Univerza Ljubljana


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Study business and social sciences in English in one of Europe's most beautiful hidden gem cities.
Location: Ljubljana, Slovenia
Language of Instruction: SloveneEnglish
Program Type: Semester or Academic Year

  • Study at Slovenia's oldest and largest university.
  • Live in a picturesque country known for its natural beauty and environmental initiatives.
  • Take business or social science courses in English.
  • Attend one of the more than 10,000 cultural festivals that take place in Ljubljana each year. 

Ljubljana is the capital of Slovenia and is a city of approximately 300,000. The city is known for its student-friendly atmosphere, leafy parks and green spaces, and charming city center. It was named the European Green Capital in 2016 and is a leader in environmental initiatives. The Ljubljanica River winds through the city and is lined by trendy outdoor cafés and a car-free pedestrian zone. Ljubljana is ideally located for travel to other points in Europe including Italy, Austria, Hungary, and more. 

Slovenia is a small, picturesque country at the crossroads of Europe’s most important trade routes.  Located on the Adriatic Sea in Eastern Europe, Slovenia has been inhabited since prehistoric times and can trace its history through the Roman Empire, the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the Kingdom of Yugoslavia.  Gaining independence from Yugoslavia in 1991, Slovenia is today a member of the European Union and NATO. With snow-capped Alpine peaks, turquoise rivers, and medieval castles, Slovenia is well-known for its natural beauty and offers a picturesque backdrop for exploration. 

The University of Ljubljana (Univerza Ljubljani) is the oldest and largest educational institution in Slovenia. With a total enrollment of more than 43,000, it is also one of the largest universities in all of Europe. The university was founded in 1919 and was the only university in Slovenia for nearly 50 years. As a teaching and research institution, it is renowned for its rich educational tradition and is home to 30 percent of all registered researchers in Slovenia. The University of Ljubljana is ranked as one of the top 500 universities in the world. Students will enjoy living in the beautiful, welcoming, and environmentally progressive city of Ljubljana, while having access to courses in English at a premier university in Europe.

School of Economics and Business

KU business students will study in the School of Economics and Business (SEB). SEB is the largest school at the university and is both a national leader and an internationally recognized academic and research institution in the fields of business and economics. It has close ties with Slovenian companies and foreign enterprises. SEB was the first institution in Slovenia to attain prestigious triple accreditation. The faculty has a large international student population and offers a large number of courses in English.

The university is organized into 23 Faculties and three arts Academies. All academic disciplines and majors are open to MAUI-Utrecht undergraduate and graduate exchange students. Students may take any course for which they meet the prerequisites. Disciplines with a large number of courses taught in English include:

Bank and Financial Management, Business Administration, Business Infomatics, Civil Engineering, Computer and Information Science, Economics, Entrepreneurship, Finance, Law, International Business, Management, Marketing, and Political Science.

NEW! KU offers SLAV 101: Introduction to Slovene (1 credit hour) specifically for students studying abroad in Slovenia. The course teaches skills for survival communication in Slovene and a basic orientation to Slovene culture. Contact KU Study Abroad or the KU Slavic Department for more information.

Course Information

Students typically earn 12 to 18 KU credit hours during one semester abroad. You are encouraged to use the following resources to research available courses and to determine if these courses will meet your academic requirements at KU:

Ljubljana Fields of Study and Course Information - Bachelor: See a list of degree programs at the Bachelor's level. Course information is listed on each individual Faculty's website.

Ljubljana Fields of Study and Course Information - Master: See a list of degree programs at the Master's level. Course information is listed on each individual Faculty's website.

KU Course Equivalency Database: This is a list of courses currently pre-approved for KU credit (approved equivalency) and courses that students have had approved for KU credit in the past (possible equivalencies). Use 'Ljubljana' in the search field.

Credit Approval Process

Visit the Credit Approval Process page for detailed information on the procedure for obtaining KU course equivalency approval for courses you plan to take abroad. All courses taken and grades earned while abroad must be posted as KU equivalents on a student’s KU transcript and grades will figure into a student’s KU GPA. The relevant KU academic department will make the final decision regarding posting of credit, and their application toward graduation.

Students stay in university student residence halls located throughout the city. Most residence halls have double rooms with a shared kitchen and bathroom. Students can also arrange accommodation in private apartments. University housing is limited, so students should apply early. The housing application is done in conjunction with the academic university application.

Students can cook meals on their own in their place of accommodation or obtain inexpensive student meals in restaurants, pubs, and locations on campus.

SAGE is dedicated to creating international engagement opportunities that meet the needs of all our students and providing resources to support you through the process of studying abroad. Study abroad is achievable for students of all identities including our BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ students, students with disabilities, and students with religious/non-religious viewpoints. Before selecting a program, consider how your identities may impact your experience abroad in unique ways and talk with your Program Coordinator about any program-specific concerns. Students with documented disabilities should discuss any accommodation needs with their Program Coordinator early in the planning process.

Check our Identity Abroad page and resources listed below for information specific to you and other students who may be on your program.

Open to KU students with sophomore standing by the beginning of the program who have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. Priority is given to KU School of Business students. There is no language requirement.

For more information (especially regarding costs and deadlines), please contact Jenna Hunter-Skidmore at jmhunter@ku.edu or stop by the Study Abroad Info Center in 105 Lippincott for Walk-In Advising. 

Visit the MAUI-Utrecht the University of Ljubljana website for specific information about the university and application process. 

You can also visit the general University of Ljubljana website as well.