History and present of Jessenius University
The Jessenius Faculty of Medicine in Martin is part of Commenius University, the oldest and largest university in the Slovak Republic. Commenius University builds on tradition set up by Academia Istropolitana, which was established in Bratislava in 1465 by Hungarian king Matthias Corvinus. Commenius University is named after father of the world education – John Amos Comenius.
The Jessenius Faculty was founded in 1969 and became part of Commenius university in 1969. It changed name to Jessenius faculty of medicine in 1991.
Faculty is popular thanks to the high level of education, modern equipment of educational and research facilities and professional teaching staff. Furthermore, its location makes it also very good starting point for trips and very popular among students from all over the world.
Level of education and organisation of study
The Jessenius Faculty of medicine in Martin educates international students with up-to-date knowledge within study program of General medicine. Education is compatible with education in European Union and in accordance with criterias for regulated professions. According to recent comparisons of ARRA (Academic Ranking and Rating Agency) achieve this Faculty the best results in Slovakia.
Main priorities of Faculty are therapeutic and preventive care and educational, scientific and research activities. The Faculty has theoretical, pre-clinical and clinical workplaces but most of the clinical teaching workplaces are placed at Martin University Hospital. Faculty of medicine in Martin is second faculty of Commenius University.
The Jessenius Faculty in Martin is unique thanks to the ratio of students to full-time teaching staff. Apart from lectures, all educational activities, such as practical sessions, seminars or tutorials, are carried out in small study groups – there are no more than 8 students per teacher. In addition to that, the Jessenius Faculty hires renowned international professors, who raises credit of this institution.
English study programmes and international cooperation
After the fall of Iron Curtain, Jessenius Faculty was the first, which opened its gate to international students. Education to these students is provided in English. Currently, there are around 1500 students of General medicine, out of which are 700 international. Most of international students are from Norway, Sweden, Iceland or Poland. Over the last 25 years, there were around 500 international graduates from 30 countries from all over the world.
Besides, Jessenius Faculty is involved in international programmes such as TEMPUS, CEEPUS and Framework program of the European union.
City of Martin
Martin has population of about 70000 citizens and is situated in the well known picturesque Turiec Garden” wreathed by the Vel’ká and Malá Fatra mountains. This pictoresque town lies in beautiful surroundings offering students and their parents excellent possibilities for walking and hiking in summer and skiing in winter. Martin is also an important recreational center with one of the most beautiful ski centers in region. There are also engineering plants close to the city of Martin, it has one of the largest printing complexes in the world, paper, shoe and furniture industries, and a newly-erected Volkswagen factory.
Are you shopaholic?
There are many shops and a department store in Martin, which are open usually from 9 am to 6 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 12 am on Saturdays. Students also may attend shops in Poland, which is very near to Martin, but also use services of car shuttle, which bring them to Bratislava, capital of Slovakia. They shop at IKEA and otehr international stores and bring everything back to Martin. In Martin, there is also Tesco or other stores.
Accommodation for medical students
Students of the Jessenius Faculty of Medicine may choose their accommodation either in a rented flat or at the Faculty’s student hostel. Accommodation at the Student Hostel is provided in rooms with a toilet, shower, kitchen and a refrigerator. There are also washing machines at the disposal for all residents of hostel. The rooms have naturally connection to the internet. The rent at the Hostel varies from approx. 100 to 266 EUR a month depending on type of the room and the room occupancy (single or double room).
Rented flat in the city centre costs approx. 300 – 1,000 EUR a month, but many students decide to invest money in buying their own flat. Since studying takes at least 6 years (students may retake some examinations etc), one may save rent for 12 months and resell the flat after the studies are over. This option is very popular among Norwegian students. Be careful when appointing an estate agency – there are always bad apples in the barn.
Where to eat?
There is a student canteen at the Hostel and also small shop where one can buy simple meals. There are also small kitchens on each floor. Menus in restaurants offer a wide choice of European meals. International restaurants appear as well. Students regurarly visits pizzerias, buffets, cafes since prices are really moderate, especially compared to western prices. (8-12€ per main dish at good restaurant)