Studying Tourism in Slovenia
A person is made happy with three things: love, interesting work and an opportunity to travel.
Falling in Love with the Country
Many people are striving for freedom, for independence, for openness to the world. Studying tourism provides all these opportunities. Today, this is one of the priority ways of development not only for our country, but also for a person who sees the meaning of his life in travelling.
Often parents, realizing that their domestic education is not quoted on the European market, start thinking about the admission of their children to universities in Europe. First of all, they ask themselves about the political stability and economic security of the country. It is Slovenia with its quiet and measured life that creates the ideal conditions for a comfortable education.
“Due to the fact that the tourism industry determines the economy of the country, much is invested in tourism, both prospects and money,” says a 2TM manager Marina Kosheleva.
It is better to study tourism through the sensations of those places, which you may advertise in the future. The beauty of nature, the warm Adriatic Sea, thermal springs and spas, rich in history and stunning gastronomy Slovenia provides an opportunity of pampering yourself. Rest here can be varied, from active sports to exceptional wellness.
How to start? If you feel the organizational talent in yourself and are ready to make people’s lives more comfortable, bright and rich, then the sphere of tourism is definitely for you. In Slovenia, study programmes on tourism are available in both public universities and colleges.
“Our main applicants are the 10–11-graders who are enrolling to Bachelor’s degree programmes. There are also those who have received a Bachelor’s degree in their home country and wish to continue studies in Slovenia. We sometimes receive applications from already successful people who just want to leave their native country and master a new profession abroad—adults who simply want to retrain and leave their country,” Marina adds.
Career in the tourism business makes it possible to communicate with people and demonstrate actively your creative abilities. It is enough to receive a vocational education and successfully pass the apprenticeship period, which starts from the second year of studies at the universities of Slovenia. This helps students experience the scope of work from the inside at the initial stage of studying.
“Slovenian universities offer a practical education. Compulsory practice in operating companies and enterprises of the country takes at least 30% of the entire educational process at a university and 50% in colleges,” Marina says.
Slovenia’s universities offer an excellent opportunity to combine study and work-earnings, providing students with a residence permit that allows them to work up to 20 hours a week. Employment is regulated by the Student Service. This body is a link between a student and an employer.
Studying on a tourism programme can take place in both English and Slovenian languages.
“An international student who enrols in a tourism programme studies the Slovenian language in detail. That is, you can study and simultaneously learn the language. In six months, it is quite possible to master the entire grammar of the Slovenian language. It will only be necessary to apply it in practice!” Marina answers with confidence.
A profession in the sphere of tourism requires an active life position. It is better to master it in a country with greater opportunities for travel, with a developed sphere of recreation and communications, and also with a high level of education. Slovenia has all these.
An Opportunity to Travel
So, the choice is made! A profession is acquired, an international diploma is received, and the knowledge of English and Slovenian is at the highest level. What would happen next? Where to go? You have a number of possibilities. As Marina notes, students have several ways after graduation:
“You can stay in Slovenia if, say, a student has studied and worked in parallel, has proved himself for an employer. The second option, a student can go to another country, according to the Erasmus student exchange system, which provides from 3 to 12 months of studies in other partner universities, and find there a possibility of further employment. The third option is to return to your native country and implement the European experience and knowledge within the domestic reality,” a Company’s manager for educational projects shares her experience.
Due to the interesting culture, customs and easy language, living in Slovenia gives foreign students a unique perspective in tourism. Visa-free visits to the Schengen countries are a great way to get acquainted with Central Europe, and in the future, perhaps, to become a part of this society.
In the following articles, we will discuss in more detail the occupations that a student can learn from the Tourism and Recreation study programme and the ways to apply them in life, as well as methods of analysing the cost of training depending on the programme chosen.