Masters in Slovenia

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Population: 2,000,000
# of Students: 107,000*
# of Int. Students: 2,000*
# of Institutes: 32
Education Expenditure: 57‰ of GDP
Academic Year: Runs from October to September
*= Approx. total

Study in Slovenia

Slovenia strives to implement measures supporting equal opportunities, academic success, student mobility, higher education and vocational education and training, language learning and distance education. The adoption of the Bologna system also supports the academic and professional recognition of qualifications, and the overall development of modern education methods and internationally relevant undergraduate and postgraduate studies.

International focus

In recent years, higher education in Slovenia has undergone several structural changes, rapid institutional development and new study programme implementation. As a result, Slovenia became an increasingly popular international student destination. Just under 2,000 foreign students are currently studying in Slovenia. The great majority of these students come from the republics of the former Yugoslavia, mainly because of cultural links and similarities of language. Foreign students account for almost 10% of doctoral students.

General application requirements

Foreign citizens and Slovenians without Slovenian citizenship who completed secondary school abroad may enrol in Bachelor studies if they meet the following requirements:

  • completed four-year secondary school;
  • completed procedure for the recognition of foreign secondary education certificates;
  • successful result on required tests, if applicable;
  • knowledge of the Slovenian language.

Copies of certificates and other documents which candidates must send to the Higher Education Application Information Service of the chosen Slovenian university:

  • notarized final certificate of a four year secondary school (or matura certificate);
  • a secondary school diploma;
  • notarised transcripts for the last two years of completed secondary school recording academic performance;
  • personal identity cards or certificates of citizenship;
  • certificate indicating that the candidate has passed the Examination in Intermediate Level Slovenian.

The general access requirement for masters’ study programmes is a completed first cycle study programme. Admission requirements may vary depending on the chosen higher education institution. Contact the international student departments for detailed information.

Also visit: http://www.slovenia.si/study/about/#c3750

Academic structure

Higher education studies are provided by public and private universities, faculties, art academies and professional colleges. Universities, faculties and art academies may provide all types of study programmes, while professional colleges generally focus on bachelor level study programmes.

Individual faculties in all Slovenian universities are gradually introducing credit schemes, under the European Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS).

Study programmes

Higher education system in Slovenia is in accordance with the Bologna declaration and consists of Bachelor level academic and professional study programmes, masters’ study programmes and professional degrees as well as doctoral studies. Degrees in all three cycles can be taken as joint degrees. Higher education institutions may provide supplementary study programmes as a form of lifelong learning. Studies are organised as full-time and part-time respectively.

Language of study

Most lectures and practical classes are held in Slovenian, so mastering the Slovenian language is important. Candidates wishing to study foreign languages at the Faculty of Arts will also require good command of a chosen foreign language. Postgraduate programmes do not require knowledge of Slovenian but knowing at least one foreign language is recommended. Part of the study programmes can take place in English.

To find and compare English language courses visit: www.languagelearningportal.com

Teaching methods

Higher education institutions use various teaching methods such as lectures, seminars, exercises, colloquium and written assignments. Usually lectures are given for a large group of students, while the seminars and exercises are usually offered for a smaller group of students. The studies also demand a lot of individual and preparatory work.

Study visa

EU citizens do not need a visa to enter the Republic of Slovenia; they can enter with a valid identity card or a valid passport regardless of their purpose of stay. If they want to stay in Slovenia longer than three months, they have to register their place of residence at their local administrative in a period of three months after arriving in the country.

Non-EU nationals who wish to enter the Republic of Slovenia are required to obtain a visa at a diplomatic mission or consulate of the Republic of Slovenia abroad prior to entering the Republic of Slovenia.

Documentation needed:

  • written opinion of the ministry of higher education and science (issued on the basis of the Rules of the relevant ministry which is responsible for the drafting of the Rules) and entry into the electronic record (in preparation);
  • scholarship of the Republic of Slovenia or certificate of sufficient funds;
  • original and authenticated translation of certificate of no criminal record;
  • health insurance.

To fin detailed information about the study visa, contact your local Slovenian embassy.

Also visit: http://www.infotujci.si/v/6/visa

Living in Slovenia

  • Student status brings numerous other benefits: heavily subsidized, discounts on public transport, reduced admission to many events and discounts on participation in various courses and activities.
  • Secondary school students and higher education students attending school outside their town may live in residence halls for students, provided there are available vacancies.
  • Prices per person range from €15 to €50 a night, for Private rooms, apartments and inns.
  • Daily menu in the business district is around €9.
  • The country provides advantages of both rural and urban lifestyles at the same time.
  • Slovenians are traditionally very keen on mountain hiking and climbing. There is a great variety of mountaineering options.
  • Walking, cycling, jogging and other sports practiced by health-conscious people are very popular.
  • A short drive of just over two hours brings you from the azure Mediterranean to Alpine peaks.
  • Many thermal springs are found in the countryside.
  • Slovenia benefits from a lot of unspoilt nature.
  • The golf courses, ski slopes, various sports facilities are available for the most demanding sports enthusiasts.
  • Slovenians love creating art out of everything. Various skills and crafts that have been handed down from generation to generation.
  • Along with its universally known breed of honeybee, a special feature of Slovenia is the colourful beehive panel decorated with religious, historical, and humorous scenes found on the front of the original Slovene beehive.
  • The highest mountain is called Triglav - the name meaning "three-heads" - and it is 2864m high. The mountain is a true national symbol, featured on the national coat of arms and the flag.
  • Slovenians are hard-working, diligent and active people. They like to travel and speak foreign languages well.

Regulations & Advice

Member of EU since May 1, 2004

About Slovenia

The Republic of Slovenia lies at the heart of Europe, where the Alps and the Mediterranean meet the Pannonian plains and the mysterious Karst. Slovenia is situated in Central Europe and shares borders with Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary, only a couple hours from Venice or Vienna.

The Country is mostly elevated. Outside the coastal area, its terrain consists largely of plateaus and ridges, Alpine peaks, basins and valleys. Many woods and forests in Slovenia cover more than half the territory. Slovenia is homeland to more than 50.000 animal species and 3.000 plant species. The remnants of primeval forests could also be found, especially in the Kocevje area.

The climate is continental with cold winters and warm summers, but in the coastal areas, there is a pleasant sub-mediterranean climate. The average temperatures are -2° in January and 21° in July. There is plenty of snow in winter. In Slovenia, the sun shines approximately 2,000 hours per year.

Historically, the current territory of Slovenia was part of many different empires, including the Roman Empire, the Holy Roman Empire and the Austro-Hungarian Empire. In October 1918, the Slovenes merged together with Croats and Serbs into the Kingdom of Yugoslavia. During World War II, Slovenia was occupied and annexed by the Axis Powers. Afterward, it was a founding member of the Federal People's Republic of Yugoslavia. In June 1991, after the fall of communism and the introduction of democracy, Slovenia split from Yugoslavia and became an independent country. In 2004, it entered NATO and the European Union and the Eurozone.

Alongside the majority population of Slovenian ethnic origin, in the border areas there live Hungarian and Italian minority communities. Various other ethnic groups, mainly from the Western Balkans, also have residence in Slovenia.

The economy of Slovenia is small, open, and export-oriented and has been strongly influenced by international conditions. The main economic field is services, followed by industry and construction. Slovenia is also a great tourist destination.

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