Preschool education is non-mandatory in Slovenia, however Primary school for 9 years is, Slovenia also boasts an average ratio of one teacher per 12 pupils and 20 pupils per class. Secondary education is not mandatory but a majority of students continue on into technical, general or vocational secondary schools. General secondary schools teach the basics in math, the sciences, literature and languages whilst providing a final exam "Matura" which is needed to enter university. Over 80% of Matura graduates continue on into some form of tertiary education.
Slovenia currently has 4 universities, of which, the University of Ljubljana is ranked in the top 500 globally. All public universities and undergraduate programs are obtainable without tuition fee. This is available to all students, from within and outside the European Union, however it only counts for students enrolled for full time studies. Part time students or students who wish to study in private institutions must pay tuition fees of varying amounts depending on the program and institute. Vocational and technical tertiary education/institutes/colleges are also widely available in Slovenia. Slovenian Universities offer all three levels of tertiary education, Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral programs in fields varying from the sciences to literature and the arts.
The Slovenian education system was ranked 12 best in the World and 4thbest in The European Union in 2006 by the OECD. There are currently limited programs that are taught completely in English in Slovenia, but this is slowly increasing.
Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport
Ministrstvo za izobrazevanje, znanost, kulturo in sport
Telephone: +386 1 369 59 00
Fax: +386 1 369 59 01