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Education in Slovenia


Children who are foreign nationals and reside in Slovenia are entitled to compulsory primary school education from the age of six under the same conditions as nationals of the Republic of Slovenia. The language of instruction is Slovene (except in the ethnically mixed regions that are home to the Hungarian and Italian communities). Enrolment in the international elementary school program, intended for students who are foreign nationals, under the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organisation) system is possible at the Danila Kumar International School in Ljubljana. Elementary school programs are also provided by several private schools.

List of international schools:

British International School of Ljubljana 

Danila Kumar Intrernational School 

QSI: Quality Schools International 

The French School of Ljubljana 


An international baccalaureate program is offered under the aegis of the IBO by Gimnazija Bežigrad, Ljubljana and II. Gimnazija Maribor, where English is the language of instruction. 


In Slovenia, there are several types of higher education institutions, namely universities, faculties (departments), art academies and independent higher education institutions. Today, there are four universities (University of Ljubljana,  University of Maribor, University of Primorska and University of Nova Gorica), an independent institution of higher education (Faculty of information studies Novo mesto), one International Association of Universities (EMUNI-EURO Mediterranean University) and 44 private higher education institutions in Slovenia (the data is from June 2015). 

The focus of faculties/university departments is on scientific research and educational work in science related disciplines. Faculties offer degrees in at least two cycles of qualification (the first and second, or second and third). Art academies perform artistic and educational activities in a wide range of artistic disciplines. Like faculties, art academies also offer degrees in at least two cycles. Higher professional colleges perform educational activities of one or more related or interlinked trades or occupational fields. They may also perform research or artistic activities if this is specified in its charter and meets all the requirements. Higher professional colleges offer degrees in at least the first cycle qualification. They may also offer Master study programs if they meet the necessary requirement or can do so in cooperation with faculties or art academies.

Slovenia joined the Bologna Reform in 1999, as a result of which a three-cycle study structure was introduced in 2004. Higher education attainment and student’s performance are measured in ECTS (the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System) credits. 

First cycle qualification (Bachelor):

Bachelor programs generally require three to four years of study.

The credit requirement is 180 to 240 ECTS credits.

Second cycle qualification (Master):

Master programs generally require one to two years of study.

The credit requirement for Master programs is 60 to 120 ECTS credits.

Third cycle qualification (PhD ):

Additional 180 ECTS credits are required to receive PhD title and require about three years of study.


Slovenian citizens have the right to education at higher education institutions in the Republic of Slovenia under the same conditions as the nationals of other EU Member States. Full-time studies at the first and second levels of the Bologna structure are funded by the government.  Higher education institutions may charge fees for part-time studies and study programs not funded from public sources and for supplementary study programs. 


Students with limited financial resources are eligible to apply for government scholarships. Employer scholarships to support the attainment of qualification for specific occupations are also available. Talented students are eligible to apply for Zois scholarships. Slovenia also provides scholarships to Slovenian national minorities in neighboring countries and Slovenians abroad and also to citizens of countries that have signed bi-lateral or multi-lateral agreements on educational cooperation and scholarships based on reciprocity. 

The government provides subsidies for accommodation to short-cycle higher education and higher education students. The grant of subsidies depends on student’s performance, economic situation, distance from home, and social and health needs. Short-cycle higher education and higher education students are, under the specified conditions, also entitled to subsidized meals, transportation subsidies and other rights and benefits in accordance with special regulations, unless they are employed or registered as job seekers.