1. First Residential Permit and Health Insurance
From May 1, 2004 any citizen from a European Union state can enter the Republic of Slovenia with a valid identity card or a valid passport, without a special entrance permit (i.e. a visa or a residential permit) and stay in the country for up to 90 days over a period of six months, counting from the day of their first entry. In the event that one’s stay will exceed a period of three months, a residential permit (a certificate of registered residence) is required. This can be obtained immediately upon entering Slovenia at the Administration Unit for Internal Affairs, Office for Foreigners (Tobačna ulica 5, 1000 Ljubljana, (01) 306 3261). The residential permit will be issued in line with the conditions set by the European Union.
In order to issue a residential permit to a citizen from EU member state for the purpose of studying, the following items must be arranged:
- a valid identity card or passport;
- evidence of enrolment at an educational institution;
- health insurance covering all risks in the host country;
- and sufficient means for living (higher than the level below which the host country approves social aid to its citizens which for this year is estimated at a minimum of EUR 213 per month). In practice a written and signed statement as to one’s means is sufficient.
According to the stated directive, a residential permit is granted for the period of one’s studies or at the most for one year and can be extended in the event that the studies last more than a year.
A student from a non-EU member country must submit an application for their First Residential Permit at the nearest diplomatic or consular representative office (DCRO) of the Republic of Slovenia.
Along with your application you must enclose:
- a certified photocopy of your valid passport;
- the enrolment certificate (confirmation of your enrolment at the University of Ljubljana);
- a certificate of sufficient means of support during your stay in Slovenia (this includes regular income such as a scholarship, your parents’ income, personal income, pensions – and not a deposit of funds in the Republic of Slovenia or a credit card); and
- a certificate that no criminal proceedings have been instituted against you, as issued by the competent body in your home country.
Upon receiving notification that you may collect your permit, you will have to come in person with your passport to the DCRO at which you submitted your application. A permit in the form of a label and a stamp will be added in your passport. In the event your application is denied, you have the right to appeal which should be submitted within the prescribed time limit to the DCRO.
Within three days of your arrival in the Republic of Slovenia, you are required to report the place of your temporary residence to the Administration Unit for Internal Affairs (Tobačna ulica 5, 1000 Ljubljana, tel. (01) 306 3261). Students staying at the student dormitory will be automatically reported for the temporary residence by the dormitory’s administration office. Others renting a private room or an apartment must do this by themselves at the abovementioned administration office. A student should bring a valid passport containing a visa and the rental agreement or, if staying with a friend, a written statement from the owner of the apartment stating that they allow the student to stay at that address for the duration of their study period (student visa).
There are two main accommodation possibilities:
- to rent a private room or apartment – check the local newspapers and real-estate agencies; or to rent a room managed by the students’ residence halls.
The International Office of the University of Ljubljana can help you by providing rooms in students’ residence halls but, due to the shortage of rooms, we cannot ensure you will really get a bed. All rooms in students’ residence halls are double rooms. They are furnished and have a shared kitchen and bathroom ([email protected]).
Temporary accommodation can be found at some hostels and budget hotels (for information and bookings, please contact the addresses listed below directly):