STUDY IN SLOVENIA
WHY STUDY IN SLOVENIA
If you decide to study in Slovenia, you will enjoy its perfect location, with part of its territory by the Alps and part by the sea. Slovenia, member of the European Union since 2004, is also a member of the Schengen Area and the Eurozone. This situation makes Slovenia an ideal destination for international students who would like to attain a higher education degree while discovering the rest of Europe. In addition, students are exempted from paying tuition fees at full-time study programs at public institutions, and enjoy affordable tuition fees at part-time studies and at private institutions.
Slovenia is positioned in heart of EuropeMore or less in geometrical centre, between Italy, Austria, Hungary and Croatia. It is easily accessible by plane through the main airport in Ljubljana (the capital) or from surrounding airports like Graz, Vienna, Klagenfurt, Venice, Trieste or Zagreb.
Cheap transportationTransportation in Slovenia is quite cheap. There are some limitations to that, but with a bit of inside information from locals you can travel through Slovenia without spending too much money. Intercity bus and train connections might be not the best, to admit, but a really popular alternative in Slovenia is carpooling. We have a common web page where people announce their car trips from city to city and you can join them for little money.
Small student groups in lecturesStudies are adapted to foreign students. Professors always take additional time for you and "off the record" they are usually less demanding towards foreign students. As said before studies are in English and because there are smaller groups of foreign students, students get more individual time from professors and teaching assistants.Slovenia's rich history brings the arts alive. Many students choose Slovenian universities for in-depth study of European culture, including linguistics, history, and the humanities. The University of Ljubjana even operates its own art gallery.Slovenia's cultural diversity makes it an exceptional location to study international relations, foreign policy, and language arts but science and technology hold a strong place in Slovenian academics, too, where the study of medicine and dentistry are encouraged.
Wonderful ClimateThe weather in Slovenia varies from season to season. There are also three climatic influences that meet in the country. A harsh Alpine climate prevails in the mountains, the coast has a sub-Mediterranean climate, and the north-east lowlands have a continental climate. The average temperature is above 20°C in July and around 0°C in January. It is worth checking the current weather, so that you can dress and equip yourself appropriately.
TravelWe have gathered together the most important information for you, to help make your travel around Slovenia as smooth and relaxing as possible. There should be no difficulties in travelling around Slovenia, as it is very simple to do, even if you are from another country and speak no Slovene. Anyone involved in any way in arranging your travel will generally speak English. A large proportion of the population also speaks other foreign languages. For minimum stress, there is much you can do for yourself.
CultureAlmost every Slovenian is by nature a writer, painter, cook, dancer, wine-maker, musician, director, actor, blogger or engraver. They know how to create art out of everything they love. In addition to artists with various skills and crafts that have been handed down from generation to generation, Slovenians are also successful in many modern art forms accessible to all generations. Cultural events are unbelievably well attended – various festivals (especially in the summer months) thrill visitors who come from near and far. Theatre and concerts are popular; Slovenians love to read and are proud of their cultural tradition. We should mention France Prešeren, a poet who became the pride of Slovenian poetry and author of Slovenia's national Anthem, Zdravljica. The anthem appeals for the coexistence of nations and is a zdravljica, or toast, to all people of good heart.
Sports Slovenia's key goal after independence has been to develop modern organisational and legislative conditions for the development of sport. Thus, in 1994 the Slovenian Olympic Committee, established on 15 October 1991, merged with the Slovenian Sports Association, which had existed since 1945.Today, Slovenian competitors participate in the most important European and world sporting championships. The most successful sports are Alpine and Nordic skiing, wild-water kayaking and canoeing, sculling, cycling and skydiving.In the territory of today's Slovenia, activities that could be regarded as early forms of sport were already being pursued in the Middle Ages. In 1689, the Slovene polymath Janez Vajkard Valvasor wrote about boating, speleology, fishing, hunting, mountaineering and shooting. His description of autochthonous skiing at Bloke deserves special mention, since it is the oldest record of its kind in the Central Europe.
Language The Slovenian language has played a special role throughout Slovenian history. It is still considered one of the foundations of national identity. In spite of various influences, it has preserved its special linguistic features - the most notable being the archaic dual form. This is the grammatical number used for two people or things in all inflected parts of speech