Publish Date: 27.10.2015

Category: News from the University

Ljubljana, 26 October 2015 – In the last three years the University of Ljubljana enrolled a total of 5,668 foreign students in all three cycles of study programmes, 770 of whom were from Bosnia and Herzegovina. They were mostly enrolled in first and second cycle programmes at the Faculty of Economics and the Faculty of Law. In the student exchange programme in the last three years the University accepted a total of 4,400 foreign students, 37 of whom were from Bosnia and Herzegovina and thus represent one percent of all foreign exchange students. Every year about 250 students from Bosnia and Herzegovina enrol in programmes of the University of Ljubljana, while around 70 of these graduate, accounting for seven percent of all foreign graduates at the University of Ljubljana. 

One of the objectives of the University of Ljubljana's internationalisation strategy is increasing the number of student exchanges. In the academic year 2014/2015, 1,613 foreign students decided to study at the University of Ljubljana. Among them were mostly students from Spain, Portugal and Poland, as well as 15 students from Bosnia and Herzegovina. On the other side of the exchange, about one percent of the students of the University of Ljubljana each year study at the numerous universities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, with which the University of Ljubljana cooperates in the field of academic programmes and student exchanges. 

The students from Bosnia and Herzegovina often praise the lifestyle in Ljubljana and are excited about their studies at the University: 

Bilka Handanagic (3rd year student of the Faculty of Pharmacy of the University of Ljubljana):

"I am very happy with my studies at the Faculty. My decision to study at the University of Ljubljana was an excellent idea. I am satisfied with the level of knowledge that I am receiving. Professors are very dedicated to students, Ljubljana is a very safe and quiet city." 

Jasmina Batić (postgraduate student at the Faculty of Arts of the University of Ljubljana):

"In 2011, I enrolled in the study of German language at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana where I have been living for seven years. I graduated in 2014 and then enrolled in the postgraduate studies of German language (pedagogical programme) also at the Faculty of Arts in Ljubljana. Ljubljana is a beautiful city, offering numerous opportunities to students. Since it has a lot of faculties, one can study what interests them." 

Almina Grgić (postgraduate student at the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana):

"Studying in Ljubljana has turned out to be one of my better decisions. I graduated from the Faculty of Economics of the University of Ljubljana, in the International Business programme. Enrolling in the postgraduate studies was a given, as I wanted to stay involved at the international level and expand my knowledge. At the Faculty of Economics they provide excellent support for their students, organise different cultural events, seminars from different fields, field trips, sport activities and similar. Within my studies I went on two student exchanges, which lasted one semester. The first one was to Düsseldorf in Germany, the other in Istanbul in Turkey. They were great experiences I will never forget. All this was available with scholarships, the support of the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union." 

Internationalisation is one of the strategic goals of the University of Ljubljana for becoming a renowned, internationally open and excellent research institution by 2020. In the spirit of this internationalisation and cooperation between students and universities, the University of Ljubljana presented its programmes at the Sarajevo University Fair where Slovenia was one of the partner countries.  The fair was held at the Ramiz Salčin Olympic hall from 23 to 24 October. 

The visitors were primarily interested in the sciences and humanistic studies, such as engineering, computer science, electrotechnics, economics, architecture, medicine and law. Besides the questions about the study programmes, the visitors asked for information on learning the Slovenian language, scholarships and accommodation options.