Slovenia
NMO GENERAL INFORMATION
Slovenia SloMSIC
LANGUAGE
REQUIRED LANGUAGE
Slovenian
English
(GMT+01:00) Belgrade, Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Prague
Euro
SCOPE Active
SCORE Active
Slovenia (SloMSIC) - Ljubljana
Slovenia (SloMSIC) - Maribor

133 SCOPE STUDENTS
35 SCORE STUDENTS
SCOPE EXCHANGE CONDITIONS
SCORE EXCHANGE CONDITIONS
www.slomsic.org
NEOs
Lena Lapanja
Minea Šućur
NOREs
Martina Miklavcic
WELCOME NOTE
I feel LOVE, I feel SLOVEnia.
Hello everyone interested in spending 4 unforgettable weeks in Slovenia – a country with breath taking landscape, beautiful mountains and seaside, delicious food and excellent wine?


OVERVIEW

We are happy to welcome you to our tiny but fabulous home country! You may never have heard of Slovenia before deciding to do an exchange here, but that’s ok - many haven’t.

The democratic Republic of Slovenia has existed only since 1991, being a part of socialist Yugoslavia after the 2nd World War. We are a small country with about 2 million inhabitants that speak Slovene, our native tongue. This has forced many of us to learn English and other foreign languages, so you will never have trouble communicating when in Ljubljana. Slovenia is a green, diverse, sparsely populated country with mountain and hill ranges and a tiny bit of coastline on the Adriatic sea. Being small definitely has its advantages, such as having to drive less than two hours from Ljubljana to reach our mountains, seaside and even to cross the border into the neighbouring countries of Croatia, Italy and Austria (you’d have to drive a bit longer to reach Hungary). Our currency is the Euro (€), used in many countries across the European Union.

HEALTH CARE SYSTEM
In Slovenia we have compulsory health insurance – meaning every citizen is insured and will not have to pay for his treatment, but will receive a receipt at the end so he will know how much his treatment has cost. Along with basic you can also get an additional private health insurance which covers extra treatments and some medicaments, but the need for a private insurance is very low, as it is prohibited by law to make a difference in the treatment of patients depending whether they have an additional health insurance or not. So all necessary treatment and medication is covered by the public health system. Public health system is run by the state and is mostly financed from taxes.
In Slovenia we have mostly public hospitals, but the private sector has started to evolve in the last couple of years and we expect that there will be more private clinics and hospitals due to a shorter waiting time.
MEDICAL EDUCATION
We have 2 medical faculties in Slovenia. One is part of University of Ljubljana and the other is part of University of Maribor. Medical faculty in Slovenia lasts 6 years. The first three years focus on basic knowledge and medical sciences, whereas the second three years focus on clinical courses. At the end of studies, every young doctor must go through a 6 month rotation in order to take the final exam and to gain working licence. After that, he can apply for one out of more than 40 different specialisations.
TRANSPORTATION

Ljubljana, Maribor and some other larger cities, have inner city bus lines. Our main international airport is 30 km away from Ljubljana city center and is accessible by frequent bus connections. Getting around in Slovenia is easy and convenient with our railway network and bus and coach connections.

Air traffic in Slovenia is handled by Slovenia's international airport Jože Pučnik (near Ljubljana), which is also the home of Slovenian airlines Adria Airways. Both cities are located near several large airports, for instance Zagreb (ZAG), Vienna (VIE), Venice (VCE), Graz (GRZ) and Klagenfurt (KLU), where you can find cheap charter flights.

Direct train lines to Ljubljana and Maribor are from Zagreb (CRO), Rijeka (CRO), Graz (A), Budapest (H), Venice (I) and Vienna (A). On some lines it is necessary to change trains in Ljubljana, Zidani Most or Pragersko to arrive. The conductor will alert you if you need to do so when he checks your ticket and when in doubt, you can always ask him for help. Slovenian railway link

You can use Goopti transport. Goopti is an international company specialized in road passenger transportation. It’s reliable, comfortable and cheap option to get to every city with car. You can book your ride on their website: https://www.goopti.com/en/

Another option for travelling around Slovenia or from nearby cities is www.prevoz.org

It’s a website where Slovenian people offer a ride share with car (similar to Blabla car).

SOCIAL PROGRAM

Your contact person and the summer reception team will work their socks off for the entire month to prepare an interesting and fun program for afternoons and evenings. So don’t worry, you won’t be left alone (unless you really want to)!

In July and August we organise a social program including weekend and afternoon activities in both LCs Ljubljana and Maribor. At least two national weekend trips will be organized for all exchange students  – one to the seaside, and one to the mountains in the north of Slovenia. Both will be full of fun – you will get to experience beautiful nature, fascinating cultural attractions, new insights into our dear country, crazy adventures as well as swimming and lying in the sun, and of course partying with your fellow exchange students from all over the world. We strongly recommend you to join in! Here you can find an example of weekend trips that we offer: https://issuu.com/dsms/docs/social_program_ljubljana

During the week we organise different afternoon activities such as National food and drink party (don't forget to bring your own national drinks and ingredients to prepare your dishes!) where every country presents their own national food and drinks. Other activities can vary between the two LCs, but usually include welcome and goodbye parties, walking tour,  sports activities, clubbing, visiting food markets, karaoke and many more.

The first and the last weekend of the month can be quite chaotic with everyone flying in and trying to get acquainted to new surroundings//leaving and packing frantically, so we’ll go easy on you. And if you still have a weekend off and can’t think of anything to do – of course Slovenia is the most beautiful country of them all, but why not take a trip to Venice, world-famous Italian city on water, or Vienna, the majestic old capital of Austria, or perhaps explore the charming coastline of Croatia? They’re all just a few hours’ drive away from both cities!

In the rest of the months there is no official social program, but the your contact person and SloMSIC exchange team will make sure you are never bored and explore the city centre and the rest of Slovenia with you!

MUST SEE
    • Ljubljana

    Ljubljana is Slovenia's capital and largest city. It's known for its university population and green spaces, including expansive Tivoli Park. The curving Ljubljanica River, lined in outdoor cafes, divides the city's old town from its commercial hub. Ljubljana has many museums, including the National Museum of Slovenia, displaying historic exhibitions, and the Museum of Modern Art, home to 20th-century Slovene paintings and sculptures. As befits a nation’s capital, there is always much going on and many hidden places to explore.

    • Maribor

     Maribor is the capital of the Styria region (Štajerska) and the second largest city in Slovenia with an estimated population of 119,000 residents. The city is small, surrounded by the Pohorje hills on one side and vineyard hills on the other, and through the town flows the river Drava.

    Maribor offers a rich wine tradition with the oldest grapevine in the world, a great city pulse with its flourishing cultural history, one of the most beautiful city parks in Europe, the green Pohorje hills with various possibilities for exploring, recreation and relaxation and events like Festival Lent, the Old Vine Festival, Festival Maribor, FIS Ski World Cup event Golden Fox (Zlata lisica) and numerous other events that enliven Maribor’s everyday life.

    Festival Lent is an international multicultural festival and the peak of summer life in Maribor, usually beginning in the last week of June. Enjoy more than 14 days of excellent concerts of classical, jazz, pop and ethno music, theatrical and dance performances, folklore dances. You shouldn’t miss the after parties in the Minorite Church either.

    The hills of Pohorje offer you sporting and free-time opportunities: skiing, hiking, cycling and untouched nature: primeval forest, a peat moor with lakes (Lovrenc lakes, Črno, Ribniško), the waterfalls Veliki and Mali Šumik.

    • Lake Bled and Lake Bohinj

    Definitely the most popular destination in Slovenia is Lake Bled - a small lake close to the mountains made special by an island with a church in the middle and a castle on the above cliffs.

    There is also a beautiful natural gorge called Vintgar gorge nearby.

    Lake Bohinj is also nearby. The mountainous scenery is just gorgeous.

    • Postojna cave and Predjama castle

    The very famous Postojna cave with beautiful Carst underground also featuring some unique animal species is about 40 minutes from Ljubljana.

    There are also some other amazing caves nearby, just a bit harder to reach (Škocjanske jame - on the UNESCO heritage list).

    Nearby there is the picturesque Predjama castle, situated at an opening of another cave.

    • Karst region

    The Karst region, situated in the South-West, is well known for its distinctive rural architecture, winemaking and prosciutto. Drive through the charming villages (for example Štanjel) and stop at a vinery for some wine tasting!

    • Seaside

    We do like to brag about our small, but beautiful seaside (starring the small town of Piran). It’s

    easy to reach and wonderful to wander around for a while or have a swim in the sea during the summer.

    In winter you might also consider trying out skiing in one of our small but affordable ski resorts (Krvavec is a popular one and closest to Ljubljana, while there is an actual skiing slope in Maribor called Mariborsko pohorje).

    There are still many other amazing regions in Slovenia, so let’s  list some more, just to give you an idea:

    • The river Soča (also called emerald river)

    with its beautiful gorges, waterfalls and surrounding mountains and cultural heritage (amazing first and second world war historical memorials). This is a perfect place to try out rafting, ziplining or go hiking.

    • Velika planina (a mountainous sheperds area, accessible also by a lift) and nearby Logarska dolina - a beautiful mountain valley.
    • Visiting some beautiful old towns: Ptuj, Celje, Kranj, Novo mesto, Škofja Loka…
CULTURAL DIFFERENCES

Slovenia has a diverse history of its own, but its culture shares some common features with Italy, Austria and with Hungary. It has always been a predominantly christian country, but in recent decades more and more people are non-religious or undeclared, especially the younger generations. By nationality, around 85% of inhabitants are Slovenians, there are also the Italian and Hungarian minorities and the rest are mostly immigrants from the countries of ex-Yugoslavia.

We greet each other by shaking hands; hugs and kisses are reserved for best friends, family or significant others. Our biggest meal of the day is usually lunch, sometimes early dinner (we don’t eat so late). Slovenians usually eat a lot of meat and consuming wine with basically every meal is considered normal. But don’t worry - if you are vegetarian/vegan/don’t eat pork… there is always a lot of options, just ask! And don’t get scared, Slovenians are known to be big drinkers and drinking alcohol in public is still legal in Slovenia, so in warmer months expect parks and squares to be full with students drinking beer or wine. It is however never allowed to smoke cigarettes inside bars, restaurants and clubs, if they don’t have a special filtered smoking room.

You will be accomodated in a student dorm. Please keep in mind that students in dorms in Slovenia usually have to share the room with another student (double same sex rooms) and that single rooms are very rare.

OTHER IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Don't confuse Slovenia and Slovakia! :)

P.S.: Read our exchange conditions carefully!