Study and Living in Slovenia

Planning to study abroad in the Republic of Slovenia, read on to know about the student accommodation, costs of studying and living, transportation, health insurance, working conditions and more..

Tuition Fees

Tuition fee for students coming from EU member states is financed by the Ministry of Higher Education. Students just have to pay an admission fee for the first year and the subsequent years.

International students from non-EU countries are required to pay the tuition fee for full-time studies in Slovenia, unless:
  • You are an international citizen who is a Slovene without Slovenian citizenship and also is a holder of a scholarship by the Ministry of Higher Education
  • You are a student of an exchange programme between higher education institutions, or
  • You are international citizens with permanent residence in Slovenia, and you or your parents are taxpayers in Slovenia.
  • You are international citizens from one of the countries with which Slovenia has concluded relevant bilateral agreements
All the international students must pay the tuition fee for part-time studies.

Tuition Fee for Undergraduate Programme (Full-time)

  • For social science programme: The tuition fee is about $1,500 for one year
  • For technical study, arts programme and natural science, the tuition fee is about $2,000 for one year

Tuition Fees for Master's Programme

  • For social science programme, the tuition fee to be paid is about $2,250 for one year 
  • For arts studies, technical programmes and natural science, the tuition fee is about $3,000 for one year 

Tuition fees for Doctoral Studies

Students who hold a Master’s degree and are admitted to the full-time doctoral programme can expect to pay:
  • For social science programme, the tuition fee to be paid is about $4,500 
  • For arts studies, technical programmes and natural science, the tuition fee is about $6,000 
The postgraduate study tuition fee is for students from countries with which Slovenia has agreements or from EU member states is same as those for Slovenian citizens. 

Student Discounts

To get student discounts for various cultural events, concerts, sports and other activities; and to buy food coupons, students must get a visiting student ID card. Students can get this card at the international office of the students’ organisation. This card gives a status of “student”. 

Living Expenses

Students can expect to spend 550 to 600 –euro- per month, inclusive of accommodation, transport, food and study material. Breakdown of the costs of living per month in Slovenia:

Food: €200 per month

Accommodation Costs:
  • Student Dormitory/residence hall: €80 to –euro-120 per month
  • Private accommodation: €150 to –euro- 250 per month (depending on the location and amenities) 
Transportation Costs:
  • Urbana public transport card: € 20 per month

Student Accommodation

In Slovenia, following are the student accommodation options available:

Student residence hall: Students can rent a room in the hall of residence.  The booking must be made in advance as the places are limited. 
Private accommodation: Students can rent a flat or a private room. The price varies depending upon the facilities and location. 

International students are allowed to stay in residence hall only if they have a scholarship from the Slovenian government or any of the Slovenian ministries or if this is specified in bilateral or other international agreements.

The conditions for applying for hall of residence for Slovene without Slovenian citizenship are same as the Slovenian pupils. 

Contact the higher education institution to know more about the student accommodation options and availability.   

Universities in Slovenia offering Accommodation

  • Student Hall of Residence in Ljubljana   
  • Student residences in University of Maribor 
  • Student residences in University of Primorska 
  • Student homes in University of Nova Gorica   

Health Care

All the international students must be completely insured against accident or illness for their entire duration of stay in the Republic of Slovenia. In Slovenia, the health care services provided are: dentistry, specialist services, social care institutions, hospital, etc. 

Health Insurance

Slovenian as well as international students must have a valid health insurance programme. To know about the health insurance programme, visit the official website of the Health Insurance Institute of Slovenia. If your stay in Slovenia is temporary, you may use European health insurance card (EHIC) to get the medical care. 


Air Transport 

In Slovenia, there are 3 international airports:
  • Portoroz Airport 
  • Airports Maribor Edvard Rusjan 
  • Airport Ljubljana

Getting Around by Rail 

Slovenian Railways is the only rail operator running in Slovenia. Tickets for rails can be purchased on the train or at any railway station.   

Get In and Around by Bus

Buses are available throughout Slovenia. You can pay for buses by cash, token or ticket.  Tickets can be purchased from the driver on the bus. 
In Ljubljana, Urbana city card is used for quick cashless payment. It is a permanent, uniform electronic card that is used for electronic payment for city services. 

Travelling In and Around by Car

The fastest way to get around Slovenia by car is on the motorways, for which a vignette is needed. Vignettes are available at all petrol stations.
Also, there are many car rental agencies. You can hire a car if your age is 21 or above and have held a valid driving licence for a minimum of 2 years.

Getting Around by Bike

You can visit places by bike. Bikes can be ridden anywhere except motorways and express roads.

By boat

To get the scenic view of the country, you can hire boats.

Working Conditions

In Slovenia, International students are allowed to work part-time. 

Work Permit: Citizens of new EU countries, i.e. from Malta, Estonia, Cyprus, Latvia, Czech Republic, Poland, Hungary, and Slovakia, work permit is not needed in order to work in Slovenia. Also, nationals of UK, Sweden and Ireland do not require work permit. 

Though the employer is required to register the employment of the aforementioned citizens  at the Slovenia Employment Service within 8 days from the commencement of work.

Rest all the country nationals not mentioned above are required to obtain a work permit in order to work in Slovenia. 

Note: The prices mentioned here are indicative in nature. For latest updates see official website Study in Slovenia.
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