Primary and secondary education in a foreign language

Education in foreign languages is also available in Slovakia at lower levels of schooling. In addition to international schools for foreigners with English, German and other world languages as the language for instruction, located mainly in the biggest Slovak cities with the highest concentration of foreigners, there are also Slovak public schools offering bilingual programmes as well as public schools for minority students using a mother tongue other than Slovak.

Education in foreign languages is also available in Slovakia at lower levels of schooling. In addition to international schools for foreigners with English, German and other world languages as the language for instruction, located mainly in the biggest Slovak cities with the highest concentration of foreigners, there are also Slovak public schools offering bilingual programmes as well as public schools for minority students using a mother tongue other than Slovak.

Bilingual study programmes are offered mainly at grammar schools. These programmes include intensive preparation in the foreign language and subjects taught in that language – from natural sciences, to history and humanities.
These are some of the bilingual secondary schools in Slovakia:

English


Bilingválne gymnázium C.S.Lewisa, Bratislava,
www.bilgym.sk
Gymnázium Jura Hronca, Bratislava, www.gjh.sk
Gymnázium Pankúchova, Bratislava, www.gympaba.sk
Evanjelické lyceum, Bratislava, www.elvraba.edu.sk
Gymnázium J.M. Hurbana, Čadca, www.gymcadca.sk
Evanjelické gymnázium J.A. Komenského, Košice, www.gjak.sk
Evanjelické gymnázium J. Tranovského, Liptovský Mikuláš
Súkromné gymnázium, Prešov, www.sgpo.sk
Gymnázium bilingválne anglicko-slovenské, Sučany, www.gbas.sk
Evanjelické gymnázium, Tisovec, www.egtis.edu.sk
Súkromné slovensko-anglické gymnázium, Žilina,
www.studenti.ssag.sk
German
Gymnázium Bilíkova, Bratislava, www.gymbilba.sk
Gymnázium D. Tatarku, Poprad, www.gpdt.sk
Gymnázium Vavrinca Benedikta Nedožerského, Prievidza, www.gympd.sk
Obchodná akadémia Imricha Karvaša, Bratislava,
www.oahrovva.edu.sk
Obchodná akadémia Kukučinova, Trnava,

French


Gymnázium J.G. Tajovského, Banská Bystrica, www.gjgt.sk
Gymnázium Metodova, Bratislava, www.gmet.sk
Gymnázium M.R. Štefánika, Košice, www.gmrske.sk
Gymnázium Ľ. Štúra, Trenčín, www.glstn.sk

Spanish


Gymnázium M. Kováča, Banská Bystrica, www.gymmlbb.edu.sk
Gymnázium F. G. Lorcu, Bratislava, www.gymhron.host.sk
Gymnázium Železiarenská, Košice, www.gysaca.edu.sk
Gymnázium Párovská, Nitra, www.gymparnr.edu.sk
Bilingválne slovensko-španielske gymnázium, Nové Mesto nad Váhom,
Gymnázium Martina Hattalu, Trstená, www.gmhtrstena.edu.sk

Italian


Gymnázium L. Sáru, Bratislava, www.gymls.edu.sk

Education in a minority language is available at public schools for national minorities located mainly in areas with a high concentration of minorities. There are minority schools at all levels of schooling, including kindergartens, primary schools, secondary schools, and special schools for those with special learning needs or disabilities.

There are kindergartens with Hungarian and Ukrainian as the language of instruction.
In 2006 – 2007 there were 252 primary schools with Hungarian as the language of instruction, seven Ukrainian language schools, one German language school and one Bulgarian language school. In addition, there are a small number of schools that teach in both Slovak and a minority language.

On the secondary level there are schools with Hungarian and Ukrainian as the languages of instruction. There are 19 grammar schools, six specialised secondary schools, eight vocational schools, and three integrated secondary schools teaching in Hungarian. There is one gymnasium with Ukrainian as language of instruction.

Schools for foreigners are mainly located in big cities where the diplomatic community and business expats and their families live. Most of them are multi-nationalities and use English as the language of instruction.

Kindergartens:


Brilliant Stars International Kindergarten, Bratislava, www.brilliantstars.sk
Fairyland – Private English kindergarten and nursery, Bratislava, www.fairyland.sk
Unity House International Montessori Kindergarten, Bratislava, www.unity-house.sk

Primary and secondary schools:


British International School Bratislava, www.bis.sk
Forel International School, Bratislava and Trnava, www.forel.sk
QSI International School, Bratislava and Kosice, www.qsi.sk,
Private Primary School Galileo, Bratislava,
www.galileoschool.sk
Private Primary School Wonderschool, Bratislava, www.wonderland.sk

Sources: The Slovak Spectator, www.slovainvestagency.sk
www.uips.sk

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