Representatives of Slovenian Universities and Ministries Discussed the Ways to Prevent Enrolment of Fictitious Students

On 4 April, 2TM took part in the Conference on “Preventing Fictitious Enrolment of Foreign Students to the Educational Institutions of Slovenia” held in Ljubljana. The event was organized by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of Slovenia. Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the General Directorate of Police also took part in the Conference.

The main topics raised at the discussion involved topical issues of enrolling foreign students, conditions for obtaining a study-based residence permit, as well as the experience of the Ministry of Education in working with so-called fictitious students.

The latter issue is especially relevant in the light of the continued growth in the number of foreign students and, as a result, an increase in the number of persons who have received a study-based residence permit in Slovenia and who do not comply with the stated grounds. The participants of the Conference exchanged their experience in identifying such cases and responding appropriately to combat them. At the same time, representatives of Slovenian universities note that the identification and subsequent deportation of fictitious students is extremely rare today.

Separately, the issue on attendance of foreign students was discussed. A representative of the General Directorate of Police asked the universities to inform law enforcement authorities in a timely manner about the missed classes for taking operational measures.

To date, according to the Ministry of Education of Slovenia, 4,300 foreign students are studying in the country, 90% of whom are citizens of the Balkan countries (Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia, and Macedonia). Among the foreign students, the most numerous are the Student Diasporas from Turkey, Ukraine, Iran, China, India, Russia, and Egypt. At the same time, as was noted at the Conference, fictitious students, as a rule, come from other less economically developed countries and regions.