The richness of culture, low tuition fees, and notable higher educational institutions are just some of the things that are attracting foreign students to study in Slovenia with the speed of light. Slovenia is one of those European countries where the students prefer to come for study exchange and scholarship sponsorships. Programs like Erasmus enable students to study in Slovenia and benefit from the rich cultures and landscapes that the country provides.
Slovenian higher educational institutions may not be the first choice of international students but the trend is changing lately with around 4000 foreign students studying in Slovenia.
Before we dive into the generous scholarships available in Slovenia, let’s take a look into what living in Slovenia is like and what are some of the entry requirements of the universities there:
Language of Instruction in Slovenia:
Most of the universities in Slovenia teach in Slovenian. But, a number of top universities offer programs in English as well. Students from outside of Slovenia, whose first language is neither English nor Slovenian, have to prove their language proficiency in one of the languages. IELTS, TOEFL, English Language Certificate (from the previous institutions), and other acceptable English language tests are the ways with which potential students can prove their English language proficiency.
Top Universities in Slovenia:
The incoming cohort of international students generally prefers to study at the University of Ljubljana, Maribor University, University of Nova Gorica, University of Primorska, and Alma Mater Europaea. Almost all of these universities offer programs in English. These are also partnered with the Erasmus+ program. Public universities are free for local students and students from the European Union. For international students, public universities are less costly than private ones.
Cost of Living in Slovenia:
Living in Slovenia is pretty expensive because the wages are low and the prices of commodities are high. The rents are fairly high as well. With all that, it is quite necessary for students to apply for part-time jobs. A single person will need from 600 Euros to 1000 Euros to live in Slovenia. The capital, Ljubljana is the most expensive city to live in.
Working alongside studying in Slovenia:
The students in Slovenia can work part-time or get temporary jobs via a channel called ‘Student Work’. The student service agencies allot a referral to students which helps them get part-time work. These agencies deduct some amount from the total salaries of the students to contribute toward insurance for pension and disability. A certain percentage goes toward the prepayment of taxes as well.
2021 Scholarships in Slovenia:
Slovenian private institutions are more expensive than public ones. Even if you are enrolled in a public university, you should consider applying for the scholarship. The money that you save from your educational expenses can go toward offsetting living costs. Here is a list of scholarship openings for foreign students studying or considering studying in Slovenia.
- EMUNI University Scholarship:
The EMUNI University in Piran, Slovenia is offering scholarships to overseas students at the master’s level. The available field of studies in Intercultural Business Communication. In order to get enrolled in this program, the students should have an intermediate knowledge of Arabic, French, or Italian. The scholarship entails an educational fund that will help students offset their academic expenses.
- University of Primorska Scholarship:
This scholarship by the University of Primorska is with the name Public Call Scholarship. This studentship is available at the undergraduate level. All the fields of study are eligible and the students are not required to submit a separate application for it since it is an entrance award. Students must be good in sports and extra-curricular activities to get this award. Students should also be good in academics and should have passed their English language test with flying colors (as the students who usually get the scholarship have better than average language scores).
- University of Ljubljana MBA Awards:
The University of Ljubljana’s School of Economics and Business is awarding scholarships to students enrolled in their MBA program. This award will enable outstanding students to complete their MBA at the minimum cost. The scholarship amount is 4000 Euros which will be given to all the awardees. It is open for both local and international students for application. The potential applicants should have at least three years of meaningful work experience in order to be eligible for the scholarship.
- 8ECM Scholarships:
The European Congress of Mathematics (ECM) is awarding scholarships to potential international students in the subject area of mathematics. The applicants should have strong potential and must show enthusiasm about embarking on their journey in the mathematics field. This is a research-based program and the applicants should be from one of the defined developing countries. The students can be enrolled in a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. program in mathematics in one of the partner universities.
This award will waive the full-tuition of the recipients and will also provide a free of cost two-star accommodation.
- Jožef Stefan Institute Ph.D. Fellowship:
Jožef Stefan international institute is awarding fellowships to international students in Slovenia. The doctoral program should be in the field of Environmental science and the value of the award is 1,000 Euros a month plus a tuition fee waiver for three years. The program is taught in English, so the applicants should have a fair understanding of the language as well as should have a master’s degree in chemical engineering, chemistry, geology, environmental sciences, or pharmacy.
- IEDC Bled School of Management Scholarship:
IEDC Bled School of Management in Slovenia is awarding scholarships in their one and two years of executive MBA programs. A total of five scholarships will be awarded and the worth of the scholarship is a tuition fee waiver of up to 50%. The tuition waiver will depend upon how bright the candidate is by assessing his/her overall profile. The candidates applying to the scholarship must be from a country other than Slovenia and must be financially in need of the scholarship. The main aim of the award is to increase diversity in the school.