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Living in the Republic of Slovenia

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.

I feel SLO
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
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.

 Človeška ribica
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.

 Lipicanci
Lipizzan horses (Author: Nea Culpa, Photo: Jure Kravanja, Source: www.slovenia.info)

CLIMATE

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
Piran (Author: Mediaspeed, Photo: Jan Godec, Source: www.slovenia.info)
                  

Bled
Bled (Author: Jošt Gantar, Source: www.slovenia.info)

SOCIETY

By 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.

 Vinska trta
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)

ECONOMY

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

  • Population: 2 million
  • Area: 20,273 km2
  • Capital: Ljubljana
  • Official language: Slovenian
  • Currency: Euro
  • Political system: Democratic Republic
  • Highest peak: Triglav (2864 m)
  • Coast: Adriatic Sea (47 km of coastline)
  • Nature: the third most forested country in Europe
  • Located in Central Europe, borders Italy, Austria, Croatia and Hungary
  • Home to the oldest grape vine in the world (all vineyards cover 21,600 ha)
  • Over 8,000 currently known karstic caves and pits, including the Škocjan Caves which have been included in the UNESCO list of natural world heritage
  • Home to numerous top athletes (Tina Maze, Goran Dragić, Anže Kopitar), artists, musicians and composers (Slavko Avsenik, the author of the most frequently played instrumental composition in the world “Na Golici”)
  • Member of the European Union since 2004
  • Slovenia is the only country in the world with „love“ in its name

 Srce v vinogradu
Heart in the vineyard (Author: Mediaspeed, Photo: Anja Roj, Source: www.slovenia.info)

 

Ljubljana is a very pleasant and youthful city to live in. It boasts numerous sights, picturesque districts and pleasant corners.

10 Ljubljana's Top Attractions
ABOUT LJUBLJANA

  • The capital of Slovenia
  • A lively green city comining the charm of a small capital and the self-confidence of large European city
  • An exiting mix of different cultural traditions
  • Varried offer of cultural and sport events
  • Economic and cultural hub of Slovenia
  • The city’s official symbol: dragon – by legend slain by Jason, the famous hero of Greek mythology, on his way across Ljubljansko barje (the Ljubljana Moors)
  • Strategic post in the Roman Era called Emona
  • Architectural image of the city was decisively characterised by the world renowned architect Jože Plečnik
  • Kongresni trg is one of the central squares in Ljubljana and is home to the seat of the University of Ljubljana, the oldest and largest higher education and scientific research institution in Slovenia, founded in 1919
  • University students give it its youthful appeal 
  • Area: 275 km2
  • Population: 292,988
  • Average January temperature: around 0°C
  • Average July temperature: above 20°C

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

AIR:

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.
www.lju-airport.si/en/Main


RAIL:

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.
www.slo-zeleznice.si/en


BUS:

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.
www.ap-ljubljana.si/en

Prešernov trg

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:

  • signed application form (mandatory to fill out box 9);
  • copy of a valid identity card or passport (certified by a notary or the registry of the Department for foreign citizens);
  • personal photo (35 x 45mm);
  • proof of admission to studies, vocational training or other form of education issued by an educational institution, a state body responsible for the implementation of an international or bilateral agreement, or a state-authorized organization responsible for implementing a particular program;
  • proof of valid health insurance in Slovenia (copy of European health insurance – blue card suffices);
  • proof of sufficient financial means (a signed statement of having more than €402,18/month to support oneself during one’s studies suffices);
  • a signed statement of the length of the intended stay in Slovenia;
  • fee: €14.66 (via bank transfer or in person at the registry of the Department for foreign citizens).


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:

  • signed application form (when applying at the Administrative Unit, mandatory to fill out box 13);
  • copy of a valid passport with validity extending beyond the planned period of residence in Slovenia by at least 3 months (certified by a notary or the registry of the Department for foreign citizens). Where applicable, the border entry stamp in Slovenia, valid visa or residence permit issued by another EU state must be included in the copy;
  • personal photo (35 x 45mm, fit for biometric documents);
  • two fingerprints;
  • proof of enrolment in a state-approved education or study programs or proof of carrying out professional training, specialization or practical training issued by an educational organization, or a certificate of enrollment by a state authority responsible for the implementation of international treaties or scholarship, or the certificate of enrolment issued by a state authorized organization responsible for the implementation of a certain program;
  • proof of valid health insurance in Slovenia;
  • certificate of criminal record from home country. It must not be older than three months, officially translated into Slovene and if applicable apostilled or certified;
  • proof of sufficient financial means;
  • fee: €54.50 (via bank transfer or in person at the registry of the Department for foreign citizens), additional €12.00 when collecting one’s issued permit. 

The Ministry of the Interior prepared clarification concerning changes in the area of proving the requirement of sufficient means of subsistence for the issuance of a temporary residence permit for the study purposes.

Clarification in SLOVENIAN

Clarification in ENGLISH 

 
HOW TO APPLY

  • at the competent Slovene diplomatic mission or consulate abroad (when applicable);
  • via registered mail sent to to Upravna enota Ljubljana, Sektor za matične zadeve, tujce in državljanstva – Oddelek za tujce, Tobačna ulica 5, 1000 Ljubljana;
  • in person at the registry of the Department for foreign citizens, Administrative Unit Ljubljana (Tobačna ulica 5) during office hours. One can make an appointment by calling the number 01 475 56 21 or writing to the e-mail address Requested page/section contains elements that requires user consent to store cookies (embedeed youtube, facebook videos, etc.).