Studying abroad can be one of the most exciting experiences of your life! We are sure that you can’t wait to absorb a new culture, discover a new city, and make new friends and new memories. However, new things sometimes bring difficulties – for example, you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of new information, obligations, or feelings (or a combination of all of these). It is important to know that although there may be challenges on your path, with the right strategies and mindset, there is nothing you cannot overcome. That is why we want to help you prepare for studying and living in Slovenia and prevent potential difficulties that future students often face.

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Explore local culture

Take some time to get better acquainted with the culture, history, geography, economy and politics of your future home. Even the most basic information will make your adjustment easier, and also enrich your experience.

Talk to others who have studied or lived in Slovenia and find an opportunity to watch some Slovenian films and read more about this country and its culture.

Learn a language

Although most people in Slovenia understand English, even knowing the most basic phrases in Slovenian can make a big difference in the first period of adjustment. If you are planning to study in Slovenia and want to learn Slovenian, then online Slovenian courses are a great way to learn the language in a short time from the comfort of your dog.

Make a financial plan

This is an important item in stress prevention. Make a plan of how you will support yourself during your studies and be well informed about all the benefits you can use as a student (e.g. how to save money on transportation, accommodation, food, etc.)

Open a local bank account, get a Slovenian mobile SIM card, etc. Also, check if you need to inform your local bank that you will be staying abroad.

Just in case, bring some spare cash that you do not intend to spend, because it is important to have money available for unforeseen situations.

The most important thing is to not forget that all students in Slovenia, citizens and foreign students alike, have the right to student work.

Set goals

Make a list of all the things you plan to achieve while you study. Writing down goals and redrawing what has been achieved can help you stay on track for success.

These goals can be academic, such as subjects you want to attend, a certain average, language learning, internships, but they can also be social, such as travel, hobbies, and making new friends.

Time management and personal development

One of the first things you will realize is that it takes a lot of time to do everything you need: from getting groceries to preparing meals and keeping the house clean, to planning monthly expenses, organizing studies, socializing and much more.

Personal development means learning more about yourself. Studying in another country tests your ability to adapt to different situations.

Through this experience, you will learn to better manage your time, you will know your strengths and weaknesses better and you will become a more mature person, ready for success in your future career.

Get out of your comfort zone: activity and connection

You may be worried about leaving your home country, but that is completely natural. Getting out of your comfort zone is just one of the things that makes this whole experience so valuable and important.

You may face problems such as nostalgia, financial management and simply living in a new, unfamiliar place. Studying in another country offers many new activities and interests that you might never have discovered if you had stayed at home. That’s why it’s important to find activities or hobbies that will help you connect with other people who share your interests.

Sometimes, in addition to generous and detailed advice, professional support is needed. The 2TM company is at your disposal for all types of support – from professional orientation, through the selection of study programs and faculties, to getting used to student life in Slovenia. If you have any questions, schedule a free consultation at education@2tm.si. We look forward to becoming your best friend while studying in Slovenia.

 

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