Five Quick Points
Why Study in Slovenia
Slovenia lies in the heart of Europe, where the Alps meet the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain meets the Karst. This small green country measures 20,273 km2 in area, and is home to sincere, hospitable people of great diligence. It has an exceptional number of top athletes, and a wealth of cultural creativity. In Slovenia it is not difficult to compare the value of goods and services, as they are priced in one of the world’s major currencies, the euro. Slovenia has a population of two million, of whom the vast majority are ethnic Slovenes. People hailing from the other former Yugoslav republics make up a significant minority, albeit less than 10% of the total population. The Italian and Hungarian ethnic communities have protected minority status, despite their small size. The majority of people live in towns and cities, but a significant number live in the countryside. Agriculture accounts for only a small proportion of the workforce, while the majority work in services and manufacturing. Slovenes are renowned as a diligent, hard-working nation, part of the reason that Slovenia is the wealthiest of the new EU members. They constantly aim to prove themselves and to progress. Their toil and persistence has allowed many Slovenes to achieve at the global level. A very good example is the country’s athletes, particularly those involved in extreme sports, from mountaineering and extreme skiing to ultra marathon biking and swimming exploits. Slovenes are also very thorough in learning foreign languages to make themselves understood. Even primary school students can speak foreign languages. The majority of people can speak good English, while most have a good grasp of German. A large share of the population can communicate in the languages of the old Yugoslavia, while there are many fluent Italian speakers in the areas bordering Italy.
Location and Geography
Slovenia is situated in Central Europe touching the Alps and bordering the Mediterranean. The Alps — including the Julian Alps, the Kamnik-Savinja Alps and the Karavanke chain, as well as the Pohorje massif — dominate Northern Slovenia along its long border to Austria. Slovenia's Adriatic coastline stretches approximately 43 km (27 mi) from Italy to Croatia. Its part south of Sava river belongs to Balkan peninsula - Balkans. The term "Karst" originated in southwestern Slovenia's Karst Plateau (Slovene: Kras), a limestone region of underground rivers, gorges, and caves, between Ljubljana and the Mediterranean. On the Pannonian plain to the East and Northeast, toward the Croatian and Hungarian borders, the landscape is essentially flat. However, the majority of Slovenian terrain is hilly or mountainous, with around 90% of the surface 200 meters or more above sea level. Slovenia's location is where southeastern and Central Europe meet, where the Eastern Alps border the Adriatic Sea between Austria and Croatia. The 15th meridian east almost corresponds to the middle line of the country in the direction west-east.
Living Conditions & Cost of Living
Students can expect to spend 550 to 600 –euro- per month, inclusive of accommodation, transport, food and study material.
Children who are foreign nationals and reside in Slovenia are entitled to compulsory primary school education from the age of six under the same conditions as nationals of the Republic of Slovenia. Enrolment in the international elementary school program, intended for pupils who are foreign nationals, under the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organization) system is possible at the Danila Kumar International School in Ljubljana. A primary school programme in French is offered by a private institution, the École française, in Ljubljana. There are also private Waldorf schools in Ljubljana and Maribor. The language of instruction is Slovene (except in the ethnically mixed regions that are home to the Hungarian and Italian communities). An international baccalaureate programm is offered under the aegis of the IBO by Gimnazija Bežigrad, Ljubljana and II. Gimnazija Maribor, where English is the language of instruction. Tuition fees are payable. Slovenia also has a number of private schools, including the Euro Šola Ljubljana, diocesan elementary school and general secondary school (gimnazija) in Ljubljana (founded by the Roman Catholic Church) and a Waldorf secondary school. Slovenia has four universities: the University of Ljubljana, the University of Maribor, the University of Primorska and the University of Nova Gorica. Individual faculties’ at all Slovenian universities are gradually introducing study credit schemes, where courses are weighted under the European Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS). The professional qualifications that graduates can obtain in numerous public and private institutions of postsecondary and higher professional education are weighted in the same way.