European universities have already began to accept applications for the next academic year, including from foreign citizens.
Reflecting on where to study after school graduation, a lot of students increasingly keep paying attention to education in Europe. With a more careful study of the issue, it turns out that there are countries, in which it is enough to provide the admissions office with a high school diploma and the state exam results to be admitted to an educational institution. Of course, Slovenia is one of such countries. Slovenia’s colleges and universities provide an excellent practice-oriented education, which is recognized by employers of the European Union, the United States, Canada and other countries.
Besides, Slovenia has a number of additional advantages: an easy to study language and interesting culture, a relatively low tuition fee, a high standard of living with acceptable prices, and availability of a residence permit for students with the right to work in free time.
Slovenia has five universities. Three of them are publicly owned and one is in private ownership. Besides, there are 47 private institutions in Slovenia. The educational process is conducted according to the Bologna system in compliance with the European standards.
“The top universities of Ljubljana and Maribor are included into the world rankings. If it is important for a student to receive an education in a prestigious state European university, he or she can safely choose it in Slovenia. When the knowledge in a chosen professional sphere is of major importance for a person, it examines carefully all study programmes available in this area. For such students, the curriculum is important, and not the rankings. Therefore, they consider as potential all the study programmes offered in this field of knowledge by any university of Slovenia,” notes the Head of the 2TM representative office in St. Petersburg, Russia, Ksenia Balashova.
Among foreign students, there are not only recent graduates of schools and colleges, but also adults who enter Master’s or PhD study programmes, MBA or, for example, acquire a second profession.
“To begin with, a person needs to decide what kind of education he wants to receive, and choose the right programme,” continues Ksenia Balashova. “To enter a Slovenian university, a student presents his/her high school diploma with a supplement list and the results of the state examination. Only in some cases, passing a creative exam is required.”
If an applicant chooses an English-language programme, he or she also needs to provide a high school diploma, in which English is shown as a subject.
“Before starting their studies, students undergo intensive courses of the Slovenian language. Slovenian is an easy language to study. Therefore, by the beginning of academic year, foreign students already have a minimal conversational base,” explains Tatiana Meleshkova, the 2TM Manager.
To receive a Bachelor’s degree in the majority of countries, it is necessary to study for four years. In Slovenia, as a rule, students study for three years. At the same time, a lot of teachers and experts in the field of education note that the great advantage of the European education system is its practical orientation and clear understanding of what knowledge and skills a particular specialist needs.
“Foreign students are quite often convinced that there is not a single superfluous subject in the programme they study, that all subjects included into the curriculum are compulsory and they need to be mastered. However, analysing the plan sent by the Ministry, even teachers understand that there are a number of extra subjects,” says a teacher and manager for educational projects in 2TM, Marina Ryzhkova. “Slovenia is different. All subjects are aimed at providing a student with a specific qualification. A large amount of practice makes it possible to understand whether a person has chosen the future profession correctly. If at a certain stage, students understand that they have chosen the wrong programme, they will have no difficulties in changing the programme.”
In the educational system of Slovenia, as already mentioned, the emphasis is made on practice, especially for colleges. Their task is to produce highly trained specialists who, when applying for a relevant job, do not need explanations in what they will need to do.
According to the 2TM Manager, 90% of teachers in higher education are practitioners who work or worked in a particular industry (in production, business, public or private sector).
“They have real work experience and teach their subjects taking into account those topical features that a young specialist needs to know.”
In some other countries, because the overwhelming number of teachers are theoreticians who often read lectures from books, young specialists almost always have to be retrained at work or in the office when they are employed.
“Our education system is now trying to change the current situation, but we do not know yet when we will become practice-oriented not only in words but in deeds as well,” concludes Marina Ryzhkova.
In many countries, foreign students are issued a student visa, which does not allow working. In Slovenia, there is another practice: when applying for a full-time or part-time study programme, students receive a residence permit. A residence permit gives the right to earn extra money right during the first year of studies.
“After graduation, students receive a European Uniform Diploma. Using this diploma, they can find a job in any company in the European Union and not only. Slovenian education is well known in Canada and the US even more than, for example, in Russia,” says the Head of the 2TM representative office in St. Petersburg.
Foreign education gives much more to those who plan to return to their native country after receiving a diploma.
“Studying in another country is very useful for the development and formation of a professional,” emphasizes Tatiana Meleshkova.
In our next article, we will tell about the price for renting an accommodation in Slovenia, average student expenditures for food, and a possibility to progress in studies and have a good rest at the same time.