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2TM managers are ready to render comprehensive assistance in admission to educational institutions of Slovenia. For your convenience, we have prepared a list of answers to the questions most commonly asked by applicants and their parents.

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Slovenian educational institutions are characterized by high quality of education with emphasis on practical training at a relatively low price (up to 5 thousand euros per year). The procedure for admission to educational institutions is quite simple (in the majority of cases students are enrolled without entrance examinations). In the process of studying, students are given a lot of opportunities for professional and personal self-realisation, mastering foreign languages ​​and gaining wide international contacts. Thanks to the provision of residence permit for the period of studies, foreign students have an opportunity to earn extra money, thereby covering their current expenses, and, in addition, to travel cheap and easy to other countries of the Eurozone. Another important moment distinguished by all students is safety. Slovenia is one of the most stable and comfortable countries in the world, as evidenced by the numerous rankings of international organisations and personal impressions of foreigners living here.

Slovenian universities take high positions within the world rankings and are well known throughout the European Union. Graduates of educational institutions in Slovenia are valued by employers, which allows young professionals to build their careers not only in Europe but also in other countries.

The process of preparation and admission to educational institutions in Slovenia takes sufficiently much time and efforts. Each applicant faces problems in choosing an institution and a study programme, red-tape difficulties during the enrolment procedure, household aspects associated with moving to another country, as well as with a huge volume of various information, the analysis of which requires much effort and time.

By entrusting us with assistance in your admission to the university and subsequent relocation, you will receive all information from a single reliable source, free yourself from red-tape issues, reduce the overall level of stress, and be able to focus on what really matters—your studies!

Admission to the Slovenian educational institutions for the majority of study programmes does not require entrance examinations. The only exception are some field-specific study programmes, for which you have to pass a creative exam or provide a certificate of language knowledge. Usually, applicants are enrolled in a university or college based on their grades for the 8–11 forms, a certificate of complete general secondary education and successfully passed state exams. The language exam for admission to the first year is also not needed in Slovenia. Tests in Slovenian language should be passed only when transferring to the second year of studies.

Admission to Slovenian educational institutions without exams is a significant advantage when choosing Slovenia in comparison with other countries: you do not lose a year to study the language, do not spend money on preparatory courses. Instead, you apply for a chosen study programme according to your level of knowledge (based on a diploma or a certificate) and immediately begin to master the desired profession.

Admission to the first year of studies in the majority of study programmes, both in universities and colleges of Slovenia, does not require passing any entrance examinations. At the same time, there is a number of study fields, for which you need to confirm a high level of the Slovenian language (from B1 to C2). Such fields include theatre, radio, cinema and television; journalism; some programmes in medicine and pedagogy; Slovene linguistics; psychology, low.

In addition, in some cases applicants must pass a creative competition for admission (design – all directions from clothing to urban design; architecture). The first part of the competition is written (performing a creative task), the second part is oral (in the form of an interview). As a rule, the personal presence of an applicant is obligatory. Only in some universities, you can provide a portfolio and pass an interview on Skype.

The IELTS or TOEFL certificate is optional for Slovenian universities.

In Slovenia, you can master almost any profession. There is a fairly large selection of study programmes and educational institutions. You can receive higher education (Bachelor’s, Master’s, and PhD diplomas), secondary vocational education (colleges), as well as education under double-diploma programmes (including student exchange programmes and obtaining diplomas of the two countries participating in the programme). In addition, there is a possibility of obtaining education remotely.

All applicants have an opportunity to take one-year, six-months and two-months Slovenian language courses in advance in order to successfully pass the entrance language exam for the study programmes where it is required, as well as to facilitate the learning process at the initial stage of training. The Slovenian language is not too difficult to learn. With the help of experienced teachers and thanks to immersion in the language environment, the majority of students with a zero level of Slovenian language master it literally for three months, of course provided their own desire, perseverance and hard work.

Yes, it is. There are enough study programmes in Slovenia that are instructed in English. The majority of them are at the Master’s and PhD degree programmes. Depending on the field of studies you are interested in, a 2TM manager will tell you more about the programme options.

In Slovenia, foreign students receive a residence permit, rather than a student visa. They can travel freely throughout the EU and enjoy all student privileges, including compensation for food expenses. Due to the residence permit, foreign students in Slovenia have the right to work during their studies, thus gaining practical and work experience. The study period is included in the length of service required to obtain a permanent residence permit. After a 10-year stay in Slovenia, an immigrant obtains the citizenship of that country.

Foreign students in Slovenia study on a fee basis. However, the tuition fee, if compared to other countries, is low, and in combination with the prospects received, these investments are fully compensated by subsequent career achievements. It is important that each university has its own system of incentives for good performance in studies, so students have an effective motivation to study hard.

Slovenia is a Slavic country. It has a significantly easy language ​​and comprehensible cultural environment. All this will help students adapt as quickly as possible, find new friends, get used to the country and easily merge into the learning process.

Since foreign students in Slovenia receive a residence permit for the purpose of obtaining education for the period of studies, they can work (a certain number of hours per month) starting from the first year. The Student Service organisation helps students find a part-time job. Side job allows students to partially compensate their living expenses, improve their language skills, understand the specifics of the European labour market, acquire useful contacts, and gain professional experience.

The educational system in Slovenia is not limited to a simple transfer of theoretical knowledge. It has a strong practical focus and provides students with a high degree of independence. This is facilitated by the availability of compulsory subjects and elective courses in each study programme, by choosing which a student personally determines the direction of studies in the programme.

Slovenia’s universities have a strong scientific and technical base, through which students, together with teachers, conduct research work and create their own projects. The study process involves constant communication between students and teachers. The classes are conducted by Slovenian and foreign professors, as well as by practitioners from Slovenian enterprises, institutions and successful entrepreneurs who pass on their work experience to students. All students have access to an online database, where they can find not only additional literature, but also presentations and video lectures on the required topic.

In the process of studying, students of Slovenian universities are guaranteed to acquire knowledge of several foreign languages. For example, by the end of studies, students from the CIS countries master Slovenian, English and one other foreign language studied at their choice. In addition, in the process of learning, students master the use of IT-technologies according to the profile of their profession, expand their horizons, and acquire self-management skills.

Slovenia is part of the EU, which means that after graduation, you receive a diploma of an established European standard and you can be employed with companies not only in Slovenia, but also in other European countries and all over the world, where the diplomas of the European Union are recognized. Besides, with such a diploma, you can continue your education in a Master’s or PhD degree programme at any EU university. If you decide to return home, you will have an additional advantage in the labour market as a specialist with a European diploma.

As a rule, in Slovenia, students work already in the process of studying, so that by the end of the training almost all graduates have either a permanent employer or at least an understanding of where they can find a good job. Due to a close cooperation of educational institutions and enterprises, as well as a practice-oriented training, the majority of graduates do not have problems with employment. By the way, knowledge of a foreign language can be an additional advantage for employment in certain areas of activity. According to official data, Slovenia experiences a certain shortage of specialists with higher education, as local youth seeks countries that are more promising from the point of view of career development: the USA, England, Austria, and Germany. Accordingly, young specialists from foreign countries are in high demand after graduation from a Slovenian university. According to the study results obtained by the Institute for Personnel and Development, in Slovenia (along with Germany and the Netherlands), the percentage of university graduates that do not work according to the obtained profession is less than 10%.

Yes, it is. Each educational institution operates a Career Centre, where students are helped to start a career path and successfully find a job. However, in practice, by the end of the training many students already have a permanent employer or a job offer, and because of this they can continue living in Slovenia based on a work permit.

We recommend starting work while learning to get the necessary experience. In this case, it will be easier later to get a permanent job.

Tuition fees and other costs in Slovenia are relatively low as compared to other European countries. Education for foreigners is fee-based and costs from 1,500 EUR/year depending on a study programme. At the same time, students receiving education in universities and colleges of Slovenia enjoy a lot of discounts: on using public transport; on attending cultural events, courses, workshops, sports facilities. Besides, there are so-called “bons” (a discount on food), which are valid in virtually all restaurants and cafes of the country. Monthly expenses for food, rent, accommodation, etc. in total make approximately 500 EUR per month.

Many universities in Slovenia have dormitories (in Slovene: študentski dom). Student dormitories in Slovenia meet the European standards. Rooms are designed for one or two people. Each room has its own bathroom and shower. It also has a shared well-equipped kitchen and a shared laundry. The cost of living in a dormitory averages from 120 EUR per month.

The practice of renting rooms or apartments by several people is also common. The cost of such housing in the capital of Slovenia, Ljubljana, will be around 150–250 EUR per month per person.

Students will never be bored in Slovenia. The country offers entertainment for every taste: theatres, museums, clubs, discos, shopping and entertainment centres with cinemas, bowling and billiards, thematic places like Metelkovo, where representatives of informal trends gather, fans of art house and simply creative personalities, and much more.

In summer you can swim in the Adriatic Sea, do rafting on kayaks, rollerblade, skateboard, ride bicycles, and go hiking. In winter, you can ski in the Alps. Besides, at any time of the year, you can travel freely to any European country (which is very affordable due to student discounts), get acquainted with the history of medieval cities, enjoy walks in the parks and mountains.

The variety of attractions in Slovenia is explained by both the nature and the history of the country. They include the Triglav National Park and Lake Bohinj, Lake Bled with a picturesque island in the centre and Bled Castle, Postojna Cave and Predjama Castle, Lipica Horse Farm. Guests of Slovenia are attracted by the seaside towns of Piran, Portorož and Koper with its magnificent Palm Avenue. The cities of Ptuj, Novo Mesto and Maribor will surprise with their ancient architecture and castles. Moreover, it is necessary to visit the capital of Slovenia with its Tivoli Park, Ljubljana Castle and many other old and modern attractions.

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