Education in Slovenia

The Slovenian education system is organised into the following levels of education:

Compulsory basic education
(osnovna šola) that takes 9 years and is attended by pupils aged from six to fifteen years.

Upper secondary education (srednješolsko izobraževanje) that takes 2 to 5 years. Educational programmes are divided into:

  • General education (gimnazija programmes and the matura course) that is intended for acquiring general knowledge and preparation for continuing of (tertiary) education;
  • Vocational and technical education that is intended for acquiring job market skills. 

More information on upper-secondary education in Slovenia can be found here.

Tertiary education includes:

  • Short-Cycle Higher Vocational Education: The two year higher vocational education programmes are a special form of tertiary education that has emerged out of economics staffing needs. The study is practice-oriented and is based on reported employer needs. The programmes enable graduates to develop competences in accordance with vocational standards.

More information on Short-Cycle Higher Vocational Education can be found here.

  • Higher education

Slovenia has a three cycle higher education system:
-    First-cycle programmes or bachelor degree programmes that are academic or professional
-    Second-cycle programmes are masters programmes that also include uniform masters programmes.
-    The third-cycle programmes are PhD programmes.

Study programmes of the first-cycle are undergraduate, study programmes of the second- and third- cycles are postgraduate study programmes. Summarised from Eurypedia.

More information on higher education in Slovenia can be found on the website of Ministry of Education, Science and Sport.


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