University of Ljubljana

Rector of the University of Ljubljana Prof. Dr.  Igor Papič
President of Student  Council of the University of Ljubljana Laura Koudela
Mayor of Ljubljana Zoran Janković

The University of Ljubljana is the oldest and largest institution of higher education and scientific research in Slovenia. It celebrated its centenary in 2019. Also notable, even by international standards, is the fact that students at the UL may pursue any field of study – natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, engineering, medicine, art, sports – provided by its 26 members, among which there are three art academies and 23 faculties. Increasingly, study programmes are interdisciplinary, which means that they are delivered jointly by several members of the University of Ljubljana. In addition to formal education, there are also free extracurricular activities aimed at developing a wide range of skills in students.

Since its founding in 1919, the Rector’s Office of the University of Ljubljana has been housed in the building of the former Carniolan Provincial Assembly in Congress Square in Ljubljana.
Photo by: STA

We place great emphasis on internationalisation; we are connecting with universities abroad and encourage students and employees to participate in exchanges. One of our most important European projects is EUTOPIA. The aim of the EUTOPIA alliance is to encourage the mobility of students, academics and other university staff through new group learning and teaching methods and cross-border cooperation. In cooperation with five renowned European universities (the Vrije Universiteit Brussel, CY Cergy Paris University, the University of Gothenburg, Pompeu Fabra University in Barcelona and the University of Warwick), we are thus building the university of the future.

International students are offered the Year Plus programme, which allows them to extend their student status and learn the Slovenian language.
Photo by: Željko Stevanić, IFP

Our researchers and students achieve top results at home and around the world. We are the only university in Slovenia receiving funds from the European Research Council (ERC), and we rank among the top universities and research organisations from the new EU Member States in terms of the number of research projects. The transfer of knowledge to society is extremely important, which is why we are connecting with the wider social and economic spheres both at home and internationally.

To mark its centenary, the University of Ljubljana was awarded the highest national decoration – the Order of Merit for Distinguished Service. The decoration was bestowed by Slovenia’s President Borut Pahor on the Rector of the University of Ljubljana, Prof. Igor Papič, at a celebratory ceremony for the University of Ljubljana.
Photo by: University of Ljubljana

After graduating at the University of Ljubljana, you will join a wide network of alumni. More than half of all bachelor graduates in Slovenia, more than two thirds of master’s and specialisation degree holders, and more than 80 percent of doctors of science completed their studies at the largest and oldest university in Slovenia.