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.
Triglav is the highest mountain in Slovenia (Photo: Dejan Jelušič)
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 (Photo: Archive I feel Slovenia)
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 (Photo: Archive I feel Slovenia)
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 (Photo: Archive I feel Slovenia)
Bled (Photo: Archive I feel Slovenia)
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 (Photo: Archive I feel Slovenia)
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 (Photo: Archive I feel Slovenia)
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.
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.
Citizens of the Member States of the European Economic Area (EEA) may enter Slovenia with a valid identity card or a valid passport and do not require a visa or a residence permit. A more favourable treatment upon entry and for the acquisition of a residence permit is also accorded to family members of the citizens from the EEA countries. Before their arrival to Slovenia, third country nationals must acquire a visa or a residence permit from Slovenia's diplomatic mission abroad. Source and more information: Ministry of Interior.
Entry and residence of EU citizens
Valid personal identity document (passport or personal identity card) is sufficient to enter the Republic of Slovenia.
Entrants may stay in the territory of the Republic of Slovenia for up to 90 days of their entry in the country, however they are obliged to report the temporary address to the Police or relevant administrative unit (for Ljubljana: Tobačna ulica 5, 1000 Ljubljana).
In the event of exceeding 90 days, residence permit is obligatory. This can be obtained from the administrative office within the residential district (in Ljubljana: Administrative Unit Ljubljana, Administrative Internal Affairs Sector, Department for Foreign Citizens (Upravna enota Ljubljana, Sektor za upravne notranje zadeve, Oddelek za tujce), Tobačna ulica 5, every day during office hours: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Wednesdays 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Fridays 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The temporary residence permit will be issued in accordance to the conditions set by the European Union. In order to issue a residence permit to a citizen from a member state for the purpose of study the following conditions have to be met:
Copy of the student's passport or identity card must be certified by a notary or at the registry of the Department for foreign citizens.
According to the stated directive the residence permit is granted for the period of studies or at the most for one year and can be extended in the event that the studies last for over a year.
Entry and residence for citizens of non-EU countries
The first temporary residence permit for non-EU citizens may be issued after entry into Slovenia under certain conditions stipulated by law to the following foreigners:
Within the 90 day period or after the expiration of Visa D, they are obliged to apply for a first residence permit at the relevant administrative unit in Slovenia (in Ljubljana: Administrative Unit Ljubljana, Administrative Internal Affairs Sector, Department for Foreign Citizens (Upravna enota Ljubljana, Sektor za upravne notranje zadeve, Oddelek za tujce), Tobačna ulica 5, every day during office hours: Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., Wednesdays 8 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Fridays 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.
The non-EU citizens who have a valid residence permit issued by another state that is party to the Schengen Agreement, may enter the Republic of Slovenia on the basis of this permit and a valid travel document and stay there for no longer than three months in a six-month period, which includes the combined duration of their stay in all Schengen States except for the state which issued the visa, starting on the date of the first entry into one of Schengen States or until the expiry of visa validity if this is shorter. Within 90 days period, they are oblidged to apply for first residence permit at the relevant administrative unit in Slovenia (in Ljubljana: Tobačna ulica 5, 1000 Ljubljana).
For first residence permit application they are required to possess the following:
Information regarding room or apartment rental:
Student Counsel Institute, Free Room Rental Agency m2
(Zavod Študentska svetovalnica, Brezplačna posredovalnica sob m2)
Residence in Dormitory for postgraduate students is possible for employed doctoral students holding the status of young researcher and to doctoral students with no Slovenian citizenship and no young researcher status, but with granted scholarship in the Republic of Slovenia.
There is an International cooperation service (Resor za mednarodno sodelovanje) operating within the scope of the University of Ljubljana Student Organisation, with a registered office at Pivovarniška ulica 6, 1000 Ljubljana. International students may also receive general information about student life in Ljubljana at phone numbers +386 1 438 02 00 and +386 1 438 02 21 every Monday and Friday between 12 noon and 3 p.m. and every Tuesday between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. or by email at
. Information about residence possibilities is available at the phone number +386 1 438 02 45 or by email at .
Slovenians with no Slovenian citizenship receiving a scholarship by the Republic of Slovenia (Public Scholarship, Development, Disability and Maintenance Fund of the Republic of Slovenia) may apply for a room at the Student resident halls. The Regulations on fees and accommodation in students’ dormitories for Slovene nationals without Slovene citizenship and foreigners in the Republic of Slovenia provide that up to 250 places are to be offered in Student resident halls for the recipients of ministry scholarship. Available places for the residence of scholarship recipients are assigned by the Ministry of Education, Science and Sport in cooperation with scholarship providers. Recipients of ministry scholarships are charged a subsidised rent. The Ministry or scholarship provider pays the rent directly to the student dorm, i.e. from the scholarship amount granted. All rooms are double-bedded with a common bathroom and kitchen.
International students coming from EU and EEA Member countries and Switzerland have free access to emergency or necessary healthcare services during their temporary residence in the Republic of Slovenia upon submission of evidence of their status: the European Health Insurance Card (EHIC) or a certificate as a substitute for EHIC that is issued by the competent state. This means that the doctor has to provide necessary healthcare services to students who hold a European health insurance card so that they do not have to return to their home country for medical care before the end of their intended stay in Slovenia. Students can access the services directly from health care service providers who have a contract with the Health Insurance Institute Slovenia. During their stay in Slovenia, students with valid health insurance in Australia can assert only urgent medical care with heath care providers, which wave a signed agreement with the Health Insurance Institute Slovenia. They must present their MEDICARE Australian card and passport used to check the identity of the insured person from Australia.
International students from
countries with which the Republic of Slovenia has concluded a bilateral agreement on social insurance have free access only to emergency healthcare services in the Republic of Slovenia upon submission of evidence of their status. The Republic of Slovenia has concluded bilateral Social Insurance Agreements with the Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Serbia, and Montenegro. As a rule, a foreign insured person must submit sample form RM/SI 3, BIH/SI 3, SRB/SI 03 or MNE/SI 03 to the regional unit of the Health Insurance Institute Slovenia. The Health Insurance Institute Slovenia issues a certificate which allows students access to emergency medical services from healthcare service providers who have a contract with the Health Insurance Institute Slovenia. Exceptionally, i.e. in cases of major emergency, a foreign insured person may exercise their right to healthcare services with one of the above mentioned forms directly at the doctor’s office and medical institutions.
Persons from non-EU and non-EEA countries, Switzerland or from countries with which Slovenia has not concluded bilateral agreements on social insurance can take out their compulsory health insurance policy at one of the local units of the Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia. Upon registering for this compulsory health insurance policy, students have to submit a certificate that confirms they are enrolled in an educational programme in Slovenia. The registration and the payment of the policy's cost are the responsibility of the student.
Notably, based on their inclusion in the insurance system of Slovenia, international students have free access to health care services within the scope of compulsory health insurance. Considering that they are required to cover the difference to the full price of healthcare services themselves, it is recommended that they also take out supplementary health insurance at a commercial insurance company (
Vzajemna , Adriatic Slovenica , Triglav).
Further information is available at the competent regional unit of
the Health Insurance Institute Slovenia.
Student identity card is evidence of student status. Students use the identity card to exercise their rights and to obtain other benefits deriving from the student status (subsidised student meals, discounts on entrance fees to museums and other visits, etc.). Students receive their identity cards at the relevant
University Member (academy or faculty).
International students require tax identification number to open a bank account (to work via a student job centre, receive a scholarship from a Slovenian institution, etc.).
Ljubljana Tax Office, Section for Foreign Citizens
(Davčni urad Ljubljana, Odsek za tujce)
p.p. 107, 1001 Ljubljana
Phone: +386 1 369 30 00
Mondays: 8 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Tuesdays: 8 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Wednesdays: 8 a.m. - 12 noon and 1 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Fridays: 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.
International students may open a bank account in almost any bank in the Republic of Slovenia.
International students having a residence permit may open a resident bank account; others may open a non-resident bank account (
SKB , NLB , Gorenjska Banka , Addico bank, UniCredit Bank , LON d.d. , Poštna banka Slovenije , Abanka , Banka Koper , Delavska hranilnica, etc.).
Most shops, hotels and restaurants accept Eurocard, VISA, Mastercard, Maestro, Diners Club, American Express and other payment cards.
In Slovenia students can work through an instrument called ‘Student Work’. This allows temporary and part-time work for college and university students. They can work via a special type of contract called referral forms/referrals, which can be obtained from employment agencies specialised for student work. Agencies, called Student Services (SS), offer lists of available student jobs and take care of payments. There are many different agencies around Slovenia.
You can also work via the Student Service agency if you are a student from a foreign country and are living in Slovenia through international exchange programmes (studying or internship). For enrolment with the SS agency system you need to provide:
When you have all the above, go to the chosen agency and enrol in their system. The agencies have lists of available jobs, but you can also find a job on your own and inform the agency about the company. The agency will provide you with a referral form, which you give to the employer. These are the conditions for working in Slovenia as a student.
A crucial change for student work was made in February 2015 when an act was passed amending the fiscal balance, whereby all student employment agencies, including those using foreign students, have to deduct an amount of 15.5% for contributions to pension and disability insurance. Thus a student receiving the minimum possible payment of €4.50 will have €0.70 deducted as the contribution to pension and disability insurance. After the deduction the student receives €3.80 in his/her account).
All international students working through SS agencies are also deducted 22.5% of each payment for the purposes of the prepayment of income tax. In those cases where there is a signed treaty for the avoidance of double taxation with the student’s country of origin, the prepayment can be refunded. To find information about which countries fall under this rule, it is best to refer to the
tax administration office .
For more information about the Student Service agency and student work check
this webpage .
All students are entitled to subsidised student meals.
To use this subsidy, students are required to submit an online application form through the
www.studentska-prehrana.si portal and then report to the nearest Subsidised Student Meal point the number of the application form (online application is irrelevant without the application number), an identity document, evidence of student status for the current academic year and phone. Subsidised student meals are available in various restaurants and pubs.
Bicikelj” is a bicycle system operating 24/7 and providing simple use of city bicycles both during the day and night. When registered and subscribed, one can use it without any limitations.
Bicikel j” offers 32 stations in Ljubljana, from 300 to 500 metres apart, easily accessible (near shopping malls, bus stops, and so on) and is ideal for overcoming short distances.
Ljubljana city centre is covered with access points to the
WiFreeLjubljana wireless broadband network, providing 60 minutes of free access per day to the Internet with a modern portable communication device (laptop, smart mobile phone, tablet, PDA, etc.).
Most hotels offer their guests wireless Internet access also, mostly free of charge. Furthermore, free Internet access is available in many cafés and pubs in Ljubljana.
University of Ljubljana offers wireless Internet access through
Eduroam system. It is possible to register to use Eduroam with the UL-ID digital identity, which students receive upon enrolment to an academy or faculty.
There are 39 libraries operating within the University of Ljubljana Members (academies and faculties). The University library system also includes
Central Technological Library at the University of Ljubljana ( Centralna tehniška knjižnica ) and National and University Library ( Nacionalna univerzitetna knjižnica ). Students of the University of Ljubljana pay membership fee at the University Member (academy or faculty) upon enrolment in the first or any subsequent year, and they may use the basic services of all University libraries free of charge with their student identity card.
There are several book stores in Ljubljana; most periodicals and books in foreign languages are offered by:
Mladinska knjiga – Centre Oxford
Kopitarjeva ulica 2, 1000 Ljubljana
Mladinska knjiga – Konzorcij
Slovenska cesta 29, 1000 Ljubljana
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The University of Ljubljana
Student Organisation (ŠOU Ljubljana) represents the rights and interests of students striving to realise them, and contributes to diverse and quality student life. It organises various activities beyond the scope of degree programmes and provides various services to students (legal assistance, assistance in accommodation, cultural and sports activities, etc.).
University of Ljubljana Student Organisation
(Študentska organizacija Univerze v Ljubljani - ŠOU v Ljubljani)
Pivovarniška ulica 6
Phone: +386 1 43 80 200
There are 15 museums, 25 galleries, 7 major theatres and several cinemas in Ljubljana. The schedule of events is published on the Internet and in daily newspapers.
More information about the capital and events is available in the monthly event schedule and publications at the Tourist Information Centre (Turistično informativni center Ljubljana), Krekov trg 10, Ljubljana or
Office hours for customers:
Šubičeva 10, 1001 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Mondays: 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Wednesdays: 9 a.m. - 12 noon and 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Fridays: 9 a.m. - 12 noon
Univerza v Ljubljani (University of Ljubljana)
Kongresni trg 12, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Phone: +386 1 241 85 00
Fax: +386 1 241 86 60
Center za slovenščino kot drugi in tuji jezik (Centre for Slovene as a Second/Foreign Language)
Kongresni trg 12, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Phone: +386 1 241 86 47
Fax: +386 1 241 86 48
e-Študentski Servis, ŠS d.o.o.
Slovenska cesta 40, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Phone: +386 1 241 20 00
Centralna tehniška knjižnica Univerze v Ljubljani (Central Technological Library at the University of Ljubljana)
Trg republike 3, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Phone: +386 1 200 34 01
Ministrstvo za zunanje zadeve (Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Konzularni sektor (Consular Service)
Šubičeva 10, 1001 Ljubljana, P.P. 481, Slovenia
Phone: +386 1 478 23 05
Fax: +386 1 478 23 16
Sektor za upravne notranje zadeve (Sector for Administrative Internal Affairs)
Urad za potne listine in tujce (Passports and Foreign Citizens Office)
Tobačna ulica 5, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Phone: +386 1 306 30 00
Fax: +386 1 306 32 02
Zavod za zdravstveno zavarovanje (Health Insurance Institute)
Miklišičeva cesta 24, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Phone: +386 1 307 72 00
Ljubljanski potniški promet
Slovenska 56, 1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Phone: + 386 1 582 24 60
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