Studying in Slovenia is a unique opportunity to get to know the country, its culture and the way of life of its people, and last but not least the Slovene language. Slovenia is part of the Erasmus
international student exchange network, so citizens of other EU countries, candidate countries, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway can come here to study without difficulty. Undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Slovenia's universities, which are in line with the requirements of the Bologna Process
, are also open to citizens of other countries.
Slovenia has three public universities: Ljubljana, Maribor and Primorska.
The oldest and largest is the University of Ljubljana
, which is one of the top 500 universities in the world and one of the top 200 European universities. Its international ratings are particularly high for engineering and information technology, where it is ranked around 270th in the world. Another good reason to study at Ljubljana's modern, high-quality faculties is the fact that Ljubljana is very much a student town: students account for roughly a fifth of the city's population.
The University of Maribor
and the University of Primorska
, based in Koper, are younger institutions that nevertheless offer very high-quality study programmes that also attract foreign students.
Slovenia also hosts the international Euro-Mediterranean University, based in Piran, where lectures are exclusively in English, French and Arabic.
It is worth stressing that not speaking Slovene is often not an obstacle to enrolment at universities in Slovenia, since part of the study programme can take place in English and courses can also be adapted.
Growing numbers of foreign students
Just under 2,000 foreign students are currently studying in Slovenia. Their number has doubled in the last decade. The great majority of these students come from the republics of the former Yugoslavia, mainly because of historical and cultural links and similarities of language. Foreign students account for almost 10% of doctoral students, which confirms the quality of postgraduate studies
Advantages of student life
Studying as a full-time undergraduate at one of Slovenia's universities is free, and student status brings numerous other benefits. Students enjoy heavily subsidised food in a wide range of restaurants, discounts on public transport, reduced admission to many events and discounts on participation in various courses and activities.
Slovenia can also offer a very lively social life and night life for students.
The best way to learn a language is to live in the country where it is spoken, so take advantage of studying in Slovenia to learn Slovene. Many language schools offer Slovene courses for foreigners. One of the largest of them is the Centre for Slovene as a Second/Foreign Language
. Courses run throughout the year.