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University of Primorska

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The University of Primorska (UP) is a medium-sized, internationally engaged university with 5,744 students, of whom 1,296 (or 22.56%) come from 47 foreign countries. It has 782 staff. The UP has 516 researchers and higher education teachers, of whom 72 (or 14.09%) come from abroad. The UP hosts more than 270 international researchers every year and enrols 166 PhD students. In 2023, the UP celebrated its 20th anniversary.

In 2022, the UP became part of Transform4Europe (T4EU), a European university alliance. Moreover, the UP is one of the 38 members of the European Network of Innovative Higher Education Institutions (ENIHEI) – a forum to exchange knowledge, ideas and experience on how higher education can promote an innovation culture, and enable creativity, entrepreneurship and talent.

In partnership with the Škocjan Caves Regional Park, the UP launched the UNESCO Chair of Interpretation and Education for Enhancing Integrated Heritage Approaches, and within the Teaming instrument, coordinated the project and successfully established the internationally renowned research institute InnoRenew CoE.

The UP in 2023/2024 carries out 81 study programmes in all three cycles, 18 of which are also held in the English language. In addition, the UP organises from 5 to 10 international summer schools on various topics every year as well as over 10 international scientific conferences, including at least a major conference, as it has done for several consecutive years, with more than 1,000 participants and under the patronage of the President of the Republic of Slovenia.

Internationalisation and project activities go hand in hand with all aspects of UP operations. Furthermore, the University has recently strengthened its role in the region, where the main priorities are science communication (through the activities of the Science Centre and science communication events), work with schoolchildren and teachers, the establishment of an Alumni Office, innovation and technology transfer, student projects carried out in collaboration with companies, the promotion of responsible science and a wide range of additional training courses aimed at different target groups.

The UP also ensures the well-being of its community: it has established several student facilities (library access 24/7, reading rooms, study spaces), a university outpatient clinic, a centre for holistic psychological support and a career centre. It also advocates a healthy lifestyle among its employees and students, and organises events focused on the reception, orientation and integration of students and staff.

University in a nutshell


University of Primorska is located in Slovenian Istria, which offers unique experiences for those looking for a slower pace of life and an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. The region is known for its stunning natural beauty and rich history.


The city of Koper is easily accessible via various means of transportation. There are some international airports in range from around 64 to 176 km. Koper also has good road connections for cars and both a railway station and a bus station right next to each other, located about 1 km south of the city center where the event will take place. Depending on the way of travel, you may find detailed information on the link: https://welcome.upr.si/student/arrive/plan-your-arrival/

Learn Slovenian

The Centre for Slovenian Language and Culture is located at the UP Faculty of Humanities and organises and runs Slovenian language courses for staff and students of English-language study programmes.

For foreign students studying at the University of Primorska, the Centre organises free Slovenian language lectures. The lectures are conducted in the form of the accredited course Slovenian as a second/foreign language (at levels A1, A2 and B1). The implementation of the course Slovenian as a second/foreign language at the UP is extremely important, as for foreign students enrolled in study programmes with Slovenian as the language of instruction, passing the A2-level Slovenian language exam is a prerequisite for enrolment in the second year, and at the same time, in order to take advantage of the Year Plus, students have to achieve a minimum of 6 ECTS of Slovenian language proficiency.

Accomodation app

Each country offers different options for you to stay during your time at the host university. At Transform4Europe, we have created an application to provide you with all the information about the options available to you.

Get to know the app: https://proyectoue.ogpi.ua.es/accommodation/

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