Study in Slovenia

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Slovenia is coming out as a dynamic and a world-class centre for higher education.  Students from different corners of the world are coming to Slovenia to pursue their higher studies. If you are also planning to study in Slovenia, here is a complete guide for you.

Why study in Slovenia

The education sector of Slovenia is excellent. It has resulted in an increasing number of international students who come to the country to grow academically and professionally. Along with this, there are many other reasons to choose Slovenia as a study abroad destination such as:

  • Slovenia provides many study options. In Slovenia, there are many higher education institutions, such as universities, professional colleges and art academies. These institutions provide a wide range of study programmes.
  • Studying and living in Slovenia is affordable as compared to other European countries. Students can budget around 400 to 700 EUR monthly for the living costs.
  • In Slovenia, there are many scholarship schemes offered to international students. The Government and universities offer scholarships, grants and other financial aids based on merit or needs. 
  • You can study in English in Slovenia. The universities in Slovenia also offer plenty of English taught courses to international students.
  • Slovenia has numerous natural beauties, rich history and culture, culinary delights. The people there are welcoming, who are always ready to help foreigners at every step.
  • You can also get an opportunity to Study in Slovenia without IELTS. If your medium of instruction in the previous education was in English, you may get an exemption of IELTS in the Slovenian university.

How to study in Slovenia

The process of studying in Slovenia is simple. You need to follow the steps mentioned below: 

  • Explore the study options and choose the university as well as a course in Slovenia
  • After finalising, check the eligibility criteria and documents requirements for the specific course
  • As mentioned on the university page, collect all the paperwork required.
  • Fill the application form correctly and submit it along with all other documents.
  • University will check the application and if selected, it will issue an offer letter.
  • Once you receive your offer letter, apply for the study visa.
  • Get your visa and fly to Slovenia or attend your semesters.

Universities in Slovenia

Despite being a small country in Europe, Slovenia has some of the best universities. Overseas students can easily secure their seats in these universities. Some of the best universities in Slovenia are:

  • University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana
  • University of Maribor, Maribor
  • University of Nova Gorica, Nova Gorica
  • University of Novo Mesto, Novo Mesto
  • University of Primorska, Koper
  • EMUNI University
  • Alma Mater Europaea – Institutum Studiorum Humanitatis (AME ISH)
  • International School for Social and Business Studies
  • Joef Stefan International Postgraduate School
  • Academy of Visual Arts, Ljubljana

Top courses to study in Slovenia

You will get a lot of options in each field of study in Slovenia. No after from which academic background you belong, you will get the right choice of course options. Some of the popular studies for International students in Slovenia are: 

  1. Study Computer and Information Science in Slovenia
  2. Study medicine in Slovenia
  3. Study management and administration in Slovenia
  4. Study economics in Slovenia
  5. Study engineering in Slovenia
  6. Study Law in Slovenia
  7. Study Psychology in Slovenia
  8. Study Architecture in Slovenia
  9. Study marketing in Slovenia
  10. Study Tourism in Slovenia

Requirements to study Slovenia

To get admission to the University or college in Slovenia, you need to submit some of the important documents. These document requirements differ with the institution and course you choose. However, some of the common documents required for the admission purpose are:

  • A filled-in application form. 
  • All the Educational certificates such as Secondary school leaving certificate, bachelor’s degree (for post-graduation studies), master’s degree (for Ph.D. studies), and copies of other certificates. 
  • A certificate presenting your language proficiency skills( Slovenian language and/or English language)
  • An attested copy of your passport.
  • Motivation letter(statement of purpose)
  • Letter of Recommendation: At least 2 recommendation letters from your home educational institution or recent employer.
  • Professional experience certificate, if any
  • Research proposal synopsis: For doctoral studies
  • Portfolio of work (for artistic studies)

Study in Slovenia in English

It is not necessary to be fluent in the Slovenian language to study in Slovenia. You can study English as well. Slovenian universities also offer courses in English. International students can now easily study abroad in Slovenia without learning a new language. Here we have listed a few universities in Slovenia which offer English taught courses to international students:

  • University of Maribor
  • DOBA Business School
  • ERUDIO Business School
  • University of Ljubljana
  • University of Nova Gorica
  • University of Primorska
  • International School for Social and Business Studies

Study in Slovenia tuition fees

At public universities in Slovenia, students don’t have to pay tuition fees for Bachelors or Masters if they come from:

  • a European Union (EU) member state
  • Montenegro
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Serbia
  • Kosovo
  • North Macedonia 

Others have to pay the tuition fee. The fee structure differs with the institution and course chosen. On average: 

  • A Bachelor’s degree ranges from 2,000 EUR to 5,000 EUR. 
  • You will need to pay around 2,500 EUR to  7,500 EUR for a Master’s degree, 
  • 3,000 EUR to 12,000 EUR for Doctorate.

Cost of Living in Slovenia

The cost of living for international students in Slovenia is comparatively cheap. Rent, Food, travel expenses, health services, utilities, and other expenses are affordable for students studying in Ljubljana and other cities of Slovenia. Students can stay in rented apartments or share dormitories on the campus. An international student would need around 400 to 700 EUR monthly for the living costs. However, the amount differs with your needs and personal lifestyle.

Study in Slovenia scholarships

The Slovenian government and universities offer scholarships to students from different countries. The government scholarships are given based on a partnership between the education sector in Slovenia and foreign countries. University scholarships are offered based on financial needs and academic performance. Here we have made a list of a few popular scholarships in Slovenia.

  • The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships and
  •  David L. Boren Scholarships are some of the most well-known scholarships.
  • Joef Stefan International Postgraduate School Scholarships.
  • University of Maribor Scholarships.
  • University of Ljubljana Scholarships
  • University of Primorska Public Call Scholarships in Slovenia
  • University of Ljubljana MBA International Scholarship in Slovenia
  • Ph.D. Fellowship for International Students in Slovenia
  • ECDC Training Fellowship Programme (EPIET & EUPHEM) for International Students

Applying for a Student Visa to Study in Slovenia

The requirements for visas are different for students who come from EU countries and those from non-EU countries. Here are the requirements for students who are EU citizens

  • Application fee
  • An ID card, passport, and copies for both.
  • Two passport size photos
  • Health insurance
  • Admission letter from the university.
  • Proof of enough financial support to cover all the expenses during studying in Slovenia.
  • A statement is giving reasons for your visit.

Requirements for students from non-EU states.

  • Application fee.
  • Two passport size photos
  • Your fingerprints will be taken
  • A passport, valid for at least 3 more months after the completion of the course in Slovenia.
  • A certificate or letter proving your admission at the Slovenian university.
  • Health insurance
  • Clearance certificate that you have no criminal record from your home country.
  • Proof that you can cover all your expenses while studying in Slovenia.

For more information, you can visit the official page of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Slovenia.

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