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  • Where does the word alumni come from?

    The Latin word alumnus means “nursling” and also “student”, and is derived from the verb alere, which means “to nourish”. The masculine form is alumnus (plural alumni), and the feminine form is alumna (plural alumnae).

    The word alumnus (pl. alumni) is used to indicate a (male) former student or graduate of an individual educational institution (school, college, university), while the word alumna (pl. alumnae) is used for former students or graduates of institutions exclusively for women. With the spreading of the notion of alumni throughout the world and the recognition of the added value of alumni clubs, such clubs are increasingly being established at the internal educational centres of large companies.

    In connection with the word alumni we often hear the Latin phrase Alma Mater, composed of the words alma (“benevolent, nourishing”) and mater (“mother”). The phrase was originally used as a designation for various Roman goddesses, and after the fall of Rome also in connection with the Christian Virgin Mary, as the mother of all people.

    The modern meaning of the phrase Alma Mater is associated with the motto of the oldest continually operating university in the world – the University of Bologna, founded in 1088. Over time, the phrase has been incorporated into the Latin versions of the names of educational institutions all over the world and thus underscored the importance and educational role of the individual institutions in their areas.

    The word alumna is used to indicate a female graduate. The word alumnus is used to indicate a male graduate, and the plural alumni indicates male graduates or graduates of both sexes. The suffixes -us, -a, -i and -ae are the Latin masculine singular, feminine singular, masculine plural and feminine plural in the nominative case.

  • Who is a UL alumnus/alumna?

    An alumnus/alumna of the University of Ljubljana is anyone who completed a course of study at any of the member institutions of the University of Ljubljana and who received an official certificate thereof from the university.

    This holds for anyone, no matter the year, the name of the study programme and the level of the degree obtained

  • Can I be a student and an alumnus/alumna at the same time?

    You can. You are both a student and an alumnus/alumna when:

    • you have completed your first cycle of studies and you are continuing with the second cycle,
    • you have completed a Master’s degree or second cycle of studies and you are continuing with the third cycle,
    • you have completed your third cycle and have enrolled in a postdoctoral programme.

     

  • I am not a Slovenian citizen. Am I still a UL alumnus/alumna?

    All foreign citizens who completed studies at the University of Ljubljana are UL alumni.

    They are subject to the same conditions as Slovenian citizens: completing a course of study at any of the member institutions of the University of Ljubljana and receipt of an official certificate thereof from the university. This holds for anyone, no matter the year, the name of the study programme and the level of the degree obtained.

     

  • I lost / destroyed my diploma. Where can request a duplicate?

    There are two steps to obtaining a duplicate diploma.

    1. First you have to annul the original in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia. You can do this at all local administrative units in Slovenia. You will have to pay a fee according to their current price list.
    2. Bring your proof of annulment in the Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia (the fee payment invoice will suffice) to the student affairs office at your faculty/academy and you can request a duplicate.

    The issuance of the duplicate will be charged according to the current Price list for enrolment fees and contributions with associated tariffs for the current academic year. You can see the current price list for the 2017/2018 academic year here.

     

  • What does Alumni UL mean?

    Alumni UL unites all of the alumni clubs of the member institutions of the University of Ljubljana (23 faculties and 3 art academies). 

    Under this name, the university and its member institutions carry out activities designed for their graduates.

    When carrying out these activities they are guided by the same shared values that are set out in the University of Ljubljana Alumni Code of Ethics.

    Our website is designed to be used exclusively to connect alumni of the University of Ljubljana.

     

  • I am a member of the alumni club at my faculty. Do I have to register with Alumni UL too?

    Alumni UL unites all of the alumni clubs at the University of Ljubljana, but is not in itself a club. For more info about Alumni UL see the response to the previous question. 

  • I have not completed my studies. Can I still be a UL alumnus/alumna?

    Although UL alumni are those who have completed a study programme at the University of Ljubljana, we occasionally make an exception to this rule.

    “An almost UL alumni” are those who have not yet completed their studies but who have achieved exceptional results in their fields.

    If this describes you and you would like to become a member of the alumni club at your faculty/academy, look for the contact information for the head of the club you would like to join under the “About us” tab and you can make an agreement directly with him/her.

     

  • I completed an interdisciplinary study programme. Which club should I join?

    Some interdisciplinary study programmes have their own alumni clubs, so first ask if your programme has one.

    If your programme does not have its own club, search for the contact person from the faculty/academy that issued your certificate of completion under the “About us” tab. They will provide you with additional information and guidance.

     

  • I completed a two-subject study programme. Which club should I join?

    If you completed a two-subject study programme you can join two clubs, or search for the contact person from the faculty/academy that issued your certificate of completion under the “About us” tab. They will provide you with additional information and guidance.

  • What is the UL Alumni Code of Ethics?

    The UL Alumni Code of Ethics is a document that defines the values and code of behaviour of alumni of the University of Ljubljana.

    The values and rules, as well as the punitive measures, were written in cooperation with our alumni and represent a guide to the operation of UL alumni clubs.

     

  • Who can enjoy the benefits intended for UL alumni?

    The benefits intended for UL alumni can be enjoyed by any member of any of the University of Ljubljana alumni clubs who has registered on the Alumni UL website. You will be assigned a unique identification number which will allow you to prove your Alumni UL identity when enjoying your benefits.

  • What is the Alumni UL website?

    The Alumni UL website is an online environment for alumni of the University of Ljubljana in which UL alumni can:

    • connect,
    • find their former classmates,
    • find new business partners,
    • obtain information about the activities of their alumni club and register with them,
    • find new opportunities in the job listings,
    • find a mentor or share their experiences with young UL alumni, 
    • get in touch with experts in their field,
    • keep informed about events at their faculty/academy and at the university.

     

  • How can I access the Alumni UL website?

    You can access the website on any computer with an internet connection via the web address.

    You can also download the Alumni UL mobile app:

         1. Android users should use this link.

         2. iPhone users should use this link and enter code 1409447.

    The mobile app is currently only available in English.

     

  • Do I have to join a club in order to register on the Alumni UL website?

    When you register on the Alumni UL website you will also join the club of your choice. Your online registration will not be complete unless you join a club.

  • I requested access to the website several days ago, but my access still has not been approved.

    Since the Alumni UL website is a closed community that is only accessible to alumni of the University of Ljubljana, we are very careful about verifying the identity of everyone who wants to join our community. Upon registration you received a notice that you will be notified of the approval of your access within three working days, which we strive to adhere to and which we usually achieve.

    Occasionally we run out of time due to the large number of new registrations. In such cases, your approval may take a day or two longer. There are several reasons for this:

    • more than 15,000 students graduate from the University of Ljubljana every year,
    • the great majority of data on our graduates before 2011 is kept in archives and therefore cannot be checked automatically,
    • we take personal data protection very seriously, therefore a lot of the checking is done manually, with no online information exchange.

     

    Nevertheless, we try to process your applications as quickly as possible. When we are unable to do so, we thank you for your understanding.

     

  • I don’t want to register on the website. Can I still enjoy the benefits?

    Unfortunately not. When you register on the website a unique identification code is generated with which you will be able to prove your identity to the institutions providing the benefits. The benefits cannot be enjoyed without this code.

  • The website contains a lot of my personal data. Do you store it? How do you protect it and how do you use it?

    We handle personal data in accordance with the European Commission’s GDPR and we do not share it with unauthorised parties. The data are stored on servers located within the EU.

    When you join an alumni club and register on the website, some data are mandatory, while other data are optional. We need the mandatory data so that we can verify whether you are really a UL alumnus/alumna (name, surname, faculty/academy, etc.), and some data are processed to assess the quality of our study programmes (professional field, employer and position). These data are processed separately from the data that can be used to identify an individual.

    You can see exactly what data we collect and how we use it under Consent to use of personal data.

     

  • I am still a student, but I would like to register on the website. Can I?

    Online registration is open to students in their final year of study and to students who have completed their coursework but have not completed their exams and/or diploma thesis. Access to the website for these students is limited to their needs for access to the mentoring system.

    Access to the entire Alumni UL website will be provided when you complete your studies.

     

  • What is the UL alumni mentoring system?

    The University of Ljubljana alumni mentoring system connects alumni who are professionals in various fields with students close to graduation and young alumni who are just starting on their career paths. The system gives you direct access to actual professionals who can help you with your thesis, or if you have already completed your studies, with your first steps in your career.

    Join the Alumni UL online community and find out how you can find a mentor.

    Would you like to become a mentor? You can find more information here.

     

  • Who can be a mentor in the UL alumni mentoring system?

    Any alumnus/alumna of the University of Ljubljana who wants to share their knowledge and experiences with students can be a mentor.

    You can find more information about the mentoring system here.

     

  • What is the UL alumni ambassador network?

    The ambassador network is a support network for University of Ljubljana alumni who live abroad, which gives them information about working, studying and living in various parts of the world. It also provides a strong connection with home and with the university.

    You can find out where our alumni live, how to contact them and other interesting information here.

  • Who can be a UL ambassador?

    Any UL alumnus/alumna who lives abroad and is willing to be a contact point for other UL alumni can be a UL ambassador.

    You can read more about how to become a UL ambassador here.

     

  • I would also like to publish the story of my career. What is the procedure?

    We are constantly adding new stories about the careers of University of Ljubljana alumni. If you want us to publish your story, contact us at

  • As an alumnus/alumna can I enjoy the benefits of the UL career centres and participate in their events?

    The services of the career centres are primarily intended for University of Ljubljana students.

    However, as a young alumnus/alumna you can participate in some of the activities of the career centres within a period of two years after completing your studies. We advise you to visit the UL career centres and find out what activities are available to you as a young alumnus/alumna.

  • My faculty/academy does not have an alumni club. What can I do? Can I still sign up on the website?

    If you want to join an alumni club but your faculty/academy doesn’t have one, we suggest that you:

    • register on the Alumni UL website and look for other classmates or colleagues who would also like to start a club,
    • get in touch and stay in touch with them,
    • under the “About us” tab look for the contact person at your faculty/academy, tell them what you want and ask for additional information about clubs,
    • stay informed by regularly keeping up with news and publications on the website.

    If your faculty/academy does not respond then contact us at

     

  • How many alumni clubs does the University of Ljubljana have?

    As of Spring 2018, Alumni UL included 35 clubs, but this number is expected to rise.

    You can find more information about all University of Ljubljana alumni clubs under the “About us” tab.

     

  • I couldn’t find the answer to my question. Now what?
    1. Look for the contact person at your faculty’s/academy’s club under the “About us” tab and address your question directly to them.
    2. If your question relates to Alumni UL activities, contact us at