When choosing a country for higher education abroad, a number of factors are usually taken into account. Future students and their parents pay special attention to the cost and quality of education. The optimal ratio of these factors is typical for higher educational institutions of Slovenia. That is why this Balkan state, which has been part of the EU since 2004, is becoming increasingly popular among applicants from many countries.
How Much Does It Cost to Study in Slovenian Universities?
In Slovenia, there are 3 state universities, 2 international universities, 1 private university and 47 institutes. The cost of studying on various programmes in educational institutions is different. At the University of Ljubljana, the most prestigious Slovenian university, one year of studying on a Bachelor’s degree programme costs from 3 thousand euros (depending on the programme). Studying on a Master’s degree programme will require 3–4 thousand euros per year.
Studying at the University of Maribor for foreign students is a little cheaper. A year of Bachelor’s degree programme here costs from 1.9 thousand euros. The minimum price for a year under a Master’s degree programme is practically the same. Training in a private university (with state accreditation) in Nova Gorica both on a Bachelor’s and on a Master’s degree programmes costs from 2.8 thousand euros per year.
An important point is the so-called “room for mistake”, which can be used by students studying in Slovenia. Anyone, who for some reason could not pass the exams for the past academic year, has an opportunity to repeat that year of studies. Re-training is provided free of charge. A student needs only to pay administrative expenses in the amount of about 200 euros (varies depending on the educational institution).
The Cost of Accommodation in Slovenia
A room in a dormitory costs from 100 to 250 euros per month. If you live in two or in three, then the rent for housing is divided into two or three accordingly. As an alternative, students can rent a room in an apartment for 150–250 euros per month. This amount can also include the payment for utilities. Renting a one-room apartment, a studio apartment, will cost about 300–400 euros, including utilities. Usually, after the first semester, students start making friends and renting housing together, which reduces costs significantly.
In Slovenia, there are student discounts for food, transportation, visits to museums, concert halls. An up to 50% discount for food is called “bons” and is valid in cafes and even in McDonald’s. A student travel pass for a month in Ljubljana costs 20 euros. A 50 percent discount is given to students when traveling by intercity buses and trains. With discounts you can travel to any European country. Taking into account the mentioned benefits, a budgetary accommodation in Slovenia will cost around 500 euros per month. If a student earns extra money while studying, which is a common practice, the burden on the budget decreases significantly.
To Compare: Tuition Fees in European Universities
Tuition fees and other costs in Slovenia are relatively low as compared to other European countries. The cost of studying for foreigners here starts from 1,500 euros per year. For comparison: studying at the Technical University of Berlin, the Free University of Berlin, the Rhine-Westphalian Technical University of Aachen, the University of Mannheim and other leading German universities costs up to 15 thousand euros per year (Bachelor’s degree) and up to 20 thousand euros per year (Master’s degree). In less prestigious educational institutions, you can study for 9–11 thousand euros per year. It is important to understand that we are talking only about tuition fees, and these costs should be added to the costs of accommodation, which are quite high. In addition, in Germany there are no such student discounts, as in Slovenia.
In Poland, tuition fees are comparable to the price for educational services in Slovenian universities. Polish Bachelor’s degree programmes with instruction in English cost from 2 to 4 thousand euros per year depending on the educational institution. The cost of studying on a Master’s degree programme is 3–5 thousand euros. However, housing (dormitory, rented room or apartment), food, transportation and leisure in this country will require significantly more expenses than in Slovenia. At the same time, the quality of education in Slovenia is much higher.
The state universities of the Czech Republic offer free education in the Czech language. However, in order to enrol in a Czech higher educational institution, an entrant must confirm knowledge of the relevant subjects and speak Czech at C1 level (in fact, fluently). Instruction in English in the Czech Republic is provided on commercial basis. In particular, the Charles University located in Prague offers Bachelor’s degree programmes with a tuition fee of up to 8,000 euros per year and Master’s degree programmes that can cost up to 14,000 euros per year.
Cost/Quality: Golden Mean
As can be seen, in terms of the education cost to quality ratio, Slovenia is more attractive than many other countries. To summarize, it should be noted that the University of Ljubljana is among the world’s Top 500 universities according to the most authoritative Academic Ranking of World Universities. Besides, it ranks 370th among more than 18 thousand universities worldwide according to the Centre for World University Rankings. The University of Nova Gorica takes the 186th place in the international Round University Ranking (RUR). According to the international university ranking U-Multirank 2017, this university is among the world’s best universities in terms of the quality of education. According to the New Europe 2018 ranking provided by Times Higher Education, the University of Maribor has entered the top ten research universities of the countries that have joined the EU in the last 15 years. The ranking includes more than 100 research universities from 13 EU countries. In addition, several study programmes of four Slovenian universities were included into the list of the world’s best academic programmes. This list of evidences of the worldwide recognition of Slovenian educational institutions can be continued. Therefore, we can state with confidence that the choice of a Slovenian university will be an excellent solution!