Student Enrolment in Tertiary Education, Slovenia, Academic Year 2017/2018

The number of tertiary education students continues to fall; in 2017/18 it was again lower than a year earlier

The number of tertiary education students has been decreasing in recent years. In the academic year 2017/18, 76,534 students were enrolled, nearly 3,000 fewer than in the previous year. Nevertheless, almost half of young people (19–24 years old) are still studying.

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The downward trend in the number of students from recent years continues

In the academic year 2017/18, 76,534 students were enrolled in tertiary education, nearly 3,000 fewer than in the academic year 2016/17 and 30,600 fewer than in the academic year 2010/11.
The number of students was lower than in 2016/17 in all types of tertiary education programs; The only exception is the doctoral education in which about 300 more students were enrolled than in 2016/17.
The share of young people aged 19–24 who are enrolled in tertiary education has been gradually decreasing in recent years. This share was 46.5% in the academic year 2017/18, almost 1 percentage point lower than in 2016/17 or more than 3 percentage points lower than in 2012/13 when it was the highest (49.9%). Nevertheless, the share of young people enrolled in tertiary education in Slovenia remains high, higher than in most EU Member States.

Most students study in programs from the fields of business and law, and engineering, technology and construction

In these two broad fields of programs classified according to the KLASIUS-P-16 classification more than a third of all students are studying (14,000 in each).
In terms of gender representation, the biggest differences are in the fields of technology and construction and ICT - in these areas men represent more than three quarters of all students. The same ratio, but in favour of women, is in the fields of educational science and teacher education, and health and social care. Sexually more balanced broad fields of study are the fields of natural sciences, mathematics and statistics, agriculture, forestry, fisheries and veterinary medicine, and transport, security and service activities.

The share of mobile students is slowly increasing

Among all tertiary education students in the academic year 2017/18, 3,420 or 4.5% are mobile students, i.e. students who study in Slovenia and have a permanent residence abroad. These are mostly students of higher university and master study programs. Most (over 90%) come from European countries; among them the majority from the countries of the former Yugoslavia (1,811) and the EU Member States (1,066). The share of mobile students is slightly higher than in the academic year 2016/17 (4%) and higher than in 2014/15 when 2.6% of students with permanent residence abroad studied in Slovenia.

Students with permanent residence in Slovenia mostly (almost 60%) study in the Osrednjeslovenska statistical region; one fifth study in the Podravska statistical region and one fifth in all other statistical regions with tertiary education institutions.

Students enrolled in tertiary education, Slovenia, 2017/18
Short cycle higher vocational10,3536,2194,1345,9644,389
  professional higher (1st Bologna cycle)19,3318,40910,92212,6006,731
  academic higher (1st Bologna cycle)22,5098,80313,70621,609900
  master (2nd Bologna cycle) - uniform master4,6871,4403,2474,61275
  master (2nd Bologna cycle) - following 1st Bologna cycle16,8306,31510,51514,8841,946
  doctorate of science (3rd Bologna cycle)2,8241,3041,5206742,150
Source: SURS
With the Decree amending the Decree on the Introduction and Application of the Classification System for Education and Training (Official Gazette of the Republic of Slovenia, No. 8/2017), as of January 1, 2018, classification of fields of education KLASIUS-P was replaced with KLASIUS-P-16;
The data on students by fields of education for academic year 2017/18 are published according to KLASIUS-P and KLASIUS-P-16. From academic year 2018/19 onward, these data will only be published by KLASIUS-P-16.
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