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Written by Gabriela Tanevska

Deciding to study abroad it’s not an easy choice to make, but I am sure it’s one that’s worth making. It will change your life forever. Once you decide to apply for studies abroad and you get accepted at the desired university, there are some formalities you need to go through to ensure your legal stay in the country of your studies, such as getting a visa or a residence permit.

When I got accepted at University of Ljubljana in Slovenia, I didn’t need to apply for a visa before I could move to Slovenia. However, for some non-EU students, getting a valid visa might be required before moving so be sure to check what kind of obligations apply for your specific country. Luckily for me as a student coming from Macedonia, I had to attain documents to be able to apply for a temporary residence permit directly in the Office for foreigners in Ljubljana which allowed me to stay in the country and follow my studies. The documents listed here are necessary for issuing the temporary residence permit for students.

Once you enter Slovenia, you need to register at the Administrative Unit of Ljubljana, Department for foreigner citizens, (Upravna Enota) within 90 days and bring with you the following:

For EU citizens:
• two passport size photos
• identity card or passport and its copy
• valid health insurance
• certificate of admission to the University
• statement that you have enough financial means to cover the living costs in Slovenia
• statement about the intended duration of living in Slovenia
• pay cost

For non-EU citizens:
• two passport size photos
• you will be asked to leave your fingerprints
• valid passport and a copy of the first page. The passport must be valid for 3 additional months after the intended stay in Slovenia
• copy of the page in the passport where you have the stamp of entering in Slovenia or copy of a valid visa
• certificate of enrollment at the University
• valid health insurance
• statement confirming financial means that will cover your living expenses. It can be in one of the following forms:
o a written statement from your parents stating that they will support you financially during your stay
o certificate proving that you will receive a scholarship
o enough funds in a bank account for the number of months intended to spend in Slovenia
• certificate from the criminal record in your home country that confirms that you haven’t been convicted of a felony, translated into Slovene and certified
• pay costs.

Once your temporary residence permit is ready, you will receive a notification on your e-mail with instructions when you can collect it. At the time of the collection you can also arrange your temporary address if you plan to live in a private accommodation.

As requirements might change from year to year, be sure to check updates before leaving your country in order to get necessary documents on time and enjoy your studies in Slovenia.