About our academy
The Academy of Fine Arts and Design (ALUO) operates within the University of Ljubljana (UL). It is proud of its tradition. It was established on 27 October 1945 as the Academy of Fine Arts, providing courses in painting and sculpture. Throughout the years, the Academy changed its name a few times and expanded its activities in line with its development. In 1984 the studies expanded by incorporating industrial design and visual communications design, and a good 10 years later the study of conservation/restoration was also introduced.
Now the courses are organised within five ALUO departments covering the areas of visual arts, conservation/restoration and design. The studies are carried out in small groups, within which we develop student creativity and innovation through an individual approach involving consultations, corrections, discussions and seminars, emphasising the importance and the role of our disciplines in the broader social context in order to build individual responsibility. The courses also include theoretical topics and the acquisition of technical and technological skills.
As the extent of our international student exchange is among the largest in comparison with the other institutions within our university, it needs to be emphasised that we cooperate with foreign partners through student exchanges and the inclusion of foreign students in the projects, exhibitions, competitions, conferences, etc.
Why study at our academy?
– You will study in a dynamic environment, surrounded by galleries, museums and other cultural institutions;
– you will acquire the state-of-the-art knowledge about visual arts, conservation/restoration and design, taught in an interdisciplinary way;
– the studies are organised in small groups, emphasising an individual approach and involving international experts and lecturers;
– we provide the training and practical experiences needed for the development of an independent and innovative artist;
– as a student you will have the opportunity to participate in several national and international projects, exhibitions, competitions, etc.;
– we put you in touch with real professional working environments and professional experts;
– we cooperate with national museums and galleries, private galleries, design bureaus and industry;
– we encourage student mobility.
Exchange programmes at our academy
The growth of the quality of our study programmes, the possibility of comparing our achievements with those attained by foreign establishments, the provision of information about the study systems abroad to our students and teachers, and an increasing public recognition of our work – all this urges us to continue and even deepen all the possible ways of cooperation with the foreign higher-education institutions similar to us. Our international activities have been enriched by a permanent cooperation with numerous academies and faculties within the exchange programmes, in particular the Erasmus+ programme. Foreign experts also lecture regularly within various programmes due to individual initiatives and informal arrangements.
Erasmus+ brings together seven existing EU programmes in the fields of Education, Training and Youth; it will, for the first time, provide support for Sport. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ facilitates more opportunities for cooperation across the Education, Training, Youth and Sport sectors and it is easier to access than its predecessors, having simplified funding rules.
CEEPUS is an acronym for “Central European Exchange Programme for University Studies”. Current member countries are: Albania, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia. Pristina/Kosovo is also participating.
The CEEPUS programme supports scholarships to individuals within an approved network of major higher-education institutions from different participating countries, which thus exchange students and professors.
Application procedure for exchange students
- Your home university should first nominate you to the Office of International Relations of the University of Ljubljana. The nominations should be sent email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org.
- After your home university has nominated you to study at the University of Ljubljana as an exchange student, you should fill in the online application. There is no need to send a paper copy of the application.
- At the end of the online application, you will find the necessary documents to upload to your application: Transcript of Records (of your home university), Learning Agreement and Language Certificate. Your application is complete and will be processed only after you have followed all the steps of the application system and entered all the required information
- In addition to the on-line application, it is obligatory to submit a portfolio to the following e-mail address: email@example.com. You will be informed about our decision within 8 weeks.
- If your application was approved, the University of Ljubljana will send you an Acceptance Letter and the information on living and studying in Ljubljana.
• 15 May for the winter semester/full academic year
• 15 November for the summer semester
Selection of Courses
Students may send us a provisional learning agreement after receiving the Acceptance Letter. The final decision about the courses is made in the first 2 weeks of each semester.
Courses can be selected only from the list of the courses of all the departments. At the end of a semester, students obtain grades and credit points for each selected course.
ALUO does not provide courses in English. We suggest that the incoming students choose practical courses, where individual consultations in English with professors are possible. Please note that your level of English should be at least intermediate!
Office for Postgraduate Studies and International Cooperation
Erjavčeva 23, 1000 Ljubljana
Telephone: + 386 1 42 12 502
OTHER USEFUL INFORMATION
Recommended language skills
The minimum level of English required for studying at ALUO is B2.
Information and assistance can be provided by the following contact points and information sources:
Telephone: 00 3861 2418592
Telephone: 00 386 1 2418594
University of Ljubljana’s website:
Foreign students coming from the EU Member States and the countries of the European Economic Area 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 origin. Namely, students should contact the authorized insurance agency, where they have been insured, and ask for one of the above-mentioned forms. If you have no health insurance in your home country, you can contact the insurance company that will cover your insurance in the Republic of Slovenia (ASSISTENCE CORIS, Ul. Bratov Babnik 10, 1000 Ljubljana, tel.: +386 1 519 20 20, fax: +386 1 519 16 98, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)
Erasmus students can apply for a bed in student dormitories. These are given to students on a first-come-first-served basis. The rooms in the dormitories are double ones, with a bathroom and a shared kitchen. Access to the internet is available in almost all the dormitories.
Students will be able to send The Housing Form upon filling in the online application by 15 May (first semester) or 15 November (second semester).
The Student Organization of the University of Ljubljana will help you find private accommodation after your arrival to Ljubljana. Before your departure, you should book yourself a hostel for the first few nights. After the arrival, please visit the International Office of the Student Organization (Monday, Tuesday and Thursday between 12:00 and 15:00) at Vojkova 63, Ljubljana (3rd floor) or contact them via e-mail at email@example.com.
Use the HousingAnywhere platform for both renting out your room to an incoming exchange student or finding a room in Ljubljana. Https://www.housinganywhere.com/. This website is free to use and it operates on a student-to-student basis. For any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.