Comenius University in Bratislava, University of the Third Age

Institution’s name:
Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia                                                                 
Centre for Continuing Education, University of the Third Age


Chair-Director name: Mgr. Tatiana ILAVSKÁ, PhD., director of the Centre for CE
Head of University of the Third Age (UTA): Mgr. Dana HAVRANOVÁ
Landline Phone:  UTA: +421 50117722;   Director of the Centre for CE: +421 50117720
Mobile Phone: +421 903 828 617
Address: Odbojarov 10/a, Bratislava, Slovakia ; Post code: 831 04

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Foundation date :
Comenius University in Bratislava : 27.06.1919 ;
University of the Third Age : 15.10.1990 ;
Centre for Continuing Education : 1.12.2004 ;


The Centre of Continuing Education at Comenius University in Bratislava was established in 2004 as a self-managed part of Comenius University. But the history of some of their departments dates back to year 1960. We educate adults and provide a broad portfolio of training programmes for improving knowledge, skills, and abilities of professional and personal development. Our programmes are provided by qualified professionals with years of experience in the field of lifelong learning and three self-directed departments:


Department for Continual, competency and career education (educational programmes for public, educational programmes for teachers, educational programmes for foreign nationals - compatriots);


University of the Third Age (UTA);
The Institute for Language and Preparatory Studies for foreigners and compatriots and Foreign Languages.

Study programs of the University of the Third Age at Comenius University in Bratislava are prepared in collaboration with the faculties of Comenius University in Bratislava and many specialists from the practice. It offers more than 40 study branches prepared especially for the older students. Studying at UTA takes the form of non-formal study. Students in the first year enroll in common background courses, created from the entry level materials of the study branches. During the second and third study year, the students focus entirely on their select study branch. Lectures take place every 14 days, consisting of a single two-hour lecture. The specific timeframe depends on the individual study branch, but always takes place during the work week. 

Study at UTA is open to persons in age over 50 who have graduated high school. There are no entry-level exams; students are accepted solely on the order of application. Today, the UTA has almost 2000 students, with another 200 participating in the UTA Club. After completing the three-year study, the graduates receive their certificates during the ceremony in the Hall of Comenius University.


Since 2000 we have successfully realized various international projects on different topics. It gives a chance to the seniors to support their active ageing and to share their knowledge. For example, project EFOCES, VECU, EduSenNet and recently project SeLiD as Erasmus+ for older students. During 2003 - 2015, the UTA at Comenius University presided over the Slovak Association of UTAs, which is formed by 18 universities with a total of more than 7.800 senior students in Slovakia. UTA is active in the Danube regional strategy since the year 2011, is a member of the International Association of UTAs (AIUTA), member of the European Federation of Older Students at Universities (EFOS) and of the Danube Association of seniors (DANET). Since the year 2003 is our UTA a place of the presidency of EFOS. The projects are coordinated by the project manager PhDr. Nadežda Hrapková, PhD.


Since 2000 has Comenius University in Bratislava a representative in AIUTA GB. During 2011 – 2016 was PhDr. Nadežda Hrapková, PhD., AIUTA General Secretary and since 2016 she is a Deputy Treasurer of AIUTA Governing Board.


Cultural, Sports, travelling and tourism activities

Along with lectures and seminars, University of the Third Age at Comenius University in Bratislava organizes for seniors the study excursions, panel discussions, conferences and seminars, visits to other universities, informal meetings and thematical trips within Europe. During summer we regularly organize for seniors Summer recreational and health course and Bratislava city summer university. Short time courses are offered according to the actual needs of seniors to improve their digital and financial grammar, as in the subject of Financial learning, Digital photography and Social networks and Internet tools.
Seniors enjoy singing in the UTA singing group, dancing in the course of clasical dances and the yoga exercises. Social activities are complemented by the cultural, social and sport activites in the Club of UTA graduates.



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