field of study in which higher education is obtained by completing the study programme, or a combination of two fields of study in which higher education is obtained by completing the study programme, ISCED-F codes of the field/fields.
26. Political Sciences, ISCED-F field code: 0312 Political Sciences and Citizenship
e) - Type of the study programme: academically oriented, professionally oriented; translation, translation combination study programme (listing the specializations); teaching, teaching combination study programme (listing the specializations); artistic, engineering, doctoral, preparation for regulated profession, joint study programme, interdisciplinary studies.
academically oriented
Awarded academic degree after the name
PhD.
g) - Form of study.
full time
i) - Language or languages in which the study programme is delivered.
Slovak, English
j) - Standard length of the study expressed in academic years.
4
k) - Capacity of the study programme (planned number of students), the actual number of applicants and students.
2, 2, 8
2. - Graduate profile and learning objectives
a) - The institution defines the learning objectives of the study programme such as student's abilities at the time of completion of the programme and the main learning outcomes.

The graduate of the study program has extensive knowledge of individual areas of the field, which she can apply in research or in defining research tasks and assignments within the research team. She can apply this knowledge to the analysis of governance and exercise of power at various levels (local, regional, national, European, and global). In addition, the graduate has advanced methodological knowledge and skills in qualitative and quantitative methodology. For example, she can identify a research problem, analyze and critically reflect on the current state of knowledge in international research, prepare a research design, and conduct empirical research using appropriate research techniques. In addition, the graduate can confront her research findings with existing scientific theories and conceptualizations. Finally, the graduate demonstrates this ability in preparing the dissertation, which he publicly defends before the trade union commission, and in publishing activities with an emphasis on involvement in international scientific discourse.


The study program develops advanced critical thinking, analytical skills, and solutions to cross-cutting and specific professional problems. Emphasis is placed on personal dispositions essential for operating within the domestic and international research and professional community. The graduate of the study program can independently solve highly professional assignments or coordinate their solution within a team. This skill set enables the graduate to identify and critically reflect on current problems of governance and exercise at various levels and social, economic, and political trends in the form of basic research and publication outputs and formulate options for their solution in the form of applied outputs for decision-making processes, legal regulation and impact assessment on governance, the economy, and society.


The goals of education are achieved in the study program through measurable educational outcomes in individual parts of the study program. They correspond to the appropriate level of the Qualifications Framework in the European Higher Education Area.

Area.

b) - The institution indicates the professions for which the graduate is prepared at the time of completion and the potential of the study programme from the point of view of graduate's employability.

The study program prepares graduates for professions requiring advanced critical thinking, analytical skills, and solving cross-cutting and specific professional problems independently or within the coordination of a team in the domestic and foreign community.

Our graduates placed in:

  • academic and research sector in Slovakia and abroad (e.g., positions assistant professor, associate professor, senior researcher)
  • public authorities (state and public service, including foreign service: e.g., State Secretary of the Ministry of Defense; Deputy Ambassador of the Slovak Republic to Ukraine; analyst, Parliamentary Institute of the National Council of the Slovak Republic)
  • international institutions (EU, e.g., Commission, European Parliament, NATO, United Nations)
  • non-governmental sector (civic associations, foundations, e.g., director of PDCS, director of the Municipal Research and Counseling Center, n.o)
  • private sector (analytical, strategic, and communication departments - head of the communication department of a multinational company; KPMG Client Service and Onboarding Leader;)
  • media (TV, radio, print, digital media - e.g., publisher, Euractiv.sk)
c) - Relevant external stakeholders who have provided the statement or a favorable opinion on the compliance of the acquired qualification with the sector-specific requirements for the profession.

The Whistleblower Protection Office; Slovak Governance Institute (SGI); Katedra komunikácie (Department of Communication), PR and digital agency; Euractiv.sk, European media network

3. - Employability
a) - Evaluation of the study programme graduates employability.

The profile of the graduate of the study program enables a wide application within the labor market. These are positions within the academic and research sector of the sector at home and abroad (universities, academies of sciences), public authorities (and public service, including foreign service, e.g., analytical departments at ministries and central state administration bodies, embassies of the Slovak Republic), territorial self-government (local authorities and municipalities, e.g., local authorities, municipal and municipal authorities), international environment (international institutions, e.g., European Commission, European Parliament, NATO, UN) non-governmental sector (civic associations, foundations, e.g., research think tanks), political parties and movements, the private sector (e.g., communication and analytical departments) and the media (TV, radio, print, digital media).

We regularly find out about graduates' employment within the study program - by communicating with graduates and by researching and evaluating the employment of graduates at the faculty level. The results of the surveys are reflected in the transformation of the study plan, which we use to respond to changes in the labor market.

b) - If applicable, indicate the successful graduates of the study programme.

Over the years, more than 60 graduates completed the study program (and its historical equivalents). A publicly available list of graduates, including graduates of the study program, is available at: https://absolventi.uniba.sk/search.do

c) - Evaluation of the study programme quality by employers (feedback).

The statements provided by employers represent the areas of the labor market where graduates of the study program (state and public service; non-governmental sector; private sector; media sector) find employment. Two of the authors of the provided opinions are also graduates of the study program (Radovan Geist, PhD., 2006; Gabriel Tóth, PhD., 2014).


See annexes - evaluations of relevant external stakeholders:

• The Whistleblower Protection Office, Mgr. Matej Uhlík, Vice-Chairman of the Office

• Slovak Governance Institute (SGI), Mgr. Veronika Prachárová, director and researcher

• Department of Communication, PR and digital agency, Mgr. Gabriel Tóth, PhD., PR and Digital Agency, CEO

• Euractiv.sk, European Media Network, Mgr. Radovan Geist, PhD., Publisher

4. - Structure and content of the study programme
a) - The institution describes the rules for the design of study plans within the study programme.

The rules for the design of study plans are part of the process of modification of the study programme which is defined in the Internal Regulation No. 23/2021, Internal Quality Assurance System of Higher Education of Comenius University in Bratislava (hereinafter also referred to as "IQAS CU"), Art. 32(2), Art. 33, 35, 36, and 37. The structure of the study plans of III. level study programmes is also regulated by Internal Regulation No. 5/2020, Study Regulations of Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Arts ("Comenius University in Bratislava" hereinafter also referred to as "CU" and "University"; "Faculty of Arts of Comenius University" hereinafter also referred to as "Faculty of Arts CU" and "Faculty"), Part Three, Peculiarities of Ph.D. Study, and Internal Regulation No. 8/2020, Credit Evaluation of Activities in Doctoral Studies at Faculty of Arts CU.


The Council of the study programme of the III. level Political Science was created in accordance with Art. 24(1) to (7) and Art. 10 IQAS CU. Members of the Council of the study programme of III. level Political Science: prof. Jozef Bátora, PhD. (main responsible person/guarantor), prof. Darina Malová (co-guarantor), doc. Daniel Klimovský, PhD. (co-guarantor), doc. Matúš Mišík (co-guarantor), doc. Erik Láštic (co-guarantor), Mgr. Matej Uhlík (Vice-Chairman, The Whistleblower Protection Office), Bc. Michaela Rošková (representative of students). More detailed information are available at https://fphil.uniba.sk/studium/studijne-programy/doktorandske-studium/politologia/

b) - The institution compiles the recommended study plans for individual study paths.

The complete text of the study programme with all the required information and course information sheets is provided in the annexes. The study plan contains blocks of compulsory and compulsory elective courses with the recommended year and semester of their implementation, the educational methods used, the names of the persons providing the courses, the ECTS allocation, the range and form of the courses, and if required, prerequisites. For each block of compulsory elective courses, instruction on the selection of courses is provided so that the student can shape the pathway of their studies. The information sheets for each course contain, among other items, the following:

  • detailed conditions for the completion of the course,
  • grading scale set in accordance with the IQAS CU to achieve a minimum level of 60% for successful completion of the course,
  • syllabus of the course,
  • learning outcomes,
  • compulsory literature is available online or in the Library of the Faculty of Arts of Comenius University in Bratislava.
c) - The study plan generally states:

-       individual parts of the study programme (modules, courses, and other relevant school and extracurricular activities, if they contribute to the achievement of the required learning outcomes and allow to obtain credits) in the structure of compulsory, compulsory optional and optional courses,

-       profile courses of the relevant study path (specialization) within the study programme,

-       for each learning part/course the learning outcomes, related criteria and rules of their assessment so that the learning objectives of the study programme are met (they can be stated only in the Course information sheets, in the Learning outcomes section and in the Course completion requirements),

The learning outcomes, conditions, and assessment criteria are described in detail within the information sheets for the courses of the study programme.


-       methods by which the educational activity is delivered – present, distant, combined (in accordance with the Course information sheets),

Educational activities are carried out in a full-time and combined method if necessary also by distance learning. The course information sheets provide further specifications.


-       outline/syllabus of the course,

The outline/syllabus is included in the course information sheets of the study programme. A detailed course syllabus will be given to the student in each course at the beginning of the respective semester.


-       student workload ("extent" of individual courses and educational activities separately),

The student workload is further defined within the course information sheets of the study programme. The workload of all courses is defined in accordance with the ECTS recommendations as follows: 1 credit = 25–30 hours of work.


-       credits allocated to each part based on the learning outcomes achieved and the workload involved,

The credits allocated to each part based on the learning outcomes achieved and the workload involved are mentioned in the course information sheets of the study program. Their allocation is also in accordance with the Internal Regulation of Faculty of Arts CU No. 8/2020, Credit Evaluation of Activities in Doctoral Studies at Faculty of Arts CU.


-       the person responsible for the course (or a partner organization/person) with an indication of the contact details,

Persons providing individual courses of the study programme are mentioned in the course information sheets. Contact details of the individual persons providing the course are given in section 7.


-       course teachers (or participating partner organizations/persons) (may also be mentioned in Course information sheets),

Course teachers are mentioned within the course information sheets and in section 7 of the Description of the study programme.


-       places where the courses are taught (if the study programme is delivered at several workplaces).

The courses are held at the premises of Comenius University in Bratislava, Faculty of Arts, Gondova 2. The verification of sufficient spatial provision of the study programme is covered by the Internal Regulation of Comenius University No. 23/2021, Art. 111–116.

d) - The institution states the number of credits, the achievement of which is a condition for proper completion of studies and other requirements that the student must meet within the study programme and for its proper completion, including the requirements for state examinations, rules for re-study and rules for the extension, interruption of study.
The total number of ECTS credits required for the full completion of doctoral studies is 240 at the four-year standard length of full-time study. Credits for the dissertation examination and the successful dissertation thesis defence are included. The standard workload of a full-time doctoral student during an academic year is considered to be the performance of activities corresponding to 60 credits. In the full-time form of doctoral studies, a doctoral student must obtain a minimum of 40 credits in order to progress to each subsequent year. The student receives 20 credits for successful completion of the dissertation examination and 30 credits for the second part of the state examination, which is the successful dissertation thesis defence. Credits for the dissertation examination must be earned by the doctoral student in the full-time form of a study by the end of the third year at the latest; the period of interruption of the studies is not included. The student is obliged to apply in writing for the dissertation examination no later than 24 months after the beginning of the study; the condition for the dissertation examination is the acquisition of at least 60 credits. The conditions for the proper completion of studies, including the conditions of state examinations, rules for the repetition of studies, rules for the extension and interruption of studies are defined in the Study Regulations of the Faculty of Arts of Comenius University (Internal Regulation of the Faculty of Arts of Comenius University No. 11/2023, second part).
e) - For individual study plans, the institution states the requirements for completing the individual parts of the study programme and the student's progress within the study programme in the given structure:
  • number of credits for compulsory courses required for proper completion of studies/completion of a part of studies: 24
  • number of credits for compulsory optional courses required for the proper completion of studies/completion of a part of studies: 6
  • number of credits for creative activity in science and research required for the proper completion of studies/completion of a part of studies: 70
  • number of credits for pedagogical activity (or other practical activity carried out at the faculty or at a related establishment, if required by the nature of the study): 30
  • number of credits required for the proper completion of studies: 240
  • the number of credits for final theses—thesis for the dissertation examination, dissertation thesis—and their defence, required for the proper completion of studies: 20 + 30 = 50


The sum of the above minimum number of credits in the individual parts of the study programme is lower than the total number of credits required for the proper completion of the doctoral studies (186 ‹ 240), which means that the student must obtain more than the prescribed minimum number of credits in some part(s) of the study programme. The credit system is clearly illustrated on the faculty’s website.

f) - The institution describes the rules for verification of learning outcomes, students assessment and the possibilities of appealing against the assessment.

The relevant rules on student education and assessment and the possibility of remedial actions are available in the documents:


The study programme of III. level Political Science has precisely defined and previously published rules, criteria, and methods of assessment of learning outcomes in the information sheets of individual courses as prescribed by the above-mentioned internal regulations and the Decree on credit system study. At the Faculty, course information sheets for all study programmes are accessible via the Academic Information System (AIS2) and published on the https://fphil.uniba.sk/studium/studijne-programy/doktorandske-studium/politologia/


Among other details, the course information sheet provides the student with advance access to information on the type, scope and form of educational activities, the course requirements, the learning outcomes, the course syllabus, and recommended literature.


The results of assessments of individual courses of the study programme are recorded in the Academic Information System AiS2 and archived according to the regulations:

g) - Conditions for recognition of studies or a part of studies.

The relevant rules are available in the documents:


Detailed information on mobility and credit recognition is also available on a separate faculty website and can also be obtained from the mobility coordinator of the study programme. The University and the Faculty have separate departments providing support for mobility programmes (the Department for European Projects and Erasmus+ programme of Comenius University and the International Relations Office of Faculty of Arts CU). A separate guideline governs the operation of the organizational units of the University and the faculty:


The flexibility of study pathways and the achievement of learning outcomes are ensured by the fact that the individual study plan of the doctoral student in the study programme is drawn up by the supervisor in cooperation with the doctoral student, taking into account the student’s specialization and the topic of the dissertation project. Students of the study programme will have the opportunity to take advantage of international mobility programmes, including the jointly supervised doctoral programme (cotutelle), as well as through inter-faculty mobility programmes and elective courses of another faculty which they will be able to enrol in based on the study contract (Internal Regulation No. 5/2020, Study Regulations, Art. 8(6)(a) and (f). The rules of Comenius University and its Faculty of Arts respect the transfer and recognition of credits acquired during a mobility programme. A course taken at the receiving University which is comparable in content and scope to a course taken at the sending faculty and which the student takes as part of approved academic mobility will automatically be recognized as completed (compulsory course, compulsory elective course, or elective course).


According to the Study Regulations of Faculty of Arts CU, Art. 17(1), the student has the right to apply for a change of study programme within the same field of study at Comenius University, thus ensuring the possibility of flexible study pathways. Subsequently, the Study Regulations of Faculty of Arts CU, Art. 18, regulate the conditions for the recognition of studies and parts of studies completed in the past, specifying both the length of the period and the level of assessment that allows the assessment to be recognized. Faculty of Arts CU, according to the Internal Regulation of Faculty of Arts CU No. 5/2020, Art. 19, allows students to transfer credits acquired while completing part of their studies at another higher education institution in the Slovak Republic or at a higher education institution abroad (student mobility) in the number of credits accumulated by the student pursuant to § 4(3) of the Decree on credit system study. The mobility coordinator: Mgr. Zsolt Gál, PhD. (zsolt.gal@uniba.sk, Department of Political Science, N-215, NB, Rektorát UK, 2nd. floor.)

h) - The institution states the topics of final theses of the study programme (or a link to the list).

Topics of the final theses of the study programme are listed on the website of the Department of Political Science at https://fphil.uniba.sk/katedry-a-odborne-pracoviska/katedra-politologie/politologia/studium/phd/

i) - The institution describes or refers to:

-       rules for the assignment, processing, opposition, defence and evaluation of final theses in the study programme,

The final theses: the thesis for the dissertation examination and the dissertation thesis play a crucial role in completing the studies of the III. level study programme Political Science. Their form and rules for their assignment, processing, opposition, defence, and evaluation are regulated by the internal regulations of the University and the Faculty:


-       opportunities and procedures for participation in student mobility,

Students of the III. level study programme Political Science are provided with access and support to participate in domestic and international mobility and internships. The International Relations Office assists students in this respect by providing administrative support and advice in student exchange programmes, internships, and promoting international mobility. The Erasmus+ Office at the Comenius University is available to students within Comenius University. The Department of Political Science implements exchanges via Erasmus+ mobility (teaching, administrative, combined and student mobility and internships) and bilateral agreements with 11 universities: University of Antwerp (B), Masaryk University in Brno (CZ), University of Tartu (EE), Eötvös Lórand University in Budapest (HU), Mykolas Romeris University in Vilnius (LT), Vytautas Magnus University in Kaunas (LT), University of Wroclaw (PL), University of Bologna (I), The Hague University of Applied Sciences (NL), University of Leipzig (D), Uppsala University (S). Specific universities and contact information are available on the website. The procedures for participation in student mobility are defined in the Internal Regulation of CU No. 3/2016, Guideline of the Rector of CU on the competence of CU and its faculties in the framework of the European Community Erasmus+ programme, Art. 4(7) to (8), (11) to (13), (15) to (16)


-       rules for adherence to academic ethics and rules for drawing consequences,

There is a number of regulations within the CU and the Faculty of Arts CU that define the rules for adherence to academic ethics and drawing consequences for all members of the academic community. These are the following:

It is also stipulated in the course information sheets of the study programme that a breach of academic ethics results in the annulment of the points obtained in the relevant item of assessment. Meetings of the Disciplinary Committee of Faculty of Arts CU for Students are governed by the Rules of Procedure: Internal Regulation of CU No. 14/2018, Rules of Procedure of the Disciplinary Committee of Comenius University in Bratislava for Students. The disciplinary proceedings conducted in the last two academic years within the Faculty are published on the website: https://fphil.uniba.sk/o-fakulte/disciplinarna-komisia-pre-studentov/realizovane-disciplinarne-konania/


-       procedures applicable to students with special needs,

To support applicants and students with special needs, the Faculty has a coordinator doc. PhDr. Milica Schraggeová, CSc. and the Center supporting students with special needs of CU (hereinafter also referred to as "CSS"). Their activities are regulated by the Internal Regulation of CU No. 23/2021, Internal Quality Assurance System of Higher Education of Comenius University in Bratislava, Art. 42. Detailed information and CSS services are available to students on the website of CU: https://cezap.sk/. Ensuring fair, transparent and consistent evaluation of results at the Faculty, fairly applied to all students with particular emphasis on students with special needs is also ensured by the Internal Regulation of Faculty of Arts CU No. 13/2019, Code of Conduct, Art. 3(3). In accordance with the Rules of the Admission Procedure, applicants with special needs are allowed, upon their written request, a special way of taking the admission examination, taking into account their special needs, in cooperation with the Center supporting students with special needs of CU. The course of study and its assessment are adapted to the needs of students with special needs in the study programme in accordance with the objectives of the Center supporting students with special needs of CU, in which the Faculty is represented through its coordinator. Comenius University in Bratislava cooperates with the Support Centre for Visually Impaired Students, which provides services in processing study literature and providing computer technology. In recent years, the Faculty has worked intensively on removing barriers from its buildings, which has greatly accommodated students with special needs (adjusted entrances to individual buildings, elevator access, and complete barrier removal from the building on Štúrova ulica).


-       procedures for filing complaints and appeals by students.

The relevant rules on complaints and appeals are defined in the following regulations:

5. - Course information sheets of the study programme
In the structure according to Decree no. 614/2002 Coll.

Course information sheets are available in AIS and published at: http://ais2.uniba.sk/repo2/repository/default/ais/informacnelisty/aktualnyAR/FiF/SK/dPO.pdf

6. - Current academic year plan and current schedule
(or hyperlink).

•      Current academic year schedule

•      The current course schedule is available in AIS.

7. - Persons responsible for the study programme
a) - A person responsible for the delivery, development, and quality of the study programme (indicating the position and contact details).

Prof. Jozef Bátora, PhD., professor, e-mail: jozef.batora@uniba.sk; https://www.portalvs.sk/regzam/detail/5101

b) - List of persons responsible for the profile courses of the study programme with the assignment to the course and provided with a link to the central Register of university staff and with contact details (they may also be listed in the study plan).


c) - Reference to the research/art/teacher profiles of persons responsible for the profile courses of the study programme.
d) - List of teachers of the study programme with the assignment to the course and provided with a link to the central Register of university staff and with contact details (may be a part of the study plan).

Persons providing courses are listed in the study plan: https://fphil.uniba.sk/studium/studijne-programy/doktorandske-studium/politologia/


Links to the central University Staff Register are listed in the VUPCHs of individual teachers, which are available in AIS2. Teachers' contacts are listed on the departmental websites: https://fphil.uniba.sk/katedry-a-odborne-pracoviska/  

e) - List of the supervisors of final theses with the assignment to topics (indicating the contact details).
f) - Reference to the research/art/teacher profiles of the supervisors of final theses.
g) - Student representatives representing the interests of students of the study programme (name and contact details).

Mgr. Michaela Hrabušajová, hrabusajova1@uniba.sk

h) - Study advisor of the study programme (indicating contact details and information on the access to counseling and on the schedule of consultations).

Mgr. Branislav Dolný, PhD., branislav.dolny@uniba.sk, office hours: Wednesday, 9:00-11:00, or by email, N-213, 2. floor, NB Rektorátu UK, Múzejná ulica 2, Bratislava

i) - Other supporting staff of the study programme – assigned study officer, career counselor, administration, accommodation department, etc. (with contact details).
  • At the Faculty, there’s the Department of Postgraduate Studies with adequate staff, expertise, and financial security. The specialized supporting staff in this department, whose competence and numbers correspond to the needs of students and teachers of the study programme in relation to the educational objectives and outcomes, provide tutoring, counselling, administrative, and other support services and related activities for students of study programmes of the III. level (contacts to the staff of the department are listed on the Faculty’s website). The responsibilities and competences of the Department of Postgraduate Studies are regulated in the  organizational regulations of Faculty of Arts CU, Internal Regulation of Faculty of Arts CU No. 7/2023,
  • With related issues, students can turn to the Office at the Department of Political Science of Faculty of Arts CU: Milota Pulcová, milota.pulcova@uniba.sk
  • Accommodation at the Faculty of Arts CU is the responsibility of the registrar: PhDr. Martin Čičilla, Faculty of Arts CU, Gondova ulica 2, 811 02 Bratislava 1, Phone: +421 2 9013 1310, E-mail: martin.cicilla@uniba.sk. All accommodation information is available on the website of CU.
8. - Spatial, material, and technical provision of the study programme and support
a) - List and characteristics of the study programme classrooms and their technical equipment with the assignment to learning outcomes and courses (laboratories, design and art studios, studios, workshops, interpreting booths, clinics, priest seminaries, science and technology parks, technology incubators, school enterprises, practice centers, training schools, classroom-training facilities, sports halls, swimming pools, sports grounds).

Students of the study programme of III. level Political Science are provided with sufficient spatial, material, technical, and informational resources of the study programme, which are a guarantee for achieving the learning objectives and outcomes. The Faculty provides the teaching of the study program in the building on Gondova ulica 2 and Múzejná 2, where the Department of Political Science is situated on the second floor.


The building on Gondova ulica has 54 classrooms with a capacity of 1,331 seats and an area of 1,953m2. Recently, all classrooms have been modernized both technically and didactically and equipped with new equipment. Of the total number of classrooms, ten classrooms have a capacity of 65 to 120 seats, while the remaining classrooms have a capacity of 20 to 35 seats and are intended for teaching smaller study groups. Most of the classrooms are equipped with interactive whiteboards and video projectors (detailed statistics on technical support and equipment for individual academic years are given in the annual reports of the Faculty). Each classroom has a port to connect to the internet. When creating the schedule for the following academic year, individual teachers participating in the implementation of the teaching of the study programme shall request the allocation of teaching spaces with installed information devices. The Faculty meets all the requirements in this regard.


On the faculty premises, there are computers available exclusively for students. Students can use computers and connect to the internet also in the Library of the Faculty of Arts CU.


Comenius University in Bratislava cooperates with the Support Centre for Visually Impaired Students, which provides services in processing study literature and providing computer technology. In recent years, the Faculty has worked intensively on removing barriers from its buildings, which has greatly accommodated students with special needs (adjusted entrances to individual buildings and elevator access).


The expansion of physical activities offered for students and employees of Faculty of Arts CU in Bratislava is provided by the Centre of Physical Education and Sports Activities of the Faculty of Arts CU, which has several sports grounds at its disposal.


Cooperation with special teaching facilities in practical teaching is regulated by UK Internal Regulation No.14/2023 - Internal Quality Assurance System of Higher Education of Comenius University in Bratislava, Part Nine.

b) - Characteristics of the study programme information management (access to study literature according to Course information sheets, access to information databases and other information sources, information technologies, etc.).

The literature listed in the course information sheets is available online, via MS TEAMS and Moodle (presentations, in some cases also manuscripts and unpublished university textbooks of teachers), or in the Library of the Faculty of Arts CU (hereinafter also referred to as "Library"). Literature in the Library’s holdings is searchable through the Library’s online catalogue, where it is possible to check the availability of individual copies. In case of an insufficient number of copies or need for acquisition of new literature, students and teachers may use the request/book proposal option. The Library also provides access to several external electronic resources.


The Library is the largest library and information workplace at Comenius University and it fulfils the function of an educational, scientific, and information workplace. The central workplaces of the Library are situated in the annex of the Comenius University on Múzejná ulica. Readers have access to a central lending library, a study room for textbooks, and a reading room for journals. During the semester, the library is open until 6 pm. A comprehensive reconstruction and modernization of the reading areas were carried out in 2009. The modernization of the premises has significantly improved the conditions for full-time study; the number of study spots in the study room has doubled (from the original 30 to 64), and the collection at hand for full-time study has been significantly expanded (from the original 3,500 books to 9,000). The construction modifications to the lending library have allowed for increasing the handling and storage space for outside-of-library borrowings, expanding the reading room for journals, and placing computers for students. All reading areas offer wi-fi connections, power sockets, and self-service photocopiers. The library stock consists of approximately 500,000 library units. Annual growth in recent years has been fairly stable, ranging from 7,000 to 9,000 library units. The Library subscribes to 249 journals; in addition to traditional print periodicals, library users have access to full texts of approximately 48,000 electronic journals and approximately 440,000 electronic books, which are available via the Comenius University Academic Library website. The library grants around 90,000 borrowings per year.

c) - Characteristics and extent of distance education applied in the study programme with the assignment to courses. Access, manuals of e-learning portals. Procedures for the transition from contact teaching to distance learning.

The procedures for the transition from full-time to distance education are regulated by the internal regulations of Comenius University in Bratislava and the Faculty of Arts CU in Bratislava, which are published on the faculty’s website.

e) - Characteristics of the possibilities for social, sports, cultural, spiritual and social activities.

New students’ handbook, Part 4.8 and 4.9

f) - Possibilities and conditions for participation of the study programme students in mobilities and internships (indicating contact details), application instructions, rules for recognition of this education.

Students of the study programme are provided with access and support to participate in domestic and international mobility and internships. The International Relations Office assists students in this respect by providing administrative support and advice in student exchange programmes, internships, and promoting international mobility. The Erasmus+ Office at the Comenius University is available to students within Comenius University. The most significant share of student exchanges is accounted for by mobility under the Erasmus+ programmes, scholarships awarded by the Ministry of Education, Science, Research and Sport of the Slovak Republic on the basis of bilateral agreements, and scholarships under the CEEPUS programme (Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies). Mobility also takes place on the basis of other types of agreements: bilateral agreements between universities concluded at the university or faculty level, intergovernmental and international interdepartmental agreements in education (administered by the Slovak Academic Information Agency), the National Scholarship Programme, International Visegrad Fund scholarships, and individual scholarships. The position of the University and its faculties in relation to Erasmus+ mobility programmes at CU is regulated by the Internal Regulation of CU No. 3/2016 on the competence of CU and its faculties within the European Community Erasmus+ programme. In connection with the implementation of international mobility, the Faculty has established a system of recognition of courses and transfer of credits acquired at foreign universities (Internal Regulation of Faculty of Arts CU No. 11/2023, Study Regulations of Faculty of Arts CU).

9. - Required abilities and admission requirements for the study programme applicants
a) - Required abilities and necessary admission requirements.

The abilities and requirements necessary for admission are assessed by the admissions committee based on the submitted dissertation project and the course of the admission examination. Information about the admission procedure is published on the faculty website.


b) - Admission procedures.

The admissions committee shall apply a point system in the evaluation of applicants and use a uniform procedure to ensure objectivity, fairness, and equal opportunity by means of a uniform form of admissions record, based on which the Dean decides whether the applicant shall or shall not be admitted. 

c) - Results of the admission process over the last period.

The results of the admission process for the last period are published on the faculty website

10. - Feedback on the quality of provided education
a) - Procedures for monitoring and evaluating students' opinions on the study programme quality.
  • Internal Regulation No. 23/2021, Internal Quality Assurance System of Higher Education of Comenius University in Bratislava, Art. 23(4)(f), No. 1
  • Student feedback 


b) - Results of student feedback and related measures to improve the study programme quality.

The results of student feedback are reviewed after each semester by the Faculty Management, by the Dean’s Collegium, and at the level of individual departments. The department, in collaboration with the Council of the study programme, reviews the relevance of suggestions and comments on teachers, courses, and the study programme. Relevant comments are an incentive for the efficiency and overall improvement of the study programme. Each semester, the results of student feedback are commented on by all interested parties (Faculty Management, departments and their teachers, Study department, Secretary of Faculty, the director of the Library of the Faculty of Arts and the student section of the Academic Senate). Statements on the student feedback are published on the faculty website. Individual teachers of the study programme may also respond to students’ comments directly in the survey form and provide them with immediate feedback. The review of the student survey is also part of the faculty annual report. 

c) - Results of graduate feedback and related measures to improve the study programme quality.
11. - References to other relevant internal regulations and information concerning the study or the study programme student
(e.g study guide, accommodation regulations, fee directive, guidelines for student loans, etc.).

- Handbook for freshmen and first-year students

- Handbook for graduating students

- Tuition and fees associated with studying

- UK Accommodation

- Scholarships

- Student Loans

- Study Regulations of the Faculty of Arts of Charles University

- Information on study programmes (study plans, information sheets)

- Study website