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Private post-secondary vocational education with state-approved programmes

Post-secondary vocational education with state-approved programmes may also be provided by private higher vocational colleges. A higher vocational college performs the following tasks:

  • providing knowledge and skills necessary for work and the continuation of education on an internationally comparable level;
  • developing awareness about the rights and responsibilities of persons and citizens;
  • developing and encouraging awareness about nationality and national identity and about the integrity of the individual, and developing and preserving cultural tradition;
  • developing awareness about the affiliation to European culture and history and thus enabling international integration;
  • encouraging lifelong learning;
  • enabling development and the pursuit of the highest possible level of creativity;
  • developing independent critical judgement and responsible behaviour;
  • developing abilities to perform managerial, planning and supervisory tasks in work processes;
  • enabling the acquisition of professional competences in accordance with the professional standards.

Applies for SKD:

  • First and second stages of tertiary education P85.421


  • Applicants who wish to pursue this activity must register the business activity, and have the appropriate legal status.

  • A school can start performing a higher education activity after being entered in the register, managed by the ministry. Data about the founder and providers are entered in the register, along with the premises used by the school for implementing full and part-time study or distance learning, as well as for implementing publicly valid study programmes abroad, which are organised by the school independently or in cooperation with other schools.

    Each change of the implemented study programme, the appointment of new lecturers and the change of premises which occurs after the entry in the register, must be notified to the ministry within eight days.

    The procedure for entering a private school in the register is initiated upon the founder's application. The application must be lodged at least six months prior to the envisaged tender for the entry in higher professional education.

    The school submits an application for the entry in the register to the ministry and attaches:

    • the implementing study programme;
    • data about the director or principal, organiser of practical education, lecturers, instructors, laboratory personnel, librarian and study and student affairs officer;
    • data on the premises and equipment;
    • concluded contracts on cooperation with employers for practical education of students;
    • act of incorporation;
    • confirmation on single lectures in original or certified copy, if the lecturer has not passed the professional examination;
    • decisions on appointment of a short-cycle higher education institution lecturer in original or certified copy;
    • concluded contracts on practical education of students or statements of employers on the intention to conclude contracts;
    • employment contracts or contracts on work, concluded with the principal, practical education organiser, study and student affairs officer and other professional staff within the scope of the programme.

    If the school submits statements on the intention to conclude contracts, these have to be submitted until the start of the study year of the planned programme at the latest.

    The school is entered in the register when all the conditions for the implementation of the programme are fulfilled. A decision is issued stipulating how many first year students can be admitted in an individual study year, and the study year when the programme is initiated.

    Every five years, the ministry ex officio and even earlier upon the proposal of the national agency or inspectorate competent for education once again verifies the fulfilment of conditions.


  • The name of kindergartens and schools, except kindergartens and schools whose founder is a self-governing ethnic community, must be Slovenian.

    Foreign personal names that are part of the name of a kindergarten or school are written in accordance with Slovenian spelling, or with Italian or Hungarian spelling if it involves the name of a kindergarten and school whose founder is a self-governing ethnic community.

    In addition to the aforementioned information, the name of a private kindergarten or school must also include a mark that the kindergarten or school is private.

    Legal basis

  • Language of instruction is Slovenian.

    Schools that provide education according to state-approved study programmes may carry out in a foreign language:

    • parts of study programmes if they include visiting lecturers and several foreign students;
    • whole study programmes if they are also carried out in Slovenian.

    Schools pay attention to the development of Slovenian as a technical language.

    Foreigners and Slovenians without Slovenian citizenship may learn Slovenian.

    Legal basis

  • A private school may be established as an education institution or a company or is organised as an organisational unit of an institution, a company or another legal entity.

    Bodies of schools organised as institutions are: a school council, the director, lecturers, expert working groups, a study committee, and a quality monitoring and assurance committee.

    Bodies of schools organised as organisational units are: a strategic council, the head teacher, lecturers, expert working groups, a study committee, and a quality monitoring and assurance committee.

    If a private school is organised as a company, it has the following in addition to the bodies of the company: a strategic council, the head teacher, lecturers, expert working groups, a study committee, and a quality monitoring and assurance committee.

    Schools may also have other bodies in accordance with the Articles of Association and other regulations.

    Legal basis

  • Schools include libraries. Libraries collect library material, but also carry out professional processing, representation and lending, and IT and documentary work as elements of educational work in schools.

    Textbook funds may be established within libraries. Funds for pupils, apprentices and students who cannot pay the contribution for lending textbooks from textbook funds due to their social position are provided by the State.

    Legal basis

  • Schools and kindergartens must have a seal.

    The content and shape of seals of private kindergartens and schools are determined in their Articles of Association.

    Legal basis

  • Private schools which carry out state-approved programmes of elementary education, elementary music education, secondary vocational and professional education, and grammar schools are entitled to funds from the national budget or a local community budget if they meet the following conditions:

    • that music schools with music educational programme carry out lessons in at least three instruments played in the orchestra and has at least 35 students;
    • that they have employees or teachers provided in another manner required for the implementation of state-approved programmes in accordance with the law and other regulations.

    For the implementation of their programme, private schools are granted 85 per cent of funds allocated for the implementation of the programme in public schools by the State or a local community. Private schools are not entitled to funds for investments, investment maintenance and equipment.

    Private schools may participate in competitions for teaching equipment and aids intended for public schools.

    Legal basis

  • Schools must present rights and obligations of students, the characteristics of the study programme and the work organisation in the school to students in a special publication.

    Legal basis

  • Education is carried out according to annual work plans that must include:

    •  volume and organisation of lectures, exercises and other forms of education according to the curriculum;
    • enrolment plan;
    • implementation of the study programme or part of the study programme in a place outside the head office of higher education institution;
    • distribution of students by years and groups;
    • deadlines for exams;
    • quality establishment and assurance through self-evaluation;
    • professional training for lecturers and other expert workers;
    • cooperation with other schools, employers, chambers, associations and societies;
    • and other tasks.

     When adopting annual work plans, their financial feasibility is specially assessed.

    Legal basis

  • Schools keep the following records with personal information of students:

    • a record of applicants for enrolment and of enrolled students;
    • personal sheet kept for each student from the inclusion to the conclusion of studies;
    • minutes of exams which comprise the application for the exam, the course of the exam and the mark achieved;
    • a record of issued documents on concluded studies.
    Schools keep the following records with personal information of employees:
    • a record of employees;
    • a record of salaries.

    Legal basis

  • Personal information of students is collected, processed, stored and forwarded for the needs of higher education activity of schools, higher education registration service, state authorities, local government bodies or holders of public authority related to the realisation of the rights of students according to special regulations.

    When carrying out statistical analyses, personal information may be used and published in a manner that does not disclose the identity of students.

    To establish eligibility for enrolment in a higher education study and to exercise the rights arising from the student status, information form the record and analytical IT system for higher education in the Republic of Slovenia –eVŠ are acquired on the basis of a personal identification number.

    Personal information of employees is collected, processed, stored and forwarded for the needs of higher education activity of schools, state authorities or holders of public authority related to the realisation of the wage system in the public sector, and the establishment of the fulfilment of staff requirements.

    Legal basis

Cross-border/temporary provisions of activity

Zasebne vrtce in šole lahko ustanovijo tudi tuje fizične ali pravne osebe, ki morajo izpolnjevati iste pogoje kot domače fizične ali pravne osebe.

Last modified:
8. 9. 2021