Slovenia lies in the heart of Europe, which makes it really easy to travel out of the country either by renting a car or flying from one of the nearest airports. If you decide to travel around Slovenia you can take a train or share a ride and there are plenty of places to visit and activities to enjoy. The younger population speaks English almost fluently which means that communication won’t be a problem wherever you go.
Slovene student organisations are very active and always ready to help you organise your life and get your social network started. Student organisations, called ESN (Erasmus Student Network), are active in all the university cities. They organise welcome or orientation weeks to help international students get to know each other and settle in. They also organise many sports and cultural events, parties and trips.
Ljubljana, Maribor and Koper are university cities which makes it easy for you to arrange your student life and enjoy your free time. Most of them don’t have strict campuses, but all the faculties around the city have at least one student dormitory nearby or a plentiful selection of private accommodation.
Universities also have a tutor system, whereby students help other students at most of the faculties. These are Slovenian students that you can ask for advice or for a tour around the faculty.
Lectures are usually not obligatory, but professors highly recommend you attend. On the other hand, seminars and laboratory work are mostly obligatory. The university library is free for students – you just need to register before you can begin to use it.
Being a student in Slovenia brings numerous other benefits to both Slovene and international students who enjoy discounts on public transport, entrance fees to events or different activities. If you love biking Ljubljana is ranked 13th on the list of best cities in the world for urban cycling.
The biggest benefit of being a student are the heavily subsidised meals available in a wide range of restaurants across Slovenia. A special coupon system for student subsidised meals ensures that you will always eat well for a reasonable price.
Everyone with student status in Slovenia is entitled to student meals. The cost of the meal is partially covered by the Republic of Slovenia and the remainder by the student. This ensures every student has a warm daily meal. Restaurants offer students meals which include soup, main dish, salad and fruit. Every student has to register for food coupons via online registration (the web page is in Slovene so ask your tutor for help), registration confirmation at the food coupons info point and registration of the identification device (by mobile phone). Once you are successfully registered you can use food coupons in many of the restaurants in those cities with a university.
List of restaurants
There are a few rules about using food coupons. Subsidised meals for students are offered only between 8:00 and 20:00 every day except between 15th July and 15th August. Coupons can be used a maximum of twice a day and at least four hours have to pass between meals. Your phone is used as your identification for buying a student meal, however, you still need to show your ID to confirm the phone is yours.
More about subsidised meals
Public transport also offers subsidised monthly passes.
Festivals are very popular in Slovenia. Many student organisations in Slovenia organise various festivals that bring students together throughout the year. The Škisova tržnica, which takes place at the beginning of May in Ljubljana, is Slovenia’s biggest and best attended festival. Lampijončki, the second biggest festival which is held in Maribor, also takes place at the beginning of May. There are also festivals like Majske igre, Bogračfest and many other different concerts around the year organised specially for students.
Students in Slovenia like to party during the week as well as during the weekend. Party days might differ from one city to another. In Ljubljana Slovenian students party on Wednesday and international students have parties organised for them on Thursdays. In Maribor Slovenian students party on Tuesdays and international students have parties organised for them on Wednesdays.
Sport is very popular in Slovenia. It is easy to find a gym or a fitness studio that suits you. Also you can use one of the outside on one of the outside fitness gyms, that are becoming more and more popular. If you like adrenaline you can go bungee jumping, rafting, canyoning, and climbing. You can find all of this and more in the Bohinj area or in the nearby Soča valley.
Studying in Slovenia offers you a unique opportunity to discover the country and its neighbours, the culture, cuisine, Slovenian festivals, nature, study system, universities, language and gain new knowledge.
Being a student in Slovenia gives you numerous possibilities to travel, discover the immaculate nature and do sports, taste different food that will delight your taste buds and view various events that are magnificent performances and music for your ears. Slovenia is a hidden treasure waiting for you to discover it!