Ten Useful Tips for Students at the Beginning of Academic Year

Well, now you are a student of a Slovenian educational institution. Do you know what should be done during the first week of your studies? We’ve picked up a few helpful tips to help you get off to a good start of the new academic year.

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1. Find out information about the faculty schedule and academic requirements

First of all, ask about the working hours of the student department. Its staff will assist you in solving various issues and receiving relevant information. Find out the curriculum and schedule of classes and also specify working hours of the library, computer rooms and training facilities, if there are any at the faculty. Familiarize yourself with all the requirements to the organization of educational process, including attendance of classes and exams.

2. Purchase study materials

In October, faculties usually hold fairs of second-hand study materials, where you can inexpensively purchase textbooks, manuals, reference books. Information about the time and place of the next fair held at your faculty can be found on bulletin boards or on the faculty website. Literature can be purchased at a bookshop of a particular faculty or borrowed in the library. You can also make copies of teacher materials in a photocopying room.

3. Download useful applications

You will certainly need useful mobile applications, for example, to travel in Ljubljana public transport (Trola, Ljubljana Bus, LPP vozni red); to travel around the cities of Slovenia and other European countries (Prevoz.org, Grem z vlakom); to receive general information about studying (eVŠ); to review the dates of exams and other important events (SolCalendar, Google Koledar, Student Agenda); to summarize information (Ultimate Notepad, Evernote); to search for public places that support the system of subsidized meals for students (NaBon, ŠoupIT); to control your expenses (Toshl Finance – budžeti, Student Budget Planner, Moj Budget); to participate in extracurricular activities (OdpiralniČasi, Napovednik), etc.

4. Make acquaintance with your fellow students and senior students

This will help you quickly adapt to the new environment, learn about all the requirements to the educational process and get useful recommendations on how to improve student life. Be sure to exchange contacts with fellow students in Slovenia so that there is someone to ask for advice in the early days.

5. Make yourself eligible for subsidized student meals

You can use the system of subsidized meals (the so-called “bons” or coupons) in all public places involved in this programme from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. By the way, students, among other things, have discounts on visiting McDonald’s. To receive your right to subsidized meals, it is necessary to fill in the form for initial registration on the website studentska-prehrana.si. With a printed application form and a document confirming your student status, you need to personally appear at one of the points for subsidized feeding of students (SŠP) and activate your application.  

6. Optimize your transport expenses

Slovenia offers a wide range of discounts and benefits for students, including discounts for public transport services. To minimize public transport expenses, use subsidized subscription. If you go to classes by car, ask the dean’s office if there is any possibility of cheaper parking at the faculty (students usually receive discounts). Be careful and park only in permitted places, as city law enforcement officers issue fines to students. At the same time, the cheapest and healthiest way to get around the city is, of course, your own bicycle. It is best to buy a used bicycle in good condition. To do this, view ads on the Internet or the bulletin board in your dormitory. In addition, you can rent a bicycle using the special municipal services. For example, Bicikelj in Ljubljana. Similar services operate in all major cities of the country – Maribor, Koper, Celje, Portorož, Kranj, Novo Mesto, etc.

7. Register at student services

and do not forget to prolong your registration. This will help you find a part-time job if you need one. In addition, it will be useful for a freshman to join various student clubs, organizations and societies.

8. Take advantage of your student status

At the beginning of academic year, ask about the place and conditions to purchase cheaper tickets/subscriptions to cultural and sport institutions, to various educational courses, as well as get discounts and privileges when visiting stores, registering in libraries, etc.

9. Think about your student leisure activities

Ask if there are any clubs, theatrical groups, choirs, sport teams at your faculty, and what extracurricular activities your faculty offers. Thus, you will find new friends, establish yourself as an active student, as well as spend extracurricular time with interest and benefit.

10. Do not forget about self-discipline and responsible approach to studies

Perform regular academic duties and start preparing for exams on time. New students are often sure that all difficulties end after their enrolment to a study programme and afterwards they can “exhale” and relax. However, this is a deceptive idea. In fact, it is just the beginning. Never the less, if you approach to your new status seriously and fulfil punctually all academic requirements, then even the most difficult tasks will be undoubtedly within your scope of abilities!

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