Useful Information


Before arrival


Slovenia and Italy are members of the European Union and are generally open countries, and visas are not necessary for most visitors. Citizens of EU and most neighboring countries can travel to either Slovenija, Croatia or Italy with their official, government issued passport or ID card.
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.
Certain nationals (see here) must hold a valid visa, in addition to a valid government-issued travel document (passport or other ID), in order to enter Slovenia, Italy or Croatia. If in doubt, please check visa requirements for your country on the web of the:

If you need any help regarding visas, please contact UP FAMNIT International office (e-mail) for assistance. 

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 generally a safe country with low crime rate. Use common sense and take security precautions and report any incidents to the local police.

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


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


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.

During isMCS

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


There is a full service hospital located in Izola, Slovenia, and various medical clinics and pharmacies in vicinity of all isMCS locations.

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


Health centre Mali Lošinj
Priko 69, 51550 Mali Lošinj, Croatia
Telephone.:  +385 51 231 824

Embassy contacts

U.S. Embassy Ljubljana
Prešernova 31
1000 Ljubljana, Slovenia
Telephone: +(386) (1) 200-5595
Emergency:  +(386) (1) 200-5556
Website: U.S. Embassy Ljubljana 


U.S. Embassy Zagreb
Ulica Thomasa Jeffersona 2
10010 Zagreb, Croatia
Telephone: +(385) (1) 661-2200
Emergency: +(385) (1) 661-2400
Website: U.S. Embassy Zagreb


U.S. Embassy Italy
Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci 38,
50123 Florence, Italy
Telephone: +(39) 055-266-951
Emergency: +(39) 055-266-951
Website: U.S. Embassy to the Holy See