Ten Reasons to Receive Higher Education in Slovenia
No one could deny, however, that in Russia the European education has always been appreciated. Foreign universities attracted representatives of the Russian intelligentsia and the scientific elite of past years (Mikhail Lomonosov, Pyotr Kapitsa, Sofya Kovalevskaya, etc.). Nowadays, they still keep attracting young people. The European diploma is now a kind of a quality sign for yesterday’s students. It raises the ranking of a starting specialist in the Russian labour market and opens career opportunities abroad.
It is necessary to recognize that the opportunities that lay today before entrants, who want to continue their education abroad, are huge. How to make the right choice? How to find the best option in terms of “price and quality” and get the most out of your investment?
An excellent choice for obtaining a high-quality European education is entering a university in Slovenia.
“There are four state and two international universities, one private university and 47 private institutes in Slovenia. The academic training is carried out according to the standards of the Bologna system,” says the Head of the St. Petersburg representative office of the 2ТМ Company, Ksenia Balashova.
Besides the fact that graduates receive international diplomas, there exist at least 10 reasons for paying attention to the universities of Slovenia.
1. Loyalty at Admission
When enrolling in Slovenian universities, there are no entrance exams, with the exception of specialized study programmes (Journalism, Slovene Linguistics, Pedagogy, study programmes with creativity exams). Besides, to access the majority of study programmes, entrants do not need to take the Slovenian language exam as well as to provide a certificate of the English language knowledge (TOEFL/IELTS).
2. Attractive Price and Opportunity to Get a Grant
The tuition fee in Slovenia for studying at a Bachelor’s degree programme in the 2018/2019 academic year will range from 2.5 to 4 thousand euros per year and at a Master’s degree programme – from 3 to 6 thousand euros per year. There are also one-year study programmes, IMB, MBA, etc. Besides, students of Master’s and PhD degree programmes have a possibility of obtaining grants for studying in Slovenia (up to 1 thousand euros per month).
3. Residence Permit with the Right to Work while Studying
When studying, foreign students of the Slovenia’s educational institutions are granted a residence permit with the right to work. In addition, the last year students have an opportunity to take an extra year in order to finish the diploma or find a job.
4. Efficiency of Teaching Material Presentation
“Most of all I like the fact that there are more practices than theories. Thereby, it is possible to contact new people, learn to overcome fears in communication, and the technical language is mastered faster. After the end of the practice, each student makes a presentation, where he shares with the classmates acquired knowledge,” says a student of the Mechanical Engineering study programme, Yaroslav Korchak. It is true. Those, who are accustomed to a huge amount of theoretical knowledge provided by their school curriculum, sometimes enthusiastically perceive the fact that in Slovenia the main bias is toward practical knowledge of the subject.
“I shall be honest with you, I was surprised by the way the material was delivered to listeners. Information is given, conclusions are suggested, but not imposed. At the same time, the material is presented in such a way that it makes you think and evokes interest and the need to study more deeply the whole topic or separate issues related thereto. No stereotypes are inculcated. The freedom for the listener’s own development is provided,” stresses an IBS student (International Business School), Anastasia Vinokurova.
5. High Quality of Knowledge
High quality of knowledge is ensured by timely and modern reaction to the demands of the labour market. Basically, teachers in Slovenia are practitioners that work in the field, the bases of which they teach the students. Accordingly, they have relevant knowledge and skills. This ensures that students will not receive outdated information.
“The International School of Business, in which I study, is a private educational institution. It may be thought that private form of ownership means absence of strict examination procedures. Don’t hold your breath! The quality of education is the reputation of an educational institution. Therefore, you will receive an assessment on the exam in accordance with your knowledge, neither more nor less. At the same time, teachers are very attentive and loyal to their students, but within the framework of business communication, “ continues Anastasia.
6. A Possibility of Employment from the First Month of Study
Students from Slovenian universities can work on probation and pass internships in European companies from the first year of study. In Slovenia, there is a so-called “Student Service”, which involves agencies that help students find work in the country along with retaining their student status. Besides, the possibility of employment does not affect the citizenship. Both the Slovenes and foreigners can participate in the job fair.
7. Possibility of Mastering at Least Two European Languages
Instruction in Slovenian universities is held in Slovenian and English. Foreign students have enough time to adapt. According to the opinions of English-speaking students, it takes from one to six months to master the Slovenian language. At the same time, Slovenia offers an excellent practical environment for improving English.
“The widespread command of English among locals is a big plus for those who choose Slovenia for moving. However, there is a big drawback for those who really want to learn Slovenian, as the temptation to “jump” to English is huge,” a student of the Academy of Modern Fine Arts from the University of Ljubljana, Daria Kisenko, shares her opinion. She came to Slovenia from St. Petersburg.
8. Rich Cultural and Linguistic Environment, Comfort and Security of Residence
“The mentality of the Slovenes is similar to ours, so it was easy for me to get used to them. The only difference is that people always smile, always greet and are always friendly. As for the language, at first, it was not easy, but now, after six months of living here, I am fluent in Slovenian,” recounts a student of the Master’s degree programme from the University of Ljubljana, Jana Novikova.
Daria Kisenko says that over the past year I never once regretted her choice of the country for relocation.
“Fabulous nature, neat cosy capital, and nice people who predominantly speak very good English. I feel very comfortable and calm here,” the student says. A student of the Master’s degree programme on Banking and Financial Management from the University of Ljubljana, Maxim Ivailovsky, agrees with her.
“Ljubljana, and the whole Slovenia, are very clean, calm, with excellent ecology and low crime rate. A sense of security and tranquillity is present here all the time.”
9. Excellent Conditions for Travelling, Sports Activities and Leisure
In the west, Slovenia borders with Italy, in the north—with Austria, in the east—with Hungary, and in the south—with Croatia. Due to such an attractive location of Slovenia on the map of Europe and its entry into the Eurozone, students have an opportunity to travel around Europe freely and inexpensively.
“Ljubljana is a bit boring city to my taste. The nightlife here is pretty poor in terms of leisure activities. However, I can always dispel my boredom by spending just 1.5 hour to reach Croatia or a couple of hours to come to Italy, and also 4 hours to visit the beautiful Budapest. Having walked around in neighbouring countries, I happily return to the silence and peace of Ljubljana,” says Maxim Ivailovsky.
Slovenia has a developed system of discounts for students (up to 50% in restaurants, museums, libraries, cultural centres and public transport), which can significantly ease the budget burden and help spend your free time usefully.
10. Development of Useful Contacts and Acquisition of Friends from Around the World
Since Slovenia is considered one of the most inexpensive countries for obtaining European education, it is possible to meet students from different countries here (China, Kazakhstan, Finland, etc.) The exchange and mobility student programme Erasmus allows students from the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, and South Korea to come to Slovenia. In addition, professors from foreign universities come to Slovenia to give lectures or hold workshops. In this regard, students have many opportunities to improve their professional level and to acquire useful contacts.
“In Slovenia, I found new friends who support me both in my studies and in sports. One may say that this is my second home now. Slovenia has incredibly friendly energy, in both communication and people’s attitude to the environment. I changed my attitude to people. I became more open, confident and unshakable in my decisions and choices,” tells Jaroslav Korchak.
The choice of an educational institution abroad is a responsible step. In this case, spontaneity is useless. When choosing a European university, it is worth paying attention to living conditions, employment opportunities and conditions for obtaining residence permit during the study period in addition to the university ranking and conditions of admission. It is also important not to delay with your choice, because in most European universities, including Slovenia, the filing of documents begins already in winter.