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Upper secondary education is the first step in choosing a career path. Students gain valuable knowledge and experience to enter the labour market or stay on in education by choosing an academic study programme, a short-cycle higher vocational study programme or professional higher education study programme.

Free public upper secondary schools give the possibility to all citizens to acquire general educational qualification and profession, develop creativity, and have the opportunity to integrate in the wider European society. During the education process, students also receive help in the form of subsidies for meals and transport, a wide network of student halls of residence, and grants available for certain career orientations or talented individuals.

Students are free to make their own choice regarding the upper secondary education according to their skills, interests and career objectives. There is also the Moja izbira web portal at their disposal to help them select an appropriate school and programme.

Types of upper secondary education

Upper secondary education is divided into:

  • general education,
  • vocational education, and
  • technical education.

General upper secondary education is provided by general and technical gimnazija schools. Short upper secondary vocational education and upper secondary vocational education and upper secondary technical education is provided by vocational and technical schools, while practical training is provided together with employers.

Public vocational and technical schools and halls of residence are established by the State. The same applies to public gimnazija schools, though these may also be established by an urban municipality in agreement with the State.

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