The Republic of Slovenia lies at the heart of Europe, where the Alps face the Pannonian plains and the Mediterranean meets the mysterious Karst. It is a largely mountainous country, almost half of which is covered by forests. Cultivated areas with pastures, fields, vineyards, and orchards cover 43 percent of the country. More than one half of the population lives in towns, most of which date back to Roman times.
After more than 70 years of living inside Yugoslavia, almost 90 percent of voters opted for independence in the referendum held in 1990. Slovenia joined the European Union in 2004 and also became a member of NATO. It was the first of the new EU members to join the Euro in 2007.
Slovenia has a very well-developed network of cultural institutions, organizations, and associations that host a range of world-renowned events, festivals, concerts, and exhibitions.
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Slovenia is home to fifteen higher education institutions, which cover all fields of study, including three public universities (incorporating forty-one faculties, three art academies, and four professional colleges) and a number of private higher education institutions. The University of Ljubljana, the University of Maribor, the University of Primorska, and the University of Nova Gorica are the four major universities in Slovenia.
Semester One: beginning of October - middle of January
Semester Two: middle of February - end of May
As U.S. Scholars usually come to Slovenia for one semester grants, the Public Affairs Section staff keep in close contact with all the incoming grantees and meet with them individually soon after their arrival to Slovenia. A reception/orientation program for Fulbright grantees and their dependents will be held at the PAO’s residence once everyone is in the country.