Student placements are designed to allow their participants to obtain practical experience, which improves their future employability and competitiveness in the labour market.
It has been found that, placements can also be of great benefit to recent graduates, school age children, workers and the unemployed.
Placements in Slovenia are available to foreign candidates, if they have an organisation in their home country that will sponsor the placement and if they find a suitable host organization in Slovenia. Two EU programmes were developed to provide financial assistance and a support framework for developing European placement opportunities and exchange programmes, the Erasmus and Leonardo Da Vinci programmes.
Information about student placements in Slovenia is available from the Centre of the Republic of Slovenia for Mobility and European Educational and Training Programmes (CMEPIUS).
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Internship and placement advice
In Slovenia the internship and placement is usual and appreciate by the students and employers as a professional tool of getting skills. The attitude is similar with the attitudes in the countries with long experience and the implementing system is similar with other western European countries.
Social security and European health insurance card
Any visitor who intends to stay in Slovenia for a period longer than 90 days must register with their local administrative unit and provide details of their place of residence within the first three months.
EU students may need the following documentation to obtain their residence permit:
- a certificate of enrolment,
- a valid identity card or passport,
- proof of sufficient means of subsistence,
- proof of suitable health insurance.
Residence permits are issued either for the duration of the academic course that the student is enrolled on; or for one year, renewable on an annual basis, if the student is studying for a longer period of time.
While they are studying at university, students are entitled to apply for part-time or seasonal jobs through employment agencies or directly to advertised positions. Salaries for part-time and temporary positions are normally based on an hourly or piece rate, or paid on commission. In order to sign an employment contract and be eligible to work in Slovenia, a student must be able to provide proof of identity, proof of student status, a local bank account, and a local tax registration number, meaning that they have to open a bank account and register as a tax payer first.
Students are also required to take out private insurance for the entire period of their stay in Slovenia to cover all possible medical and public liability expenses.
e-Študentski servis is a service provided by the Ministry of Labour, Family and Social Affairs to support foreign students in finding jobs in Slovenia during their stay.
In Slovenia, as in any European country you should be precut about your and your belonging safety. Never leave your luggage unattended in public spaces. Be careful where you keep the documents and money.
It is better to ask if the area you are leaving is secure in the night and the hour is better to be back.
Do I need a visa?
A citizen of the European Union does not require a visa in order to enter and reside in Slovenia for a period of up to 90 days, provided that they present a valid passport or national identity card. For a visit of more than 90 days, an EU citizen must register to the local administration.
Internship and placement salary
In Slovenia, the internship is mostly unpaid, but part time jobs are. The wages is generally at the bottom level and depends on hours, position and results.
Students in placement could ask for a recommending letter and apply for permanent jobs after graduation in the companies they had the placement.
Internship and placement accommodation
Students have two main options for accommodation, either to rent a room in a student hostel, or to rent a private room or flat. Foreign students can stay in a student hostel only if they are in receipt of a scholarship from the Slovenian Government or if this is stated in bilateral or other international agreements.
In September and October, when the demand for accommodation is high, the prices also rise. In the case of private accommodation, the costs of utilities and services are not normally included in the monthly rent and most private landlords will require a substantial security deposit. Therefore, it is extremely important to have a detailed breakdown of accommodation costs and estimated living expenses, prior to signing any rental agreement.