Useful Information

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Emergency contacts

Students will be provided with the Instructor’s emergency contact information on the first day of class.

  • Dial 112 for Emergency services – urgent medical help, firefighters, veterinary help, and rescue teams
  • Dial 113 for Police emergencies

Safety Information

Please note that the organizers DO NOT provide participants of the School with any insurance. Therefore, the travel and health insurance should be organized by participants, if needed.

Slovenia is a safe country with low crime rate. The U.S. State Department has the following official statement:

Crime: Slovenia’s overall crime rate is low. Incidents of purse snatching and pick-pocketing are most common in the tourist areas.

  • Use common sense and take security precautions and report any incidents to the local police.
  • Vehicle break-in/theft is a problem in Slovenia.  Always lock your vehicles, use vehicle anti-theft devices, park in well-lit areas, or in residential or hotel garages.
  • Exercise caution at so-called "gentlemen's clubs." Such establishments have presented foreign customers with inflated bar bills, and threatened those who refuse to pay.
  • U.S. citizens have reported sexual assaults in at least one nightclub in recent years. Use caution when accepting open drinks at bars or clubs, and don’t leave your drinks unattended.

As always be sure to look out for your own safety.

Embassy contacts

U.S. Embassy Ljubljana
Prešernova 31
1000 Ljubljana
Slovenia
Telephone: +(386) (1) 200-5595
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(386) (1) 200-5556
ACSLjubljana@state.gov

Medical

There is a full service hospital located in Izola, and various medical clinics and pharmacies around both towns.

Izola Ospedale Generale (Izola General Hospital)
Polje 40, 6310
Isola, Slovenia
+386 5 66 063 91
Open 24 hours.

Currency

Slovenia uses the Euro, while Croatian Kuna (kn) is in use in Croatia. You can exchange foreign currency in any bank, exchange office or tourist office. The exchange rate between Euros and dollars varies but is typically 1 Euro for US$1.05-$1.20. A wide variety of credit cards are accepted in almost all shops, restaurants, hotels or travel agencies. ATM machines are available almost anywhere. The current exchange rate of US$ or Euro to Croatian Kuna can be found here

Weather

Slovenia usually has warm dry weather in summer, but check the weather before you travel and plan accordingly. Detailed weather forecasts can be found here.

Visas

Citizens of EU and most neighbouring countries can travel to either Slovenija, Croatia or Italy only with their IDs.

Citizens of USA are allowed to enter the Schengen area (including Italy and Slovenija) and Croatia for a maximum stay of 90 days without a Visa. Countries request only a biometric passport, that has at least three months validity after the last intended date of departure. 

Citizens of other countries, please check visa requirements for your country on the web of the Slovenian, Italian and Croatian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.