|SloMSIC - Slovenian Medical Students International Committee|
|Participating cities (LC's)||Ljubljana|
|Currency (how much is a Bigmac?)||Euro (2,4€)|
|Time zone||Central European Time|
|Number of Doctors and beds per 1000 people||2,3 Doctors and 5,2 beds per 1000 people|
|Member of IFMSA since...||1952|
|Number of incoming students per year||about 90|
|Who is our NEO||Hana Kavčič|
|Who is our NORE||Matej Debevec|
|Our official website / Forum/ Facebook group|| www.slomsic.org
SLOMSIC general www.slomsic.org 
Local comitee Maribor www.medicinec.si/exchange-mb 
- 1 Welcome Note
- 2 Overview
- 3 Our health care system
- 4 The hospitals
- 5 Our medical education
- 6 Cultural differences
- 7 Working conditions
- 8 Accommodation & Boarding
- 9 Social program
- 10 Local & National transportation
- 11 Weather
- 12 Social life
- 13 Exchange conditions
- 14 Feedback
- 15 Cities offered for exchange
I feel LOVE, I feel Slovenia.
Hello everyone interested in spending 4 unforgettable weeks in Slovenia - country with breath taking landscape, beautiful mountains, delicious food and excellent wine.
Slovenia lies in the heart of Europe, where the Alps meet the Mediterranean. This small green country measures 20,273 km2 in area and borders Italy on the west, Croatia on the south and east, Hungary on the northeast, and Austria on the north, and also has a small portion of coastline along the Adriatic Sea. With two million inhabitants is home to sincere, hospitable people of great diligence. Slovenes are very thorough in learning foreign languages to make themselves understood. The majority of people can speak good English, while most have a good grasp of German and there are many fluent Italian speakers in the areas bordering Italy too, thus you will not find any difficulties in communicating at all.
More useful information can be found here:
Tourist information - http://www.slovenia.info
Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slovenia
Our health care system
In Slovenia we have compulsory health insurance - meaning every citizen is insured and will not have to pay for his treatment, but will receive a receipt at the end so he will know how much his treatment has cost. Along with basic you can also get an additional private health insurance which covers extra treatments and some medicaments, but the need for a private insurance is very low, as it is prohibited by law to make a difference in the treatment of patients depending whether they have an additional health insurance or not. So all necessary treatment and medication is covered by the public health system. Public health system is run by the state and is mostly financed from taxes.
In Slovenia we have mostly public hospitals, but the private sector has started to evolve in the last couple of years and we expect that there will be more private clinics and hospitals due to a shorter waiting time.
In Slovenia we have 2 medical faculties. Clinical clerkship will be provided in one of those (Ljubljana or Maribor).
University hospital Ljubljana - http://www.kclj.si
University hospital Maribor - http://www.ukc-mb.si (web page not in english)
Our medical education
After graduating from high school with good matura resolute (equivalent to SAT, A levels, Baccalaureate) you enroll in medical faculty. After this, the curriculum lasts for 6 years. The first three years are mostly preclinical studies, followed by 3 years of clinical studies. At the end, there is a practical part - rotating through the departments lasting 6 months after which we need to choose a specialization that lasts from 4 to 6 years.
Slovenia has a history of its own, but its culture shares some common features with Italy, Germany and with Austria. Slovenia is a very small country and there are many jokes about it also among the Slovenians. We are very well known for excellent food and wine. In the end it is hard to find so diverse landscape on such small territory with nice and kind people with a sense of help and hospitality.
Normally, the clerkship starts at 8:00 a.m. in the morning and lasts until 3:00 p.m. or 4:00 p.m. but it can vary, depending on the department. Working days are Monday to Friday. We know that this exchange does not only mean hard work in the hospital but it should also be a lot of fun! So we organize a lot of activities in your free time. Most Slovenian people can speak English. Doctors are generally willing to explain things in English to you, but most of the time they speak Slovene with the patients. This is to be sure there is no misunderstanding. So prepare yourself, that you probably won't understand everything but they will try to explain as much as possible in english.
Accommodation & Boarding
You will be staying in a student dorm or at a Slovenian student's apartment which is not far from hospital where you will be having your clerkship. At the arrival you will be given a slovenian SIM cart for mobile phone so you will not spend a lot of money when talking to your tutor or other exchange students… When you go out to eat you must have your mobil phone with you because with it you can prove that you are a student and so you don't have to pay a full price for a meal due to a subsidy provided by the country.
In July, August and September there is a really nice social program that is organized by slovenian medical students. Each weekend you visit one place in Slovenia. We will definitely take you to the sea side and to the Alps. During the week we organize different parties (as international party and so on). In other months there is a contact person taking care of you. But there is no official social programe organized.
Local & National transportation
Ljubljana, Maribor and some other larger cities, have inner city bus lines. Our main international airport is 30 km away from Ljubljana city center and is accesible by frequent bus connections. Getting around in Slovenia is easy and convenient with our railway network and bus and coach connections.
Airport transport http://www.lju-airport.si/eng/vsebina.asp?IDM=94
Bus traveling: http://www.ap-ljubljana.si
Train Traveling : http://www.slo-zeleznice.si
Climate is sub-mediterranean on the coast, alpine in the mountains and continental with mild to hot summers and cold winters in the plateaux and valleys to the east. Average temperatures are -2 °C in January and 21 °C in July. The average rainfall is 1,000 millimetres for the coast, up to 3,500 millimetres for the Alps, 800 millimetres for south-east and 1,400 millimetres for central Slovenia.
Weather forecast: http://www.weather.com/weather/today/Ljubljana+Slovenia+SIXX0002
Ljubljana is the capital and is full with tourist in the summer and with students throughout the rest of the year. There are a lot of cultural activities in the center along with music concerts and other cool stuff.
Travel guide: http://www.visitljubljana.si/
Maribor is the second largest city in Slovenia and is also full with students. There is a big cultural festival going on in July.
Festival Lent: http://www.festival-lent.si/en/
Travel guide: http://www.maribor-slovenia-travel-guide.com/
Our exchange conditions can be found at: http://ifmsa.net/public/ecscope.php?id=44
Please read it carefully. The thigs that we need you to bring uppon arrival are: 2 photos; proof of enrolement or a student card; health insurance.
Till now very positive:)