Slowenien - Slovenia
A country with spectacular mountains, thick forests and a short Adriatic coastline, Slovenia also enjoys substantial economic and political stability. It was the only one of the former Yugoslav republics to be in the first wave of candidates for membership of the European Union. It joined in May 2004. Just a couple of months before EU entry, Slovenia became a member of Nato. Unlike Croatia or Bosnia-Hercegovina, Slovenia's independence from Yugoslavia was relatively bloodless. The move was undoubtedly aided by Western European recognition of the Slovenes' aspirations and the low proportion of other ethnic groups in the country. Slovenia has always been the most prosperous region of the former Yugoslavia and has found the transition from a socialist economy to the capitalist free market easier than most. On 1 January 2007, it became the first of the new EU member states to join the eurozone. A year later, it became the first former communist state to take on the EU presidency.
Politically, Slovenia was the most liberal republic within Yugoslavia. Throughout the 1980s there was pressure from Slovenia for greater political freedom and pluralism in the federation. This reputation was tarnished after independence when thousands of nationals of other former Yugoslav republics were removed from population records and lost residency rights. Parliament later passed a bill restoring their citizenship but a referendum held shortly before EU entry in 2004 overturned it by an overwhelming margin. Human rights groups expressed dismay at the move which embarrassed the leadership as it prepared to celebrate EU membership. Slovenia's relations with Croatia have long been strained on account of a rumbling dispute over sea and land borders dating back to the break-up of Yugoslavia. Ljubljana dropped its opposition to Zagreb's entry into NATO in March 2009, but continued to block Croatia's EU membership bid for a further eight months, only agreeing to lift the embargo after a deal had been signed on the Piran border dispute in November 2009. The centre-right opposition demanded a referendum on the border deal, which the public narrowly approved in a June 2010 plebiscite. s from then-Czechoslovakia and the confiscation of their property, remain a sensitive issue in relations with neighbours.
The School of Business and Economics has the following Partner Universities as part of the ERASMUS Program:
Faculty of Economics
The University of Ljubljana has had a rich tradition since it was founded in 1919 and it remained the only Slovenian university for half a century. Today it is considered a very large university with over 63,000 bachelors and masters students. The University is based in Ljubljana, the capital of Slovenia, a nice-sized Central- European city with over 300.000 inhabitants. Students account for more than one-seventh of the population, giving the city a youthful and lively character.
The winter semester typically runs from the beginning of October through the end of January followed by a three week exam period. The summer semester runs from the end of February through the beginning of June followed by a three week exam period. Once you have been nominated for an exchange semester by the International Office you must fill out the application that will be sent to you. The deadlines for completing the application are:
- 1st semester and full year students: 1. March -- 1. May
- 2nd semester students: 1. March -- 1. November
Please check the webpage of the University of Ljubljana!
Of course many courses are taught in Slovenian but some faculties offer courses in English, including the Faculty of Economics (see http://www2.ef.uni-lj.si/en/studij/graduate/ProgrammesOfferedInEn.asp) which has a broad selection in bachelors and masters courses. Here you can also see descriptions of the courses (see http://www2.ef.uni-lj.si/en/courses/predmetiEn.asp?tip=2) that are offered in English. The University of Ljubljana also offers many other courses including those in the fields of mathematics, computer and information science, administration, arts, engineering, health sciences and social sciences. Look over the different faculties (see: http://www.uni-lj.si/en/mobility_programmes/contacts.aspx) that make up the University of Ljubljana to see the many study options you will have.
The Office of International Relations in Ljubljana will help you find accommodation for your time as an exchange student in Slovenia. You have the option of asking for private accommodation or student dormitories. You should expect to pay between 150 and 300 Euros per month for rent in a shared apartment or 80 to 160 Euros per month for a bed in a double-occupancy room in one of the student dormitories. Beds in the dorms are given out on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you prefer an apartment, the Office of International Relations will give you a list of rooms to look at once you arrive in Ljubljana and you may choose to live in one of these.
- Student Experience Reports from former Outgoing Exchange Students
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