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Many of us love to travel and dream to see the world, but cannot afford to do it on the desired scale. Things change if your profession is related to the tourism industry…

From year to year, the tourist industry demonstrates dynamic growth all over the world with a constant demand for highly qualified personnel. Therefore, an entrant deciding to receive education in the tourism business for sure makes the right investment in his or her future. You can’t argue that it is best to study Tourism in a country with great potential for this industry, such as in Slovenia, for example. It may seem incredible, but this small European country owns the beautiful Alps, the marvellous Adriatic coast, the thermal spas, the beautiful architectural ensembles of ancient cities, the diversity of national culinary traditions, and the magnificent ethnic music – in short, everything that awakes a continued interest in tourists from all over the world.

When Tourism Is Both Theory and Practice

The system of teaching in educational institutions of Slovenia is rational and effective. The emphasis in training of future tourism experts (the same as in other study programmes) is precisely placed on the “field” classes. The teaching staff includes practicing specialists in various fields of the tourism business. All teachers are in one way or another connected with the public or private sector of services, so students receive first-hand the most relevant information. Already from the first year of studies, they have the opportunity to consolidate their knowledge in practice, earning money from local travel agencies. In addition, thanks to student discounts and benefits, students from Slovenian educational institutions have the opportunity to actively travel both around Slovenia and beyond. This fully applies to foreign students who, while studying in Slovenia, receive a residence permit and, accordingly, can travel freely around all Schengen countries.

There are three budget options costing just 9 euros: Croatia, Italy, and Hungary. I have been to two of them, but I also travel a lot inside Slovenia. In summer, I mostly go to the sea (with the local equivalent of the BlaBarCar service, a one-way trip costs 5 euros), and during the academic year, we often go to excursions with our school. For example, in the first year of studies, there were five excursions around Slovenia. Now a trip to Italy is planned. We will get acquainted with the work of a restaurant with two Michelin stars. In addition, those who know English and love to compete have excellent opportunities to combine study and travel. Throughout the year, the school sends students to various competitions around Europe,” says Ilya Tatarin, a student at the Graduate School of Restaurant and Hotel Business in Bled.

Education in Slovenia is conducted according to the standards of the Bologna system, which is a single educational space of the leading European countries. This allows students not only to obtain a prestigious international diploma but also to participate in exchange programmes during studies or improve qualifications after obtaining a diploma in any of the universities participating in the Bologna system. It is not surprising that graduates from Slovenian educational institutions are in demand on the European labour market. A prestigious diploma, extensive practice, knowledge of several languages, and internships in other countries are taken into account. Graduates from tourism faculties can work in the hotel and restaurant business, create and sell tourism products, be engaged in advertising, event management, and many related areas. Students can decide on their choice while still studying and then purposefully do practical training with the company, in which they would like to work after receiving a diploma.

University vs College

Slovenia’s public and private educational institutions offer a variety of study programmes for tourism industry professionals. The largest universities among them are the University of Maribor and the University of Primorska. There are also several graduate schools that specialize in winemaking, restaurant and hotel business.

The Faculty of Tourism at the University of Maribor is located in the ancient town of Brežice. This is truly a European gem, a city-museum. Its economy is based on trade and tourism services. Here students can be inspired by the profession, learn and practice literally at every step. Since 2019, the faculty students can also study in Ljubljana by enrolling in Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programmes with the English language of instruction.

The University of Primorska, as can be understood from its name, is located on the shores of the Adriatic Sea, in the picturesque town of Koper. People from many countries come here to relax. The Faculty of Tourism at the local university is located in Portorož and features the biggest number of applicants for one place. Studying tourism business on the Adriatic coast combines all – theory, practice, work, and rest.

However, when choosing an educational institution, applicants do not always opt for universities. A lot of students think practically and go to colleges with a shorter period of training. Thus, college graduates can start to build a career and earn money earlier.

I’ve decided to enter the Graduate School of Tourism and Hotel Business in Maribor since Slovenia is rapidly developing in these areas, and this school is one of the best in the whole country. My choice fell on this educational institution because here the study period lasts two years – less than in any university, and the study process is more narrow-focused,” explains a student, Oleg Alferov. A similar policy is pursued in another reputable Slovenian educational institution – the Velenje College of Vocational Education, where, among other things, they train specialists in Hotel and Restaurant Business and Tourism. The educational institution actively cooperates with many foreign tourism enterprises on an ongoing basis. A significant number of its students study on exchange programmes in large educational institutions of other European countries and are practicing abroad. This allows them to expand and deepen their knowledge, sharpen their professional skills and develop useful contacts. Thus, students of the Velenje College take part in competitions under the auspices of the Tourism Board of Slovenia and the Tourism Exchange, participate in competitions held within the framework of the Olympics of Professions, as well as in other European youth activities. Therefore, graduates of Velenje College often receive favourable offers from employees even before the diploma delivery ceremony.

The professions mastered by students of our college correspond to the current supply and demand in the labour market. The majority of our teachers work in companies that are leaders in their fields. Therefore, our students know first-hand about modern business trends. Study programmes of our college are designed so that they include 40% of the practical classes. This means that our students get employed already during their studies,” emphasizes the Head of the Velenje College of Vocational Education, Uroš Sonjak.

P.S. …Whatever field of the tourism industry you choose, whatever educational institution you prefer, one thing remains certain – studying Tourism in Slovenia is the right and promising decision. In this country, you can explore this field of activity in all its diversity, becoming a universal specialist with rich professional experience, while your heart and the life itself will later prompt you in what part of the globe to apply your skills and competencies. In a good hour!

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