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GUIDE FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS STUDYING IN SLOVENIA ... IN SLOVENE AT WWW.SVETOVALNICA.COM AND SHOULD BE READ BEFORE FURTHER READING THIS GUIDE.

    Zavod Študentska Svetovalnica

    Kersnikova 4

    1000 Ljubljana

    www.svetovalnica.com

    GUIDE FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS

    STUDYING IN SLOVENIA

    Ljubljana, August 2010

1 Introduction

2 Legal notice

Zavod študentska svetovalnica (hereinafter referred to as Študentska svetovalnica) is a non-

    governmental and non-varsity advisory service in which students provide and publish, free of charge, information and opinions on the rights and obligations of students.

    Counsellors of Študentska svetovalnica are students only and are not experts in the field of counselling nor in the fields in which they counsel. Laws and interpretations thereof change often and rapidly.

    All information and advice, given by Študentska svetovalnica, is given solely as informational and non-binding and Študentska svetovalnica does not take any responsibility for their accuracy. Students and other users of advisory services should therefore acquire official information from proper governmental, varsity or other official institutions before deciding upon their course of action.

Full legal notice (“pravno obvestilo”) is available in Slovene at www.svetovalnica.com and

    should be read before further reading this guide.

    Guide for foreign students studying in Slovenia, Zavod Študentska Svetovalnica, August 2010

    3 Table of content:

1 INTRODUCTION .................................................................................................................................................... 2

    2 LEGAL NOTICE....................................................................................................................................................... 2

    3 TABLE OF CONTENT: ............................................................................................................................................ 3

    4 STUDENT'S CALENDAR FOR THE YEAR 2010/2011 ............................................................................................... 6

     ........................................................................................................................................................................ 6

    5 PERMIT FOR ENTRY AND PERMIT FOR TEMPORARY AND PERMANENT RESIDENCE IN SLOVENIA......................... 8 5.1 ENTRY AND RESIDENCE OF CITIZENS FROM THE EUROPEAN ECONOMIC AREA (EEA) MEMBER COUNTRIES .................................. 8

    5.2 NON-EU CITIZENS .............................................................................................................................................. 9

    5.3 REGISTRATION OF RESIDENCE ............................................................................................................................... 13

    6 ENROLMENT INTO UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA ................................................................................................... 15

    6.1 ENROLMENT CONDITIONS FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS DIRECTLY ENROLLING INTO THE FIRST YEAR OF UNDERGRADUATE STUDY AT THE

    UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA ........................................................................................................................................ 15

    6.2 APPLICATION PROCESS FOR EU CITIZENS AND SPECIAL NON-EU CITIZENS ..................................................................... 15 6.3 STATUS OF AN ENROLMENT CANDIDATE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS........................................................................................ 19 6.4 TUITION FEES ................................................................................................................................................... 20

    7 BASIC INFORMATION REGARDING STUDY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA ................................................... 21 7.1 ORDINARY AND EXTRAORDINARY STUDY .................................................................................................................. 21 7.2 BOLOGNA REFORM ............................................................................................................................................ 21

    7.3 CHANGE OF STUDY PROGRAMMES AND A RE-TRY OF THE STUDY YEAR ............................................................................. 21 7.4 RE-TRYING AND PAUSING A STUDY YEAR, EXCEPTIONAL ADVANCEMENT ........................................................................... 21 7.5 EXAM REGIME .................................................................................................................................................. 22

    8 ACCOMMODATIONS FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS ................................................................................................. 23

    8.1 GENERAL INFORMATION ..................................................................................................................................... 23

    8.2 SPENDING A NIGHT IN A HOSTEL .......................................................................................................................... 23 8.3 RENTING A ROOM AND SIGNING A LEASE CONTRACT .................................................................................................. 25

     ............................................................................................................................................................................ 26

    9 STUDENT WORK ................................................................................................................................................ 27

    9.1 GENERAL INFORMATION ..................................................................................................................................... 27

    9.2 HOW TO OPEN A SLOVENIAN BANK ACCOUNT? ......................................................................................................... 27 9.3 HOW TO OBTAIN A TAX NUMBER? ......................................................................................................................... 27 9.4 APPLYING FOR A MEMBERSHIP AT STUDENT EMPLOYMENT BROKERAGE SERVICE .............................................................. 28

    9.5 REFERRAL AND LEGAL PROTECTION ........................................................................................................................ 28 10 TAXATION ....................................................................................................................................................... 30

    10.1 GENERAL INFORMATION REGARDING TAXATION ...................................................................................................... 30 10.2 STUDENT TAX BREAK ........................................................................................................................................ 30

    11 ALLOCATION OF SCHOLARSHIPS FOR FOREIGN STUDENTS .............................................................................. 33

     SCHOLARSHIPS ACCORDING TO THE SCOLARSHIP ACT ...................................................................................................... 33 11.2 PUBLIC FUND OF THE REPUBLIC OF SLOVENIA FOR DEVELOPMENT OF CADRES AND SCHOLARSHIPS IS ALSO ANNOUNCING: ......... 36

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     BILATERAL SCHOLARSHIPS ................................................................................................................................ 37 11.3

    11.4 LIST OF COUNTRIES WITH WHICH SLOVENIA HAS SIGNED A BILATERAL CONTRACT: .......................................................... 37

    12 HEALTH INSURANCE ....................................................................................................................................... 39

    12.1 STUDENTS FROM EU, EEA AND SWITZERLAND ....................................................................................................... 39 12.2 STUDENTS FROM CROATIA, MACEDONIA, BOSNIA AND HERZEGOVINA ......................................................................... 40 12.3 STUDENTS FROM OTHER COUNTRIES ................................................................................................................... 40 12.4 CORIS INSURANCE ...................................................................................................................................... 41

    13 SOCIAL SECURITY ............................................................................................................................................. 43

    13.1 CHILD'S ADDITION ........................................................................................................................................... 43

    13.2 SOCIAL SECURITY ACT ....................................................................................................................................... 43

    14 FOOD ............................................................................................................................................................... 45

    14.1 FOOD COUPONS ............................................................................................................................................ 45

    14.2 SUBSCRIPTION ............................................................................................................................................... 45

    14.3 PAYING IN PRACTICE ......................................................................................................................................... 46

    14.4 COUPON VALIDATION ...................................................................................................................................... 46

    15 LJUBLJANA CITY PUBLIC TRANSPORT ............................................................................................................... 47

    15.1 SELLING POINTS.............................................................................................................................................. 47

    16 INTERNATIONAL STUDENT'S ASSOCIATIONS, SOCIETIES AND ORGANIZATIONS ............................................... 48 16.1 STUDENTS ORGANIZATIONS .............................................................................................................................. 48

    16.2 FOREIGN STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS IN SLOVENIA: ..................................................................................................... 49 16.3 FOREIGN STUDENT ASSOCIATIONS IN OTHER COUNTRIES:........................................................................................... 49 16.4 INSTITUTES:................................................................................................................................................... 49

    17 ACADEMIES, FACULTIES AND COLLEGE ............................................................................................................ 50

     UNIVERSITY OF LJUBLJANA ............................................................................................................................... 50

     ACADEMY OF MUSIC ........................................................................................................................................ 50

     ACADEMY OF THEATRE, RADIO, FILM AND TELEVISION ...................................................................................... 51

     ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS ................................................................................................................................... 51

     BIOTECHNICAL FACULTY ................................................................................................................................... 52

     FACULTY OF ECONOMICS ................................................................................................................................. 52

     FACULTY OF ARCHITECTURE ............................................................................................................................. 52

     FACULTY OF SOCIAL SCIENCES .......................................................................................................................... 53

     FACULTY OF ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING ............................................................................................................ 53

     FACULTY OF PHARMACY ................................................................................................................................... 53

     FACULTY OF CIVIL AND GEODETIC ENGINEERING ............................................................................................... 54

     FACULTY OF CHEMISTRY AND CHEMICAL TECHNOLOGY ..................................................................................... 54

     FACULTY OF MATHEMATICS AND PHYSICS ......................................................................................................... 55

     FACULTY OF MARITIME STUDIES AND TRANSPORTATION .................................................................................. 55

     FACULTY OF COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCE ....................................................................................... 55

     FACULTY OF SOCIAL WORK ................................................................................................................................ 56

     FACULTY OF MECHANICAL ENGINEERING .......................................................................................................... 56

     FACULTY OF SPORT ........................................................................................................................................... 57

     FACULTY OF PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION .............................................................................................................. 57

     FACULTY OF ARTS ............................................................................................................................................. 57

     FACULTY OF MEDICINE ...................................................................................................................................... 58

     FACULTY OF NATURAL SCIENCES AND ENGINEERING ......................................................................................... 58

     FACULTY OF EDUCATION ................................................................................................................................... 58

     FACULTY OF LAW .............................................................................................................................................. 59

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     THEOLOGICAL FACULTY .................................................................................................................................... 59

     VETERINARY FACULTY ....................................................................................................................................... 60

     UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF HEALTH STUDIES ........................................................................................................ 60

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    Guide for foreign students studying in Slovenia, Zavod Študentska Svetovalnica, August 2010 4 Student's calendar for the year 2010/2011

WHAT? WHEN?

    thth First application period for enrolment into to March 82010 February 10st1 year of undergraduate study programmes for Slovenian and EU citizens; for those non-

    EU citizens, who themselves or whose family members have permanent residence in Slovenia and are liable for taxation in Slovenia

     stththApplication period for enrolment into 1 February 10 to March 8 2010 year of those undergraduate study

    programmes that require ability, capacity

    and skills tests for other non-EU citizens

     thth to August 5 2010 February 10

    First application period for enrolment into st1 year of undergraduate study programmes for other non-EU citizens

     thApplication for granting a status of an June 5; after that only in cases where the

    enrolment candidate with special needs reason for special needs emerged after June th 5 rdResults of the first application period for July 23 2010

    Slovenian and EU citizens and aformentioned non-EU citizens

     ththEnrolment of Slovenian and EU citizens and July 26 to August 18 2010 aformentioned non-EU citizens, accepted in

    the first application period

     ththSecond application period for Slovenian August 20 to 28 2010 and EU citizens and aformentioned non-EU

    citizens

     thDeadline for submission of the University of September 10 2010 Ljubljana's decision of recognition of the

    student's foreign high school/secondary education.

    This deadline applies to those students, who will complete foreign high school/secondary in the scholar year 2009/2010. These should send the request for recognition within

    five days upon completion of secondary

    education.

     thResults of the first application period for September 10 2010 6 | Page

    Guide for foreign students studying in Slovenia, Zavod Študentska Svetovalnica, August 2010 other non-EU citizens

    thEnrolment of other non-EU citizens, Until September 10 2010 accepted in the first application period stthSecond application period for other non-October 1 to 5 2010 EU citizens thThird application period for Slovenian and Until October 5 2010 EU citizens and aformentioned non-EU

    citizens

     thApplication for Zois scholarship October 6 2010

Application for state scholarship for first Unlimited the application can be submitted

    time candidates at any time;

     stWinter semester October 1 2010 - middle of January 2011 Winter break middle of January - middle of February Winter examination period middle of January middle of February Summer semester middle of February - end of May (end of

    lectures)

    Summer examination period middle of May - end of June Summer holidays beginning of July - end of August Autumn examination period end of August end of September Applications for extraordinary enrolment August, September 2011 (every study into a higher year of study (i.e. if a programme has its own specific deadline) student hasn't fulfilled the necessary conditions to advance into a higher year of study due to illness or some other justifiable reason)

    Enrolment into a higher year of study as August, September 2011 a regular student (“redni študent”)

    Autumn examination period for October 2011

    “irregular” students (“izredni študent”)

    Enrolment into a higher year of study as October 2011

    an irregular student (“izredni študent”)

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    5 Permit for entry and permit for temporary

    and permanent residence in Slovenia

    The entry, leaving and residing of foreigners in the Republic of Slovenia are regulated by the Aliens Act - http://www.uradni-list.si/1/objava.jsp?urlid=200964&stevilka=3019

    5.1 Entry and residence of citizens from the European

    economic area (EEA) member countries

    5.1.1 Entry in to the country

    As a citizen of another European Economic Area (EEA) member country (EU member states, Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein) you may enter the Republic of Slovenia with a valid identity card or a valid passport. No authorisation for entry, i.e. visa or residence permit, is required regardless of the purposes for entry or residence in the Republic of Slovenia (this is also the case when you enter the Republic of Slovenia for employment, study, self-employment, settlement, etc.).

    You are, however, obligated to register your stay with the police station competent for the

    area in which you will be residing, within three days after crossing the border or changing your lodgings.

    For the first three months you may reside in the Republic of Slovenia without any registration at the administrative unit, but if your period of residence will be longer you should file an application at the relevant administrative unit (the administrative unit where you reside) for the issue of a residence registration certificate before the expiry of the three-month stay. You may also apply for the Residence Registration Certificate immediately after entering the Republic of Slovenia.

    5.1.2 Residence Registration Certificate

    The Residence Registration Certificate may be issued to a citizen of an EEA member country who wishes to reside or who already resides in the Republic of Slovenia due to employment or work, self-employment, provision of services, study, family reunion, as well as to a

    citizen of the EEA without any of the reasons mentioned above but who wishes to reside in the Republic of Slovenia.

    If you wish to gain a Residence Registration Certificate for the purpose of study in the Republic of Slovenia, you need:

    ; a valid identity card or valid passport,

    ; evidence of admission to the studies or other form of education,

    ; evidence of sufficient subsistence funds (at least the minimum income, on a monthly

    basis, as determined in the Republic of Slovenia)

    ; appropriate health insurance certificate (for example, European card of health

    insurance)

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    If you fulfil the conditions for the issue of a Residence Registration Certificate, the certificate shall be issued for five years or for the period of planned residence in the Republic of Slovenia, whichever is shorter. The Registration Residence Certificate may be renewed at

     your request under the same conditions for which it was issued.

    5.1.2.1 Refusal of the application for the Residence Registration Certificate The application for the Residence Registration Certificate may be refused when any of the following are determined during the procedure:

     That not all of the above mentioned conditions are fulfilled;

     That your residence in the Republic of Slovenia might cause a threat to public order,

    security, or the international relations of the Republic of Slovenia;

     If there are reasons to suspect that your residence in the country shall be linked to

    terrorist or other violent acts, illegal intelligence, the drug trade or other criminal acts;

     If during the procedure in which the first certificate is issued it is determined that you

    come from areas with contagious diseases that can become epidemics as listed in the

    international health rules of the World Health Organisation; or from areas where

    contagious diseases are present that might jeopardise public health and for which, in

    compliance with the act regulating contagious diseases, requisite measures should be

    adopted;

     If it is determined that your work in the Republic of Slovenia is in conflict with

    regulations on employment relationships and work, or in conflict with regulations on

    undeclared employment and work;

     If it is determined that any period of prohibition of entry into the country has not yet

    expired.

    5.1.2.2 Issue of the permanent residence permit

    After five-year continuous residence on the basis of the Registration Residence Certificate and on condition that there are no reasonable grounds under which you might pose a threat to public order or state security, you may obtain a permanent residence permit, which is valid for an indefinite period.

    The relevant administrative unit (the administrative unit where you reside) is authorised to accept the application and to issue the permanent residence permit.

    5.2 Non-EU citizens

    5.2.1 Entry into the country

    5.2.1.1 Entry into the Country on the Basis of a Visa or a Passport

    If you are a non-EU citizen (citizen of a so-called third country) and want to enter or reside in the Republic of Slovenia due to tourist, business, personal or other reasons, you must obtain a visa at the diplomatic mission or consular post of the Republic of Slovenia in your country.

    You can also enter the Republic of Slovenia for the same reasons and reside here for a fixed period (maximum 90 days in six months, starting from the date of first entry) on the basis of a passport if you are a citizen of a country which does not need a visa to enter the Republic of Slovenia. List of countries whose citizens don't need a visa is located at 9 | Page

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    http://www.mzz.gov.si/fileadmin/pageuploads/konzulara/Tujci_vstop_v_Slovenijo_brez_vizumov_slo.pdf .

    5.2.1.2 Entry into the Country on the basis of a visa or a residence permit issued

    by another country that is a party to the Schengen Agreement

    The Schengen Implementation Convention, which from 21 December 2007 applies to the Republic of Slovenia, sets the conditions of movement in the area of Contracting States of the Schengen Agreement for foreigners, third-country nationals, who have been issued a

     visa or a residence permit from one of the Contracting States.

    If you are a holder of a uniform visa issued by another Contracting State of the Schengen Agreement, you can, during the period for which the visa is valid, enter and reside in the Republic of Slovenia if you meet the following entry conditions:

     you have assured means for subsistence (more information on that at

    http://www.mediavisa.net/schengen-means-of-subsistence.php);

     you have documentation showing your intentions during your stay;

     you do not represent a threat to the public order, national security or international

    relations of any contracting state.

    With a valid residence permit issued by one of the Contracting States of the Schengen Agreement and a valid travel document, you can enter in the Republic of Slovenia and stay here for not more than three months as long as you meet the previously mentioned conditions of entry and you are not on a national list of persons or foreigners to whom the Republic of Slovenia does not permit entry to its territory.

    5.2.1.3 Entry of a foreigner based on a long-term resident status in another EU

    member country

    A long-term resident is a foreigner who is not a citizen of an EU member country and who has a permit for permanent or long-term residence in an EU member country, valid for a period of at least five years and issued on a EU-prescribed form in a uniform format for residence permits for third-country nationals, on which it is indicated that he/she is a long-term resident.

    If you hold such a long-term residence status in another EU member state, you may, regardless of the purpose of your stay, enter the Republic of Slovenia with a passport and a residence permit and stay in the country for three months from the date of entry or until the permit expires (if the permit is due to expire in less than three months).

    5.2.2 Residence permits

    5.2.2.1 Acquisition of the first permit for temporary residence

    If you want to enter and reside in the Republic of Slovenia for any other reason allowed on the basis of a visa or for a longer period of time, you must have a residence permit issued in the Republic of Slovenia. This has to be obtained before entering the country.

    Purposes of stay for which you may be issued a residence permit:

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