Learning Slovene


The Slovene language belongs to the group of South Slavic languages and is spoken by approximately 2.5 million people. Slovene is sometimes characterised as the most diverse Slavic language in terms of dialects. Around 50 dialects are subdivided into seven groups across the country. The most distinctive characteristic of Slovene is the dual grammatical form, which makes it a little harder to learn, but it is still possible with a bit of help and dedication.

Students in the Erasmus+ exchange programme are offered an intensive Slovene language course before starting the winter or summer semester. The Centre for Slovene as a second and foregin language organises a 60 hour (3 ECTS) intensive Slovene language course.

Price of the course: 100 € (textbook included in the price)

The application deadlines are at the beginning of July, for the course starting in September, and in December for the course starting in January.

Other language courses are offered to exchange students during the semester by:

The University of Maribor is offering their online courses of Slovene, which is free of charge for students of the University of Maribor. Contact: erasmus@um.si.

Another option for learning Slovene is with ESN (Erasmus Student network) of the Student Organisation of University of Maribor.

The University of Primorska is offering free courses of Slovene to its students and staff from level A1 (absolute beginner) to B1 (intermediate).

Besides, from 11 to 22 of July 2022, a 29th Summer Coursed of the Slovene language will take place in the Slovenian Istria. 

Registration fee for the summer school (June 15, 2022): 50 €

Possibility to apply for scholarship, deadline: 30. 5. 2022

Contact and applications: halo.tecaji@fhs.upr.si

The University of Nova Gorica organizes a 60-hour Slovene language courses for international students and staff of the University of Nova Gorica. The aim of the course is to develop all four types of the participants’ linguistic skills – listening, speaking, writing and reading skills. In the 2021/2022 academic year, the courses will take place in winter and in summer semester.

Upon successfully passing the course (regular attendance, written and oral examinations), each participant receives a course completion certificate (the levels of language in accordance with CEFR) and ETCS units.

Prices for course: UNG students and UNG employees: €130; others: €260.

Another interesting way of learning Slovene is via the website www.slonline.si. The site offers an interactive page where learners can take an online course and get basic knowledge of listening, reading and writing. The course is free and can help you get started with the language.

You can also listen to some useful pronunciations of Slovene words here.  

During their first year at the University of Ljubljana, international students may attend the so-called Year Plus, in which the Slovenian language courses are mandatory. Year Plus is designed to help international students to adapt to the Slovenian system and culture in their first year of study in Slovenia.