Ljubljana - a small city with a big heart

Ljubljana is Slovenia's capital and largest city. With its approximately 300.000 inhabitants, it is known for its university population and green spaces, as well as its astonishing architecture, the city’s love for art, especially music, and a cheerful spirit. ‘Ljubljana’ literally means ‘the loved one’. The curving of the Ljubljanica River divides the city's old town from its commercial hub. 

Why Ljubljana?

Ljubljana is considered to be the hidden gem of Europe

Numerous visitors describe Ljubljana as a hidden gem of Europe. Its picturesque image has been marked by different historical periods, and mostly by the opus of the world-famous architect, Jože Plečnik.

Ljubljana is a city with a green soul

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Ljubljana, the European Green Capital 2016, is a city with a green soul and a sustainable vision of development. It boasts excellently preserved green spaces and nature even in the heart of the city centre. It also offers several experiences that are difficult to imagine anywhere else. Explore the city by bike or by Segway and discover its centre from the unique perspective of a paddle-board on the Ljubljanica River. Ljubljana parks are the green oases of the city. Tivoli Park is the biggest and most popular in Ljubljana. In the city center, Zvezda Park is favored among the students, who like to hang there with friends. Throughout the city, there are several smaller parks like Park Tabor, Memorial Park Navje, and Hrvaški Park, where locals and visitors can stop for a moment, sit on one of the benches, and take a minute to relax.

Enjoy the local cuisine with special coupon system for students

In recent years, Ljubljana has experienced a true culinary boom. Visit the Open Kitchen (Odprta kuhna) to feel its lively pulse. Renowned master chefs, restaurants and local dishes from the Taste Ljubljana and Taste Central Slovenia projects are becoming increasingly recognised worldwide. The biggest benefit of being a student are the heavily subsidised meals available in a wide range of restaurants across Slovenia. A special coupon system for student subsidised meals ensures that you will always eat well for a reasonable price.

A lively cultural capital with numerous interesting festivals

Ljubljana is a creative city, where culture is basically the way of life. It hosts numerous festivals of various genres, from one of the oldest European summer festivals to well-established festivals of jazz, world music and street theatre. There are also numerous alternative events, particularly at the famous Metelkova alternative culture centre.

Experience Slovenia on daily trips from Ljubljana

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Ljubljana is the best starting point to explore Slovenia. You can book several day trips with transfers from Ljubljana. Visit the country's most famous attractions such as Bled and the Postojna Cave, discover natural beauty or join in with unforgettable organized experiences.


The University of Ljubljana

The University of Ljubljana is the largest and oldest university in Slovenia. Established in 1919, the university has been a proud jewel of knowledge ever since. Today, the University of Ljubljana ranks among the top 3% of universities in the world. It has been ranked among the top 500 universities by the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU); it is placed 370th in The Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), and listed in the 601-800 group in the Times Higher Education (THE) ranking. With more than 40.000 students, 23 faculties and 3 art academies the university aspires to be a comprehensive, traditional and research oriented academic institution.

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The university is renowned for its quality social and natural sciences and technical study programmes. The university rectorate is located in the centre of Ljubljana where the central university building and the majority of its faculties are found. Some new, modern buildings and a small scale campus are located in the northern part of the city (i.e. Bežigrad).


Master in Administration

Faculty of Administration

The Faculty of Public Administration is the leading educational and research institution in the field of public administration in Slovenia. Established in 1956, it enhances multidisciplinary knowledge (i.e. administration, organisation, law, economy, management and informatics) and has been awarded the prestigious European Association for Public Administration Accreditation (EAPAA) for the first and second cylce study programmes in administration. 

The faculty encompasses app. 1.000 students and 70 employees. Furthermore, the faculty cooperates with more than 80 international partner universities and welcomes several exchange students each year. Next to these partnerships with other universities, the faculty maintains 160 agreements of cooperation with the public or business sector too.

Furthermore the faculty's Research Institute focuses on the study of phenomena, processes and practices in the fields of public sector economics and finance, administrative and legal matters, informatisation of the public sector, e-governance and HRM in the public sector. The Consulting and Training Centre of the faculty annually organises two free public sector academies, four free professional counselings and sixty different educational programmes. The Publishing Centre issues the academic journal Central European Public Administration Review.

So far five international workshops for students (spring and summer schools) have been organised. Next to these the faculty also offers extracurricular activities, tutorship career opportunities and an alumni club. In addition, the new and modern faculty infrastructure provides a specialised library.

The faculty is particularly specialized in the following topics:
- E-administration Development and Functioning
- Administrative Procedure Law
- Public Sector Management Reforms
- EU Tax Systems and Tax Procedures
- Economic Analysis in Public Sector

Masters programme

The Master’s programme in Administration - Public Sector Governance strives to follow contemporary developments and trends in administrative systems within which, in addition to the concepts of "New Public Management", the principles of management, economics, organisation and informatics of the public sector are gaining in importance, as they form the superstructure of administrative law. The study programme offers students skills for in-depth independent research work and autonomous solving of complex expert and scientific issues. 

The first part of the course syllabus is comprised of compulsory and general subjects while the second is divided into four programmes: the administrative-legal, administrative-economic, administrative-organization and administrative-information programmes which enable students to obtain detailed knowledge of narrow, select areas either due to already acquired practical experience or for the purpose of planned future occupation.

Incoming students can choose from the list of mandatory or preferential elective English-taught courses within our master’s programme in Administration (in the 2nd Semester) and some English language courses taught at the Faculty of Social Sciences and the Faculty of Economics.


Exchange

  • UL FPA can host about 10 students per year from the partner universities. Incoming students are welcome only in second semester. Outgoing students can go on an exchange in the first and second semester.

  • Courses in English are only offered in the second semester:  Mid-February  – Beginning of June

    • Other courses are taught in Slovene

    • Knowledge of English must be B2 level minimum

Additional information

Accommodation

  • 250€-400€/month (private accommodation)

  • 120€-190€ /month in double room (student dormitories - “first come first serve” basis)

Food

  • Approx. 150€ (subsidized meals: average 3€/meal)

Transportation

  • The city bus: a single fare price (90 min):  1.20 €

    • monthly ticket for students: 20 €

  • Bicycle rental Bicikelj.si: weekly subscription: 1 €, yearly: 3 €

  • Used bicycle: up to 30 €

Active Erasmus Student Network (ESN) to provide opportunities for cultural understanding and self-development under the principle of Students Helping Students.

 

Contact persons
Aleksander Aristovnik
Associate professor
aleksander.aristovnik@fu.uni-lj.si

Marija Sušnik
Erasmus coordinator for the Faculty of Administration
marija.susnik@fu.uni-lj.si


Location

Faculty of Administration
5 Gosarjeve Ulica
Ljubljana, 1000
Slovenia