APPLICANT– ADMISSION PROCEEDINGS
Comenius University, Faculty of Arts is a research and educational institution training experts in different areas of humanities, thus contributing to developing the common cultural heritage of the European area and entire mankind. Faculty of Arts was established in 1919 as one of the five founding faculties of Comenius University. Its primary mission then was to prepare Slovak intelligentsia, namely secondary school teachers and other experts in humanities.
The scientific and educational activities of Faculty of Arts are held in the following basic disciplines: philosophical sciences, philological studies, pedagogical and psychological sciences, political sciences, history and archaeology, religious studies, librarianship and information science, art and cultural studies, journalism. The faculty also takes on foreign students who may choose to undertake complete study or just part of it within the programmes of studies at universities abroad. Following special agreements some departments also provide courses in foreign languages.
The elementary legal condition for being admitted for a study in bachelor’s degree is completed secondary education (A-levels). Secondary school study or A-levels results are not taken into account within the admission proceedings to Faculty of Arts as it is assumed that the quality results of candidates during their secondary school study represent a significant prerequisite for successful university study. Considering the focus of the study at our Faculty, candidates are highly recommended to concentrate on profile subjects during their secondary school studies. For our study programmes these are generally represented by such subjects as civics, history, geography and foreign languages (specifically English). Foreign language skills are important both for language studies and for single discipline programmes as students are expected to use also foreign language literature. For art study programmes, good knowledge of art history is highly recommended, while for the study of psychology profound knowledge of biology is expected.
Apart from the basic admission conditions, there are other selection criteria stipulated by the Faculty which are part of the admission exams. Entrance examination is considered necessary by the faculty management when the total number of applicants for bachelor’s degree study at Faculty of Arts exceeds its capacity. The admission process is systemic and transparent, based on the rules of admission procedures. The criteria and the list of study programmes offered in the relevant academic year are defined every academic year by the Academic Senate of Faculty of Arts.
The entrance examinations are taken in the form of written tests. In recent years the Faculty has introduced a model of a uniform test focused on checking general abilities, skills and competence of candidates planning to study at a university of this type. In addition to general entrance tests, some study programmes require taking also specific tests to check competence and knowledge required for a specific study programme (e.g. language study).
The information on admission proceedings and entrance examination requirements is to be found at the Faculty website at the beginning of every academic year. The entrance tests are assessed anonymously by using a scoring system based on uniform principles. Candidates who have scored the highest points are accepted for the study in individual study programmes. The number of candidates admitted to study the programmes in bachelor’s degree is determined by the Academic Senate of Faculty of Arts every year. The lists of successful candidates are drawn up on the basis of results of admission proceedings by the admission commission of the Dean of the Faculty. Every candidate may check the correct results of the assessment of admission proceedings.