Natalija Volarev, Serbia
Why did you decide to study in Slovenia?
I became interested in studying in Slovenia during my education in 2018, when I was finishing the 4th grade of philology high school in Belgrade. In October 2018 I visited the Education Fair in my city and visited the stand of 2TM from Ljubljana. I inquired in detail about the studies and got specific answers, which helped me to figure out that I am interested in tourism studies.
My parents also helped me a lot with choosing my studies, advising me that Slovenia is one of the former republics of our common country and that it is probably much easier to manage in Slovenia than anywhere else in Europe. At the same time, the diploma and study conditions are almost identical to the European ones. Serbia is not yet in the EU, but Slovenia is, so the diploma is valid everywhere in the world.
What is the experience of studying in Slovenia so far?
I started my studies in Slovenia on 1. 10. 2019. as a full – time student at the Faculty of Tourism Studies – Turistica in Portorož. I am very pleased with the quality of the education system, which offers a wide range of opportunities for advancement. We have the possibility to attend lectures of visiting professors who present topics related to tourism in a very interesting way. One of the more interesting things are the seminar and field exercises we have in groups. Groups are smaller and allow us to develop good teamwork skills. Faculty professors have a lot of understanding for us, foreign students. They are very happy to see that we are working hard and mastering the material.
Do you study in Slovenian or English language? What are some of the difficulties you encountered while studying in a foreign language?
The bachelor programme of Tourism studies that I study is offered exclusively in Slovenian. Knowing this, I attended a Slovenian language course at the Infinitiv school in Belgrade during the summer of 2019 and mastered the basics of language. Also, at the Faculty of Tourism foreign students are enabled to learn Slovenian at the A2 level during the 1st semester. The course is not obligatory, but I did, in addition to the basics I learned in Belgrade, learn a lot of new words at this course that are useful for me to master the study material. I would recommend attending the course once a week in the 1st semester to anyone.
Why would you recommend 2TM?
I would recommend 2TM agency and wonderful Katja to anyone who wants to study in Slovenia, because they simply had all my questions answered. They are very responsible and professional and do whatever is necessary for the student. We quickly and easily agreed and went into the application process and later the college enrolment. I chose the package in which, upon my arrival in Portorož, they helped me to submit my residence permit documents. I have nothing but praise for them!