Slovenia is a sustainable destination of unique experiences that we enjoy sharing with you. Take time to discover our beautiful green country, where Alps meets the Mediterranean and the Pannonian Plain.
Slovenia, officially the Republic of Slovenia, is a state in Central Europe at the crossroads of main European cultural and trade routes. It si a full member of the European Union since 2004. It borders Italy to the west, Austria to the north, Croatia to the south and southeast and Hungary to the northeast (more information / video).
Relative to its geography, history, economy, culture, and language, it is a very diverse country distinguished by a transitional character. It occupies an exceptional position at the meeting point of the Alps and Mediterranean, and includes the mysterious Karst and expansive Pannonian plains. Geographical diversity - mountains, forests, sea - makes the region attractive to many. In Slovenia, you can swim in the sea in the morning and climb mountains in the afternoon. Historically, it’s been a well-established trade route between Europe and Asia and an important seaport for trade along the Adriatic and Mediterranean Seas.
Slovene is the official national language but Italian, Hungarian, and Romani are legally protected for the minorities. Slovenian is a South Slavic language and one of the few Indo-European languages that has preserved its dual (grammatical number). One of the major challenges faced by the Slovenian language at the beginning of the 21st century was Slovenia’s accession to the European Union, whereby Slovenian obtained the status of one of the EU official languages. Universities offer Slovenian courses for students to meet their specific neeeds. All interested foreigners can also learn Slovenian language online (freely accessible).
Since the earliest times the diverse and rich natural and cultural traditions have fostered the creativity of writers and artists. »Like heaven under Triglav«, as Slovenia was described by Ivan Cankar, one of the giants of Slovenian literature.
Piran and Triglav - Triglav is the highest mountain in Slovenia (Author: Jošt Gantar, Source: www.slovenia.info)
Slovenia is a member of all the major international organisations, including the European Union and NATO. In the first half of 2008, it was also the first of the new Member States to hold the EU Presidency. In the second half of 2021, Slovenia will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU for the second time.
In Slovenia the natural world is dominated by green, while the country features diversity and contours in all regions. Two thirds of Slovenia are covered with forests. Slovenia’s forests are exceptional in their biodiversity, which includes around 19,000 species of animal. Only Finland and Sweden have a higher percentage of forestland than Slovenia’s 58.9%. 37% of territory is protected as Natura 2000. Slovenia has one of the highest numbers of undeground caves in the world in terms of country area. Number of endemic animals called proteus or „human fish“ live in them. This rare and mysterious species have the ability to fully recover after injury and even restore missing body parts.
Human fish (Author: Dragan Arrigler, Source: www.slovenia.info)
Perhaps the most notable of Slovenia’s animals is the Lipizzan horse, beloved around the world for its extraordinary beauty and exceptional performance in entertainment and sports performances.
Lipizzan horses (Author: Nea Culpa, Photo: Jure Kravanja, Source: www.slovenia.info)
From the coastlines to the Alps, Slovenia provides a diversity in geography and climate that is rarely found elsewhere. Its temperate climate is held in check by four major geographical features that buffer harsh winter extremes and a sea coast that replaces extreme summer heat with the balmy weather Slovenians love. Higher elevations do see snow in the winter, however, but mountain ranges surrounding the nation shields it from the high winds experienced elsewhere in Europe.
Piran (Author: Mediaspeed, Photo: Jan Godec, Source: www.slovenia.info)
Bled (Author: Jošt Gantar, Source: www.slovenia.info)
SOCIETYBy European standards, Slovenia enjoys a low population density. Its whole-hearted embrace of the arts puts Slovenia at the top of the map for cultural diversity celebrated in grand style. So popular are events involving song and dance, prose and poetry, theater and film, food and fun. The city of Maribor was commemorated as the EU Capital of Culture in 2012.
Sports fans love studying in Slovenia, where the geography and climate provide the ideal playing field for many team and individual sports. The celebration of indoor and outdoor sports, summer and winter, has paid off for Slovenia, which claims 88 Olympic and 48 Paraolympic medals.
More than 450 years old vine in Maribor protected as a natural monument and listed as the oldest vine in the world in the Guinness Book of Records (Author: Andrej Tarfila, Source: www.slovenia.info)
Slovenia remains one of the richest Slavic states, with a GDP of $22,123 per capita. Prosperity levels vary widely across the country, though. Roughly two-thirds of the population is employed by the service industry and the remaining one-third by construction and industry (mainly automobile, electric / electronic equipment, hi-tech, machinery, pharmaceuticals, fuels, turism). Opportunities for work after graduation are plentiful.
FACTS ABOUT SLOVENIA
Heart in the vineyard (Author: Mediaspeed, Photo: Anja Roj, Source: www.slovenia.info)
Higher education and thus related scientific research are at the very centre of development ambitions of the Republic of Slovenia. Slovenia aspire to high-quality and diverse higher education responding to the needs and expectations of society, and generating a large number of motivated and innovative experts with diverse knowledge and high ethical standards. The fundamental objectives of Slovenian higher education area include quality, excellence, diversity and accessibility. Quality enables everyone to obtain internationally comparable and recognised higher educational qualifications, and thus better employment possibilities and mobility in Europe and the world. The social dimension is also important in this sense, which enables broad access to higher education and provides conditions for successful completion of studies.
Ljubljana (Author: Dražen Štader, Produkcija Studio, Source: www.slovenia.info)
Higher education institutions in Slovenia include universities, faculties, art academies and independent higher education institutions. These promote the development of science, expertise and art, and integrate findings from scientific, expert, research and artistic fields into the education process. Faculties, art academies and higher education institutions may be established as independent higher education institutions outside universities. It is of key importance for the transfer of knowledge that universities and independent higher education institutions cooperate with one another and integrate with research institutions, and the business and non-business sectors. Higher education institutions monitor the needs for knowledge and employment needs in the environment. They provide information on employment possibilities in fields compliant with graduates’ competences or their learning outcomes. More information
Maribor (Dražen Štader, Produkcija Studio, Source: www.slovenia.info)
In addition to public universities and independent higher education institutions, there are also private institutions which determine their mission autonomously. Their operations are regulated by the same legal framework as those of public higher education institutions, which provides comparable quality standards and operating possibilities for both types of institutions. To learn more about educational systems and policies in Slovenia you can watch short video series which were prepared by our Ministry of Education, Science and Sport. Source: Ministry of Education, Science and Sport.
The University of Ljubljana, in the capital city of the same name, is the central and largest educational institution in Slovenia,
ranked in the top 3% of best universities in the world. Other major universities include:
If you are a citizen of a European Economic Area (EEA) Member State, you may enter Slovenia with a valid identity card or a valid passport.
If you are a citizen of a non-EEA country, you must acquire a visa or a residence permit from Slovenia's diplomatic mission abroad.
Upon coming to Slovenia, you have to register a temporary residence with the local Administrative Unit Offices.
Here you can find information about traveling to Ljubljana.
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Ljubljana is a pleasant city to live in. Although it is not among Europe’s largest cities, it has everything one finds in other capitals: museums and galleries, one of the oldest philharmonic orchestras in the world, other orchestras, many theatres, a university, institutes and libraries.The city’s increasingly vibrant commercial and trading life and the rapid increase in foreign diplomatic representatives are giving it an ever greater cosmopolitan touch. It offers a wide variety of cafes, pubs, bars and restaurants. Relief from the hustle and bustle of life in the capital can be found in the numerous parks and woodland areas, which in some places reach nearly into the city centre.
HOW TO GET THERE
Ljubljana Jože Pučnik Airport, 20 km from the centre of Ljubljana, has good connections with other European airports. Airport shuttle buses take passengers to the centre of town.
Ljubljana has good railway links with all large European cities. The railway station is in the centre of Ljubljana. Organisations in your own country may be able to offer discounts to students and others under age 26. Train travel within Slovenia is convenient and inexpensive.
The bus is one possible means of reaching Ljubljana, but not a very comfortable one over long distances. Organisations in your own country may be able to offer discounts to students and others under age 26.
Ljubljana-Prešernov trg (Author: Aleš Fevžer, Source: www.slovenia.info)
TAKING UP RESIDENCE IN LJUBLJANA, REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA
Migration is a way of life in the modern world. Like other Member States of the European Union, Slovenia supports the integration of foreigners holding a residence permit. Slovenia adheres to the principles and values of equality, freedom and mutual cooperation.
The methods and conditions of entry into Slovenia differ depending on whether the person entering the country is a citizen of a country that is a member of the European Economic Area (European Union Member States, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein are all part of the EEA), or a national of a third country.
Foreign citizens need to report their presence in Slovenia and the address at which they will be staying to the nearest police station within three days of entering the country and, upon leaving the country, report that they are no longer staying at that address, irrespective of the duration of their stay.
APPLYING FOR TEMPORARY RESIDENCE PERMIT
1. EEA CITIZENS
Citizens of the EEA may enter Slovenia with just a valid identity card or passport, irrespective of the reason for entering or residing in the country. They may reside in Slovenia without a residence permit for the first 90 days after the entry. However, with the intention of a longer stay, they are required to submit an application for a residence permit at the Administrative Unit in the area of their residence (in Ljubljana: Administrative Unit Ljubljana, Department for foreign citizens – Upravna enota Ljubljana, Oddelek za tujce) any time before the expiry of the permitted 90 day stay.
To apply for a residence permit for the purpose of study, a citizen of the EEA needs to submit the following:
2. CITIZENS OF THIRD COUNTRIES
A non-EU citizen, who was admitted to a state-approved education or study program, performs professional or practical training, specialization or participates in international student exchange in relevant educational organizations in Slovenia may apply for a residence permit.
The application may be submitted by the student abroad at the competent Slovene diplomatic mission or consulate, or at the Administrative Unit in the area of their residence (in Ljubljana: Administrative Unit Ljubljana, Department for foreign citizens – Upravna enota Ljubljana, Oddelek za tujce), the latter only if they are already lawfully residing in Slovenia on the basis of a valid passport or identity card (when no visa is required); a valid passport and a residence permit issued by another EU member state; a C visa issued by Slovenia or other Schengen state; or a study D visa issued in another EU member state. Such application to the Administrative Unit must be submitted any time before the expiry of their lawful stay in Slovenia.
The application may also be submitted by the educational institution at the competent Slovene diplomatic mission or consulate abroad or at the competent Administrative Unit in Slovenia. Please note, that the University of Ljubljana will help with the procedure if necessary, but will not be able to submit the applications on behalf of students.
The non-EU citizens who have a valid residence permit issued by another EU state and who participate in EU or multilateral programs that include measures to promote mobility, or in an agreement between two or more higher education institutions, may complete part of the studies at a higher education institution in Slovenia. In these cases, the foreign citizen, or the education institution from the EU Member State that first issued the residence permit, or the Slovene education institution where the student will complete part of studies, need to notify the competent authority in Slovenia of the intended student mobility and provide the supporting documentation, as soon as the mobility is decided upon and before the intended entry of the student into Slovenia.
To apply for a residence permit for the purpose of study, third country citizens or the institution need to submit the following:
HOW TO APPLY
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