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There are four universities in Slovenia and they offer places to both EU and non-EU students. These include the Universities of Ljubljana, Maribor, Primorska and Nova Gorica. Proficiency in local language is required for undergraduate courses, but for postgraduate courses, it is desired but is not obligatory.

If you do not speak Slovenian, contact your current university for more information about study abroad semesters or programs that might be suitable for English-speaking students. Students from outside the EU will require a student visa to study in Slovenia.

University admissions

Universities have limited enrollment places, with different allocation numbers for EU and non-EU students. For the best chances of acceptance, students should have a strong academic background with high achievements, and proficiency in the local language. Universities in Slovenia are of a high educational standard and are recognised internationally for delivering quality education, so entry to courses can be competitive.

All universities have comprehensive websites, which can be consulted to decide which university is best for you. If possible, it is also helpful to visit the campus before accepting a place, to tour facilities and speak with students and staff. This can help you better understand the educational systems of Slovenia.

Check the specifics of the application process with the particular university you would like to attend.

Tuition fees in Slovenia

For Slovenian and EU citizens, higher education is free for all to attend, except for a small yearly registration fee. Non-EU citizens will have to pay tuition fees. The course fees can vary widely, dependent on the university and the course of study. Students may also need to pay for housing and transportation, as well as living expenses. Consult your university for more detailed information on tuition fees.

Academic courses

Higher education in Slovenia is divided into three levels of study:

  • First-cycle study: academic undergraduate programmes
  • Second-cycle study: masters programmes
  • Third-cycle study: doctoral and PhD study

Courses can be completed on a part-time or full-time basis. Popular subjects of study include education, humanities and arts, social sciences, science, agriculture, health, engineering and manufacturing. Undergraduate courses will take three years of full-time study to complete, although some courses may be longer or shorter.

If you are moving to Slovenia to undertake study, contact the university regarding on-campus housing options and other practicalities.

Student visa

EU citizens do not require a visa to study in Slovenia. Non-EU citizens may apply for a visa which allows them to study in the country, after they have been accepted into their course. They must have proof of enrollment from their educational institution and a no-objection certificate from the university or school. Most student visas will be a short-stay visa (Visa C) or a long-stay visa (Visa D), depending on the length of study.

Students from non-EU countries will also have to provide proof of health insurance for the duration of their stay. For students studying for longer than three months, a residence permit might be issued. For more information, please contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

 Useful links:

University of Ljubljana
University of Maribor
University of Primorska
University of Nova Gorica

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