Pre-arrival and Support Information
Information Package for International Students
In the event that one’s stay will exceed a period of three (3) months, a residential permit (a certificate of registered residence) is required. This can be obtained immediately upon entering Slovenia at the Administration Unit, Department for Internal Affairs or Office for Foreigners.
In order to issue a residential permit to a citizen from an EU member state for the purpose of studying, the following items must be arranged:
- a valid identity card or passport;
- evidence of enrolment at an educational institution;
- health insurance covering all risks in the host country; and
- sufficient means for living (at least equaling the basic minimum monthly income in the Republic of Slovenia). In practice, a written and signed statement as to one’s means is sufficient.
According to the stated directive, a residential permit is granted for the period of one’s studies or at the most for one year and can be extended in the event that the studies last more than a year.
A student from a non-EU member country must submit an application for the First Residence Permit at the nearest diplomatic or consular representative mission (DCRM) of the Republic of Slovenia.
Along with your application you must enclose:
- a certified photocopy of a valid passport (whose expiry date exceeds the intended period of stay in the Republic of Slovenia by at least three months);
- two biometric photos;
- fingerprints (the applicant’s fingerprints have to be taken at the Slovenian Embassy);
- appropriate health insurance (which covers Slovenia and is valid at the time of processing the application at the Administrative Unit in the Republic of Slovenia);
- the enrolment certificate (confirmation of your enrolment at the University of Ljubljana);
- a certificate of sufficient means of support during your stay in the Republic of Slovenia (at least equaling the basic minimum monthly income in the Republic of Slovenia). This includes regular income such as a scholarship, personal income, pensions or parents’ income. In case of your parents’ income, you need to submit the following: the applicant’s birth certificate, a statement by the parents that they will support the applicant and proof of the parents’ monthly income. The deposit of funds in the Republic of Slovenia or a credit card does not count as means of support; and
- a Police Clearance Certificate (non-criminal, non-punitive record) from your country of origin that is not older than three months, legalized and translated into the Slovenian language.
For more information, please visit: http://www.infotujci.si/v/7/temporary-residence-permit
Foreign students coming from EU member countries and countries of the European economic region should have the E 128 form, E 111 form or E-card. The document type depends on the authorized insurance agency of the country of their origin. Namely, students should contact the authorized insurance agency with which they have taken out insurance and ask for one of the above-mentioned forms.
If you have no health insurance in your home country, you can contact an insurance company that will cover your insurance in the Republic of Slovenia (ASSISTENCE CORIS, Ul. Bratov Babnik 10, 1000 Ljubljana)
Krekov trg 4
T: +386 (0)3 426 90 00
Mariborska cesta 3
T: +386 (0)3 4269700
Mariborska cesta 2
T: +386 3 490 8740
E: hostel.vodja@mc- celje.si
Student dorm Celje
Ljubljanska cesta 21
T: +386 70 800 069
- How to get to Celje
Students in Slovenia have a very well organised system of eating out with student subsidies (coupons). This is the cheapest way of dining. Each student can use as many subsidies as there are working days in a month (app.20 per month). In order to be able to use these subsidies, you need to have a student card or your enrolment certificate, your ID/passport and your mobile phone (with slovenian sim card).
Students in Celje can register for student meals at the Klub študentov občine Celje - KŠOC (Mariborska cesta 2, 3000 Celje). Check the working hours here.
Prices of student coupons are between 0.5 and 3.5 euro. For information on where in Celje you can eat with student coupons and their prices please click here.
Fines for over speeding are very high in Slovenia. The speed limit in settlements is 50 km/h, outside of settlements 90 km/h, on roads reserved for motor vehicles 100 km/h and on highways 130 km/h. The lights of your vehicle have to be turned on 24 hours a day. You have to use winter equipment on your vehicle between 15 November and 15 March. You have to use seat belts at all times. The use of mobile phones is prohibited while driving.
Other Useful Information
Currency, Exchange Rates, and Credit Card Services
Slovenia's currency is euro. In Slovenia you can use most credit cards including Visa, MasterCard and American Express. You can withdraw money on marked ATMs in towns and at petrol stations. Please be aware that there are certain limits to how much money you can withdraw per day. Most of our banks are open on weekdays between 8.30 and 12.00 and between 14.00 and 16.00. You can exchange foreign currencies at banks.Currency in Slovenia is Euro.
Approximate exchange rates:
1 EUR = 1.38 USD
1 EUR = 0.83 GBP
E-mail and Internet Access
Telephone & Postal Services
You can make phone calls at post offices which are usually open on weekdays between 8.00 and 19.00 and on Saturdays until 13.00. To use public phones you need a telephone card, which can be bought at tobacconist's, at stationers or at a post office. When making an international phone call you have to dial 00, a foreign country's international code and a phone number. To call Slovenia you have to dial 00, the national code 386 and a town code (Celje - 3, Maribor - 2, Ljubljana - 1). You can call national telephone information service at 1188 or international telephone information service at 1180.
We recommend foreign students to purchase a Slovenian SIM card (a prepaid phone service) that can be used in suitable mobile telephones (made for the European market) so as to enable very inexpensive local calls and at the same time to be available for incoming calls from abroad.
Useful telephone numbers:
Slovenian Country Code 386
Celje City Code 3
Slovenian Exit Code 00
Fire Brigade 112
Emergency First Aid 112
Post offices are open Monday to Friday from 8.00 to 18.00, and on Saturdays until 12.00.
Celje postcode is 3000
Some locals claim that Celje has the most shopping centres in the country, while other insist that the city only has the most per capita shopping centres in Slovenia. While we haven't independently verified either claim, suffice to say you shouldn't have any problems finding what you need while you're in town. Of course if you prefer a more old-fashioned shopping experience, the cobbled streets of Celje's old town are lined with various boutiques, bookshops, art galleries and a surprising number of independent design shops.
Weekdays: 9.00 to 19.00 (some to 21.00)
Saturdays: 9.00 to 13.00 (some to 21.00)
Sundays and holidays: on duty pharmacies, hipermarkets and 24 hour gas stations
Culture and Sightseeing
Celje's rich history has left it brimming with things to see and do, from Gothic churches to one of a kind museums and galleries to peaceful parks and squares. If you have time to venture out of town, there's lots to do for sports enthusiasts, including the hilltop recreation centre of Celjska Koča, the summer time hot spot Lake Šmartinska and for history buffs the Roman Necropolis a bit farther away.
Nightlife in Celje
For a city that doesn't have a university Celje manages to maintain a fairly vibrant youth-oriented nightlife, with a decent mix of pubs, dive bars, glitzier clubs, live music venues and alternative spaces to keep you busy for even longer stays. If a pub crawl is on the agenda, look no further than the stretch of Ljubljanska Cesta between Narodni Dom and Gledališki Trg, which boasts no fewer than eight night spots and several late night fast food stands.
The locations listed here are far from exhaustive, but all of them have been thoroughly tested and many can make the claim of being one of our personal favourites depending on the night of the week.
There are three climatic influences that meet in Slovenia. First is harsh Alpine climate that prevails in the mountains, the coast has a sub-Mediterranean climate, and the north-east lowlands have a continental climate. Celje has the continental climate. The average temperature in Slovenia is above 20°C in July, and around 0°C in January (Slovenian Tourist Board, 2011).
More information about the weather and climate in Slovenia are available here.
For checking the current weather please click here (Environment Agency of the Republic of Slovenia, the weather portal).
Average, minimum and maximum temperature in Celje between 1993 and 2003 (in °C)
Month Average °C Min. °C Max. °C January 0,3 -3,7 4,7 February 1,8 -3,7 8,2 March 6,1 0,2 12,4 April 10,0 3,9 16,3 May 16,0 9,2 22,5 June 19,3 12,8 25,5 July 20,4 13,9 26,8 August 20,2 13,8 27,2 September 14,7 9,6 21,1 October 10,6 6,2 16,3 November 5,2 1,6 9,4 December 0,4 -3,3 4,3Source: Environment Agency of the Republic of Slovenia, 2011.
Tap water is safe and drinkable throughout the country.
Current is 220 V, 50 Hz.