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 organises a 60 hour (3 ECTS) intensive Slovene language course. The course is co-funded and is currently available only to students at the University of Ljubljana. The application deadlines are in June, for the course starting in September, and in December for the course starting in January.
For more information the Centre for Slovene as a Second and Foreign Language web page.
Other language courses are offered to exchange students during the semester by:
The University of Maribor offers language courses to exchange students and other international students (internship, CEEPUS, full time students). Another option for learning Slovene is with ESN (Erasmus Student network) of the Student Organisation of University of Maribor.
Prices for courses range between €20 and €35, depending on the chosen class.
There are no ongoing Slovene language courses held at the University of Primorska. Every year the university decides if it will run any courses and information is sent directly to students by email.
The University of Nova Gorica organizes a 60-hour basic Slovene language course for international students and staff of the University of Nova Gorica. The course will take place from the beginning of October 2017 to mid-January 2018 at 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.
Upon successfully passing the course (regular attendance, written and oral examinations), each participant receives a course completion certificate.
Registration deadline: September 25, 2017
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.