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Compiled and Edited by:

Jozef BALLA       - Head of Editorial Board
Daniel BÍRO
Svätoslav HLUCHÝ

Approved by the Rector of the SAU on June 24, 2003 as information material for
implementation of ECTS


Published with the financial support of the EU's Socrates/Erasmus programs

1. Guide for international students

Part I. General information
1.1.    Slovakia
1.2.    The City of Nitra
1.3.    The Slovak Agricultural University
1.4.   Academic Calendar for 2003/2004
1.5.   ECTS Coordinators
1.6.   Study Programs
1.6.1. Bachelor´s Degree Programs
1.6.2. Master’s Degree Programs (Engineer's Study)
1.6.3. Doctoral Degree Programs
1.7.   Extract of Study and Examination Procedures

Part II. Practical information
1.8.    Arrival in Nitra
1.9.    Arrival at the University
1.10.     Registration at the University
1.11.     Registration at the Foreigner´s Registration Office
1.12.     Living Costs
1.13.     Accommodation
1.14.     Health and Insurance
1.15.     Academic Facilities
1.16.     Social Amenities and Facilities
1.17.     Other Practical Information

Part III. Annexes
1.18.     Deadlines
1.19.     Forms

2. List of Subjects
2.1. Subject Descriptions
2.2. Alphabetical List of Subjects
Dear friends!

The aim of this prospectus is to provide you with information about academic life at the Slovak
Agricultural University (SAU) in Nitra - the university which, due to the fact that it is a national
institution, occupies a unique position within the system of Slovak universities. Our university offers a
wide spectrum of educational programs and activities. We have 34 specialisations within 17 fields of
study. Our doctoral study covers 13 fields of science. The SAU is the only university in the Slovak
Republic which offers a university education in agriculture and related scientific fields. This wide
range of programs has made our Alma Mater a fully-fledged university, with the adjective
"agricultural" now having only a historical meaning. The SAU has a significant role in the increase of
the educational, scientific, technical and economical level of the society, especially in the development
of Slovakia's rural areas and their linking to the wider international community.
 In the last decade the whole educational system at the individual faculties of the SAU has undergone a
major transformation process. The result is the establishment of new fields of study, attractive
specialisations and disciplines, as well as the innovation of some traditional courses.
The adoption of the new credit system of study is an inherent part of the transformation process. The
SAU faculties have had a several-year long experience with its implementation. In order to deepen the
co-operation between universities, with special emphasis on the intensification of student mobilities,
our university has also joined within the framework of the Socrates – Erasmus programs the
preparation of the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System), which will be used by all SAU faculties
from the 2001/2002 academic year.
 We believe that the ECTS as well as the unified study rules at all the University's faculties will create
favourable conditions for students in their selection of appropriate study programs and courses.
 We hope that the prospectus will increase your interest in studying at our university – the university
where you will meet enthusiastic teachers, friendly and creative students, and also experience a
colourful eldest Slavonic city from which visitors take back home unforgettable memories.

Prof. Dr. Ing. Imrich Okenka, PhD.
                  1. Guide for international students
                              Part I. General information
1.1.    Slovakia
The Slovak Republic is situated in Central Europe, sharing frontiers with the Czech Republic, Austria,
Poland, Hungary and Ukraine. Mountains, lowlands, canyons, lakes, cave formations, forests and
meadows provide many examples of Slovakia's year-round natural beauty. Slovakia is a small country
but its terrain varies impressively from lowlands to mountain ranges. Almost a half of the country is
taken up by the Carpathian Arc, a range of mountains stretching across the north. Every historical
period and century has left behind monuments in the Slovak Republic which are admired by the world.

The capital, Bratislava, is the political, economic and cultural centre of the country.
The cultural roots and language of the Slovak Republic can be traced back to the ninth century.
However, its history has not always been one of subjugation. Bratislava, formerly Pressburg, was the
capital of Hungary from 1536 to 1783 and many Austro-Hungarian Empire monarchs, including Maria
Theresa in the 18th century, were crowned at St Martin's Cathedral in Bratislava. With the end of
World War I and the Austro-Hungarian Empire came the birth of Czechoslovakia in 1918. The
independent Slovak republic was founded in 1993.

1.2. The City of Nitra

The Slavic history of Nitra started near the end of the 5th century. In 9th century Nitra was one of the
most important centres of the state formation of the Great Moravian Empire - where may have been
the residence of Prince Pribina under whose rule Nitra was an important political, military and
economic centre. Pribina showed great wisdom as a statesman and had great insight into European
politics when in about 828 A.D. he allowed the first Christian church in Nitra to be consecrated. With
Nitra is associated the Byzantine Christian mission of two brothers Cyrillus (Constantine) and
Methodius in 863. They contributed significantly to the advancement of Slavs by translating the first
liturgical texts into Old Slavonic language and developing the first Slavic alphabet.
Nitra is the oldest Slovak city. It is beautifully located on the northern border of the Danubian
lowlands in the western part of Slovakia. Nitra sits right below the majestic panorama of Zobor hill.
The splendid scenery is multiplied by a meandering river of the same name, "Nitra".
In 1248 King Belo IV granted privileges to the town and Nitra became a free royal town. Until the
beginning of the 14th century Nitra remained the residential town of the principality that bordered the
newly formed Hungarian monarchy. Also, during the Middle Ages it was the site of important
historical events, and it was often plundered by various armies. The Benedictines took up the
organisation of ecclesiastical life, their monastery of St. Hyppolite on the slope of Zobor hill was the
oldest in Slovakia.
From the second half of the 18th century, Nitra managed to escape military hardships. This made
possible the renovation of the town and modifications of the Castle and, especially, the Cathedral.
Peaceful times made the construction of several buildings in the Upper Town possible. The further
development of the town was strongly influenced by two World Wars.

Today Nitra is an economic centre of the vast region along the River Nitra. The town is an important
educational centre of Slovakia. It is especially known as a major centre of agricultural education and
scientific research and regular agricultural exhibition.

1.3. The Slovak Agricultural University
In 1946, the Slovak National Council founded the University of Agricultural and Forestry Engineering
in Košice. In 1952 the Government divided the University in Kosice into two independent
universities - the University of Agriculture in Nitra and the University of Forestry in Zvolen.
At the beginning, the University of Agriculture organised studies in two specialisations - agronomy
and animal production, offered by two faculties: Faculty of Agronomy and Faculty of Animal Science.
In 1959, the latter merged into the Faculty of Agronomy, and another new Faculty of Economics and
Management was founded. In 1969, the Faculty of Agricultural Engineering was established. The
Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Engineering was approved by the Accreditation Committee of
the Slovak Government in March 1995 as the newest faculty.
In 1996, the University was renamed to the Slovak Agricultural University (SAU).
 The Slovak Agricultural University in Nitra (SAU) is the only agricultural university in Slovakia.
The principal mission of SAU is to prepare experts for agricultural and food processing industries, as
well as cooperating industries. Our staff are involved in teaching, research, extension activities, and
cooperation with the private sector.
From the beginning to the present day, over 32,500 undergraduate students have earned their Master
of Science in Agriculture degree. Due to the multifunctional structure of curricula, students can find
jobs not only in diverse fields of agriculture but also in other sectors of the national economy.
The following degree study programmes are offered at the SAU:
    a) Bachelor's study
    b) Master´s study (Engineer´s)
    c) Doctoral study
The Slovak University of Agriculture (SAU) is divided into following five faculties:
        Faculty of Agrobiology and Food Resources (FAFR)
        Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences (FBFS)
        Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Engineering (FHLE)
        Faculty of Economics and Management (FEM)
        Faculty of Agricultural Engineering (FAE)

Today, almost 10,200 students register annually as undergraduate, as well as for graduate studies and
PhD study programs at SAU in Nitra.
The University offers numerous Bachelor´s study programs, Engineer´s fields of study and Doctoral
study branches.
Review of individual study programs and specialisations is described in Chapt. 1.6.
Besides this, also other life-long educational programs in other forms of education are offered:
distance learning, Saturday classes and University of Third Age where about 3,200 students are
Five Faculties of SAU employ about 485 teachers including those on campus, off campus and visiting
professors from foreign universities. Foreign professors teach foreign languages or give lectures on
selected subjects in one of the world languages.

Contact Addresses:

Slovak Agricultural University       tel.: +421-37-6513243
Tr. Andreja Hlinku 2                fax: +421-37-6511593
SK - 949 76 NITRA
Slovak Republic           

RECTOR:            Imrich O K E N K A
                   tel: +421-37-6511 152
                   fax: +421-37-6511 593

Vice-Rector        Edita ROHAĽOVÁ                      Vice-Rector         Vladimír RATAJ
for Education      e-mail:            for Public          e-mail:
                   tel: +421-37-6508 511               relations           tel. +421-37-6508 522
                   fax: +421-37-6511 560                                   fax: +421-37-6511 593

Vice-Rector        Anna BANDLEROVÁ                     Vice-Rector         Dušan HÚSKA
for                e-mail:            For University      e-mail:
International      tel: +421-37-6508511                Development         tel: +421-37-6508 519
Relations          fax: +421-37-6511560                                    fax:+421-37-6511 593

Vice-Rector        Marián BRESTIČ
for Science        e-mail:
and Research       tel: +421-37-6511 519
                   fax:+421-37-6511 593
1.4. Academic Calendar for 2003/2004

                   Winter Semester                          Summer Semester
Duration:          September 29 - December 19, 2003         February 16 - May 21, 2004
Credit week:       December 15-19, 2003                     May 17 -21, 2004
Exams period:      January 7 - February 13, 2004            Till August 31, 2004

Registration of the students: according to faculties schedule with deadline September 28, 2003
Lodging in the dormitories: from September 24, 2003 to September 28, 2003

Rector´s Free Day: November 21, 2003 for the students of the 1st and 5th year

State Holiday Days
         September 1, 2003 – Sunday – Day of Constitution
         September 15, 2003 – Sunday – Our Lady of Sorrows
         November 1, 2003 – Friday – All Saints’ Day
         December 24 - 26, 2003 – Christmas Holiday
         January 1, 2004 –– New Years Day
         January 6, 2004 –Epiphany (Three Kings)
         April - Easter Holiday
         May 1, 2004 –Labour Holiday
         May 8, 2004 –Bank Holiday (Day of Victory)
         July 5, 2004 – Saturday – St. Cyril and Method Day
         August 29, 2004 –Slovak National Uprising Anniversary

1.5. ECTS Coordinators
ECTS Institutional Coordinator: Jozef BALLA
                               tel + fax: +421-37-6511 560

Faculty ECTS Coordinators:

         Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences                               Jozef GOLIAN

         Faculty of Agrobiology and Food Resources                           Svätoslav HLUCHY

         Faculty of Economics and Management:                                   Ľubica BARTOVÁ


         Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Engineering:                     Viera PAGANOVÁ


         Faculty of Agricultural Engineering:                                      Ivan VITÁZEK

SOCRATES-ERASMUS Institutional Coordinator:   Anna BANDLEROVÁ
                                              tel:     +421 - 37 - 6508 511
                                              tel+fax: +421 -37 - 6511 560

Contact person for SOCRATES ERASMUS program   Loreta DRENKOVÁ
                                              tel: +421-37-6508 490
                                              tel+fax: +421-37-6511 560
1.6. Study Programs

The currently offered Bc., MSc. and PhD programs for full time students are briefly described in the

1.6.1. Bachelor's Degree Programs

Faculty of Agrobiology and Food Resources
Management of Plant Production

The graduates of the field of crop production management will obtain wider theoretical background
and practical skills in the areas of biology, technology, agricultural machinery, marketing and
economics. The graduates are expected to manage biological principles, technical and technological,
and economical knowledge in the management of crop production under the conditions of existing
market economy. They will be able to unite biological, technical and social-economical processes of
sustainable agriculture at the current level of scientific knowledge and keep track of its future
development. The specialisation profile is complemented by the knowledge of latest scientific
knowledge and skills in agriculture , which could be applied in the entire agriculture.

Management of Animal Production

         The above-mentioned subject enables students to acquire all attributes necessary for its further
activities, such as follows:
- importance of animal production in the national economy from the point of view of entrepreneurship,
employment, environment, hobbies etc.
- animals as producers of inevitable protein and important foodstuff commodities of animal origin with
respect to health, domestic and foreign market.
- biological and economical linkage in the pragmatic process of production with regard to animal
proficiency and breeding protection.
Graduates may find job opportunities as managerial workers or organisers in agricultural enterprises of
state, co-operative or private ownership specialised in the production of animal products . They can
also work as specialists or persons in charge of breeding organisations, breeding associations,
biological services, agricultural research and educational institutions.

Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development

The graduates are prepared to assert as a senior management efficient staff in all types of agricultural
business in state administration and self-government. Mainly in agribusiness and private farms, in
organisations providing catering services, farm tourism, in regional environmental agencies, in
magistrates and municipal offices, in sustainable policy on local level, in research and educational
institutions. The bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture and Rural Development masters biological,
technical and technological principles in managing of crop production and livestock production,
principles and phenomena of sustainability in agriculture. As a senior manager and executive manager
he arranges effective operation and development of crop production and livestock production. He
receives knowledge of agricultural products evaluation, the basic hygiene principles and adjustment of
foods, catering, economics, accountancy that are used in business predominately in farm tourism and
services. Specialised profile is completed by agro-tourism and tourist industry.
General Agriculture

Graduates of the bachelor study acquire at three years study period the wider theoretical background in
natural historical basses in the areas of chemistry, botany, zoology, genetics, microbiology,
morphology and physiology of plants and animals. They gain the professional skills in subjects located
to agriculture production. In this area there are mainly pedology, general crop production in the crop
field and animal science, animal nutrition, special animal husbandry and disease prevention of animals
in the animal production field. Graduates acquire moreover the basic skills in computer technology
system, economy and management
of agriculture production, mechanisation and ecology of crop and animal production
and the processing their products. The application of bachelor’s graduates is oriented
to the production of foods in agricultural farming with the protection and creation
of the environment service area for agriculture and processing technology system of foods. The wider
theoretical background of the study gives to graduates higher possibility
for studying different branches and specialisation of the master study.
The graduates will be ready to deal with operational ask in plant production, keeping in mind the
requirements of the market and an efficient marketing of the products. In cropping systems the
graduates will be able to apply the factors influencing the quality of the production, observing the
requirements of environmental protection and natural resource in a wider European space.

Human Nutrition
       The graduate of the bachelor study will theoretically and practically educated in the basic
disciplines, which are related to nutrition, as biochemistry, physiology, genetics and microbiology. In
the field of practical nutrition, the is study has been oriented on the basic technological procedures of
food enrichment and evaluation of food in relation to prevention against diseases. The graduates will
be able to exert in national and private catering establishments, at the departments of nutrition in the
national health institutions, in food industries and business chains.
       The graduate of the bachelor study will theoretically and practically educated in the basic
disciplines, which are related to nutrition, as biochemistry, physiology, genetics and microbiology. In
the field of practical nutrition, the is study has been oriented on the basic technological procedures of
food enrichment and evaluation of food in relation to prevention against diseases. The graduates will
be able to exert in national and private catering establishments, at the departments of nutrition in the
national health institutions, in food industries and business chains.
Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Sciences

Agro-food Processing
The graduates shall know the factors influencing the production quality formation including genotype,
growing environment, cultivation and breeding technologies. The graduates acquire knowledge on
biochemical, chemical, and physical changes, processes in agricultural products during their formation
as well as during the post-harvest treatment and storage. They are expected to master modern
approaches to storage of agricultural products and food from the point of view of quality and
economy. They shall be able to assess/evaluate and analyze raw materials and food from different
aspects of quality in the sense of the Food Act of the Slovak Republic and the international standards.
The graduates learn the possibilities of processing and finalization of agricultural production and the
more profitable sale of it (the production). The graduates can continue their education by studying the
“Food Technology” (Ing.) or any compatible field/specialization.

Applied Biology
The field of study of applied biology is aimed at the preparation of professionals able to develop a
theoretical knowledge, apply biological procedures and methods in practice and make use of the
biological potential in agriculture, ecologisation of agricultural production, protection of nature and
biodiversity of species, as well as in the biology of environment. The graduates´ profilation is
achieved through the inclusion of thematic blocks made up of the biological as well as natural science
subjects and their application in agriculture. The study is complemented by subjects from the areas of
agriculture and environment. Within the study field it is possible to specialise in the areas of
experimental genetics of plants and animals, soil microbiology and eco-biology. The specialisation of
the graduates is complemented by courses in computer technology and foreign languages. The
graduates from this field have possibility to take place at the scientific research institutes, at the
University, at the breeding stations, at the seeds plants, at the agricultural farms, at the management of
the national parks and natural reservation.
Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Engineering
Landscape Engineering
Study is oriented on knowledge of rural and agricultural landscape. Graduates are able to implement
projects of rural landscape and its development into practice regarding requirements of environment
protection. Special subjects following selected theoretical ones are oriented on water management,
forest management base, waste management, soil protection and amelioration, waste treatment and
environment quality evaluation.
Graduate of the branch has basic knowledge of economy, law and environmental legislation.

Landscape Planning and Creation
The aim of the bachelor study of the branch is to prepare experts for the field of landscape-ecological
planning and implementation of vegetation formations in landscape creation and protection. Graduates
will be able to participate in analytic and preparation work for creation of landscape plans within
planning and projecting activities. Study crates conditions for assessing and evaluation of landscape
plans within organisational and managing activities of municipality organs, in ateliers for planning and
projection. They will obtain knowledge of ecological stability and biota in a country and will be able
to design spatial landscape structure, vegetation formations within country, to design their plantings
and methods of care. Graduates will obtain knowledge of cultural and aesthetical value of a country.
Graduates of the branch will find employment in municipality bodies, in environmental divisions,
divisions of regional and landscape planning, country creation and protection, and in environmental
agency and projecting sphere.

Garden and Landscape Architecture
Study presents special knowledge of individual spheres of garden and park architecture. Graduate of
the branch is acquainted with procedure of designing, execution, maintenance and renewal of garden,
park and landscape verdure. Special subjects succeeding theoretical ones are oriented on park design,
drawing, painting, computer graphic, indoor floriculture, constructions in parks and gardens. He/she is
able to carry out arrangements of outdoor areas, gardens, patios, conservatories, and to establish and
maintain verdure.

The study is oriented on obtaining of selected theoretical and special knowledge of production
processes in horticulture. The subjects creating special profile are oriented on growing technologies of
horticultural crops e.g. fruit species, vegetables, grape vine, and those of flowers. Graduate of the
branch is able to implement new procedures into practice and to exploit them in order to obtain
products with desired quality. He/she manages nursery production technologies and propagation
technologies used in vegetables and flowers. Graduate commands basic knowledge of economy and
Faculty of Economics and Management
Management in Agriculture
Graduates of Management gain a knowledge of decisive pragmatic and specific management
approaches, theory and practical skills of human resources management and an entrepreneurship in
agro-food complexes and services. The professional skills of graduates is remarkably enriched by
professional English, German and Russian languages. Knowledge of foreign languages will be
essential especially after the SR accession to the EU.
The theoretical background of the major "Management in Agriculture" is based on the following
courses: Economic Theories, Basic Microeconomics, Basic Macroeconomics, Basic Management,
Decision Theory and Statistics.
The language profile is oriented at the study and improvement of English, German, and Russian
languages in the courses - Communication, Communicative Grammar and Specific Text.
The core courses of the Bachelor's study are management and economics courses: Enterprise
Management, Management of Production, Marketing, Agricultural Economics, Economics of
Enterprises, World Agricultural Policy, Integrated Information System of Agricultural Enterprise.
A part of the Study Program of graduates is Practical Training in selected enterprises in agriculture
and the food industry, and at the University Agricultural Farm.

Agricultural Economics
Graduates of a Bachelor's study of Agricultural Economics gain basic skills in Economics. The
theoretical background of the study is formed by the following core courses: Microeconomics,
Macroeconomics, Agricultural Economics, Accounting, Management, Marketing and other elective
agricultural and social sciences.
An integrated part of the study is language preparation in English, German or Russian languages and
Practical Training in selected agro-food enterprises.

Environmental Management and Regional Development
This field of study provides students with knowledge of landscape shaping and utilisation principles.
Profile of the graduates is formed by courses of bio-technological, social, economics background and
other supportive courses including landscape shaping, protection and planning. Graduates will be able
to draw up and manage physical and economical development of landscape in accordance to the
regional development needs.

International Agrarian Trade
Bachelor's Degree Program provides students with comprehensive training in economics,
management, agro-food sector, communication, informatics, and foreign languages.
During six semesters students are expected to pass compulsory courses of general economics, law and
management background, economic theories, mathematics, informatics and social science courses.
The study of two foreign languages and state exam of one of them are obligatory. Graduates will be
able to find a middle management job in international agro-food policy and to fulfil the requirements
of trade activities of producers and government agencies.

Management end Economics of Agro-food Enterprises
 In this study branch graduates gain knowledge of system of land management, processes in animal
and plant production, technical and technological processes in agricultural production and technology
of agricultural product processing. Economics and management and social science courses enrich
profile of graduates. This field of study reflects to the changes in the size and the structure of agro-
food enterprises. Graduates will be able to find a job as managers in small and medium size ago-food
primary production enterprises and companies of agricultural product processing.
1.6.2. Master’s Degree Programs (Engineer's Study)

Faculty of Agrobiology and Food Resources
The graduates from the field of phytotechnology are expected to master biological principles, both
technical and technological, and economical knowledge in the management of plant production under
the conditions of existing as well as newly founded agricultural businesses. They will be able to unite
biological, technical, and social-economical processes of sustainable agriculture at the current level of
scientific knowledge and keep track of its future developments. The specialisation profile is
complemented by knowledge from the areas of biology, ecology, experimental agrotechnology and
pratotechnology, rational nutrition, and fertilisation of field and grass ecosystems. The graduates will
be ready to deal with operational tasks in plant production, keeping in mind the requirements of the
market and an efficient realisation of the products. In plant growing the graduates will be able to apply
the factors influencing the quality of the produce, observing the requirements of environmental
protection and natural resources in a wider European space.

Plant protection
The graduates from the branch of study in plant protection will acquire a general knowledge in the
areas of biology and bionomy of the most important diseases, pests and weeds damaging the most
important agricultural products. They will obtain the knowledge in the methods of identification and
diagnostics of pathogen, pests and weeds. Further they will obtain knowledge about the most efficient
integrated plant protection methods against diseases, pests and weeds. The graduates will be able to
apply individual methods of plant protection and to participate in the creation of biological material
which should have a genetically conditioned resistance against diseases and pests. The graduates of
plant protection study will gain a professional qualification on in order to pursue a position on
agricultural farms, commission agent for chemical company, central institute for supervision and
testing in agriculture, variety testing station, research institute of crop production and inspection of

Scientific Human Nutrition
The graduates from this field acquire the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed for the
production of biologically complete nutritional food for human consumption demanded for its
nutritional values and harmlessness for health. The core specialisation profile consists of knowledge
and practical skills from the following subjects: microbiology of food, toxicology of food, packaging
of food, hygiene of food, canning of food, food safety, human nutrition and clinical nutrition. The
profile is significantly complemented by subjects dealing with the effect of nutrition on human health.
The acquired knowledge will allow graduates to monitor and evaluate nutrition quality and its effect
on the health of the population, to formulate new requirements in accordance with the latest scientific
knowledge, thus providing the population with much needed information concerning food
consumption, as well as to create organisational conditions for the support and realisation of nutrition
policy and making available and controlling suitable sources of raw material. A significant part of the
profilation is a concentration on food economics, trade, management, advertising, and promotion.

General Agriculture
The graduates of the field are agricultural engineers with a wider theoretical background and practical
skills in the areas of biology, machinery and technology, marketing, management, economics,
mechanisation of plant and animal productions. They acquire the basics in computer technology as
well as in the whole integrated information system of enterprise which they will be able to creatively
apply in their agricultural practice. During the study they acquire a broader theoretical basis in
biological and agricultural subjects as well as in other subjects of natural sciences. The graduates´
profile is complemented by specialised subjects aimed at the acquisition of the latest scientific
knowledge and skills in agriculture, which could be later applied in whole agricultural complex.
Finally, the profile includes subjects from the areas of economics and organisation as well as those
concerned with the protection and creation of the environment.

Animal Science
The graduates in the field will master a theoretical knowledge of and have practical skills in biology,
machinery, technology, management, economics and marketing of animal production, observing the
requirements for the creation and protection of the environment. The theoretical basis of the field is
made up of biological and other natural science subjects. The specialisation profile of the graduates in
the field of animal science consists of knowledge and skills in the following subjects: genetics,
general animal science, physiology of reproduction, animal nutrition, animal breeding, cattle breeding,
pig breeding, sheep breeding, poultry breeding, hygiene of farm animals, ethology and the evaluation
of animal raw material and foodstuffs. At the same time the specialisation profile is made up of
knowledge and skills in the subjects of fodder crop production, plant production, economics of
agriculture, and mechanisation of animal production.
Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Processing
Technology of Agricultural Products Processing
The graduates focus on a complex quality evaluation of agricultural products, their realisation and
processing. The general theoretical as well as specialised and profile subjects provide knowledge
about the facts influencing production quality formation, from the growing environment, through the
growing technologies, to harvest, post-harvest treatment, storage and processing. The graduates will
learn about the possibilities of processing and finalisation of agricultural produce, especially in little
operational divisions, and its sale for more profit. The graduates will acquire knowledge from
analytical chemistry and from the testing and monitoring of agricultural and food products. The
courses will provide the graduates with a significant knowledge of the economics of agriculture and
the food industry, and especially of the areas of market relations, marketing and management,
including legislative requirements related to these fields.

The graduates obtain knowledge on basic features of biological, microbiological, biochemical,
biotechnological and bioengineering processes connected with application of modern biotechnological
methods and procedures at production of bio-products and preparates, bioconversion of biomass, bio-
transformation of organic matters, biodegradation of nondesired matters and processing of secondary
raw materials and wastes to the products with higher utilisable parameters.
Graduate can selfrealised in agricultural and food processing enterprises, in research and improving
institutes, in control and testing working places of agro-food stuffs complex, in civil service and
Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Engineering

Landscape Engineering
Study presents theoretical and practical knowledge of rural development and that of agricultural
country. Graduates are able to design and organise engineering-technical and landscaping rural
development regarding environment protection and sustainable development. They prepare projects
oriented on sanitation, amelioration, and revitalisation of landscape subject to adverse effects of
environment, industry and those of man. They are orientated within the legislation sphere of an
environment, water management, biotechnics of landscape verdure, ground design, waste treatment
and recycling, technical design of irrigation systems, drainage, designing of cart roads, water and
sanitary constructions. Student creates his final profile on its own according to the selected study
specialisation e.g. ground design, geographical information systems, water management, and waste

Garden and Landscape Architecture
Study presents theoretical knowledge of theory and principles og garden and park creation and its
exploitation in verdure designing in urban areas and other areas within country. Graduate of the branch
commands biological, ecological, environmental, economy, technical knowledge and artistic skills
which exploits in designing of garden and park arrangements, renewal and maintenance of verdure,
marketing and management in park sphere.
He/she creates his/her profile via selection of specialisation subjects oriented on garden and park
creation, biotechnics of verdure, rural building and regional planning.

Study presents theoretical and practical knowledge in the sphere of horticulture on the basis of up-to-
date results of science and practice. The aim of education is to prepare an expert commanding inland
and foreign integrated technologies of horticultural production and who is able to organise and manage
horticulture production in all its segment with respect to ecology and sustainable development
requirements. Student selects the final specialisation on its own regarding the following segments of
horticultural production – fruit production, vegetable production, viticulture and enology, and
floriculture. Graduate of the branch commands knowledge of economy, management, marketing in
Faculty of Economics and Management
Management in Agriculture - Specialisation: Business Management
Graduates of this specialisation gain a theoretical background for enterprise management assurance,
for effective decision-making, and efficient enterprise strategies application. The enterprise
management knowledge of graduates is enhanced by language and communication capabilities and
practical skills through project making of enterprise intentions and enterprise strategies. The
Knowledge of Information Systems of enterprises is supported by theoretical knowledge and practical
experiences from Computer Sciences and Information Technologies.
Knowledge gained from verbal interpersonal communication allows graduates to speed up information
streams and develop inter-enterprise co-operations.

Management in Agriculture - Specialisation: Quantitative Management and Informatics
Graduates of this specialisation gain a general knowledge of applying quantitative tools in economics,
management, marketing and finance. The emphasis is laid on the capabilities of graduates to integrate
a knowledge of analytical tools with a deepened knowledge of information technologies.
The economic background is strengthened by Micro- and Macro-economic analyses with an emphasis
on quantitative analytical approaches. The core applied courses of methodological preparation are
supported by wide set of courses in Operations Research Methods, Advanced Statistics in Production,
Financial Management and Marketing Research. A part of the preparation is given to the application
of computer sciences and information technologies in the economic analysis and decision making
process. The main emphasis is laid on the creative acquiring of information technologies and network

Agricultural Economics - Specialisation: Business Economics
This specialisation provides a knowledge towards deepening economic thinking, a rational use of
production resources, effectiveness of enterprise activities, appropriate performance and of the income
of agriculture and the food processing industry.
By the application of elements of managerial and applied economics, graduates adopt principles and
relationships of a reproduction process in agriculture and the food industry. The specialisation
provides graduates with a knowledge of Economics, Agrarian Law, Finance, Marketing, Food
Processing Technologies, Storing and Preservation of Agricultural Commodities and their
Distribution. Students are acquainted with economic coherence in the reproduction process, analyse its
effectiveness, strengthen the economic stability and adaptability of agricultural and food processing

Agricultural Economics - Specialization: Finance in Agriculture
The profile of graduates is based on a micro- and macroeconomic background of financial policy in a
domestic and international framework. The theoretical background of the specialisation is a "Finance
and Currency" course. Graduates acquire a knowledge of applied courses: Corporate Finance, Banking
and Exchanges; The Bank System and Financial Market; Corporate Finance; International Finance;
Risk and Insurance; Public Finance and Tax Systems. Graduates will be able solve various financial
problems directly in enterprises, in financial institutions, on the sector level.

Agricultural Economics - Specialisation: Accounting and Auditing
Accountancy as a decisive part of the information system provides management with information on
the development and results of enterprise activity. The goal of the specialisation is to prepare students
for qualified work with information for support of management.
The curriculum is based on current legal accountancy. The specialisation focuses on an understanding
of theoretical and methodological problems of accountancy in connection with tax systems,
calculation, budgeting and information use in management. Especially important is the connection of
accountancy to accounting statements and financial analysis. Students are acquainted with the
methodology and techniques of auditing. An integral part of the study is accounting practice aided by

Agricultural Economics - Specialization: Regional Development
Graduates of this specialisation acquire an interdisciplinary education necessary for rural areas. The
goal of the specialisation is to educate graduates to be capable of formulating and applying economic
strategies in wider territorial areas, connecting the development of towns and villages with the strategy
of economic and social development on central, regional and local levels and elaborating programmes
of development and putting them into effect. The basic profile is supplemented by courses which
emphasise motivation, organisation and the carrying out of tourism.

Agricultural Economics - Specialisation: Entrepreneurship and Law in Agriculture
Courses offered to the students of this specialisation deepen and strengthen the legal norm knowledge.
Thus graduates have been preparing to work under conditions of the SR accession to the EU.
Graduates can work in specific-advisory centres for agricultural enterprises, in economic departments
of agro-food companies, in control and consumer protection institutions, in trade organisations and
other entrepreneur activities.

International Agrarian Trade
The profile of the graduates is formed in 2 stages of study. On the Bachelor's level students have
obligatory General Economics, Law, Management, Economic Theories, Math and Social Sciences
An important part of the study is the study of foreign languages (English, German, Spanish, French
and Russian). The study of two foreign languages and state exams of language proficiency are
obligatory for the students of "International Trade".
The Engineer's study is oriented on International Economics, International Marketing, International
Trade Policy, Law, International Finance, Distribution System and Logistics, Commodity Knowledge,
Agrarian Marketing, Macroeconomic Analysis and the improvement of language skills. Students can
select optionally Microeconomic Analysis, Comparative Economics, Banking System and Financial
Market, Public Administration Economics, International Law and Quantitative Methods in Marketing.
The study is completed with a work-study programme and by acquiring thesis skills.
Faculty of Agricultural Engineering
Agricultural Machinery
The graduates of this study acquire a knowledge of the management of production processes, rational
use of production equipment as well as of methods of efficient use of materials and energy in
production, observing ecological rules. They master the basic principles of efficient mechanised and
automatised production as well as of rational renewal of technical equipment. The students also learn
about the biological essence of agricultural production as well as about construction materials and
construction elements of machines. They are well informed about construction, its theoretical
justification and the principles of operation of production equipment commonly used in the whole
agricultural industry. The study program includes courses providing knowledge on electric and
electronic parts of production equipment as well as on their automated elements. Attention is paid to
energy means and to mobile and stationary means of transportation. The graduates are able to design
production systems used in agricultural industry.

Agricultural Machinery - Specialisation:          Food Processing Technique
The graduates of this specialisation gain a basic theoretical knowledge and practical skills in the area
of food equipment. They are able to integrate technical, biological, and economical knowledge needed
in the production processes. The core courses deal with the technical conditions of plant products
processing in mills, bakeries, canning factories, sugar mills, and the production of drinks. As far as the
processing of animal products is concerned, it is a technology for the processing of milk and meat.
During the study emphasis is laid on the acquisition of knowledge on how to secure the reliable and
non-defective operation of technical equipment. The study is complemented by courses in the
technology of food production and economics.

Agricultural Machinery - Specialisation:          Transporting and Manipulating Processes
The composition of obligatory courses in this specialisation provides the graduates with a general
knowledge of the areas of construction, operation and categorisation of vehicles and their aggregates,
mobile handling machines, taking into consideration the method of their operation, the characteristic
features of individual groups, their construction and application. It is continued with the characteristics
of vehicle transportation systems, the application of computer technology in the management of
transportation processes and system and management of storing systems using mobile handling
technology. The specialised courses pay attention to the technical maintenance of transportation and
handling technology and to the organisational side of the management of production in maintenance
divisions, observing their ecological aspects.

Agricultural Machinery - Specialisation: Machinery Maintenance and Repair
The graduates of the specialisation "Servicing and repairs of machines" are operation engineers
responsible for securing the operability of machines and equipment. After the completion of the study
the graduates will be able to provide for the reliable operation of machines, keep their quality
parameters at the necessary level during the whole operation, create and control the system of the
renewal of the technical life of machines and maintain their energetic systems. The study program is
construed in such a way that it allows the graduates to acquire, after the passing of basic theoretical
courses, the necessary knowledge in the areas of tribology, production and repair technologies,
controlling of machine reliability qualities in production, application of modern diagnostic methods in
the areas of machine maintenance and the management and projection of maintenance divisions.

Agricultural Machinery - Specialisation:          Automation and Computer Technology
The specialisation "Automation and computer science" allows students to specialise in the automation
of technological processes in agriculture, civil engineering and in food and engineering industries. It
provides information from computer science, measurement of non-electric quantities, management and
regulation of technological processes and electro-power engineering.
Agricultural Machinery - Specialisation: Development and Testing of Techniques
The specialisation allows the students to specialise in the development and testing of stationary and
mobile machines and equipment, used in the areas of agriculture, civil engineering, machine
engineering, forestry, timber lagging, etc. It orients the students on the problems of methodology,
application of experimental methods and machine testing, experiment planning, the problems of the
application of quality and management control using modern evaluation methods and computer aided
construction and production projecting. The structure of courses is designed in such a way that it
provides the students with knowledge in the areas of construction solutions, operational qualities, and
categorisation of tractors and their construction groups, with the focus on their designing.

Agricultural Machinery - Specialisation:         Technical Services in Municipalities
The structure of the courses provides the students with knowledge from the area of the operation of
machines and equipment within the communal services of towns and cities. The basic focus is on the
technology and mechanisation of the collection and disposal of waste, on construction and
technological principles of waste collection machines and communal waste containers, on the
optimisation of waste collection routes, on logistical transportation systems, on the construction design
of equipment used for the disposal of waste through storage, incineration or composting, on the
obtaining of secondary raw materials through recycling and on the ecological separation of waste. The
profile is complemented by courses aimed at towns and cities maintenance and cleaning, especially at
machine technological equipment for the cleaning of local communications, pavements and public
places, the treatment and cleaning of parks. The graduates learn about the technical solution of
equipment used for the maintenance and repair of roads, including equipment for keeping roads
passable in the wintertime.

Agricultural Machinery - Specialisation:         Commercial Services
The specialisation provides students with knowledge from a wide spectrum of courses connected with
the building and operation of commercial and technical services in the area of agriculture and related
areas. Basic courses offering general and theoretical knowledge of an engineer character serve as a
background for courses from the areas of technology, management, economics, financing, and
marketing. The emphasis is laid especially on the areas supporting organisations and services using
agricultural, food, and other technology.

Technique and Mechanisation of Food Production
The preparation of graduates is based on theoretical courses from a wide spectrum of natural sciences.
The students also take courses which offer a basic orientation in the technology of production. The
study program is organised in such a way that it allows the graduates to successfully apply the
knowledge in practice as technical managers. The graduates gain a knowledge of construction
materials, parts of machines, as well as of the theory, construction and operation of transportation,
handling, and production equipment. They know electric and electronic parts of technical equipment
used in the food industry. They are able to design and use technological machine lines for primary
production and the processing of agricultural products. The profile courses deal with the technical
issues of the processing of plant products in mills, bakeries, canning factories, sugar mills, as well as
in the production of drinks. In the processing of animal products they deal with the technology of the
processing of milk, meat, poultry and eggs.

Reliability of Machinery
The Machine Reliability field of study is conceived so that the graduates, after passing basic theory,
may gain a deeper, more specific knowledge of the formation of the security and reliability of
technology during its production and operation stages. The specific profilation courses are aimed at
the widening of knowledge from the areas of labour law, normalisation, humanisation of technology
(ergonomy, design), and ecology. The field of study especially offers a knowledge of national and
international legislation and norms, of primary security and reliability of machines and methods of its
enforcement. The content of courses puts emphasis on the security of operation and machine
reliability, on tribology, tribotechnics and qualities of constructions.

Reliability of Machinery - Specialisation: Operational Reliability of Machines
The graduates of the specialisation are operational technical engineers, specially trained to provide
operability of machines and equipment. They will be able to secure a reliable and secure machine
operation, to maintain their quality at the appropriate level, and to create and manage the system of
machine technical life renewal. After the basic theory courses, the study program allows the students
to also acquire knowledge from the areas of tribology, production and repair technologies, control of
reliability qualities in production, and management and projecting of upkeep divisions.
Reliability of Machinery - Specialisation: Reliability of Machines and Constructions
The aim of the specialisation is to provide the graduates with knowledge from the areas of legislation
and law, primary creation of secure and reliable constructions, as well as from the area of formation
and control of secure and reliable machine operation. The selection of compulsory courses guarantees
the development and deepening of knowledge from a theoretical aspect as well as from such applied
fields as computer aided construction work, strength analysis of constructions, optimalisation of
constructions, ergonomy and design. The study program is conceived in such a way that it would
allow the graduates, after they have done basic theory courses, to acquire and deepen their knowledge
from the areas of construction security and reliability.
1.6.3. Doctoral Degree Programs

Faculty of Agrobiology and Food Resources
     General Crop Production
      Special Crop Production
      Agro chemistry and Plant Nutrition
      General Animal Science
      Special Animal Science
      Plant Protection
      Physiology of Crops and Trees

Faculty of Biotechnology and Food Processing

Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Engineering
     Landscape Engineering

Faculty of Economics and Management
      Sectors Economics
      Business Economics and Management

Faculty of Agricultural Engineering
     Techniques and Mechanisation of Agricultural and Forest Production
1.7. Extract of Study Procedures
The Slovak Agricultural University offers a possibility to study to all the citizens of the Slovak
Republic as well as to those foreign students who meet the university requirements and have been
accepted by the appropriate faculty. The university also welcomes disabled students and provides them
with all the necessary conditions according to their needs without any decrease in requirements. The
student is defined as a person who has registered for study in each appropriate academic year and at
the time determined by the Dean of appropriate faculty.
Only those prospective students who meet the criteria stated by law as well as by the SAU rules and
regulations can be registered.
Foreign students are expected to cover the costs connected with their study at the SAU, provided that
relevant intergovernmental agreements do not state otherwise.

                                           FORMS OF STUDY

(1) The following degree study programmes are offered at the SAU:
    d) Bachelor`s study
    e) Master`s study (Engineer`s)
    f) Doctoral study

                                              Bachelor's study

(1) The Bachelor's study is an integral part of the university study, usually consisting of six semesters
    (3 years). It is completed with a state examination. The graduates are awarded the academic
    degree of “Bachelor” (abbr. Bc).
(2) The Bachelor's study is offered in the form of full-time and part-time study.
(3) If they meet the criteria stated by the Dean, the graduates of the Bachelor's study can continue
    with the Engineer study that regularly lasts 4 semesters (2 years).

                                        Master`s study (Engineer`s)

    (1) After the Bachelor's study, the university offers the Engineer`s study (equivalent to MSc.),
        which usually lasts 2 years. The study is completed with a state examination. The graduates
        are awarded the academic degree of “Engineer” (abbr. Ing).
    (2) The Engineer study is offered in the form of full-time and part-time study.

                                               Doctoral study

(1) Doctoral study is the highest form of university study. It is a continuation of an Engineer study
and its aim is to train students for independent scholarly work in a particular field.
(2) In its full-time form the Doctoral study lasts three years, in the part-time form it lasts five years. It
is organised in accordance with the Decree of the Ministry of Education of the Slovak Republic and
with the SAU Rules for Doctoral Study.
(3) Individual Faculties of the SAU are authorised to award to the graduates of the Doctoral study the
degree of “:philosophiae doctor” (abbr. PhD).

                                          SYSTEM OF STUDY

                                              Study program

(1) The student is responsible for the organisation of his/her study programme. The programme gives
the student a basic profile in a given area of study within the structure of subjects set out by the
(2) The subjects included into the study programme can be divided into:
     a) obligatory
     b) obligatory elective
     c) elective
The list of the subjects requisite for students is prepared in accordance with the requirements for the
profile of a faculty graduate as well as for the profile of a graduate from an individual field of study.
The obligatory elective subjects represent an alternative choice resulting from a student’s majoring in
a certain field of study or specialisation. Electives are the subjects included in the study programme,
which are chosen by a student in order to reach the required number of study subjects.
(3) Students can choose more subjects than is required by their study programme from the list of the
obligatory elective or obligatory subjects. Students are obliged to meet the requirements of the study
programme, even in the case when they choose a subject (which then is entered into their individual
study records) not required by the study programme.

                                        Credit evaluation system

    (1) The university has a flexible system of study complying with the ECTS criteria for credit
        evaluation of subjects.
    (2) Upon the completion of every course the students earn credits. The minimum number of
        credits earned by a student per one academic year should be 60.

                                    ORGANISATION OF STUDY

                                   Organisation of the academic year

(1) The academic year commences on the 1st of September of the current year and ends on the 31st of
August of the next year.
(2) The academic year is divided into Autumn and Spring semesters. The instruction during the
semesters follows the timetable set by the Rector of the SAU for an individual academic year.

                                  Organisation of educational activity

(1) The basic forms of instruction are lectures, seminars, workshops, consultations, practice, and
(2) The students who miss some classes as a result of illness or serious personal reasons must comply
with the requirements of their instructor to substitute for the absences.
(3) The attendance of full-time and part-time students at individual forms of instruction is
(4) The students are responsible for proper registration for individual courses set out by the study
programme and a valid timetable.

                                           Student registration

(1) Through registration the accepted prospective students become regular students, with all the rights
stated by law and based on the status of the university.
(2) The registration of students for the first year is conditioned by the Dean's or, in the case of an
appeal, the Rector's Letter of Acceptance.
(3) The registration for individual years of study is done on the dates set by the Dean of a particular
faculty and it is entered into the students’ study records.
(4) The registration for the next year can be done only after a successful meeting of the requirements
stated in the study programme. The deadline for full-time students is 31st August.
Students can also be registered for the next year if they still have not finished one of the required
courses. In such case the course must be finished in a regular way by the end of a particular academic


The following are the main forms of study evaluation: continual control, credits and exam.

    (1) The credits are given for active participation at the lessons and the fulfilment of the
        conditions stated in the pedagogical documentation at the beginning of the semester by the
        professor in charge of the subject.
    (2) The teacher awards the credits and enters it into the study report usually during the final week
        of the classes.
    (3) Students who have not obtained the credits can be given one more possibility by the teacher
        to meet the subject requirements. The date set for it should allow students to sit for an
        examination later in the examination period of the given semester.
    (4) The awarded credits are recorded by the teacher in the Examination Book as well as in the
        Information System Student (ISS).

(1) The aim of an examination is to check students' knowledge in a particular subject as well as their
ability to apply the acquired theoretical knowledge and skills in a creative way.
(2) The examinations can be: oral, written, practical, or combined. In the case of disabled students
they can be modified according to the type of disability. Each examination should be carried out in one
day and students should be informed about the results usually on the same day, but not later than
within five days time, in the term which has been previously announced by the teacher.
(3) Full-time students can take examinations up to 31st August of the appropriate year.
(4) In extraordinary cases the Dean of a faculty can prolong the examination period. However, the
extra time cannot exceed the commencement of the instruction of the next academic year.
(5) The final year students take their examinations in accordance with a timetable included in the
study programme of a given faculty.
(6) The teacher must announce the terms, time and place of an examination not later than two weeks
before the end of the semester.
(7) The students must apply for the examination via the ISS. Only those students who have obtained
the credit can go for an examination.
(8) At an examination the students are classified by the following grades: excellent (1), very good (2),
good (3), fail (4). Upon request, they can also be marked by the ECTS degrees.

The ECTS evaluative scale of knowledge level:

      Evaluation grade                     Definition              Corresponds to the ECTS
                                The grade is given to students            evaluation
                                      who demonstrate a
                                knowledge and understanding
                                of the topic on the percentage
                                  level (i.e. the student must
                                reach the stated percentage of
                                     points in each field)
          excellent                       93 to 100 %                          A
          very good                        86 to 92 %                          B
             good                          79 to 85 %                          C
         satisfactory                      72 to 78 %                          D
          sufficient                       64 to 71 %                          E
              fail                      Less than 63 %                       F, FX
                                        Retaking of examinations
(1) Students who fail an examination during the regular term have the right to ask for two retaking
attempts during the time determined by the examiner.
(2) Upon the request of the student or the examiner the Dean may decide that, in accordance with
section 1, the retaking examination will be done before a three-member commission appointed by

                               RIGHTS AND DUTIES OF STUDENTS

(1) The SAU students have the following rights:
a) to organise their study programmes in accordance with legal rules, the SAU status, and the status of
   individual faculties,
b) to also study at a different faculty, college or university in the Slovak Republic as well as abroad,
c) to use the SAU facilities in accordance with the rules determined by these institutions,
d) to have representation in the faculty self-government bodies,
e) to create independent associations at a faculty in accordance with an assembly law,
f) to take part in a faculty research and to publish its results,
g) to freely voice opinions and remarks on the education at a faculty,
h) to elect academic bodies of self-government,
i) to have different philosophical opinions and religious beliefs,
j) to use academic freedoms which must be in harmony with the principles of democracy, humanity
   and law.

2) The following are the duties of the SAU students
a) to observe the status of the SAU and of individual faculties as well as related rules,
b) to meet their study duties,
c) to observe the rules of coexistence among citizens, to fulfil their civil duties at the SAU and outside
   of it,
d) to take care of their own as well as other people's health, to take care of the creation and protection
   of their environment and the atmosphere at work.

                             Part II. Practical information

1.8. Arrival in Nitra
The simplest way to get to Nitra from Western Europe is via Bratislava ( 90 km).
From Bratislava “Mlynske Nivy” Main bus station to Nitra bus station . More than 35 lines during the
workday. Bus single fare is from 90.- to 106.- SKK, bought from the driver.
The travelling to Bratislava offers the most convenient possibilities via Vienna or Prague.

Vienna International Airport (Schwechat) is 50km from Bratislava. From Vienna airport take a public
bus to Bratislava “Mlynske Nivy” Main bus station.
Nine lines during a workday, single fare is about 9 EUR. For ticket ask the driver.
Also very convenient route to Bratislava from Western Europe by rail is via Vienna. Several daily
trains link Vienna with Bratislava.

From Prague there are also numerous connections to Bratislava by air.
By bus - from Prague Main bus station “Florenc” (320 km). (Single fare is about 400.- CZK). During
the day there are several direct buses to Bratislava and then to change for Nitra.
During a day there are numerous train connections from Prague to Bratislava.

From Budapest – Nové Zámky – Nitra ( 120 km + 35 km )
From Budapest airport to Nitra - the best way is to go to Budapest West (Nyugati) - railway station or
to East (Keleti) railway station. There are numerous trains directed to Bratislava. Take the train and in
Nové Zámky (Slovakia) change for the local train to Nitra (cost about 3 000.- HUF).

Bratislava is connected by wide network of international bus lines e.g. Antwerpen, Brussels,
Dortmund, Duisburg, Dusseldorf, Essen, Frankfurt, Liege, London, Munchen, Nurnberg, Paris,
Strassbourg, Thessaloniky, Udine, Venezia, Wien, Zurich. On international lines the fare is in the
currency of the country you have boarded in, or you can buy return ticket in Slovakia (in SKK).

Visas: Nationals of all Western European countries can visit Slovakia without a visa. US, Australian,
New Zealand and South African passport holders can stay for 30 days without a visa. If you require a
visa to Slovakia, it is strongly advised that you obtain one before commencing your journey or at a
foreign consulate. It may be difficult to obtain one at a border crossing.

    1.9. Arrival at University
The city map may help you find your way to University. You have to reach the University campus and
contact the reception desk of the Rectorate building - main entrance (tr.A.Hlinku 2). There you can
call International Relations Office (IRO), extension 490 or 535, during off working hours and
weekends you may find required information in an envelop with instruction for your next steps.
You can use the Municipal transport, taxi or walk.
You can take bus at two bus stops:
1. The bus stop "Ţelezničná stanica" [1]in front of railway station: take the bus No.19 and get off at
    the stop"Mlyny" [3] (two stops). University is only a few minutes on foot.
2. The bus stop "Okresný úrad" [2] on Štefanikova Trieda is within walking distance. Walk down the
    Druzstevna street to Stefanikova Trieda. Take bus No. 2, 12, 14, 15, 25 and get off at the stop
     “SPU” (Slovenská poľnohospodárska univerzita) [4]. University is in front of you.
One ticket s per a bus journey cost 14.- SKK..A taxi from the bus station - cost about 90.- SKK.
Walking distance to the university campus is 10-15 min.
    1.10. Registration at the University
       If your arrival is during the work day (7.30 – 15.30), please call International Relations Office
(IRO) extension 490 or 535 from the reception desk of the Rectorate building [5],

                      Loreta DRENKOVA – IRO contact for ERASMUS students

For registration , the following documents will be required:
        - your passport
       - your personal health insurance contract valid for your study stay period
       - your home university identity card
        - five passport photographs

1.11. Registration at Forigner´s Registration Office
For students coming to study or for a practical placement of more than 3 months you have to go to the
Foreign Police Office in Nitra.
EU programs students do not have to pay a fee at the Foreign Police Office.
All details especially for full-time incoming students can be found on the university web page

1.12. Living Costs

Students coming in the frame of EU programs pay the same prices as home students.
Board: Three times a day in dormitory, 1 meal menu, 23.- 37 SKK
Lodgings in dormitories:
               Double room 500.- SKK per month per person
               Single room 1000.- SKK per month per person
Accommodation in guest room:
              Single or double room 100.- SKK per night per person
Transport: City bus ticket per bus journey 14- SKK

1.13. Accommodation
Send the application for accommodation and the registration for accommodation ( see ANNEX 2) to
IRO (see section above) at least two months before coming to the University.

SAU operates four dormitories (students hostels). Three of them are situated within the
University campus:
1. hostel “MLADOST”            address: Štúrova 3, Nitra
                                          tel: +421-37-6511 740 reception
2. hostels “Anton BERNOLAK” and “ NOVA DOBA”
                                 address: Akademická 4, Nitra
                                          tel:+421-37-6529 205 reception
3. hostel “PRIBINA”            address: Jesenského 5, Nitra
   situated off campus                    tel: +421-37-7721 759

1.14. Health and insurance
Medical services: The University has its own health care service center, located in the
                        hostel “MLADOST”, although you can select another doctor if you wish.
Physician for students
                             Opening hours:      Mon – Fri        7.30 am. –12.00 am.
                             Tel: +421- 37- 6516 756 extension 53
Dentist for students is located in the Dentist Health Center,
                        Párovská street, Nitra,
                        Dentist Dr.Kovarčíkova, 1st floor, room No.213
                        Opening hours:           Mon, Wed, Thu 7.30 am. – 2.00 p.m.
                        Tel: +421-37-6523 564, extension: ask the operator for the name of
Bring your health insurance documents.
Emergency: contact the out of working hours overnight health service:
                             Nitra Hospital, Špitálska street
                             tel:+421-37-6545 288
First Aid Emergency Calling Service: 112

1.15. Academic facilities
The Slovak Agricultural Library (SAL):
Off campus location: Štúrova street 51, 949 01 Nitra
Tel & fax: +421-37-6517 743
Opening hours: Monday, Tuesday , Thursday, Friday            8 am. – 5 pm.
                 Wednesday                                            8 am. – 6 pm.

 The library stock is in excess of 500,000 holdings. The main priority of the SAL is to provide users
with a variety of high-quality services. The SAL has participated in developing the secondary
information resources and CD databases. The Library houses a variety of documents of both domestic
and foreign origin especially related to agriculture and the natural sciences and also peripherally to the
social sciences. In addition to usual library services, it also offers a wide range of bibliographic
The Library covers a set of 51 partial libraries located in the departments of the University.
The borrowing system can be found on the university web page mentioned above.

Centre of Computer Technology and Computer Science (CCTI)
Location within campus: staff responsible are in the main University building on the 1st floor.
Tr. Andreja Hlinku 2, 949 76 Nitra
Tel: +421-37-6508 864
Fax: +421-37-6511 560

Each of the four Faculties has its own Computer Laboratories available for the students to use.
Students need to be registered at the Faculty computer desk point.
The Centre of Computer Technology and Computer Science is an information work place aimed at
completely providing for the needs of the University in the computer sciences.
The Centre's activities are:
          to create and develop application software,
          to build and control the University computer network,
          to provide consultancy and training courses in the use of computers, intended
      for the students and staff of the University,
          to build up a regional node of the Slovak-wide computer network SANET.

The role of Audio and Video Centre is to produce audio and video teaching tools for the University.
It provides all services related to the production of video films e.g. dramaturgy, and screening of films
in cooperation with specialist advisors, shooting, control, cutting, animations and titles. Another task
of the Centre is to provide technical assistance in the lecture rooms using modern audio-visual devices
to create multimedia presentations computer support. The Centre is equipped with the latest
technology of the top world producers.

The University Experimental Farm in Koliňany aims at implementing practical training and
helping to research and verify topics of diploma and dissertation theses. Its research and
development activities are wide-ranging, too. For research purposes, collections of samples of crop
production, vegetable growing, viticulture, orcharding, medicinal aromatic plants and breeds of beef
cattle, sheep, goats, pheasants, bees and fish have been set up. The farm covers 2.245 ha of arable
land. Animal production is focused on beef cattle and milk production. Every year, part of the land is
utilized according to the requirements and needs of the University.
The farm is located 15 km from Nitra, direction Banska Bystrica (Zlate Moravce) close to the main
road. It is a big, white building, 6 floors high (the only such building in the village).
Tel: +421-37-934 314
Fax: +421-37-936 315

The Institute of Education, Research and Consulting in Koliňany is a purpose-built facility of the
Slovak Agricultural University aimed at education and research activities, specialist consultancy,
advertising activities, certification of the quality of plant and animal production, and the creation of
collections of samples.
Location the same as above.
Tel: +421-37-936 914 or 936 915
Fax: +421-37-936 238

The main task of the University Publishing and Editorial Centre is to print textbooks and publish a
variety of scientific, specialist and advertising materials for the needs of the University offices and
institutes. The Centre also edits and prints proceedings from scientific and specialist conferences. The
latest computer systems are used to process publications. The sales room for the distribution and sale
of publications is part of the Centre. In addition, the Centre also provides the following services:
editing, type matter, binding, laminating, xerography.
Located in the main University building on the 6th floor.
Tel: +421-37-6508 565, e-mail:

The Botanical Garden was founded in 1982 and its activities focus on research, cultural work and
public education. It also participates in the formation and maintenance of gardens and parks located on
the University campus.
Providing its rich collections of various plants for teaching purposes, the Botanical Garden also shares
in the educational process of some University departments. Its research activity focuses upon the study
of the biology of endangered flora species of Slovakia.
Thanks to sponsorship, it can implement international scientific expeditions, its sphere of interest
being some countries of Latin America – Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ecuador - and North Africa.
It also keeps contacts with the world through the exchange of seeds and by taking part in international
exhibitions and shows.
Located on the University campus.
Tel: +421-37-6508 732, e-mail:

1.16. Social Amenities and Facilities
The University shares sports facilities, and the student needs to be registered with the specialist
heading the particular type of facility.
The sports activities mentioned below are provided for students and staff by the
                            Department of Physical Training and Sports.
It is possible to use: swimming pool, sports hall, fitness club, regeneration centre with sauna, boat
dock, tennis courts, playing fields for team sports.
Location: Štúrova street 3, 949 76 Nitra
Tel: +421-37-6511 023
The department prepares sports representatives of the University in cooperation with the sport club “

Tennis Centre
The first facilities of the centre were opened to tennis players in 1985 and today the University tennis
premises are ranked among the best in the Slovak Republic. The Centre has en-tout-cash tennis courts
equipped with artificial lighting. The tennis hall is comprised of two tennis courts and balconies for
400 viewers. In the hall, there are two shooting machines for training. Tennis players can use a sauna,
a solarium, a whirlpool and fitness rooms to regenerate. The Tennis Club, a bar and a hotel for 32
people are part of the Tennis Area.
Close cooperation with other partners has lead to the foundation of the tennis club SPU-AX-
Výstavníctvo. The club has been charged with holding the tennis tournament Challenger of the World
Tennis Federation as well as the Masters tournament for men, and it is part of the Slovak satellite
tennis tournament tour.
Location: Ďumbierska street 2, Chrenová III., 949 01 Nitra
Tel: +421-37-6533 681
Tel:+421-37-7336 347 reception of the Tennis hotel

The Training and Recreational Centre of SAU in Račkova dolina is situated in the western part of
the High Tatra mountains. The beautiful scenery, quiet surroundings and clean air are among the
greatest advantages of the Centre. A sauna, a fitness centre and sport grounds are available for the
visitors. In winter the area offers good conditions for skiing, sledding and bobsledding. The Centre has
its own small ski-lift.
Tel: +421-44-5293 111
Fax: +421-44-5293 227
The Student Club was established with the objective of helping the students at the
University develop cultural and social activities and spend their free time in a useful
way. The Club also participates in the representation of the University.
         Location: hostel “MLADOST”
The students of each faculty can be organised and work in branches of the students international
organisations such as AIESEC (, ELASA (,
Erasmus Students Group - ESIB (, IAAS.

The folklore ensemble “ZOBOR” was established in 1955 as one of the first amateur university
ensembles in Slovakia. In the ensemble there are 50 members including university students and staff
as well as students of other schools in Nitra.
Its activity focuses on performing the adapted folk songs, dances and traditions of the Nitra region and
part of the repertoire is always devoted to other ethnographic areas of Slovakia. Since its
establishment, the ensemble ZOBOR has presented its art through over 1,900 performances in 19
countries of Europe and Asia. The ensemble is a winner of many prestigious contests and festivals
held at home and abroad. Tel: +421-37- 6508 601 or 6508 807 or 6508 692

1.17. Other Practical Information
Slovak Republic
Population: 5,4 mil. The official language is Slovak. Hungarian, Ruthenian, Ukrainian and German
are spoken by ethnic minorities. English is also spoken.
Time: GMT + 2 (GMT + 1 from last Sunday in October to last Saturday in March).
Currency: SKK – Slovak Crown – Slovenská koruna (on June 2003 approx. 1 EUR = 41 SKK)
Electricity: Generally 220 volts AC, 50Hz.
Telephone: IDD is available. Country code: 421. Outgoing international code: 00. Mobile GSM
1800/900 networks. Coverage extends over the whole country, with the exception of remote areas.
Climate: The Slovak Republic lies in a moderate zone and possesses a continental climate with four
distinct seasons. The average daily temperature in winter is 2°C rising to 21°C in the summer. January
is the coldest month, the hottest being July and August.
Required clothing: Medium weights, heavy topcoat and overshoes for winter; lightweights for
summer. Rainwear is advisable throughout the year.

In the City of Nitra:

Exchange Office - in down town Nitra where there are many banks e.g. Všeobecná Úverová Banka,
Unibanka, Tatra Banka, ČSOB, Ľudová Banka, IRB, Poštová Banka and private exchange offices.
Many of them handle international transactions and have cash dispenser units for credit cards such as
VISA, MASTER, MAESTRO-Cirrus, Golden CARD and others.

At the University:
- Phone boxes (telephone cards can be bought at the news stands or in any post office or tobacco
- Photocopies – service under the “mushroom” on the left or in the dormitories;
    for 1 page A4, 1.50 SKK
- Fax: +421-37-7412 626 at students disposal in the "Podateľňa"- at the University post desk under
    the “mushroom” on the left (price will be that of communication plus 10.-SKK) or in the Main
    Telecommunication Office in Nitra, Sládkovičova street 2.
- The student can receive phone or fax message to the IRO in English
    tel & fax: +421-37-6511 560. This message will be passed on to him/her in his/her individual
    pigeon hole in the University post desk under the “mushroom” on the left.
- The main part of the Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Engineering is located off the campus.
    This building is adapted to receive handicapped people.
    Location: Tulipánova street 7, 94976 Nitra
-   Smoking is forbidden inside the University

                                     Part III. Annexes
1.18. Deadlines
                  - for Winter Semester: June 30, each year
                  - for Summer Semester: November 30, each year
ERASMUS Students use the ECTS Application and Learning Agreement (ANNEX1),
       Application Form for Enrolment and Registration for Accommodation (ANNEX2),
         which needs to be sent to the IRO, to Ms. Loreta Drenkova and after arrival bring the
       originals from your home university. ANNEXES can be seen below.

APPLICATION DEADLINE : September 1st , each year

International full-time Students fill in the Application Form ANNEX4
and send it to the Dean's Office of the faculty in which you are interested.

1.19. Forms
Enclosed in the ECTS Information package are the following blank forms:

      ANNEX1 – SOCRATES-ERASMUS Application & Learning Agreement
      ANNEX2 – Registration Form for Enrolment and Registration for Accommodation
      ANNEX3 - ECTS Transcript of Records
      ANNEX4 – Application Form for International Full Time Student

                                   2. List of Subjects
2.1. Subject Descriptions
The aim of the annotated list of subjects is to provide information about all the subjects that are taught
at the SAU in Nitra. The subjects are listed according to UNESCO codes of educational areas in the
following structure:

0XX       General Programs
1XX    Education
2XX    Humanities and Arts
3XX    Social Sciences, Business and Law
4XX    Science, Mathematics and Computing
5XX    Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction
6XX    Agriculture and Veterinary
7XX    Health and Welfare
8XX    Services

Explanatory notes to the symbols used in the subject annotations.

Subject code:          XXX X          X XX

         Educational                            Serial number
         area code

                                                Recommended year of study

                                                Faculty in charge of instruction

Name of faculty:       A – Faculty of Agronomy
                       E – Faculty of Economics and Management
                       M – Faculty of Agricultural Engineering
                       Z – Faculty of Horticulture and Landscape Engineering

Semester:                  W - winter
                        S – summer
                        A - annual

Instruction language:        SK – Slovak               EN – English
                             DE – German               FR - French
                            ES – Spanish              HU - Hungarian
                            RU - Russian

Number of Lessons: 2 / 2 – number of lectures / number of workshops, seminars, practical,...

Final form of subject:     s - exam
                             z - credits