In Europe, as well as in Slovenia there is a high demand for skilled professionals. According to the statistics, the German labor market needs 150,000 specialists with the secondary professional education (DW, 2015).
Vocational education is the most demanded class of workers in the European labor market, which focuses on the attainment of specific, practical set of skills and knowledge.
Apart from the theoretical and practical knowledge, which you get while studying at the vocational education institution in Slovenia, you also get the working experience in the European Union, which will give you an advantage when applying for employment.
After the graduation from the Vocational institution, the graduate can find employment both in Slovenia and in other EU countries.
Most students sending their applications during the first stream, as it guarantees a maximum choice of programs and places at all the vocational education institutions. Consequently, during the next stream, the number of places available will be much more limited or even no places will be available at all.
The application can be submitted without the complete list of documents, which can be submitted before the middle July, when you get your diploma and examination results.
Warning! Before the submission of the application it is compulsory to undergo the process of recognition of educational documents, which can be started without the full list of documents. The procedure can take up to 2 months.
The decision regarding the students who only finished 9 years of school will be taken on the case to case basis by the administration of the institute. The factors taken into account include the program and subjects studied and the availability of a host/custodian at the institute’s student dormitory.
In Slovenia, the full-time studies start on 1 October and the part-time studies on 31 October. The study year officially end on 30 September of the following year.
In order to pass a unit, all the seminars, exams and practice has to be done before 1 October. The vocational programs are based on the modular educational system. Usually, students are studying one or two subjects for 2 months and then after the end of the “module” they pass the exams, and the process repeats until the end of the year. There are also periods to retake the exams, which are normally held in January, June and September.
The holidays are twice a year: in winter and summer. The dates depend on your results during the exams and practice.
Most of the vocational institutions have a student dormitory (študentski dom), which are modern and clean. The cost varies from €120 to €250 per month, depending on the number of people in the room, food and the service in general. The usual price for a room for two people is around €120 – €160 per month.
The students studying at public and private vocational institutes have the same rights and entitlements as students studying at the tertiary institutions.
In Slovenia students benefit from a special system of discounts, which include lunch discounts almost at every café and restaurant, discounted fares for public transport, museums, exhibitions, cinemas and more. As a student you have the opportunity to use student discounts for interstate transport, traveling within the Schengen Zone cheaply and with no need for another visa.
The students can apply for a scholarship and also have the right to work*
* — Тhe employment for students can be done via the Student service (študentski servis). It’s an official organization representing the interests of students, provides assistance in finding a job, issues student discounts and assists in adaptation in Slovenia.