Slovenia has a highly-rated education system considered as of the best in the EU. Student life in Slovenia is perfectly built for success and universities here embrace foreign students. Also, the majority of Slovenians are fluent in at least one foreign language, commonly English or German, but depending on the region also Italian or Hungarian is possible.
In this section, we highlight the overall performance of Slovenian universities on the institutional level per U-Multirank dimension. The table below shows the national breakdown of Slovenian universities and how they stand across the spectrum of above average (receiving a score of ‘A’ (very good) or ‘B’ (good)), versus below average (receiving a score of ‘D’ (below average) or ‘E’ (weak)). In doing so, U-Multirank offers a clear picture on the country’s strengths and areas for improvement.
It becomes apparent that in general Slovenia's higher education institutions perform strongest in U-Multirank’s international orientation and regional engagement dimensions.
Tuition fees in Slovenia differ depending on the choice of institution and study course. Higher Education for undergraduate degrees is free for all Slovenian and EU students studying full-time. 80% of students pay no fees. Tuition fee for students coming from EU member states is financed by the Ministry of Higher Education. Students just have to pay an admission fee for the first year and the subsequent years. There is a 30 € annual registration fee for all programmes.
International students from non-EU countries are required to pay the tuition fee for full-time studies in Slovenia, the costs can vary between 1.500 € and 10.000 € a year, depending on the programme and the institution. bachelor degree: For social science programme: The tuition fee is about $1,500 for one year
For technical study, arts programme and natural science, the tuition fee is about $2,000 for one year master degree: For social science programme, the tuition fee to be paid is about $2,250 for one year
For arts studies, technical programmes and natural science, the tuition fee is about $3,000 for one year.
There are no distinctions made between Slovene, EU and non-EU students in the fee levels charged. Foreign students looking to study in Slovene must take a three-month language course in Slovene, which costs 1.320 €.
First cycle studies (bachelor's):
If you have successfully completed upper secondary studies in one of the signatory countries of the Lisbon Convention, are in possession of a valid school leaving certificate and qualify for higher education studies in your home country, you may also qualify for higher education studies in Slovenia. However, you are requested to prove your level of knowledge of Slovenian and/or English. In some cases, you are also requested to take additional qualifying courses. Second cycle studies (master's)
If you are applying for a master's program at university in Slovenia, you are required to be in possession of a relevant bachelor's or equivalent degree diploma.
Third cycle studies (PhD):
In the event you are applying for doctoral studies at university in Slovenia, you are required to be in possession of a relevant diploma or Master's degree program. Slovenian is the main language of instruction at higher education institutions in Slovenia. Therefore, if you are applying for undergraduate courses, you will be requested to prove your level of command of Slovenian. For some study programs, such as those related to education or languages and communication, you must prove your level of knowledge of Slovenian in the first year of study. For the rest of courses, you can prove your level of command of Slovenian in the second year of studies. In general, you are expected to have a level of command of the Slovenian language corresponding to, at least, B2 in the European Language Passport.
No matter the reason, paying high tuition fees can be a source of stress for many. However, there are many options for financing your studies, including the use of scholarships. There are various scholarship opportunities available for international students looking to study in Slovenia. Depending on your country of origin and the level of studies, there are different options for funding. To explore what scholarship options are available, check this scholarship database.
EU/EEA/Swiss citizens are not required to obtain a visa but need to register with the local authorities within 90 days of their arrival. Generally, all non-EU/EEA/Swiss citizens must hold a student visa along with a residence permit. The visa has to be obtained before traveling to Slovenia. Upon arrival in Slovenia, you are able to apply for a residence permit.