For Students

Students enrolled in the study programme of the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU are besides mandatory activities also active in other fields, such as participating in organization of scientific conferences, reading sessions, student groups and web presentations of their research. In the spaces allocated to the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU, they are able to perform their activities. Students are also involved in publishing their journal Platforma.


Student Council

Student Council represents all the students and helps in communication between students and the staff of the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU. Students elect Council members for a period of one year. Two Council members represent students in the Senate of the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU; one Council member represents students in the Management Board of the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU. Student Council enables the students to participate in all initiatives related to students’ current affairs at the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU.



Office for student matters

Secretary’s office

Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU

2, Novi trg/I floor

SI – 1000     Ljubljana

Official hours for students: 9:00 – 15:00

Tel: +386 1 470 64 52



Admission requirements

To qualify for entry into the programme of the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU, applicants should satisfy one of the following admission requirements: 

  • have completed a 2nd cycle master’s study programme;
  • have completed at least a four-year academic undergraduate programme accredited with 240 ECTS credits;
  • have completed a uniform five year master’s study programme accredited with 300 ECTS credits;
  • have completed a specialization after previously finished professional higher education study programme, and had passed additional study obligations within 30 to 60 ECTS credits;
  • have completed an equivalent programme abroad.

If the number of applicants exceeds the available slots, they are selected with regard to previous academic achievements.


Requirements for advancement in the study programme

Once enrolled, a student chooses a supervisor in a relevant field and selects course units in amount of 18 credits (6 credits of required courses and 12 credits of elective course units); this selection must be approved by the supervisor. The courses can be selected also from other institutions’ programmes. In the first year, in agreement with their supervisor, the student prepares an extensive term paper related to his or her doctoral dissertation, consisting of a relevant literature review and presentation of the state of the art in the field. The presentation and defence of the assignment must be completed in the first year of study. Presentation of this assignment and at least 75% participation in a research seminar is worth 26 credits, while additional 16 credits may be acquired by conducting research defined in agreement with the supervisor at the beginning of the year. Before proceeding to the second year, the student should: 

  • Pass the exam in a required course unit;
  • Fulfil research seminar requirements (75% course participation);
  • Conduct independent research (presentation of a term paper).

In order to enter the second year, the student should have earned at least 48 of 60 credits. Before proceeding to the third year, the student should: 

  • Pass all first- and second-year exams;
  • Satisfy research seminar requirements (75% course participation); 
  • Conduct independent research.

In order to enter the third year, the student should collect all 120 credits. Once in the third year, the student is required to do research leading to a dissertation.


Condition for repeating a year

Students can enrol again into the first year of study if they collected at least 18 credits in a previous year. Students can repeat a year only once during their studies. Those students who lost their student’s status are allowed to continue with their studies (obligations from their last year of enrolment) for two years after they lost their status.


Extension of student’s status

Student’s status is on hold during pregnancy leave, leave due to the care of a child after their birth, or because of a sick leave longer than six months. After completing of the last term of the study, the student keeps their student’s status for twelve months or until the completion of their studies. In justifiable cases, the student’s status can be extended but not more than for twelve months.


Transition between programmes

Students can move from other PhD programmes:

  • The exams of students and graduates from all PhD programmes at higher education institutions can be accepted if they meet the standards of the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU and correspond in contents (at least 70%) to the contents of subjects provided at the proposed study programme. For direct transition into the second year of study, the students should collect the same number of credits as those already enrolled in the programme (at least 48 credits). Otherwise, the students can join the first year of study.
  • Students can transfer required obligations (up to 12 credits) from any other PhD programme (if they meet the standards).


  • Students can during their studies do a part of their obligations (up to two semesters; up to 60 credits) on other similar study programmes, which are on the same level, at different higher education institutions either in Slovenia or abroad. An agreement of the Senate of the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU is required and a tripartite contract is signed between a student and both institutions.
  • The same conditions apply for those external students who wish to do a part of their obligations at the Postgraduate School ZRC SAZU.


Conditions for completing studies

In order to complete their studies, a student should collect 180 credits, that is, they should pass all exams (30 credits), complete individual research work (90 credits), fulfil all obligations on research seminar (30 credits) and successfully defend their PhD dissertation (30 credits). With positive evaluation of their doctoral dissertation and its defence, students complete their studies.

After conclusion of their studies, students receive the official PhD certificate (diploma), which is a public document.


Useful links

– food for students (electronic form)

– subsidized transport with a form

– health insurance

– students’ work

– living

– scholarship for studying abroad

– students’ journal