University of Ljubljana

University of Ljubljana, Ljubljana, Slovenia



Information Sheet: 2021 Information Sheet

History and Geography 

The Slovenian countryside ranges from the Alps to the Pannonian plain to the Mediterranean and is the third most forested country in Europe after Finland and Sweden.  The climate varies from Sub-Mediterranean on the coast to Alpine in the mountains and continental in the plateaus and valleys in the east of the country. 

Slovenia is bordered by the Adriatic Sea, Italy, Croatia, Hungary and Austria, has a population of over 2 million and covers an area of 20,273 square klms. Ljubljana is both its largest city and capital with a population of 276,000 and combines the compactness of a small city with the facilities of a metropolis.

Country and City
Slovenia has been part of a number of empires during its history.  These include the Holy Roman Empire and the Austria-Hungarian Empire.  Following World War II, Slovenia became one of the six republics of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia with Ljubljana as its capital.  In 1991 following the 1990 referendum the people of Slovenia voted for independence and sovereignty. Slovenia became part of the EU in 2004.
The scenery in Slovenia is beautiful over most of the country and is spectacular in the Alpine and lakes areas. 
Ljubljana’s location is roughly in the centre of Slovenia and so has warm summers and cold winters (+21C in July to -2C 

Ljubljana is not only a beautiful city but also an easy city to get around, walking is easy and pleasant and there is a good public transport system.  The city is surrounded by forests with wonderful views of the city and the surrounding countryside from the castle set high in the middle of the city and reached by a funicular railway.    Ljubljana has one of the best-preserved Baroque quarters in Central Europe, which combines happily with the Art Nouveau buildings, and those designed by Ljubljana’s famous architect Joze Plecnik.

During the spring and summer there are concerts (both popular and classic), Festivals and theatre and ballet performances.

A great place for meeting and socialising are the lively and very pleasant cafés and bars along the Ljubljanica River. There are also many good and inexpensive restaurants in many areas of the city. Ljubljana seems to be a city of students, which is not surprising, as the University has one of the largest student populations in the world. There is a happy and lively feel to the city as a whole.

The University of Ljubljana was established in 1919 and has over 63,000 students, 56,000 undergraduates and 7,000 postgraduates in 22 faculties, which include Architecture, Arts, Biotechnical Chemistry, Engineering, Computer and Information Science, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Law, Maritime Studies and Transport, Maths and Physics, Medicine, Natural Science, Pharmacy, Public Administration, Social Sciences, Social Work, Sport Theology, Veterinary, 1 college _the University College of Health Care and 3 academies (Music; Theatre, Radio, Film and Television and Fine Arts).

The University has an excellent reputation both for teaching and for research across a wide spectrum of areas including arts, science and technology.  The majority of the faculties are either in, or close to, the centre of the city but there are also some very modern buildings (including Economics and Social Sciences) that are a short (10 to 15 minutes) bus ride from the centre of the city.

Weekend trips to different parts of Slovenia are organised for students during the year and international students are encouraged to take advantage of these.  There are also things like sporting competitions and there is a tradition for Slovenian students to do cooking on special evenings for international students.  On Erasmus Day all foreign students are encouraged to take part to showcase their home culture, food etc.

All international students must register with the local authority within a few days after arrival.  Help with this will be offered during the Orientation programs.

Each Faculty organises its own Orientation and brief outlines of the Orientation for each of the Faculties visited is included under that Faculty.

Accommodation and Food 
Some of the accommodation is in the very new and modern building which houses the Faculty of Social Sciences. The building’s top 3 floors are student dormitory accommodation, which is open to all students, not just Social Science students.  The accommodation is apartment- type with kitchen, living area, bathroom and bedrooms which 3 to 5 students share.  The whole building is wireless connected. 

Private accommodation, such as a studio, centrally located in the city would be €300 - €400 per month which is expensive.

The Central University Office helps with finding accommodation for foreign students.

Student accommodation is available in dormitories from €150 per month.   

20 - 22 coupons for food per month are available for students which cover the working week and are usually used at the rate of one per day. These coupons are accepted at a number of restaurants in the city.  Students do have to buy the coupons but the cost is 40% less than the real cost of meals – each coupon is €2.50 and this would, for instance, cover the cost of lunch.     

International Office 
The International Office and the Student Association work closely together but the Student Association is independent.  Exchange students will be helped in finding private accommodation by the Central Office and assisted by student volunteers who will also help in any negotiations that might be necessary.  International students are also entitled to a subsidized transport card. 

Please see the following link for more Information

Fine Arts and Design 
Biotechnical Studies
Chemistry and Chemical Technology
Civil Engineering and Geodesy, Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodesy
Computer and Information Science 
Maritime Studies and Transport
Mathematics and Physics
Mechanical Engineering
Natural Sciences and Engineering
Social Sciences
Social work
Theatre, Radio, Film and Television
Veterinarean Studies
Health Studies

Contact Information

Helena Deršek Štuhec

Office of International Relations, Kongresni trg 12,1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia

Tel.: +386 1 2418 592

Fax: +386 1 2418 593