Higher education

Higher education institutions are universities, faculties, academies of art and higher professional education institutions. 

A university provides for the development of science and professionalism, and transfers knowledge from multiple scientific or artistic fields or disciplines through faculties, art academies and professional colleges. 

A university may directly organise the implementation of scientific research and interdisciplinary study programmes.

A faculty usually performs scientific research and educational activity in the field of one or more related or interconnected scientific disciplines and oversees their development. 

An art academy performs mainly artistic and educational activity in the field of one or more related or interconnected artistic disciplines and oversees their development.

A professional college performs an educational activity in the field of one or more related or interconnected professions and oversees their development. 

A professional college may also perform research or artistic work if so determined in the articles of association.

In accordance with Article 33 of the Higher Education Act, study programmes leading to a qualification are divided into three groups:

  • 1st level:
  • higher education professional study programmes,
  • university study programmes;

  • 2nd level:
  • master’s study programmes,
  • long non-structured master’s study programmes;

  • 3rd level: doctoral study programmes..


Study programmes at the 1st level are undergraduate programmes, while study programmes at the 2nd and 3rd levels are post-graduate programmes.

A higher education institution which wishes to implement state-approved study programmes must acquire a higher education institution accreditation before adopting articles of association; after being registered, it must acquire an accreditation for study programmes, must be entered in the register of higher education institutions, and it must obtain a concession for the performance of public service in higher education.

A higher education institution which does not implement state-approved study programmes may start operating when it adopts a study programme in accordance with its statute and fulfils the conditions on technical equipment, occupational safety and other prescribed conditions.

The language of instruction is Slovenian.

A higher education institution may implement study programmes or their parts in a foreign language under the conditions determined by the statute.

If a higher education institution performs a public service, the following programmes may be implemented in a foreign language:

  • study programmes for foreign languages;
  • parts of study programmes if guest higher education teachers from abroad participate in their implementation or if a high number of foreign students is enrolled;
  • study programmes which are also implemented in the Slovenian language at the higher education institution.


Conditions and evidence

Last updated: 21. 12. 2015