If you decide to study in Slovenia, you will enjoy its perfect location, with part of its territory by the Alps and part by the sea. Slovenia, member of the European Union since 2004, is also a member of the Schengen Area and the Eurozone. This situation makes Slovenia an ideal destination for international students who would like to attain a higher education degree while discovering the rest of Europe. In addition, students are exempted from paying tuition fees at full-time study programs at public institutions, and enjoy affordable tuition fees at part-time studies and at private institutions.
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You would ask yourself that question, why study in Slovenia? There are several obvious reasons as to why students opt to study in Slovenia. First of all it is a great opportunity to see other parts of the world, learn new culture and history of another country, but also learn a unique new language.
Slovenia education is part of an international student exchange network, The Erasmus Group.
Citizens and students of EU countries, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland and other candidate countries have the opportunity to study in Slovenia with ease through the student exchange program.
Citizens and students from all countries that fall under the Bologna Process’ requirements also follow postgraduate and undergraduate courses and degrees at Slovenia’s universities and colleges. The three public universities in Slovenia are Maribor, Ljubljana and Primorska. Ljubljana is the largest and oldest and falls under the top 200 European universities and also in the top 500 category in the world. Information Technology and Engineering degrees are extremely popular and have exceptionally good ratings internationally. The amount of universities in the world amounts to several thousand and Slovenia ranks around 270th in the world, which is a great number.
Students from other countries will be very surprised at the high-quality, ultra-modern faculties of Ljubljana, but they have to know that the city of Ljubljana is actually a student town, with the majority of people there students. The ratio of students and normal citizens is 5 -1. The two younger institutions, Primorska and Maribor universities are both based in Koper. They also attract many foreign students and also offer high quality facilities and study programs to foreign students.
The private International Euro-Mediterranean University located in Piran, Slovenia offers lectures only in French, Arabic and English. This is why it is stressed to non-Slovene speaking students that language is not a barrier for exchange students as parts of programs often takes place in English and courses are specially adapted for International students not speaking Slovene.
The Ministry of Education, Science and Sport is responsible for education in Slovenia at all levels- preschool, basic, upper secondary, higher and adult education. Education from basic/primary to secondary level is managed and controlled by the National Education Institute of the Republic of Slovenia (ZRSS).
The Slovenian education system comprises of following levels:
- Pre-school education
- Basic education: This level encompasses primary and lower secondary education
- Upper secondary education: This level encompasses general secondary education, vocational and technical education.
- Higher/Post-secondary vocational education
- Higher education: This educational level comprises of undergraduate and postgraduate studies
In Slovenia, other forms of education, such as adult education, special needs education, modified programmes, music and dance education, are also available.
- Total no.of students in Slovenia higher education (2013): 90622
- Total no.of students in enrolled in basic education with regular curriculum (2013): 163229
- Basic school programme with adapted curriculum (2013): 1807
- Basic education with special curriculum (2013): 1525
- Total no. of participants in Upper secondary education (2012): 78208 (including general, vocational, technical and short-term vocational programmes)
Source: Statistical Office of the Republic of Slovenia
Education Profile of Slovenia
Compulsory and Free Education
In Slovenia, all the Slovenian citizens are given free education. The basic education in Slovenia is compulsory and funded from the budget.
Pre-school Education (PredsolskaVzgoja)
This educational level in Slovenia is optional. The pre-school education in Slovenia comprises of general pre-school education, child care centres and kindergarten. In Slovenia, there are public as well as private kindergartens; the public kindergartens are established and funded by the municipalities.
- Ages: 1 to 6
Basic Education (Osnovna sola)
The basic education in Slovenia is compulsory to attend for children aged 6 to 15. This educational level is funded by the state budget and municipal. The duration basic education in Slovenia was made 9 years in 1999/2000 school year, and it is split up into three 3-year cycles:
- First cycle: Covers grades 1 to 3
- Second cycle: Covers grades 4 to 6
- Third cycle: Covers grades 7 to 9
The elementary schools consist of compulsory curriculum that is studied by all the students; and an optional curriculum that students may or may not take part depending upon their interest. Upon successful completion of basic education, students can go for further studies.
Upper Secondary Education (SrednjesolskoIzobrazevanje)
Upper secondary education in Slovenia is not compulsory to attend. The upper secondary education in Slovenia lasts for about 2 to 5 years (varies), and encompasses general, vocational and technical, and professional programmes.
Students must hold a basic education certificate in order to gain admittance into the upper secondary education.
This educational level comprises of general secondary education, vocational and technical secondary education. The general secondary education prepares pupils for further studies, while the vocational and technical education prepares pupils for the job market.
General Secondary Education
General secondary education prepares pupils for further studies. The general secondary schools are called gimnazija. Students aged 15 to 18 may attend the general secondary education in Slovenia. The programmes offered at this level are split up into 2 groups:
- Professionally oriented (technical gimnazija)
The duration of this educational level is 4 years, and at the end of the studies, an external exam called “Matura” is conducted.
Short-term Vocational Programmes
The short-term vocational programmes last for 1.5 years for pupils who have finished their basic compulsory education; and it lasts for 2.5 years for pupils and apprentices who have not finished their basic education.
At the end of short-term vocational education, final exam is held. Students who pass the examination are awarded a certificate of the final examination. With this certificate, pupils can enter job marketplace or can go for 3-year upper secondary vocational and technical education.
Upper Secondary Vocational and Technical Education
The upper secondary vocational and technical education is split up into 20 fields. This educational level provides the skills and knowledge required for employment or higher education.
The secondary technical education lasts for 4 years, and ends with a poklicnamatura exam.
The Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology is responsible for higher education in Slovenia.
Higher education in Slovenia comprises of short-cycle higher education (visjestrokovno) and higher education (visokosolsko) study programmes. This educational encompasses academic university education and professioallu-oriented education.
Higher Education Qualifications: At a Glance
Following are the degree levels in Slovenia:
First level-Undergraduate studies: Comprises of bachelor’s degree that lasts for 3 to 4 years, depending upon the area of study.
Second and third level: Postgraduate studies
It comprises of master’s and doctoral studies-
- Master’s degree: The master’s degree in Slovenia lasts for 1-2 years
- Doctorate degree: The duration of this degree programme is 2-4 years
Higher Education Institutions: Snapshot
Higher education in Slovenia is imparted by public and private higher education institutions-
- Universities: Following are the universities in Slovenia: University of Ljubljana, University of Nova Gorica, University of Maribor and University of Primorska
- Art academies
- Professional colleges
Universities, art academies and faculties offer academic programmes at all degree cycles, whereas professional colleges offer first cycle professional courses to study.
Post-secondary/ Higher Vocational Education: The higher vocational education in Slovenia is imparted by the higher vocational schools.
Children with Special Needs
Children and youth with special needs are given full support by the Slovenia’s educational administrators. Children with physical and mental disabilities aged 3 and above, are provided special developmental classes. Special education is offered at all levels: elementary, lower and upper secondary schools.
Pupils with learning difficulties are allowed to attend regular school studies and they get additional individual and group help of various kinds.
Adult education in Slovenia traditionally was imparted through peoples’ universities (ljudskauniverza). Also, many higher education institutions and schools provide adult education. Many programmes are available. Day and evening classes are held, along with apprenticeship training.
In Slovenia, post-graduate education is also available to adult learners. In addition, private and other organizations provide study courses for adults.
Music and Dance Education
The music and dance education provided by private and state music educational institutions has undergone a transformation as per the Music School Act of 2000. Music schools in Slovenia provide education to students from all the levels: pre-school, elementary school, secondary school, college students and adults, and apprentices. Generally, music and dance education is offered alongside the basic education.
Upon completion of both basic and music education, students can go for secondary level education or for art “gimnazija”.
The general admission requirement for first cycle study programme is a completed upper secondary education programme. For master’s degree, candidates must hold a bachelor’s degree; and for doctorate studies candidates must hold a master’s degree in a related field.
Admission requirements vary from institution to institution. To know in detail about the admission requirements, click here.
Slovenian Language Proficiency
Students are required to demonstrate their level of proficiency in Slovenian language. They must submit a Slovenian proficiency certificate. Generally, this certificate is required if you wish to pursue an undergraduate course in the Slovenia higher education institution.
English Language Proficiency
If the study programme chosen is in English, in that case, students are required to demonstrate their English proficiency level. Scores of TOEFL/IELTS are accepted.
Higher education of Slovenia has gone through many structural changes. New academic programmes have been introduced. As a result, Slovenia has become an increasingly popular study destination for international students. Presently, about 2,000 international students are studying in Slovenia.
Tuition fee for students coming from EU member states is financed by the Ministry of Higher Education. Students just have to pay an admission fee for the first year and the subsequent years.
International students from non-EU countries are required to pay the tuition fee for full-time studies in Slovenia, unless:
- You are an international citizen who is a Slovene without Slovenian citizenship and also is a holder of a scholarship by the Ministry of Higher Education
- You are a student of an exchange programme between higher education institutions, or
- You are international citizens with permanent residence in Slovenia, and you or your parents are taxpayers in Slovenia.
- You are international citizens from one of the countries with which Slovenia has concluded relevant bilateral agreements
All the international students must pay the tuition fee for part-time studies.
Tuition Fee for Undergraduate Programme (Full-time)
- For social science programme: The tuition fee is about $1,500 for one year
- For technical study, arts programme and natural science, the tuition fee is about $2,000 for one year
Tuition Fees for Master’s Programme
- For social science programme, the tuition fee to be paid is about $2,250 for one year
- For arts studies, technical programmes and natural science, the tuition fee is about $3,000 for one year
Tuition fees for Doctoral Studies
Students who hold a Master’s degree and are admitted to the full-time doctoral programme can expect to pay:
- For social science programme, the tuition fee to be paid is about $4,500
- For arts studies, technical programmes and natural science, the tuition fee is about $6,000
The postgraduate study tuition fee is for students from countries with which Slovenia has agreements or from EU member states is same as those for Slovenian citizens.
To get student discounts for various cultural events, concerts, sports and other activities; and to buy food coupons, students must get a visiting student ID card. Students can get this card at the international office of the students’ organisation. This card gives a status of “student”.
Students can expect to spend 550 to 600 –euro- per month, inclusive of accommodation, transport, food and study material. Breakdown of the costs of living per month in Slovenia:
Food: €200 per month
- Student Dormitory/residence hall: €80 to –euro-120 per month
- Private accommodation: €150 to –euro- 250 per month (depending on the location and amenities)
- Urbana public transport card: € 20 per month
In Slovenia, following are the student accommodation options available:
Student residence hall: Students can rent a room in the hall of residence. The booking must be made in advance as the places are limited.
Private accommodation: Students can rent a flat or a private room. The price varies depending upon the facilities and location.
International students are allowed to stay in residence hall only if they have a scholarship from the Slovenian government or any of the Slovenian ministries or if this is specified in bilateral or other international agreements.
The conditions for applying for hall of residence for Slovene without Slovenian citizenship are same as the Slovenian pupils.
Contact the higher education institution to know more about the student accommodation options and availability.
Students can search for the accommodation at:
University Student Organisation m2 (SOU)
Dormitories: There are dormitories for secondary school pupils. International students can go for them as well if there are places: DijaskidomVič
Kamrica helps in accommodation search in and around Slovenia.
Youth hostels in Slovenia
Universities in Slovenia offering Accommodation
- Student Hall of Residence in Ljubljana
- Student residences in University of Maribor
- Student residences in University of Primorska
- Student homes in University of Nova Gorica
All the international students must be completely insured against accident or illness for their entire duration of stay in the Republic of Slovenia. In Slovenia, the health care services provided are: dentistry, specialist services, social care institutions, hospital, etc.
Slovenian as well as international students must have a valid health insurance programme. To know about the health insurance programme, visit the official website of the Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia. If your stay in Slovenia is temporary, you may use European health insurance card (EHIC) to get the medical care.
In Slovenia, there are 3 international airports:
Airports Maribor EdvardRusjan
Getting Around by Rail
Slovenian Railways is the only rail operator running in Slovenia. Tickets for rails can be purchased on the train or at any railway station. To know about the railway schedules and tickets availability, click here.
Get In and Around by Bus
Buses are available throughout Slovenia. You can pay for buses by cash, token or ticket. Tickets can be purchased from the driver on the bus.
In Ljubljana, Urbana city card is used for quick cashless payment. It is a permanent, uniform electronic card that is used for electronic payment for city services.
Travelling In and Around by Car
The fastest way to get around Slovenia by car is on the motorways, for which a vignette is needed. Vignettes are available at all petrol stations.
Also, there are many car rental agencies. You can hire a car if your age is 21 or above and have held a valid driving licence for a minimum of 2 years.
Getting Around by Bike
You can visit places by bike. Bikes can be ridden anywhere except motorways and express roads.
To get the scenic view of the country, you can hire boats.
In Slovenia, International students are allowed to work part-time.
Work Permit: Citizens of new EU countries, i.e. from Malta, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia, work permit is not needed in order to work in Slovenia. Also, nationals of UK, Sweden and Ireland do not require work permit.
Though the employer is required to register the employment of the aforementioned citizens at the Slovenia Employment Service within 8 days from the commencement of work.
Rest all the country nationals not mentioned above are required to obtain a work permit in order to work in Slovenia.
List of Universities in Slovenia – Public and Private
Higher education institutions in Slovenia comprises of universities, art academies, faculties, and higher professional colleges.
List of higher education institutions in the Republic of Slovenia:
- University of Ljubljana
- University of Maribor
- University of Primorska
- University of Nova Gorica
- EMUNI University
- Faculty of Information Studies in Novo mesto (FIS)
Independent Higher Education Institutions
- Faculty of Applied Social Studies in Nova Gorica (FUDS)
- European Centre Maribor (ESM)
- Faculty of Government and European Studies, Kranj (FDS)
- Ljubljana Graduate School of Humanities
- InstitutumStudiorumHumanitatis (ISH)
- College of Health Sciences SlovenjGradec (VSZV)
- European Faculty of Law, Nova Gorica (EVRO-PF)
- Faculty of commercial and business sciences (FKPV)
- IEDC – Bled School of Management, Postgraduate Studies
- Faculty of Media (FaM)
- College of Business Doba Maribor (VPSM)
- International School for Social and Business Studies, Celje (MFDPS) Jozef Stefan
- College of Visual Arts, Ljubljana (VSRS)
- IBS International Business School
- College of Accounting, Ljubljana (VSR)
- Academy of Design, Ljubljana (VSD)
- GEA College of Entrepreneurship, Piran (VSP)
- International Postgraduate School, Ljubljana (MPS)
- College of Services, Ljubljana (VIST)
- College of Technologies and Systems, Novo mesto (VITES)
- Environmental Protection College, Celje (VSVO)
- Health College in Celje (VZSCE)
- Polymer Technology College , SlovenjGradec (VSTP)
- School of Business and Management, Novo mesto (VSUP)
- College of Nursing Jesenice (VSZNJ)
- School of Health Sciences Novo mesto
Private Colleges and Universities in Cyprus for International Students
Private universities are founded as private law organizations of speculative or non-speculative character, registered with the Ministry of Education. These private universities raise their funds from tuition fees. Here is the list of private colleges and universities in Cyprus for international students :
- Alexander College
- American College
- ARTE Music Academy
- City Unity College Nicosia
- College of Tourism and Hotel Management
- D.A. College
- Cyprus International University
- Frederick University
- Mesoyios College
- MKC City College
- The Philips College
- A. College
- Neapolis University
- Near East University
The Slovenia, a country in northwestern Europe, is known for its flat landscape, canals, tulip fields, windmills and cycling routes. Amsterdam, the capital, is home to the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, the house where Jewish diarist Anne Frank hid during WWII and a red light district. Canalside mansions and a trove of works from artists including Rembrandt and Vermeer remain from the 17th-century “Golden Age.”
Short stay visas includes Slovenia tourist visa,Slovenia business visa,Slovenia short-stay visits by relatives and friends of EU nationals. This post will also assume that you will be applying for a Schengen visa in the Slovenia Embassy. If not please look at our post on Schengen visa and hopefully we can convince you to apply for a Slovenia Schengen visa instead of just Slovenia visa.
What is Slovenia visa (Slovenia Schengen visa) ?
Slovenia Schengen visa is a special kind of visa which allows you to travel among all the Schengen countries but your main theme of travel being in Slovenia which means
- Slovenia will be your main destination of travel.
- Slovenia is where you will be spending most of your days in the trip.
- Slovenia is your first point of entry into Europe. Your flight/ ship first enters Slovenia.
If you answered yes for any of the above, then you will need to apply for your Schengen visa with the Slovenia embassy. But with a Schengen visa you are ,Of course allowed to move freely among other Schengen countries. So if you plan to visit Rome or Madrid for a week you can do so with the same visa.
Documents required for Schengen Slovenia visa Application
Duly filled Schengen visa application form. This needs to be filled in blue ink and signed by the applicant.Make sure that you have filled the visa application with all the required information. After you have filled the visa application, make sure you make a copy of the application which will be helpful for you to revise when you go for your visa interview. You can download the Schengen visa application from here.
Update : You can now fill the entire Schengen visa application online and take a print out if it . See our blog post on how to fill your Schengen visa application online. No need to run around for a pen, no need to worry about typos.
- Passport with at least two blank pages and valid for at least three months from the visa application date is mandatory. If you have an old passport, then even that needs to be submitted along with the application.
- If you are a minor then the application must be filled and signed by both the parents along with photo copies of parent’s passports.
- Two photographs as per the spec mentioned by photo specification for Slovenia visa application.
- Personal Covering letter from the applicant, explaining in detail the purpose of the visit.This needs to explain in detail your entire travel itinerary, all the documents that you have submitted in order addressing the Embassy of Slovenia in your area. Not to worry, we have attached a sample that you can modify for your needs. Here is personal cover letter for Schengen visa.
- A medical insurance with a minimum cover of €30,000.There are ofcourse, many websites online which can provide you with an insurance. But keep in mind that these companies are insurance agents and it is in their interest to sell you the most expensive insurance . See our article to get the best travel insurance for Schengengen visa requirement.
- A confirmed Flight itinerary or Flight reservation for Slovenia visa from a travel agent. A flight ticket need not be booked in advance for a visa. Once the visa is confirmed then a flight ticket may be purchased.Flight itinerary is a safer way of submitting a visa application without buying an actual flight ticket which is expensive if your visa is refused. In fact the European union visa requirements for visa states the same.As per the official document,
Round trip reservation or itinerary with dates and flight numbers specifying entry and exit from Schengen state. Some Schengen authorities accept the itinerary when applying for the visa but request the original air ticket when visa is collected.
Embassy of Slovenia does not hold responsibility for the expenses or loss incurred if you buy a flight ticket in advance and your visa application is cancelled. You can get your flight itinerary for Slovenia visa online here.
- If you are planning to travel to any other country other than Slovenia, Then you need to have flight itineraries for each and every city in your plan. You can read everything about flight itinerary for visa application here.
- Hotel booking , hostel reservations for Slovenia visa, Or any other country that you are planning to stay. So you will need to make all theHOTEL BOOKINGS and reservations before you leave. Again you can use an online travel agent to make hotel reservations for visa applications for you without you having to swipe your card. This may not seem important but when you factor in all the currency conversions, filling up each and every form and HUGE cancellation fee if you can’t make it to one place then it is always reasonable to get it done through online agents. An added benefit is most of the travel agents charge you about $50 for the entire trip and not for each and every booking, which is a bargain when you factor in currency conversion charges. Read our post about hotel booking for visa here.
- If you are UK citizen : Proof of financial means to cover the cost of the intended stay (latest three months UK current account bank statements (original and copies) showing a positive balance with a minimum amount of £ 500.00 regardless of the length of stay in the Schengen States plus and extra 10% of this amount per day per person when stay in Schengen States exceeds the 10 days. Statements need to show the last 3 months salary payments and applicants home address in UK. Cash or traveller cheques are not accepted as proof of financial means.
- Original bank statements of the applicant for last three months, with the original stamp and signature of authorized signatory of the bank (Online Bank statements are not acceptable).This is a mandatory statement.
If you are employed:
- Employment contract or your latest 4 months salary slips.
- Current bank statement of the latest 6 months
- Leave permission from employer . You can download a sample of it from our website.
- Income Tax Return (ITR) form or Certificate of Income Tax deducted at the source of salary
Slovenia Visa For The Wife/Husband of a Slovenia citizen:
- No-objection certificate from school or university
- Proof of enrollment
If you are self-employed:
- A copy of your business license
- Company bank statement of the latest 6 months
- Income Tax Return (ITR)
If you are a student:
- Proof of Slovenia citizenship (ID card or consular card or certification of Slovenia nationality or naturalisation order)
- Slovenia marriage certificate
- Slovenia family record book
Preparing for your Slovenia visa interview
Now that you have all the required documents in place, it’s time to prepare for your interview. The interview could be brief or could be elaborate based on your application. You may at anytime be asked to produce additional documents so keep them ready. The interviewers have boring jobs so make their jobs easier. Dress decently and be confident. I suggest you split all your relevant documents into following :
- Passport and personal IDs such as PAN card, marriage certificates.
- Employment related documents such as salary , proof of employment.
- Tickets, itineraries, travel insurance and travel related documents.
This makes it easier for you to produce them when asked and not fiddle with your contents.
As mentioned above, while attending for your Slovenia visa interview please revise all the documents that you have submitted. There will be questions asked about them.
Some of the questions that your interviewer may ask you during your visa application:
- Who will pay for your visit?
- Are you married? If yes, what does your spouse do? For how long have been married?
- Do you have any children? If yes, how old are they, what do they do and where are they?
- Do you have any close family or friends in the Schengen area.? If yes, when did you meet the last time?
- Where do you stay?
- What is your educational qualification?
- How will you travel from one place to another?
- How do you guarantee me that you will come back?
- Which company do you work for?
- What does your company do?
- What is your profession?
- What is your role in the company?
- How many years of total experience you have?
- For how long are you employed with your current employer?
- For how long were you employed with your previous employer?
- Could you please show me yourCOMPANY PROFILE and tax returns?
- How many employees are there in your company?
- Explain your current project to me.
For more information on the visa application process you can visit the vfs.com websites in your country.