Practical guide

Study calendar

Academic year

In Slovenia the academic year begins in October and lasts until the end of September in the following year. It is divided into two semesters: the winter semester usually runs from October to January, and the summer semester from February to the middle of July. The organisation of studies is defined with a study programme.

Undergraduate studies for most of the study programmes are performed as fulltime courses in accordance with the study calendar, allowing the students full participation in all their  lectures, practical classes and seminars.

The organisation of studies is defined with a study programme

Undergraduate study programmes last for 30 weeks in the academic year (comprising the minimum of 20 and the maximum of 30 hours of lectures, seminars and exercises per week). Photo: Katarina Krmelj

Higher Education Act additionally regulates undergraduate study programmes that last for 30 weeks in the academic year and comprise the minimum of 20 and the maximum of 30 hours of lectures, seminars and exercises per week. If the programme includes also practical training then it can last up to 42 weeks per academic year but the total student workload must not surpass 40 hours per week.

In some cases studies can also be organised part-time, which means that the organisation and the time schedule of the lectures, seminars and exercises is adapted to the possibilities of students, who are unable to attend the studies full-time (for example because  they are employed).

Methods of teaching

Higher education institutions use different teaching methods – lectures, seminars, exercises, colloquium and written assignments. Usually lectures are given for a large group of students, while the seminars and exercises are usually offered for a smaller group of students. The studies also demand a lot of individual and preparatory work from each individual student. The methods are defined with the study programme.

Tests and exams

The rules and procedures of the examination policy are set in detail by the constitution of higher education institution. As a rule subject courses end with examinations, which can be oral, written or both. Usually the examinations are held at the end of each semester during the four week examination period (January-February and June-July) and in September before the beginning of a new academic year.

Students finish their studies with defence of a diploma paper. The examination takes place at the end of final year and it is conducted by a board of examiners before whom the candidate defends his/her diploma paper. Before they can take this examination, students must fulfil all other obligations set by the study programme.

Grading system

The grading system is unified: 10 = excellent, 9 = very good, 8 = very good, 7 = good, 6 = satisfactory (pass grade), 5-1 = fail. 

Credit system

All study programmes, accredited after April 2004, are measured in credit points according to ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). One credit point represents 25-30 students’ working hours; one academic year can last from 1500 to 1800 students’ working hours.