The progress of BISLA alumni has been one of our college’s most remarkable achievements since the first cohort’s graduation in 2009. Graduates credit this still young institution with helping them to become young professionals at a range of significant organizations, and well-regarded students at renowned universities where they pursue postgraduate and doctoral research.

Our graduates find employment in both the private and public sectors, and with NGOs. International experience has demonstrated that a liberal arts education is an outstanding first step on the path to further education or rewarding employment. A survey of our alumni shows that they have been successful in continuing their studies in a variety of fields at 26 different universities, almost 60% of them abroad.

The Society for Higher Learning (SHL) was BISLA’s predecessor in 1996-2006. It supported exceptionally talented university students by offering them one-on-one guidance from professionals in their chosen discipline, and joint interdisciplinary seminars. Around 150 students and graduates passed through SHL during this time.

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Below is a list of BISLA and SHL graduates, news about upcoming events, and profiles of some of our graduates.

Ľuba Riapošová, BISLA alumna 2010: The main lesson I took away from BISLA was the ability to consider things in context, analyse them critically, and not take anything for granted. I gained the ability to express and to defend my point of view. Besides that, I had a chance to meet truly unique people during the three wonderful years of my studies at BISLA.

Jozef Majerník, BISLA alumnus 2012: I have loved reading books since I was a child, but it was only BISLA that really taught me to read them and find in them entire hidden worlds. Experienced professors and enthusiastic schoolmates provided consistently excellent support for this demanding, though very important, effort. What I learned at BISLA has become the basis of my success up to now and in the future.

Adam Petrikovič, BISLA alumnus 2014: Studying at BISLA gave me much… new schoolmates, great friends, unique lecturers and numerous unforgettable experiences. And above all, studying at BISLA has taught me to think – face problems and search for solutions in a way that is somewhat strange to present-day man. Indeed, it was BISLA that taught me that more important than the answer is the question itself. BISLA is different… it is individual, personal, intimate. It is critical. It is modern while still founded on tradition. It is all about what a young and curious person can wish for… and even much more!

Eva Krajňáková, BISLA alumnus 2012: I decided to study at BISLA not only for its attractive courses, taught by prominent experts primarily in English, but also because next to acquiring knowledge, this college emphasizes critical thinking that enables its alumni to act with aplomb in various environments and professional settings. Thanks to BISLA, I have become self-confident when talking to significant people in political and cultural life. I believe that other Slovak schools would not have enabled me to develop my personality to such a level, which makes me grateful to this one.