Education

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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. Enrolment in the international elementary school programme, intended for pupils who are foreign nationals, under the IBO (International Baccalaureate Organisation) system is possible at the Danila Kumar International School in Ljubljana. A primary school programme in French is offered by a private institution, the École française, in Ljubljana. There are also private Waldorf schools in Ljubljana and Maribor.

The language of instruction is Slovene (except in the ethnically mixed regions that are home to the Hungarian and Italian communities). An international baccalaureate programme is offered under the aegis of the IBO by Gimnazija Bežigrad, Ljubljana and II. Gimnazija Maribor, where English is the language of instruction. Tuition fees are payable. Slovenia also has a number of private schools, including the Euro Šola Ljubljana, diocesan elementary school and general secondary school (gimnazija) in Ljubljana (founded by the Roman Catholic Church) and a Waldorf secondary school.

Slovenia has four universities: the University of Ljubljana, the University of Maribor, the University of Primorska and the University of Nova Gorica. Individual faculties at all Slovenian universities are gradually introducing study credit schemes, where courses are weighted under the European Credit Transfer Scheme (ECTS). The professional qualifications that graduates can obtain in numerous public and private institutions of postsecondary and higher professional education are weighted in the same way.

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You can enrol in the selected educational institution if you apply in the annual Call for Enrolment for the next academic year. This is published in the spring months by the competent ministry:

British International School of Ljubljana

The British International School of Ljubljana  opened its doors in September 2008. Based in the Bežigrad area, to the north of the city centre, the school is enrolling children aged 3 to 15. The Pre-School and Primary Section use the International Primary Curriculum (IPC) and the Secondary Section prepares both Slovenian and foreign students for University of Cambridge ESOL and IGCSE exams, with A-Level following later. Experienced English native speaking teachers are being recruited from the UK, Slovenia and Switzerland.

Danila Kumar International School - IB World School

Danila Kumar International School  is a state owned school that has been  offering an English language-based IB programme for nearly 20 years. The school provides an international kindergartenelementary and secondary school programme for children of foreign  nationals living in Slovenia. The Slovenian Ministry for Education, Science, Culture and Sport subsidises the school, allowing them to deliver an international curriculum that is authorised and approved by the internationally recognised International Baccalaureate Organisation at very competitive rates.

The school has well equipped grounds and facilities in the Bežigrad district of Ljubljana, providing high quality education for children between the ages of 3 and 14 years. In 2011 the international school  population comprised children from over 40 countries. In addition, the school offers a variety of after-school enrichment activities, most of which are free to join. The school is also a founding participant in the Juventus Academy International Football School in Slovenia.

Address: Godeževa 11, 1113 Ljubljana,
website: http://en.os-danilekumar.si 

Quality Schools International QSI

Quality Schools International (QSI) of Ljubljana , a non-profit institution, opened in September of 1995 and offers a high quality education in a nurturing and engaging environment. The instruction is delivered in the English language for children from 3 to 17 years of age. They offer small class sizes, and well qualified educators, many with teaching degrees and experience from the U.S.A., a welcoming facility and a vibrant international community.  Currently, their enrolment represents 13 nationalities, including students from the diplomatic community, from the international business community, and from the Slovene community.  QSI of Ljubljana is fully accredited in the United States by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, is a designated SAT testing site, and offers AP courses for Secondary students. The school’s philosophy is founded on the premise that all students can succeed.

Gimnazija Bežigrad (High School of Bežigrad)

Gimnazija Bežigrad  had already adopted the programme of international baccalaureate, in cooperation with International Schools Association, UNESCO and European Council of International Schools. The school Gimnazija Bežigrad is authorised by the IBO to run the Middle Years Programme (13-16) and International Baccaulaureate Diploma Programme (16-19). The Middle Years Programme for students from 13 to 16 has subjects in: English, German and Slovene, history and geography, biology, chemistry and physics, math, arts, sports and computers. Across the different subjects are five areas of interaction (approaches to learning, community service, health, social education, environment, developing creativity). Grades on the scale from 1-7 are given at the end of the year. The IB Diploma Programme is a rigorous pre-university course of studies for students from 16 to 19. It’s designed as a two-year curriculum in English. They study six subjects they choose and have to write an extended essay, attend the Theory of knowledge and Creativity, Action, Service (the life outside the world of scholarship).

Ecole Française

The Ecole Française  is located at the Primary School Livada in Ljubljana and was founded by the company Renault-Revoz, but since 2001 it has had a contract with French government. The program is the same as in French primary schools.

The Second Gymnasium, Maribor

The program of International Baccalaureate is identical to the one at the Gymnasium of Bežigrad and all the other schools with the program. This autumn they expect first foreign students of different nationalities.

Second Gymnasium