Slovenia Tourism

Getting to know Slovenia means being among the people in the cities and the countryside, and being alone in the unspoilt greenery of nature. The easiest way to construct a mosaic of the country is to see all the major destinations, to make contact with the locals and to try the food and drink.  All of this is simple and easy in Slovenia. However you organise your travel plans, you can expect variety and great enjoyment in your free time. Experiencing Slovenia is sometimes literally in reach of your hands, wherever you go. Less

Under Attractions and activities you can discover everything that you might like to do in Slovenia. Tourist attractions and sites of natural beauty can lead you where you want. With a few clicks you can learn about all the activities available in Slovenia, and make a reservation or find the contacts you need.

If you want to do something to feel good, check out the various events, or find which of the natural health resorts and wellness centres suit you best. Good food and drink always contribute to feeling good. In Slovenia either can be an unforgettable experience, if you know how to make the right choice for you.

Fancy spicing up your weekend, or making a plan for the whole week, but not sure how and where to begin? Then see our travel plans and soon you will have plenty of ideas. If you are a traveller or a visitor with special needs and requirements, you might find the right solution for you in our column.

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Slovenia Universities

Several forms of higher education exist in Slovenia with the number of choices increased by the education reforms made in the late 1990s. In 1996-1997 postsecondary vocational colleges (višje strokovne šole) were added, linking education and work experiences more closely with much of the training provided by private companies. Training in these colleges lasts for two years and ends with a diploma examination and the title of the vocational area in which the student is qualified, enabling the graduate to begin work in a specific occupation. Starting with the 1998-1999 academic year, graduates of this form of training were also allowed to enter certain professionally oriented programs in higher education schools, depending on the decision of the latter institutions. In 1999-2000 Slovenia had 9 postsecondary vocational colleges—7 public and 2 private—serving a total of 2,447 students, of whom 1,189 were youth and 1,258 were adults.

Additional forms of higher education in Slovenia are provided through faculties and art academies belonging to universities, stand-alone faculties established as private institutions offering both professional and more academic study programs, and professional colleges offering only professional training. Slovenia had two public universities at the turn of the millennium, the University of Ljubljana and the University of Maribor, which together encompassed a broad range of faculties, academies, and colleges. The private colleges included schools for undergraduate and post-graduate study in such areas as environmental sciences, the humanities, business, and the arts, among others. A dual system was developed in the late 1990s whereby certain higher education programs trained students for specific professions and other programs give students more general preparation for further professional studies or for advanced academic studies and research. Higher education is divided into undergraduate studies, whose graduates receive a diploma and the first degree title, and post-graduate studies, leading to a second degree title, the title of specialist, the academic title of magister znanosti or magister umetnosti (equivalent to a Master’s degree), or doctor znanosti (equivalent to a Ph.D. degree).

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Slovenia Education

Primary school

Children first enter primary schooling at about the age of 6 and finish at about the age of 14. Each group of children born in the same year forms one  grade or class in primary school which lasts until the end of primary school. Each grade or year is divided into two terms. Once or twice per term, children have holidays: Autumn, Christmas, winter and May first holidays; each holiday is approximately one week long. At summer time, school ends on 24 June (except in the last/ninth grade, where it ends one week earlier), followed by a holiday of more than two months. The next school year starts on 1 September.

1st period

The 1st Period is the beginning of schooling for every child. From the first to the fourth graden children stay in one classroom and have one class or form and one teacher which teaches all subjects, except on some occasions, sports, art and music are taught by separate teachers or is supervised by the appropriate teacher. In the beginning of the first year there is always one special pedagogue in the classroom and he or she helps the master teacher lead the younger students into the new system. They start with reading, writing and counting. Children are taught their native language (Slovenian, Hungarian or Italian language, depending on the area of their schooling), mathematics, natural and sociological sciences, music, physical education and art. In the fourth grade they begin to learn their first foreign language, which is usually English. Until the second grade, children only have descriptive marks, and following the second grades examinations are marked with number grades (some subjects are graded with descriptive marks up until the seventh grade).

2nd period

The 2nd Period of primary schooling starts in the sixth grade when children begin switching classrooms. They still have a master teacher. He or she usually teaches them one or two subjects and all others are taught by other specialized teachers. The Main subjects which they need to attend are math, the native language, their first foreign language, PE, music and art. Later they start with physics, chemistry, geography, history, biology, craft and housekeeping. In the seventh grade they must choose at least two (the third is not compulsory). The subjects offered are subjects which tend to interest children, and they have around 40 to choose from (usually these are foreign languages, astronomy, fine art, computer science etc.).

State tests

At the end of the third, sixth and ninth grade pupil are examined by special state tests in math, the native language and their first foreign language, and the third subject tested in the ninth (or eighth) grade is decided by the minister. These exams are then checked and first two do not mean anything (they are only meant to examine the average knowledge of the pupils ). But exams in ninth grade are used to evaluate the pupil’s performance during their school years. The points acquired by these tests used to be the key factor, when a child wanted to join a particular high school, but with the new system, the points acquired are only used when pupils running for the same school have the same points from their grades, so the commissioners of the school take into account the points acquired to finally evaluate the student whose performance is the best.

Marks and grades

The grades are the same as in other countries that belonged to Yugoslavia before 1991. In primary school marks start with 1 (insufficient) and is the only failure mark. The second one is 2 (sufficient), the next is 3 (good), then 4 (very good) and the best is 5 (excellent).

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Slovenia is tapping into medical tourism

With the EU directive on patient mobility coming into effect in 2014, another Eastern European country is now preparing to accommodate international patients. Slovenian health authorities are encouraging hospitals to achieve hospital accreditation according to international recognized standards. Along with Det Norske Veritas (DNV), the Slovenian healthcare authorities are seeking to improve quality of care and patient safety.

Hospital accreditation in Slovenia

So far, DNV has awarded certificates to two Slovenian hospitals; the University Rehabilitation Institute SOCA in Ljubljana and the University Clinic of Respiratory and Allergic Diseases in Golnik. As these are the two first hospitals in Europe to receive DNV’s international healthcare accreditation, this marks an important milestone for the movement towards Slovenian medical tourism.