Vocational Education in Slovenia

In Europe, as well as in Slovenia the workforce with vocational professional education is in high demand.

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Vocational Education

Vocational education professionals are in high demand on the European labor market since vocational study programs put the maximum focus on acquiring practical knowledge and independent work skills.

It is a pragmatically orientated type of education with a great emphasis on the practical acquisition of experience and an important part of the studies is an internship.

Vocational institutes predominantly work closely with local businesses, where students undergo practical training which covers up to 40% of the selected program schedule. In each academic year, students complete 400 internship hours.

Vocational education lasts 2 academic years or 4 semesters. The vocational school ends with the defense of the diploma thesis and the student is awarded120 ECTS.

Enrollment Requirements

Anyone who has completed 4 years of high school and passed the final exams can enroll in Slovenian vocational institutes. For admission to specific vocational art programs, the main requirement is a successfully passed entrance exam.
There are several application deadlines. Check your possibilities of enrolling in vocational programs – contact us at education@2tm.si.

Academic Year

In Slovenia, the full-time studies start on 1 October and the part-time studies on 31 October. The academic year officially ends on 30 September of the following calendar year.

In order to complete all course work and continue with studies in the second year, students must pass compulsory seminars, exams, and practical training. Vocational study programs are based on a modular training system: for one or two months students attend one or two courses and they take exams after completing the “module”, afterward, the new course starts and the students take the exam and so on until the end of the academic year.

The holidays are twice a year: in winter and summer. The actual dates depend on individual exam results and completed practical work training.

Student Rights and Benefits

Students of vocational colleges are equal in status to students of tertiary educational institutions, namely faculties, and enjoy exactly the same rights and benefits.

These rights are as follows:

  1. Subsidized lunches,
  2. Subsidized transport,
  3. Student work,
  4. Various discounts: museums, fitness clubs, courses, concerts etc.

Employment Possibilities

As a result of the highly practical nature of vocational study programs, students get closely acquainted with business organizations and processes during their studies. Students write a thesis based on real-life examples from the company in which they do their internship or training.

Most students find a job right after graduation. Many graduates continue to work in the companies in which they completed the internship. This often happens early on, during studies.

Due to the growing shortage of skilled professionals with vocational training, the possibility of employment has actually increased in recent years and this field of studies represents a promising career path.

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