About Slovenia

Slovenia, a country in Central Europe with a small coastline along the Adriatic Sea, is bordered by Italy to the west, Croatia to the south, Hungary to the east, and Austria to the north. It is subdivided into 212 municipalities, with Ljubljana as the capital. The official language of Slovenia is Slovene, and the currency is the euro (EUR).

Slovenia was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire until its dissolution at the end of World War I. In 1918, the Slovenes joined the Serbs and Croats in forming the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, which was then named the Kingdom of Yugoslavia in 1929. After World War II, Slovenia became a republic of the renewed Yugoslavia, which broke away from the Soviet Union in 1948 and subsequently operated under a milder form of socialism. The Slovenes succeeded in establishing their independence in 1991 after a short ten-day war.

Historical ties to Western Europe, a strong economy, and a stable democracy have assisted in Slovenia's transformation to a modern state. Slovenia acceded to both the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the European Union (EU) in the spring of 2004. In July 2010, Slovenia signed the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) convention and became a member of the OECD.

Slovenia became the first 2004 EU entrant to adopt the euro as its currency (on 1 January 2007) and has become a model of economic success and stability for the region. Slovenia has excellent infrastructure, a well-educated work force, and a strategic location between the Balkans and Western Europe.

Work and study in Slovenia

  • You can get employment in Slovenia on the basis of a work permit.
  • Various job vacancies are on the websites of the employment services in Slovenia.
  • There is temporary and part time work for college and university students in Slovenia.
  • The students can work through a special type of contract known as referral forms.
  • You may work through a student service agency in case you are a student from a foreign nation.
  • You may find a job on your own and inform the agency regarding the company.
  • The agency will give you a referral form and you have to give it to the employer.
  • There are some conditions for working in Slovenia as a student
  • The cost of living in Slovenia is quite reasonable. For an international student, it would be convenient to study in Slovenia.


  • The student dormitories range from 80 Euros and 160 Euros.
  • The students eat out in restaurants by making use of food coupons and the prices are very reasonable. The prices differ between restaurants and cities.
  • Slovenia provides 2.63 Euros per meal and the remainder is paid by the student.
  • The restaurants provide a nice value for the students.
  • A single ticket may cost around 1.2 Euros and a monthly ticket costs around 20 Euros per student.
  • The cost of living in Slovenia is equal to the average cost of living in Slovenia.

Passport Requirements:

For the first residence permit application, you are required to possess the following:

a valid passport (the expiry date of which exceeds the intended period of stay in the Republic of Slovenia by at least three months);

health insurance covering urgent health care services, at a minimum requirement, in the Republic of Slovenia;

sufficient means of subsistence in a monthly amount at least equal to the basic minimal income in the Republic of Slovenia (approx. €290);

a verified police certificate indicating a clear criminal record not older than three months from your country (if the country in question issues it), translated into Slovenian and notarized;

an authentic photograph of yourself, and you are also required to submit two of your fingerprints for their digital capture.

Confirmation of enrolment at the higher education institution (Acceptance letter) Once in Slovenia, holders of a visa D do not need to apply for residence permit for the period of validity of the visa D, but they need to report a temporary address within a week (if staying in private accommodation) to the relevant administrative unit in Slovenia (in Ljubljana: Tobačna ulica 5, 1000 Ljubljana).


First residence permit (Non EU citizens)

If you are a third-country national from a country whose citizens are required to obtain a visa to enter the Republic of Slovenia and you wish to enter the Republic of Slovenia or stay there for study purposes, you are required to obtain a visa C (tourist visa) or visa D (long term visa) at a diplomatic mission or consulate of the Republic of Slovenia abroad prior to entering the Republic of Slovenia.

For the same purposes, you can enter the Republic of Slovenia and stay there for a certain period of time (for no more than three months (90 days) in a six-month period, starting on the date of the first entry) on the basis of your passport alone if you are a citizen of a country whose citizens are not required to obtain a visa to enter the Republic of Slovenia. In order to be present in the Republic of Slovenia in excess of the allowed 90-days or Visa D, within the 90-day period or after the expiration of Visa D, you are obliged to apply for a first residence permit at the relevant administrative unit in Slovenia (in Ljubljana: Tobačna ulica 5, 1000 Ljubljana).

If you have a valid residence permit issued by another state that is party to the Schengen Agreement, you may enter the Republic of Slovenia on the basis of this permit and a valid travel document and stay there for no longer than three months in a six-month period, which includes the combined duration of your stay in all Schengen States except for the state which issued the visa, starting on the date of the first entry into one of Schengen States or until the expiry of the visa's validity if this is shorter. Within the 90 days period, you are obliged to apply for a first residence permit at the relevant administrative unit in Slovenia (in Ljubljana: Tobačna ulica 5, 1000 Ljubljana).

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