Education in Slovenia

Education starts from elementary school, lasts for 9 years and is mandatory for everyone. In Slovenia, education can be continued in secondary educational institutions: vocational or technical schools, colleagues, and gymnasiums. Students complete their studies by passing the qualification and final school exams (with or without concentration in any subject).

A general certificate in secondary education issued by a secondary or vocational school is a prerequisite for enrollment to the university study programmes.

You can continue your education in higher vocational educational institutions, at a Bachelor’s degree programme (3 years of studying at universities and vocational schools) or under a single Master’s degree programme (5 years).

Entrance exams are not required for entering any faculty programme in Slovenia. The exception is the Academy of Arts and the Faculties of Sports and Architecture.

After completing education at a Bachelor’s degree programme, students can continue their studies at a Master’s degree programme. Study period is 2 years. When enrolling in a Master’s degree programme, students can change the programme direction and the faculty. In this case, they must take graded exams. At the end of the Master’s degree programme, students can enter the PhD degree programme, which lasts for 3 years.

In Slovenia, there are 5 universities, 48 ​​autonomous institutions of higher education and 46 colleges that provide educational services. The universities are located in Ljubljana, Maribor, Koper and Nova Gorica. Training centres and colleges operate in other major cities (Celje, Velenje, Murska Sobota, Bled, Piran, etc.)

All study programs are licensed by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology and are of equal worth.

When studying, students can retake one academic year or one time change the programme in any university or any faculty, or take an academic leave (for 1 year). In the event of taking an academic leave, students lose the right to receive state subventions that provide preferential travel in urban transport, bonuses and basic medical insurance.

Students have the right to participate in exchange programmes (Erasmus+). Thus, part of the studies can take place at a faculty of a partner educational institution in one of the European countries. A student successfully registered for participation in an exchange program receives a scholarship during the period of studying abroad. In Slovenia, it is considered necessary to encourage participation in exchange programmes, since it is a good opportunity for students to gain experience in other countries.

Foreign students are satisfied with the high quality of study programmes in Slovenia. They also welcome the benefits of state subsidies for meals (student bons) and the prospect of employment during their studies. They also note the willingness of Slovenian students to help in adaptation and communication.

For more information about the possibilities of education in Slovenia, write to education@2tm.si.

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