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Frequently asked questions

Year Plus is a module, intended for international students during their first year at the University of Ljubljana. Within the framework of the Year Plus module, international students are able to learn Slovene free of charge while also fulfilling course requirements in their own degree programme. In addition to learning Slovene, the module also offers other types of content: at present, two other (elective) courses are available. These two courses enable the students to become familiar with the Slovene language and culture (the Slovenian language and Slovenian culture course) and with using information technology for study purposes (the Use of IT for study course, offered by the Faculty of Computer and Information Science).

International students, enrolled in a degree programme at the BA or MA level at the University of Ljubljana for the first time, are eligible for the Year Plus module.

  • Students who are required to have a B2-level of proficiency in Slovene for enrolling in their programme (Bachelor and Master degree programmes that require knowledge of Slovene at level B2)
  • Exchange students;
  • Family members, friends, roommates and neighbours of international students enrolled in the Year Plus module.

No. The University of Ljubljana offers the opportunity to learn Slovene as part of the Year Plus module free of charge to international students to help them adapt to the Slovene system and culture in their first year in Slovenia. Whether or not they decide to take this opportunity is up to the students themselves.

No. The content of the Year Plus module is offered free of charge to international students enrolled in the degree programmes at the University of Ljubljana.

No, in that case you are not eligible for enrolling in the Year Plus module to learn Slovene. The B2-Level Certificate means that you are proficient enough in Slovene not to require additional systematic learning. The Year Plus module is intended for students who have no or very limited knowledge of Slovene.

No. You will participate in both the degree programme that you are enrolled in and the Year Plus module at the same time during your first year of studying in Slovenia.

Yes. The level of language knowledge that you will have at the end of the course depends on your previous knowledge, the amount of work you put in your coursework, your motivation and effort. The course is organized to enable each individual student to achieve optimal progress in accordance with the student’s needs and abilities.

Year Plus doesn't offer an online course of Slovenian language. However, you can still learn Slovene online on your own and free of charge: Slovene Learning Online is an online beginner course in Slovene for foreigners.   

You enrol in the Year Plus module immediately after enrolling in your degree programme at your faculty. When you complete the enrolment process at your faculty or academy, you will receive an email informing you about the option to enrol in the Year Plus module. You will be able to enrol in the Year Plus module on the Year Plus webpage using your digital ID 24 hours after completing the enrolment process at your faculty or academy.

After enrolling in the Year Plus module, you will receive a placement test via email. Completing the test is the first requirement for your participation in the module.

Yes. The placement test is a pre-requisite for the Slovenian as a foreign language – lectorate 1 course. You will be placed into a class suitable for your level of Slovene based on your placement test results.

No. You will be placed into a class based on your result on the placement test. 

You will be notified about your class and about the beginning of the Slovenian as a foreign language – lectorate 1 course via email.

The only acceptable reason for changing your Slovene as a foreign language class is a scheduling conflict with one of your other classes. If this is the case, please notify the Year Plus administrator and ask him or her if you can change the class. You will be offered a place in in another class if available. If you have already met the instructor of your original class, it is polite to inform him or her about the change as well.

At the beginning of the academic year and at the end of the semester, the Year Plus administrator receives several hundred email messages a day. You will most certainly receive a reply, but we ask you to be patient.  

The schedule for the Slovenian as a foreign language – lectorate course is not publicly available. You will be notified about it on time via email.

The Slovenian as a foreign language – lectorate course is a one-semester course with classroom time of 3 hours per week, meeting once a week. In addition to the weekly classroom meetings, 15 hours are spent outside the classroom: in the language lab, outside, at a gallery, museum, cinema, etc.

The course is generally taught at the Faculty of Arts (Aškerčeva 2), sometimes also at other faculties of the University of Ljubljana, if need arises.

The class size is usually about 20 students.

Attendance for the Slovenian as a foreign language – lectorate course is required. If you wish to take the exam to obtain 3 ECTS credit points, you must attend the class at least 80% of the time. This means that you have to participate in the course and the additional course-related activities regularly. In case of absence, you should notify your instructor.

In addition to regular active presence and additional activities, you will be expected to have at least one presentation and submit five written assignments, all in accordance with your teacher’s instructions. If all your coursework is completed, you can take the exam at the end of the semester.

The Slovenian as a foreign language – lectorate course is composed of 45 hours of classroom time and 15 hours of additional activities. These include pronunciation practice in the language lab, a visit to the book fair, exhibitions or museums, visiting the parliament, attending a workshop on the e-resources available for the Slovene language, a guided tour of the city or a walk around the city, going to the cinema, and so on. You are required to attend all the additional activities.

The language of instruction is Slovene, but teachers (and students) use other languages that they are familiar with when necessary.

Within the framework of the Year Plus module, you can currently choose between two elective courses:

1. Slovenian language and Slovenian culture and

2. Use of IT for Study.

The two elective courses are not required. You can choose one or both of them if you wish.

You enrol in the elective course when enrolling in the Year Plus module.

When you enrol in the Year Plus module, you are automatically enrolled in the Slovenian as a foreign language – lectorate 2 course. If you complete the Slovenian as a foreign language – lectorate 1 course at the end of the first semester and pass the exam, you can participate in the Slovenian as a foreign language – lectorate 2 course in the second semester without any additional registration.

No. You can only participate in the Slovenian as a foreign language – lectorate 2 course if you have successfully passed the exam for the Slovenian as a foreign language – lectorate 1 course.

You will not receive a certificate for Slovene, but you will receive a certificate confirming that you have passed all the requirements of the Year Plus module.

Your knowledge of Slovene is not assessed according to the Common European Language Framework (CEFR), as this is not the purpose of learning Slovene in the Year Plus module. The module is intended to help international students to adapt to the Slovene system and culture in their first year of studying in Slovenia. This is why the level of proficiency in Slovene is not specified on the certificate for Year Plus.

No. You can only use the certificate in question for study purposes, in other words, for obtaining the ECTS credit points acquired in the Year Plus module (as an elective course), or for extending your student status after your first year of studying.  

If you need a certificate of proficiency for Slovene for official purposes, you will need to pass the Slovene Language Exam at the Examination Centre of the Center for Slovene as a Second and Foreign Language.

You can get recognition for the ECTS credit points in the Year Plus module in the following ways:

1) As an elective course within your degree programme in any year of study IF your faculty or academy recognizes the courses of the Year Plus module as an external elective course;

2) To extend your student status after the first year of studying. 

Participation in the Year Plus module enables you to extend your student status if you also obtain the required 30 ECTS credit points in the first year of studying. In order to do this, you have to obtain a minimum of 6 ECTS credit points in the Slovenian as a foreign language – lectorate course. This means that you have to successfully complete two courses:

- the Slovenian as a foreign language – lectorate 1 course (3 ECTS credit points) in the first semester and the Slovenian as a foreign language – lectorate 2 course (3 ECTS credit points) in the second semester.

- You can obtain the remaining 24 ECTS credit points from the courses in your own degree programme and from the electives offered within the framework of the Year Plus module (the courses Slovenian language and Slovenian culture and/or Use of IT for Study).

The faculties and academies have different procedures for extending the student status; you are therefore advised to make enquiries at your own faculty or academy.

No. If you obtain 30 ECTS credit points in the first year of study at the University of Ljubljana (that is 6 ECTS credit points in the Slovenian as a foreign language – lectorate course and 24 ECTS credit points from the courses in your degree programme), you can extend your student status for a year, but you cannot enrol in a higher year.

No. Only students in their first year of studying at the University of Ljubljana are entitled to enrolling into the Year Plus module.

Your instructor will inform you about the learning materials that you will be using during one of the initial meetings of the class. You will be able to purchase the materials required at the Faculty of Arts bookshop or at another bookshop. Photocopying books is prohibited in Slovenia.

If there is a scheduling conflict with an exam for your other classes, you should explain this to your instructor and make sure you learn the course content that you missed on your own.

Your instructor will give you his or her email address during the first class meeting. If necessary, the Year Plus administrator can also contact your instructor for you.    

The students and the instructor will agree on the exam date soon after the end of the course. In addition, there will be at least two other exam dates available during the exam period. Your instructor will inform you about the additional exam dates.

If you wish to take your knowledge of Slovene further or if you are not eligible for the Year Plus, you can still attend Slovene language courses offered at the Centre for Slovene as a Second and Foreign Language (FF UL).