American researching retiring in Slovakia - need questions answered

Hello, ALL US expats!  My boyfriend owns an apartment in Bratislava and we are looking to spend 5-7 years there; however, looking over the reasons for immigration, there seems to be nothing for me except "study". Has anyone had experience applying for a temporary or long term visa using "study".  Does it have to be at a University? Or can studying the language in a class count?  How have you Americans managed to stay there? (Note: I'm REALLY retired and have no interest in working.  We want to use Bratislava as our jumping off point for travel and exploration)

I've contact the Slovakian embassy here in the States but they just keep quoting me the in fo I find on their website with no clarification of what exactly "purposes of study" entails.

Any thoughts?

I'm British and retired but EU citzen so different rules apply.
The only thing I can suggest is contacting the US Embassy in Bratislava and see if they are any help? I'm pretty sure "study" means full-time education though. Maybe being retired with your own income will be sufficient?
Good Luck,
Denise Sutcliffe

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