Studying in Slovakia, with its varied history of invasions will give you a taste of the ancient conflicts that have marked Europe. This landlocked Central European country has the highest number of castles per capita in the world, from simple ruins to well-preserved, furnished castles. There are also well-preserved examples of wooden folk architecture, like wooden churches and the tallest wooden altar in the world.
Visit Bratislava, the capital, with its beautifully restored historical center full of Gothic and Renaissance churches, cobblestone streets and lively nightlife. If you prefer the outdoors, head out to hike in one of the nine national parks in Slovakia, with beautiful vistas and great winter sports. Explore the many caves, some of which are UNESCO listed, and the intriguing rocky formations and waterfalls.
When you need some downtime, there are many thermal springs and lakes in Slovakia that offer curative properties and ample opportunity for relaxation.