Ljubljana - a small city with a big heart

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

Why Ljubljana?

-   Fountain of Life: all over the town you'll find more than thirty water fountains to provide drinking tap water.
-   Great student life: 60,000+ students make a lively atmosphere throughout the whole year, offering both academic and nightlife for all, pop and alternative culture alike.
-  Connected: every corner of the city centre is reachable on foot or with an excellent city bus connection.
-   Tales of old: legends speak of brave warriors settling down 3500 years ago after defeating a mighty dragon. The city is therefore known as the ‘Dragon city’ and has inherited the beast into its coat-of-arms.
-   Ancient roots: Ljubljana arose from an old Roman fortified settlement named ‘Emona’ and is now more than 2000 years old, with her first mentioning dating all the way back to 14 AD. Yet the very first inhabitants settled down in the nearby area around 1500 BC.
-   Strategic position: it is located in the centre of beautiful Slovenia, offering easy access to other unique national regions and neighbouring countries for those who have the heart of an adventurer and love travelling.
-   Green city of Europe: awarded for the greenest city of 2016. Ljubljana was shortlisted alongside Essen, Nijmegen, Oslo and Umeå that represented a very high standard in Europe.

The university

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. With more than 40.000 students and 5.600 staff members, 23 faculties and 3 art academies the university aspires to be a comprehensive, traditional and reserach oriented academic institution.

The university is renowned for its quality social and natural sciences and technical study programmes, structured in accordance with the Bologna Declaration. It is listed amongst the top 500 universities in the world according to the ARWU Shanghai, Times Higher Education and WEBOMETRICS rankings. Our projects also keep pace with the latest developments in the areas of arts, sciences and technology at home as well as abroad. 

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 administration is the leading educational and research institution in the field of public administration in Slovenia. Established in 1956, the faculty became a member of the University of Ljubljana in 1975. 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 1.500 students and 70 employees. Every year approximately 300 students graduate. Furthermore, the faculty cooperates with more than 55 international partner universities and welcomes several exchange students each year.  Next to these partnerships with other universities, the faculty maintains 160 argreements of cooperation with the public or business sector too.

Furthermore the faculty's Research Institute focusses 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 2 free public sector academies, 4 free professional counsellings and 60 different educational programmes. The Publishing Centre issues the academic journal International 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.

Masters programme

The Master’s programme in Administration 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 are welcome during the 2nd semester of the academic year. Lectures during the 2nd semester take place from mid-February till the end of May. Exams last from the end of May until the end of June.
  • Language requirements: Students must present a language certificate of their Slovene or English language skills. Very good language skills refer to level B2 on the CEFR scale of the European Language Portfolio Levels.

  • Accomodation

    • Student dormitories (ERASMUS): Erasmus students can apply for a bed in student dormitories. Beds are given to students on “first come first serve” basis. The rooms are double, with shared bathroom and shared kitchen. The access to internet is available in all the dormitories. The price of the room depends on the type of the apartment and size of the room. The average price per person per month in a double room is 120-190 EUR.

    • Private accommodation: The Student Organization of the University of Ljubljana will help you find private accommodation after your arrival to Ljubljana. Before your departure you should book yourself a hostel for the first few nights. After the arrival, visit the International Office of the Student Organization (Pivovarniška 6, office hours MON, TUE, THUR: 12 am – 3 pm) or contact them by e-mail.

    • HousingAnywhere: use HousingAnywhere platform to rent out your room to an incoming exchange student and get a room in Ljubljana.

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

More information for incoming students can be found here.


Contact persons
Aleksander Aristovnik
Associate professor

Marija Sušnik
Erasmus coordinator for the Faculty of Administration


Faculty of Administration
5 Gosarjeve Ulica
Ljubljana, 1000