Access to education

Slovenia

Country Report: Access to education Last updated: 31/03/21

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Beneficiaries of international protection are entitled to the same rights regarding pre-school, primary, secondary, higher and adult education as nationals.[1] They are also entitled to state scholarships and accommodation in student dormitories under the same conditions as nationals.[2] Asylum-seeking children enjoy unimpeded access to the education system (see Reception Conditions: Access to Education) and are, therefore, normally already enrolled in the education system before they are granted international protection status.

Elementary and high schools are free for beneficiaries of international protection that are children (same as for nationals). Elementary school for adults is also free of charge. On the other hand, high school for adults requires tuition. Universities are mostly free in Slovenia.

Costs related to recognition and assessment of education attained abroad is covered by the UOIM.[3] In case the attained education cannot be proven with documentation, a system for official testing is set up in a Decree.[4]

Furthermore, beneficiaries of international protection are entitled to a free Slovenian language course of 300 hours, which can be extended for further 100 hours, subject to approval of the UOIM.[5]

Special needs of asylum-seeking children are taken into consideration in the same way as for Slovenian students.

During the pandemic, education was mostly conducted remotely, which represented an additional burden to beneficiaries of international protection and their family members. Computers and internet were necessary in order to attend classes. This represented a logistical and financial burden for beneficiaries, especially for families with children. The situation was especially difficult for children in elementary schools since a large portion of school work demanded the help and cooperation of parents. In practice, parents had trouble in providing necessary help to children due to language and educational barriers.

 

[1]  Article 101(1) IPA.

[2]  Article 101(2) IPA.

[3] Article 101(3)-(4) IPA.

[4] Articles 12-32 and 34 Decree on the methods and conditions for ensuring the rights of persons with international protection.

[5] Article 103 IPA and Article 38 Decree on the methods and conditions for ensuring the rights of persons with international protection.

Table of contents

  • Statistics
  • Overview of the legal framework
  • Overview of the main changes since the first report
  • Asylum Procedure
  • Reception Conditions
  • Detention of Asylum Seekers
  • Content of International Protection
  • ANNEX I – Transposition of the CEAS in national legislation