Replies: 21 - Last Post: Mar 6, 2013 7:12 AM Last Post By: everbrite
Jul 29, 2012 8:43 PM
University-StudyingHi, I am going to be a senior in high school (USA) and that means I've been looking at colleges and majors. I am quite stressed.
This may be too soon to ask people since I'm not sure which way I want my life to head, but I have a passion for traveling and want to incorporate that into my college life.
I've been looking at Univ of Ljubljana in Slovenia as well as a few other places to study (Argentina, France, Italy, and Singapore are all). Slovenia is ahead since I do have money issues (and parent hurdles to overcome!). Anyway, if there is anyone who has had experienced studying here and anyone who had a factor that made them decide not to study here, I'd really appreciate any comments and a way to get in touch!
I was just thinking Slovenia seems like a great location for the price! And P.S. I want do want to study abroad as a freshman and possibly longer if I could and then return to another university wherever that may be.
Jul 30, 2012 3:20 AM
1Well first of all, what do you want to study? In addition to location, universities have different strengths and weaknesses so that is also something to take into consideration. On that note, are you interested in doing a study abroad through a US university or doing university abroad? Most study abroad programs don't start until 3rd year if I'm not mistaken, as the first 2 years are just the boring GE requirements. You also might have a problem transferring course credits from an EU university to a US university, and again it depends on what you are studying.
As to your question, University of Ljubljana is quite a nice place and Slovenia is a beautiful country and from there it's easy to travel to other places in Europe. I've been on the campus before, I actually have a friend who teaches there, but I think you should first address some of the things I wrote above.
Jul 30, 2012 9:19 AM
2Do you speak Slovenian?
Jul 30, 2012 9:26 AM
3I'd like to study abroad at a university but I have looked into some US colleges where the credit would transfer, and you're quite right, all but a couple universities have study abroad programs where you must be a sophomore or older. And the ones that have freshman abroad are not what I'm looking for. That's why I'd like to study abroad completely. Regarding what I will study, I will need to work out the specifics of what I want to study, but I think that the Univ. of Ljubljana will be a great choice.
Thank you so much for all the info on Slovenia. My higher education goals probably will be difficult to organize but I am trying to cover all the little details one forgets like transferring credits!
Jul 30, 2012 11:03 AM
A much more important question was asked above: Do you speak Slovene? If not, then forget this idea since any money you might think you would save by attending this school would be spent achieving a level of knowledge of Slovene that would enable you to attend a university where everything is taught in Slovene.
Bottom line. I would suggest that you apply to schools in the US. I would suggest that you work hard this coming here and get a part time job and save all your money. Then I would ask the schools that accept you to defer for a year and travel some. At the end of your money, I would return to the US to go to school and then plan to take a semester or a year abroad later in your academic career.
Travel is NOT the same as living abroad. When you live overseas you still get up each morning, shower, eat breakfast and go to work/school. That is not the same as travel.
Jul 31, 2012 8:40 PM
5@Ruth aka everbrite
Right. I will take a crash course in the language but I know there are courses at this university that are taught in English with more on the way, and I could take tutorials. Eramus students seem to have no problem with this.
I don't believe its the same, as in being able to learn and make the connection with a global network. A gap year or taking only a semester or year abroad would be possible, but expensive if I did a study abroad program. I'm looking also at independent study abroad where I would still be enrolled in a US university.
I've only had a glimpse of living abroad, and yes doing all those things in a country where the political system is completely different and the main transportation is motorcycles. I believe I can adapt well.
Aug 1, 2012 12:28 AM
6The matter is still one of entering a European uni as a full time student or spending a year abroad going through your home uni in the US. Erasmus is only for Europeans as far as I know, so if you entered the University of Ljubljana you would have to learn Slovene, but the requirement doesn't kick in until the 2nd year. You also still need to figure out what you want to study as there is no point devoting yourself to learning a rather difficult, and not widely-spoken, Slavic language if you don't have some specific goal in mind.
If I were you I would just go live abroad for a bit after finishing high school because it sounds like that's what you want to do the most. I don't think 18-year-olds are ready for university anyways as they haven't had many experiences and it's better to get out there and see and do things first instead of wasting all that money on getting drunk at college parties. Of course, this is coming from a guy who didn't go back to finish university until the age of 26. I studied Political Science and since I had been in most of the countries I was studying and had read much of the literature independently it was a much more fulfilling (and easier) experience. I always hated school because it was never interesting, but after I found something interesting I went from the last semester of community college to finishing my MA in 8 semesters straight and even applied for PhD after that. So my point is that university is always going to be there and it will actually be a lot easier if you gain a little life experience first. Learn how to live on your own, how to get yourself to work on time, how to get on in another country in another language, and then your time spent in university will be much more productive.
Aug 1, 2012 12:00 PM
Aug 1, 2012 3:16 PM
Aug 1, 2012 4:14 PM
9A lot of foreign students in the university are Erasmus students and yes, it is only European students. Hmm, I guess I really didn't think of the requirement of learning the language completely but I felt that
Thank you for your insight. I don't even the option of not going to college even occurred to me especially because of family and friend expectation since I do well in school. That has given me a lot to think about seriously.
I was talking about Vietnam in Asia where I lived with one family there. Goodness no.
Aug 2, 2012 8:17 PM
10You might find this interesting about learning Slovenian compared to some other languages:
Aug 4, 2012 2:59 PM
11I warmly recommend you first choose what you want to study and then choose the university to apply to, unless you have some special reason you want to go to Slovenia. Even if you do want to go, consider what you want to study and check how good those courses are at the university.
In any case there are some (although very few) courses which are English-only at the University of Ljubljana, most of them are Masters degrees. The only undergraduate course I am aware of that is completely in English is the Marketing course at the Faculty of Economics, but there may be more.
You should also know that studying at the university is only tuition-free for Slovenian and EU citizens and citizens of some other countries we have bilateral agreements, mostly in the Balkans. The tuition fee is between €1000 and €4000 per year, depending on the course.
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Edited by: rtt0921
Aug 4, 2012 8:27 PM
12On a vaguely related topic.
I've met a few Americans in Australia and NZ recently who are doing a whole degree here (bachelors and/or masters) because paying the International Student fees here are actually cheaper than paying domestic fees in the States.
But I have no idea about Slovenia....have you checked these things for all your options?
Aug 6, 2012 1:36 AM
13#12 you're spot on. It is actually cheaper to pay Intl. fees than study in the US, with the exception of universities like Harvard and Columbia that charge $40,000 per year. However, the cost of living in major European cities can be much higher than in most places in the US so that also needs to be taken into consideration.
Aug 6, 2012 10:15 AM
14Studying in the US costs a lot not to mention the cost of apartments around the campus and going out, and I think I could study in one of the lesser known cities of Europe (not really lesser known, but ones that don't attract as much tourism unlike Prague or Paris or Madrid or something).
Yes Slovenia is a lot cheaper in fees. In addition to that, it will costs maybe a few hundred to transfer the credits if I enroll at a US univ and study independently in Slovenia.
All right, I'll check out the English courses! Thanks so much for that info @rtt0921.
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