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Slovenia, with its universities, faculties, art academies and professional colleges, offers many opportunities to those looking for education at higher level.

After Slovenia entered the EU it became more interesting and desired country for many foreign students and high school pupils. Bilateral exchange agreements enable education to foreigners at Slovenian higher education institutions and high schools.

Students from EU countries enjoy the same conditions of study as Slovenian students. The situation for students from third countries depends on the existence of a mutual country agreement. Where such an agreement has been concluded, the students are considered to have all of the same study benefits as the EU students.

Access requirements

Access requirement to academic and single masters’ study programmes is the general matura examination, or the vocational matura examination plus an additional exam from one general matura subject. Access requirement to higher professional study programmes is the matura examination, the vocational matura examination or the final examination under the four-year secondary school or equivalent programme.

The general access requirement for masters’ study programmes is a completed first cycle study programme. Specific access requirements are determined by individual study programmes. The general access requirement to doctoral study programmes is a completed second cycle study programme.

In case of certain study programmes specific requirements are demanded which may include a test of talent of artistic skills or psychophysical abilities (sports).

Study programmes

Higher education system in Slovenia is in accordance with the Bologna declaration.

First cycle study programmes are academic and professional study programmes.

Second cycle study programmes are masters’ study programmes (masters’ professional degree).

Third cycle includes doctoral study programmes.

Degrees in all three cycles can be formed as joint degrees. Higher education institutions may in addition organise and provide supplementary study programmes as a form of lifelong learning.

Studies are organised as full-time and part-time respectively.

Application and enrolement

The number of places available is limited for all study programmes. The places available for new applicants are announced by higher education institutions each year in a pre-enrolment announcement separately for first, second and third cycle study programmes. For students from EU member states, the enrolment procedures are the same as for Slovenian students. Places available for these students are included in the quota for Slovenian students. For foreigners from non-EU countries the number of study places available is set additionally. 

Please check links on the right for more information.

The pre-enrolment announcement for higher education institutions is normally published in January. Information on vacant places and conditions is available on the website of the Ministry of  Education, Science and Sport .

For more information on application and enrolment click here 


Foreigners, citizens of non-member States of the EU, pay a tuition fee for full-time studies, unless:

  • otherwise established by interstate or international agreements and treaties;    you are the holder of a scholarship of the Ministry of Higher Education or authorised contractor of such scholarships;
  • you are a student of an exchange programme between higher education institutions in the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme;
  • you are a foreign national with permanent residence in the Republic of Slovenia and you yourself, or your parents or guardians, are a taxpayer in the Republic of Slovenia.

The tuition fee for part-time studies is to be paid by all foreign students.


Possibilities for scholarships for Slovenian and foreign students.

Web site of the Univesity of Ljubljana .

Residence permits

First check if you need entrance visa. 

If you wish to stay in Slovenia for a longer period of time you need to arrange residence permit.