Guest lecturer prof. dr. Anand Kalaskar

Category: Guest Lecturer

We hereby invite you to attend the guest lecture of prof. dr. Anand Kalaskar, who has been researching Ayurvedic medicine for more than 15 years. He concluded his studies at the Banaras Hindu University in India and specialised in the area of clinic diagnosis in Ayurvedic medicine. Prof. Kalaskar is employed at the S.S. Ayurved College, Hadapsar, Pune Indian, and is currently a visiting professor at the University of Primorska. He regularly holds lectures on Ayurvedic medicine and has been performing medical practice for 18 years.

The lecture “Ayurveda & its Inclusion in the Wellness Tourism System” will be held on Tuesday, 13 November 2018 from 13.00 – 14.30 in classroom nr. 201.

Guest lecturer dr. Wolfgang Kraus

Category: Guest Lecture

We hereby invite you to the lecture Sustainability & Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): Global Challenges & Best Practices” on Tuesday 6 November 2018 from 13.00 to 14.30 in classroom nr. 201. The lecture will be held by dr. Wolfgang Kraus, senior associate at IPIECA, The global oil and gas industry association for environmental and social issues.


Dr. Wolfgang Kraus is the former Executive Vice-President of OMV’s regional headquarters in Koper, Slovenia, with responsibility for Slovenia and Croatia among other countries. He will share the knowledge and experience he gained by leading a global-local enterprise.

Orientation days for international students

The end of September was very lively at Turistica, especially in the spirit of internationality. On Thursday 27 September 2018, on World Tourism Day, the rich programme of the orientation days for foreign students at the University of Primorska had its final events at Turistica. We welcomed all the foreign students, who will occupy the lecture halls of the University of Primorska from 1 October on. The students attended the opening f the photography exhibition Kiitos Suomi (Thank you Finland) and the “Who are my fellow students?” fair.

The author of the exhibition Ana Stergulc brought us to Finland and showed us the period she spent there as an Erasmus+ student. With the exhibition she displayed Finland’s beauty and the highlights of the best period of her studies, and consequently encourage students to go on such journeys themselves.

The fair “Who are my fellow students?” features the international students of the University of Primorska, who presented their countries, cultures and customs with characteristic food and drinks, which they brought here. Thus there was a wonderful smell of delicious foreign treats. At the end, we surprised the students with the typical Istrian dish bobiči.

Photo gallery: 

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Last application submissions for study programmes at Turistica

Undergraduate study programmes:

We hereby inform you that in conformity with the Call for enrolment into undergraduate study programmes in the study year 2018/19, the term for application submission for filling the available posts: 26 to 27 September 2018 until 12:00.  The application is electronic: here.  

UP FTŠ TURISTICA Available posts – 3rd Term
Cultural Tourism (UNI programmes) YES
Tourism destination management  (prof. programmes) – part-time* YES
Tourism enterprise management  (prof. programmes) – in Slovenian language No available places
Tourism enterprise management – in English language YES
Tourism (UNI programmes) YES

* The tuition fee for part-time study amounts to 2.520,00 EUR (the payment is possible through 10 monthly instalments).

Foreigners from non-EU countries and Slovenians without Slovenian citizenship can enrol as well.

Candidates shall present in person to the Student Affairs office and bring the application documents up until Thursday, 27 September 2018 on 18:00 at the latest. The Student Affairs Office will be open until that hour.

This term is intended for:

  • Candidates, who did not apply in the 1st and 2nd term,
  • Candidates, who submitted the application in the 1st and 2nd term, and did not enter any of the study programmes (listed in their application) during the selection procedure in the present year,
  • Candidates, accepted in the 1st or 2nd term to the study programme, which will not be delivered,
  • Foreigners and Slovenians without Slovenian citizenship

More information about studying in Slovenia: here.

Master programmes:

You can enrol to the full-time 2nd cycle master programmes Tourism and Heritage Tourism during the 4th term between 26 September and 27 September 2018 until 12:00 electronically on the web portal eVŠ.

The tuition fee for the part-time study programme amounts to 3.050,00 EUR (the payment is possible through 10 monthly instalments).

Candidates shall present in person to the Student Affairs office and bring the application documents up until Thursday, 27 September 2018 on 18:00 at the latest. The Student Affairs Office will be open until that hour.

Doctoral programme:

You can enrol to the 3rd cycle doctoral study programme Innovative Tourism during the 4th term between 26 September and 27 September 2018 until 12:00 electronically on the web portal eVŠ.

The tuition fee for the doctoral study programme amounts to 3.800,00 EUR (the payment is possible through 10 monthly instalments and there is the opportunity to gain and be reimbursed for all the amount by applying to the call – below).

Candidates shall present in person to the Student Affairs office and bring the application documents up until Thursday, 27 September 2018 on 18:00 at the latest. The Student Affairs Office will be open until that hour.

 Public Call for co-funding tuition fees in doctoral studies at the University of Primorska for accademic year 2018/2019

More information about the studies: here.  Information about the enrolment for foreign citizens: here.

Information brochure: Welcome to Portorož, Welcome to Turistica

Orientation days 2018

We will soon be able to say: “Welcome to Turistica, the University of Primorska, Welcome to Slovenia and Welcome to the Slovenian coast!”

If you are wondering where you are moving to, how will the things look like and if there is anyone to support you, we can just say: “DON’T WORRY. WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED!”

What you can do, is come to Koper, Izola or Piran a few days before the semester starts and we’ll show you around the area, you’ll be able to meet professors, researchers, fellow students and arrange the necessary paperwork. It’s what we call ORIENTATION DAYS.

WHEN: 27 September – 1 October

WHO FOR: New international students (both degree-seeking and mobile)

ORGANISERS: University of Primorska, all faculties, Students Organisation of the University of Primorska, Erasmus Student Network Primorska

ANYTHING SPECIAL? Yes, bring local snacks, food and/or drinks for the country fair on Thursday!


Having questions?
Contact us at:

About the programme and participation:

Faculty contact:

Student Organisation of the University of Primorska contact:

Erasmus Student Network Contact:

Photography Exhibition: Kiitos Suomi (Thank You, Finland)

UP FTŠ Turistica kindly invites you to visit the photography exhibition

Kiitos Suomi

(Thank you, Finland)

in the Gallery AvanTuristica at UP FTŠ Turistica


The exhibition will be open until December 2018.


The Author:

Ana Stergulc, a student at Turistica, has been nurturing her passion for photography ever since she was a little girl. She has been at the other part of the camera many times, working as a model, but she really likes to stand in the shoes of the photographer as well. And for that reason she decided to study tourism at Turistica, as she loves working with people and gain the knowledge, she is now able to link to her hobby. She is currently upgrading her photography skills by working at the CasarsaGuru company. After finishing her diploma, she is planning to study photography and culinary arts, which is what makes her happy. Her motto is: “When you do what you like in life, you are feeding your soul” and hers is not empty at all.        



The exhibition:

During her studies Ana went to Finland as an Erasmus+ student and, of course, brought her camera, so she could capture the memories forever. This period was the best experience during her studies, as she learned a lot about herself and gained new knowledge. With this exhibition she would like to bring out this memories from Finland to inspire the future students to create such adventures for themselves.


Gallery AvanTuristica:

In the AvanTuristica gallery we offer bold photo-adventures through the eyes of the professional travel photographers as well as creative amateurs. We cannot imagine tourism without a camera. And we cannot imagine Turistica without the Gallery AvanTuristica


22nd ASEF Summer University at Turistica

Part of the 2-week long summer university, organised for the 22nd year by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF) will be held at the Turistica faculty in Portorož. This year’s topic “Sustainable Tourism: Youth Driven Green Growth” is particularly interesting for the students and the youth, who are attending the summer university, and a unique experience for them, as they will be the ones suggesting the solutions to the challenges of sustainable tourism.

Part of the ASEFU22 summer university on sustainable tourism will be held at Turistica between 14 and 17 September 2018. Several students and young people from Europe and Asia will be attending it, and gain a deeper understating of the topic and share their experience through practical exercises, lectures and joint researches.

ASEFSU22 will focus on the 3 dimensions of sustainable development: economic, social and envronmental. The ASEFSU22 participants will tackle real obstacles to sustainable tourism in a practical way. Through trainings, workshops, lectures and study visits in Slovenia and Croatia they will deepen the understanding of the themes covered by the project. The results will be presented to relevant stakeholders and at the ASEM Ministerial meetings and other events.

On Friday, 14 September, the participants will attend the following lectures at Turistica:

  • Dejan Križaj: »Introduction to the Slovenian and Global Tourism Innovation Field«
  • Igor Jurinčič: »Carrying Capacity Assessment and Sustainable Tourism Development in the Protected Areas of Nature«
  • Irena Weber: »Come to Piran – There’s Nothing Here & Walking Art«

On Saturday and Sunday, they will visit piran and its surroundings (workshop under the menthorship of prof. Weber), Grand Hotel Bernardin, the farm Mahnič and the Sečovlje saltpans. The visits are coordinated by Tamara Kozlovič, Head of the Tourist Organisation Koper.

 More information about the summer unviersity ASEF: here

Launch of the Tourism 4.0 project

In September we are launching the 3-year long developmental and research project »Tourism 4.0« (Ministry of Education, Science and Sport of the Republic of Slovenia, JR RRP2, TRL3-6). The project partners met on 3 September 2018 at the premises of the Faculty of Computer and Information Science of the University of Ljubljana.

The project aims to create an innovative ecosystem, drawing the experience from the rich history of tourism management, and to combine the digital and physical space into one, enriched tourist experience, compliant with technological development. The expected result is a new form of dynamic cooperation among all tourism stakeholders. Such cooperation system will promote the creation of a new generation of tourism applications, services and processes, based on real needs and wishes of tourists.

The cooperating researchers plan to involve Turistica students into the project activities.

Project partners:

  • ARCTUR računalniški inženiring d.o.o. (lead partner)
  • Faculty of Tourism Studies – Turistica, University of Primorska
  • Faculty of Computer and Information Science, University of Ljubljana
  • Faculty of Tourism, Unviersity of Maribor

Duration of the Project: September 2018 – August 2021



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Exhibition: Festival MMS 1978-2018

Category: Events Exhibition

Students of Turistica and Faculty of Humanities under the mentorship of mag. Tomi Brezovec and dr. Alenka Janko Spreizer prepared an interesting exhibition in honour of the festival Melodies of the Sea and Sun – MMS, which has been taking place since 1978.

The first festival took place 40 years ago at the Tartini Square in Piran and was won by Moni Kovačič with the song “Nasmeh poletnih dni” (Summer Days’ Smile). To honour the 40th anniversary of the first show the students of the Faculty of Tourism Studies Turistica and of the Faculty of Humanities under the mentorship of mag. Tomi Brezovec and dr. Alenka Janko Spreizer prepared an exhibition of the festival.

The exhibition presents the history of MMS and its winners with their songs. It displays all the records, cassettes and CDs that have been produced so far, with all the songs, issued by various record companies. A copy of the orchestra score for the first winning song, the booklet with song lyrics and various MMS promotional materials are also displayed. You can also see an important collection of festival posters and projects for the festival’s graphic design.

The exhibition, which you can visit at the Portorož Auditorium, was opened in frame of the ŠIPK project.

mag. Tomi Brezovec in dr. Alenka Janko Spreizer

Turistica successfully closed the GUEST UP project

 The University of Primorska successfully completed the Project “Hosting foreign experts and professors at the University of Primorska” (GUEST UP). In its frame Turistica hosted 8 guest lecturers from abroad in the past two study years. 

Our main objectives were to pursue and enhance the internationalisation of the study and research processes, and strengthen the relations with the guest lecturer’s institutions.

We hosted:

Ranko Mirić – Vice Dean at the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Mathematics of the Univeristy of Sarajevo.

He gave lectures to students on different study programmes regarding cultural tourism, tourism valorisation, geography of protected areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina and safety in tourism.

Velvet Nelson – Sam Huston State University (USA)

Her research area is geography of tourism and diversified nature tourism, which were the main topics of her lectures.

Craig Webster – Ball State University (USA)

He gave lectures to students on future tourism, and AI and robotics in the hospitality and tourism industries.

Ulrike Gretzel – University of Southern California (USA)

She gave lectures to students on social media and information technology in tourism, and tourism megatrends.

Allan Brodie –  Senior Investigator from Historic England

He gave lectures to students on the chosen aspects of English tourism.

James Kennell – works at the University of Greenwich

He gave lectures to students on festival tourism and tourist events, by presenting real cases from Great Britain.

Rodolfo Baggio – Università Bocconi

He works on ICT and complex systems, among which there is tourism. This were also the main topics of his guest lectures.

Rob Davidson – Sales Director at MICE Knowledge and lecturer on numerous European Tourism faculties.






Operation Hosting foreign experts and professors at the University of Primorska – GUEST UP. Investment is co-financed by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union under