Slovenian Higher Education


Slovenian higher education consists of short-cycle higher vocational education (2-year programmes) and higher education (3 or 4 years of bachelor – first cycle, 1 or 2 years of master – second cycle and 3 years of doctoral programme – third cycle, PhD).

Higher education studies are organised by both public (University of Ljubljana, University of Maribor, University of Primorska) and private universities (University of Nova Gorica), and other higher education institutions, namely at faculties, art academies, and higher vocational colleges. Universities, faculties, and art academies provide study programmes of all cycles: bachelor, master and doctoral (PhD) level. Higher vocational colleges provide, as a rule, the first cycle programmes (undergraduate/bachelor).

The main functions of the universities are education and scientific research and development.

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Tools for expanded transparency of education (system of quality and state accreditation, credit system – ECTS, diploma supplement, including the system of external evaluation) are instituted at all levels of higher education.

All  study  programmes,  accredited  after  April  2004,  are  measured  in  credit  points according to the ECTS. One credit point represents 25–30 working hours for students; one academic year can last from 1,500 to 1,800 working hours for students.

The Slovenian grading system varies depending on the level of education.

At higher education level, students’ performance is evaluated by following a grade point scale that ranges from a minimum passing grade point of 6 to a maximum grade point of 10. In some courses, a Pass/Fail grade is used instead of the grade point scale.

At upper secondary level, the assessment scale ranges from a minimum passing grade point of 2 to a maximum grade point of 5.

If you are applying for university studies in Slovenia as an undergraduate student (first cycle, Bachelor), your grades from upper secondary school from your home country will be converted into the Slovenian grade point scale.

You may use the European grades comparison chart to learn how you would score in Europe.

Source: Eurydice database. Eurydice is an international educational database developed by the European Commission and Member States of the European Union with the aim of facilitating and improving the understanding of the different educational systems in Europe.

Structure of the education system in Slovenia