During ten weeks between April 4 and June 10 2022, the Economic University in Bratislava, in collaboration with the language school iCan, provided an online and face-to-face Slovak language course comprising 180 lessons to more than 100 Ukrainian students. The students achieved the A2 level in Slovak, which gives them the ability to understand common topics in school and in personal life. On June 10, 2022 the students received their course completion certificates.
"We believe to have helped the Ukrainian students obtain new knowledge and language skills. Many of those who completed the course intend to study at Slovak universities and it makes us glad that we could be of assistance with their Slovak language studies in this way," says Ferdinand Daňo, Rector of the University of Economics in Bratislava.
We have a very positive view of our cooperation with the University of Economics in Bratislava
"We are pleased that such an initiative and project between the EUBA and iCan have been established. It is of utmost importance to grasp the need in a moment (Slovakia has seen young people from Ukraine coming to the country in high numbers due to the outbreak of the war, who would like to study at Slovak universities) and to find time and resources to answer it. We enjoyed embarking on the project and being able to set up courses for more than 100 students in a very short time. As regards the future we know that we can also handle other projects undertaken with the EUBA and that they will definitely be a success," noted Alona Kurotová, founder of the language school iCan.
Positive evaluation by course teachers
"I am happy that in these difficult times I could directly participate in a course whose primary purpose was to provide assistance to Ukrainian students by means of educational activities at the University of Economics in Bratislava. I think that the course's primary intention did not go wasted and that the students received in their lessons more than just language skills - namely closer knowledge of Slovak culture and ways of life, which they could absorb directly at the facility where young people can get education and form friendships - at university," said the course teacher Sabina Lacušová.
"Most students have a very good command of English or German. And they also have a strong motivation to learn Slovak. So they made real effort, worked hard and enjoyed learning any new thing that could help make themselves understood also outside the school environment," added the course teacher Mária Šimková.