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  • Academic year

In Slovenia the academic year begins in October and lasts until the end of September in the following year. It is divided into two semesters: the winter semesters usually runs from October to January and the summer semester from February to the middle of July. The organisation of studies is defined with a study programme. Higher Education Act additionally regulates undergraduate study programmes that last for 30 weeks in the academic year and comprise the minimum of 20 and the maximum of 30 hours of lectures, seminars and exercises per week. If the programme includes also practical training then it can last up to 42 weeks per academic year but the total student workload must not surpass 40 hours per week. In some cases studies can also be organised part-time, which means that the organisation and the time schedule of the lectures, seminars and exercises is adapted to the possibilities of students, who are unable to attend the studies full-time (for example because  they are employed).

  • Methods of teaching

Higher education institutions use different teaching methods – lectures, seminars, exercises, colloquium and written assignments. Usually lectures are given for a large group of students, while the seminars and exercises are usually offered for a smaller group of students. The studies also demand a lot of individual and preparatory work from each individual student. The methods are defined with the study programme.

  • Test and exams

The rules and procedures of the examination policy are set in detail by the constitution of higher education institution. As a rule subject courses end with examinations, which can be oral, written or both. Usually theexaminations are held at the end of each semester during the four week examination period (January-February and June-July) and in September before the beginning of a new academic year.

Studentsfinish their studies with defence of a diploma paper. The examination takes place at the end of final year and it is conducted by a board of examiners before whom the candidate defends his/her diploma paper. Before they can take this examination, students must fulfil all other obligations set by the study programme.


  • Grading system:

In Slovenia the grading system used in higher education is unified:

- 10 = excellent (percentage of knowledge: 91 – 100 %),

- 9 = very good (81 – 90 %),

- 8 = very good (71 – 80 %),

- 7 = good (61 – 70 %),

- 6 = satisfactory (51 – 60 %),

- 5 - 1 = fail (less then 51 %).

  • Language of instruction

Is predominantly Slovenian. Many higher education institutions are already offering some lectures also in English language.

  • Credit system

All study programmes, accredited after April 2004, are measured in credit points according to ECTS(European Credit Transfer System). One credit point represents 25-30 students’ working hours; one academic year can last from 1500 to 1800 students’ working hours. 

  • Fees

Students from EU member states, like Slovene students, pay tuition fees for part-time studies, while full-time studies are free. Foreigners from non EU member countries pay tuition fees regardless on the type of studies. As a rule, the tuition fee is paid in a lump sum for each academic year. Payment of tuition fees covers also compulsory health insurance.